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Fed’s dovish policy will not erase carry trade risks in Hong Kong dollar, analysts say

4 hours 44 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The Hong Kong dollar’s rebound on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve surprisingly decided to halt its interest rate increases will only be temporary because traders will continue to exploit the gap between Hong Kong and US market interest rates trade activities conducted by traders as global central banks turn to similar looser monetary policies to combat the global economic slowdown, analysts said.The US dollar fell against Asian currencies, including the Hong Kong dollar, following the Fed…
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Former Philippine officials accuse Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court

5 hours 2 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Two former Philippine officials have taken the bold step of filing a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity over his government’s assertive actions in the disputed South China Sea, which they say have deprived thousands of fishermen of their livelihood and destroyed the environment.Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and chief anti-corruption prosecutor Conchita Carpio Morales said on Thursday that they filed the…
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Pilots of doomed Lion Air jet were searching for instructions to recover flight at time of crash: Indonesian investigators

5 hours 58 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The pilots in charge of the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that crashed in October killing 189 people were searching for the right checklist in their handbooks as the plane went down after experiencing airspeed and altitude issues, Indonesian investigators said on Thursday.At a press conference, the investigators said they had 90 per cent of the data from cockpit voice recorder needed for a final report on the crash, which is now expected to be released in August.Nurcahyo Utomo, an investigator…
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India’s political parties go cartoon crazy as they chase country’s youth vote on social media

7 hours 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Ganesh Bhalerao is a cartoonist hoping to go viral in the battle to secure Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election when India votes over the next two months.Hired by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to find amusing ways to lionise Modi or lampoon opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, Bhalerao is a social media warrior in an election campaign being fought online as never before.“Political parties are realising the importance of cartoons as they elicit a huge response,” the 29-year-old former…
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Closing time? Japan convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid severe labour shortages

8 hours 57 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Japan’s 24-hour convenience stores are struggling to stay open around the clock as an industry that has continually expanded now finds itself at the sharp end of a labour shortage.Franchise owners, some of whom were forced to work amid massive snowstorms or in the wake of a family death, have launched a campaign to persuade industry leader 7-Eleven to allow stores to close earlier.Although the debate has focused on their plight, it has also raised doubts over the future of a US$100 billion…
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MeToo to KuToo: how Japanese women called time on high heels in the workplace

9 hours 23 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Yumi Ishikawa had been standing for hours in the black high heels she was required to wear for her work as an attendant at a funeral home in Tokyo. The pain surging through her back, legs and feet was excruciating, as she looked enviously at her male colleagues strolling about in flat, black brogues. “If women were allowed to wear shoes like that, our jobs would be less uncomfortable,” she thought to herself. And so she tweeted this thought.私はいつか女性が仕事でヒールやパンプスを履かなきゃいけないという風習をなくしたいと思ってるの…
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Taiwan’s ties to Pacific allies at stake in Solomon Islands election

10 hours 40 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
As politicians hit the hustings across the Solomon Islands two weeks out from a general election in the South Pacific archipelago, the loyalty of one of Taiwan’s few remaining allies is in the balance.Some Solomons candidates are promising to review lucrative but loosening ties with Taipei that, if broken, could trigger a reshaping of diplomatic relations in a region home to a third of Taiwan’s shrinking list of allies.Although Pacific island states offer little economically to either China and…
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Footage of person appearing to smash portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il released by dissident group Cheollima Civil Defense

10 hours 49 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
A shadowy dissident group dedicated to overthrowing the North Korean regime has released footage purporting to show a person inside the totalitarian state destroying portraits of national founder Kim Il-sung and second-generation dictator Kim Jong-il.Cheollima Civil Defense on Thursday released a short video on its website of a figure, whose face is blurred, removing portraits of current leader Kim Jong-un’s grandfather and father from a wall and smashing them on the ground.During the 34-second…
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Two South Korean men arrested for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests with spycams

10 hours 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Police in South Korea have arrested two men for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests and live-streaming the footage online, in the latest hidden spycam scandal to hit the country.The suspects, who have not been named, set up secret cameras in 42 rooms at 30 hotels in 10 South Korean cities between November last year and the beginning of March, media reports said.The accused went to extraordinary lengths to install the cameras, the cyber investigation unit at the Seoul metropolitan police agency…
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Japan turns to drones to replace its ageing farmers

