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 2014-12-17 14:53   

Channel NewsAsia

  Cuba frees US prisoner Alan Gross...[ + ]

Alan Gross, an American contractor jailed on the Cuban island since 2009, has been released on humanitarian grounds. ...



 2014-12-17 14:50   

Channel NewsAsia

  SIA optimistic about Vistara's growth in India...[ + ]

Although SIA sees huge potential for further growth in the Indian aviation market, analysts said new entrants could find it hard to navigate a growth path....



 2014-12-17 14:44   

Today Online

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  Owner of cat cafe under AVA investigation writes lengthy apology to public...[ + ]

SINGAPORE - Cuddles Cat Caf owner Jonathan Tan today (Dec 17) publicly addressed the death of seven cats at his establishment and said he is looking for interested parties to do a business takeover. Mr Tan wrote a lengthy apology on Facebook, "seeking......



 2014-12-17 14:34   

Channel NewsAsia

  Maoist activist to plead not guilty in UK 'slavery' case...[ + ]

Aravindan Balakrishnan appeared briefly in a London court on Wednesday (Dec 17) with his lawyer indicating that he will plead not guilty to the charges at the next hearing....



 2014-12-17 14:30   

Channel NewsAsia

  Oxley Holdings makes foray into Japanese property market...[ + ]

Oxley Holdingshas acquired Chiba Port Square, a mixed development located in the heart of Chiba City's port area in Greater Tokyo....



 2014-12-17 14:29   

Channel NewsAsia

  Mixed reviews for LTA's new taxi app ...[ + ]

The app, whichallows commuters to check for available taxis in their vicinity or broadcast their location to taxi drivers, has drawn criticism from some netizens for not having a booking service....



 2014-12-17 14:20   

Channel NewsAsia

  US consumer prices fall unexpected 0.3% in November...[ + ]

US consumer inflation fell a larger than expected 0.3 per cent in November, with inflation year-on-year at just 1.3 per cent....



 2014-12-17 14:17   

Today Online

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  COE premiums close mostly lower in latest bidding exercise...[ + ]

SINGAPORE - Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mostly lower today (Dec 17) in the latest bidding exercise. Premiums for Category A (up to 1,600cc and 97kW) fell to S$65,889, from S$67,089 two weeks ago. Premiums for Category B (above 1,600cc...



 2014-12-17 14:15   

Channel NewsAsia

  The Hobbit trilogy marathon held at GVmax at VivoCity...[ + ]

GVmax at VivoCity hosted a movie marathon showing all three films from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, ahead of the third and final instalment's opening on Thursday....



 2014-12-17 14:11   

Channel NewsAsia

  German cabinet backs Autobahn tolls for foreigners...[ + ]

Germany's cabinet signed off on a plan on Wednesday (Dec 17) to charge foreign motorists for using the country's famed Autobahn highways, despite warnings it may breach EU non-discrimination rules....



 2014-12-17 14:11   

Channel NewsAsia

  Rouble troubles will not affect Singapore directly: Analysts...[ + ]

The recent dramatic depreciation of the Russian rouble is not expected to weigh directly on Singapore, according to analysts. However, they said what has to be closely watched are the possible spillover effects on the global economy....



 2014-12-17 14:02   

Channel NewsAsia

  China signs Balkan bullet train deal to drive Europe trade...[ + ]

"This will put in place a corridor between China and Europe," Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang told reporters after signing the deal in Belgrade, estimated by local media to be worth 1.5 billion (US$1.9 billion)....



 2014-12-17 13:54   

Channel NewsAsia

  Delivery delays for vPost users after US mix-up...[ + ]

vPost, the shipping service by SingPost, has been affected by delays due to agents in the United States sending the items to the wrong warehouse....



 2014-12-17 13:49   

Channel NewsAsia

  Tango treat for Pope Francis' 78th birthday...[ + ]

Thousands of people sang "Happy Birthday" and danced a mass tango on Wednesday (Dec 17) to celebrate the birthday of Pope Francis....



 2014-12-17 13:49   

Channel NewsAsia

  Bail review: Lawyers supportive of the move...[ + ]

The Sydney siege has prompted Singapore to review the framework for granting bail to people charged with violent crimes....



 2014-12-17 13:47   

Today Online

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  SMRT vandalism case: Lawyer negotiates for fewer charges...[ + ]

SiNGAPORE - The case against the two Germans, accused of vandalising an SMRT train at Bishan depot, was heard in court today (Dec 17) with their lawyer negotiating for fewer charges to be acted on against them. Andreas Von Knorres and Elton Hinz, both age...



