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 2016-12-07 14:16 

The Strait Times

Singapore 'shocked' by tragic loss of lives, serious damage caused in Aceh quake: MFA... +

SINGAPORE - Singapore's government has expressed its deepest condolences to its Indonesian counterpart and the families of the victims of the earthquake that struck the Aceh province on Wednesday (Dec 7) morning.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2016-12-07 14:16 

The Strait Times

Starbucks sees room to expand with plan to add 12,000 cafes globally... +

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - Starbucks plans to add 12,000 locations globally in the next five years, signaling that the world's largest coffee-shop chain still considers brick-and-mortar expansion a major part of its growth strategy.. Read more at straitst...

 2016-12-07 14:13 

Malay Mail Online

Le Tissier on naked massage: Former Saints coach behaviour very very wrong... +

LONDON, Dec 7 Former England and Southampton star Matt Le Tissier became the highest profile former footballer to make accusations of inappropriate behaviour telling the BBC he received a naked massage from former Saints youth coach Bob...

 2016-12-07 14:13 

The Strait Times

Hospitals near Aceh quake zone overwhelmed with patients... +

PIDIE JAYA/JAKARTA (REUTERS, AFP) - Injured residents from the powerful earthquake that struck Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday morning (Dec 7) have been swarming local hospitals to seek treatment, filling many of them to capacity, media reports...

 2016-12-07 14:09 

The Nation

[ Thailand ]

Death toll from Indonesian quake rises to 52: official... +

MEUREUDU, Indonesia - At least 52 people have died and hundreds are injured after a strong earthquake struck Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, an official said....

 2016-12-07 14:07 

The Nation

[ Thailand ]

Myanmar bans workers going to Malaysia as Rohingya crisis grows... +

YANGON - Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a bloody military crackdown on the Buddhist country's Rohingya minority....

 2016-12-07 14:02 

The Nation

[ Thailand ]

Wissanu acting justice minister, Teerakiat acting education minister... +

The Cabinet Wednesday assigned Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to act as the justice minister after Gen Paiboon Koomchaya resigned to become a privy councillor....

 2016-12-07 14:00 

Channel NewsAsia

Linde says to resume merger talks with Praxair, CEO resigns... +

German industrial gases group Linde on Wednesday said it would resume talks about a potential merger of equals with Praxair after the U.S. rival made changes to its initial deal proposal....

 2016-12-07 13:57 

Malay Mail Online

Uruguay to have marijuana museum... +

MONTEVIDEO, Dec 7 Marijuana-friendly Uruguay will soon have a museum dedicated to pot.It is a way to connect people who love nature, art and science, said the director of the museum, Eduardo Blasina.The museum, opening Friday in...

 2016-12-07 13:56 

Channel NewsAsia

Sri Lanka scraps tallest Christmas tree after church snub... +

Sri Lankan cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga Wednesday abandoned a bid to build a record-breaking 100-metre tall Christmas tree after the head of the Catholic church on the island called it a waste of money....

 2016-12-07 13:55 

Channel NewsAsia

Merkel's conservatives toughen tone on integrating migrants in Germany... +

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives toughened their tone on integrating migrants on Wednesday, debating a resolution on tackling forced marriage and honour killings under the motto: "Our values. Our future."...

 2016-12-07 13:55 

Channel NewsAsia

Better concentration needed to halt West Ham slump - Masuaku... +

West Ham United must improve their concentration if they are to haul themselves out of their slump, according to their French defender Arthur Masuaku who is working hard to get back to his best after a two-month injury absence....

 2016-12-07 13:52 

Malay Mail Online

More than 170 bags of fertiliser stolen from smallholder farmers... +

BINTANGOR, Dec 7 About 172 bags of fertilisers were stolen from four cocoa smallholder farmers from two longhouses in Sungai Mador, Km12 Jalan Kelupu-Julau-Durin, near here.The bags were found missing since yesterday and were believed to...

 2016-12-07 13:45 

Channel NewsAsia

Starbucks sets five-year growth targets, to open 12,000 more stores... +

Starbucks Corp set an annual revenue growth target of 10 percent and profit growth target of 15-20 percent for the next five years, and the coffee chain said it planned to open 12,000 stores globally by 2021....

 2016-12-07 13:45 

Channel NewsAsia

US mortgage rates rise to highest levels in over two years: MBA... +

Interest rates on U.S. fixed-rate mortgages rose to their highest levels in more than two years, sending weekly home loan application activity to its weakest since early January, Mortgage Bankers Association data released on Wednesday showed....

 2016-12-07 13:45 

Channel NewsAsia

Epipen maker Mylan says may cut jobs... +

Generic drugmaker Mylan NV said on Wednesday it may cut less than 10 percent of its global workforce as part of a restructuring program....

