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Wednesday, Jan 17

06

State of calamity declared amid threat of Philippine volcano eruption

The Straits Times

LEGAZPI CITY (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - For several days now, most residents of Albay province in the Philippines have their eyes fixed at the glowing crater of Mount Mayon as it continues to spew ash, smoke and lava.…

Monday, Jan 15

23

Car flies 20m before crashing into building

AsiaOne

LOS ANGELES • A Nissan sedan became airborne and crashed into a California dental office, coming to rest dangling out of the building's second storey, the authorities said. The police in Santa Ana, California, said the car clipped a median…

Sunday, Jan 14

16

Qatari sheikh says being 'detained' in UAE

AsiaOne

DOHA (AFP) - A controversial member of Qatar's royal family says he is being detained in the UAE, media reported Sunday (Jan 14), eight months into a crisis between Gulf states. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani, a little-known royal,…

Thursday, Jan 11

10

Cost of no Brexit deal? 500000 fewer UK jobs, new study shows

www.straitstimes.com

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - What would happen if the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019 with no deal on the single market, customs union or transition arrangements? London Mayor Sadiq Khan commissioned a study and the answer was half a…

05

China quietly orders its bitcoin miners to cease operations, widening clampdown, say reports

AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - Chinese authorities have ordered its army of bitcoin miners to quit operations, clamping down on a group estimated to produce some three-quarters of the world's supply of the cryptocurrency, according to reports in the Wall…

Trump open to talks with North Korea, says: 'Who knows where it leads?'

AsiaOne

SEOUL - US President Donald Trump told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In on Wednesday (Jan 10) he is open to talking with North Korea, the South's presidential office said, after the two leaders spoke by telephone. A day after North…

Tuesday, Jan 9

04

British man charged over Thai woman's fall from balcony during alleged sex act

AsiaOne

Police in Pattaya have charged a Briton after he allegedly caused a woman to fall to her death from the fifth floor of a condominium during a sexual act. Reece Vella was arrested after the naked body 26-year-old woman, Wannipa Chanhuatone,…

Monday, Jan 8

23

Seoul to press for resuming family reunions at talks

AsiaOne

Mascots for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon, who is heading South Korea's five-member delegation for the inter-Korean talks today, said its main focus would be the…

Saturday, Jan 6

Top Indian politician Yadav jailed over corruption scam

AsiaOne

Former railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav (centre) has been jailed for 3 1/2 years over his role in the multi-million dollar "fodder scam" corruption case. India's Central Bureau of Investigation said Yadav, as then Chief Minister of…

Friday, Jan 5

05

SIA flight forced to land at small New York airport thanks to blizzard

AsiaOne

A massive winter storm forced an Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, to divert to a small New York airport around 1 p.m. ET on Thursday after heavy winds and whiteout conditions closed runways at its intended destination: John…

Tuesday, Jan 2

09

Taiwanese woman jailed for 3 weeks for assaulting taxi driver; fined $1000 for abusing security officer

SINGAPORE - After a night of drinking, a woman became so drunk that she hit and bit two people in separate scuffles and shouted vulgarities at them, all of which were caught in videos that went viral. Taiwanese broker Dina Huang Chih-Yung,…

Monday, Jan 1

23

'Time-travelling' flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

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HONOLULU • A Hawaiian Airlines flight took off in 2018 and landed in 2017 as a result of time zone differences. A reporter for the Los Angeles-based ABC 7 News, Mr Sam Sweeney, tweeted on New Year's Eve that flight HA446, meant to depart…

Sunday, Dec 31

06

Berlin sets up New Year's Eve 'safe zone' for women amid sexual assault concerns

AsiaOne

Red Cross workers set up an emergency tent in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate, on Dec 30, 2017. PHOTO: AFP. Published. 4 hours ago. More. Share Tweet Linkedin Pin Google+ Reddit Print. Permalink: http://str.sg/oorE. Copy.…

Saturday, Dec 30

10

Ukraine kidnappers free bitcoin analyst after $1.34m ransom paid

AsiaOne

KIEV (REUTERS) - Kidnappers in Ukraine have released an employee at a British-registered cryptocurrency exchange after getting more than US$1 million (S$1.34 million) in bitcoins as ransom, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister…

Friday, Dec 29

23

Blaze in Mumbai eatery kills at least 14

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Firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze at 1 Above, a popular bar-restaurant on the top floor of a building in the Kamala Mills district in Mumbai early yesterday morning. It was reported that many victims could not find emergency…

