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2 hours ago | SCMP
Malaysian billionaire Lim Kok Thay blames Germany for Genting Hong Kong’s demise
Lim Kok Thay, the former chairman of Genting Hong Kong Ltd, which slid into provisional liquidation last week, has accused the German government of walking away from a promise to provide capital to Genting’s shipbuilding unit, whose demise ultimately forced the cruise ship operator to seek court assistance to safeguard its assets.As part of a restructuring deal last year, Germany’s former administration agreed to provide a US$620 million credit line to help MV Werften continue building a cruise…
4 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Senior US official to visit Lithuania in show of support over Chinese 'coercion'
WASHINGTON: A senior US official will visit Lithuania next week to discuss enhancing economic cooperation with the small Baltic nation, which has faced pressure from China for boosting ties with Ta
4 hours ago | BBC
Beating Retreat: British hymn 'Abide with Me' causing a stir in India
India has dropped a colonial-era tune from Beating Retreat celebrations to "decolonise" the event.
4 hours ago | SCMP
Myanmar’s junta fights for legitimacy as diplomatic, battlefield pressures mount on Min Aung Hlaing and his generals, a year after coup
Days before Myanmar’s February 1 coup last year, mixed signals from the military over its planned course of action had prominent observers and journalists in the Southeast Asian nation scrambling for answers.With murmurs circulating that the military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, was deeply unhappy with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi because of supposed “voter fraud” in the preceding November’s polls, local journalists on January 26 pressed his top spokesman Zaw Min Tun for a “yes or no” on whether…
6 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Nyanyikan dalam Bahasa Melayu: Lagu Tahun Baru Cina yang paparkan perpaduan budaya mencuit hati ramai
KUALA LUMPUR: Ia bukan sebarang lagu Tahun Baru Cina.  Semua ciri menarik yang perlu ada pada sesebuah lagu, ada padanya.
6 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Sing it in Bahasa Melayu: Chinese New Year song celebrating cross-cultural unity warms Malaysians’ hearts
KUALA LUMPUR: This is not your typical Chinese New Year song.  It ticks all the necessary boxes - upbeat tunes, positive lyrics and costumes in auspicious colours - but Dong Dong Qiang, re
7 hours ago | SCMP
Indian village mourns family who froze to death on US-Canada border
Relatives and neighbours of the Indian family who froze to death near the US-Canada border last week said the father repeatedly failed to secure better paid jobs in recent years, prompting them to take a risky trip aided by an illegal migrant network.The deaths amid sub-zero temperatures, described as a “mind-blowing” tragedy by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have cast a spotlight on the economic pressures and human smuggling operations in Indian premier Narendra Modi’s home state…
8 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Working with US, Guatemala detains 10 people in raids on migrant smugglers
GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan authorities working with the US Homeland Security agency on Friday (Jan 28) arrested 10 people in raids against a migrant smuggling group linked to the massacre of 19 people in Mexico last year, Guatemalan officials said. Guatemala's Public Prosecutor's Office said 19 r
9 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Support of Taiwan independence could spark US military conflict with China, says Chinese ambassador
WASHINGTON: China and the United States could end up in a military conflict if the United States encourages Taiwan's independence, Beijing's ambassador to Washington Qin Gang said in a US radio interview broadcast on Friday (Jan 28). "Let me emphasise this. The Taiwan issue is the biggest tinder-box b
11 hours ago | Channel News Asia
US sends 7.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh
WASHINGTON: The United States began shipping another 7.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh on Friday (Jan 28), a US official told AFP. "Thanks to the US commitment to playing a leading role in ending the pandemic everywhere, the United States is shipping 7,434,180 doses of Pfizer vaccine to
12 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Hong Kong government offers hamster reparations in COVID-19 fight
HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government said on Friday (Jan 28) it would compensate pet shops trading in hamsters after ordering a cull on the rodents last week over fears they were spreading COVID-19. The city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it would offer a one-off payment of up to
12 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Women-led artist-curator team to represent Singapore at Venice Biennale
The history, future and significance of the written word will take centre stage at the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. "Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book" will take the form of a book, film and paper maze, which is reflected in the design of the Pavilion. Singapore is taking part in the event for the 10th year. CNA spoke to artist Shubigi Rao and curator Ute Meta Bauer.
