Asia & Pacific

Alleged World’s Oldest Person Found in Indonesia, Aged 145

Mbah Gotho of Indonesia (YouTube/screenshot)
Mbah Gotho of Indonesia (YouTube/screenshot)

Mbah Gotho of Indonesia might be the longest living human being in recorded history, but he “just wants to die.” Gotho was born Dec. 31,...

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  • A young archer in traditional outfit practises the centuries-old 
Indonesian sport of ‘Jemparingan’. After decades of decline, a revival is under way.  (GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, two model jets of Hong Kong airline Cathay Dragon, formerly known as Dragonair, front, and Cathay Pacific Airways, are displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong.  Cathay Pacific Airways says its profit tumbled in the first half of this year as economic weakness in China and other important markets cut passenger demand while it faced cutthroat competition from rivals.  Hong Kong's biggest airline on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016,  posted interim net profit of 353 million Hong Kong dollars ($45.5 million), down 82 percent from the same period a year earlier.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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  • (L to R) Benedict Coyne, Dr Sarah Winch and Ethan Gutmann at the  Q and A session following the screening of 'Hard to Believe' at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, in Brisbane, on August 11, 2016. (Courtesy of Nelson Huang/NTD Television)

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  • A Thai police officer stands at the site of an explosion in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Aug. 12, 2016. A series of coordinated blasts across Southern Thailand including Hua Hin and Phuket killing at least four people and injured dozens. According to reports, no group has claimed the attacks but suspicion has fallen on separatist insurgents. (Dario Pignatelli/Getty Images)

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  • Investigators work at the scene of an explosion in the resort town of Hua Hin, 150 miles south of Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

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  • Authorities direct traffic after explosions occurred overnight and Friday morning in the tourist city of Hua Hin, Thailand on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang)

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  • People watch a screen showing Japanese Emperor Akihito delivering a speech in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The Japanese emperor, in a rare address to the public, signaled Monday his apparent wish to abdicate by expressing concern about his ability to carry out his duties fully. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the "Assumption of Command" of new Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at Camp Crame, Philippine National Police headquarters, in suburban Quezon city, Philippines, on July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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