 2016-12-07 13:45 

Malay Mail Online

Philippines Duterte takes aim at Macau casino boss... +

MANILA, Dec 7 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Jack Lam, one of Asias top casino kingpins, on charges of economic sabotage and bribery, according to the countrys police chief.Philippine authorities said...

 2016-12-07 13:43 

Malay Mail Online

Southampton can go deep in Europa League, says van Dijk... +

LONDON, Dec 7 Defender Virgil van Dijk believes Southampton have the ability to go on a long run in the Europa league if they can come out on top when they host Hapoel Beer Sheva in their crunch final Group K game tomorrow.Claudio...

 2016-12-07 13:40 

Channel NewsAsia

Merkel ally threatens Facebook with fines over online hate speech... +

A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the government could propose legislative measures in the new year....

 2016-12-07 13:40 

Channel NewsAsia

Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo... +

Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow....

 2016-12-07 13:38 

The Nation

[ Thailand ]

Death toll from Indonesian quake rises to 41: official... +

MEUREUDU, Indonesia - At least 41 people died and hundreds were injured after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, a local official said....

 2016-12-07 13:36 

Malay Mail Online

Alleged missing EPF savings withdrawn in 1990 & 1993, explains EPF... +

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 The Employees Provident Funds (EPF) investigations following a news report on missing savings by a civil service pensioner found that the account had been withdrawn in 1990 and 1993.The EPF in a statement today said...

 2016-12-07 13:35 

Channel NewsAsia

East Libyan security forces say attack on oil ports averted... +

Eastern Libyan forces averted an attempted attack on some of Libya's major oil ports on Wednesday and rival fighters withdrew from a nearby town, security officials said....

 2016-12-07 13:32 

Today Online

[ Singapore ]

COE premiums for big cars drop by nearly 13% in latest bidding exercise... +

SINGAPORE - Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums fell across all categoriesexcept for goods vehicles and buses at the end of Wednesday's (Dec 7) bidding exercise, with big car COEs seeing the biggest dropof nearly 13 per cent to fall below the price....

 2016-12-07 13:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Fire breaks out at hotel under construction near Farrer Park... +

The building where the fire broke out is believed to be Park Hotel Farrer Park, which is slated to open next year....

 2016-12-07 13:30 

Channel NewsAsia

Head of Gambian army pledges support to president elect Barrow... +

The head of Gambia's army, General Ousman Badjie, pledged allegiance to President Elect Adama Barrow in a phone call on Sunday, Barrow's spokeswoman said on Wednesday, in a key sign of support as president Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule ends....

 2016-12-07 13:30 

The Strait Times

Singapore's success in global education surveys shows that MOE is 'moving in right direction': PM Lee... +

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has praised the Ministry of Education (MOE) for ...

 2016-12-07 13:27 

The Strait Times

MBS investigating mispriced booking rates... +

SINGAPORE - Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is investigating the cause of incorrect rates offered on its booking site, which advertised prices as low as $70 a night at the five-star hotel.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2016-12-07 13:26 

Malay Mail Online

Darmian: Modern fullback needs technique, pace and smarts... +

LONDON, Dec 7 Manchester Uniteds Matteo Darmian believes a greater emphasis on attack has changed the role of the fullback, meaning the modern defender needs lung-busting endurance and intense focus as well as great technique.Darmian has...

 2016-12-07 13:26 

Malay Mail Online

Bursa Malaysia ends on firm note... +

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 Bursa Malaysia closed on a firmer note today on the back of buying support in selected heavyweights, particularly trade/service and finance-related counters, dealers said.At 5 pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI)...

 2016-12-07 13:25 

Channel NewsAsia

Time magazine names US President-elect Trump Person of the Year... +

Time Magazine has named U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year, citing the upheaval in American politics brought about by the election campaign and victory of the New York businessman....

 2016-12-07 13:25 

Channel NewsAsia

Red cards set to be introduced for unruly player conduct... +

Cricketers could be 'red-carded' by umpires and ejected from the ground for the duration of a match from next October after the sport's lawmakers on Wednesday recommended on-field sanctions to address declining standards of player behaviour....

 2016-12-07 13:25 

Channel NewsAsia

Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top 50 million units worldwide... +

Sony Corp said on Wednesday sales of its PlayStation 4 video game console had exceeded 50 million units as of December 6 helped by strong demand during the year-end holiday season....

 2016-12-07 13:20 

Channel NewsAsia

Bosnian Serb commander Mladic must serve life: prosecutor... +

Prosecutors called on Wednesday for Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of war crimes including the 1995 genocide of thousands of Muslims in the town of Srebrenica, to be sentenced to life in prison....