11 hours 45 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Japan’s agriculture sector is turning to drone technology as farming communities age and more young people opt for office careers. The agriculture ministry plans to use drones to bring farming into the 21st century and make life easier for the shrinking number of people who work the land. Recent leaps in drone technology mean many tasks can now be carried out by remotely operated aircraft. “Drones are easy to handle and can operate at many different types of site, such as in hilly areas and…
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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch severs business ties with Mokhzani Mahathir over anti-Semitic comments made by his father

13 hours 18 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s company has cut business ties with Mokhzani Mahathir over anti-Semitic remarks made by his father, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, local media reported.In an interview with BBC last October, Mahathir described Jews as “hook-nosed” and blamed them for troubles in the Middle East.“If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is an old truth. But I cannot say that,” on BBC’s Hard Talk.The 93…
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Lion Air, the carrier behind Indonesia’s second-worst aviation disaster, starts work on a US$1 billion initial public offer

13 hours 38 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Lion Air has started preparations for a domestic initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said, as Indonesia’s biggest private carrier seeks to move past an October crash that triggered the crisis surrounding Boeing’s 737 Max plane.The company is working with advisers on the planned share sale, which could take place as soon as this year, the people said.Lion Air has been discussing a fundraising target of around US$1 billion, though it hasn’t set precise terms for the deal,…
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New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in reforms to gun laws following terrorist attack in Christchurch

14 hours 46 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws following the terrorist attack which left 50 Muslims dead in the country’s worst mass shooting.“Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” she said.Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and that a buy-back scheme…
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China’s US$7 billion railway link to Laos is almost half done, on schedule to begin service in 2021

14 hours 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
China’s railway line to Laos, a 414-kilometre (257 miles) link between Yunnan’s provincial capital of Kunming and the Laotian capital Vientiane, is almost half complete, putting it on schedule to begin service in December 2021, said the chief of Lao Railways.Trains on the line can travel at up to 160 kilometres per hour (100 miles per hour), cutting the travelling time between the two cities to three hours from three days, said Lao Railways’ director general Somsana Ratsaphong. Tickets will…
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Thailand’s military-appointed Senate could steal election result, Pheu Thai Party leader warns

17 hours 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The leader of Thailand’s biggest political party has warned that the unelected Senate could steal the general election result by handing the prime ministership to junta chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha – even if his political proxies are trounced at the ballot box on Sunday.The comments on Wednesday by the Pheu Thai Party’s Sudarat Keyuraphan echo growing rancour among the junta’s top opponents in recent days, after Prayuth’s top lieutenant Prawit Wongsuwan – overseeing the appointment of the 250…
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The US should rein in Taiwan’s latest presidential hopeful to prevent a cross-strait crisis

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
On Monday, Taiwan experienced nothing short of a political earthquake. Former premier William Lai Ching-te unexpectedly announced he would seek the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) nomination to run in the presidential election in January 2020. This means he will challenge President Tsai Ing-wen, who has declared her intention to seek re-election. Lai’s pro-independence and anti-China stance makes this an ominous turn in Taiwanese politics. Shortly after taking office as premier in…
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New Zealand’s foreign minister to confront Turkish president over his repeated use of Christchurch massacre video in political rallies

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:14 - [CET/Central European Time]
New Zealand’s foreign minister is travelling to Istanbul, where he will confront Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, over his decision to use footage of the Christchurch terrorist attack at his election rallies, alongside threats that Turkey will make those responsible “pay for it”.Erdogan’s repeated use of the footage, largely in a bid to portray his chief election opponents as soft on terrorism, has infuriated the New Zealand government, which is trying to blend a message of…
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Indonesia eyes durian pivot to counter Europe’s palm oil ban

