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 2016-02-06 12:09 

Today Online

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No Chinese New Year joy for MH370 relatives... +

BEIJING - It has been a trying two years for Jiang Hui. Since his mother vanished along with the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Chinese national has exhausted all avenues to find out what happened to her. From protesting outside the Malaysian...

 2016-02-06 12:04 

Today Online

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Slower sales for Chinese New Year goodies, say Chinatown retailers... +

SINGAPORE - Food takes centrestage during Chinese New Year, like most festive celebrations. But in the lead up to the occasion this year, retailers selling festive goodies say business is more lacklustre compared to 2015. Family-run bak kwa (sliced barbec...

 2016-02-06 12:01 

Channel NewsAsia

Police seize arms from Singapore Gun Club, Rifle Association... +

This is is due to "serious licensing irregularities" discovered during an arms audit conducted at the two venues on Tuesday, says the Singapore Police Force....

 2016-02-06 11:47 

Channel NewsAsia

UN rights chief in Sri Lanka for talks over war crimes... +

The United Nations' human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his first visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to gauge the island's progress in investigating allegations troops committed atrocities during a prolonged civil war....

 2016-02-06 11:35 

Channel NewsAsia

Nigerians have image problem abroad, hampers emigration to West - president... +

Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday....

 2016-02-06 11:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Merkel urges better protection of EU external borders... +

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for better protection at the European Union's external borders in order to maintain the passport-free Schengen zone....

 2016-02-06 11:30 

Channel NewsAsia

North Korea brings forward rocket launch time frame, to from Sunday... +

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday....

 2016-02-06 11:20 

Channel NewsAsia

In February, Chicago goes crazy for 'paczki' as donuts go gourmet... +

Chicagoans this month are less obsessed with badmouthing Mayor Rahm Emanuel or worries about their sports teams, and more focused on finding the perfect paczki, a rich, Polish, donut-type dessert that's taking the high-end dessert market by storm....

 2016-02-06 11:10 

Channel NewsAsia

Trump, Rubio likely targets in eighth Republican presidential debate... +

Donald Trump and Marco Rubio could be top targets for rivals' fire on Saturday when seven Republican White House hopefuls take the stage in New Hampshire for their eighth debate, just days before the state's high-stakes primary....

 2016-02-06 11:05 

Channel NewsAsia

China says EU should take steel dumping claims to WTO ... +

China's Ministry of Commerce said that claims it was dumping steel in Europe should be put to the World Trade Organization (WTO), responding to reports that the European Commission (EC) was preparing to impose duties on imported Chinese steel....

 2016-02-06 10:55 

Channel NewsAsia

Sonny Bill learns the ropes, Ioane brothers shine in Sydney... +

Sonny Bill Williams continued his Rugby Sevens education in Sydney on Saturday but brothers Akira and Rieko Ioane showed that New Zealand already have plenty of star quality without the dual code international....

 2016-02-06 10:40 

Channel NewsAsia

Wevr raises US$25 mln, will launch new virtual reality platform... +

Virtual reality company Wevr raised US$25 million from investors including HTC Corp and Samsung Ventures to fund the launch of a new platform for VR creators to distribute content, executives said on Friday....

 2016-02-06 10:36 

Today Online

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Wash N Toss prepackaged salads recalled in Spore due to salmonella contamination... +

SINGAPORE - Wash N Toss salads imported into Singapore from Australia are being recalled due to contamination with salmonella, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in a press statement today (Feb 6). This comes after the Food......

 2016-02-06 10:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Austria's Finance Minister asks EU to cover costs of additional migrants... +

Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros (461.75 million pounds) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday....

 2016-02-06 10:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Three British troops injured in covert operation in Iraq - Mirror... +

Three members of Britain's special forces were injured in fighting with Islamic State gunmen in Iraq, the Mirror newspaper reported on Saturday without giving any details about its sources....

 2016-02-06 10:20 

Channel NewsAsia

Australian state premier offers 267 asylum seekers refuge... +

The premier of an Australian state offered on Saturday to look after a group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island, adding to opposition to the federal government's policy of offshore detention....

 2016-02-06 10:12 

Channel NewsAsia

North Korea 'advances plans to launch rocket': Japanese media... +

North Korea will launch the satellite-bearing rocket between February 7 and February 14, Jiji Press and NHK reported the Japanese government as saying on Saturday....

 2016-02-06 09:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Hong Kong flower farms weather slowing economy with Chinese New Year sales... +

Despite the colder weather and slowing economy, sales at flower farms in Hong Kong are still holding up well. Channel NewsAsia takes a look at some of the Chinese New Year traditions in the New Territories' Tai Po district....

