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ANKARA: At least 28 people were killed and 61 wounded Wednesday by a car bomb targeting the Turkish military in the heart of the capital Ankara, the latest in a string of attacks to shake the country.

The blast struck a convoy of military service vehicles but it was still not clear who carried it out, said Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, confirming the latest toll.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation against the perpetrators of the attack, which came on the heels of a spate of deadly strikes in Turkey blamed on jihadists but also on Kurdish rebels.

The car bomb detonated when a convoy of military buses carrying dozens of soldiers stopped at traffic lights in central Ankara, creating scenes of panic and chaos.

"This attack has very clearly targeted our esteemed nation as a whole and was carried out in a vile, dishonourable, treacherous and insidious way," said Kurtulmus.

Plumes of smoke could be seen from all over the city rising from the scene, close to the headquarters of the Turkish military and the parliament.

The powerful blast was heard throughout Ankara, sending alarmed residents rushing to their balconies, an AFP correspondent said.

The army said

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia Airlines on Sunday denied media reports that three men detained for smuggling tortoises at an airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday night, are its employees.

In a statement on Sunday, Malaysia Airlines said the persons directly involved in the offence were not its staff and the incident was still being investigated.

"The company has zero tolerance for employees, contractors or service providers who are guilty of criminal offences and illegal activities.

"We will not

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

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

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.


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