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Thailand confirms first case of mystery virus from Wuhan, Chinese woman quarantined

BANGKOK – A Chinese woman has been quarantined in Thailand with a mystery strain of coronavirus, the authorities said on Monday (Jan 13), the first time it has been detected outside China. Thai authorities are stepping up monitoring at airports ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, beginning on Jan 25, when hundreds of thousands of […]

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Man arrested after taking picture of Hong Kong police in restaurant

A man was held for assault and possession of illegal weapons on Tuesday after allegedly catching two off-duty policemen on camera while taking pictures of a Sham Shui Po food court, in what a local councillor decried as an “arbitrary arrest”. Police said the man, a 23-year-old surnamed Ho, had aimed a flashlight at the […]

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Hong Kong: French consul general’s home burgled in string of high-profile break-ins

The residence of France’s consul general in Hong Kong, Alexandre Giorgini, became the latest target in a string of burglaries on Wednesday when his two-storey house on The Peak was broken into. Initial information showed the Mount Cameron Road house was burgled during lunchtime and more than HK$3,000 (S$520) in local and foreign currency was […]

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McDonald’s Japan launches its Adult Cream Pies, and the verdict is in

After the hoo-ha surrounding the launch of its “adult-themed” cups last year, McDonald’s Japan is back with yet another controversial new offering. The Golden Arches dropped its latest sweet treat on Wednesday (Jan 15) and at first glance, the name of the dessert looks like it ought to be slapped with an R21 rating.  The name — Adult Cream Pies […]

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Residents of Greater Jakarta face caterpillar outbreak in rainy season

Weeks after a cobra outbreak in residential areas throughout the country, residents of Greater Jakarta are facing another terror: caterpillars swarming their areas. In the past week, some people in the Hakiki Residence on Jl. Raya Bukit Indah in Ciputat, South Tangerang, have contracted rashes, itching and blistering after contact with the caterpillars. “Some residents […]

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Code orange for air traffic issued after East Java’s Mount Semeru erupts

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has issued a code orange volcano observatory notice for aviation (VONA) after Mount Semeru in East Java erupted on Friday morning. The head of the PVMBG’s volcano disaster mitigation division for the western part of Indonesia, Nia Herani, said the VONA had to be issued immediately […]

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Traveller numbers at Hong Kong airport in biggest drop since 2009

Hong Kong International Airport recorded its biggest fall in passenger numbers in a decade last year to fall behind its Guangzhou and Shanghai rivals for the first time ever, as anti-government protests hit tourism to the city hard, new figures revealed on Sunday. Still one of Asia’s busiest airports, HKIA handled 71.53 million travellers in […]

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Semarang named cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia

Semarang, a Central Java city known for its acculturation of Javanese and Chinese cultures, has been named as the cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia. The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) bestowed the title on Semarang for the year of 2020 to 2022. Semarang city secretary Iswar Aminuddin received the award on behalf of […]

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Ex-lawmaker accused of damaging officer’s hearing after Hong Kong protest

An ousted Hong Kong lawmaker was accused in court on Monday of assaulting two police officers after an anti-government rally, leaving one of them with hearing loss in one ear. Au Nok-hin, 32, is alleged to have caused the injury to Superintendent Ko Chun-pong by using a loudhailer next to him during a stand-off between […]

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3 customs officers killed after boat capsizes in waters off Hong Kong airport

Three customs officers in a crew of five were killed when their boat capsized on Tuesday night in an incident near Hong Kong International Airport. A police spokesman said three people – a 43-year-old mother-of-three and two men aged 39 and 27 – were taken unconscious to Tuen Mun Hospital and later died. Emergency personnel […]