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US and Australia grow apart on China, behind the smiles and handshakes

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 32 min ago
When Scott Morrison meets Donald Trump during his first official visit to the United States this weekend, the Australian prime minister will enjoy a level of hospitality afforded to few other guests.Morrison’s invitation to a state dinner at the White House on Friday puts him in the company of just one other leader, French President Emmanuel Macron, to receive such an honour during the Trump administration.But behind the smiles and handshakes, analysts say the two leaders will have to confront…
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Kim Jong-un vows to strengthen Pyongyang-Beijing ties, amid efforts to restart US talks

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 42 min ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to strengthen ties with China, calling the alliance between the two countries a “strategic option”, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Friday.This comes as the North and the US are widely expected to resume stalled nuclear disarmament talks in a few weeks.Kim made the remarks in response to a congratulatory message sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 9 to mark the 71st anniversary of the founding of North Korea.Did Kim Jong-un invite…
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The man who stopped a mega-dam and saved Borneo's rainforest

BBC Asia News - 1 hour 47 min ago
Peter Kallang has been awarded a top environmental prize for leading a successful campaign to stop a mega-dam being built in Borneo's rainforest.
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China to set stricter targets for polluting cities in heating season

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 50 min ago
September 20, 2019 11:41 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Environment Ministry said on Friday (Sept 20) that it will set stricter targets for cities that had higher PM2.5 concentration in the last autumn-winter season.
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China bans South Korea pig imports on swine fever fears

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 58 min ago
September 20, 2019 11:33 AM

BEIJING (AFP, AP) - China has banned pig imports from South Korea after Seoul became the latest to report an outbreak of the African swine fever that has destroyed hog herds and pushed up prices globally.
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PMA officials believe cadet died of hazing

Philippines Star - 2 hours 3 min ago
The Philippine Military Academy on Friday confirmed that the recent death of a cadet was due to hazing.
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Screams in the night in Indian Kashmir

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 11 min ago
September 20, 2019 11:21 AM

HIRPORA (AFP) - The soldiers came after midnight, Mr Abid Khan says, his hands trembling, one of around two dozen young men in just one part of Kashmir who say they have been tortured by the Indian army.
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'Do your job': Australian students kick off global climate strike with message for government

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 17 min ago
September 20, 2019 11:14 AM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Thousands of school students walked out of their classrooms and onto Australian streets on Friday (Sept 20) to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a UN Climate Action Summit adopt urgent measures to stop an environmental catastrophe.
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Capitol gives Naga P3-M for rehab programs

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 22 min ago

THE Cebu Provincial Government donated P3 million to the City of Naga to assist in its recovery and rehabilitation efforts a year after the deadly landslide in Barangay Tina-an that claimed at least 80 people.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia turned over the P3 million check to acting City of Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong after the commemoration mass for the landslide victims held in City Hall on Friday morning, September 20, 2019.

Chiong said they plan to use the money to continue the site development on an ongoing housing project for landslide victims at the Balili property in Barangay Tina-an.

The money will be used to construct drainage facilities there, Chiong added.

Chiong admitted that the recovery and rehabilitation for the landslide victims continue a year since the incident.

Housing for those affected by the landslide, particularly those shouldered by the city government, is expected to be utilized by next month. The City has shouldered the construction of 50 housing units, Chiong said.

While the City is also awaiting the construction of 192 housing units for the landslide victims which will be shouldered by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

President Rodrigo Duterte was in Cebu last September 6 during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Balili Property, where the NHA-funded housing project will rise.

Chiong said with more than 400 landslide victims still living within the “no habitation zone” near Ground Zero, they are still in the process of convincing them to relocate due to the risk of living near an active landslide-prone area. (SunStar Cebu)

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Re-arrest of heinous crimes convicts suspended, but monitoring continues

Philippines Star - 2 hours 28 min ago
The police were expected to start re-arresting them midnight of September 20, or when President Rodrigo Duterte’s imposed deadline for the released inmates expired, but the DOJ asked them to not implement the re-arrest yet.
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Japan agrees to hold bilateral talks with South Korea in WTO dispute

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 32 min ago
September 20, 2019 10:59 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara said on Friday (Sept 20) that Tokyo would hold talks with Seoul over Japan's move to tighten export controls to South Korea, agreeing to Seoul's request for consultations as part of a dispute settlement through the World Trade Organisation.
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Support for South Korea's Moon hits record low as woes pile up

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 46 min ago
September 20, 2019 10:45 AM

SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating hit a record low after he appointed a scandal-tainted ally as justice minister, adding to woes that include a tepid economy, a trade war with Japan, and North Korea snubbing his overtures for talks.
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US seeks to expand cooperation with Philippines as China 'undermines' regional peace, stability

Philippines Star - 2 hours 56 min ago
While the United States deems Beijing as a threat to the region, Washington sees an opportunity to strengthen ties with its Southeast Asian partners and allies.
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'Nimfa' slightly gains strength, speed; habagat affecting Luzon

Philippines Star - 3 hours 13 min ago
Tropical Storm Nimfa (Tapah) slightly gained strength but it is the southwest monsoon affecting most of Luzon, weather forecasters said Friday.
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India plans to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing, despite having no data privacy laws

