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Indonesian music promoters in spotlight after series of serious blunders

For music fans, concerts are a chance to experience the music they love firsthand. The sounds are more immersive, the performances of the musicians and singers more exciting. Since the 2000s, Indonesia has seen a rapid increase in concerts and festivals. Music festivals attract large numbers of people seeking to indulge in the joy of […]

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9 Chinese arrested for alleged amulet fraud in Thailand

Nine Chinese were arrested for allegedly indulging in Buddha image and amulet fraud, Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang said on Friday (December 13). The suspects targeted Chinese tourists by setting up a fake amulet store at a temple in Chonburi. The price ranged from Bt1,000 (S$45) to more than Bt10,000. The alleged scammers […]

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‘Some people in Hong Kong may not like mainlanders’: How 6 months of protest hit China’s cross-border travellers

Over the summer, Fran Xie agonised over whether it would be safe for her 10-year-old daughter to start school in Hong Kong as she had planned. The 38-year-old, who lives across the border in Guangzhou, used to visit the city every month but said the unrest had alerted her to the fact that “some people […]

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Hong Kong bomb disposal squad destroys suspicious object in village flower bed

A Hong Kong police bomb disposal squad destroyed a suspicious object at a village in Tsing Yi on Sunday afternoon. A pedestrian spotted the object in a flower bed on a path linking Tai Wong Ha Tsuen and San Uk Tsuen in northern Tsing Yi shortly before 1pm. Police set up a cordon about 200 […]

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Female prison officer in Hong Kong becomes the first to wear a turban at work

Marching in lockstep with her three-column squad across a parade ground near Stanley prison, Sukhdeep Kaur is the only graduating officer donning a blue turban to match her navy blue uniform. At the ceremony earlier this month, the 20-year-old made history by becoming Hong Kong’s first female Sikh prison officer wearing a turban, in a […]

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Travellers avoiding Hong Kong in record numbers as airport posts nearly 1 million drop in passengers for November

Hong Kong International Airport lost close to 1 million passengers in November, the steepest numerical drop in any single month since violent anti-government protests began in the city, official figures released on Sunday showed. In the worst drop in more than a decade, the airport handled 5.02 million passengers, some 969,000 fewer in November, a […]

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Hong Kong withstands protests with only a trickle of ‘fright capital’ fleeing to Singapore, MUFG Bank estimates

Hong Kong’s financial system is withstanding the city’s worst political crisis, with only a trickle of deposits fleeing to rival financial hubs like Singapore even as months of street protests have driven the economy into a recession. At most, US$6 billion (S$8 billion) of “fright capital” may have left for Singapore between May and October as […]

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‘Hong Kong remains free’: City launches new PR blitz overseas after six months of protests

The Hong Kong government has launched its second advertising campaign this year aimed at overseas investors and visitors, insisting the city remains a “welcoming, free society” despite six months of anti-government protests and turmoil. The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Australian newspapers on Monday carried a full-page advertisement extolling Hong Kong for […]

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Customs officers seize $13 million of crystal meth from Mexico in drugs bust at Hong Kong International Airport

Customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport have recovered HK$77 million (S$13 million) of crystal meth in a cargo shipment airmailed from Mexico, their largest such seizure since 2010. And the 110kg (243lb) haul of the drug, also known as Ice or methamphetamine, could have been worth six times more in other countries such as Japan […]

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