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:11 - [CET/Central European Time]
As Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s two largest palm oil producers, reel from the European Union’s latest push to phase out its use, Indonesian president Joko Widodo has offered growers a solution: durians.Addressing farmers on Tuesday at an event in Jakarta, he said swapping oil palms for durian trees would bring more benefits, given the high demand from countries like China.China’s durian imports rose 15 per cent in 2017 to nearly 350,000 tonnes worth US$510 million, according to the…
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Can Japan end its love affair with single-use plastic?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:30 - [CET/Central European Time]
From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country’s love affair with plastic.The push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to use the meeting to push for an agreement on reducing marine plastic waste.But the country’s own record on single-use plastic is hardly exemplary: Japan generates more…
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Vietnam jails dissident for ‘reactionary’ Facebook posts that criticised state surveillance and long leases for foreign investors

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:01 - [CET/Central European Time]
A Vietnamese activist was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday for “abusing democratic freedoms” in the conservative communist state that has seen an uptick in dissident detentions under a hardline leadership.Le Minh The was convicted for a series of Facebook posts following a half-day trial in southern Can Tho province, state media reported.Vietnam’s Catholics: cross with China, and all communistsHe “deliberately posted and distributed reactionary propaganda information online,…
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To reclaim Philippines from Beijing’s grasp, US must look beyond the South China Sea

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:30 - [CET/Central European Time]
International talk about the Philippines often focuses on the South China Sea and disputes that the country has with China. Speculation then follows about the character of, and sometimes controversial quotations from, President Rodrigo Duterte. Less notice is given to the country’s economy that continues to grow, although not without hiccups, at one of the fastest rates in the region.The three issues however interplay and have a significance that extends beyond the archipelago of islands. The…
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Fugitive Indian jeweller Nirav Modi arrested in London, British police say

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:53 - [CET/Central European Time]
Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said on Wednesday.India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the US$2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s biggest banking fraud.Police said Modi, 48, had been arrested in the Holborn area of central London on Tuesday and was due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.Fake…
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Rights activists urge Japan to drop compulsory sterilisation policy for transgender people wanting to alter ID documents

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:27 - [CET/Central European Time]
Human Rights Watch urged Japan on Wednesday to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilised before their gender is changed on official documents.A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed and have a body that “appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs” of the gender they want to register. The supreme court in January rejected an appeal by a transgender man who wanted legal recognition without…
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India’s 2012 gang-rape murder case dramatised in new Netflix series Delhi Crime

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
When Richie Mehta was first approached to direct Delhi Crime, Netflix’s latest Indian series about the aftermath of the 2012 notorious gang-rape and murder case, he said no.Medical student Jyoti Singh, 23, was violently assaulted and killed by five men and a teenager on a bus in New Delhi, in a case that shocked the nation and made global headlines. She was airlifted to a hospital in Singapore but soon died of severe organ failure.The horrific crime shone a spotlight on India’s high levels of…
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Singapore questions Sri Lankan leader's allegation it is harbouring a fraudster wanted over a multimillion dollar trading scam

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:51 - [CET/Central European Time]
Singapore on Wednesday rejected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation that it was sheltering a former central bank chief wanted for fraud, saying Colombo failed to provide documents to support its extradition request.On Monday, Sirisena accused Singapore of sheltering Arjuna Mahendran, one of his country’s former central bank chiefs wanted in connection with a high-profile US$74 million insider trading scam.The Sri Lankan president said he had appealed to Prime Minister Lee…
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East Coast Rail Link deal before Belt and Road forum? Depends on China, Mahathir says

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday said the future of the China-backed East Coast Rail Link project, in limbo for months, was unlikely to be resolved before he visits Beijing in April for a summit on the Belt and Road Initiative.The multibillion-dollar rail project – once hailed as a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature project to fund and build infrastructure across Asia – faces the threat of cancellation after work was suspended last July.Malaysia ‘values…
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Australia to limit number of permanent migrants to 160,000 for the next four years

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 08:59 - [CET/Central European Time]
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has decided to cap permanent migration at 160,000 for the next four years, and introduced new skilled-worker visas to steer migrants away from the big cities.The 160,000 cap covers 110,000 skilled places and 47,000 family places. Currently there are 101,419 applications in the skilled pipeline, and 194,908 in the family pipeline, including 80,539 partners applying for residency, many of whom are already in Australia on bridging visas.To try to steer…
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Malaysia’s crackdown on insulting Islam: divine inspiration from Pakatan Harapan?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:37 - [CET/Central European Time]
As Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan government contends with a marriage of convenience between the two largest opposition parties, pressure is mounting on it to show it can defend the interests of Malay-Muslims, who make up 75 per cent of voters.Enter a new initiative to crack down on insults against Islam. On March 7, the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim), the country’s most powerful Islamic affairs agency, set up a special unit to police insults against Islam on social media and…
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Philippines seizes 160kg of methamphetamine hidden in biscuit cans, arrests 4 Chinese

