November 11, 2019

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US condemns latest Hong Kong violence, urges both sides to de-escalate
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WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday (Nov 11) condemned "unjustified use of deadly force" in the latest Hong Kong violence and urged police and civilians alike to de-escalate the situation, a senior Trump administration official said.The US statement came after Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set on fire in violence that prompted leader Carrie Lam to denounce "enemies of the people.""Hong Kong police and civilians alike have a responsibility to de-escalate and avoid violent confrontations," the US administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, after a weekend of stepped-up clashes in pro-democracy protests across the Chinese-ruled territory, a former British colony.
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Tommy Koh emphasises importance of laws like UNCLOS
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Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh has emphasised it is important for countries to live in a world governed by law, rules and principles. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an example of such a law. Prof Koh was speaking at the launch of his new book, where he describes how the Convention came about.
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RSAF'S KC-135R tanker aircraft retires
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The Republic of Singapore Air Force's KC-135R tanker aircraft was involved in supporting relief efforts following the SIA crash in Taiwan in 2000 and the Christchurch quake in 2011. The aircraft is now being retired after more than 20 years of service.
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Asia Tonight: Business news in brief Nov 11
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Business Briefs on Asia Tonight, Nov 11: - China's Xi Jinping visits Greece to 'deepen cooperation' - UBS fined by Hong Kong securities regulator for overcharging clients - UK avoids falling into recession, but economy remains weak
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MAS announces measures to fortify Singapore's financial system resilience
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With climate change posing risks to the financial sector in terms of infrastructure and policy changes, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has announced three ways to fortify Singapore's financial system resilience, especially in the emerging area of green financing, where the sector has to assess and study the impact of environmental risks quickly.
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Vietnam deer rediscovered after nearly 30 years
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PARIS: A very rare species of small, deer-like animal thought to be on the verge of extinction has been spotted in the northwestern jungle of Vietnam for the first time in nearly 30 years.Known as the Silver-backed Chevrotain or Mouse deer, a specimen was last recorded in 1990, according to a study published on Monday (Nov 11) in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.The species, Tragulus versicolor, was first described in 1910 based on several animals found near Nha Trang, about 450 kilometres northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.With no confirmed sightings since 1990, experts assumed the species must have been pushed to the brink of extinction by hunting.However Vietnamese biologist An Nguyen, who works with Global Wildlife Concervation and is a PhD student at the Leibnitze Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, had been wondering for years whether the Silver-backed Chevrotain might still be holding on somewhere.
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US FAA downgrades Malaysia's air safety rating
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KUALA LUMPUR: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday (Nov 11) that Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority no longer meets international safety standards and has been downgraded following a review.The revised rating means Malaysia is deficient in one or more areas under International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards. Under the revised "Category 2" rating, Malaysia’s carriers can continue existing service to the United States but are not be allowed to establish new service to the United States, the FAA said. The FAA's safety rating is based on a country's aviation oversight regime and is an assessment of the country's civil aviation authority.At present, the only Malaysian airline route to the United States is AirAsia X Bhd services from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu via Osaka.
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Australian man jailed for 12 years in Vietnam on terrorism charges
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A court in Vietnam has sentenced a 70-year-old Australian citizen to 12 years in prison on charges of terrorism.Chau Van Kham, a retired baker, belongs to the human rights group Viet Tan, which the Vietnam government considers a terrorist organization.He is accused of recruiting members for the group, raising funds for "anti-state activity" and joining anti-Vietnam protests in Australia.In court, he denied conducting any terrorist acts, his lawyer said."His activities were peaceful," he said.Viet Tan dismissed the case as a "sham trial" and accused Vietnam of "criminalizing human rights advocacy". The group said Kham was in Vietnam to conduct civil rights research when he was arrested in January.
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Focal cryotherapy potentially a new treatment for prostate cancer
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A team from Singapore General Hospital is studying a potential new treatment for prostate cancer. Known as focal cryotherapy, it involves the freezing of cancer cells and could potentially reduce the risk of harmful side effects.
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Political watcher on PM Lee's speech at PAP convention
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called on members of the People's Action Party (PAP) to be prepared for a tough fight at the next General Election. Mr Lee, who is the PAP's secretary-general, was speaking to party activists on Nov 10 at the PAP convention. Dr Gillian Koh, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies at NUS, was in the studio to share her views on Mr Lee's speech.
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US FAA downgrades Malaysia's air safety rating: Sources
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KUALA LUMPUR: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded Malaysia's air safety rating, restricting the country's airlines from adding flights to the United States, four sources familiar with the matter and a US government official told Reuters on Monday (Nov 11).The FAA's safety rating is based on a country's aviation oversight regime and is an assessment of the country's civil aviation authority.At present, the only Malaysian airline route to the United States is AirAsia X Bhd services from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu via Osaka.The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia and the FAA did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Malaysia's transport ministry did not have an immediate comment.
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DBS posts 15% rise in Q3 net profit
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DBS Group, Southeast Asia's largest bank, said net profit for the third quarter ended September rose 15 per cent to S$1.63 billion. The gain was led by higher income from loans, fee income and trading.
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Hugh Grant and Guy Ritchie recreate fathers' Army picture
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Actor Hugh Grant and film director Guy Ritchie have recreated a picture of their Army officer fathers for Armistice Day.Capt John Ritchie and Capt James Grant were with the Seaforth Highlanders stationed in Singapore 65 years ago.Hugh Grant is starring in Ritchie's latest film, The Gentleman, which is being filmed in London.Events took place across the UK on the 100th Armistice Day commemoration held since the end of World War One.The Seaforth Highlanders merged with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in 1961 to form the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).Posting the images on social media, Guy Ritchie said: "This first picture was taken 65 years ago in Singapore where my dad - Captain John Ritchie - and Hugh Grant's dad - Captain James Grant - were stationed in the same regiment, the Seaforth Highlanders.
