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 2015-05-21 15:05   

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  US fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate...[ + ]

Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another important test in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia....



 2015-05-21 15:01   

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  Gaddafi's home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya...[ + ]

SIRTE, Libya - Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometer away. The militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muam...



 2015-05-21 14:58   

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  Crews work to clean California beach fouled by oil pipeline spill...[ + ]

GOLETA (California) - Clean-up crews fanned out across an oil-fouled California beach today (May 21) to scoop up gobs of petroleum spewed from a burst pipeline in what may be the biggest oil spill to hit the pristine but energy-rich Santa Barbara coastlin...



 2015-05-21 14:53   

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  Singapore Airlines launches new Premium Economy Class...[ + ]

SINGAPORE - Wider seats, larger TV screens and an extensive range of food and beverage options, including advanced meal orders. These are some of the new features travellers can expect on Singapore Airlines' new Premium Economy Class, rolling out from Aug...



 2015-05-21 14:51   

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  SGX issues warnings to Xpress Holdings, ex-CEO...[ + ]

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has issued a warning to printing firm Xpress Holdings over the latter's failure to make immediate disclosures when served with two winding-up petitions in July 2014....



 2015-05-21 14:49   

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  UK's Cameron to unveil immigration curbs on eve of EU meeting...[ + ]

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron will outline measures to stem near-record immigration levels on the eve of a European Union summit he wants to use to tentatively start renegotiating Britain's ties with the bloc. Speaking in London on Thursday before...



 2015-05-21 14:45   

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  Research group says UC Browser, owned by Alibaba, found to leak data...[ + ]

A popular mobile web browser from a company that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd paid more than US$1 billion for last year leaks sensitive user data and is a privacy risk, a Canadian technology research group said on Thursday....



 2015-05-21 14:44   

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  Nine women appointed to select Indonesia's corruption commission have no political affiliation...[ + ]

merdeka.com reports: Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has chosen nine women without any political affiliation to be part of a selection panel to pick candidates for the country's corruption commision. ...



 2015-05-21 14:40   

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  US sanctions two companies linked to Iran's plane purchases...[ + ]

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two firms based in Iraq and in the United Arab Emirates for helping Iran purchase second-hand civilian aircraft....



 2015-05-21 14:40   

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  Stuck in Gaza, hackers open lines to the world...[ + ]

With jobs scarce and time on their hands, some tech-savvy Gazans have found a new way to make money - hacking Internet-based phone lines and routing international calls for a fee....



 2015-05-21 14:35   

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  Top German court wants higher sentence in Rwanda genocide case...[ + ]

A Rwandan already behind bars for assisting a massacre in Rwanda could face life in prison after Germany's top court said he was also guilty of the graver crime of actively participating in genocide....



 2015-05-21 14:35   

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  Greece, creditors not in talks on extending bailout: Commission ...[ + ]

Greece and its creditors are not in talks on extending the country's bailout until the autumn, with negotiations focused on meeting the program's conditions by the time it expires in June, a senior European Commission official said....



 2015-05-21 14:32   

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  Chinese tourist arrivals in Singapore set to get boost...[ + ]

The upcoming extension of multiple-journey visas for Chinese visitors will have spillover benefits for the wider economy, say industry observers....



 2015-05-21 14:30   

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  Ethiopia's ruling party flexes muscles ahead of Sunday vote...[ + ]

Ethiopia's ruling party wrapped up its campaign for Sunday's election with a thunderous rally of fireworks and mock guerrilla battles, paving the way for Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to secure a landslide victory in the Horn of Africa giant....



 2015-05-21 14:27   

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  US home resales unexpectedly fall, tarnishing housing recovery...[ + ]

US home resales unexpectedly fell in April as tight inventories pushed prices higher, giving a cautious signal on the strength of the housing market....



 2015-05-21 14:25   

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  Nestle challenges Indian order on Maggi noodles recall...[ + ]

Nestle India Ltd has taken issue with an order from regional food inspectors in a northern Indian state to recall a batch of Maggi noodles on the grounds that it contained dangerous levels of lead....



