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Chinese teacher sentenced to death for poisoning nursery children

BBC Asia News - 14 min 42 sec ago
A Chinese court said she put poison into the porridge of her colleague's students in an act of revenge.
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Coronavirus hits operations in district of Malaysia's key palm producer Sabah

Straits Times Asian News - 16 min 18 sec ago
September 29, 2020 11:57 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's largest palm producing state of Sabah has ordered plantations, mills and refineries in one district to shut amid two weeks of curbs on movement to rein in the coronavirus.
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Malaysian PM Muhyiddin's pick sworn in as new Sabah Chief Minister

Straits Times Asian News - 27 min 33 sec ago
September 29, 2020 11:46 AM

KOTA KINABALU - Hajiji Mohd Noor, a leader from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, was sworn in as the new Sabah Chief Minister on Tuesday (Sept 29)morning, three days after Mr Muhyiddin's loose alliance managed to wrest the state administration during the state polls.
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South Korea on alert over holidays despite slight drop in Covid-19 cases

Straits Times Asian News - 32 min 12 sec ago
September 29, 2020 11:41 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea appealed on Tuesday (Sept 29) for strict social-distancing despite a slight fall in the number of its new coronavirus cases, with millions of people set to travel for a major holiday.
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China’s economic growth to be 2 per cent in 2020 but coronavirus to keep Asia’s growth at lowest since 1967, World Bank warns

SCMP Asian News - 47 min 15 sec ago
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to the slowest growth in more than 50 years in East Asia and the Pacific as well as China, while up to 38 million people are set to be pushed back into poverty, the World Bank said in an economic update on Monday.The World Bank said the East Asia and the Pacific region this year is projected to grow by only 0.9 per cent, the lowest rate since 1967Growth in China is expected to come in at 2 per cent this year, boosted by government spending, strong…
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Slain South Korean man tried to defect to North Korea: Coast Guard

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 5 min ago
September 29, 2020 11:08 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The missing South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korean soldiers at sea last week had expressed his willingness to defect to the soldiers, South Korea's Coast Guard said on Tuesday (Sept 29).
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Philippines' Duterte blasts Facebook after military, police pages taken down

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 35 min ago
September 29, 2020 10:38 AM

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticised Facebook Inc for taking down accounts supposedly linked to the military and police, and questioned if it should continue operations in one of its biggest markets in Asia.
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George Pell: Cardinal to return to Rome for first time since acquittal

BBC Asia News - 1 hour 44 min ago
The ex-Vatican treasurer is to return to Rome for the first time since being acquitted of sexual abuse.
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Guevarra to look into COA report flagging delay of medicines procurement for BuCor inmates

Philippines Star - 1 hour 51 min ago
“In a congested prison where the risk of getting sick is very high, medicine is next only to food in terms of essentiality. Any delay in its procurement and delivery should immediately be addressed,” DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
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Australia's coronavirus infection trend falls in hotspot state of Victoria

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 21 min ago
September 29, 2020 9:51 AM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia's coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria on Tuesday (Sept 29) reported 10 new infections in the past 24 hours, turning around a second contagion wave that only last month was infecting over 700 people every day.
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Duterte warns Facebook against blocking Philippine government messages after fake accounts removed

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned that Facebook could not stop him from promoting the objectives of his government, telling the social media giant that they should talk about its purpose in his country.“Facebook, listen to me,” Duterte said in a late-night televised address. “We allow you to operate here hoping that you could help us. Now, if government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country?”His…
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Hong Kong denies approval for protest on China National Day

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 38 min ago
September 29, 2020 9:35 AM

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - A Hong Kong appeals panel upheld a police ban on a mass protest planned for Thursday (Oct 1), leaving demonstrators the choice between staying home or risking arrest.
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PBA teams now inside Clark 'bubble'

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 48 min ago

All 12 teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) are expected to be inside the “bubble” made for them inside the Clark Freeport Zone on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Five teams made the trip to Pampanga on Monday, September 28. These were the Magnolia Hotshots, TnT Tropang Giga, Terra Firma Dyip, Meralco Bolts, and the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

The other seven PBA squads — Barangay Ginebra, Alaska, NLEX, Blackwater, Rain or Shine, NorthPort, and San Miguel will all arrive at the Quest Hotel, where all PBA teams are staying, on Tuesday.