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Rohingya crisis: The Gambia accuses Myanmar of genocide at top UN court
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The small west African nation of The Gambia has filed a lawsuit at the UN's top court formally accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya Muslims.It was filed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which normally rules on disputes between states. Last year, the UN issued a damning report into the violence in Myanmar, saying military leaders should go on trial for genocide.Myanmar's government denies its troops carried out such crimes. Thousands of Rohingya were killed and more than 700,000 fled to neighbouring Bangladesh during an army crackdown in the Buddhist-majority country in 2017.The UN's Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar said in August 2018 that the army's tactics were "grossly disproportionate to actual security threats" and that "military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages."
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Rogue 'Bin Laden' elephant caught in India after killing 5 people
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GUWAHATI, India: An elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden that killed five Indian villagers has been caught after a massive operation to hunt down the creature, officials said on Monday (Nov 11).Wildlife officers tracked the pachyderm - dubbed "Laden" by the locals it menaced in northeastern Assam state - through a forest for several days using drones and domesticated elephants."We started the final leg of the operation today ... Two darts were fired by experts which had tranquilised the male elephant," a senior forestry official told AFP."Now the work is on to shift the elephant to a forest where there is no human habitation nearby."The animal killed five people, including three women, during a 24-hour rampage through Goalpara district October.
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Singapore Tonight: Business news in brief Nov 11
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Business Briefs on Singapore Tonight, Nov 11: - Green groups warn China's packaging waste will quadruple by 2025 - UBS fined by Hong Kong's securities regulator for overcharging clients - UK avoids falling into recession, but economy remains weak
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Electric buses to start rolling out from Q1 2020
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Environmentally friendly electric public buses will ply Singapore's roads progressively from the first quarter of 2020. It is part of the Land Transport Authority's drive towards a clean energy public bus fleet by 2040.
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AHTC case: WP MPs, town councillors file notice of appeal
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Three Workers’ Party MPs and another two town councillors who were found liable for the misuse of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council funds have filed an appeal against the ruling. The lawsuit involved improper payments to the town council's managing agent between 2011 and 2015. The court is expected to issue a notice of when the appeal hearings will take place.
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Taiwan's tourism industry affected by China's ban on individual travel permits
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Taiwan's tourism industry is feeling the pinch after China banned individual travellers to the island in August. China is the biggest source of visitors to the island. Attractions, hotels and even tour bus operators are all struggling with falling sales.
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DBS reports 15% rise in Q3 net profit
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Southeast Asia's largest bank, DBS Group, handed in a third-quarter report that beat estimates. Net profit for the period ended September rose 15 per cent to S$1.63 billion. The gain was led by higher income from loans, fee income and trading.
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Digital tool for SMEs to explore live transactions across borders
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Small and medium-sized enterprises will now have better access to digital solutions and supply chain networks, as a digital tool called Business sans Borders moves into its second phase of development, following a nine-month pilot.
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World Bank scales back Uighur school project in China
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WASHINGTON: The World Bank announced on Monday (Nov 11) it was cutting back a vocational education project in China's Xinjiang province, even though an internal investigation did not back up claims the scheme was linked to the mistreatment of minority Muslim Uighurs.The World Bank launched a review of the programme in late August after Foreign Policy magazine reported that a school that benefited from a tranche of the US$50 million loan to China bought "barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armour."The Washington-based development lender said its review "did not substantiate the allegations."Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, it said it was cutting funding to the scheme's "partner schools" throughout Xinjiang province that were the target of the allegations.
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Football: Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1
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Liverpool have taken a huge step towards a first league title in 30 years. They extended their lead at the top of the English Premier League, beating reigning champions Manchester City at Anfield to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
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Tensions remain high in Hong Kong after chaotic day
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Tensions remain high in Hong Kong after a day of violence. More than 60 people were injured in a chaotic day, with protests raging through multiple districts.
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Taiwan elections: Kuomintang's Han Kuo-yu names Chang San-cheng as running mate
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Taiwan’s 2020 presidential race is heating up. Han Kuo-yu of the opposition Kuomintang has named former premier Chang San-cheng as his running mate. Mr Chang’s experience and knowledge are widely believed to complement those of Mr Han.
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Hong Kong Nov 11 protests: Fires, water cannon in Mong Kok, central district
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Hong Kong police used water cannon on protesters on Monday (Nov 11) as the protesters blocked roads and started fires around the central district, including areas such as Mong Kok. The protests cap one of the most violent days in five months of protests. In the morning, a protester was shot by a police officer during clashes in Sai Wan Ho: https://cna.asia/2CxSkig On the same day, a man was set on fire after arguing with protesters: https://cna.asia/2Nyy8TI Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's comments on the escalating violence: https://cna.asia/34QxtD0 (Video: APTN, Reuters) #HKProtests
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Guru Nanak: Historic Sikh celebrations take place in India and Pakistan
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Celebrations have been taking place in India on the eve of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak - the founder of Sikhism.Sikhs have also been celebrating in Pakistan following the historic opening of the Kartarpur corridor, which allows Indians access to one of Sikhism's holiest shrines without having to apply for a visa.Tensions between the neighbours have made it difficult for Indian pilgrims to visit the site in Pakistan in recent years but an agreement reached last month allows Indians to make the 4km (2.5-mile) crossing to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur - where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.Devotees from across the world visit the shrine for every year to commemorate Guru Nanak's birth. Indian Sikhs will now be able to visit with just their passports, but they will not be allowed to leave the site or stay overnight.
