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Ukrainian artist strikes a chord with matchsticks

Ukrainian artist strikes a chord with matchsticks

Ukrainian Bogdan Senchukov wants to carve his way into the Guinness World Records: by making the world’s biggest collection of musical instruments from matchsticks.

Sharif leaves for London

Sharif leaves for London

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif left Pakistan yesterday in an air ambulance to seek medical treatment in London, his party said, a month after the three-time premier was released on bail from a seven-year prison sentence for corruption.

Economy heading in right direction: PM

Economy heading in right direction: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the country’s economy is heading in the right direction.

Will call off protests only if demands met: JNUSU

Will call off protests only if demands met: JNUSU

Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University said they were ready to undertake a march to parliament “10 times” if their demands were not met.

Morales sets terms for supporters to demobilise

Morales sets terms for supporters to demobilise

Bolivia’s ousted president Evo Morales, who is in exile in Mexico, said he has ruled out asking his supporters at home to demobilise to facilitate new elections until his and their security is guaranteed.

US, S Korea break off defence cost dialogue

US, S Korea break off defence cost dialogue

South Korean and US officials broke off talks yesterday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the US military, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a $5bn US demand for the bill.

Govt may extend ban on onion export to Feb

Govt may extend ban on onion export to Feb

India may keep a ban on onion exports until February because domestic prices have risen after the harvest of summer-sown crops, which were expected to augment supplies, was delayed and damaged by untimely rains, a government official said.

Indonesian workshop turns waste into decorations

Indonesian workshop turns waste into decorations

An Indonesian workshop is turning industrial waste and chicken feathers into decorative models of roosters, in a bid to reduce waste and generate income for low-paid workers.

Lanka new leader likely to reboot China ties

Lanka new leader likely to reboot China ties

The unfinished, purple-headed Lotus Tower soars uselessly into the Colombo sky, mired in corruption allegations – a project typical of China’s misadventures in Sri Lanka under a political dynasty that has just returned to power.

Trump request for Biden probe was ‘improper’

Trump request for Biden probe was ‘improper’

A White House official testified yesterday in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump that a phone call the president made to ask Ukraine to investigate his political rivals was improper, and denounced attacks on witnesses in the investigation.

Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw

Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw

Vaulted ceilings and rows of stone columns stretch into the humid darkness deep below the Philippine capital, where workers are transforming a more-than-century-old underground reservoir into a draw for tourists.

Duterte criticises Robredo, says she cannot be trusted

Duterte criticises Robredo, says she cannot be trusted

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at his vice president yesterday, calling her a “scatterbrain” who was discussing his war on drugs with outsiders and could put the country in danger if given sensitive information.

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