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Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand

Straits Times Asian News - 19 min 19 sec ago
August 21, 2017 12:12 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal on Monday (Aug 21) against the death sentence.
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Malaysia despatches ships and helicopter in search for sailors after US destroyer collision

Straits Times Asian News - 28 min 59 sec ago
August 21, 2017 12:02 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Royal Malaysia Navy has despatched ships and a helicopter to help in the search-and-rescue (SAR) operations after a US warship and a merchant vessel collided seven nautical miles off the coast of Johor.
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Malaysia's Federal Court grants stay on 'bin Abdullah' ruling

Straits Times Asian News - 44 min 53 sec ago
August 21, 2017 11:46 AM

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia's Federal Court on Monday (Aug 21) stayed a lower court's ruling that allowed a Muslim child conceived outside marriage to take his father's name instead of a 'bin Abdullah' patronym, pending the Johor religious authority's bid to intervene in the case.
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Taiwan premier pledges to minimise chances of another power blackout

Straits Times Asian News - 59 min 42 sec ago
August 21, 2017 11:31 AM

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's premier said on Monday (Aug 21) the government will minimise the probability of another power blackout but cannot guarantee that there will be no recurrence.
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South Korea president Moon Jae In says military exercises with US not meant to raise tensions

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 50 min ago
August 21, 2017 10:41 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae In said on Monday (Aug 21) joint military exerciseswith US forces starting on Monday are purely of a defensive nature and do not aim to raise tensions on the Korean peninsula.
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US troop reduction in exercise not due to N.Korea concerns, says US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 53 min ago
August 21, 2017 10:38 AM

AMMAN (REUTERS) - A reduction in US troops taking part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces this year simply reflects a need for fewer personnel and is not because of tensions with North Korea, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said.
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Former assistant governor of Bank Negara Malaysia gives testimony on forex losses

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 5 min ago
August 21, 2017 10:25 AM

PUTRAJAYA - The former assistant governor of Malaysia's central bank is giving his testimony on Monday (Aug 21) during a hearing of the Royal Inquiry Commission (RCI) into Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) foreign exchange losses.
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Don't like our rules? Then leave, China newspaper says after journal censored

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 14 min ago
August 21, 2017 10:17 AM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - The censorship in China of hundreds of academic papers from a prominent journal will have little impact because readership is so small, but if Western institutions don't like the way things are done in China they can leave, the state-run Global Times newspaper said in an editorial on Monday.
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Malaysia ready to set up inquiry on 1985 Memali incident, says DPM Zahid

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 42 min ago
August 21, 2017 9:49 AM

TAIPING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian government is ready to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to probe the Memali tragedy in 1985 if there is demand for it, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
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The village in Nepal cut off by floods

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian crisis following recent flooding.
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Here’s how China’s ageing will narrow income gaps in West

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 1 min ago
In recent years politicians and thinkers in the developed world have found themselves struggling to explain three trends that have gripped advanced economies: the long-term fall in real interest rates adjusted for inflation, the fall in workers’ real wages, and the sharp rise in inequality between rich and poor. In truth, these three trends are easy enough to understand if you take a global, rather than a national or regional view. They can all be explained by the economic rise of China....
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Philippine court of appeal upholds US soldier's 10-year jail sentence in transgender killing

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 9 min ago
August 21, 2017 9:22 AM

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Court of Appeals has shut the door on US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton's attempt to overturn the 10-year jail sentence meted out to him by an Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) for killing transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude.
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10 sailors missing after US warship and tanker collide east of Singapore

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 16 min ago
The US Navy says 10 of its sailors are missing and five are injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore early on Monday morning. A search-and-rescue effort was under way after what was the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. The Navy said in a statement the USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC at 5.24am local time while “the ship was transiting to a...
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US Navy ship collides with oil tanker off Singapore

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 46 min ago
The incident off Singapore is the second serious collision involving a US Navy ship in two months.
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Former Felda chairman out on bail after five days in remand

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 55 min ago
August 21, 2017 8:36 AM

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - After being in remand for five days, former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad was released on bail on Sunday (Aug 20) when the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) decided not to apply to extend his remand.
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US-South Korea set for divisive military drills

BBC Asia News - 4 hours 1 min ago
Pyongyang has already lashed out at the annual drills, saying they were "adding fuel to the fire".
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China to speed up bullet trains on Beijing-Shanghai route in September

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 32 min ago
August 21, 2017 7:59 AM

BEIJING (XINHUA) - China's new generation bullet train, the Fuxing, will run on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway from September 21 at 350 kilometres per hour, China Railway Corp. said Sunday.
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Jakarta, the city where nobody wants to walk

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 33 min ago
August 21, 2017 7:58 AM

JAKARTA (NYTIMES) - Dita Wahyunita does not like walking the streets of the Indonesian capital.
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'My body battleground'

BBC Asia News - 4 hours 51 min ago
The brutality of online attacks on some Muslim women in Malaysia have led to calls for changes in law.
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The border between North and South Korea

BBC Asia News - 5 hours 11 min ago
The BBC visits the border between North and South Korea and talks to the European observers who monitor the ceasefire.
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