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Greece 'natural ally' in boosting trade: China's Xi
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ATHENS: Greece is a "natural ally" in China's global trade expansion plans, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday (Nov 11) during a three-day state visit."Both China and Greece see each other as natural allies in developing the Belt and Road," Xi said at the start of a state visit aimed at deepening cooperation with Greece across the board, adding his desire to "keep the momentum going" and "reinforce" bilateral relations.Greece is one of the backers of China's Belt and Road plan for a massive network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe that will see trillions invested in new infrastructure across 126 countries.Greek and Chinese delegations signed over a dozen agreements, including an extradition accord, agricultural export deals and an agreement to open the first Bank of China branch in Athens.
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K-pop top awards show skips Hong Kong due to protest: Source
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SEOUL: An annual K-pop festival is not happening in Hong Kong this year due to months-long political unrest, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday (Nov 11).Hong Kong has hosted the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) since 2012, where top K-pop artists including global phenomenon boyband BTS performed for years. In previous years, tens of thousands of K-pop fans packed stadiums in Hong Kong for the awards.The move follows a number of organisers delaying or cancelling sports, concerts and other events due to the protests. Hong Kong's premier women's tennis event planned for October was postponed. The city's football matches were also postponed. Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was doused with petrol and set on fire on Monday as the Chinese-ruled territory spiralled into rare working-day violence in its 24th week of unrest.
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Vietnam jails 70-year-old Australian citizen for 12 years on ‘terrorism’ charges
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A court in Vietnam sentenced a 70-year-old Vietnamese-Australian man on Monday to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of “terrorism”, according to a lawyer who attended the trial.The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its official news website that Chau Van Kham was being tried for being a member of the US-based human rights group Viet Tan, which Vietnam regards as a “terrorist” body. It made no mention of the verdict.It said Kham had helped raised funds for anti-state…
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Australia braces for more bushfires
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A state of emergency has been declared along a broad swath of Australia's east coast, as the country braces for a fresh wave of potentially deadly bushfires on Nov 12. For the first time, Sydney too faces the highest fire level warning. The fires across New South Wales and Queensland have already killed three people and forced thousands from their homes.
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2 former senior advisers sought to undermine US President Trump: Nikki Haley
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Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said two former White House advisers encouraged her to undermine President Donald Trump. According to Ms Haley, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House ex-chief of staff John Kelly told her to resist some of the President's demands, in order to "save the country".
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Singapore sets up US$2b programme to enhance green finance ecosystem
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Over US$2 billion will be used to launch a green investment programme to enhance Singapore's green finance ecosystem. The amount will fund public market investment strategies with a "strong green" focus. The announcement was made at the start of the Singapore FinTech Festival.
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Myanmar faces genocide lawsuit at top UN court
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THE HAGUE: Myanmar faced accusations of genocide in a lawsuit filed by Gambia at the UN's top court on Monday (Nov 11) over the Southeast Asian nation's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, Gambia's government said.Gambia said it was acting on behalf of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in bringing the case against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.It accuses Myanmar of breaching the UN Genocide Convention through a bloody military campaign which has driven hundreds of thousands of people from the Rohingya minority into neighbouring Bangladesh.In 2017 a brutal military crackdown forced 740,000 Rohingya to flee over the border into sprawling camps in Bangladesh in violence that UN investigators say amounts to "genocide".
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Dozens arrested in India over social media comments on Ayodhya holy site
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Indian police have arrested dozens of people for posting content on social media that allegedly threatens "communal harmony". The arrests were made after India's top court announced that the control of a long-disputed holy site in the northern city of Ayodhya should be given to Hindus.
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Singles' Day sales hit more than US$30b
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Chinese consumers are closing in on a new spending record for the annual Singles' Day shopping frenzy on Nov 11. It has already raked in more than US$30 billion since it kicked off at midnight. Shoppers spent US$1 billion in the first 68 seconds alone.
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Asia Tonight: News in brief Nov 11
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News Briefs on Asia Tonight, Nov 11: - Residents complain of health issues as New Delhi's air quality worsens - Prosecution to launch special unit for probe into 2014 Sewol ferry sinking - Australian court to rule on appeal by Vatican's former treasurer on Nov 12 - Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle
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Sydney region put on alert for ‘catastrophic’ bush fire threat
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Sydney residents were warned of “catastrophic” danger and a state of emergency was declared on Monday as Australia girded itself for a fresh wave of devastating bush fires.For the first time, Australia’s largest city and the surrounding area faced the top level of fire warning – with authorities warning “lives and homes will be at risk”.“There is nothing built or designed to withstand … catastrophic” conditions, said Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the rural fire service for New South Wales…
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Former Malaysian PM Najib ordered to enter defence in 1MDB trial
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Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been ordered to enter his defence in the first corruption trial linked to billions stolen from state fund 1MDB. Najib told the court he will take the stand in his defence.
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More than 20 people killed after cyclone hits India and Bangladesh
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Mor than 20 people have died after Cyclone Bulbul smashed into India's west coast and Bangladesh. At least five people are still missing and more than two million people have been evacuated.