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:29 - [CET/Central European Time]
Philippine authorities have seized more than 160 kilograms (350 pounds) of methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers and biscuit cans in their second-largest drug haul this year in a sign of how the problem has persisted despite the president’s bloody anti-drug crackdown.Three Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino interpreter were arrested late Tuesday in “buy-bust” raids in an upscale residential enclave and outside a shopping centre in Alabang village in the Manila metropolis, Philippine…
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Local, foreign firms express interest in buying Malaysia Airlines, Mahathir Mohamad says

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:36 - [CET/Central European Time]
Malaysia has received interest from some local and foreign firms to buy national carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday.Malaysia was still studying options for the financially troubled flagship carrier, he told reporters.“There are certain parties who are interested to buy (the airline), so we don’t reject (the possibility of selling),” Mahathir said, without disclosing the names of the firms.The government will consider whether to change the…
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Sri Lanka to get US$3.9 billion oil refinery next to Chinese-run port in Colombo

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 05:22 - [CET/Central European Time]
A Singapore-based company and the government of Oman have pledged to build a US$3.9 billion oil refinery next to a Chinese-controlled port in what will be the largest foreign investment ever for Sri Lanka, officials said on Tuesday.The refinery will be a joint venture for the Singapore-based Silver Park International Private Limited firm and the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas, said Nalin Bandara, Sri Lanka’s deputy minister of international trade. Construction will begin next week…
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New Zealand shooting: Terrorist was on his way to third location when he was arrested, say police

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 03:29 - [CET/Central European Time]
A white supremacist who gunned down 50 Muslims in a twin mosque attack was on his way to a third location when he was apprehended, said New Zealand police.“We strongly believe we stopped him on the way to a further attack,” Police Commissioner Mike Bush said at a press conference on Wednesday.Bush said police knew where the gunman was heading, but declined to comment further as the accused has been charged and a prosecution process was underway.The rifle-armed shooter gunned down 50 worshippers…
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New Zealand shooting: More than 200 users watched live stream video of Christchurch mosque attacks, but nobody reported it, says Facebook

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 03:07 - [CET/Central European Time]
Why was the live stream video of the New Zealand twin mosque attack aired for 17 minutes on Facebook? Didn’t anyone report it?The answer is no, said the company. According to its deputy general counsel, Chris Sonderby, none of the 200 or so people who watched the live video flagged it to moderators.Sonderby said the first user report did not come until 12 minutes after the broadcast ended.Facebook said it removed the video “within minutes” of being notified by New Zealand police. But since then…
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Coco Martin is one of the Philippines’ biggest stars – because he’s an everyman

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 03:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
Coco Martin is a Filipino everyman. In person, he’s shorter than you’d expect. Disarming; he’s also trim, handsome (but not too handsome) with an empathetic smile and warm eyes. When you meet him, he’s immediately familiar. He could be the mechanic from down the road, the kindly hospital orderly or the overseas foreign worker. Nondescript. Ordinary, but trustworthy.Meanwhile, the Philippines is three years into President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in office and is fast approaching the all-important…
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Indonesia has a lot in common with the Philippines – maybe too much, as Widodo and Prabowo take pages from Duterte’s playbook

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 02:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
In The Possessed (1872), Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky warned: “In turbulent times of upheaval or transition low characters always come to the front everywhere.”His book, after all, was a reaction to the disruptive emergence of radical thinkers and nihilist movements, which sought to supplant a fossilised Tsarist regime in the dusk of the 19th century. The subsequent Russian Revolution, which precipitated decades of ideological violence and political fratricide, only underscored the…
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Pilot who hitched a ride saved doomed Boeing 737 MAX 8 on next-to-last Lion Air flight

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:59 - [CET/Central European Time]
As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing 737 MAX 8, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit.That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jump seat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, according to two people familiar with Indonesia’s investigation.The next day, under command of a different crew facing what investigators said was…
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Jakarta holds its breath ahead of launch of new MRT system

