Coronavirus: About 130 riot police in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon region ordered into quarantine, Asia News

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Nearly all members of a regional anti-riot squad in Hong Kong will be placed under quarantine for two weeks after an officer involved in mass arrests at the site of an anti-government protest earlier this week was confirmed to be infected on Saturday. About 130 of the elite team tackling disorder in the West Kowloon region will be out...

14-year-old boy diving in Thai canal dies after being hit by taxi boat, Asia News

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A 14-year-old boy's diving excursion in Saen Saeb Canal in Bangkok's Dusit district proved fatal as he was hit by the turbine of a passing taxi boat. Nang Lerng Police Station was informed on Friday (June 12) about the fatal accident. Police were joined by divers of Ruam Katanyu Foundation, who took around 20 minutes to retrieve the body...

Hotels can apply to reopen for staycation bookings

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SINGAPORE: Hotels in Singapore may now apply to reopen for staycation bookings, as Singapore resumes more activities under Phase 2 of its post-“circuit breaker” reopening.The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced this in an advisory on Friday (Jun 3), saying that hotels will...

Taiwan advises its residents to avoid Hong Kong after new national security law passed, Asia News

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TAIPEI - Taiwanese people should avoid unnecessary visits to or transit through Hong Kong, Macau or mainland China after the passing of an "outrageous" national security law for the former British colony, a Taiwan government official said on Thursday (July 2). The law, imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing, targets crimes like secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with...

Hong Kong woman confesses to strangling own grandson with backpack strap, but tells court she was suicidal herself, Asia News

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A Hong Kong woman on trial for the murder of her six-year-old grandson on Thursday confessed to strangling the boy in his sleep because she believed he was mentally ill. Kan Kwai-fong, 54, told the High Court she strangled Endless Cheng Ting-hin with the strap of her backpack and advised rescuers not to save him before he was certified...

Abbot in Thailand allegedly kills pregnant ex-girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage, Asia News

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Hin Lek Fai police in Buri Ram’s Kumeuang district arrested Um (last name withheld), aged 57, an abbot of a temple in the district, for allegedly murdering his 33-year-old former girlfriend who is eight months pregnant. Police also seized a 60cm machete from Um that was used as the murder weapon. Witnesses reportedly said that at around 8pm yesterday...

COVID-19: No mid-year bonus for civil servants, one-time pay cut for officers in ‘superscale grades’

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SINGAPORE: Civil servants in Singapore will not receive a mid-year bonus this year amid the "unprecedented economic crisis" brought about by COVID-19, said the Public Service Division (PSD) on Thursday (Jun 18). The last time there was no mid-year bonus for civil servants was...

COVID-19: WHO expects first results from drug trials within two weeks

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GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday (Jul 3)."Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries...

Crime surges in Indonesia as restrictions eased, Asia News

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Indonesia saw a spike in crime in the first two weeks of June as large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were eased, the National Police reported on Tuesday. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono said that from June 1 to 7, 441 cases of theft were recorded. The following week, 693 cases of theft were recorded, a 68 per cent increase. Fraud cases increased...