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SEOUL: South Korea raised concerns over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea with visiting US climate envoy John Kerry, its foreign ministry said, but Kerry reaffirmed Washington’s confidence in the plan’s transparency. Kerry arrived in Seoul on Saturday to discuss international efforts to tackle global warming on a
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SINGAPORE: Two bodies were found in the Singapore River near Clarke Quay early on Sunday morning (Apr 18). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for a “water rescue incident” along the river near 6 Eu Tong Sen Street at about 2am. Advertisement Advertisement “Upon SCDF’s arrival, there were no signs
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JAKARTA: As soon as the wailing sound of an ambulance sirens were heard, three motorcyclists in matching leather jackets immediately sprang into action, hastily putting on their helmets and hopping on their motorcycles.  With their hands revving the throttles, the three motorcyclists quickly caught up with the ambulance. Advertisement Advertisement The emergency workers inside the ambulance were
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REUTERS: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked US drugmaker Pfizer on Saturday (Apr 17) to provide additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to Japan this year, Nikkei reported. Pfizer confirmed in an email that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla met with Suga virtually to discuss vaccine supply on the last day of Suga’s three-day visit to Washington. The
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SINGAPORE: A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) national serviceman (NSman) has tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of his in-camp training.     He was swabbed as part of routine safety measures for all NSmen before they begin their training, said the Ministry of Defence on Saturday (Apr 17).  Advertisement Advertisement The NSman, a 35-year-old Singaporean, was identified as
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SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) national serviceman (NSman) who was among the country’s four new community COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Apr 17) was asymptomatic when he reported for in-camp training (ICT) at Nee Soon Camp.  “The serviceman was well and asymptomatic when he reported for ICT at Nee Soon Camp,” said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).  Advertisement Advertisement
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KUALA LUMPUR: Forty healthcare workers in Malaysia have tested positive for COVID-19 despite completing both doses of the vaccination, said health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Saturday (Apr 17). According to Dr Noor Hisham, nine of them were infected more than two weeks after having their second dose, while the other 31 workers were infected less
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WASHINGTON: The US Treasury Department on Friday (Apr 16) said Vietnam, Switzerland and Taiwan tripped its thresholds for possible currency manipulation under a 2015 US trade law, but refrained from formally branding them as manipulators. In the first semi-annual foreign exchange report issued by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Treasury said it will commence “enhanced
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BEIJING: China reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Apr 16), up from 11 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday. The National Health Commission, in a statement, said one of the new cases was a local infection reported in southwestern Yunnan province, which discovered a new cluster in late
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SINGAPORE: Although pre-school education in Singapore is not compulsory, the majority of young children are registered in pre-schools before entering the mainstream system of education. The pre-school landscape presents over 1,900 childcare centres and kindergartens that offer a wide-ranging fee structure that can range from as low as a few dollars to over S$2,000 a
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NAKHON PHANOM, Thailand: From a distance, it is hard to make sense of the small patches of green emerging from the cracking mud flats of the Mekong River.  They are not oases, nor sprouts of river grass along dusty channels where water normally flows; they are golf greens. Advertisement Advertisement Recently, an unusual golf tournament
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SINGAPORE: Ears, phones, and WhatsApp accounts are a-buzzing in Malaysia’s political circles, as players and insiders indulge in a vicarious listen on a phone conversation that two of the country’s leading politicians had. The conversation, which is of mysterious provenance, was purportedly between Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, and Zahid
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Climate Change China said Friday that the United States needed to take more responsibility on climate change but welcomed greater cooperation after a visit by envoy John Kerry, state media said. US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, seen on a March 2021 visit to France, is the first official from the Biden administration
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The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has aired a televised “confession” of a Belizean national after detaining him in connection with his support for the Hong Kong protest movement in November 2019. Henley Lee was found guilty on April 24, 2020 of “financing criminal activities that harm national security,” the overseas-based rights group Safeguard Defenders
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A court in Hong Kong on Friday handed down sentences to several prominent pro-democracy figures including media mogul Jimmy Lai, international barrister Margaret Ng, and Democratic Party founder Martin Lee, while prosecutors brought two additional charges under the national security law against Lai. Lai, 72, and veteran trade unionist Lee Cheuk-yan, 64, were jailed for
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ROME: Italy will ease coronavirus restrictions for schools and restaurants from Apr 26, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced Friday (Apr 16), in response to increasing lockdown fatigue in the country. Expressing “cautious optimism”, Draghi said his government was taking a “calculated risk” following an improvement in infection numbers and progress with vaccinations. Advertisement Advertisement Looser “yellow
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