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 01:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
Commuting in Indonesia’s gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first train line opens later this month.The train line is the latest of infrastructure improvements nationwide that officials hope will help the giant but laggard nation catch up with its neighbours.The 16km system running south from Jakarta’s downtown is the first phase of a development that if fully realised will plant a cross-shaped network of stations on the teeming city of 30…
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Asia braces for invasion of a destructive American pest: fall armyworms

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:32 - [CET/Central European Time]
Fall armyworms, a long-time American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm in Asia now after entrenching themselves in Africa.The insect was first reported outside the Americas in 2016 – in Africa, where it has infested up to half of some crops of maize, sorghum and millet. It’s now spread through Yemen and South Asia to Thailand and China.This new arrival to her territory worries Uraporn Nounart, a specialist on farm pests at Thailand’s Department of Agriculture.“We…
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Crisis at Indian airline Jet Airways worsens as government steps in and pilots threaten strike

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:27 - [CET/Central European Time]
A crisis at Jet Airways – once India’s second-biggest airline – deepened on Tuesday as an increasingly worried government called for an emergency meeting, angry passengers demanded refunds and pilots threatened to go on strike over unpaid salaries.India’s civil aviation minister, Suresh Prabhu, asked his officials to call for a meeting to discuss grounding of flights, advance bookings, cancellations, refunds, and any potential safety issues, at the cash-strapped carrier.Saddled with debt of…
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Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:41 - [CET/Central European Time]
Japanese Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda said on Tuesday that he will step down at the end of his current term in June and resign as a member of the International Olympic Committee amid bribery allegations related to Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Games.The development is unlikely to affect the actual preparations for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, with less than 500 days to go. But it is the latest disappointment for the country that has seen a series of controversies over…
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Cheollima Civil Defense wants to take on Kim Jong-un and free North Korea. Who are they, and do they have a shot?

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
A dissident group plotting to overthrow North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has appealed to the media not to expose its members’ identities and compromise their safety, citing the regime’s “death squads” who would boldly carry out assassinations even on foreign soil.Cheollima Civil Defense, said to be behind a raid on Pyongyang’s embassy in Madrid on February 22, on Sunday issued a statement on its website emphasising the need to remain anonymous. Several members had already escaped threats to…
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Thailand to ask Hong Kong to extradite Thaksin Shinawatra

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:41 - [CET/Central European Time]
Thai authorities are seeking the extradition of the exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from Hong Kong, local media said on Tuesday, as his powerful political family began descending on the city for a wedding ahead of Sunday’s general election.Thailand and Hong Kong do not have an extradition treaty.Thaksin’s youngest daughter Paetongtarn “Ing” Shinawatra is set to marry commercial pilot Pidok Sooksawas on Friday at the Rosewood Hotel in Hong Kong. The couple has already landed in…
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Thai construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta sentenced to 16 months in prison over black leopard poaching case

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:36 - [CET/Central European Time]
A Thai tycoon accused of killing a black leopard was sentenced to 16 months in jail on other poaching-related charges on Tuesday but allowed to go free pending an appeal, in a case that has caused an outcry in a country fed up with impunity for powerful figures.Construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta, whose company is behind major infrastructure projects such as Bangkok’s monorail and its airport, was arrested by rangers in a national park in February last year.He and three others were detained…
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Philippines goes cap in hand to China as water shortage bites

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:09 - [CET/Central European Time]
The Philippines has gone cap in hand to China as it struggles with a severe water shortage that has seen taps in its capital city run dry.A delegation from Manila landed in China on Tuesday hoping to attract further infrastructure investment and speed up the delivery of loans Beijing has pledged for an irrigation project and a controversial dam that government ministers say will ease the water shortage. Any new loans they negotiate would be on top of the US$10 billion China has already pledged…
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Japanese university under investigation for losing track of hundreds of foreign students

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:49 - [CET/Central European Time]
A Japanese university is under investigation for losing track of almost 700 of its foreign students, with many now assumed to be working illegally in the country.More than 8,000 students are enrolled at the privately run Tokyo University of Social Welfare, 5,133 of whom are foreign nationals – primarily from China, Vietnam and Nepal.This is not the first time that the institution has had foreign students go missing, either – 264 were unaccounted for in 2016, with a further 493 disappearing a…
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Explained: Thailand’s politics and monarchy