 2016-02-06 09:21 

Channel NewsAsia

Iran mocks Saudi offer to send ground troops to Syria... +

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said on Saturday Saudi Arabia lacked the courage to go through with a plan to send ground troops to Syria, and warned they would be wiped out if they went in....

 2016-02-06 09:21 

Channel NewsAsia

On Turkish side of border, Syrian refugees wait and worry... +

Tens of thousands of Syrians sought refuge in Turkey on Saturday, while those who have already made the crossing waited and worried about the fate of their families on the other side of the border....

 2016-02-06 09:10 

Channel NewsAsia

China central bank to fine tune policy, keep yuan stable: Q4 monetary report... +

In its fourth-quarter monetary policy report, China's central banksaid it will "fine tune policy in a timely manner" and "flexibly use various policy tools ... to help maintain appropriate liquidity and reasonable growth in credit and social financing"....

 2016-02-06 09:05 

Channel NewsAsia

Marsh guides Australia to series-levelling win in NZ... +

Mitchell Marsh kept calm after New Zealand got the sniff of an unlikely victory and scored his sixth one-day international half century to guide Australia to a four-wicket win in the second match of their one-day series on Saturday....

 2016-02-06 08:44 

Today Online

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No reports of injured Sporeans so far in Taiwan quake... +

SINGAPORE - No reports of any Singaporeans injured by the quake in Taiwan has been made so far after checks with the Taiwanese authorities, said the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei in a press statement today (Feb 6). The Trade Office has been contacting....

 2016-02-06 08:39 

Channel NewsAsia

Rower Saiyidah Aisyah's Olympic dream goes off course... +

Saiyidah Aisyah has been deported from Australia, where she usually trains, due to problems with her tourist visa....

 2016-02-06 08:31 

Channel NewsAsia

80 needy families given a year's worth of household necessities... +

The initiative is Mediacorp's way of giving back to the less fortunate as it celebrates 80 years of radio broadcasting in Singapore....

 2016-02-06 08:16 

Today Online

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11-year-old boy convicted of shooting 8-year-old girl to death... +

WHITE PINE (Tennessee) - An 11-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after she and her sister refused to let him see their puppies. WATE-TV reports that judge Dennis "Will" Roach II this week found the boy guilty of first-degr...

 2016-02-06 08:10 

Channel NewsAsia

Ground-floor unit in Bedok Reservoir catches fire; no injuries reported... +

The fire involved the contents of a bedroom, says the Singapore Civil Defence Force....

 2016-02-06 08:08 

Channel NewsAsia

Indonesian workers hold street rallies to protest layoffs... +

Thousands of workers in Indonesia held street rallies on Saturday to protest against a string of layoffs in recent weeks....

 2016-02-06 07:51 

Today Online

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Bhutan's royal couple announce birth of baby prince... +

PARO (Bhutan) - The first child of Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema was delivered safely yesterday (Feb 5), it was announced in a post on the queen's Facebook page today. "Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the...

 2016-02-06 07:45 

Channel NewsAsia

Indonesian workers plan street rallies to protest layoffs... +

Workers in Indonesia are reportedly planning to hold street rallies in central Jakarta to protest against a string of layoffs in recent weeks....

 2016-02-06 07:36 

Today Online

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Facebook killer sentenced to life for wifes US murder... +

MIAMI - A Miami court yesterday (Feb 5) imprisoned for life a US man who killed his wife and then splashed a photo of her bloodied body on Facebook, where he confessed to the fatal shooting. Derek Medina, 33, was found guilty last year of second-degree mu...

 2016-02-06 07:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Al Qaeda mourns death of top commander in Yemen... +

Al Qaeda's branch in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) mourned the killing of a senior commander in southern Yemen, a statement distributed on social media showed, after he was reported dead in a suspected U.S. drone strike last week....

 2016-02-06 07:00 

Channel NewsAsia

Efforts to revive Afghan peace talks continue in Pakistan... +

Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China met in Islamabad on Saturday to continue work on a roadmap for peace talks with Taliban insurgents who have ramped up their violent campaign against the government in Kabul....

 2016-02-06 06:15 

Channel NewsAsia

Australia's Watson joins IPL's Bangalore for US$1.4 million... +

Australia's Shane Watson attracted a top bid of US$1.4 million and will join the Bangalore franchise for the next edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, while former England skipper Kevin Pietersen was bought by newcomers Pune....

