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Taiwan’s Kuomintang opposition party says it’s struggling to pay staff amid asset freeze

Kuomintang says it is relying on loans for salaries because of measure put in place by government as part of investigation into ill-gotten assets.

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Kuomintang says it is relying on loans for salaries because of measure put in place by government as part of investigation into ill-gotten assets.

Taiwan’s Kuomintang opposition party says it’s struggling to pay staff amid asset freeze
Australia fires merge into one massive blaze, threatening Sydney

Ten separate bush fires about 50km north of Sydney have now joined, and are too big to be put out, New South Wales firefighters say.

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Ten separate bush fires about 50km north of Sydney have now joined, and are too big to be put out, New South Wales firefighters say.

Australia fires merge into one massive blaze, threatening Sydney
China’s soybean production up 13 per cent as subsidies help farmers respond to US trade war

China’s soybean output jumped 13.3 per cent to 18.1 million tonnes after Beijing began offering generous subsidies to farmers in response to a trade war with the United States.

6 Dec 2019 - 2:50PM

China’s soybean output jumped 13.3 per cent to 18.1 million tonnes after Beijing began offering generous subsidies to farmers in response to a trade war with the United States.

China’s soybean production up 13 per cent as subsidies help farmers respond to US trade war
Hyderabad rape: Indian police shoot dead 4 men accused of killing vet, drawing cheers

The men had been in Hyderabad police custody and were shot near the site where a 27-year-old veterinary surgeon was raped and murdered last week.

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The men had been in Hyderabad police custody and were shot near the site where a 27-year-old veterinary surgeon was raped and murdered last week.

Hyderabad rape: Indian police shoot dead 4 men accused of killing vet, drawing cheers
China drafts new rules to prevent use of polluting plastics in agriculture

Farmers will be allowed to use only film that meets quality standards and must also collect plastic waste from fields before its expiry date and deliver it to approved recycling outlets.

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Farmers will be allowed to use only film that meets quality standards and must also collect plastic waste from fields before its expiry date and deliver it to approved recycling outlets.

China drafts new rules to prevent use of polluting plastics in agriculture
Emotion-sensing robot heads to International Space Station to help with astronauts' mental health

CIMON 2, an intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors, was launched on Thursday aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. The spherical droid can recognise emotions, socialise with crew members and help mitigate group think.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:37AM

CIMON 2, an intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors, was launched on Thursday aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. The spherical droid can recognise emotions, socialise with crew members and help mitigate group think.

Emotion-sensing robot heads to International Space Station to help with astronauts' mental health
‘Don’t mess with me,’ Nancy Pelosi warns when asked if she hates Trump after impeachment announcement

US House Speaker adopts fiery stance as she spells out next steps in impeachment proceedings against president.

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US House Speaker adopts fiery stance as she spells out next steps in impeachment proceedings against president.

‘Don’t mess with me,’ Nancy Pelosi warns when asked if she hates Trump after impeachment announcement
Indian rape victim set on fire on way to trial by gang of men, including alleged rapists

Victim, 23, in critical condition after being doused in kerosene and set ablaze while on her way to trial.

6 Dec 2019 - 5:26AM

Victim, 23, in critical condition after being doused in kerosene and set ablaze while on her way to trial.

Indian rape victim set on fire on way to trial by gang of men, including alleged rapists
World is laughing at Donald Trump, Joe Biden says in presidential election campaign video

Twitter post plays off clip from Nato summit that appears to show Canadian PM Justin Trudeau mocking the US president during chat with other leaders.

6 Dec 2019 - 5:10AM

Twitter post plays off clip from Nato summit that appears to show Canadian PM Justin Trudeau mocking the US president during chat with other leaders.

World is laughing at Donald Trump, Joe Biden says in presidential election campaign video
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim says former aide’s sexual assault claim is ‘politics at its worst’

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther accused the former deputy premier of attempting to force him to have sex in September last year.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:29PM

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther accused the former deputy premier of attempting to force him to have sex in September last year.