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JNU: Water cannons used against India students protesting fee hike
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Thousands of students at one of India's most prestigious universities have clashed with police, amid massive protests over a hostel fee hike. Police used water canons against students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after they broke through barricades and surged forward.They had gathered outside an auditorium in the capital Delhi where a graduation ceremony was taking place on Monday.Students have been protesting a proposed 150% fee hike for two weeks. They told the BBC that they were left with no other choice than to demonstrate outside the event, which was attended by India's vice-president and a federal minister."Nobody from the administration is talking to us. We have repeatedly asked officials to meet. We even went to their offices several times, but they didn't bother to meet us," one student told BBC Hindi's Vineet Khare.
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PayNow rolled out under single QR code in Singapore
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Consumers and businesses in Singapore can now make all e-payments through PayNow using a single universal QR code, the SGQR. The initiative involves nine banks - local banks DBS, OCBC and UOB, plus other banks such as Citibank and Maybank.
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Hong Kong protester shot in Sai Wan Ho: What happened, as seen on video
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A Hong Kong police officer fired live rounds at protesters during Monday morning (Nov 11) clashes in Sai Wan Ho, hitting one man in the torso. Here is a closer look at the moments before the incident, as seen in video footage that was streamed live. Read more: https://cna.asia/2CxSkig #HKProtests
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Analyst on ongoing violence in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Nov 11 condemned the violence that is continuing to plague the city. The past 12 hours have been chaotic, with more than 60 people injured. Political analyst Professor Joseph Cheng shared his views on the latest developments.
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Thai convent weaves 'beautiful' robes for Pope Francis visit
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BANGKOK: Sewing machines whir in a Bangkok convent as workers feverishly finish silk robes in brilliant golds and reds, made especially for Pope Francis and his entourage visiting Thailand this month.The whirlwind Nov 20 to Nov 23 trip will see the head of the Catholic Church meet top officials, host masses and visit the Catholic faithful in the Buddhist-majority country.Seamstresses at the Praharuthai Convent in Bangkok are working hard ahead of the trip to ensure Pope Francis and his bishops, deacons and priests are decked out in the country's finest threads. "I feel happy and very proud that our convent has been selected to do this most honourable job," said Sister Sukanya, who oversees the tailoring.
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US aviation authority downgrades Malaysia’s air safety rating
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The US Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded Malaysia’s air safety rating, restricting the country’s airlines from adding flights to the United States, four sources familiar with the matter and a US government official said on Monday.The FAA’s safety rating is based on a country’s aviation oversight regime and is an assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority.The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia and the FAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Malaysia’s…
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Bird of the Year: Rare anti-social penguin wins New Zealand poll
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An endangered yellow-eyed penguin has won New Zealand's coveted Bird of the Year competition after two weeks of intense campaigning.The hoiho saw off more than five rivals to become the first penguin to win the annual honour in its 14-year history.With only 225 pairs left on New Zealand's mainland, the hoiho is said to be the rarest penguin in the world.Experts say the hoiho is an anti-social bird that communicates with a high-pitched scream.The bird won 12,022 out of the 43,460 votes cast and verified, organisers said.Forest & Bird, the conservation group that runs the poll, said the hoiho's victory over the kakapo and last year's winner, the kereru, was a "huge upset"."It was so close between these amazing endangered birds, it was impossible to predict a winner for most of the competition," said Megan Hubscher, a spokeswoman for the group.
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Singapore court slashes jail term of maid abuser in half after finding no link to victim’s blindness
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By Louisa TangA Singapore woman found guilty of physical abusing a domestic helper had her jail term reduced on appeal on Monday after a High Court judge found “no causal link” between the assault and the maid’s injuries.For two years, Suzanna Bong Sim Swan abused her domestic helper about two to three times a week, before finally hitting her on the cheek three times with a glass bottle on May 17, 2015.Bong, now 47, was found guilty last year in a district court of a single charge of “causing…
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‘Wishful thinking’ that violence will force Hong Kong government to yield: Carrie Lam
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Monday (Nov 11) the violence that is roiling the former British colony has exceeded protesters' demands for democracy and demonstrators are now the people's enemy.Lam was speaking hours after police shot a protester, a man was set alight and volleys of tear gas were fired at lunch time in the heart of the financial centre in some of the most dramatic scenes to grip the city during months of unrest.She said the "rioters" were destroying society and would not succeed in their demands with violence in the "special administrative region" (SAR) of China."If there's still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong SAR government will yield to pressure, to satisfy the so-called political demands, I'm making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen," she said in one of her most defiant televised addresses.
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Fresh protests in Hong Kong send stocks plunging
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Fresh protests in Hong Kong led to stocks suffering their biggest one-day drop in more than three months. The Hang Seng Index fell 2.6 per cent after Hong Kong police shot and wounded one protester on Nov 11.
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Gambia takes Myanmar to UN court over Rohingya campaign
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Gambia has filed a lawsuit against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya Muslims. It filed the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
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Beijing slams Pompeo for 'Cold War thinking' in Berlin speech
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BEIJING: China on Monday (Nov 11) accused Mike Pompeo of "outdated Cold War thinking" after the US Secretary of State warned against a Chinese threat to Western freedoms.Pompeo - who spoke in Germany on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - said the Chinese Communist Party "uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans".He added that Washington has made clear to Beijing that they should "honour their commitment" to the "one country, two systems" policy that allows Hong Kong rights unseen in the mainland.In response Beijing slammed Pompeo's "baseless malicious attacks" on the Chinese government.Some figures in the US have "attempted to build an ideological wall between Chinese and foreign enterprises," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday at a regular press briefing.