 2016-12-07 13:20 

Channel NewsAsia

Trump defends his comments on Boeing, sees markets going up: NBC interview... +

Donald Trump said companies should welcome his actions because they will prosper under his administration, the U.S. President-elect told NBC on Wednesday, one day after Boeing Co's shares took a hit when he used Twitter to criticize one of its high-profil...

 2016-12-07 13:18 

Malay Mail Online

Kelantan declares Dec 13 as public holiday... +

KOTA BARU, Dec 7 Kelantan has declared Dec 13 as a public holiday for the state in conjunction with the Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V ascending the throne as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob...

 2016-12-07 13:15 

Channel NewsAsia

SunPower widens cost-cutting plan to include job cuts, plant closure... +

SunPower Corp , the No. 2 U.S. solar panel maker, said on Wednesday it would lay off about 25 percent of its workforce, or 2,500 employees, and close one plant as part of a cost-cutting plan it announced last month....

 2016-12-07 13:14 

The Nation

[ Thailand ]

NBTC suspends Dhammakaya TVs license... +

The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) voted Wednesday to suspend the Dhammakaya broadcast temporarily as the TV licensee, NBTC commissioner Thawatchai Jittrapanun said....

 2016-12-07 13:11 

The Strait Times

Athletics: Ethics Board extends IAAF officials' suspension... +

LONDON (Reuters) - Three senior athletics officials have had their provisional suspension from the sport extended by the IAAF's Ethics Board as it continues its investigation into their alleged involvement in a suspected cover-up of Russian doping cas...

 2016-12-07 13:10 

Channel NewsAsia

From 'Moonlight' to 'Fences,' movie awards season bursts with colour... +

If the Oscars turn out to be "so white" again next year, it will not be for a lack of candidates....

 2016-12-07 13:06 

The Strait Times

Nearly 100 dead in Aceh quake: Other major Indonesian earthquakes... +

JAKARTA (AFP) - A powerful 6.5-magnitude quake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday (Dec 7), killing nearly 100 people as rescue workers continued to pull more bodies from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings .. R...

 2016-12-07 13:06 

The Strait Times

Golf: Dubai Masters suspended after death of caddie Maximillian Zechmann... +

Dubai (AFP) - The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour, was suspended on Wednesday after the death of a caddie.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2016-12-07 13:05 

Bangkok Post

Everest-conquering Japan teen eyes explorers' 'Grand Slam'... +

TOKYO - Japanese teenager Marin Minamiya has already conquered Mount Everest and the highest peaks on six other continents, plus a journey to the South Pole....

 2016-12-07 13:04 

The Strait Times

Esco set to reap results of investments into life sciences research... +

SINGAPORE - Women's health is an underserved segment in the world of medical technology, but progress made through new innovations may help set global standards, Esco Group chief Lin Xiangqian said.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2016-12-07 13:01 

Inquirer.net

[ Philippines ]

No proof of state killings, death squad existenceSenate committee... +

There is no proof of state-sponsored killings in the country and that a Davao Death Squad exists. These are the findings of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, and the committee on public order and dangerous ...

 2016-12-07 13:01 

Bangkok Post

Tourists slammed for dangerous act in Kiew Mae Parn... +

Pictures of tourists sitting on a safety rail to enjoy a panoramic of Kiew Mae Parn in Doi Inthanon National Park have drawn a barrage of criticism, prompting a senior parks official to warn visitors to respect the rules....

 2016-12-07 13:00 

Channel NewsAsia

Farrell, Howley and Borthwick join Lions coaching team... +

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has named Andy Farrell, Rob Howley and Steve Borthwick as his three assistants for next year's tour of New Zealand and left the door open for a surprise call-up for former Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan....

 2016-12-07 13:00 

The Standard

[ Philippines ]

Never too old ... +

A sexagenarian woman performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a training dummy as she was one of 4,600 hands-on trainees in the CPR on Wheels and Wings campaign held Monday in Iloilo City. The joint project of the Philippine Heart Association and the Dep...

 2016-12-07 13:00 

The Standard

[ Philippines ]

‘Sirib’ scholars ... +

Ilocos Norte Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc hands out certificates to athletes and their parents who will benefit from the provinces Sirib athletic scholarship program for the school year 2017-2018. Around 50 athletes will get scholarships nex...

 2016-12-07 13:00 

The Standard

[ Philippines ]

Full blooded ... +

The Department of Health recently handed the Bonifacio Award to the city government of Muntinlupa for donating over 3,000 bags of blood to the agency. Health Undersecretary Dr. Gerardo Bayugo (fourth from left) gives the plaque of recognition to Mayor Jai...

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