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Funerals held for Dhaka fire victims amid demands for crackdown

Straits Times Asian News - 52 min 1 sec ago
February 22, 2019 5:31 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Funerals started Friday (Feb 22) for victims of a devastating fire in a historic district of Dhaka in which almost 70 people died, burned alive by exploding chemical canisters or trapped by flames.
Categories: Asian News

Japanese police arrest man who took Wagyu cattle sperm to China, as demand for ‘Rolls-Royce of beef’ pushes prices up

SCMP Asian News - 53 min 16 sec ago
Japanese police have arrested a man trying to take to China genetic material that could have been used to breed Japan’s renowned Wagyu cattle, causing consternation in an industry that guards its reputation jealously.Police in Osaka searched the home of the man, who has not been named but is understood to be in his 60s, after he attempted to export the fertilised eggs and sperm of Wagyu cattle to China last year. The man took a ferry from Osaka to Shanghai in July with a metal container filled…
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Pulwama attack: India government must protect Kashmiris - top court

BBC Asia News - 1 hour 8 min ago
Kashmiris have been attacked after a bombing killed Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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'Tinnie terrorists' jailed in Australia for Philippines boat plot

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 40 min ago
February 22, 2019 4:43 PM

SYDNEY (AFP)- Four Australians with almost no seafaring experience were jailed on Friday (Feb 22) for hatching a "foredoomed" plot to sail a boat to the southern Philippines and overthrow the local government.
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Could President Joko be facing a 'Mahathir-like' upset in Indonesian election?

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 49 min ago
February 22, 2019 4:34 PM

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Mr Prabowo Subianto could pull off a "Mahathir-like" surprise win in Indonesia's presidential election in April, according to a former member of President Joko Widodo's Cabinet.
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Chinese-Australian political donor wins defamation case

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 2 min ago
February 22, 2019 4:21 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A Chinese-Australian billionaire businessman on Friday (Feb 22) won a high-profile defamation case against a newspaper that alleged he was co-conspirator in a plot to bribe a top United Nations official, amid fears of Beijing meddling in domestic politics.
Categories: Asian News

Singaporean driver to plead not guilty over Aussie crash which killed friend, critically injured two others

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 17 min ago
February 22, 2019 4:06 PM

The Singaporean driver who was charged in court after a car crash in Australia last November has indicated that she will not plead guilty to her charges.
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India's top court orders protection for Kashmiris

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 19 min ago
February 22, 2019 4:04 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 22) ordered bolstered protection for Kashmiris who have faced a violent backlash over a suicide bombing in the troubled territory that killed 40 paramilitaries.
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Ex-Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng's home raided in 1MDB investigation

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 29 min ago
February 22, 2019 3:54 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The house of former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng has been raided by the police.
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Guangdong's healthy hongbao: China Daily contributor

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 30 min ago
February 22, 2019 3:53 PM

In the article, the writer highlights the increasing financial burden that hongbaos create, with some packets containing as much as 10,000 yuan ($2,000).
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Philippines rejects Abu Sayyaf ransom despite threat to kill hostages

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 33 min ago
February 22, 2019 3:50 PM

MANILA (DPA) - The Philippine government on Friday (Feb 22) stressed it would not give in to demands from Islamic State-allied militants for a ransom to free Malaysian and Indonesian hostages despite a threat to kill the captives.
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Holidaying in Malaysia? Why not visit its controversial palm oil farms

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 35 min ago
February 22, 2019 3:48 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - Want a unique way to spend your holiday in Malaysia? How about traipsing around some controversial palm oil plantations.
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Britain should avert a no-deal Brexit: Yomiuri Shimbun

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 44 min ago
February 22, 2019 3:39 PM

In its editorial, the paper highlights the exodus of Japanese businesses in Britain because of the uncertainty over Brexit.
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Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing wins defamation case against Sydney newspaper which alleged he helped bribe UN official

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 51 min ago
A Chinese-Australian billionaire businessman on Friday won a high-profile defamation case against a newspaper that alleged he was co-conspirator in a plot to bribe a top United Nations official, amid fears of Beijing meddling in domestic politics.Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, was ordered to pay Chau Chak Wing A$280,000 (US$199,000) in damages after a judge at the Federal Court of Australia ruled that the 2015 article was defamatory.“The natural and ordinary meaning of…
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CHR slams proposal to revoke scholarships of ‘anti-government’ students

Philippines Star - 3 hours 15 min ago
Expressing dissent to the government’s policies should be not be used a basis to remove scholarships of students deemed to be “anti-government,” the Commission on Human Rights said.
Categories: Philippines News

Aung San Suu Kyi seeks foreign investment in Myanmar’s Rakhine state despite violence

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 18 min ago
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi touted Rakhine state’s “untapped” economic potential to investors Friday, but glossed over violence that has scorched the area – most recently claiming the life of an 18-year-old civilian.Rakhine, a vast stretch of arable land covering Myanmar’s western flank, with offshore oil and gas deposits and a long coastline, is also one of the country’s poorest states.It has been scored by ethnic and religious conflict, especially in its restive northern region closest to…
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New Zealand PM blasts Canberra's 'corrosive' expulsions

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 20 min ago
February 22, 2019 3:03 PM

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned Australia's hardline policy of deporting Kiwi criminals at a meeting with counterpart Scott Morrison Wednesday (Feb 20), saying it was "corrosive" to trans-Tasman relations.
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Norway to pay Indonesia for emission cuts after big drop in deforestation in 2017

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 25 min ago
February 22, 2019 2:58 PM

SINGAPORE - The Norwegian government has agreed to pay Indonesia for carbon emission cuts after a dramatic drop in deforestation in 2017 and will continue to make payments if the trend continues.
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Philippines' top telco looks to other 5G suppliers amid Huawei concerns

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 27 min ago
February 22, 2019 2:56 PM

MANILA - The Philippines' largest telecommunications company is looking to other vendors of 5G equipment, as it acknowledges security concerns raised by the United States against Chinese tech giant Huawei.
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'Dream of a safe place': Saudi sisters in hiding in Hong Kong after fleeing family

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 31 min ago
February 22, 2019 2:52 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Two sisters from Saudi Arabia were intercepted at Hong Kong airport by the kingdom's diplomats en route to Australia, their lawyer said, the year's second high-profile case of Saudi women trying to flee what they call repression at home.
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