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The Chearavanonts, Thailand’s richest family, are getting richer helping China


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Chia Ek Chor fled his typhoon-ravaged village in southern China and started a new life in Thailand selling vegetable seeds with his brother in 1921. Almost a century later, with the largest family fortune in the country, his descendants are becoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s key economic allies.Chia’s son Dhanin Chearavanont is senior chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Co., a vast conglomerate that is the world’s biggest producer of animal feed, shrimp as well as a top telecom firm in…
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Vladimir Putin should make the most of his summit with Kim Jong-un, and propose a modernisation-for-peace deal


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 21:00 - [CET]
Time is no longer on North Korea’s side. The US-North Korea summit in Hanoi ended in a breakdown, with negotiations coming to an impasse. Having resumed weapons testing last week, Chairman Kim Jong-un has turned to another important, though often overlooked, regional player – his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok will be the first between heads of the two states since 2011.The United States does not have the capacity to guarantee a “bright future” for North…
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‘I’ll sail to Canada and dump their garbage there’: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatens ‘war’ over waste dispute


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 19:08 - [CET]
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte berated Canada on Tuesday in a long-running dispute over waste exported to the Southeast Asia nation, threatening to sail it back to Canada.Manila has filed several diplomatic protests with Canada over tons of waste shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014. Canada has said the shipment was a commercial transaction and was not backed by its government.“For Canada’s garbage, I want a boat prepared,” Duterte told officials after being briefed on an…
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What does a power plant have to do with climate change?


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:00 - [CET]
[Sponsored Article] New hydroelectric power plants can play a crucial role in climate change mitigation. The Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) in North Sumatera, Indonesia, which is being built by PT North Sumatera Hydro Energy (NSHE), is one such case.   The Batang Toru HEPP will contribute vitally to helping meet Indonesia’s climate change mitigation and adaptation plan.    Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our generation - our future depends on our ability…
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More than 130 workers and police died during Indonesia election, official says


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:17 - [CET]
More than 130 polling station workers and policemen across Indonesia have died, mostly from fatigue, while hundreds of others became ill before, during and after last week’s general election, an election official said on Tuesday.Viryan Aziz, head of the General Election Commission, said that at least 119 polling station workers, mostly temporary volunteers over 40 years old, reportedly died, while 548 others fell sick.Most were fatigue-related cases, Viryan said, adding that the workload before…
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Royal astrologer casts Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s horoscope before coronation


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:39 - [CET]
Thailand’s royal astrologer cast King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s horoscope on Tuesday in an important ritual to prepare for his elaborate coronation ceremonies next week.Saffron-clad Buddhist monks chanted as the horoscope for the king’s reign was cast on a golden plaque.The three-hour ceremony included the inscription of the king’s name and new royal title on another golden plaque, and the carving of the king’s official seal.The royal seal is an auspicious symbol that is said to show the…
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Sri Lanka bombings: investigators probe global terror links as IS claims responsibility and death toll climbs to 321


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:24 - [CET]
Interpol has joined the investigation into the devastating series of blasts across Sri Lanka on Sunday that killed 321 people, including at least 45 children, with attention now focused on a second extremist group known as Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.In a special session of parliament on Tuesday, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said investigators were examining links between the local jihadist group National Thowheed Jamath and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. He also noted that the Easter Sunday…
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More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:01 - [CET]
More than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said on Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly-regulated industry concentrated near the country’s border with China.Police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge “mud lake” that buried the…
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Six Philippine troops killed in Communist rebel ambush on Samar island


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 12:42 - [CET]
Communist guerillas killed six Philippine soldiers and wounded six others on Tuesday, the military said, in one of the deadliest recent attacks in the country’s 50-year-old Maoist insurgency.Members of the New People’s Army (NPA) detonated bombs in a predawn ambush of soldiers marching through a mountainous area of central Samar island, triggering a four-hour firefight.“Our troops had received a report that NPA forces were extorting money from residents and so they went there to take action,”…
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India election: Prime Minister Narendra Modi votes in third phase of polling