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim says former aide’s sexual assault claim is ‘politics at its worst’
Taiwan not a top priority for Beijing because it’s too distracted, Taipei mayor says

Mainland China has other issues to worry about, including protest-hit Hong Kong and a slowing economy, according to Ko Wen-je.

5 Dec 2019 - 5:45PM

Mainland China has other issues to worry about, including protest-hit Hong Kong and a slowing economy, according to Ko Wen-je.

Taiwan not a top priority for Beijing because it’s too distracted, Taipei mayor says
‘Naturally fatty’ foie gras cooked up by French scientists

French scientists developed an alternative version that uses bacteria – ingested by the goose as a serum – to stimulate a natural build-up of fat.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:07AM

French scientists developed an alternative version that uses bacteria – ingested by the goose as a serum – to stimulate a natural build-up of fat.

‘Naturally fatty’ foie gras cooked up by French scientists
Gadhimai Festival: In Nepal, thousands of animals sacrificed despite outcry

The Gadhimai Festival, held every five years, is believed to be the largest such mass-slaughter event in the world, despite campaigns and a court ruling to end it.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:52PM

The Gadhimai Festival, held every five years, is believed to be the largest such mass-slaughter event in the world, despite campaigns and a court ruling to end it.

Gadhimai Festival: In Nepal, thousands of animals sacrificed despite outcry
Singapore’s ‘fake news’ laws stop Google accepting political ads as election looms

People’s Action Party has been in power since 1965 and says Singapore is vulnerable to foreign interference. Critics say controversial laws stifle dissent.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:35PM

People’s Action Party has been in power since 1965 and says Singapore is vulnerable to foreign interference. Critics say controversial laws stifle dissent.

Singapore’s ‘fake news’ laws stop Google accepting political ads as election looms
The surprises in the Trump impeachment report

Here is a look at some of the unexpected information in the 300-page report released by the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee.

4 Dec 2019 - 3:06PM

Here is a look at some of the unexpected information in the 300-page report released by the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee.

The surprises in the Trump impeachment report
Kim Jong-un sends signal from sacred mountain as Donald Trump revives ‘rocket man’ jibe

Analysts say Kim’s Mount Paektu visit signals a more confrontational stance. Pyongyang previously said it was preparing a ‘Christmas gift’ for Washington.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:42PM

Analysts say Kim’s Mount Paektu visit signals a more confrontational stance. Pyongyang previously said it was preparing a ‘Christmas gift’ for Washington.

Kim Jong-un sends signal from sacred mountain as Donald Trump revives ‘rocket man’ jibe
China makes ‘gigantic’ investment in El Salvador projects

Deal includes helping to build large sports stadium, multi-storey library and water treatment plant.

4 Dec 2019 - 1:34PM

Deal includes helping to build large sports stadium, multi-storey library and water treatment plant.

China makes ‘gigantic’ investment in El Salvador projects
China says some regions ‘seriously below water quality targets’ amid push to clean up major rivers

The Yangtze and Yellow rivers require action to cut pollution, the environment ministry finds.

4 Dec 2019 - 4:58PM

The Yangtze and Yellow rivers require action to cut pollution, the environment ministry finds.

China says some regions ‘seriously below water quality targets’ amid push to clean up major rivers
China capital investment growth hits three-year low as weak economy, US trade war drag, analysis shows

Firms in China raised capital spending by 1.6 per cent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, the weakest growth in three years.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:31PM

Firms in China raised capital spending by 1.6 per cent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, the weakest growth in three years.

China capital investment growth hits three-year low as weak economy, US trade war drag, analysis shows
White House considered kicking Huawei out of US banking system, sources say

The Trump administration considered banning China’s Huawei from the US financial system earlier this year and may revive the shelved plan depending on how things go with the telecoms equipment giant, according to people familiar with the matter.

4 Dec 2019 - 11:10PM

The Trump administration considered banning China’s Huawei from the US financial system earlier this year and may revive the shelved plan depending on how things go with the telecoms equipment giant, according to people familiar with the matter.