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E-scooter rider in Singapore charged for causing cyclist's death
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In Singapore, an e-scooter rider has been charged for causing the death of a 65-year-old cyclist in an accident in September. Hung Kee Boon, 20, faces three charges. One is for committing a rash act not amounting to culpable homicide, while another two are for riding an unregistered and non-compliant device.
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Hong Kong government “will spare no effort” to end violence: Carrie Lam
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Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam said on Monday (Nov 11) the violence that hitting the city has put society “under strain” and said the government would “spare no effort” to find ways to end it. https://cna.asia/34QxtD0 (Video: Reuters) #HKProtests #CarrieLam
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'It's a sin': Cambodia's brutal and shadowy dog meat trade
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SIEM REAP: Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies.Khieu Chan bursts into tears when describing a job that haunts him as he goes to sleep: He kills up to six dogs a day, slicing their throats."Please forgive me. If I don't kill you, I can't feed my family," the 41-year-old tells the 10 dogs awaiting their fate in a cage.A cheap source of protein, dog meat is still eaten in several Asian countries from China and South Korea to Vietnam and non-Muslim communities in Indonesia. Animal welfare activists say consumption has declined as the region's middle class has grown - more people own pets, and there's greater stigma associated with eating dog.
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China auto sales fell 4% in October, 16th month of decline
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BEIJING: Auto sales in China fell for a 16th consecutive month in October, with the number of new energy vehicles (NEVs) sold contracting for the fourth month in a row, data from the country's biggest auto industry association showed.Total auto sales in the world's biggest auto market fell 4 per cent from the same month a year earlier, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said on Monday (Nov 11).That followed declines of 5.2 per cent in September and 6.9 per cent in August. Car sales in 2018 declined from a year earlier, the first annual contraction since the 1990s, against a backdrop of slowing economic growth and a crippling trade war with the United States.Sales of NEVs fell 45.6 per cent in October, CAAM said, following a 33 per cent decline in September. NEV sales jumped almost 62 per cent last year even as the broader auto market contracted.
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Inside Cambodia’s brutal dog meat trade, which claims millions of animals each year
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Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies.Former restaurant owner Khieu Chan bursts into tears when describing a job that still haunts him as he goes to sleep: killing up to six dogs a day, slicing their throats.“‘Please forgive me. If I don’t kill you, I can’t feed my family’,” the 41-year-old would tell the dogs awaiting their fate in a cage…
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Cyclone death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India
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KHULNA, Bangladesh: The death toll from a cyclone that barrelled into the coasts of Bangladesh and India has risen to 24, authorities said Monday (Nov 11), as the two nations assess the scale of devastation wreaked by the powerful storm.Bangladesh carried out one of its biggest ever evacuation drives, moving some 2.1 million people to cyclone shelters specially built to minimise casualties from such storms, which can claim thousands of victims.Cyclone Bulbul, packing winds of up to 120 km per hour when it hit late Saturday, killed 12 people in Bangladesh - 11 from falling trees - and 12 in India's West Bengal and Odisha states. Five others remain missing after a fishing trawler sank in squally weather near Bangladesh's southern island of Bhola, district administrator Masud Alam Siddiqui told AFP.
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Body believed to be one of the missing divers found off Indonesia's Sumatra island, family to identify remains
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JAKARTA: Local fishermen have discovered a body believed to be one of the three foreign divers on Monday (Nov 11), more than a week after they went missing off the coast of Java, an official confirmed. The body was discovered at 6.15am at 8 nautical miles off the coast of Kotodjawa, Lampung province, in western Sumatra. The location is more than 200km away from Sangiang Island in Java’s Banten province, where the three divers were last spotted on Nov 3. “The fishermen contacted the local Basarnas (Search and Rescue Agency) officials, who then recovered the body and brought it to the nearest health clinic,” Mr Muhammad Zaenal, chief of Banten Basarnas, told CNA. A helicopter has been deployed to take the body to the National Police Hospital in Jakarta for identification and a possible autopsy, he added. 
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China accuses US of using UN to 'meddle' in Tibet
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BEIJING: China accused the US on Monday (Nov 11) of using the United Nations to "meddle" in Tibet, as Washington intensifies its bid to prevent Beijing from handpicking the Dalai Lama's successor.Last week, Sam Brownback, the United States' ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said the US wanted the UN to take up the succession issue of the Tibetan spiritual leader.The choice of the Dalai Lama's successor "belongs to the Tibetan Buddhists and not the Chinese government", Brownback told AFP.But Beijing responded angrily, saying the US is attempting to "meddle in China's internal affairs under the pretext of religious freedoms"."It is doomed to fail and will certainly be met with opposition from the international community," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.
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Tear gas fired as Hong Kong police and protesters clash at university
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Violence flared at Hong Kong Polytechnic University as police and protesters clashed on Monday (Nov 11). Tear gas was fired and police were seen hitting protesters with batons as those those demonstrating retaliated by hurling objects at the authorities. Full story: https://cna.asia/2NxDyOG
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India's ruling party suffers setback as richest state slips out of its control
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MUMBAI: In a setback, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party has decided not to form the government in the western state of Maharashtra - the country's richest - leaving opposition groups scrambling on Monday (Nov 11) to cobble together an alliance.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in a state election in Maharashtra last month, and was expected to comfortably retain power with the help of its regional ally, the Shiv Sena.But in-fighting between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, which has gone on for a fortnight, has culminated in the allies parting ways, dealing the first major political blow to Modi's ruling party since it retained power with a landslide mandate in a May general election.
