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MANILA: Four Philippine private universities rejected accusations on Sunday (Jan 24) by the authorities that they serve as recruitment grounds of Maoist rebels, days after students protested against security force patrols at some university campuses. President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has stepped up efforts to end a Maoist-led rebellion, one of the world’s longest insurgencies that
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 3,346 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 24), taking the national tally to 183,801 infections. There were also 11 more deaths involving ten citizens and one foreigner, aged 34 to 91. Malaysia’s death toll from the disease now stands at 678. Advertisement Advertisement Two of the fatalities were in their mid-thirties.
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SINGAPORE: The phone rang and it was a harried voice on the other end. “Hello police? Faster come. There is a man acting suspiciously,” the caller said. This was part of a dummy 999 call that the police arranged for journalists to experience the stress and difficulties of answering and processing emergency calls. The demonstration
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SINGAPORE: The Singapore Airlines cabin crew member who initially tested negative for COVID-19 had sought medical attention for a fever before testing positive for the disease a few days later, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said on Sunday (Jan 24). The 29-year-old woman, known as Case 59529, had travelled to the United Kingdom for
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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 48 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Jan 24), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update. This is the highest number of imported infections in Singapore since Mar 23, when 48 imported cases were also reported. Advertisement Advertisement No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community
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BEIJING: China reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Jan 23), down from 107 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Sunday. The National Health Commission, in a statement, said 65 of the new cases were local infections. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, fell
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SINGAPORE: COVID-19 has merged work and home, disrupted holidays and rituals, upended annual travel plans, and rendered futures uncertain. New rhythms of days and weeks yield a deep uneasiness. It feels as though “time,” as William Shakespeare put it, “is out of joint”.  Advertisement Advertisement That’s probably because meaning in our lives comes not just from
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SINGAPORE: A line of about 20 abandoned NTUC FairPrice trolleys from July 2016 has been immortalised on Google street view, illustrating the scale of a problem that has plagued Sengkang’s Rivervale Crescent neighbourhood for a long time.  There is an NTUC FairPrice supermarket at Rivervale Mall, and abandoned trolleys in the area are a daily occurrence, said
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SINGAPORE: It has been five years since the Paris climate treaty was agreed upon by nearly all countries. In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated media headlines and policy agendas, more countries have recently announced their intentions to raise their initial pledges made at the Paris Agreement. Advertisement Advertisement Some notable “enhanced ambition”
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted. No cause of death was
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia health authorities reported 4,275 new coronavirus cases on Saturday (Jan 23), the highest daily infections so far, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 180,455. The country also reported seven new fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 667. Advertisement Advertisement The record number comes just a week after the previous
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BEIJING: China has authorised its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals. The Coast Guard Law passed on Friday (Jan 23) empowers the force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign
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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s health minister, who publicly endorsed sorcery and magic potions to stop surging coronavirus infections in the island, has tested positive and will self-isolate, officials said on Saturday (Jan 23). Pavithra Wanniarachchi had publicly consumed and endorsed a magic potion, later revealed to contain honey and nutmeg, manufactured by a sorcerer who claimed
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SINGAPORE: Ever since WhatsApp updated its terms of use on Jan 6, many users concerned about their privacy have opted to uninstall WhatsApp and considered moving to other messaging apps. Ironically, many users may have already been sharing their contact details and the contact details of all their friends with Facebook, which owns WhatsApp since
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SINGAPORE: A vessel that was chartered for a social gathering has been temporarily suspended from operating, after a group of people filmed “partying on a yacht” near Lazarus Island last month were found to have breached COVID-19 regulations. In a media release on Saturday (Jan 23), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said that
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