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:48 - [CET]
Indians were voting on Tuesday in the third phase of the country’s general election, amid campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and the opposition that has been marred by bitter accusations and acrimony.The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two union territories on Tuesday means polls are half finished overall for 543 seats in India’s lower house of Parliament. The voting over seven phases ends on May 19, with counting expected to begin on May…
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Heng Swee Keat appointed deputy prime minister in Singapore cabinet reshuffle


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:26 - [CET]
Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday moved one step closer to becoming the Lion City’s next leader after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong named him as his new deputy.Lee, 67, moved his two current deputies, Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to senior minister roles.Heng, 57, will be the sole Deputy Prime Minister and will also continue as Finance Minister.Heng’s promotion comes after the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) last November elevated him to the position of…
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Japan drops ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea from foreign policy playbook, wants to normalise ties with Kim regime


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:46 - [CET]
Japan on Tuesday dropped the push to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea from its official foreign policy, an apparent softening of Tokyo’s position as major powers engage with Pyongyang.In last year’s “Diplomatic Bluebook”, published when tensions on the Korean peninsula were soaring, Japan said it was coordinating efforts with its allies to “maximise pressure on North Korea by all available means.”But this language was dropped from this year’s edition, drawn up after diplomats had “taken…
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Philippines warns Rappler’s Maria Ressa, other journalists over Duterte ‘ouster plot’


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:44 - [CET]
The Philippine government on Monday warned the media against plotting to “destroy” President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, as his spokesman accused journalists of spreading fake news.The warning followed recent local news reports alleging the Duterte family’s involvement in illegal drugs and raising questions about a large increase in his wealth.“They are all there doing their thing, trying to destroy this government by spreading false news and planting intrigues against the government,”…
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‘Seasteading’ couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski face arrest warrants after Thailand dismantles sea shack


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:25 - [CET]
Thai police will issue arrest warrants for Chad Elwartowski and his partner Nadia Summergirl, who have been accused of violating the country’s sovereignty by building an offshore “sea home” 14 nautical miles off the island of Phuket.On Monday, the Royal Thai Navy deployed three frigates to dismantle the shack as divers from the force’s SEAL team separated the hexagonal fibreglass structure from the underwater base and dragged the cabin back to shore to be used as evidence against the couple…
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How a gay student’s suicide after being outed is helping Japan’s LGBT community speak up


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 07:42 - [CET]
The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates, and the university where he studied – because even in death, his privacy is considered important in Japan.But his death four years ago is changing the legal and social landscape for the LGBT community in a nation where, as the saying goes, “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down”.The parents of the 25-year-old man were in court in February to…
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China issues Sri Lanka travel alert after deadly Easter blasts


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 06:48 - [CET]
China has warned its citizens not to travel to Sri Lanka after a series of explosions on Easter Sunday killed nearly 300 people, including one Chinese national.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese embassy to Sri Lanka remind Chinese nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka in the near term,” a statement posted on the embassy’s website read.“Those already here, please step up safety precautions, try to stay away from crowded areas and pay attention to safety reminders by the embassy and…
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Japan’s ‘Bad Lobster’ biker gang seeks fearsome reputation with road antics, but all they’re getting is prawn and tadpole jokes


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 06:14 - [CET]
From the Hells Angels of the US to the Rebels of Australia and Russia’s Night Wolves, motorcycle gangs the world over revel in their notoriety for violence, lawbreaking and general disdain for the police.Attempting to emulate their international biker heroes, a gang from the city of Ebina, west of Tokyo, decided to use the name of their neighbourhood as inspiration. But it may have failed to enhance their reputation as fearsome road warriors.“Ebi” is the Japanese word for lobster, so the gang…
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Myanmar’s Supreme Court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters reporters


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 05:43 - [CET]
Myanmar’s top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.“They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected,” Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told the court in the capital, Naypyidaw, without elaborating.Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months in…
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Victims of the Sri Lanka suicide bombings: entire families from around the world among the hundreds killed in Easter Sunday terror attack