 2015-05-21 14:25   

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  Frustrated McIlroy settles for one-under at Wentworth...[ + ]

British fans, starved of top-notch golf for seven months, turned out in their droves for the BMW PGA Championship first round on Thursday and the main attraction was world number one Rory McIlroy....



 2015-05-21 14:22   

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  Singapore welcomes review of Indonesian free trade zone...[ + ]

The islands of Batam, Bintan and Karimun became a free trade zone in 2007, but the joint project between Singapore and Indonesia, has not lived up to its potential. Jakarta is considering moving administrative control of the area back to the capital....



 2015-05-21 14:17   

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  Hamilton fastest, Verstappen shines in wet Monaco...[ + ]

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest but teenage rookie Max Verstappen stood out with an eye-catching practice performance on a rainy Thursday (May 21) at the Monaco Grand Prix....



 2015-05-21 14:15   

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  Indonesia urges international community to contribute to Rohingya fund...[ + ]

merdeka.com reports: the Malaysian and Indonesian Foreign Ministers have called on the international community to contribute to a humanitarian fund for the ongoing migrant crisis in Southeast asia....



 2015-05-21 14:13   

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  Record gap between rich and poor: OECD...[ + ]

In most of the 34 countries in the OECD, the income gap is at its highest level in three decades, with the richest 10 percent of the population earning 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10 percent....



 2015-05-21 14:10   

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  Ex-England striker Sheringham appointed Stevenage manager...[ + ]

Former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham will take up his first managerial role at Stevenage, the English fourth tier club said on Thursday....



 2015-05-21 14:05   

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  Wenger says tired legs cost Arsenal against Sunderland...[ + ]

LONDON - Fatigue had cost Arsenal in yesterday's (May 21, morning, Singapore time) 0-0 draw with Sunderland that ended their pursuit of second place in the Premier League, manager Arsene Wenger has said. Arsenal could not break down a resilient rearguard....



 2015-05-21 14:05   

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  Analysis - Blatter's blushes spared as Van Praag pulls out...[ + ]

Michael van Praag's decision to pull out of FIFA's presidential race is unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate....



 2015-05-21 13:57   

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  Swap places with boat migrants, Thai PM tells critics...[ + ]

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha's comments came as Bangkok was criticised for not following Indonesia and Malaysia in agreeing to accept stranded migrants....



 2015-05-21 13:57   

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  Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak aims to shore up support with new growth plan...[ + ]

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak laid out his government's growth strategy for the next five years today (May 21), mixing spending on infrastructure with populist pledges on jobs and housing as he looks to shore up support amid growing....



 2015-05-21 13:55   

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  Afghan president names third nominee for defence minister...[ + ]

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced his third nominee for defence minister to spearhead the fight against Taliban insurgents after most foreign forces left at the end of last year....



 2015-05-21 13:55   

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  Russia ready to help Iraq defeat Islamic State - Lavrov...[ + ]

Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, as the country struggles to halt advances by Islamic State militants....



 2015-05-21 13:50   

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  Japan PM unveils US$110b plan for Asian infrastructure...[ + ]

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a US$110 billion investment plan for infrastructure projects in Asia in an apparent counter to China's move to launch a new development bank....



 2015-05-21 13:45   

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  Hazard expected to miss Chelsea's crowning glory...[ + ]

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is expected to miss the champions' final Premier League game of the season against Sunderland after undergoing emergency dental surgery, the Football Writers' Association (FWA) said on Thursday....



 2015-05-21 13:41   

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  YouTuber Kurt Hugo Schneider never tempted to quit school to pursue career...[ + ]

"You only get one chance to go college and I loved it," says the 26-year-old YouTube personality, who graduated with a Math degree from Yale University....



 2015-05-21 13:40   

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  Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas...[ + ]

Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters....



 2015-05-21 13:37   

Today Online

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  Malaysia orders rescue of migrant boats, Thailand says no to shelters...[ + ]

KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to conduct search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants adrift at sea as Thailand's prime minister said his country would not provide......



 2015-05-21 13:30   

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  URA to use drones for conservation...[ + ]

SINGAPORE - The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has embarked on a new way to boost conservation efforts: Sending drones into the air to create 3D renditions of buildings and areas. The 3D models are created using photogrammetry, which involves the......