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Is the US-China trade war causing a digital iron curtain? | Insight | Full Episode
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The deepening trade war between the US and China has threatened to divide the world into two economic and technological blocs. Each country is now pushing for self-reliance in technology while limiting the other's access to advanced technological know-how. What will the impact of this division be on the world economic order? ========================== ABOUT THE SHOW: Insight investigates and analyses topical issues that impact Asia and the rest of the world. Watch more here: https://cna.asia/2kDtxEg ========================== #CNA #CNAInsight #USChinaTradeWar #DonaldTrump #XiJinping
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UBS fined US$51 million by Hong Kong regulator for overcharging clients
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HONG KONG: Swiss bank UBS was fined HK$400 million (US$51.09 million) by Hong Kong's securities regulator for overcharging up to 5,000 clients for nearly a decade, the watchdog said on Monday (Nov 11).The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) said in a statement that an investigation found UBS had overcharged clients on "post-trade spread increases" and charges in excess of standard disclosures and rates between 2008 and 2017.The SFC said the investigation exposed 'serious systemic internal control failures' at the bank. UBS had failed to disclose conflicts of interests and had overcharged some clients in "opaque" trades, it said.The overcharging affected 5,000 Hong Kong managed client accounts in about 28,700 transactions, it said.
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Vietnam jails Australian citizen for 12 years on 'terrorism' charges
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HANOI: A court in Vietnam sentenced a 70-year-old Vietnamese-Australian man on Monday (Nov 11) to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of "terrorism", a lawyer who attended the trial told Reuters.The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its official news website that Chau Van Kham was being tried for being a member of the US-based human rights group Viet Tan, which Vietnam regards as a "terrorist" body. It made no mention of the verdict.It said Kham had helped raised funds for anti-state activities, joined anti-Vietnam protests in Australia and recruited members for Viet Tan.Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism from both within and outside Vietnam.
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Rainsy’s in Malaysia, Sokha’s out of jail. Is Cambodia’s Hun Sen in a pickle?
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Cambodian strongman Hun Sen’s crackdown on his political opponents continued apace last week, when he called on fellow Southeast Asian nations to arrest senior opposition figures Sam Rainsy and Mu Sochua, accusing them of planning a coup.They and other officials of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which was dissolved ahead of elections in 2017 that poll watchers from Western nations described as farcical, had pledged to return to Cambodia by November 9, the day of its…
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Haze wraps India's capital again as air quality plummets
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NEW DELHI: Haze shrouded India's capital city again on Monday (Nov 11), with residents braving dangerous air quality to return to work after a weekend of clearer air and better weather.The air quality index of the US Embassy in New Delhi stood at "hazardous" levels of 497 as of 0630 GMT, with levels of airborne PM 2.5 - particles that can reach deep into the lungs - touching nearly 700 in parts of the city.That is more than 10 times the recommended safe limit of 60 for PM 2.5. A dip in wind speed and temperature is making air denser, trapping pollutants and worsening air quality, said Vivek Chattopadhyay, a senior programme manager at New Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.
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Hong Kong protests: Tear gas fired in CBD, university as violence continues following shooting of protester
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HONG KONG: Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas in the city's central business district as violence flared on Monday (Nov 11) following a shooting earlier in the day. During the lunchtime break in Central, a downtown district that hosts blue-chip international conglomerates and luxury retailers, police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters, many dressed in office attire, chanting "murderers" and "triads".Live footage and videos showed office workers and commuters fleeing as Pedder Street and Queen's Road in Central were filled with smoke from the tear gas during the lunchtime rush hour.  Many expressed anger over the shooting that morning."He was not carrying any weapon, what threat could he pose on the officer," a 29-year-old office worker, who gave her first name Elaine, told AFP as fellow office workers coughed and wretched from the acrid clouds.
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Key dates in Hong Kong's anti-government protests
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong police shot and wounded one protester on Monday as chaos erupted across the city a day after officers fired tear gas to break up demonstrations that are entering their sixth month. Following is a timeline of the key dates around a now-abandoned extradition Bill and the protests it triggered:February 2019 – Hong Kong's Security Bureau proposes amendments to extradition laws that would allow extraditions to countries, including mainland China, beyond the 20 states with which Hong Kong already has treaties.Mar 31 - Thousands take to the streets to protest against the proposed extradition Bill. Apr 3 - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's government introduces amendments to the extradition laws that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.
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Hong Kong protester's shooting by policeman livestreamed on Facebook
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A Hong Kong protester was shot in the torso by a policeman during a rush hour demonstration, in an incident that was livestreamed on Facebook by a local news outlet.Meanwhile a man was set on fire while arguing with protesters, while a policeman was filmed riding his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators.The incidents took place on a day of protests, many of which ended in violence.
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Hong Kong police say man set on fire after arguing with protesters
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong police on Monday (Nov 11) said a man was set alight following a heated argument with protesters during a day of widespread clashes across the city, as videos of the brutal attack went viral online. Three videos were posted on messaging channels used by protesters showing a man in a green T-shirt, who is bleeding from his forehead, arguing with people on a footbridge.A masked man dressed in black then throws a liquid over the man and sets him ablaze as crowds scatter and the victim frantically tries to remove his T-shirt."In the most shocking incident, some rioters poured flammable liquid onto a person and set him on fire," police spokesman John Tse told reporters at a press conference as the social media videos of the attack were played on a screen.
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Is climate change to blame for Australia's bushfires?