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 05:04 - [CET]
At least 290 people were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings across Sri Lanka, with at least 31 of those being foreigners. The attackers targeted prominent churches and luxury hotels – places where entire families were worshipping or holidaying together.Here are some details of the victims from Sunday’s devastating events.Sri LankaThe vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankan, many from the island nation’s Christian minority. Their names and other details of their lives were slow to trickle…
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Bangladesh eyes alternatives to China’s belt and road loans as it seeks to fund future development


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 05:00 - [CET]
Bangladesh “never will” ask China for more loans as it looks for ways to finance its future development, according to the country’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam.Speaking to the South China Morning Post ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Alam said any amount of debt can be “dangerous” for countries not achieving high economic growth, adding that “Bangladesh has gained the economic power” to service its own loans linked to Beijing’s “Belt and…
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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin amid stalled diplomacy with Trump over denuclearisation


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:57 - [CET]
North Korea confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-un will soon visit Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin in a summit that comes at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal.North Korea has so far not got what it wants most from the recent flurry of high-level summitry between Kim and various world leaders – namely, relief from crushing international sanctions.There are fears that a recent North Korean weapon test and a series of jibes at…
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10 dead, dozens still trapped by Philippines quake as rescuers search rubble


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:35 - [CET]
Philippines agencies are combing through collapsed buildings and cracked structures after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Monday killed at least 10 people.Search and rescue operations continued Tuesday morning in a collapsed supermarket in Pampanga province where as many as 30 people were feared trapped, Governor Lilia Pineda told local radio DZMM.The quake, which struck Zambales province north of the capital at 5.11pm on Monday, was felt all the way to the southern areas of Batangas and Cavite,…
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Sri Lanka bombings: nation mourns, military given extra powers after one of Asia’s darkest days


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 02:54 - [CET]
The devastating bombings that ripped across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday will go down as one of the biggest acts of terror to hit Asia in recent history.As of Tuesday, almost 300 people had died from the string of suicide bombings in the capital Columbo, and hundreds more were injured. That number surpasses the devastation of the 2002 Bali bombings in Kuta, which took 202 lives, and the 2006 blasts in Mumbai, which killed 209.On Twitter, Michael Kugelman, deputy director at the US-based Asia…
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Thousands protest China-backed Myitsone mega-dam in Myanmar ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Beijing trip


Tue, 04/23/2019 - 00:48 - [CET]
Thousands of people in northern Myanmar took to the streets on Monday to protest against the proposed reinstatement of a Chinese-backed mega-dam they say will cause huge environmental damage and bring little benefit to the country.The protest came just days ahead of a trip by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Beijing for a summit on China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”.Myanmar’s former military junta signed a 2009 deal with Beijing to construct the Myitsone dam in Kachin state.But public anger…
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Denmark’s richest man, billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, loses three children in Sri Lanka blasts


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 20:40 - [CET]
Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for his clothing retail group Bestseller said on Monday.Danish media have reported that Holch Povlsen, his wife Anne and their four children were in Sri Lanka on holiday when the attacks struck churches and luxury hotels, killing nearly 300 people.“I can confirm that three children have been killed,” Jesper Stubkier, the communications manager for Bestseller, said in a…
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Sri Lanka suicide blasts: Islamic extremist group blamed for attack as government admits intelligence failings


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:46 - [CET]
Sri Lanka on Monday remained on lockdown, with a second curfew in force as authorities continued searching for suspects behind a series of suicide blasts that killed 290 people and injured 500 others in Colombo and other areas on Sunday.No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, although the government believed a domestic Islamic militant group called the National Thowfeek Jamaath (NTJ) was behind the bombings with the help of an international terror network.“We do not believe these…
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The world can think its way out of a US-China deadlock, starting by reading Singapore’s Kishore Mahbubani


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:30 - [CET]
Last week I almost fainted when Singapore’s Kishore Mahbubani, that subversive champion of the world beyond America and the West, was honoured by one of America’s most revered cultural institutions. In a wonderful surprise, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and so on, and headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts) announced his investiture as an International Honorary Member. Among this year’s honorees is former United States first lady…
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Five dead in Philippines after strong earthquake strikes north of Manila