 2014-12-17 13:35   

Today Online

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  The Doh of Homer: Professors employ TVs Simpsons...[ + ]

HEMPSTEAD (New York) - Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from The Simpsons to grab students'....



 2014-12-17 13:35   

Channel NewsAsia

  Italian presidency race begins as Napolitano to quit within weeks...[ + ]

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced he will leave office within weeks, well before the expiry of his term in 2020, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state....



 2014-12-17 13:30   

Channel NewsAsia

  S$335m worth of deals made at ATF and ScreenSingapore...[ + ]

This year's Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore saw a 10 per cent jump in attendance and also more content offerings, said event organiser Reed Exhibitions....



 2014-12-17 13:29   

Channel NewsAsia

  Adyen raises S$326m in new funds from investors...[ + ]

This is one of the largest amounts raised so far this year in the sector.Adyen said it plans to use the new funds to expand globally, in particular in North America and the Asia Pacific....



 2014-12-17 13:26   

Today Online

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  Sony hackers reference 9/11 in threats against theatres...[ + ]

LOS ANGELES - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace (GOP) made ominous threats yesterday (Dec 16) against movie theatres showing Sony Pictures' film The Interview that referred to the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Sony Pictures Entertainment...



 2014-12-17 13:17   

Channel NewsAsia

  ANA launches mobile app to calm passengers during takeoff...[ + ]

The mobile app is a puzzle game with relaxing music playing in the background. The audio profile will trigger an animation and message for the user when the aircrafts engines are at full throttle during takeoff, said ANA....



 2014-12-17 13:14   

Channel NewsAsia

  Former mayor of Nanjing charged with corruption...[ + ]

The former mayor of the Chinese city of Nanjing - who has been described by central authorities as "morally corrupt" - has been charged with bribery, the country's top prosecutor's office said on Wednesday (Dec 17)....



 2014-12-17 13:06   

Channel NewsAsia

  Myanmar unveils plans to overhaul court system...[ + ]

Courts across the country are to be modernised and committed to "integrity", independence and the rule of law, according to the new three-year plan unveiled by the Supreme Court....



 2014-12-17 13:02   

Channel NewsAsia

  Up to one million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries: UN...[ + ]

As many as one million people could go hungry in West African nations battling the Ebola virus, as the disease and the resulting restrictions "caused a significant shock to the food and agriculture sectors in the affected countries"....



 2014-12-17 12:47   

Channel NewsAsia

  Pakistan army chief visits Kabul after school attack...[ + ]

Pakistan's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul on Wednesday (Dec 17) to meet with Afghanistan's president for talks on enhancing intelligence cooperation a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people at a school in the country's nort...



 2014-12-17 12:41   

Channel NewsAsia

  Rat infestation near Bukit Batok MRT...[ + ]

A member of the public,Mr Ryan Keith Smith, said that he first saw the rats on Tuesday evening (Dec 16) on the hill just beside the train station....



 2014-12-17 12:26   

Channel NewsAsia

  Football: 5 Malaysians in court over Suzuki Cup violence...[ + ]

Five Malaysian football fansface a possible jail term of up to two years and a fine if found guilty of violence at Malaysia's Shah Alam stadium following Vietnam's 2-1 win on Dec 7....



 2014-12-17 12:23   

Channel NewsAsia

  Policies under review after Malaysia cited as terror transit hub...[ + ]

Malaysia's enforcement agencies are re-examining the country's immigration policies after the Southeast Asian nation was recognised as an easy transit point and recruiting hub for radical Muslim extremists....



 2014-12-17 12:18   

Channel NewsAsia

  Netanyahu demands EU immediately restore Hamas to terror list...[ + ]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuhas demanded that the EU restore the Palestinian group Hamas to its terrorist blacklist....



 2014-12-17 12:17   

Today Online

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  Beijing to get third airport to reduce congestion, delays...[ + ]

BEIJING - China has green-lighted a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays, state media reported today (Dec 17). The massive new airport will be located 46km south of the city centre and take five years to.....



 2014-12-17 12:11   

Today Online

[ Singapore ]

  N Korea marks end of Kim Jong II mourning period...[ + ]

PYONGYANG - North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong II today (Dec 17), opening the way for his son, Mr Kim Jong Un, to put a more personal stamp on the way the country is run. The anniversary of Kim Jong II'...



