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Japan’s concerns about Hong Kong ‘getting stronger’ after Agnes Chow, Jimmy Lai arrests

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said this in Singapore after meeting with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, where they discussed resumption of essential travel and the South China Sea.

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Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said this in Singapore after meeting with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, where they discussed resumption of essential travel and the South China Sea.

Japan’s concerns about Hong Kong ‘getting stronger’ after Agnes Chow, Jimmy Lai arrests
China’s debt collection firms flourishing as coronavirus batters economy

Collection agencies hiring extra staff to meet huge demand, while delinquency rate for consumer debt is rising and collecting has become harder, expert says.

13 Aug 2020 - 11:10PM

Collection agencies hiring extra staff to meet huge demand, while delinquency rate for consumer debt is rising and collecting has become harder, expert says.

China’s debt collection firms flourishing as coronavirus batters economy
Computer giant Lenovo’s profit beats expectations, helped by remote working trend

The world’s biggest personal computer maker has benefited from new opportunities emerging from remote working and education amid the coronavirus crisis.

13 Aug 2020 - 3:14PM

The world’s biggest personal computer maker has benefited from new opportunities emerging from remote working and education amid the coronavirus crisis.

Computer giant Lenovo’s profit beats expectations, helped by remote working trend
Trump’s shower moment: US bathroom fixtures don’t work to his liking – and his hair ‘has to be perfect’

The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the US president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough.

13 Aug 2020 - 10:17AM

The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the US president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough.

Trump’s shower moment: US bathroom fixtures don’t work to his liking – and his hair ‘has to be perfect’
Trump administration asks court to dismiss Big Tech’s challenge to social media executive order

A Washington-based tech group funded by Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter had brought a lawsuit in June against President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies.

13 Aug 2020 - 9:43AM

A Washington-based tech group funded by Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter had brought a lawsuit in June against President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies.

Trump administration asks court to dismiss Big Tech’s challenge to social media executive order
Kamala Harris assails Trump in first appearance as Joe Biden’s running mate

Democratic VP pick slams US president for lack of leadership during coronavirus pandemic.

13 Aug 2020 - 8:31PM

Democratic VP pick slams US president for lack of leadership during coronavirus pandemic.

Kamala Harris assails Trump in first appearance as Joe Biden’s running mate
Russia eyes US$1.5 billion plan to rival China’s dominance in rare earths

Russia’s initiative is in line with other countries which are also trying to curb their reliance on China.

13 Aug 2020 - 2:46AM

Russia’s initiative is in line with other countries which are also trying to curb their reliance on China.

Russia eyes US$1.5 billion plan to rival China’s dominance in rare earths
As anniversary of Japan’s WWII surrender nears, legacy of conflict shapes ties with China and South Korea

Many Koreans resent Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule, while China has bitter memories of Japan’s invasion and occupation

12 Aug 2020 - 6:00PM

Many Koreans resent Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule, while China has bitter memories of Japan’s invasion and occupation

As anniversary of Japan’s WWII surrender nears, legacy of conflict shapes ties with China and South Korea
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected for headbutt as Milwaukee Bucks beat Washington Wizards

Milwaukee Bucks superstar gets tossed in second quarter but Eastern Conference top seeds still walk away with win.

12 Aug 2020 - 12:46PM

Milwaukee Bucks superstar gets tossed in second quarter but Eastern Conference top seeds still walk away with win.

NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected for headbutt as Milwaukee Bucks beat Washington Wizards
South Korea, US military drills ready to begin but coronavirus means downsizing

The programme involves tens of thousands of soldiers from both sides, though largely focused on computerised simulations rather than live field training.

12 Aug 2020 - 11:01PM

The programme involves tens of thousands of soldiers from both sides, though largely focused on computerised simulations rather than live field training.

South Korea, US military drills ready to begin but coronavirus means downsizing
The Amazon is on fire, but Brazil’s president calls it a ‘lie’

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, despite data produced by his own government showing that thousands of fires are surging across the region.

12 Aug 2020 - 10:19PM

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, despite data produced by his own government showing that thousands of fires are surging across the region.

The Amazon is on fire, but Brazil’s president calls it a ‘lie’
Trump ban could cut TikTok off from US app stores and advertisers, White House document shows

White House document provides insight into how Washington is looking to disrupt key aspects of company’s operations and funding.

12 Aug 2020 - 7:58AM

White House document provides insight into how Washington is looking to disrupt key aspects of company’s operations and funding.

Trump ban could cut TikTok off from US app stores and advertisers, White House document shows
Singapore begins destroying US$13 million of ivory ahead of World Elephant Day

The tusks came from about 300 elephants and were worth about US$13 million, authorities in Singapore said.

12 Aug 2020 - 5:16AM

The tusks came from about 300 elephants and were worth about US$13 million, authorities in Singapore said.

Singapore begins destroying US$13 million of ivory ahead of World Elephant Day
Trump says China failing to meet trade deal commitments, piling pressure on Beijing ahead of review

US President Donald Trump has downplayed the importance of the phase one trade deal with China as top negotiators prepare to discuss progress on the pact in coming days.

11 Aug 2020 - 10:58PM

US President Donald Trump has downplayed the importance of the phase one trade deal with China as top negotiators prepare to discuss progress on the pact in coming days.

Trump says China failing to meet trade deal commitments, piling pressure on Beijing ahead of review
China new bank loans fell in July, but broad credit and liquidity growth quickened in bid to support economic recovery

Chinese banks extended 992.7 billion yuan (US$142 billion) in new yuan loans in July, down from 1.81 trillion yuan in June.

11 Aug 2020 - 6:23PM

Chinese banks extended 992.7 billion yuan (US$142 billion) in new yuan loans in July, down from 1.81 trillion yuan in June.