13 hours ago | Channel News Asia
2021 was Singapore's second wettest year since 1980: Met Service
It is going to be a wetter than usual March and April for Singapore. This comes after the city recorded its second-most rainy year since 1980 and the warmest decade ever. In its annual report, the Meteorological Service Singapore said there was 30 per cent more rainfall than usual last year.
13 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Businesses in Marina Bay welcome return of Formula 1 night race
Businesses around the Marina Bay area have welcomed the extension of the Singapore Grand Prix for another seven years. The event will return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
13 hours ago | Channel News Asia
More fixed-price electricity contracts rolled out for large consumers
Big consumers like malls and factories will get to choose from more fixed-price power contracts in Singapore, amid a volatile electricity market and rising oil prices. A previous temporary plan launched earlier is already fully subscribed for the first two months of this year.
13 hours ago | Channel News Asia
2 initiatives launched to improve digital services and prevent scams
There has been a call for enhanced anti-scam measures. Meanwhile, two Smart Nation initiatives have been launched. Communications and Information Minister Josephine Teo said digital developments have allowed scammers to cheat at a faster rate.
14 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Resale transactions for HDB flats up 25.3% in 2021
Resale transactions for HDB flats rose by 25.3 per cent last year. Analysts say this could go up even more, with a record number of flats reaching their minimum occupation period this year.
14 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Singapore's labour market continues to improve
There is still a skills mismatch, even as Singapore's labour market continues to improve. Senior Minister of State for Manpower Koh Poh Koon says re-skilling efforts will be ramped up, despite latest data showing more Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are finding jobs. The employment rate also grew faster in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to the previous quarter.
14 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Those unwell should not go out during Chinese New Year, even if ART result is negative: Ong Ye Kung
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung is urging those who are unwell during Chinese New Year to not go out, even if their ART result is negative. Those who intend to visit people who are old, unvaccinated or chronically ill should also self-test before doing so. Mr Ong was speaking at the launch of a book titled "COVID Warriors: The Singapore Way". It documents Singapore’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and how the country is living with the ongoing health crisis.
14 hours ago | BBC
Chinese New Year: What is it and how is it celebrated?
More than a billion people across the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year 2022 on 1 February.
14 hours ago | Channel News Asia
COVID-19: Enforcement to be stepped up at hotspots during Chinese New Year period
COVID-19 enforcement is being stepped up at hotspots like F&B outlets, malls and parks during the Chinese New Year period. At Chinatown, additional measures will be introduced to reduce crowding, like temporarily closing roads and deploying more safe distancing personnel.
14 hours ago | CNA Insider
COVID-19's Unseen Toll On The Elderly - Indonesia, Singapore & Australia | CNA Correspondent
The constant lockdowns and movement restrictions have taken a toll on the elderly around the world. In Indonesia, unvaccinated seniors form the most vulnerable and high-risk COVID-19 group in the country. Health authorities and volunteers are working together to overcome the challenges of access and vaccine hesitancy to help the elderly get vaccinated. For elderly dementia patients in Singapore, they face new hurdles in maintaining their routines in the new normal brought on by the pandemic. While in Australia, we look at what help and support system are at hand to enable the elderly there rebuild their lives after long periods of isolation following a devastating year of lockdowns in 2021. More from CNA Correspondent: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkMf14VQEvTbOoBfXhyg67u0l-6pLZ5uU ================= About CNA Correspondent: Highlights of news stories and features by CNA's network of Correspondents based in major cities across the region. ================= #CNAInsider #CNACorrespondent #Indonesia #Singapore #Elderly #Lockdowns
14 hours ago | SCMP
China, Russia to discuss European security amid Ukraine stand-off, says Kremlin
Chinese and Russian presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin will spend a “lot of time” discussing security in Europe and the set of demands Moscow has made of the West when they meet for talks next week, the Kremlin said on Friday.Putin will travel to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 4 against the backdrop of a tense confrontation with the West over Ukraine.More than 30 heads of state to attend Beijing Olympics opening ceremonyThe talks will be…
15 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Beijing Winter Olympics: Athletes deal with demands of competing amid global pandemic
The pressure is building for athletes preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics. The COVID-19 pandemic, China's COVID-zero rules and fears of potential censorship are all weighing heavily.
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