PBA players, coaches and staff all went through swab testing and were requested to stay in their own rooms until the results came out. Negative results will give PBA teams the green light to play in scrimmage games amongst themselves.

The PBA is slated to restart its stalled Philippine Cup on October 11, 2020.

"Thankful sa PBA sa effort na ginagawa nila para matuloy ang liga. We'll just try our best on how to manage the situation inside the bubble," Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero was quoted as saying on the league’s official website. (JNP)

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Some of Hong Kong's poor finally feel at home in 290 square feet modules

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 1 min ago
September 29, 2020 9:12 AM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - When Mr Lau Kai Fai, his wife and teenage son moved into a new Hong Kong flat last month, he thought the 290sq ft (27sq m) of space in his"module home" felt like "winning the lottery."
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As Chinese plan golden week travel, South Koreans celebrating Chuseok are urged to stay home

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 13 min ago
In a normal year, Lee Kyoung-sook would be looking forward to bringing four generations of her family together to celebrate Chuseok, one of South Korea’s biggest holidays.She would usually sit down for a feast with her husband, their octogenarian parents, their son and their grandchildren to mark the autumn harvest holiday. This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic means that when the five-day Chuseok period begins on Wednesday, Lee’s family reunion will be split into two smaller gatherings…
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Asean is falling short in duty to protect citizens’ human rights

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 28 min ago
The latest Asean Summit, the 36th of its kind, was organised under the theme of a “cohesive and responsive Asean”. In a 27-page statement published at the end of the event, this year‘s chair, Vietnam, said the leaders of the 10-member bloc had made commitments to upholding “Asean unity, solidarity and centrality”. On the eve of the summit, fishermen off the coast of Aceh, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, rescued about 100 stranded Rohingya refugees. They were driven to intervene after…
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Johor leaders lauds appointment of Crown Prince Tunku Ismail to lead state youths

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 36 min ago
September 29, 2020 8:37 AM

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The appointment of Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to lead all youth activities in the state is seen as an important and timely move as he can unite the people, regardless of their race, religion and political views.
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San Miguel wingman Matt Ganuelas Rosser opts out of PBA bubble

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 37 min ago

The San Miguel Beermen will be playing in the restart of the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Philippine Cup without wingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser who opted out of the Clark “bubble,” citing personal reasons.

Ganuelas-Rosser is the second player to make such a decision after NLEX’s veteran off guard Larry Fonacier did the same a few weeks ago. This development also leaves the reigning Philippine Cup champions without another key player especially since they are already without Cebuano stalwart June Mar Fajardo, who is still on the road to recovery following a serious shin injury earlier this year.

Ganuelas-Rosser actually tried to make it back in time for the PBA restart, which kicks off on October 11 but was unable to secure a flight back to the Philippines.

San Miguel is gunning for an unprecedented sixth straight Philippine Cup crown. (JNP)

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With social media and academics, Thai villagers save ancestral forest

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 58 min ago
September 29, 2020 8:15 AM

BOON RUEANG, THAILAND (REUTERS) - The villagers of Ban Boon Rueang in northern Thailand had long known that they benefited from the community wetland forest that supplied them with fish and firewood, but it wasn't until devastating floods in 2010 that they realised just how much.
Categories: Asian News

As China ages, a push to add elevators offers a new kind of economic relief

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 6 min ago
September 29, 2020 8:06 AM

GUANGZHOU, CHINA (NYTIMES) - When China faced previous economic slowdowns, it favoured pharaonic, multibillion-dollar construction projects to quickly pump money into the economy. A bullet train network that now connects 700 cities. Ultramodern expressways longer than America's interstate highways. And 81 of the world's 100 highest bridges.
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