China new bank loans fell in July, but broad credit and liquidity growth quickened in bid to support economic recovery
Who is Jimmy Lai? 10 things to know about the Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon

The media mogul is the founder of ‘Apple Daily’, which is frequently critical of the city and China.

11 Aug 2020 - 4:02PM

The media mogul is the founder of ‘Apple Daily’, which is frequently critical of the city and China.

Who is Jimmy Lai? 10 things to know about the Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon
‘Radical Rabbit Stew’ game: Whack bad bunnies on Switch, PS4, Xbox and PC

Retro 16-bit action puzzler is inspired by Super Nintendo-era ‘Legend of Zelda’.

11 Aug 2020 - 1:29PM

Retro 16-bit action puzzler is inspired by Super Nintendo-era ‘Legend of Zelda’.

‘Radical Rabbit Stew’ game: Whack bad bunnies on Switch, PS4, Xbox and PC
Mauritius oil spill: human hair, leaves used to make booms to stem slick from Japanese ship

Mauritius has warned of a ‘worst-case scenario’ if the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio breaks up and more oil leaks into the Indian Ocean.

11 Aug 2020 - 11:03PM

Mauritius has warned of a ‘worst-case scenario’ if the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio breaks up and more oil leaks into the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius oil spill: human hair, leaves used to make booms to stem slick from Japanese ship
China car sales surge in July, clocking up fourth straight month of gains

China’s July car sales increased by 16.4 per cent from a year earlier to 2.11 million vehicles, new data shows, though sales are expected to decline about 10 per cent overall this year.

11 Aug 2020 - 12:02PM

China’s July car sales increased by 16.4 per cent from a year earlier to 2.11 million vehicles, new data shows, though sales are expected to decline about 10 per cent overall this year.

China car sales surge in July, clocking up fourth straight month of gains
Singapore recession worse than thought as GDP falls 13.2 per cent in second quarter

The Ministry of Trade and Industry had expected a 12.6 per cent drop in second quarter GDP, and sees a 5 to 7 per cent contraction in full-year GDP.

11 Aug 2020 - 10:28AM

The Ministry of Trade and Industry had expected a 12.6 per cent drop in second quarter GDP, and sees a 5 to 7 per cent contraction in full-year GDP.

Singapore recession worse than thought as GDP falls 13.2 per cent in second quarter
Trump weighs stopping Americans from returning to US if coronavirus infection suspected

Draft regulation, not yet finalised, would let government stop those ‘reasonably’ believed to have Covid-19 or other diseases from returning to US.

11 Aug 2020 - 7:39AM

Draft regulation, not yet finalised, would let government stop those ‘reasonably’ believed to have Covid-19 or other diseases from returning to US.

Trump weighs stopping Americans from returning to US if coronavirus infection suspected
US could lose talent to Canada, China, India, say tech giants in legal challenge to Trump’s visa freezes

The tech firms argue Trump’s visa freezes are based on a ‘false assumption’ that they will protect US workers.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:52PM

The tech firms argue Trump’s visa freezes are based on a ‘false assumption’ that they will protect US workers.

US could lose talent to Canada, China, India, say tech giants in legal challenge to Trump’s visa freezes
Zorro actor Antonio Banderas in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19

Antonio Banderas says he will use his time in quarantine to read, write, rest and make plans for the future.

11 Aug 2020 - 4:21AM

Antonio Banderas says he will use his time in quarantine to read, write, rest and make plans for the future.

Zorro actor Antonio Banderas in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19
Ecuador navy watching huge Chinese fishing fleet near Galapagos

Patrol ships and aircraft conduct surveillance missions to monitor activities of fleet that now contains 340 vessels.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:38PM

Patrol ships and aircraft conduct surveillance missions to monitor activities of fleet that now contains 340 vessels.

Ecuador navy watching huge Chinese fishing fleet near Galapagos
Pakistan teen lauded as ‘holy warrior’ for gunning down US blasphemy suspect

The victim, 57-year-old Tahir Naseem, was riddled with bullets inside a Peshawar court last month. He had described himself as ‘Jesus’s second coming, reviver, Prophet’.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:05PM

The victim, 57-year-old Tahir Naseem, was riddled with bullets inside a Peshawar court last month. He had described himself as ‘Jesus’s second coming, reviver, Prophet’.

Pakistan teen lauded as ‘holy warrior’ for gunning down US blasphemy suspect
PGA Championship: Collin Morikawa claims first major title at familiar Harding Park

Morikawa wins the 2020 PGA Championship in only his second major championship start as his 64 ties the lowest final round shot by a PGA champion.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:45AM

Morikawa wins the 2020 PGA Championship in only his second major championship start as his 64 ties the lowest final round shot by a PGA champion.

PGA Championship: Collin Morikawa claims first major title at familiar Harding Park
Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners in bid to end ‘bloodshed’

The release was a condition the Taliban set in order for them to join peace talks.

10 Aug 2020 - 5:00AM

The release was a condition the Taliban set in order for them to join peace talks.

Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners in bid to end ‘bloodshed’
Top US security official claims China is targeting US election infrastructure with cyberattacks

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that China has been ‘expanding its influence efforts’.

10 Aug 2020 - 8:08PM

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that China has been ‘expanding its influence efforts’.

Top US security official claims China is targeting US election infrastructure with cyberattacks
US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million

America’s top infectious diseases official has offered hope that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.

9 Aug 2020 - 11:13PM

America’s top infectious diseases official has offered hope that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.

US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
Donald Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after talks with Congress collapse

Americans unemployed due to pandemic to get extra US$400 a week, down from US$600 in earlier package.

9 Aug 2020 - 5:33AM

Americans unemployed due to pandemic to get extra US$400 a week, down from US$600 in earlier package.

Donald Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after talks with Congress collapse