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Giant construction project takes shape in remote North Korea

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 8 min ago
September 20, 2019 1:25 PM

SAMJIYON (North Korea) - (AFP) - Like a scene from an epic film, thousands of workers swarm over the building sites of Samjiyon, a monumental construction project in the far reaches of North Korea ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.
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Australian court finds second man guilty of plotting to blow up Etihad plane with bomb hidden in meat grinder

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 14 min ago
An Australian court has found a man guilty of planning to blow up an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi nearly two years ago with a bomb hidden in a meat grinder, a spokeswoman for the New South Wales Supreme Court said on Friday.Police had accused the man, Mahmoud Khayat, and his brother Khaled Khayat of planning two terrorist attacks: the bomb and a chemical gas attack on the flight to Abu Dhabi in July 2017.Khaled was found guilty by the New South Wales Supreme Court in May, but…
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African swine fever spreads to Philippine capital Manila

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 21 min ago
September 20, 2019 1:12 PM

MANILA (REUTERS) - Blood samples from pigs in backyard farms in the Philippine capital Manila tested positive for African swine fever, the Department of Agriculture said on Friday (Sept 20), less than two weeks after it declared the country's first outbreak of the disease.
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Sino-British joint declaration has no paragraph about 'dual universal suffrage', says Hong Kong government

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 23 min ago
September 20, 2019 1:11 PM

HONG KONG (XINHUA) - The Hong Kong government has clarified that the Sino-British joint declaration does not have any paragraph which sets out the implementation of "dual universal suffrage".
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Taiwan and Kiribati severing ties after Beijing switch: Taipei

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 26 min ago
September 20, 2019 1:07 PM

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is considering switching diplomatic relations to China from Taiwan, a senior Taiwan government official said on Friday (Sept 20), amid Chinese pressure on the remaining nations with ties to the self-ruled island.
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US and Australia grow apart on China, behind the smiles and handshakes

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 34 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 - 2 hours 44 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 - 2 hours 49 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 - 2 hours 53 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 - 3 hours 57 sec 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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Screams in the night in Indian Kashmir

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 13 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 - 3 hours 19 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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Japan agrees to hold bilateral talks with South Korea in WTO dispute

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 34 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 - 3 hours 48 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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India plans to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing, despite having no data privacy laws

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 16 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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Hong Kong police 'tortured' and beat protesters, Amnesty says

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 32 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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Philippines' Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 53 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 - 4 hours 56 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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Haze in Malaysia: Over 1.7m students affected by school closures; employers urged to allow workers to work from home

Straits Times Asian News - 6 hours 2 min ago
September 20, 2019 8:31 AM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A total of 2,646 schools in Malaysia will be closed on Friday (Sept 20) due to the haze situation, affecting over 1.7 million students.
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Haze taking its toll on eateries in Malaysia but online food delivery firms enjoy brisk business

Straits Times Asian News - 6 hours 8 min ago
September 20, 2019 8:25 AM

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - While restaurants and traders in Malaysia are suffering from the haze, online food delivery companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
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