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WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday (Jan 25) giving American companies and products priority in contracting with the federal government, as the new administration attempts to spur domestic manufacturing. The order is aimed at boosting national production and saving industrial jobs by increasing investments in factories and workers, and comes after
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The Indonesian coast guard said Monday it was investigating the Iranian and Chinese crews of two oil tankers after seizing them off West Kalimantan province for allegedly carrying out an illegal ship-to-ship petroleum transfer in territorial waters. Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) took the crews of the Iran-flagged MT Horse and Panama-flagged MT Freya into
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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) flew multiple aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) at the weekend, in a move analysts said was flexing military muscle at the start of the Biden administration. The democratic island’s defense ministry said 13 Chinese warplanes—including a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, eight Xian H-6K bombers capable of carrying anti-ship
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SINGAPORE: It will ultimately be up to the people of Singapore to decide whether the country is ready for a non-Chinese prime minister, said Senior Minister of State (SMS) Janil Puthucheary on Monday (Jan 25). Dr Puthucheary, who is SMS for Health and for Communications and Information, was answering questions from the audience at a panel
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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 44 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Jan 25), and all were imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Forty of these cases were asymptomatic and include a returning Singaporean who tested negative during stay-home notice, but had a positive COVID-19 result in a pre-departure test. Advertisement Advertisement All cases had
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SINGAPORE: Brakeless bicycles will no longer be allowed on public paths and roads in the future, said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) on Monday (Jan 25). This was part of the recommendations set out in the Active Mobility Advisory Panel’s fourth review, which the Government has accepted, MOT said in a media release. Advertisement Advertisement The review, submitted
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SINGAPORE: Although the number of dengue cases has remained “relatively stable” for the past few weeks, the Aedes mosquito population is still high in some areas of Singapore, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Jan 25). The Aedes mosquito population rose by about 8 per cent in December, said NEA. Advertisement Advertisement In addition, two less common dengue
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Authorities in China are stepping up charges against two prominent activists with the New Citizens’ Movement detained after an informal gathering of dissidents in the southeastern port city of Xiamen in December 2019. Police are now investigating movement founder Xu Zhiyong and human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi for “subversion of state power,” rather than under the
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SINGAPORE: A three-month trial of on-demand autonomous bus services at two locations began on Monday (Jan 25), as part of Singapore’s efforts to make such vehicles commercially viable.  Customers will have to pay to use the buses – which will operate at Singapore Science Park 2 and Jurong Island – marking the first time self-driving vehicles
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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga faced renewed pressure on Monday (Jan 25) over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with a new opinion poll showing many believed the government was too slow to respond to the latest wave of infections. Opposition lawmakers were also increasingly frustrated with Suga’s taciturn leadership style, demanding he provide
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SINGAPORE: All seven insurers offering Integrated Shield Plans are extending coverage to include hospitalisation resulting from COVID-19 vaccination complications, the Life Insurance Association, Singapore (LIA Singapore), announced on Monday (Jan 25). The coverage applies to Integrated Shield Plan policyholders who receive vaccines approved by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and get vaccinated in Singapore. The
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SINGAPORE: Back in 1992, at the start of the annual Speak Mandarin Campaign, then Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts George Yeo described the rising use of English among Singaporean Chinese as a worrying trend. This prompted Mr Walter Woon, a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) at the time, to respond that the right
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BEIJING: The US has reaffirmed its support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test the resolve of the new American presidential administration. The US State Department on Saturday said it was concerned by China’s “pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours, including
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JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities said that they seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country’s waters on Sunday (Jan 24). The tankers – the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Frea - were seized in waters off Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province, said Wisnu Pramadita, a
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