 2015-05-21 13:27   

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  Golf: Wood, Jimenez and Campillo share lead at Wentworth...[ + ]

England's Chris Wood was one of the early pace-setters as the European PGA Championshipwith a first round 68, four-under par, sharing the lead with Spaniards Jorge Campillo and Miguel Angel Jimenez....



 2015-05-21 13:25   

Today Online

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  Newcastle must put problems aside for relegation decider...[ + ]

LONDON - Dressing-room unrest, a change of manager and supporter dissatisfaction, Newcastle United's disastrous season will come to a close on Sunday (May 24) with the north-east club needing a victory against West Ham United to guarantee Premier League.....



 2015-05-21 13:25   

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  LionsXII in the hunt for first Malaysia FA Cup crown...[ + ]

"It's important to win the Cup but for me, the most important thing is the development of these players," says coach Fandi Ahmad....



 2015-05-21 13:21   

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  Pawnshops gaining popularity with young, tech-savvy South Koreans ...[ + ]

The promise of fast cash to cover everything from tuition fees and rent, to presents for girlfriends is luring many young, tech-savvy South Koreans to pawnshops....



 2015-05-21 13:20   

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  German carmakers team up with General Atlantic to bid for HERE - sources...[ + ]

Germany's premium automakers Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE by overtaking Internet bidders, two people familiar with the matter said....



 2015-05-21 13:15   

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  Greece's Varoufakis courts controversy anew with taping remark...[ + ]

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has raised a fresh furore by telling a newspaper that he taped a confidential meeting of euro zone finance ministers, drawing criticism that he was undermining Greece's efforts to secure aid from lenders....



 2015-05-21 13:15   

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  Leinster coach O'Connor leaves after disappointing season...[ + ]

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has left his job by mutual agreement, the Irish province said on Thursday, after the three-time European champions finished fifth in the PRO12 competition and failed to make the playoffs....



 2015-05-21 13:13   

Today Online

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  Forty-five minutes that could change footballs world...[ + ]

LONDON - When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month's Congress. That is when he will have to...



 2015-05-21 13:02   

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  Beijing voices concern after Indonesia sinks Chinese boat...[ + ]

Indonesia has sunk 41 impounded foreign fishing vessels at several sites, including a large Chinese ship detained in 2009 for fishing in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea....



 2015-05-21 13:00   

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  SMEs to get more help for innovation, digital and mobile marketing...[ + ]

More than 400 small and medium enterprises will be able to tap Collaborative Industry Projects to - boost customer engagement and automate inventory management, among other things....



 2015-05-21 12:50   

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  Tunisia official says Moroccan held in Italy got weapons for museum attackers...[ + ]

The 22-year-old Moroccan man arrested in Italy on suspicion of involvement in the March 18 Islamist militant attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museumprovided the weapons, a Tunisian official told Reuters on Thursday....



 2015-05-21 12:45   

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  Belgium says third term for Burundi president would impact aid...[ + ]

Belgium warned Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday that it would cut off aid to his government if he went ahead with his bid for a third term in office....



 2015-05-21 12:40   

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  US jobless claims rise; four-week average lowest since 2000...[ + ]

- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to suggest the labor market was tightening....



 2015-05-21 12:37   

Today Online

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  As crisis over migrants grows, Malaysia and Myanmar to talk...[ + ]

PUTRAJAYA (Malaysia) - The foreign minister of Malaysia will visit Myanmar today (May 21) to discuss South-east Asia's migrant crisis, a day after Indonesia and Malaysia offered to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea in a...



 2015-05-21 12:35   

Channel NewsAsia

  Benzema likely to miss Real's final match of the season...[ + ]

France forward Karim Benzema is unlikely to feature in Real Madrid's final La Liga match of the campaign at home to Getafe on Saturday after tests showed he had sustained a thigh muscle tear....



 2015-05-21 12:30   

Channel NewsAsia

  Tanzanian leader says aid conditions degrading...[ + ]

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said on Thursday that Western donors are setting degrading conditions for aid to the east African nation and he could be forced in time to tell them: "keep your aid"....




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