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China issues draft rules for deepfakes in cyberspace

Straits Times Asian News - 27 min 12 sec ago
January 28, 2022 4:56 PM

It is Beijing's latest measure to mould a cyberspace that promotes Chinese socialist values.

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Lunar New Year flowers in flames as Hong Kong farmer burns unsold stock

Straits Times Asian News - 37 min 46 sec ago
January 28, 2022 4:46 PM

Traffic restrictions on locations traditionally used by wholesalers have been put in place.

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Fugitive Malaysian businessman Jho Low says he was never in a position of influence in 1MDB case

Straits Times Asian News - 39 min 37 sec ago
January 28, 2022 4:44 PM

Low also said 1MDB's lawsuit against him was redundant.

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How coronavirus sneaked into Kiribati – one of last Covid-free places on the planet

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 23 min ago
When the coronavirus began spreading around the world, the remote Pacific archipelago of Kiribati closed its borders, ensuring the disease didn’t reach its shores for nearly two full years.Kiribati finally began reopening this month, allowing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to charter a plane to bring home 54 of the island nation’s citizens.Many of those aboard were missionaries who had left Kiribati before the border closure to spread the faith abroad for what is commonly known…
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President Halimah Yacob to visit China for opening of Winter Olympics

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 22 min ago
January 28, 2022 3:01 PM

BEIJING - Singapore President Halimah Yacob will be among dignitaries visiting China next week to attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, China's foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday (Jan 28).

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South Korea ruling party candidate seeks to outdo Moon with North Korea nuclear talks

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 53 min ago
January 28, 2022 2:30 PM

Among other things, the aim is to overcome previous failures in bridging North Korea and the US.

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Malaysia floods caused nearly $2 billion in losses

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 5 min ago
January 28, 2022 2:18 PM

Selangor was the worst hit overall, with about half of Malaysia's losses recorded in the state.

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'Whack-a-mole': Experts call Hong Kong's zero-Covid policy unsustainable

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 18 min ago
January 28, 2022 2:05 PM

Doctors say the restrictions are taking an increasingly heavy toll on residents' mental health.

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Russia's Australia envoy slams 'comic book' Ukraine coverage

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 19 min ago
January 28, 2022 2:04 PM

He dismissed concerns over the buildup of more than 100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine's border.

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Taiwan President Tsai expresses 'empathy' for Ukraine's situation

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 27 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:56 PM

Taiwan has complained of repeated Chinese military activity near it over the past two years.

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A new global health funded needed: Jakarta Post

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 34 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:50 PM

The paper says the global health system needs to be strengthened to ensure its effectiveness in mitigating a crisis anytime it strikes.

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Plight of the anti-vaxxer: Statesman contributor

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 34 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:50 PM

The writer says a Covid-19 vaccine certificate is akin to a passport in today's world, and an open sesame mantra to access a range of social and state facilities .

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China Unicom says no 'justifiable grounds' for US ban

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 35 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:48 PM

The regulator said the company was 'subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government'.

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Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic, expands booster eligibility

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 45 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:38 PM

Steady hospitalisation rates in recent days have raised hopes that worst could be over.

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Australia pledges $955m for Great Barrier Reef, but climate change threat looms

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 51 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:32 PM

SINGAPORE - The Australian government has pledged an additional A$1 billion (S$955 million) to protect the health of the Great Barrier Reef, but some scientists say this will do nothing to reduce the main risk to its future: climate change.

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Coronavirus: Singapore foreign workforce grows first time since pandemic; Australia sees deadliest day

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 23 sec ago
Singapore’s non-resident workforce expanded for the first time in two years last quarter, driven by an increase in the construction sector after some border restrictions were eased.That helped push total employment up by 47,400 in the quarter, the Ministry of Manpower said on Friday, as a pickup in local resident hires also gained pace driven by seasonal hiring in the service and retail sectors and growing demand in areas like IT and financial services.For December, the seasonally-adjusted…
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Covid-19 third wave takes hold in Indonesia's capital Jakarta

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 4 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:19 PM

The Omicron variant is believed to have driven a surge in cases and hospitalisation.

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McDonald's Malaysia hit by 'fry-tening supply crunch'

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 21 min ago
January 28, 2022 1:02 PM

Large portions of French fries and one type of large meal set have been taken off the menu. 

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From Singapore to Thailand, higher food costs hit Lunar New Year reunion dinner festivities

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 23 min ago
The Lunar New Year is typically a festival of abundance and excess. But three years into the pandemic, food prices have risen across the globe thanks to a confluence of pandemic-induced supply chain constraints, bad weather that decimated crops and surging energy prices have also affected the cost of fertilisers. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index reached a 10-year high last year and the World Food Programme estimates that 272 million people worldwide are at risk of…
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China jails almost 50 steel executives for faking emissions data

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 50 min ago
January 28, 2022 12:34 PM

The officials who worked at four mills near Beijing were given prison sentences from six to 18 months.

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