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Alleged people smuggler ‘Captain Bram’ arrested

Indonesian police have arrested an alleged people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday. Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, was arrested in Jakarta before dawn on Friday, Indonesian National Police spokesman Colonel Boy Rafli Amar said. “He allegedlyFULL STORY

Abe could be Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has so far warded off the curse that has afflicted many of his predecessors — a collapse in public support — despite presiding over a lackluster economy. He could yet become the longest-serving Japanese leader since World War II. Senior rulingFULL STORY

Philippines reports first case of Zika in pregnant woman

The Philippines yesterday reported its first known case of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus that threatens unborn babies, as authorities warned people to avoid mosquitos. Philippine Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said 12 cases of Zika had been detected across the PhilippinesFULL STORY

Colombian, FARC leaders to sign deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez, were due to sign a historic peace deal yesterday to end a five-decade war. The former enemies were to sign the accord at 5pm at a ceremonyFULL STORY

Surfer stable after shark attack

A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark yesterday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally bitten last year, officials said. Cooper Allen, a 17-year-old high school student, was surfing with friends on the first dayFULL STORY

N Korean bank probed over nuclear links

China is investigating executives of a North Korean bank believed to finance the illicit procurement of arms and materials related to the isolated country’s banned nuclear program, South Korea’s JoongAng Daily reported yesterday. China and the US have agreed to step up cooperation in the UNFULL STORY

Japan vows to watch Chinese warplane activity over East China Sea closely

Japan’s top government spokesman yesterday warned China against expanding its military activity to the skies over disputed East China Sea islands after eight Chinese warplanes flew near the area over the weekend. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Japan scrambled at least one fighterFULL STORY

About 111,000 African elephants killed in 10 years

Africa lost as many as 111,000 elephants over the past decade as a surge in poaching in the east of the continent caused the population’s biggest declines in the past 25 years. The population of the world’s largest land mammals in Africa is estimated at 415,000,FULL STORY

Charlotte lifts curfew following protests

Charlotte lifted its midnight curfew, signaling movement toward normalcy after a state of emergency was imposed after the shooting death of a black man by police last week that brought US National Guard troops and armored vehicles to downtown street corners. A weekend without street violenceFULL STORY

Boko Haram ‘leader’ rejects claim of injury

The purported leader of Nigerian Muslim militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, on Sunday appeared in a video posted on social media in which he rejected statements by the country’s military that he had been seriously wounded. In recent years, the Nigerian military has said itFULL STORY

US schools linked to Gulen bending under pressure

A network of more than 150 US charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members ofFULL STORY

Writer who posted provocative cartoon shot dead in Jordan

Some of the most extreme elements in Jordan made clear in recent weeks that Nahed Hattar should pay for a provocative cartoon he posted online depicting a bearded man in bed with two women ordering God to bring him cashews and wine. So when Hattar, 56,FULL STORY

France’s Hollande to visit Calais amid debate on ‘Jungle’

French President Francois Hollande was yesterday to visit Calais, after vowing to close the notorious “Jungle” camp on the outskirts of the city, despite growing controversy over the fate of thousands of desperate refugees there. Hollande’s visit came just days after one by his conservative predecessor,FULL STORY

World News Quick Take

JAPAN Quakes rattle Japan A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled northern and southern Japan yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and there was no danger of a tsunami. The Meteorological Agency said the first quake was a magnitude 5.5 and occurred justFULL STORY

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