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 2015-02-27 09:10   

Channel NewsAsia

  Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: Rights groups...[ + ]

Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday....



 2015-02-27 09:05   

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  Turkish police seal off street outside US consulate, detain suspect...[ + ]

Turkish police on Friday sealed off a street outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, a Reuters witness said, and local media reported that police had detained a suspect....



 2015-02-27 09:02   

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  Olympics: Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided...[ + ]

Planners for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics issued their playbook for organising the sports extravaganza on Friday, but there was no final decision on venues amid growing pressure to keep swelling costs down....



 2015-02-27 09:02   

Channel NewsAsia

  Football: Ajax reset sights on European success...[ + ]

Ajax Amsterdam have conceded their bid for a record-breaking fifth successive Dutch league title is over but are resetting their sights after progressing in the Europa League, according to coach Frank de Boer....



 2015-02-27 09:01   

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  Schaeuble urges German lawmakers to extend Greek bailout ...[ + ]

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged parliament on Friday to take what he acknowledged was a difficult decision and approve an extension of Greece's bailout, assuring them Athens would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners....



 2015-02-27 08:57   

Today Online

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  Singaporeans express Budget concerns at forum...[ + ]

SINGAPORE More than 100 Singaporeans gave their feedback on Budget 2015 at a forum yesterday (Feb 26), organised by feedback unit REACH. One concern was whether lowering the foreign domestic worker concessionary levy could cause an influx of such......



 2015-02-27 08:50   

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  Ukraine's Poroshenko sees 'threat from the east' despite truce...[ + ]

President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday a "military threat from the east" would remain even if a peace deal holds between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine....



 2015-02-27 08:30   

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  Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad...[ + ]

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests....



 2015-02-27 08:25   

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  AstraZeneca to carve out antibiotic R&D into separate firm...[ + ]

Drugmaker AstraZeneca has decided to carve out its early-stage antibiotic research by creating a stand-alone subsidiary company, as it sharpens its focus on other therapy areas....



 2015-02-27 08:25   

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  Thoughts turn to recovery as Ebola slowly ebbs in West Africa...[ + ]

In the marble atrium of the Mammy Yoko hotel in Freetown, manager Nuno Neves has spotted something he has not seen since the Ebola virus struck Sierra Leone nine months ago: foreign businessmen....



 2015-02-27 08:21   

Today Online

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  Tougher IPPT standards to come for gold and silver awards...[ + ]

SINGAPORE - There will be tougher standards for gold and silver awards for the new three-station Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) when it is fully rolled out from April, said the Defence Ministry (MINDEF) today (Feb 27). Announcing the standard...



 2015-02-27 08:15   

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  Russia's Lavrov, US Kerry may meet in Geneva on March 2 - RIA...[ + ]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may meet in Geneva on March 2, RIA news agency reported on Friday....



 2015-02-27 08:13   

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  Cricket: De Villiers smashes 162 to drive South Africa to 408-5...[ + ]

AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to drive South Africa to an imposing 408 for five in their World Cup Pool B clash on Friday....



 2015-02-27 08:10   

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  Sri Lanka says China to be consulted on any project re-think...[ + ]

Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka's foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors....



 2015-02-27 08:05   

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  China's stealth fighter makes brief appearance in air force film...[ + ]

China's prototype stealth fighter, the J-20, has made a rare appearance on screen after a brief shot of it was included in a new Chinese air force recruitment video....



 2015-02-27 08:05   

Channel NewsAsia

  Pet pooch pivotal in the rise of Ireland's other O'Brien...[ + ]

Niall O'Brien, the sturdy batting backbone during Irish cricket's meteoric rise, owes much of his World Cup success to the timely arrival of a pet dog during his troublesome teenage years....



 2015-02-27 08:02   

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  Road closures due to Chingay SG50 Night Fiesta event...[ + ]

Orchard Road between Scotts Road and Bideford Road will be temporarily closed from 5pm on Mar 1....