 2016-02-06 06:10 

Channel NewsAsia

As Myanmar powerbrokers talk, could Suu Kyi emerge as president?... +

As Aung San Suu Kyi's lawmakers smiled for the cameras at the first sessions of Myanmar's parliament, a summit of generals convened at a base just minutes from the chamber. On every mind was the same question: who will be the country's next president?...

 2016-02-06 06:00 

Channel NewsAsia

Altidore header gives Unites States 1-0 win over Canada... +

A late goal by Jozy Altidore gave the United States a 1-0 win over Canada in a friendly in southern California on Friday....

 2016-02-06 05:36 

Today Online

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Twitter blocks 125,000 accounts in terrorist content crackdown... +

WASHINGTON - Twitter said yesterday (Feb 5) it suspended more than 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, as part of increased efforts to eradicate "terrorist content" on the popular messaging platform. The accounts frozen since...

 2016-02-06 05:04 

Channel NewsAsia

New year, new travel: More Chinese choose tourism over tradition... +

While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Chinese New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can....

 2016-02-06 05:03 

Channel NewsAsia

Throwing sex toys 'wrong image' for New Zealand: PM... +

Dildo throwing is not a good look for New Zealand and an "appalling way" to behave on the country's national day, Prime Minister John Key said Saturday, angered by an attack on a senior government minister....

 2016-02-06 04:51 

Today Online

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S'pore-registered container vessel hijacked; all crew members rescued... +

SINGAPORE - All 25 crew members onboard a Singapore-registered container vessel have been rescued and "are reported to be safe" after it was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast late last night (Feb 5). No Singaporeans were on board the SAFMARINE KURAMO, said....

 2016-02-06 04:43 

Channel NewsAsia

'Wash N Toss' salad leaves recalled due to Salmonella contamination: AVA... +

Customers who have purchased "Wash N Toss" salad leaves with the batch codes 29116, 48103, 85121, 27864, 29472, 13362, 11925, 51226 and 59462 should discard it, says the AVA....

 2016-02-06 04:40 

Channel NewsAsia

Ko, Jang share third-round lead at Coates Championship... +

World number one Lydia Ko shrugged off a late rules scare to earn a share of the third-round lead with Jang Ha-na at the Coates Golf Championship in central Florida on Friday....

 2016-02-06 04:30 

Channel NewsAsia

China faces diplomatic 'crisis' over missing Hong Kong booksellers... +

For years Gui Minhai, a China-born publisher of tabloid books on China's leaders, had believed he could live and work overseas on a Swedish passport without fear of persecution by Chinese authorities, which ban such works on the mainland....

 2016-02-06 03:51 

Channel NewsAsia

Taiwan quake: No reports of affected Singaporeans so far, says trade office... +

"We have checked with the Taiwanese authorities and there are no reports of any affected Singaporeans thus far," said the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei....

 2016-02-06 03:40 

Channel NewsAsia

TSMC says Q1 shipments unaffected by quake, no damage at other Apple suppliers... +

Apple Inc supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) said some silicon wafers were damaged at a plant in southern Taiwan where an earthquake hit early on Saturday, but that first-quarter shipments would be unaffected....

 2016-02-06 03:36 

Channel NewsAsia

Satellite images show fuel trucks at North Korea launch site... +

Fuel trucks were spotted at North Korea's main satellite centre, according to a US think tank, however the group says it is unlikely Pyongyang has begun fuelling the rocket it plans to launch in the coming weeks....

 2016-02-06 03:34 

Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam's 12-hour Tet cake worth the wait... +

She may be edging into her nineties, but Tran Thi Tam still refuses to serve her children store-bought banh chung, the savoury rice cake prepared in a frenzy during Vietnam's lunar new year festival known as Tet....

 2016-02-06 03:34 

Channel NewsAsia

NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning chases crowning glory... +

Whether he wins or loses on Sunday, Peyton Manning has already assured himself a place in American football's pantheon of greats....

 2016-02-06 03:33 

Channel NewsAsia

'Facebook killer' sentenced to life for wife's US murder ... +

A Miami court imprisoned for life a US man who killed his wife and then splashed a photo of her bloodied body on Facebook, where he confessed to the fatal shooting....

 2016-02-06 03:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Golf-Fun loving Hahn takes one-shot lead in Phoenix... +

James Hahn, renowned for his "Gangnam Style" moves at the TPC Scottsdale in 2013, used a fast start and solid finish to edge one shot clear after Friday's second round of the Phoenix Open at the same venue....

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