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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mudslide at Myanmar Jade Mine Kills At Least 162 Scavengers

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A massive landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar Thursday buried more than 200 scavengers, killing at least 162 and injuring at least 54 others, rescue volunteers said, in the latest disaster in an industry plagued by corruption and lack of government oversight. Heavy rains brought small mountains piles of loose...