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 14:31 - [CET]
Five people were killed when at least two buildings collapsed as a strong earthquake rocked the northern Philippines, a local official said.The quake also briefly knocking out power, caused boulders to roll down onto a highway, stopped an overhead train service and prompted thousands of people to flee buildings.Three bodies were pulled out of a collapsed building in the town of Porac, while an elderly woman and her grandchild were crushed to death by another building in Lubao, Pampanga…
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Hong Kong issues red travel warning for Sri Lanka after bombings that killed at least 290


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:47 - [CET]
Hong Kong has issued a “red” travel warning for Sri Lanka advising its residents to avoid visiting the South Asian nation following Sunday’s wave of bombings at churches and hotels that killed at least 290.The advisory came as Hong Kong travel agencies mulled whether to cancel tours scheduled for next month as the country recovers from multiple attacks across Colombo and two other coastal cities.Some 35 travellers with three local tours were in Sri Lanka on Monday, with one group set to return…
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Two Filipino women who vanished last year found dead in flooded Cyprus mine shaft, daughter of one still missing


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:40 - [CET]
Police in Cyprus are probing the actions of a possible serial killer after two women were found murdered and dumped in a flooded mine shaft and a third, a six-year-old child, is still missing.The victims were discovered in the space of a week at an abandoned mine about 30km (18.6 miles) west of the capital Nicosia.One has been identified as a 39-year-old woman from the Philippines who disappeared in May, 2018 along with her six-year-old daughter.A second victim, found late on Saturday, is…
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Sri Lanka rejects fears of China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ in belt and road projects


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:30 - [CET]
Sri Lanka’s top envoy to China has said the island nation will never default on its loans and will meet its obligations to lenders this year – expected to amount to US$5 billion – despite being caught in an intense debt crisis.Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Beijing since 2015, also rejected the concept of “debt-trap diplomacy”, while admitting debt pressure on the country, known as “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, was huge.“Fortunately during 2018 we were able to handle…
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India elections: Why Rahul Gandhi is looking south for support


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:11 - [CET]
Amethi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a Congress party stronghold. In almost every election since the constituency was formed in 1967, it has sent a member of Congress to the country’s parliament.Since 2004, over three successive elections, that member has been Rahul Gandhi – the party’s current leader and incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main electoral opponent.But this year, in addition to Amethi, Gandhi is running in Wayanad – a demographically diverse…
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Five Chinese still missing after Sri Lanka bombings as tourists return home


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:30 - [CET]
Five Chinese nationals remain missing following a series of suicide bombings in hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that claimed the lives of two other Chinese and injured five more.The Chinese embassy in Colombo had contacted the families of the deceased and was awaiting police confirmation on the fate of the five still missing, state-run People’s Daily reported.Two Chinese nationals sustained serious injuries in the blasts and three others minor ones. Embassy officials had…
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Why China letting Japan’s warship fly the rising sun flag is a sign of the ‘closer’ times


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:00 - [CET]
The arrival of a Japanese destroyer to the city of Qindao marked the first time in seven years that one of Tokyo’s warship has visited China and proved both nations are trying to narrow differences in a time of great uncertainty, experts said.The Maritime Self-Defence Force destroyer Suzutsuki arrived in Qingdao on Sunday and will be among vessels from 10 nations – including South Korea, Russia and India – that will be taking part in the review.Significantly, the Japanese ship arrived in port…
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Australian father and son life-savers die saving tourist in huge swell near popular Twelve Apostles


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:09 - [CET]
A father and son life-saving team drowned while trying to save a tourist swept out to sea near one of Australia’s most famous sights off the south coast, officials said Monday.Ross Powell, 71, and his son Andrew, 32, died on Sunday after their life-saving boat overturned in the surf during the rescue of a 30-year-old man near the Twelve Apostles, a set of 12 limestone stacks off the Victoria state coast.The tourist, whose nationality or name has not been released, had been wading at the mouth…
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South Korea’s HIV testing of foreign teachers challenged in compensation claim


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:30 - [CET]
A New Zealander who lost her teaching job in South Korea after refusing to take a HIV test is suing for damages after the country rejected a recommendation by an international watchdog on racial discrimination that she deserved compensation.In a case that has dragged on for a decade, Lisa Griffin is seeking one year’s lost wages of 24 million won (US$21,000) because her contract was not renewed in 2009 after she refused to be tested, believing it discriminated against and stigmatised foreigners…
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Forget the hype: why 5G is about to disappoint you