 2015-02-27 07:55   

Channel NewsAsia

  De Villiers smashes 162 to drive South Africa to 408-5...[ + ]

AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to drive South Africa to an imposing 408 for five in their World Cup Pool B clash on Friday....



 2015-02-27 07:50   

Channel NewsAsia

  Ericsson sues Apple for telecom patent infringement...[ + ]

Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson is suing Apple Inc for patent infringement, Ericsson said on Friday....



 2015-02-27 07:50   

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  Moscovici says 'Grexit' would raise question - who's next? ...[ + ]

The European Union's financial affairs chief Pierre Moscovici told German radio on Friday, just before a Bundestag vote on a bailout extension for Greece, that allowing any country to leave the euro zone would simply raise the question "who's next?"....



 2015-02-27 07:45   

Channel NewsAsia

  Sri Lanka says China to be consulted on any project re-think...[ + ]

Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka's foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors....



 2015-02-27 07:32   

Channel NewsAsia

  Several missing as boat sinks off Macau...[ + ]

Macau's marine department said that four people had managed to swim to safety but the rest were missing....



 2015-02-27 07:31   

Today Online

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  China bans ivory imports ahead of royal visit: Xinhua...[ + ]

SHANGHAI - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagenc...



 2015-02-27 07:30   

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  Motorcyclist dies after accident at Kallang Bahru...[ + ]

A man dies after an accident involving a lorry and a motorcycle at the junction of Kallang Bahru and Lavender Street on Friday (Feb 27)....



 2015-02-27 07:28   

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  Aussie mum's drug case postponed in Malaysia...[ + ]

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, a 52-year-old mother of four, was arrested on December 7 after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport en route from Shanghai to Melbourne with a bag containing what authorities said was crystal methamphetamine, or "ice"...



 2015-02-27 07:15   

Channel NewsAsia

  Ukraine sends US$15 million for gas, says Russian energy minister...[ + ]

Ukraine has sent US$15 million (9.72 million pounds) to pay for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, just days after Moscow had threatened to cut off supplies to its neighbour due to non-payment....



 2015-02-27 07:00   

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  Cyprus referee's house in pipe bomb attack - police...[ + ]

A pipe bomb exploded outside the home of a Cypriot soccer referee early on Friday, police said, the latest in a string of threats and attacks against referees and their families....



 2015-02-27 06:45   

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  Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's security concerns over Ukraine...[ + ]

Western powers should take into consideration Russia's legitimate security concerns over Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in an unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow's position in the crisis....



 2015-02-27 06:40   

Channel NewsAsia

  More Hong Kong university students back independence - poll...[ + ]

A growing number of Hong Kong students support independence for the former British colony, amid sliding confidence in the "one country, two systems" formula under which the city is governed, an online poll by a university magazine showed....



 2015-02-27 06:40   

Channel NewsAsia

  Ukraine has sent US$15 million for Russian gas, money yet to arrive - minister...[ + ]

Ukraine has sent US$15 million (9.72 million pounds) to pay for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Friday quoted natural gas producer Gazprom as saying, but he added that the money had not yet arrived....



 2015-02-27 06:30   

Channel NewsAsia

  Australian journalist working on tourist visa could be deported: Indonesian official...[ + ]

Candice Sutton, who is a journalist for Australia's Daily Mail, is suspected of violating immigration law, according to the Head of the Information and Communication Unit at the Cilacap Immigration office....



 2015-02-27 06:21   

Channel NewsAsia

  US, Cuba to meet for second round of normalization talks...[ + ]

The one-day talks, led by senior diplomats, stem from the decision announced by the two Cold War era foes on Dec 17 to work to normalise relations, including opening embassies in each other's countries, and to exchange prisoners. Washington severed diplom...



 2015-02-27 06:16   

Channel NewsAsia

  Senior Counsel Kannan Ramesh to be appointed as Judicial Commissioner...[ + ]

Mr Kannan Ramesh, the Managing Partner of Tan Kok Quan Partnership, will assume the position from May 22 this year, says the Prime Minister's Office....



