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Philippine news website Rappler’s licence revoked after Rodrigo Duterte threat to expose its ‘American ownership’

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:38
The Philippine government has revoked the operating licence of leading news website Rappler, officials said Monday in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics as another blow to press freedom. Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organisations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his brutal drugs war. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had revoked the incorporation certificates of Rappler and Rappler...

Chinese nuclear attack submarine spotted near disputed Diaoyu Islands may have been testing Japan’s patrol capabilities

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:58
A Chinese naval submarine detected in waters near Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea last week was a nuclear-powered attack submarine, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said Monday. The Shang-class submarine was detected Thursday while submerged just outside Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands). Tokyo filed a protest with Beijing, which also claims the islands, saying the submarine’s presence raised bilateral tensions. According to...

Humanoid robots overcoming uncanny valley

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:51
By Park Jae-hyuk People appear to have come closer to possibly coexisting with robots having strong resemblances to them, as technology is helping “humanoids” overcome “the uncanny valley,” the hypothesis stating that once robots resemble humans, but not fully, they incite horror and discomfort in people. Since the concept was coined by Japanese robotics professor Masahiro Mori in the 1970s, it has explained the reason why people regard less-humanlike robots, such as...

People evacuated from Indonesia Stock Exchange after balcony collapse

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:10
Around a dozen injured people were carried on stretchers out of the Indonesia Stock Exchange on Monday, eye witnesses said, after reports of a collapsed structure inside the building. Dozens of police officials were cordoning off the two-tower, multi-storey complex as many people ran away and others were seen sitting on steps outside the lobby. Atap kantor rubuh. pic.twitter.com/HMhOzjHrPu — Armeyn Sinaga (@Arm3yn) January 15, 2018 Lobi tower 2. pic.twitter.com/O4YokpI0Eg —...

How big data could help combat heart failure in New Zealand

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:04
By Jamie Morton Mining a wealth of untapped health data could reveal new insights into how we age - and help tackle one of the biggest killers of older New Zealanders. A new study, led by medical specialist and Otago University researcher Dr Hamish Jamieson, will trawl through a sprawling national health database to look for clues to combating heart failure. Heart failure was the most common cause of hospital admission in older New Zealanders. Half of those who suffered it died within five...

Despite the Modi man hug, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu is disappointed by Indian ally’s Jerusalem rejection

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:57
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant. Netanyahu also vowed that Israel would “catch up” with the killers of a Jewish couple murdered in 2008 attacks in Mumbai whose son is accompanying him on a six-day trip to India. The Israeli leader arrived Sunday at the head of the biggest...

Lava alert: 12,000 flee as Philippines warns Mount Mayon volcano could erupt in days

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:35
The crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red Monday, with vulcanologists warning it could erupt within days, sending thousands fleeing from their homes. Volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls have shaken the summit of Mayon over the last 24 hours, after a number of steam-driven eruptions, scientists said. More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a seven-kilometre (four-mile) evacuation zone, and there are warnings of destructive mudflows and toxic clouds. “It...

China and Russia’s absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:15
Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent. The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and the United States, comes amid signs that tensions on the peninsula have eased, at least temporarily. North and South Korea held talks for the first time in two years last week and Pyongyang says it will send...

Two Koreas negotiate visit for Kim Jong-un’s famed all-girl Moranbong pop band during Winter Olympics

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:33
North and South Korea began talks Monday on appearances by Pyongyang’s state-run artistic performers at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, after the North agreed to attend the Games. Pyongyang agreed last week to send athletes, high-level officials, and others to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, easing months of high tensions over its weapons programmes. The two sides agreed an art troupe would be part of the delegation, and eight officials – four from each –...

Japanese parties align to become largest opposition force

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 17:09
Two Japanese political parties have decided to form an alliance in the Diet, becoming the largest opposition force in both the lower and upper house, their senior officials said on Sunday. Secretary generals of the Party of Hope and the Democratic Party, Motohisa Furukawa and Teruhiko Mashiko, said the parties are set to solidify the formal agreement on Monday. They said the parties reached a compromise on how to deal with the contentious security legislation, over which the two parties had...