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 14 min ago
India is planning to set up one of the world’s largest facial recognition systems, potentially a lucrative opportunity for surveillance companies and a nightmare for privacy advocates who fear it will lead to an Orwellian state.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will open bids next month to build a system to centralise facial recognition data captured through surveillance cameras across India. It would link up with databases containing records for everything from passports to…
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Cabahug leads 2005 Bizol win vs. 2000 Core Pacific

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 30 min ago

ELDDIE Cabahug continued his remarkable string of incredible performances as he led the 2005-Bizol to a thrilling 66-61 victory over the 2000-Core Pacific in Division B of the Sacred Heart Ateneo Alumni Athletic Association (SHAABAA) Cebu Landmasters Cup at the Ateneo de Cebu basketball courts along General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City on Wednesday night, September 18, 2019.

Cabahug, who is the son of former PBA great Elmer Cabahug, racked up 32 points, four rebounds and two steals. More importantly, it was his three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining that sealed the win for Batch 2005.

2000 pulled to a single point, 61-62, as Dave Ting made two free-throws with 26 seconds remaining. However, Cabahug all but shut the door on the opponent as he canned a triple from the corner to raise their lead to four, 65-61, time down to 14 ticks.

Aaron Uy added 13 points while Antonio Datan almost had a double-double with 12 markers and eight boards.

Meanwhile in Division C, the 2013-iPak/Roble Shipping pulverized the 2010-Casino Ethyl Alcohol, 67-51.

Nikki Pimentel led 2013’s assault with 22 points and six rebounds while JJ Ong chipped in 11. (SunStar Cebu)

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Hong Kong police 'tortured' and beat protesters, Amnesty says

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 30 min ago
September 20, 2019 10:01 AM

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - Hong Kong police beat pro-democracy protesters in custody and committed acts that amount to "torture" during recent demonstrations, Amnesty International alleged in a new report that could fuel further unrest.
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Cefbex 2019 to offer gastronomic innovations, B2B opportunities

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 32 min ago

Cebu is known for a lot of things. From its breathtaking natural wonders and remarkable cultural heritage to the sheer accessibility of its urban landscape and the warm hospitality that Cebuanos readily extend to visitors, it’s no wonder that it is hailed as the Queen City of the South. Yet if there’s one thing that truly sets the city apart from the rest, it would be Cebu’s rich and dynamic culinary culture.

Home to a variety of world-class dishes and iconic delicacies, at the heart of Cebu is an enduring passion for tastes and flavors that reflect the ever-evolving identity of Cebuanos. Having committed itself to nurturing the Visayan food and beverage industry, the Cebu Food and Beverage Expo (Cefbex) returns for its 11th edition with an exciting offer to “Experience the Fusion” of gastronomic innovations and limitless business-to-business opportunities.

As remarked by Jill Aithnie Ang, managing director of Worldbex Services International: “Cefbex is a premier venue for the region’s food and beverage players to showcase the latest and freshest food and service innovations to the market. Cefbex not only extends an advantageous opportunity for businesses and companies but also for the local community by encouraging them to exercise an exploratory approach towards their dining experiences.”

Last year, Cefbex collaborated with over 100 companies to showcase over 130 booths; with each one showcasing unique and delightful food and beverage products and services. This year, Cefbex is ready to deliver an even bigger and more impressive display of the freshest and most delectable food and beverage finds from across the country and beyond.

Apart from serving up an extensive product showcase, a significant aspect that makes Cefbex the ultimate food event in the region is its lineup of exciting event highlights. At this year’s show, Cefbex is excited to present the first ever Latte Art Throwdown, which is a friendly competition among local baristas to find out who can free-pour the best latte art.

Attendees are also invited to check out the Cebu Farmers Market, where select exhibitors will be showcasing the freshest organic, vegan food items, as well as non-food organic products throughout the expo. Meanwhile, those who wish to learn more about the food and beverage industry are encouraged to take advantage of the Cefbex Seminars. Free and open to all, the seminars will feature a series of talks that will be led by top industry practitioners.

Those who love a good kitchen battle will surely appreciate the return of this year’s Cefbex Culinary Cup. Back with its two exciting competition categories, the fourth Home Chef edition once again gathers the region’s best home cooks for another epic culinary battle while the Interschool Division invites students from various schools to contend against one other in various categories including Table Setup, Fruit Carving and more.

Also making a much-awaited comeback is this year’s Flair Challenge which will witness the region’s finest student and professional bartenders go head to head with their flairtending skills.

Organized by Worldbex Services International, the Cebu Food and Beverage Expo is happening on Oct. 10 to 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall. Admission to the show is free, simply register at

For more information, call (02) 656-9239 and follow @CebuFoodsAndBeveragesExpo on Facebook and @cefbex on Instagram. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Philippines' Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 51 min ago
September 20, 2019 9:40 AM

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches.
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Australian brothers guilty of IS plane bomb plot

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 54 min ago
The pair tried to blow up an Eithad flight with a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder, a court finds.
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