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UN says 13 people reportedly killed by typhoon Kammuri in Philippines

UNITED NATIONS – UN humanitarian officials say typhoon Kammuri reportedly killed 13 people and displaced nearly 400,000 others as it crossed the Philippines with fierce winds and rain this week. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday (Dec 5) that the humanitarian experts also reported that more than 1,000 houses were destroyed and thousands more damaged. […]

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Till death do I stay single: South Korea’s #NoMarriage women

SEOUL – “I’m a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men.” Ms Bonnie Lee doesn’t care about finding a boyfriend or having a fairytale wedding, and will decide her own happily ever after. And she is not alone. A growing number of South Korean women are banding together to reject rigid […]

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Indonesian faints during whipping for Sharia-banned sex

An Indonesian man who fainted as he was being whipped for pre-marital sex Thursday was revived to receive the rest of his punishment before being rushed to hospital. Despite international condemnation, public flogging is common for a range of offences banned under local Islamic law in the conservative Aceh region on Sumatra island, including gambling, […]

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Daily roundup: A behind-the-scenes look at Amazon’s new warehouse in Singapore – and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. ​A behind-the-scenes look at Amazon’s new (and oddly serene) warehouse in Singapore It took some time, but the e-commerce juggernaut finally made its way to Singapore in October with a bona fide local online store, its first digital outpost in Southeast Asia… […]

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Injured Indonesian journalist seeks answers from Hong Kong police

HONG KONG – More than two months after being blinded in one eye by what she believes was a projectile fired by riot police, Indonesian video journalist Veby Mega Indah is still seeking answers. On Sept 29, Ms Indah was among a group of reporters covering one of the hundreds of clashes between armed police and […]

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Indian fugitive holy man creates new ‘cosmic’ nation for Hindus

MUMBAI – A “holy man” wanted by Indian police on sex assault charges has said he has created a new country for Hindus that will fight global warming, offer free healthcare and promote gender equality and vegetarianism. Nithyananda Swami, who once had thousands of followers that included film stars and politicians in India and abroad, was […]

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Three flats targeted in $147,600 burglary blitz amid Hong Kong protests

More than HK$850,000 (S$147,600) worth of cash and valuables were stolen from three homes amid a 90 per cent surge in burglaries during the Hong Kong protests. Thieves struck at two flats in the same Causeway Bay residential block overnight on Thursday after appearing to scale several floors on the outside of the building, before […]

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Peeping tom in Thailand caught in the act in video taken by victim

It might be a stereotype that women tend to prefer going to the toilet in groups rather than alone, but it would seem that their fears are not unfounded, considering the sheer number of cases involving peeping toms as of late. A woman in Thailand was left shaken after she encountered one such peeping tom while […]

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China’s LGBT community in push to legalise same-sex marriage

Nearly 200,000 people have appealed to the Chinese authorities to recognise same-sex marriage, in a month-long push sparked by a review of the country’s civil law provisions. The country’s LGBT community and its supporters have been writing to legislators and leaving comments in favour of a change to China’s marriage laws during a public comment […]

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