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 06:15 - [CET]
In case you hadn’t noticed, media commentators and industry analysts are locked in a fierce competition to come up with ever more extreme hyperboles to describe the importance of fifth generation – or 5G – mobile telecommunications technology.Just last week, an article in the South China Morning Post told us that “5G will change the way we live forever”.A couple of weeks earlier, Foreign Policy magazine declared that “5G will be, simply put, the central nervous system of the 21st-century…
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Sri Lanka PM admits information about bombing threat ‘was there’ ahead of Easter Sunday blasts that killed hundreds


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 04:48 - [CET]
Sri Lanka’s prime minister admitted there was prior knowledge of possible suicide bombings at “prominent churches” ahead of Easter Sunday’s devastating blasts, which ripped through hotels and churches in Colombo, killing at least 207 people.Documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”.“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ …
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Donald Trump said ‘millions’ died in Sri Lanka terror attacks in botched tweet


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 04:02 - [CET]
He has egg on his face again.US President Donald Trump tweeted his profound sympathies to the 21 million citizens of Sri Lanka, where an Easter terror attack killed at least 200 people.However, Trump wrote “138 million” people had been killed, which would be more than six times the southeast Asian island’s population.“Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138…
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‘Malaysia revived China deals to boost Belt and Road Forum spirits’, country’s foreign minister says


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 03:18 - [CET]
Malaysia had pushed through fresh pacts to revive two stalled China-backed projects worth billions to ensure the two countries went into this week’s Belt and Road Forum in “renewed spirits”, Foreign Minister Saifuddin ­Abdullah said on Sunday.In an interview with the Post, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s top diplomat dismissed talk that the government had only grudgingly given the green light for resumption of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project and the Bandar Malaysia township.Malaysia’s…
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‘Panic mode’: witness describes chaos as Easter Sunday bombings rip through Sri Lanka’s capital, leaving hundreds dead


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 02:56 - [CET]
As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo, he realised something was wrong.People were telling him not to come in, it was not safe. Still, the car pulled around to the front of the hotel and Harischandra saw the aftermath of a bombing. People were being evacuated, others were being dragged. Blood and ambulances were everywhere.“It was panic mode,” Harischandra, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company, said by…
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With Dyson on board, Singapore pitches hi-tech credentials to woo other electric car makers to set up shop


Mon, 04/22/2019 - 02:50 - [CET]
Following Dyson’s plans late last year to manufacture its first electric car in Singapore, the city state is now in talks with other makers of green vehicles to set up shop on the island.Singapore is pitching its connectivity to global markets through free-trade agreements, its highly skilled workforce and stringent protection of intellectual property, which is critical for the industry, according to the government agency set up to attract investments to the country.“Hopefully they won’t be the…
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Myanmar’s top court poised to rule on appeal ofjailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 12:11 - [CET]
Myanmar’s Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday on an appeal of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law – a case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months in detention since they were arrested in December 2017 while working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men during a military crackdown in the western part of the country.The Supreme…
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Two dead, six injured in Japan after bus drives through pedestrians in Kobe


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 12:00 - [CET]
A public bus hit pedestrians on Sunday at a road crossing near a major railway station in the city of Kobe in western Japan, killing two people and injuring at least six others.The city’s fire department said it received an emergency call around 2pm about the accident involving the city-run bus that occurred on a road near JNR Sannomiya Station.“The bus suddenly accelerated and hit people,” local police quoted the 64-year-old driver, Fumio Ono, who was arrested at the scene, as saying.Ono also…
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Australia orders urgent review after spate of dingo attacks


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:54 - [CET]
Australia on Sunday ordered an urgent review into the management of dingoes on a popular tourist island after a spate of attacks by the wild dogs this year.The Queensland state government announced the review three days after a father rescued his toddler from a dingo’s jaws. The boy had been dragged from a parked camper van in a remote part of Fraser Island off the Queensland coast.The 14-month-old’s skull was fractured and he suffered multiple puncture wounds to his neck and head, his parents…
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Japan PM Shinzo Abe stays away from Yasukuni war shrine, offers tree instead


