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TAIPEI : The death toll from the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan's Tainan city on Feb 6 had climbed to 108 by 7am Saturday, with nine still missing, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The 16-storey Weiguan Jinlong building fell down towards a road on its east side seconds after the earthquake, accounting for 106 of the deaths, according to an official update on the casualties.

Meanwhile, 281 people were rescued out of the building, but nine were still missing more than a week after the quake.

The quake, which the China Earthquake Administration said had a magnitude of 6.7, hit southern Taiwan at 3.57am on Feb 6, just two days before the Chinese Lunar New Year.

At that time, the Weiguan Jinlong building was crammed with about 380 people, including many relatives of residents.

Rescuers started searching efforts soon after the quake and are still search for the missing, but no survivor has been discovered since late Monday.

At present, all the nine missing stayed in Unit A and Unit G. When the building with units A to I toppled, Unit H fell upon Unit A on the southern side of the building, while Unit I fell upon Unit G on the north, making it hard for people in those

HONG KONG - Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to quell fights after authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class Hong Kong district, the worst street clashes since pro-democracy protests in late 2014.

Protesters hurled bricks at police as scuffles broke out, while other demonstrators set fire to rubbish bins in the streets of Mong Kok, a gritty neighbourhood just across the harbour from the heart of the Asian financial centre.

Police fired two

TAIWAN : A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-storey apartment complex full of families who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations in the early hours of Saturday, with at least seven dead and more than 30 feared trapped.

The death toll was rising Saturday afternoon in the historic city of Tainan, which bore the brunt of the 6.4-magnitude quake in the early hours of the morning, as rescuers scoured rubble for survivors.

An entire residential complex of four buildings containing

KUALA LUMPUR : Former second warrant officer Muhammad Rizalman Ismail has been sentenced to nine months' home detention in New Zealand after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting Wellington woman Tania Billingsley at her home on May 9, 2014.

The decision was made by the Wellington High Court after hearing submissions from defence lawyer Dr Donald Stevens, QC, and Crown prosecutor Grant Burston, reported NZ Herald on its online news portal, nzherald.co.nz, on Thursday.

The Crown

ISTANBUL: Twenty-four migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea on Monday as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, Dogan news agency said.

The agency initially said at least 35 migrants had died in two separate accidents off western Turkey, but later reported that there was a single incident with 24 deaths.

The migrants died when their boat sank off the district of Edremit in the western province of Balikesir in an apparent bid to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan

JAKARTA : Indonesia's economy grew at its slowest pace in six years in 2015, data showed Friday, hit by plunging commodity prices and and falling exports to key markets including China

Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 4.79 percent last year, the first time it has fallen below five percent since 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis.

However, a slight uptick in the last three months of the year beat expectations and raised hopes the country can kick on in 2016.

- AFP

BEIJING : China has sentenced two men to death for the 2013 killing of a prominent Tibetan religious leader, state media said, in what had been one of Tibet's most closely watched murder cases.

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, who lived in exile in Scotland and became a British citizen, was among the first spiritual leaders to teach Tibetan Buddhism to followers in the West.

He, his nephew and his driver were killed in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu in October 2013 over what police had

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