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:05 - [CET/Central European Time]
Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonised by Europeans. It is the second-largest economy in the region and the 26th largest in the world, according to multiple reports.Since the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in 1932, its on-off democracy has been punctuated by 19 attempted coups d’état – 12 of which were successful.In recent years the country has been deeply divided between support and opposition for Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister…
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Man whose wife was shot dead in Christchurch attack has message for accused killer Brenton Tarrant: ‘I still love you’

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 07:59 - [CET/Central European Time]
A man in New Zealand whose wife was killed in the terrorist attack at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque has a message for her killer: “I still love you.”A total of fifty people died in a twin mosque attack in the city, after a self-described white supremacist armed with a rifle burst in and opened fire on worshippers during their Friday prayers.“I want to give the message to the person who did this, or if he has any friends who also think like this: ‘I still love you’,” said Farid Ahmed, 59, as…
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Japan approves plan to ban parents from physically punishing children after string of fatal child abuse cases

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:55 - [CET/Central European Time]
Japan on Tuesday approved a plan to include physical punishments in a revised child abuse prevention law that will be put into force in April next year, as child abuse cases in the nation rise.The government is aiming to pass a bill to revise child abuse prevention legislations during the ongoing parliamentary session and put most of the amended laws into force in April next year.The current child abuse prevention law stipulates that assault and lewd acts constitute abuse. But when it comes to…
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From Kyoto to Kansas City, it’s Indonesian tuna on the world’s sushi counters

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 05:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
Workers at the East Java processing plant of Indonesian seafood supplier Bahari Biru Nusantara race every day to gut, fillet and freeze prized wild-caught fish for the world market.Company director Hadi Wijaja says they can process 35 tonnes of fish a day, or 5,000 tonnes a year, inside the spacious facilities whose sanitary practices are registered internationally – including in the US, the EU, and Korea, where fish must reach while still fresh enough to be consumed raw.Indonesia is the world…
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New Zealand shooting: preparations for burials of victims to begin, as Jacinda Ardern vows accused terrorist would face ‘full force of the law’

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:54 - [CET/Central European Time]
Preparations for the burials of the Muslim victims who were last week killed in a massacre at two mosques in New Zealand were set to begin on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed that the accused terrorist would face “the full force of the law”.Bodies of the victims of Friday’s attacks were being washed and prepared for burial in a Muslim ritual process, with teams of volunteers flown in from overseas to assist with the heavy workload.“We’ve been very conscious of the need to work…
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Indian telecommunications tycoon Anil Ambani thanks richer brother for payment to avoid jail

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 02:43 - [CET/Central European Time]
Indian tycoon Anil Ambani averted a three-month jail term after his telecommunications company settled dues it owed the local unit of Ericsson AB just before a court-set deadline.In a surprise twist, the embattled former billionaire thanked his brother Mukesh, and his sister-in-law, after Reliance Communications made the required 5.5 billion rupee (US$80 million) payment to Ericsson.Repeated failures to pay and Anil’s personal guarantee landed him in trouble in February, with the top court…
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Hong Kong’s Fung Group restores historic Hamada soy sauce factory in Japan, aims to grow condiments venture into business worth up to US$ 1 billion

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:00 - [CET/Central European Time]
Nearly three years after a severe earthquake wreaked havoc across Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture, on Kyushu island, the 200-year-old Hamada soy sauce factory has finally been restored.Unveiling the repaired building on Monday was Hamada’s majority owner Victor Fung Kwok-king, the Hong Kong supply chain veteran and group chairman of the privately owned Fung Group, who is eyeing a slice of the multibillion-dollar condiments market.Why is Japan so obsessed with being on time?Through his Heritage…
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Hyundai, Kia being investigated by group of US states over vehicle fires, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 00:31 - [CET/Central European Time]
A group of US states is investigating Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp for potential unfair and deceptive acts related to reports of hundreds of vehicle fires, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said on Monday.The South Korean carmakers have recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles since 2015 to address various engine fire risks in a series of recalls. In November, Reuters reported that federal prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into Hyundai and Kia to determine if…
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Next Dalai Lama could come from India, exiled spiritual leader says as he warns that successor chosen by China won’t be trusted