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:01 - [CET]
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering Sunday to Yasukuni Shrine, regarded as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism by its Asian neighbours.The offering for war dead was made on the occasion of a three-day Spring Festival through Tuesday at the Shinto shrine in Tokyo.But Abe, who has a strong conservative support base, will leave for an overseas trip on Monday and he has no plans to visit the shrine during the festival amid improving Japan-China ties that have been frayed over…
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Checkmate Manila: pawns, paws and a grand chess game in the Philippine capital


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:00 - [CET]
It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Manila’s Rizal Park and 62-year-old Johnny Siong is crooning his heart out to Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love For You.He’s doing it partly for amusement and partly to psyche me out – we’re three games in to our four-game, winner-take-all chess tournament and what began as a quiet mano a mano match has attracted an eager crowd of spectators.Young and old, big and small, they are all craning their necks to see if the local legend can defeat the fast-moving…
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Hong Kong tour groups safe in Sri Lanka after bombings kill 137 across the country on Easter Sunday


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:38 - [CET]
At least 22 tourists, plus a number of Cathay Pacific pilots and cabin crew, have all been accounted for and are safe after multiple bomb blasts killed 137 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.Hongkongers have yet to request help from the Immigration Department in the immediate aftermath of the deadly bombings, that targeted three churches and three hotels popular with foreign visitors.China’s state newspaper People’s Daily reported that four Chinese nationals were…
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Non-profit group, which helps sex-trafficking victims, seeks tie-ups with ethical business partners in Hong Kong


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 08:15 - [CET]
Toha, from Cambodia, hadn’t yet reached 15 when she was taken to a hospital to receive a virginity certificate. Soon after, she found herself in a hotel bedroom with a stranger.That happened because her family had sold her virginity to cover their debts.It wouldn’t take long before she ended up working in a brothel in southern Cambodia. Toha stayed there for less than a month – a stretch of time that may sound short, but was enough for her to be raped by 198 men until she was rescued.This harsh…
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The Chinese developers to watch in Singapore


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 07:30 - [CET]
CSC Land Group SingaporeThis subsidiary of China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co Pte Ltd (CCDC), a regional branch of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), is behind Twin VEW at West Coast Vale. It won the residential land parcel with a top offer of S$292 million (US$215.5 million) in 2017, outbidding eight others, including Chinese developers Nanshan Group and MCC Land.CSCEC, a 60-year-old Beijing-based construction company, is ranked third largest in the…
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At least 20 killed as multiple blasts hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 07:11 - [CET]
At least two Sri Lankan churches and two hotels were hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more, local media reported.The hotels and one of the churches are in the nation’s capital Colombo. The other church is in Negombo, north of Colombo.A source in the police bomb squad said that one of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.“Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties,” the source said.Sources from two leading tourist…
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Why Hong Kong-linked Kingsford Development can’t sell flats on a US$600 million Singapore property


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 06:45 - [CET]
Within Singapore’s exclusive Sentosa Cove enclave is a two-storey house shaped like a grand piano, with a swimming pool on its roof, a living area that opens out to the waterfront, a black Rolls-Royce in the porch and a blue Bentley parked nearby.The property, on an 18,794 square-foot plot, put owner Cui Zhengfeng in the news in 2014, when he paid S$33 million (US$24.35 million) for it. The board chairman of the Hong Kong-linked Kingsford Development Pte Ltd is a Chinese national turned…
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If China thinks it’s overtaking the US any time soon, here’s a wake-up call


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 04:30 - [CET]
The warning by the former commerce minister Chen Deming that China should not assume it will overtake the United States to become the world’s top superpower should serve as a wake-up call to those harbouring illusions about China’s place in the world, while ignoring the challenges ahead.“Do not take it for granted that China is number two, and do not make the assumption that we will be number one sooner or later,” Chen told a forum organised by the Centre for China and Globalisation, a Beijing…
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Sara Duterte: First Daughter, Davao city mayor – and Philippine president in waiting?


