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Indonesian official warns of forest and plantation fires threat to Asian Games

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 22:19
February 22, 2018 10:19 PM

JAKARTA - The Asian Games could be threatened if forest and plantation fires are not addressed early, an Indonesian disaster management agency official has been quoted as saying.
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Indonesian president pays $800 for Metallica gift

BBC Asia News - Thu, 2018-02-22 21:22
Metalhead president is hailed for buying back gift in fight against corruption.
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Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 20:30
February 22, 2018 8:30 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said on Thursday (Feb 22), with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year.
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Indian surgeons remove 'heaviest recorded' brain tumour

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 20:29
February 22, 2018 8:29 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - Indian surgeons who removed a massive brain tumour in a marathon seven-hour procedure said on Thursday (Feb 22) they believe it could be the heaviest ever recorded.
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German and British nationals arrested for alleged Bali drug smuggling

SCMP Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 19:21
A German man and a British man have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials said on Thursday, with one of them possibly facing the death penalty. The 56-year-old German, identified by his initials SKAR, was arrested on January 26 when he arrived at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on a flight from Doha. Customs agents found heroin, amphetamine, morphine and diazepam stashed in his luggage, and an additional 1.21...
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Avani Chaturvedi: First Indian woman to fly fighter jet

BBC Asia News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:59
Avani Chaturvedi, 24, was one of the first three female fighter pilots to join the Indian air force.
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Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea's General Kim Yong-chol to attend

BBC Asia News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:46
Kim Yong-Chol, a high-ranking official, is thought to have masterminded several attacks on South Korea.
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Philippines' Duterte says may expand ban on outbound workers

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:43
February 22, 2018 6:43 PM

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday (Feb 22) he would extend his ban on sending workers to Kuwait to include other countries if investigations showed Filipinos were being seriously abused by employers elsewhere.
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Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'visited Cambodia for TV pranks'

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:43
February 22, 2018 6:43 PM

SHAH ALAM (AFP) - An Indonesian woman charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited Cambodia to take part in what she believed were pranks for a TV show with suspected Pyongyang agents, a court heard Thursday (Feb 22).
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Indian investigators seize billionaire jeweller's luxury cars in US$1.8 billion fraud probe

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:35
February 22, 2018 6:35 PM

MUMBAI (REUTERS) - An Indian financial crime-fighting agency said on Thursday (Feb 22) it has seized a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Porsche Panamera and some half a dozen more luxury vehicles belonging to billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his firms, in a probe into an alleged US$1.8 billion (S$2.38 billion) fraud against state-run Punjab National Bank.
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Canada rescinds invitation to militant to dine with PM Trudeau in India

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:29
February 22, 2018 6:29 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Canadian officials on Thursday (Feb 22) admitted a Sikh extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian minister had been invited to dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New Delhi, in the latest controversy to dog the premier's week-long visit to India.
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Muddy floating island being turned into new home for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

SCMP Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:18
Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, refuge for nearly...
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Malaysian rapper Namewee remanded over controversial Chinese New Year video

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:04
February 22, 2018 6:04 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, AFP) - Rapper Namewee has been remanded by the police over investigations into his controversial Like A Dog video.
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Thai junta under pressure to tackle pollution 'crisis'

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:53
February 22, 2018 5:53 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Environmental activists presented the Thai junta with an hourglass filled with dust on Thursday (Feb 22) as part of a plea to tackle the hazardous levels of air pollution that have hung over the capital in recent weeks.
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In Japan, mystery surrounds businessman who fathered 13 children born from Thai surrogates

SCMP Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:53
A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin. As a major shareholder, he earns millions of dollars a year in dividends. But in Japan, he keeps an extremely low profile. Aggressive tabloid reports after the babies were discovered in a Bangkok...
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Malaysian teacher's 'vandalism' on school wall goes viral

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:36
February 22, 2018 5:36 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Vandalism is usually associated with the damage of public property, but it is a different story for one teacher in Johor who was showered with praise for doodling on the walls of her schools.
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China probes report of possible North Korea sanctions breach at sea

Straits Times Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:14
February 22, 2018 5:14 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China said on Thursday (Feb 22) it is investigating a Japanese report that a Chinese ship may have carried out a ship-to-ship transfer with a North Korean vessel in breach of UN sanctions.
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Scientists unlock secret of Malaysia’s proboscis monkeys

SCMP Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:14
There is a secret to Sabah’s iconic male proboscis monkeys – when they become bigger, so will their body and testicles. But more importantly, the males with a bigger nose can attract more females. According to a scientific study, there is a clear link between the nose sizes of the males and the number of females in their harems. The study was jointly carried out by scientists from the Sabah Wildlife Department, Danau Girang Field Centre, Cardiff University and Kyoto University....
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Lunar New Year: Who owns the 'lucky money' in a red envelope?

BBC Asia News - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:06
A woman successfully sues her parents for keeping her "lucky money" sparking widespread debate.
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‘We don’t see hostile intent from China’: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull butters up Beijing before visiting US

SCMP Asian News - Thu, 2018-02-22 16:54
China is not a threat to Australia because it lacks “any hostile intent”, Malcolm Turnbull has said as he embarks on his US visit. Speaking to Sky News on Thursday, the Australian prime minister sought to play down a more hostile approach to China by the US, rejecting the “out-of-date cold-war prism” of seeing the two superpowers as in competition. Turnbull said the aim of the trip – which will include regional security talks and a delegation of Australian premiers...
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