Tuesday, Dec 26

Chinese activist gets 8 years' jail for subversion

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Mr Xu Xiaoshun (left) reading through documents on the case against his son Wu Mr Xu Xiaoshun reading through documents on the case against his son Wu Gan (above) in June. Wu, who went by the online name "Super Vulgar Butcher", made public…

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Thousands of British govt papers reportedly 'lost' from national archives: Report

AsiaOne

LONDON - Thousands of British government papers documenting some controversial periods in British history during the 20th-century have gone missing from the country's National Archives after they were removed by civil servants and then…

02

Netanyahu praises Guatemalan president for decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM/GUATEMALA CITY (REUTERS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Guatemala with a "God bless you" on Monday (Dec 25) for deciding to move its embassy to Jerusalem, while the Palestinians said the Central American…

Monday, Dec 25

15

Tunisia says attack fears behind UAE measures stopping female passengers on flights

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TUNIS (AFP) - Controversial security measures taken by the United Arab Emirates against Tunisian women trying to travel to the Gulf state were prompted by fears of a terrorist attack, Tunisia said on Monday (Dec 25). Since Friday, Tunisian…

Sunday, Dec 24

06

Jerusalem tensions cast shadow over Christmas celebrations in Holy Land

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BETHLEHEM, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (AFP) - Preparations were under way in Bethlehem on Sunday (Dec 24) for Christmas, with tensions still simmering in the city and the region following Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel…

Saturday, Dec 23

23

Diplomatic cable says 10000 died in Tiananmen

AsiaOne

BEIJING • At least 10,000 people were killed in the Chinese army's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in June 1989, according to a newly released British diplomatic cable that recounts the bloodshed in…

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Two heterosexual men marry in Ireland to avoid paying inheritance tax on house

AsiaOne

DUBLIN - Two heterosexual men in Dublin have gotten married in a bid to not pay €50,000 (S$80,000) inheritance tax on a house. Mr Matt Murphy, 83, wanted to leave his house to his best friend and carer Mr Michael O'Sullivan, 58, after he…

Friday, Dec 22

23

Moon visits scene of deadly S. Korea fire

AsiaOne

Investigators in the gym destroyed by fire in Jecheon yesterday. The fire left 29 dead, most of them women who were trapped inside a sauna on the second floor of the building.PHOTO: EPA-EFE. Published. 14 min ago. More. Share Tweet…

Thursday, Dec 21

S. Korea's worst fire disaster since 2008

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Television footage showed the building consumed by orange flames and issuing dark plumes of smoke. Some people were seen jumping from the building onto air mattresses laid out on the ground.PHOTO: EPA-EFE. Published. 2 min ago. Facebook…

Wednesday, Dec 20

US seeks ship ban over N. Korea violations

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WASHINGTON • The US has asked the UN Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for circumventing sanctions on North Korea, documents show, while South Korea's President suggested delaying military drills with the Americans to ease tensions…

Monday, Dec 18

Homicide police probe billionaire couple's deaths

AsiaOne / News

MONTREAL • Toronto's homicide unit has taken over an investigation into the "suspicious" deaths of Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, police said after finding they had died of strangulation. "The cause…

Sunday, Dec 17

09

Italian family with rare genetic mutation do not feel pain

AsiaOne / News

Broken bones and burns do not hurt for this unusual Italian family with a rare genetic condition that makes them insensitive to pain. Ms Letizia Marsili, 52, and five of her family members - her mother, two sons, sister and niece - all…

Saturday, Dec 16

07

The battle over Net neutrality is far from over. Here's what's coming next

AsiaOne

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - The Federal Communications Commission's vote on Thursday (Dec 14) to repeal its net neutrality rules marked the end of a brief experiment by the network regulator to rein in the tremendous power of Internet…

Friday, Dec 15

21

Surgeon who etched his initials on patients' livers is convicted of assault

The Straits Times

LONDON (NYTIMES) - A prominent British surgeon who etched his initials onto the livers of two patients, in a case that shocked many with its audacity, has been convicted of assault. The surgeon, Simon Bramhall, who gained fame in 2010…

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How global warming fuelled 5 extreme weather events

AsiaOne

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Extreme weather left its mark across the planet in 2016, the hottest year in recorded history. Record heat baked Asia and the Arctic. Droughts gripped Brazil and southern Africa. The Great Barrier Reef suffered its…