Sun, 04/21/2019 - 03:15 - [CET]
Long before Sara Duterte became First Daughter, she made headlines as the feisty mayor of Davao City who punched a sheriff – thrice in quick succession.In an incident that prompted a TV station to nickname her “the slugger”, Sara had become enraged after her request to delay a demolition of illegal shanties was ignored, sparking a riot that she had been trying to prevent.When the sheriff of the court tried to flee, her bodyguards dragged him and held him as Sara yanked his hair in front of TV…
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India's Supreme Court chief justice denies sexually harassing assistant


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 13:50 - [CET]
The chief justice of India’s Supreme Court, Ranjan Gogoi, denied on Saturday allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances towards a junior court assistant who worked in an office at his home and that she was subsequently victimised.“This is unbelievable,” Gogoi, India’s most powerful judge, told a special hearing of the court he called on Saturday so that the allegations could be addressed. “I should not stoop low even in denying it.”Modi, a dead judge, and ghosts from the pastGogoi said…
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Elderly driver crashes car in Tokyo, killing mother and child


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:22 - [CET]
Police in Tokyo suspect a car crash on Saturday that killed a 3-year-old girl and her 31-year-old mother may have been caused by human error, in the absence of evidence suggesting mechanical trouble.Mana Matsunaga and her daughter Riko were killed when a car driven by an 87-year-old man rammed into their bicycle in the city’s Ikebukuro district. The car also struck another cyclist, injured the driver of a garbage truck and mowed down four pedestrians before coming to halt some 150 metres after…
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Blind Japanese sailor completes non-stop Pacific crossing


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:37 - [CET]
A blind Japanese sailor on Saturday successfully completed a near two-month, non-stop voyage from San Diego to Fukushima prefecture, making him the first to make a so-called blind sailing Pacific Ocean crossing.Joined by a sighted navigator, it was 52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto’s second two-handed attempt at the 14,000-kilometre journey. His first ended when his boat hit a whale and sank.“I didn’t give up and I made a dream come true. I’m the happiest person on Earth,” Iwamoto said.A native of…
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Australia election: pay hits, health care debated over holiday weekend


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:11 - [CET]
Opposition hopeful Bill Shorten has used the Easter public holidays to highlight how Australia’s low-paid workers are losing hundreds of dollars from cuts to minimum pay rates, and that they will face further hits to their income if the governing Coalition is re-elected.As both he and incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison hit the trail again on Saturday after the Good Friday break, Labor focused on the so-called penalty rates debate, while the Coalition was set to announce A$100m (US$71…
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The noodle museum dedicated to Korea’s soul food – and its Chinese creator


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:30 - [CET]
A huge statue of a Chinese chef hurrying with a delivery container in hand has drawn tourists to a grey-and-red brick building in South Korea’s oldest Chinatown in the port city of Incheon.Welcome to Jjajangmyeon Museum, an unusual facility dedicated to the country’s popular noodles served with brown sauce and its inventor, a Chinese immigrant.The renovated two-storey building with green window panes used to house the once-popular Gonghhuachun Chinese restaurant, the birthplace of the…
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After Hanoi debacle, US must review its North Korea negotiating strategy


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:00 - [CET]
Weeks after the collapse of the summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, the North Korean leader finally broke his silence.In a speech heavily focused on foreign affairs delivered to the Supreme People’s Assembly – North Korea’s pro forma parliament – Kim made clear his position.He said that a third summit with Trump wasn’t off the table just yet, but getting there would require evidence that the US position on sanctions relief had changed.To this end, Kim…
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Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 08:00 - [CET]
While much of Southeast Asia has embraced Huawei as the preferred provider of 5G communications equipment, Japan and South Korea seem to be hedging their bets, and India’s implementation of the technology is still a long way off.JAPANJapan has found itself at odds with its larger neighbour in recent months over whose equipment will lay the groundwork for the country’s roll-out of 5G – the fifth generation of mobile communications technology that has been lauded for its potential to reshape…
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How Huawei beat America’s anti-China 5G propaganda war in Southeast Asia, years before it even began