Philippines raises volcano alert level as eruptions spew ash

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 16:49
The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions. Residents were evacuated from two villages near the volcano, a tourist attraction in Albay province because of its near-perfect cone shape, following a “phreatic or steam-driven eruption” on Saturday, and there was a further eruption on Sunday. Saturday’s eruption unleashed ash, rocks and sulphuric odour, and was...

Netanyahu in India for first visit by Israeli PM in 15 years

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 14:17
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the first visit by an Israeli leader to India in 15 years, promising closer ties with the regional power. Netanyahu and his wife Sara were welcomed at the international airport in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made history in July when he became the first Indian leader to visit Israel. “This visit is an opportunity to enhance cooperation with a global economic, security, technology and tourism power,” Netanyahu...

Chinese tourists injured in boat explosion in southern Thailand

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 12:58
A tourist speedboat carrying 31 passengers exploded in front of Phi Phi Le island in the southern Thailand province of Krabi on Sunday, injuring 16, mostly tourists from China, Phi Phi police said. The speedboat, named King Poseidon, was ferrying 27 Chinese tourists from the nearby resort island of Phuket to Phi Phi before its engine caught fire and exploded injuring 14 tourists and two crew members, the police said, adding that the authority is still investigating the cause of the explosion....

Can America do to Trump what Philippines did to Estrada?

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 12:01
The fiery, furious cascade of leaks and revelations coming out of US President Donald Trump’s White House in the first month of the new year has left us facing three possible conclusions, all equally unsettling: the president of the United States may well be a kook, a crook or an incompetent – perhaps some combination of the three. All prospects are worrisome, certainly for Americans, who are watching their 230-year-old governing institutions stretched to the breaking point. But...

Indian authorities struggle to trace 24 missing monuments

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 10:50
The ancient temple of Kutumbari stood for centuries in Dwarahat in north India. Then one day in the 1960s, officials realised it had vanished from records – and later discovered it had disappeared altogether. Kutumbari is one of 24 landmarks on a list of now “untraceable” protected monuments in India. Some have gone missing because of inadequate or antiquated record-keeping; others have physically disappeared, destroyed by natural disasters or by humans. This week, after...

YouTube suspends US blogger Logan Paul over Japan suicide video

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 10:10
YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said that doesn’t mean it won’t work with him in the future. The video service announced last week that it had pulled Logan Paul’s channel from its ad-supported Google Preferred platform and put two other projects on hold. YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said Saturday there’s no timetable for when Paul’s future will be addressed again. Kyncl didn’t...

How Hello Kitty manhole art is helping Japan’s sewage industry clean up its act

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:10
Japan’s sewage industry has found a way to clean up its dirty and smelly image: elaborately designed and colourful manhole covers with 12,000 local varieties nationwide – including, of course, a Hello Kitty design. Appealing to a Japanese love of detail and “kawaii” (“cute”), bespoke manhole covers adorn the streets of 1,700 towns, cities and villages across Japan and have spawned a collection craze among “manholers”. The designs represent an...

‘Proactive diplomacy’ in Mekong River dispute only way to resolve brewing conflict

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:17
For years, territorial disputes in the South China Sea have dominated Southeast Asia’s security agenda. The ferocity of rows over vital sea lines carrying up to a third of global trade valued at US$5 trillion annually has embittered relations between China and some Southeast Asian claimant states. Meanwhile, external powers such as the United States have jumped into the fray, seeking to keep China’s maritime ambitions in check. While the prevailing narrative tends to be that the...

White House corrects Donald Trump ‘North Korea quote’ with a mocking meme on Twitter about fake news

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:41
The White House has denied and corrected a quote attributed to US President Donald Trump that suggested he had good contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un,” Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday, refusing to confirm whether the two had spoken. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.” But Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted –...

At 92, does Mahathir have enough left in him to defeat Najib and stun Malaysia?

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 05:32
Malaysia’s opposition coalition is known as Pakatan Harapan, or Pact of Hope. It’s fitting for a group that has pinned its hopes on a nonagenarian former prime minister to wrest power from the ruling Barisan National (BN) coalition in a general election due by August but expected to be called as early as the end of the first quarter this year. The naming of Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate, along with Wan Azizah as a deputy prime minister, at last week’s...

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