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Thursday, Feb 22

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Malaysia drops to 62nd position in 2017, its worst, in corruption perceptions index

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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's failure to resolve major corruption scandals is one of the main reasons the country fell seven spots to its worst-ever position in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index, an official of graft watchdog…

Tuesday, Feb 20

07

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, revealed pregnancy during Seoul trip: Reports

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SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Ms Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is pregnant with her second child, and disclosed this to South Korean officials during her visit to Seoul earlier this month, local…

Sunday, Feb 18

23

Israelis fearful of Gaza Strip tinderbox

The newest escalation in Gaza demonstrates the constant threat of war between Israel and the Palestinian radical-Islamic Hamas. In what Israelis call the "most severe escalation" since the last war with Gaza in 2014, a booby trap…

Palm readers? Japan team builds second skin message display

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The device, developed by University of Tokyo's Professor Takao Someya, is only 1mm thick and can send and receive messages, including emojis. The plaster-like invention can be placed on the human body for a week without causing skin…

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Mexican presidential race kicks off with nominations

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures after being sworn-in as presidential candidate of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) during the party's convention at a hotel in Mexico City, Mexico on Feb 18, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS. Published.…

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Plane makes emergency landing in Vienna after man refuses to stop farting, sparking fight

SINGAPORE - An Amsterdam-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a man refused to stop farting, causing a fight to break out between him and other passengers mid-air. The Transavia Airlines flight from Dubai…

Saturday, Feb 17

10

US charges 13 Russians with 2016 election tampering; Trump says no collusion between campaign and Russia

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A Russian Internet agency oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 US presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday (Feb…

07

Brawling family of 23 removed from Australian cruise ship

SYDNEY (AFP) - Twenty-three members of the same family have been removed from a cruise ship near Sydney after a brawl that left several injured, reports said, just days after a separate incident forced another liner to return to port.…

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7 things we learned from the indictment of 13 Russians in the Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON - Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday (Feb 16) indicted 13 Russian nationals for participating in an alleged criminal plot to undermine the 2016 presidential election. The indictment revealed more details than previously…

Friday, Feb 16

11

Myanmar army chief honoured by Thailand despite Rohingya crisis

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BANGKOK (AFP) - Myanmar's army chief received a royal decoration from Thailand on Friday (Feb 16), despite accusations his security forces have carried out ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state. Global…

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Transgender women can breastfeed, first case study shows

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MIAMI (NYTIMES) - When a transgender woman told doctors at a hospital in New York that she wanted to breast-feed her pregnant partner's baby, they put her on a regimen of drugs that included an anti-nausea medication licensed in Britain…

Thursday, Feb 15

07

Over 90 per cent of Australian shellfish reefs have disappeared

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A worker holding Sydney rock oysters meant for a gardening initiative on Bribie Island in Queensland. Almost all of Australia's shellfish reefs have disappeared, scientists said on Feb 15, 2018. PHOTO: AFP/THE NATURE CONSERVANCY. Published…

Wednesday, Feb 14

03

Woman refuses to leave handbag during security check, climbs into X-ray machine at China train station

The Straits Times

A train commuter went to extreme lengths to keep her valuables by her side during a security check at a station in China, when she climbed into an X-ray machine to be near her handbag. The woman's bizarre actions startled security officers…

Tuesday, Feb 13

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Scores of Russians killed in Syria clash with US-backed forces

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DAMASCUS (WASHINGTON POST) - US forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to a US official and three Russians…

Monday, Feb 12

23

Man on death row on drug charges set free

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In a rare 2-1 decision, the apex court acquitted a man on death row for drug possession. According to a judgment released yesterday, Mr Gopu Jaya Raman successfully proved that he did not know that controlled drugs were hidden in the…

Saturday, Feb 10

19

Trudeau holds firm as Duterte vows end to buying Canada, US arms

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is undeterred by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's vow to end military purchases from countries including the US and Canada that impose conditions on how the weaponry is used…

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Man in China suffers prolapsed rectum after using phone on the toilet for 30 minutes: Hospital

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A hospital in China's Guangdong province has put out an advisory after it treated a man who suffered a prolapsed rectum while playing a mobile phone game on the toilet for about half an hour. The advisory by Zhongshan city hospital…

Friday, Feb 9

10

China, Hong Kong are the biggest losers as stock rout spreads

AsiaOne

[SHANGHAI] As global equity investors reel from the biggest selloff in two years, nowhere has the pain been more acute than in China and Hong Kong. Benchmark indexes in the world's second- and fourth-largest stock markets have fallen…

Thursday, Feb 8

12

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition deal unlikely to make her party or SPD happy

The agreement, which ends months of political haggling, was promptly hailed by Dr Merkel, who is now assured of a fourth consecutive term in office, as "a good foundation for a stable government". But the coalition deal may yet be rejected…

Wednesday, Feb 7

03

'Beetlejuice' - it works for real beetles too

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PARIS (AFP) - In Tim Burton's classic comedy "Beetlejuice", the toxic title character can escape from his inferno only if someone pronounces his name three times in a row. The real-world bombardier beetle escapes from its purgatory - the…

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Trump gives Pentagon marching orders: Plan a big military parade

AsiaOne

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - President Donald Trump's vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to…

Sunday, Feb 4

21

Italy migrant shooting spree 'triggered by woman's murder'

The Straits Times

MACERATA, Italy (AFP) - A far-right supporter suspected of wounding six Africans in a shooting spree in central Italy said the "trigger" for his attacks was the murder of an Italian woman, allegedly by a Nigerian asylum seeker, according…

Saturday, Feb 3

23

Bird-brain damage may be price woodpeckers pay

AsiaOne

WASHINGTON • For a person, slamming your head full force into a tree trunk could be enough to knock you silly. Woodpeckers do this untold thousands of times during their lives, and these birds have thrived on Earth for some 25 million…

Monday, Jan 29

03

Yemen govt warns of coup as separatists take over headquarters

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ADEN (AFP) - Yemen's government accused southern separatists of an attempted coup on Sunday (Jan 28) after they took over its headquarters amid fierce clashes in the city of Aden. The fighting, which killed at least 15 people, threw war…

Saturday, Jan 27

08

Kushner firm sued by tenants ordered to reveal who partners are

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[SAN FRANCISCO] A rental apartment management firm run by presidential adviser Jared Kushner's family was ordered by a federal judge to disclose the identities of its business partners in an ongoing lawsuit filed by Maryland tenants. At…

Friday, Jan 26

12

Chinese volunteers spend 200 days on virtual 'moon base'

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BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese students spent 200 continuous days in a "lunar lab" in Beijing, state media said on Friday (Jan 26), as the country prepares for its long-term goal of putting people on the moon. Four students crammed into a 160…

Tuesday, Jan 23

02

Dimming the Sun to cool Earth could ravage wildlife: Study

PARIS (AFP) - Geoengineering schemes designed to deflect some of the Sun's planet-warming rays would backfire if suddenly discontinued, wiping out species and entire ecosystems, a study published on Monday (Jan 22) warns. "Rapid warming…

Friday, Jan 19

12

Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany

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MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin along with millions of Orthodox believers braved freezing temperatures to take a barechested plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus. Surrounded by Orthodox…

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…