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 18:25 - [CET/Central European Time]
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.Sat in an office next to a temple ringed by green hills and snow-capped mountains, the 14th Dalai Lama spoke to Reuters a day after Tibetans in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala marked the anniversary of his escape from the…
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Orangutan blinded after being shot 74 times with an air gun in Indonesia

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:57 - [CET/Central European Time]
An endangered orangutan with a young baby on Indonesia’s Sumatra island was blinded after being shot at least 74 times with an air gun, an official and veterinary surgeon said on Monday.An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun pellets in its body, including four in its left eye and two in the right, said Yenny Saraswati, a veterinary surgeon with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.She said the animal, named “Hope” by the team of rescuers, was blinded by the shooting and also had several…
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Baby reunited with father in Indonesia as death toll from flash floods hits 79

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:55 - [CET/Central European Time]
A baby trapped under rubble following flash flooding that destroyed his home in Indonesia has been reunited with his father after the disaster killed the rest of their family, officials said on Monday, as the death toll hit 79.The five-month old was plucked from the debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead on Sunday in the town of Sentani.“We took the baby to the hospital and had him treated,” Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.“He was in stable condition and…
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Force-fed vomit and threatened with death: couple jailed for ‘worst of its kind’ abuse of domestic worker in Singapore

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:44 - [CET/Central European Time]
A Singaporean couple was on Monday jailed for abusing a domestic worker from Myanmar after the pair force-fed her with a funnel, made her eat her own vomit and threatened to kill her family if she reported the mistreatment.In a case described by Singapore prosecutors as “arguably one of the worst of its kind” in the city state, the married couple – who were sentenced two years ago over the abuse of another maid – beat and kicked their helper and made her clean the house in her underwear.Moe Moe…
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‘Traumatised and paranoid’: Malaysians in New Zealand struggle after Christchurch terror attack

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:42 - [CET/Central European Time]
As Christchurch comes to terms with the terror attack at two mosques that claimed 50 lives, Malaysians in New Zealand are still shocked and traumatised.Three Malaysians are among the dozens of people wounded and a teenager from the Southeast Asian nation is still missing, according to the latest update from its foreign ministry.Malaysian-New Zealander Sayyad Ahmad Milne, 14, was among those killed in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting.As New Zealand grieves over the Christchurch terrorist attack…
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Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan set to visit Hong Kong days ahead of national polls

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:02 - [CET/Central European Time]
Hong Kong is set to play host this week to Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan just days ahead of Sunday’s general election – but the gathering has nothing to do with the closely watched polls.Instead, the family led by self-exiled patriarch Thaksin Shinawatra will be in the city for the wedding on Friday of Paetongtarn “Ing” Shinawatra – the former prime minister’s youngest daughter – to Pidok Sooksawas, a professional pilot.View this post on InstagramNo longer two but one #mmdpswedding…
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How the Seungri and Jung Joon-young K-pop sex scandal exposes South Korea’s culture of toxic masculinity

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:02 - [CET/Central European Time]
In the latest twist to South Korea’s K-pop sex crime scandal, Seoul police announced plans on Monday to issue an arrest warrant for singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young over charges of secretly filming and sharing videos of at least 10 women with fellow idols and friends.Jung is seen to be the ringleader of the ongoing spycam porn sex-crime scandal with Lee Jong-hyun of Korean boy band CNBlue, Choi Jong-hoon of FT Island and Yong Jun-hyung of K-pop outfit Highlight also implicated. The men were…
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Seoul seeks to break deadlock in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:56 - [CET/Central European Time]
As talks between Washington and Pyongyang on denuclearisation appear to have stalled after last month’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without agreement, South Korea is looking for ways to end the impasse. A statement issued by Seoul’s presidential Blue House on Monday said the time was now right for the two Koreas to hold further talks – building upon President Moon Jae-in’s policy of rapprochement which saw him meet Kim three times last…
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Forget the cherry blossoms, springtime in Japan means gearing up for allergy season