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Australia is enduring a bushfire crisis that has left three people dead, razed more than 150 homes, and prompted warnings of "catastrophic" danger.Bushfires are a regular feature in the Australian calendar, but the blazes in New South Wales and Queensland have not previously occurred on such a scale and so early in the fire season, officials say.This has led many Australians to ask how closely the fires can be linked to climate change. The science around climate change is complex - it's not the cause of bushfires but scientists have long warned that a hotter, drier climate would contribute to Australia's fires becoming more frequent and more intense. But the nation's political leaders are facing a backlash for batting away questions on the subject.
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Explainer: Symbolic night with goddess to wrap up Japan emperor's accession rites
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TOKYO: On Thursday evening (Nov 14), Japan's Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major enthronement rite: Spending the night with a goddess.Centred on Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor has descended, the "Daijosai" is the most overtly religious ceremony of the emperor's accession rituals after his father Akihito's abdication.Scholars and the government say it consists of a feast, rather than, as has been persistently rumoured, conjugal relations with the goddess.Although Naruhito's grandfather Hirohito, in whose name soldiers fought World War Two, was later stripped of his divinity, the ritual continues.
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Myanmar hopes to be the next Asian winner of US-China trade war as Vietnam nears capacity
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Myanmar expects to attract more investment as manufacturers seeking to relocate production from China to skirt US tariffs encounter capacity constraints in Vietnam.The Southeast Asian nation aims to woo a total of US$5.8 billion in foreign direct investment this year and cut back the red tape that deters some companies, according to a senior government official.“When it comes to relocation, Vietnam might be preferable but it’s already congested,” said Aung Naing Oo, permanent secretary at the…
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New economic corridor to stretch from Kuala Lumpur to Johor: Azmin Ali
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali has proposed a new economic corridor stretching from Kuala Lumpur to Johor, which also will involve the sleepy fishing village of Tanjung Piai.The opposition, however, has poured cold water on the proposal, noting that Tanjung Piai – currently the focus of a hard-fought by-election campaign – is already part of the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor.Speaking to voters on the campaign trail on Sunday (Nov 10), Mr Azmin said the proposal, which is expected to be implemented next year, will encourage development while giving an economic boost to small districts in Johor.He said he was briefed on the proposal on Saturday and would present it to the Economic Action Council (EAC) and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
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Cambodian opposition leader meets French envoy after house arrest lifted
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PHNOM PENH: Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha met the French ambassador on Monday (Nov 11) after his house arrest was lifted, although he remains charged with treason and is banned from politics and leaving the country.Sokha greeted Ambassador Eva Nguyen Binh outside his home before going inside for talks. They made no statement after the meeting.Sokha's house arrest was lifted as the European Union considers whether to cut preferential trade terms with Cambodia after a crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled with an iron grip for more than three decades.It also came days after self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy increased public scrutiny on Hun Sen in a high-profile return to the region from Paris. He had said he would go to Cambodia despite facing arrest on a criminal defamation conviction, but stopped in Malaysia, where he said he was rallying support.
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Hong Kong police officer shoots protester during morning clashes
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A Hong Kong police officer fired live rounds at protesters during morning clashes on Monday (Nov 11) in Sai Wan Ho, leaving one person with serious injuries. (Video: Reuters/Cupid Producer) Warning: This video contains scenes that some viewers may find distressing. Full story: https://cna.asia/2CxSkig
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South Korea bans liquid e-cigarettes on army bases
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SEOUL: The South Korean Army has banned the use and possession of liquid e-cigarettes on its bases for health reasons, the military said on Monday, following a government warning for people to stop using the devices.South Korea has a large military of nearly 600,000 soldiers, primarily conscripted men, and the Army makes up the largest portion with 464,000. While the rate is declining, South Korean men are among the heaviest smokers in the world.The Health Ministry issued an advisory last month urging people to stop using liquid e-cigarettes citing cases of lung injuries in the United States including fatalities.The ministry said it would conduct studies to determine whether there was a scientific basis to ban the sales of liquid e-cigarettes, which vaporize liquid containing nicotine.
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Hong Kong protests: Tear gas fired in Central
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Tear gas was fired in Central on Monday afternoon (Nov 11) following morning clashes in Hong Kong where a protester was shot in the chest. More: cna.asia/hkprotests (Video: CNA reader)
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China's Xi holds talks in Greece en route to BRICS summit
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ATHENS: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday (Nov 11) holds talks in Greece, where he is eagerly awaited by the new pro-business government. Xi touched down in Athens on Sunday at the start of a three-day visit aimed at deepening cooperation with Greece across the board."It is our duty to steadily upgrade our cooperation in all sectors, by delving deeply into existing fields and expanding the range of investments," the Chinese president said in an article published in "Kathimerini" newspaper on Sunday.Xi is due to meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during the trip, with the two countries set to sign cooperation documents on education, shipping and energy.
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Hong Kong police shoot protester during morning clashes
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HONG KONG: A Hong Kong police officer shot at masked protesters on Monday morning (Nov 11), hitting at least one in the torso, as anger sparked by the recent death of a student spilled into the rush hour commute.The shooting, which was broadcast live on Facebook, is the latest escalation in more than five months of seething pro-democracy protests that have engulfed the international financial hub and battered its reputation.Footage showed a police officer drawing his sidearm in the district of Sai Wan Ho as he tried to detain a masked person at a junction that had been blocked by protesters. Another masked individual then approached the officer and was shot in the chest area, quickly falling to the ground, clutching their left side. Local media said the protester had undergone surgery and was in a stable condition.