 2014-12-17 12:10   

Channel NewsAsia

  Football: Five Malaysians in court over Suzuki Cup violence...[ + ]

Five Malaysian football fansface a possible jail term of up to two years and a fine if found guilty of violence at Malaysia's Shah Alam stadium following Vietnam's 2-1 win on Dec 7....



 2014-12-17 11:48   

Channel NewsAsia

  Boxing: Indian boxer banned for Asiad medal snub...[ + ]

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has banned Indian boxer Sarita Devi for one year for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games in protest against judging decisions....



 2014-12-17 11:37   

Channel NewsAsia

  Closing date of first tender under bus contracting model extended by two weeks ...[ + ]

Bus operators vying for theBulim package now have untilJan 19 to submit their bids. To date, more than 20 companies have collected tender documents, most of them foreign operators....



 2014-12-17 11:32   

Today Online

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  Travelers from some nations targeted: TSA chief...[ + ]

WASHINGTON The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travellers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender...



 2014-12-17 11:27   

Channel NewsAsia

  Taipei-Beijing policy to remain unchanged: Taiwan negotiator...[ + ]

In his speech at the KMT Central Standing Committee, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi said he expects Beijing will keep its current policy with Taiwan unchanged,....



 2014-12-17 11:25   

Channel NewsAsia

  Taiwan recalls tainted dried tofu in fresh food scare...[ + ]

In Taiwan's latest food scandal, almost 40 types of flavoured dried tofu (bean curd) involving ten different companies are suspected to have become contaminated with dimethyl yellow, which is linked to cancer in animals....



 2014-12-17 11:04   

Channel NewsAsia

  Maximum allowed public transport fare increase in 2015 is 2.8%: Lui Tuck Yew ...[ + ]

In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, the Transport Minister said the figure will be lower than the original roll-over figure of 3.4 per cent from the last fare review. This is due mainly to a drop in energy costs....



 2014-12-17 11:01   

Channel NewsAsia

  Church of England names first woman bishop...[ + ]

The Reverend Libby Lane has become the Church of England's first female bishop after her appointment as the next bishop of Stockport....



 2014-12-17 10:54   

Channel NewsAsia

  Lifestyle linked to changes in brain ageing: Study...[ + ]

A UK study has shown that about 76 per cent of cognitive decline is accounted for by lifestyle and other environmental factors....



 2014-12-17 10:52   

Channel NewsAsia

  Tough questions raised over hostage crisis as Sydney recovers...[ + ]

The answers to these questions could have serious ramifications on domestic laws as well as the country's broader approach to its immigration policy....



 2014-12-17 10:31   

Channel NewsAsia

  Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman...[ + ]

Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said....



 2014-12-17 10:28   

Channel NewsAsia

  Thai junta vows to 'hunt' fugitive lese majeste suspects...[ + ]

The Thai junta has said that it will urge foreign governments to hand over suspects who have fallen afoul of the country's strict royal defamation law....



 2014-12-17 10:18   

Channel NewsAsia

  Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva...[ + ]

Political directors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany - the so-called P5+1 - are holding a one-day meeting in Geneva with the Iranians, mediated by the European Union....



 2014-12-17 10:17   

Today Online

[ Singapore ]

  Ruble crisis could shake Putin's grip on power...[ + ]

MOSCOW - Russia failed to halt the collapse of the ruble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power. A 6.5 percentage point interest rate rise to 17 percent overnight failed to...



 2014-12-17 10:06   

Channel NewsAsia

  Russia finance ministry selling reserves to support rouble...[ + ]

"The finance ministry considers the rouble extremely undervalued and is starting to sell its left-over currency on the market," spokeswoman Svetlana Nikitina said....



 2014-12-17 10:05   

Channel NewsAsia

  EU court strikes Hamas from terror blacklist...[ + ]

A European court has struck thePalestinian Islamic militant group Hamas from the European Union's terrorism blacklist, saying the original listing in 2001 was based not on sound legal judgements but on conclusions derived from the media and the Internet....



 2014-12-17 09:50   

Channel NewsAsia

  Cricket: Vijay's day as India subdue Aussies at fortress Gabba...[ + ]

Murali Vijay made Australia's bowlers toil in the brutal Brisbane heat with a defiant century as India frolicked in the second Test at the Gabba on Wednesday (Dec 17)....



 2014-12-17 09:36   

Channel NewsAsia

  Cuddles Cat Cafe up for sale, says owner...[ + ]

Cuddles CatCafe owner Jonathan Tan, who has come under scrutiny forallegations of multiple cat deaths and complaints about staff training, announced that the business is for sale....




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