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Harris rebukes China in speech on Indo-Pacific vision
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Harris rebukes China in speech on Indo-Pacific vision

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to “coercion” and “intimidation” and affirming that the U.S. will support its allies in the region against Beijing’s advances. “We know that Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea,” she said in a foreign policy speech Tuesday in Singapore in which she laid out the Biden administration’s vision for the Indo-Pacific. “Beijing’s actions continue to undermine the rules-based order and threaten the sovereignty of nations.” Harris, who is on a weeklong swing through Southeast Asia, declared that the U.S. “stands with our allies and our partners” in the face of threats f
All eyes on US Jobs data for clues to Fed direction
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All eyes on US Jobs data for clues to Fed direction

All eyes on US Jobs data for clues to Fed direction Recap: US equity futures rose yesterday while European markets were mixed as investors monitored key euro zone economic indicators and awaited a US jobs report that could determine when the Federal Reserve will begin withdrawing its economic stimulus. Most Asia-Pacific stocks edged higher while Chinese stocks declined on concerns over slowing growth. In Tokyo, the Nikkei soared to a three-decade high after embattled Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would step down at the end of the month. The SET index moved in a range of 1,621.42 and 1,657.79 points this week before closing yesterday at 1,650.33, up 2.4% from the previous week, in daily turnover averaging 106.62 billion baht. Foreign investors were net buyers of 9.87 billion bah...
Resource-starved Singapore turns sewage into ultra-clean water
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Resource-starved Singapore turns sewage into ultra-clean water

Resource-starved Singapore turns sewage into ultra-clean water Singapore has little in the way of natural water sources and has long had to rely principally on supplies from neighbouring Malaysia. SINGAPORE: Giant pumps whir deep underground at a plant in Singapore that helps transform sewage into water so clean it is fit for human consumption while reducing ocean pollution. The tiny island nation has little in the way of natural water sources and has long had to rely principally on supplies from neighbouring Malaysia. To boost self-sufficiency, the government has developed an advanced system for treating sewage involving a network of tunnels and high-tech plants. Recycled wastewater can now meet 40% of Singapore's water demand -- a figure that is expected to rise to 55% by 2060, acco...
US VP Harris begins Asia trip amid Afghan debacle
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US VP Harris begins Asia trip amid Afghan debacle

US VP Harris begins Asia trip amid Afghan debacle US Vice President Kamala Harris aims to underline Washington's commitment to Asia during her trip to Singapore and Vietnam. SINGAPORE: Vice President Kamala Harris began a trip to Asia Sunday where she will offer reassurances of Washington's commitment to the region after the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan and Taliban takeover. The hardline Islamists' swift return to power a week ago, and desperate scenes of thousands trying to flee, have cast another shadow over the United States' status as a global superpower. But on her visit, which includes stops in Singapore and Vietnam, Harris will seek to allay concerns about US dependability. "The vice president will make clear throughout the trip that we do have an enduring commitment to ...
Harris meets with Singapore officials to begin Asia visit
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Harris meets with Singapore officials to begin Asia visit

SINGAPORE (AP) — The White House on Monday announced a series of new agreements with Singapore aimed at combating cyberthreats, tackling climate change, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and alleviating supply chain issues. The announcements coincide with Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the region, as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to counter Chinese influence there. On cybersecurity, the Treasury and Defense Departments, as well as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, have each inked a memorandum of understanding with their Singapore counterparts expanding information sharing and training to combat cyber threats, On climate, the two nations are launching the U.S.-Singapore Climate Partnership, a new effort between the Departments of Commerce, Energy, T
US VP Harris in Hanoi as Afghan debacle rumbles
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US VP Harris in Hanoi as Afghan debacle rumbles

US VP Harris in Hanoi as Afghan debacle rumbles US Vice President Kamala Harris and Vietnam's Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan meet in the Gold Room of the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. HANOI: Vice President Kamala Harris began a visit to Vietnam Wednesday to stress US commitment to Asia, a trip critics have slammed as tone-deaf given the parallels with the superpower's evacuations from Saigon and Kabul. Harris will meet the communist state's president and prime minister in Hanoi, a day after accusing regional giant Beijing of intimidation in the disputed South China Sea. Her arrival was delayed due to what US officials called an "anomalous health incident" in Hanoi, an apparent reference to the so-called "Havana syndrome" which has afflicted US diplomats in several countries including C...
Twitter hosting Porn content, including Child Porn, violating IT Rules in India, OSINT Group Reports, gets shadow-banned
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Twitter hosting Porn content, including Child Porn, violating IT Rules in India, OSINT Group Reports, gets shadow-banned

A recent report by OSINT group DisInfo Lab reveals shocking details about the underbelly of micro-blogging platform Twitter, claiming that Twitter hosts not only pornographic content, but also gory videos of child pron and rape videos, which is in contravention to not only Govt policy but also Twitter’s own policies. Twitter has a user-base of 17 million users (as of June 2021) in India, is one of the widely used micro-blogging platforms in the country, and is increasingly popular platform. Recently, it was in a tiff with the Indian government over the latest IT Rules 2021, introduced in February this year. Prior to the latest IT Rules, the Indian government had earlier cracked-down on pornography, suspending 827 porn websites in 2018.   The Indian government told all th
Hong Kong media outlet, broadcaster and artist all quit city
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Hong Kong media outlet, broadcaster and artist all quit city

Hong Kong media outlet, broadcaster and artist all quit city FILE PHOTO: hHong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon and owner of the Apple Daily newspaper, Jimmy Lai, is led into a police van as he heads to court to be charged under Hong Kong's controversial new national security law. (AFP) Hong Kong online news outlet Initium announced it was relocating to Singapore on Tuesday citing fading press freedoms, the first local media to quit the financial hub as authorities crack down on dissent. Hong Kong online news outlet Initium announced it was relocating to Singapore on Tuesday citing fading press freedoms, the first local media to quit the financial hub as authorities crack down on dissent. The announcement came the same day that veteran broadcaster Steve Vines and Kacey Wong, one of the ...
233 Covid deaths, 19,014 new cases announced Sunday
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233 Covid deaths, 19,014 new cases announced Sunday

233 Covid deaths, 19,014 new cases announced Sunday People wearing masks queue up at a fruit shop in Bangkok's Yaowarat, the Chinatown in Samphanthawong district, on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s Sart Jeen festival, or Chinese Ghost Festival, amid the Covid-19 outbreak. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul) Thailand saw 233 Covid-19 fatalities and a 19-day low of 19,014 new cases over the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Sunday morning. Over the previous 24 hours, 20,672 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said the 233 fatalities, 140 of whom were men, ranged from seven months to 101 years old, with an average age of 66. All were Thai except for four Myanmar nationals and one each from Cambodia, China and Singapo
Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79
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Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79

LONDON (AP) — Jacques Rogge approached the job of running the Olympics the same way he approached his work as a physician: Listen, analyze and consult. Before taking over as president of the International Olympic Committee, Rogge, whose death was announced Sunday, was an orthopedic surgeon who saw 5,000 patients and performed 800 operations a year at his medical practice in Ghent, Belgium. Rogge’s medical background heavily influenced his leadership style during his 12-year reign in the most powerful post in international sports, bringing stability and a steady hand to the IOC after its worst ethics scandal. He also pursued a hard line against doping as IOC president. While his predecessor, Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch, operated in an autocratic and secretive fashion, Rogge embraced