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Indian court eases ban on firecrackers before Hindu festival despite soaring pollution levels

SCMP Asian News - 42 min 59 sec ago
India’s top court on Tuesday eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels. The Supreme Court, which last year banned firecrackers for the Diwali festival, rejected a new call for a ban in the capital amid growing concern over pollution. Firecrackers set off for the Hindu festival of lights add to the toxic mix created by farmers burning crop stubble, diesel engines, coal-fired power plants and...
Categories: Asian News

Australia slaps sanctions on Myanmar army top brass over violence against Rohingya

Straits Times Asian News - 50 min 23 sec ago
October 23, 2018 2:48 PM

SYDNEY/YANGON (REUTERS) - Australia on Tuesday (Oct 23) slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States.
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Saudi foreign minister pledges 'comprehensive investigation' of Khashoggi killing

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 10 min ago
October 23, 2018 2:27 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday (Oct 23) the kingdom was committed to a"comprehensive investigation" of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Categories: Asian News

World's longest sea bridge: Aerial shots of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai crossing

BBC Asia News - 1 hour 24 min ago
It connects Hong Kong with mainland China, but the mega-bridge is not without controversy.
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Citigroup asks private bankers to rethink China travel as UBS lifts curbs

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 28 min ago
October 23, 2018 2:10 PM

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Citigroup Inc and some other international firms are asking their wealth managers to reconsider travel to China, as UBS Group AG removed similar curbs.
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South Koreans visiting Canada warned not to smoke marijuana while there, with ‘no exceptions’

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 48 min ago
For South Koreans in Canada, the police in their home country have no problem hashing their mellow. Canada became the second country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana last week, but for South Koreans hoping to try the drug, their hopes have just gone up in smoke. Police in South Korea have repeatedly told their citizens not to partake in this new-found freedom, with the latest warning coming this week. “Weed smokers will be punished according to the Korean law, even if they...
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#MeToo's Twitter gatekeepers power a people's campaign in India

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 56 min ago
October 23, 2018 1:42 PM

MUMBAI (BLOOMBERG) - It was a seemingly harmless tweet that enraged Mahima Kukreja and put the 28-year-old on the frontline of India's #MeToo firestorm.
Categories: Asian News

Foreign parents fight in vain for custody in Japan

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 8 min ago
October 23, 2018 1:30 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Emmanuel, Stephane, Henrik and James come from very different backgrounds, but they share the same painful experience of battling Japan's legal system - in vain - for access to their children after divorce.
Categories: Asian News

Taiwan rattled by 6.0 magnitude quake; tremor felt strongly in Taipei

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 33 min ago
October 23, 2018 1:05 PM

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck 104 km off Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien on Tuesday (Oct 23), the island's weather bureau said, with no immediate reports of damage.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may need to compromise on refugees to prop up ailing government

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 59 min ago
Australian opposition lawmakers have offered a deal to resettle 150 refugees from a Pacific detention camp, which if accepted by embattled Prime Minister Scott Morrison could strengthen his tenuous grip on power. Morrison’s government is on the verge of losing its majority, after a devastating by-election on Saturday, and key independents have warned their support hinges on him freeing children from the Australian-run detention camp on Nauru island. The Australian government has...
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Bautista assumes DSWD leadership

Philippines Times - 3 hours 28 sec ago

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA)-The newly appointed secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assumed office Monday (October 22) in a simple turnover rites at the Agency's hea

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Nolcom enjoins public to participate in Takbo Para Sa Mga Bayani

Philippines Times - 3 hours 31 sec ago

TARLAC CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) -- Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) enjoins the public to participate in a run for a cause dubbed as "Takbo Para Sa Mga Bayani" on November

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'Pollinator' beetle species discovered in Compostela Valley

Philippines Times - 3 hours 34 sec ago

DAVAO CITY (PIA)-A new species of beetle was recently discovered in the forests of Compostela Valley province.

The new beetle species Mansaka Weevil, also known by the scientific name metapoc

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Muntinlupa City named 2018 Most Business Friendly LGU

Philippines Times - 3 hours 38 sec ago

MOST BUSINESS-FRIENDLY LGU: Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi receives plaque from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after being recognized as the Most Business-Friendly LGU Award (Level 1 Catego

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DA brings TienDA in Taguig

Philippines Times - 3 hours 42 sec ago

TAGUIG CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA)--Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Taguig through Mayor Lani Cayetano launched another leg of TienDA Malasakit store

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Invictus Games: Athlete comforted in moving on-court moment

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 7 min ago
UK competitor Paul Guest was embraced by his team-mate after being unsettled by a helicopter.
Categories: Asian News

Malaysian actress Zahirah Macwilson explains why she wore short skirt on trip to Tokyo

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 14 min ago
October 23, 2018 12:24 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Actress Zahirah Macwilson, who was criticised by some Malaysians for wearing a short skirt while on a working trip to Tokyo, explained that she had done so due to work requirements.
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Thai police investigating DJ who allegedly tortured cats and uploaded videos on dark Web

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 29 min ago
October 23, 2018 12:09 PM

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK)- A 30-year-old woman at the heart of cat torture allegations had adopted at least eight cats from separate animal shelters, a vet from Watchdog Thailand said on Monday (Oct 22).
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Fight against gold mine turned Thai village into 'war zone'

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 30 min ago
October 23, 2018 11:08 AM

NA NONG BONG, THAILAND (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - They came in the night - about 150 men wearing masks and wielding sticks, knives and guns who swarmed the village of Na Nong Bong in Thailand's north-eastern province of Loei, firing into the air while threatening and beating residents.
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Makati RTC Branch 148 judge upheld rule of law, opposition solons say

Philippines Star - 4 hours 43 min ago
The colleagues of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said Makati judge Andres Soriano restored the stability of courts when he junked the government’s plea for a warrant of arrest against the senator.
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