ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government will seek a vote in parliament on Tuesday (Apr 20) on whether to expel the French ambassador after violent anti-France protests by Islamists demanding action over cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, the interior minister said. Prime Minister Imran Khan warned his nation in a televised address late on Monday that Pakistan risked paying
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had hoped a fight over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed would result in an easy win - placating the ultra-conservative quarters at home while being hailed as a defender of Islam abroad. The gamble seems to have backfired spectacularly. Advertisement Advertisement For the past week, riots have again engulfed Pakistan,
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JAKARTA: It is a bold and somewhat depressing prediction: That by 2063, the Indonesian farmer will disappear as a profession. This according to the National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia (Bappenas). Advertisement Advertisement Their projection bears out the slow decline of workers in the agricultural sector. Bappenas data shows that the proportion of Indonesian workers
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SINGAPORE: Earlier this year, Luda Lee, an AI (artificial intelligence)-powered chatbot, went “rogue”. Created by Korean start-up Scatter Lab, Luda was designed to chat naturally with South Korean Facebook users (attracting more than 750,000 over just 20 days), and to improve based on user data. Advertisement Advertisement Soon after however, Luda Lee began making bigoted
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SINGAPORE: A 12m-high steel structure collapsed onto an unoccupied workers’ quarters at a Housing and Development Board (HDB) construction site on Monday (Apr 19), said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The incident happened on a piece of land adjacent to the proposed public housing development at Tengah Garden Avenue, Plantation Crescent and Tengah Boulevard, said MOM
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BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday (Apr 19) announced sanctions on 10 Myanmar junta officials and two conglomerates linked to the military over the coup and bloody crackdown on protesters in their country. The individuals “are all responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma, and for repressive decisions and serious human rights
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YANGON: Sleeping by their makeshift barricades, knots of young men at Tahan in the western Myanmar town of Kale had not expected an attack in the pre-dawn darkness. Armed with a few hunting guns made by village blacksmiths, catapults, some airguns and Molotov cocktails, they were no match for forces hardened by decades of conflict and
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SINGAPORE: Electric motorcycle manufacturer EuroSports Technologies (EST) has partnered with Strides Transportation, a subsidiary of public transport operator SMRT, to develop, market and supply smart electric motorcycles for commercial and corporate clients.  The two signed an agreement on Monday (Apr 19) that will see Strides act as the sole distributor of the smart electric motorcycles in
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Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi have formally arrested rights attorney Chang Weiping on suspicion of “subversion of state power,” his wife said on Monday. Chang is currently being held in Fengxian Detention Center in Shaanxi’s Baoji city. The charge against him appears to have been changed from “incitement to subvert state power,” which
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MANILA: Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday (Apr 19) as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, killing one man and triggering flooding in lower-lying communities, disaster officials said. The national weather bureau issued a severe wind and heavy rainfall warning on Monday, saying “destructive
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NEW DELHI: Delhi will impose a week-long lockdown from Monday (Apr 19) night, Indian officials said, as the megacity struggles to contain a huge surge in COVID-19 cases with hospitals running out of beds and oxygen supplies low. The vast nation of 1.3 billion people reported a record high of 273,810 infections on Monday – the fifth
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SINGAPORE: The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has seized drugs worth more than S$2.3 million, including about 23kg of cannabis and about 16kg of heroin, the agency said on Monday (Apr 19). The cannabis seizure is the CNB’s largest since 1996, while the heroin haul is its biggest since 2001. Advertisement Advertisement About 23,687g of cannabis, 16,548g
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KUALA TERENGGANU: The number of vaccinated healthcare workers in Malaysia testing positive for COVID-19 is 10 times lower than the number of cases among healthcare workers before the inoculation regime, said Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Ahmad Amzad Hashim. When COVID-19 first hit Malaysia in March last year, Malaysia had an average of 436
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SINGAPORE: Certain countries, such as the Netherlands, have had a head start in putting in place hybrid working legislation, well before COVID-19 brought homeworking to the forefront, to protect the interests of both the employer and its employees.  Such legislation typically regulates flexible working arrangements including working hours, working times and places of work.  Advertisement
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