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 06:45 - [CET]
The new millennium is yet to dawn, the internet is in its infancy and Apple’s iPhone is but a distant sparkle in the eye of Steve Jobs. Technology is filling the world with both hope and fear. On one hand, a new generation of pocket-sized handsets, led by the soon-to-be released Nokia 3310, have made mobile phones truly mobile for the first time – offering monochrome visions of the future that pack battery lives of up to 11 days. On the other, the world is gripped by a deep paranoia that a…
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US promises to defend Japan from cyberattacks under security pact


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 06:41 - [CET]
Japan and the United States agreed on Friday that Washington’s commitment to defend Tokyo under the bilateral security treaty extends to cyberattacks, making it the first such affirmation between the two allies.The foreign and defence ministers of the two countries underscored that the protection of Japan provided by the United States extends to major cyberattacks on nuclear power plants and Self-Defence Forces facilities, for example.The nations pledged to strengthen defence cooperation in…
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Indonesia election: why Prabowo Subianto is maintaining victory despite a likely win for Jokowi


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 04:45 - [CET]
As hundreds of supporters amassed outside his home on Friday, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto railed against the “lying pollsters” whose quick counts showed incumbent leader Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, would win a second term.His team’s count, Prabowo continued, based on a sample of votes from 320,000 – more than one-third – of polling stations nationwide showed that he and his running mate Sandiaga Uno had won 62 per cent of the popular vote. It was his third declaration of…
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US authorities make first arrest linked to mysterious raid of North Korea’s embassy in Spain


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 04:13 - [CET]
US authorities have made the first arrest related to the mysterious raid of North Korea’s embassy in Spain in which masked assailants tied up staff, stole computers and fled to the United States, according to two people familiar with the matter.On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Christopher Ahn, a former US Marine and a member of Free Joseon, a group dedicated to the overthrow of North Korea’s Kim Dynasty. He appeared in a federal-district court in Los Angeles on Friday where his lawyer…
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My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia


Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:00 - [CET]
When Malaysia’s deputy minister for international trade and industry, Ong Kian Ming, toured a Huawei training centre in Cyberjaya this week, the vibe was more “humdrum public relations opportunity” than it was “visit of epochal significance in a battle of East and West”.Followed around by an entourage of interns, the minister gamely engaged in all the classic press conference moves, making small talk with trainees, commending the Chinese company for investing in his country and waxing lyrical…
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Indian budget airline Spicejet set to open a new route from Mumbai to Hong Kong – but will it just mean more delays for passengers?


Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:16 - [CET]
Indian budget airline Spicejet is set to open a new route from Mumbai to Hong Kong, raising questions on whether aviation rules sufficiently protect passengers from unnecessary delays as the carrier’s flights are consistently late.The low-cost carrier already flies to the city, having launched a service between New Delhi and Hong Kong in November last year. But according to data from tracking service FlightRadar24, Spicejet flights from Hong Kong arrive in the Indian capital one hour and 23…
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World's smallest baby boy Ryusuke Sekiya, weighing as much as apple, ready to go home in Japan


Fri, 04/19/2019 - 16:05 - [CET]
The world’s smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said on Friday.Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension.At 258 grams (9.1 ounces) he was even lighter than the previous record holder, another Japanese boy, who weighed just 268 grams when he was born last year. That baby was discharged from a…
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Thai royal honour for Australians Richard Harris, Craig Challen who helped rescue cave boys


Fri, 04/19/2019 - 15:37 - [CET]
Two Australian doctors were given royal honours in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save.Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided over by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Four Australian officials involved with the rescue effort were also honoured.Both highly skilled divers, the doctors played key roles in rescuing members of the…
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Indonesian social media users pay tribute to ‘martyrs of democracy’


Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:32 - [CET]
As Indonesia awaits the official results of Wednesday’s general elections, the tragic cases of polling officers and policemen who reportedly died due to extreme fatigue have gained the attention of social media users. They have started using the hashtag #MartirDemokrasi (MartyrsofDemocracy) to honour those who died while helping to ensure that the world’s biggest single-day election could be carried out smoothly.Six polling station working committee officers were reported to have died from…
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