 2015-02-27 06:00   

Channel NewsAsia

  Nepal Supreme Court rejects amnesty for war crimes...[ + ]

Nepal's Supreme Court has rejected the possibility of amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during a decade-long civil war, in a victory for human rights activists and victims' groups....



 2015-02-27 05:37   

Channel NewsAsia

  Former CPIB officer charged for cheating and theft...[ + ]

Former Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau Assistant Christopher Gan Boon Khong left the service on Jul 4....



 2015-02-27 05:35   

Channel NewsAsia

  Trip Tips: Serenity meets dark history on Uganda's Lake Bunyonyi...[ + ]

It's dawn and the world is so filled with birdsong it is almost impossible to hear the gentle splash of oars as fishermen in canoes drift across the otherwise placid water....



 2015-02-27 05:31   

Channel NewsAsia

  Japan police arrest teen for 'IS-inspired' killing...[ + ]

The brutalised and naked body of Ryota Uemura was found in undergrowth near a river last Friday....



 2015-02-27 05:30   

Channel NewsAsia

  India paceman Shami out of UAE match with knee strain...[ + ]

India paceman Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Saturday's World Cup match against United Arab Emirates in Perth with a knee injury, organisers said on Friday....



 2015-02-27 05:29   

Channel NewsAsia

  Ease stamp duties on high-end properties: REDAS...[ + ]

The Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (REDAS) says theAdditional Buyers' Stamp Duties in the high-end retail market "runs counter to the Government's efforts to encourage foreign investment flows into the country"....



 2015-02-27 05:25   

Channel NewsAsia

  Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86...[ + ]

Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website....



 2015-02-27 05:20   

Channel NewsAsia

  Australia skipper Clarke fit and raring to go against NZ...[ + ]

Eager Australia captain Michael Clarke feels his fittest in five years and is praying for clear skies over Auckland for the World Cup clash against fellow co-hosts New Zealand on Saturday....



 2015-02-27 05:20   

Channel NewsAsia

  Hong Kong's aging master tailors need a stitch in time...[ + ]

Bill Clinton did it. So did Boris Johnson, the mayor of London. For many tourists, even if they are not former U.S. presidents, a trip to Hong Kong isn't over till they pick up a made-to-measure outfit from one of its family-run tailor shops....



 2015-02-27 05:15   

Channel NewsAsia

  Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai store shelves...[ + ]

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal....



 2015-02-27 05:14   

Channel NewsAsia

  Yishun Integrated Transport Hub to open by 2019...[ + ]

The new hub will comprise an air-conditioned bus interchange and an underpass linking the interchange to Yishun MRT station, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) says on Friday (Feb 27)....



 2015-02-27 05:12   

Channel NewsAsia

  Changi Airport's passenger traffic down 3.8% in January...[ + ]

Passenger traffic at Changi Airport declined 3.8 per cent on-year to 4.42 million last month, while flight movements fell 5.2 per cent to 28,800....



 2015-02-27 05:10   

Channel NewsAsia

  China bans ivory carving imports for one year...[ + ]

The move, which took effect Thursday (Feb 26), was announced by China's State Forestry Administration in a statement posted on its website....



 2015-02-27 05:00   

Channel NewsAsia

  Sales for services industries up 6% on-year in Q4...[ + ]

All sectors registered better sales in the fourth quarter, except for Recreation and Personal Services, according to Department of Statistics' figures....



 2015-02-27 04:55   

Channel NewsAsia

  Larkham, Grey to be Cheika's World Cup deputies...[ + ]

Former Wallabies Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey have been named assistant Australia coaches under Michael Cheika, the Australian Rugby Union said on Friday....



 2015-02-27 04:50   

Channel NewsAsia

  Data from largest US tobacco study shows high use of multiple products...[ + ]

Preliminary results from the largest U.S. survey of tobacco consumption show a high number of people use multiple products, adding key data to the debate on the role of e-cigarettes in reducing harm from tobacco....



 2015-02-27 04:35   

Channel NewsAsia

  Lesotho prepares for early vote in bid to ease political crisis...[ + ]

Feuding parties in Lesotho's ruling coalition will face off on Saturday in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup....




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