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32 Indonesian tourists escape unhurt from burning bus in Johor

Straits Times Asian News - 32 min 32 sec ago
December 14, 2017 8:37 PM

YONG PENG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Thirty-two Indonesian tourists escaped unhurt when their tour bus burst into flames on the North-South Expressway in Malaysia.
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Widow of late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo sends desperate letter saying she is 'going mad'

Straits Times Asian News - 40 min 49 sec ago
December 14, 2017 8:28 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Friends of the late Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo voiced concern about his widow's health on Thursday (Dec 14) after she sent a letter showing signs of deep depression.
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North Korean defector pleads to return to Pyongyang at UN event

Straits Times Asian News - 51 min 57 sec ago
December 14, 2017 8:17 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul on Thursday (Dec 14) to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang.
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Woman falls from height at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

Straits Times Asian News - 55 min 20 sec ago
December 14, 2017 8:14 PM

A woman was rescued by the authorities in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on Wednesday (Dec 13), after she appeared to have climbed up to 20m above the ground.
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US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 6 min ago
December 14, 2017 8:02 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said on Thursday (Dec 14) after meeting an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed state.
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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 21 min ago
The man charged with the wellbeing of India's Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday.
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India court sentences man to death for brutal rape and murder of law student

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 23 min ago
An Indian court Thursday handed down the death penalty to a man found guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a brutal knife attack in southern Kerala state. The murdered student was found dead in a pool of blood in her home in Perumbavoor town on April 28, 2016, with nearly 30 stab wounds and bite marks on her severely disfigured corpse. Muhammed Ameerul Islam was convicted by a District Court in Kerala over the gruesome attack which sparked nationwide outrage and drew comparisons with...
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India: Is Gujarat synonymous with development thanks to Modi?

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 24 min ago
As Gujarat votes, Reality Check looks at claims about its economic success by Narendra Modi's ruling BJP.
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Sexual harassment during flights may be a blind spot for airlines, particularly in Asia

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 48 min ago
When a 17-year-old Bollywood actress took to social media this week alleging she was sexually assaulted on an aeroplane, she appeared to catch the airline industry off guard. Her allegations – denied by the man accused of the assault on a domestic Vistara flight in India – triggered online outrage and prompted a rare police investigation. The incident, coming shortly after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi, a Silicon Valley executive, said via social media that...
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Robert Mugabe in Singapore for first trip since ouster as Zimbabwe president

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 52 min ago
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe, 93, who was ousted from power last month, has flown to Singapore for a medical check-up, his ex-spokesman said Thursday. Mugabe and his wife Grace have not been seen in public since he was forced to resign after a military takeover brought a sudden end to his authoritarian 37-year reign. “He is in Singapore. It’s part of his package as a retired president to travel overseas. He routinely goes to Singapore to meet with his doctors,...
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Two South Korean journalists assaulted by Chinese security guards ahead of Moon-Xi summit

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 3 min ago
December 14, 2017 5:06 PM

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Two South Korean journalists, part of the travelling press corps accompanying President Moon Jae In on his state visit to China, were beaten up by Chinese security personnel while covering an event attended by Moon in Beijing on Thursday (Dec 14).
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Almost half of Malaysians worried over retirement savings, says survey

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 40 min ago
By Syahirah Syed Jaafar Almost half (49 per cent) of Malaysians are not confident about having enough money to live till the age of 80, according to the 2017 Prudential Relationship Index (PRI) survey. The second edition of the index by Prudential Assurance Malaysia Bhd found that retirement savings is a top financial priority for the majority of Malaysians. More than half (59 per cent) reported they are concerned with whether they will have sufficient funds for retirement. The PRI is an...
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Australia's population growth outpaces world as migrants rush in

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 50 min ago
December 14, 2017 4:19 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia's population is expanding at the fastest pace in the developed world as skilled migrants flock to the resource-rich nation, a fillip to economic growth overall but perhaps also a source of puzzling weakness in wages.
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India 'religious murder' case: Donations for suspect blocked

BBC Asia News - 4 hours 56 min ago
The Hindu man is accused of hacking a Muslim to death in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
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China angered as US considers navy visits to Taiwan

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 59 min ago
December 14, 2017 4:10 PM

BEIJING/TAIPEI (REUTERS) - China accused the United States on Thursday (Dec 14) of interfering in its internal affairs and said it had lodged a complaint after US President Donald Trump signed into law an act laying the groundwork for possible US navy visits to self-ruled Taiwan.
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In a first, all Asean leaders to attend India's Republic Day

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 12 min ago
December 14, 2017 3:57 PM

NEW DELHI (ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - In a first, 10 world leaders from Asean will be chief guests at India's annual Republic Day parade on January 26 to mark the silver jubilee of India's relations with the bloc.
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Japanese police mount raids over 'illegal food exports' to North Korea

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 18 min ago
December 14, 2017 3:50 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese police said Thursday (Dec 14) they had carried out several raids, reportedly in connection to alleged shipments of food to North Korea that would contravene sanctions.
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Marvel or white elephant? Hong Kong's troubled mega bridge

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 20 min ago
December 14, 2017 3:48 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Billed as the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, it has been touted by supporters as an engineering wonder.
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South Korea prosecutors demand 25 years jail for ex-president’s friend in corruption scandal

SCMP Asian News - 5 hours 28 min ago
The powerful secret confidante at the centre of the sprawling corruption scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-hye should spend the next quarter of a century in prison, prosecutors demanded Thursday. Park’s long-time friend Choi Soon-sil – the daughter of her religious guru – was vilified at the massive nationwide protests last year that rocked Asia’s fourth-largest economy and led to Park’s impeachment. Choi was “the alpha and omega of...
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