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Alibaba sees strong sales as Singles' Day kicks off
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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba delivered strong early sales as its annual Singles' Day shopping frenzy kicked off.The world's biggest online shopping event raked in 100bn yuan ($14bn; £11bn) in sales in just over an hour of trading.A gala featuring pop star Taylor Swift launched the 24-hour shopping blitz.It marked Alibaba's first Singles' Day since the exit of its colourful founder Jack Ma.He was replaced as executive chairman by Daniel Zhang earlier this year, after Mr Ma stepped down to focus on philanthropy and education.Alibaba said sales reached $1bn in a little over one minute of trading on Singles' Day. The total value of merchandise sold hit the 100bn-yuan mark around 40 minutes faster than last year, the firm said.
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Gay sex: is time finally up for Singapore’s Section 377A?
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It is a law famously and stubbornly resistant to change. One that has outlived not only the British colonialists who drafted it, but the British empire itself. A law that survived the birth of an independent nation and a new millennium; a law rooted in the 19th century that still causes arguments well into the 21st.Yet after 80-plus years on the statute books, gay rights campaigners hope time could finally be up for Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code.The law, which criminalises sexual acts…
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Hong Kong policeman shoots protester during roadblock
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A policeman has shot at least one person during protests in Hong Kong.Footage shown live on Facebook showed the officer drawing his gun before grappling with a man at a roadblock.Another man, wearing a black face mask, then approaches and the officer shoots him at close range, hitting him in the chest or torso.As the grapple continues, the officers fires another two rounds - although it's not clear from the footage whether the bullets hit anyone.The condition of the first person shot is not known.The shootings happened as protesters tried to block a junction at Sai Wan Ho on the north-east of the island.
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Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak will testify in his defence after judge rules first 1MDB trial will proceed
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Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak on Monday said he would take the stand to defend himself after a court ruled he had a case to answer in the first of his multiple criminal trials linked to the 1MDB financial scandal.Najib told High Court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali he planned to be called to the witness stand, enabling prosecutors to cross-examine him for the first time.The case relates to loss of 42 million ringgit (US$10.2 million) at SRC International, a former…
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Singapore's opinion leaders bond over whisky and conversation | CNA Luxury
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CNA Luxury and Singapore Tatler co-hosted the very first Gentlemen's Series with an evening of sparkling conversation and merrymaking, fuelled by rare whiskies. Read more: https://cna.asia/2K3bvER
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36Kr CEO undaunted by tumbling Nasdaq debut
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Shares of the Beijing-based firm fell 10% in its debut on the Nasdaq on Friday, following a string of poor performances by IPOs in the US.
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Malaysian court rules former prime minister Najib Razak's 1MDB trial will proceed
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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Monday (Nov 11) ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to present his defence against seven counts of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power in a case linked to a scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.Najib, who lost a general election last year, faces dozens of criminal charges over accusations that US$4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which he co-founded in 2009.In the first case facing him, Najib has pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money laundering and one count of abuse of power for allegedly receiving illegal transfers of RM42 million (US$10 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.
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British Steel agrees £70m rescue with Chinese firm
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British Steel is set to announce a rescue deal with China's Jingye Group, which could safeguard up to 4,000 jobs in the UK.Jingye Group has agreed in principle to buy British Steel for £70m.It is understood that the government will help in the form of loan guarantees and other financial support. British Steel has been kept running by the government since May when the company went into liquidation.As well as employing 4,000 people at its Scunthorpe and Teeside sites, British Steel supports an additional 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. It is believed that while Jingye Group has promised to increase production, it has also warned costs may need to be cut. The Chinese group is reportedly aiming to increase production at Scunthorpe from 2.5 million tonnes per year to more than three million.
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On Singles' Day, green groups warn of China's surge in packaging waste
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SHANGHAI: Accumulated waste from China's e-commerce and express delivery sectors stands to more than quadruple by 2025 unless action is taken to rein it in, green groups said on Monday (Nov 11), as an online shopping spree known as Singles' Day broke new sales records.The volume of packaging material used by the sectors hit 9.4 million tonnes last year, and is on course to reach 41.3 million tonnes by 2025 if they keep up the rate of increase, Greenpeace and other non-government bodies said in a report."The e-commerce giants have barely offered even superficial responses," said Tang Damin, a plastics campaigner with Greenpeace in the Chinese capital Beijing. "They're biding their time for regulation to come out."
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Honestbee co-founder has been called “weak”. I disagree.
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The latest episode of our Startup Snapshot podcast featured Honestbee co-founder Jonathan Low. Naturally, there were reactions to what he shared.
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Lucio Tan Jnr, son of Philippine-Chinese billionaire, dies aged 53
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Lucio “Bong” Tan Jnr, the son of a prominent Philippine-Chinese billionaire and president of PAL Holdings, which is the listed parent of Philippine Airlines, died on Monday, days after collapsing during a basketball game.The younger Tan succumbed to brain herniation, The Philippine Star newspaper reported. He was taken to hospital on Saturday after collapsing during a basketball game.Tan is the son of Lucio Tan Snr, one of the richest men in the Philippines with a fortune estimated around US$4…
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Hong Kong police shoot protester in chest
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HONG KONG: A Hong Kong police officer shot at least one protester in the chest on Monday (Nov 11) morning during clashes that were broadcast live on Facebook.Footage showed a police officer drawing his sidearm in the district of Sai Wan Ho and then attempt to detain a masked man at a road junction that had been blocked by protesters.Another masked man then approached the police officer and was apparently shot in the chest, quickly dropping to the ground.Seconds later, two more live rounds were fired by the officer during a scuffle and another masked man fell to the ground, although the footage was less clear as to whether he was struck. Follow us on Telegram for the latest on Hong Kong: https://cna.asia/telegram

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