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How South Korea’s first female anchor is breaking news – and barriers

SEOUL – Under gleamingly bright studio lights, Lee So-jeong reads straight from a teleprompter, rehearsing her lines ahead of the primetime newscast for South Korea’s national public broadcaster, KBS. Five times a week, she is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its “News 9” bulletin, after she broke into a decades-old boys’ club […]

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Pounded by critics, Japan defends handling of coronavirus outbreak

TOKYO – Japan faces mounting criticism for its handling of a coronavirus-afflicted cruise ship, with questions over a patchy quarantine, incremental testing and the decision to let people walk away after 14 days. The 3,711 people on the Diamond Princess went into quarantine off Japan on Feb 5, after it emerged that a former passenger had […]

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Coronavirus: Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s disabled residents and their carers say they feel increasingly trapped in their apartments and abandoned by the authorities as the coronavirus-struck city is engulfed with panic-buying and face mask shortages. For the last fortnight, queues have sprung up across the densely packed business hub as Hong Kongers jostle for the latest […]

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Indonesia proposes taxes on sweet drinks, polluting cars and plastic bags

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s finance minister proposed on Wednesday (Feb 19) new duties on sweetened drinks, vehicles that emit carbon dioxide and plastic bags to control consumption of the products in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Ms Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s proposal comes amid weak tax collection after the economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in 2019. […]

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Coronavirus: 3 new cases confirmed in Singapore, including a SAF regular

SINGAPORE – Three more cases of coronavirus infections have been confirmed here, bringing the total number to 75, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday (Feb 16). Of the new cases, two – including the first Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular – are linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God, and the […]

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Malaysian baby killed in fire after mother left her alone to go to post office

TAMPIN – A mother’s decision to leave her 10-month-old baby alone at home while she made a quick stop at the post office came back to haunt her, after the infant was killed in a fire. Tampin deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Ahmad Pilus Zainal said the 31-year-old mother had put her baby to sleep in an […]

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Malaysia arrests 4 policemen over $1mil extortion case

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police chief Abdul Hamid Bador said four police personnel have been arrested for allegedly extorting RM3 million (S$1 million) from a businessman, in exchange to cover up a drug-processing lab in Cheras on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Tan Sri Abdul Hamid said police are in the midst of collecting evidence and […]

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Masks, hand sanitisers subject to usual GST rules: S’pore Customs

There are no extra restrictions on masks and hand sanitisers, but the usual customs duty applies to the import of these items, Singapore Customs said yesterday. It issued the clarification after a picture of a sign recently put up at the Singapore Cruise Centre instructing travellers to declare their purchase of face masks was shared […]