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SINGAPORE: When Singapore introduced a “circuit breaker” in April to limit the spread of COVID-19, people had questions about the implications.   What would it mean for work and family life? What about school? Advertisement Advertisement For some people, one of their main concerns was about something more prosaic. Bubble tea. Among them was Mr Xavier Ng, who was alarmed
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Authorities in Cambodia arrested the head of a small political party on Friday following comments he made criticizing the government’s handling of a border dispute with neighboring Vietnam—marking the second such arrest in as many weeks. Suong Sophorn, the president of the little-known opposition Khmer Win Party (KWP), was taken into custody from his home
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The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group has demanded that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reconsider holding the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, citing state-sponsored rights abuses against Muslims in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The Munich-based WUC said it had filed a formal complaint with the IOC’s Ethics Commission on Thursday
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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 83 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Friday (Aug 14), including four imported cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). This brings the country’s total to 55,580, with fatalities remaining at 27.  Advertisement Advertisement There were no cases reported in the community. This is the first time since Jun 1 that Singapore has
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SHENZHEN: The IBC Mall in Shenzhen’s Luohu district was sealed off and under police supervision on Friday evening (Aug 14), with around 200 people queuing outside waiting for COVID-19 tests from medical personnel in protective suits. An official Guangdong Health Commission WeChat account channel said the alert was prompted by a suspected COVID-19 case involving
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SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Friday (Aug 14) said it was not aware of any evidence that suggested the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted to humans via food, equipment or food packaging.  The agency added that this was in line with the current state of knowledge across scientific communities and public health authorities worldwide, in response to
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SINGAPORE: Singapore may have to consider replacing the two-week isolation period with a “rigorous testing regime” for arriving travellers, as part of efforts to “revive” the country’s air hub, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung. In a Facebook video on Friday (Aug 14), Mr Ong said that the decline in international air travel due to the ongoing
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TOKYO: Tokyo said on Friday (Aug 14) it had confirmed 389 new cases of COVID-19 infections, as the daily tally rose above the 300 mark for the first time since Aug 9. Those under 40 years accounted for 62 per cent of new cases, while serious cases rose by three to 24 out of all current
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SINGAPORE: After three court challenges against the Section 377A law criminalising sex between men were dismissed in March, a man allegedly threatened the judge and other judges on Instagram. Muhammad Hanif Mohamed Huzairi, 30, was charged on Thursday (Aug 13) with three counts of communicating an electronic record containing incitement to violence against a public servant
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The United States on Thursday designated the Confucius Institute education program as a “foreign mission” of China, setting up the Chinese government-funded language teaching scheme for tougher scrutiny amid worsening relations between Washington and Beijing. The order requires the Confucius Institute U.S. Center staff to register and follow restrictions similar to those placed on diplomatic
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WASHINGTON: The United States said on Thursday (Aug 13) it was requiring the centre that manages Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes in the United States to register as a foreign mission, the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement, labelled the Confucius Institute US Center in Washington
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