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Facebook takes down more sites in the Philippines that are pro-President Duterte

Straits Times Asian News - 40 min 38 sec ago
October 23, 2018 3:35 PM

MANILA - Facebook has removed over 100 pages and accounts in the Philippines, including several linked to President Rodrigo Duterte, that it said violated its policies on spam.
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Temasek-backed Vertex invests in Binance to develop fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore

SCMP Asian News - 57 min 35 sec ago
Vertex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Temasek Holdings Pte, said it made an investment in digital asset trading platform operator Binance to develop a fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore. The amount of the investment by Singapore’s state investment firm wasn’t disclosed. Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, primarily handles trades between digital tokens. The funding, which is a joint investment between Vertex Ventures China and Vertex...
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Malaysia PM Mahathir to visit Thailand on Wednesday

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 16 sec ago
October 23, 2018 3:16 PM

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will make a two-day official visit to Thailand starting on Wednesday (Oct 24).
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Indian court eases ban on firecrackers before Hindu festival despite soaring pollution levels

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 20 min 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...
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Australia slaps sanctions on Myanmar army top brass over violence against Rohingya

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 27 min 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 48 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.
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World's longest sea bridge: Aerial shots of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai crossing

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 1 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 - 2 hours 5 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 - 2 hours 26 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 - 2 hours 34 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.
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Foreign parents fight in vain for custody in Japan

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 45 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.
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Taiwan rattled by 6.0 magnitude quake; tremor felt strongly in Taipei

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 10 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 - 3 hours 36 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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Invictus Games: Athlete comforted in moving on-court moment

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 44 min ago
UK competitor Paul Guest was embraced by his team-mate after being unsettled by a helicopter.
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Malaysian actress Zahirah Macwilson explains why she wore short skirt on trip to Tokyo

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 51 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 - 4 hours 6 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 - 5 hours 8 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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Australia sanctions five officers in Myanmar military over atrocities against Rohingya

SCMP Asian News - 5 hours 31 min ago
Australia’s government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar’s powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya ethnic group. Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets of officers including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind atrocities. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the...
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Massive tax evasion found in Ferrari, other luxury car resales in Japan

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 38 min ago
October 23, 2018 10:37 AM

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - About 20 companies and individuals have been penalised by tax authorities in Japan for intentionally hiding profits, or failing to report profits, from the sale of expensive imported cars such as Ferraris, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
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Xi Jinping declares Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge open

Straits Times Asian News - 5 hours 51 min ago
October 23, 2018 10:24 AM

ZHUHAI (AFP) - China’s President Xi Jinping launched the world’s longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China Tuesday (Oct 23) at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on its semi-autonomous territories.  
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