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US authorities request details in Kobe Steel scandal

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 15 min ago
October 17, 2017 7:52 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Kobe Steel said on Tuesday (Oct 17) it has received a request from the US Department of Justice for information linked to a snowballing fake data scandal that has hammered its reputation and share price.
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Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 32 in attack on Afghan police

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 33 min ago
October 17, 2017 7:34 PM

KHOST (AFP) - The death toll in an ongoing suicide and gun attack on a police training centre in a southeast Afghan city has risen to 32 with more than 200 wounded, a hospital official said on Tuesday (Oct 17).
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Anti-Chinese? Backlash and praise for new Jakarta governor’s racially tinged speech

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 12 min ago
The new governor of Indonesia’s capital faced a barrage of criticism on Tuesday for remarks in his inauguration speech that some residents and politicians warned could stoke ethnic and religious tension in the Southeast Asian country. Anies Baswedan, a former education minister, said in a speech only hours after he was sworn in on Monday that “pribumi” (native or indigenous Indonesians) should take back control of the country from “colonial” influences. His...
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Michelle Yeoh would unleash ‘years of martial arts training’ if Weinstein made sex advances

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 6 min ago
Actress Michelle Yeoh said Tuesday that she was aware of Harvey Weinstein’s reputation and would have unleashed “years of martial arts training” on the fallen Hollywood mogul had he ever tried to sexually harass her. In a statement to Associated Press, the Malaysian star added to the chorus of female voices speaking out about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Weinstein, who produced or distributed many of Yeoh’s films and TV shows. “Any man who treats women...
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China's party congress unlikely to unleash key economic reforms: Fitch

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 21 min ago
October 17, 2017 5:46 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China is likely to delay debt deleveraging and other reforms in the aftermath of its 19th Party Congress as policymakers focus on achievement of growth targets such as doubling 2010 GDP by 2020, Fitch Ratings said in a note on Tuesday (Oct 17).
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North Korea's once-touted AI tech hits development ceiling: Report

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 22 min ago
October 17, 2017 5:45 PM

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - North Korea has been pursuing the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies since the 1990s through its series of state-run tech software research agencies.
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Japan votes: 'Vanishing village' looks to Shinzo Abe's LDP for survival

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 34 min ago
October 17, 2017 5:33 PM

NANMOKU, Japan (REUTERS) - Nanmoku resident Chikara Imai, 73, is quick to dismiss the new parties in Sunday's (Oct 22) national election in Japan, saying old ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is what the country's most elderly village needs for survival.
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US official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 54 min ago
October 17, 2017 5:13 PM

TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said on Tuesday (Oct 17), hours after Pyongyang warned that nuclear war might break out at any moment.
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Afghanistan Taliban 'suicide attack' on police centre

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 55 min ago
At least 12 are dead and 70 injured after a police compound is attacked in the city of Gardez.
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China's 19th Communist Party Congress to conclude on Oct 24

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 56 min ago
October 17, 2017 5:11 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's 19th Communist Party Congress will close on next Tuesday (Oct 24), a week after it opens, party spokesman Tuo Zhen said on Tuesday .
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Vietnam ex-MP jailed for stealing US$16 million in housing deposits

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 6 min ago
A former Vietnamese lawmaker has been sentenced to life in prison for fraud after she pocketed US$16 million in down-payments from would-be homeowners when she was a real estate developer, a court clerk said Tuesday. Chau Thi Thu Nga is the latest to be punished as part of a government anti-corruption sweep targeting current and former officials, bankers and executives in the communist state. As chairwoman of the private Housing Group company, Nga sold hundreds of apartments to prospective...
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Australia indigenous poet subjected to student abuse

BBC Asia News - 4 hours 9 min ago
Australian education authorities say they are "appalled" by offensive comments and memes posted online.
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Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 15 min ago
The deaths of two leaders of an Islamic State alliance in the southern Philippines could thrust a Malaysian who trained at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan as the militant group’s new regional “emir”, experts say. Intelligence officials described Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad as a financier and recruiter, who helped form the coalition of pro-Islamic State (IS) fighters that stormed Marawi City in May. Isnilon Hapilon, Islamic State’s anointed “emir” in Southeast Asia...
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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches from November; violators face S$4,095 fine or prison

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 15 min ago
October 17, 2017 4:52 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand's most famous tourist beaches will face a 100,000 baht (S$4,095) fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said.
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Smoking to be banned on 20 popular Thailand beaches

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 16 min ago
Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province. Its introduction coincides with Thailand’s peak tourist season and will be enforced in visitor hotspots including Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phuket...
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Malaysian police investigating alleged affair involving senior anti-graft officer

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 24 min ago
October 17, 2017 4:43 PM

SEPANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian police are investigating allegations that a senior anti-graft officer had an extramarital affair with a married woman, after several videos supposedly exposing it surfaced online.
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China combat veteran, close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, to get promotion: Sources

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 32 min ago
October 17, 2017 4:35 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A close ally of President Xi Jinping is expected to be promoted to vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, four sources said, as Xi cements his control over the armed forces.
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Grim store sales cast shadow ahead of India's 'festival of lights'

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 37 min ago
October 17, 2017 4:30 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - This close to India's glittering festive season, the cash register at Neha Tandon's clothes store should be working overtime as revellers snap up elegant sarees for Diwali celebrations and lavish wedding parties.
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As President Xi ascends, will China's economic reforms finally take off?

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 52 min ago
October 17, 2017 4:15 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares for a second five-year term, foreign investors will be watching for any sign that he finally intends to follow through on long-promised reforms to further open the world's second-largest economy.
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Philippine conflict: Duterte says Marawi is militant-free

BBC Asia News - 5 hours 4 min ago
However, there is still fighting in the Philippine city, as the army seeks to free about 20 hostages.
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