White House considered kicking Huawei out of US banking system, sources say
Google co-founders step aside as Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet

Streamlining management could help Alphabet better respond to new challenges and focus on growing profits, investors said.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:08AM

Streamlining management could help Alphabet better respond to new challenges and focus on growing profits, investors said.

Google co-founders step aside as Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet
US Senator Kamala Harris ending 2020 presidential bid

Campaign lacks financial resources to continue, Democratic lawmaker says in email to supporters.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:55AM

Campaign lacks financial resources to continue, Democratic lawmaker says in email to supporters.

US Senator Kamala Harris ending 2020 presidential bid
Explosion and fire at factory in Sudan cause at least 23 deaths

A gas tanker exploded at a ceramics factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, causing a massive fire.

4 Dec 2019 - 12:54AM

A gas tanker exploded at a ceramics factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, causing a massive fire.

Explosion and fire at factory in Sudan cause at least 23 deaths
Donald Trump lashes out at allies before Nato summit, singling out Emmanuel Macron’s ‘nasty’ comments

US president demanded that Europe pay more for defence and make concessions to US interests on trade.

4 Dec 2019 - 1:13AM

US president demanded that Europe pay more for defence and make concessions to US interests on trade.

Donald Trump lashes out at allies before Nato summit, singling out Emmanuel Macron’s ‘nasty’ comments
China’s new energy vehicle sales hoped to be 25 per cent of all car sales in 2025, draft ministry plan shows

Sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) have been a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster car market, but a steep cut in subsidies this year has dented sales in recent months.

3 Dec 2019 - 12:36PM

Sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) have been a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster car market, but a steep cut in subsidies this year has dented sales in recent months.

China’s new energy vehicle sales hoped to be 25 per cent of all car sales in 2025, draft ministry plan shows
Suspected grenade blast near Indonesia’s presidential palace injures two military officers

Two military personnel were injured and taken to hospital. The park is near the presidential palace but Joko Widodo was absent at the time.

3 Dec 2019 - 8:36PM

Two military personnel were injured and taken to hospital. The park is near the presidential palace but Joko Widodo was absent at the time.

Suspected grenade blast near Indonesia’s presidential palace injures two military officers
Twitter to give users more information about what data advertisers may receive to comply with California Consumer Privacy Act

Twitter is making changes as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will require large businesses to give consumers more transparency and control over their personal information

3 Dec 2019 - 8:46AM

Twitter is making changes as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will require large businesses to give consumers more transparency and control over their personal information

Twitter to give users more information about what data advertisers may receive to comply with California Consumer Privacy Act
What is carbon offsetting, and does it work?

Countries can pay to fund emission reductions in another country to help reach its own emissions reductions targets

3 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

Countries can pay to fund emission reductions in another country to help reach its own emissions reductions targets

What is carbon offsetting, and does it work?
K-pop deaths renew focus on cyber bullying of young stars and lack of punishment

The deaths of K-pop stars Goo Hara and Sulli, both subjects of vicious online attacks, have brought cyber bullying in South Korea into sharp focus, with calls for web portals to remove malicious or blatantly false comments when asked.

3 Dec 2019 - 1:16AM

The deaths of K-pop stars Goo Hara and Sulli, both subjects of vicious online attacks, have brought cyber bullying in South Korea into sharp focus, with calls for web portals to remove malicious or blatantly false comments when asked.

K-pop deaths renew focus on cyber bullying of young stars and lack of punishment
‘Half-naked parades’ at Malaysia tattoo show leave officials outraged

Malaysian officials said the Tattoo Malaysia Expo violated its standards when pictures of heavily inked, semi-naked participants were shared online.

3 Dec 2019 - 12:42AM

Malaysian officials said the Tattoo Malaysia Expo violated its standards when pictures of heavily inked, semi-naked participants were shared online.

‘Half-naked parades’ at Malaysia tattoo show leave officials outraged