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:37 - [CET/Central European Time]
In Japan, masks, nasal sprays, eye drops and over-the-counter medicines are being snapped up by the millions of people who suffer from kafunsho, or allergies brought on by pollen – with this year’s springtime epidemic the worst in at least six years.As many as one in four of the nation’s 127 million residents experiences sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes every year, with the peak period of allergies taking place between late February and mid-March for pollen from cedar trees, and again from…
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1MDB scandal: Malaysia to issue summons to Goldman Sachs’ London, Hong Kong units

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:17 - [CET/Central European Time]
Malaysian prosecutors on Monday said they would issue summonses to units of US investment bank Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong, requiring them to respond by June to criminal charges filed against them last year.Soon after being elected in May, the country’s new government charged three units of Goldman Sachs with misleading investors by making untrue statements and omitting key facts in relation to bond issues totalling US$6.5 billion for state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).On…
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Surviving victims of historical forced sterilisation law in Japan to receive compensation and apology

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:52 - [CET/Central European Time]
Thousands of victims of forced sterilisation in Japan will finally be offered compensation for their suffering under a now-defunct eugenics law.About 16,500 people, mostly women with disabilities, were targeted between 1948 and 1996 under a Japanese law that aimed to stop the birth of children described as “inferior”.Surviving victims will soon receive a “deep apology” and payments of 3.2 million yen (US$28,700) under the terms of a bill agreed between the ruling party and opposition MPs, with…
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As New Zealand grieves over the Christchurch terrorist attack, it must come to terms with how hatred was able to take root

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:32 - [CET/Central European Time]
Last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Christchurch were a devastating and tragic assault on New Zealand’s Muslim community and have shocked the nation to its core.The country’s geographic remoteness and relative lack of historical conflict had led to a collective sense of being shielded from that global hate-fuelled violence.New Zealand now must come to terms with how such a tragedy could happen in a place that values ideals of multiculturalism, tolerance and social integration as critical and…
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Signalling system blamed for Hong Kong MTR collision was also behind 2017 crash at Joo Koon station on Singapore MRT

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:59 - [CET/Central European Time]
The signalling system believed to be at fault for Monday morning’s MTR train collision was also behind a crash on Singapore’s network that injured 38 people.Hong Kong Federation of Railway Trade Unions chairman Lam Wai-keung said the trains had crashed while running the system, developed by French company Thales, known as SelTrac.SelTrac, also known as communications-based train control (CBTC), was installed on Singapore’s East West MRT line. In late 2017, two trains collided at the line’s Joo…
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New Zealand terror attacks: Gunman fires lawyer, will represent himself in court

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:12 - [CET/Central European Time]
The man accused of mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand has fired his lawyer and plans to represent himself in court, leading to speculation that he might try to use his trial as a platform for extremist views.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described fascist and white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. He was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.Gun law reforms were at the top of Prime…
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Indonesia’s gambling with a tax on e-commerce. Will it pay off?

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 02:30 - [CET/Central European Time]
Indonesia ’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and e-commerce platforms are up in arms over a plan to levy taxes on online businesses, as authorities in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy grapple with tax collection from its burgeoning digital sector.The Indonesian tax authority is set to introduce the e-commerce tax scheme next month, getting the ball rolling by tabulating taxpayer identification numbers from SMEs that sell products and services on online marketplaces. The task of…
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‘50 hearts for 50 lives’: mourners pay tribute to New Zealand mosque terror attack victims

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 00:37 - [CET/Central European Time]
Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims’ bodies.Hundreds of flowers were piled up amid candles, balloons and notes of grief and love outside the Al Noor mosque and the city’s botanic gardens. As a light rain fell, people clutched each other and wept quietly.“We wish we knew your name to write upon your heart. We…
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Japan to develop air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles to deter China’s navy, source says

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:43 - [CET/Central European Time]
Japan has decided to develop for the first time air-to-ship long-range cruise missiles to be carried by fighter jets and capable of attacking a warship from outside the range of an enemy’s weapons, government sources said on Sunday.The plan is aimed at boosting Japan’s deterrence by extending the shooting range to more than 400km as China has been improving its naval capabilities, the sources said.The forthcoming development will be based on Japan’s supersonic XASM-3 air-to-ship missiles, which…
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