Daily Archives: 2019-10-18

Indonesia rights commission calls for probe into Papua deaths

by Haeril HALIM Indonesia’s human rights commission called for a probe into scores of deaths in Papua on Friday after some of the deadliest violence in years swept the restive region. Dozens were killed when riots broke out in Wamena city last month, with some victims burned alive when buildings were set ablaze, and others stabbed in the chaos. Since …

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Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan: pastor

A man who inadvertently triggered Hong Kong’s huge protests after he murdered his girlfriend in Taiwan has agreed to return to the island to face justice, a clergyman who has visited him in prison said on Friday. Chan Tong-kai, 20, is wanted in Taiwan for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday the two Hong Kongers took there …

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Backlash grows over China sea map in ‘Abominable’ film

Backlash is growing in Southeast Asia over a scene in the animated film “Abominable” that features a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing’s contested claims in the flashpoint waterway. The Philippines’ foreign secretary has called for the controversial segment to be excised, while Vietnam this week pulled the film altogether. China has long laid claim over most of …

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Malaysia held talks with Goldman over 1MDB charges: report

Malaysia held talks with Goldman Sachs about dropping charges against three units of the Wall Street bank that prosecutors brought over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, a report said Thursday. Huge sums were stolen from Malaysian state fund 1MDB in a fraud allegedly involving former leader Najib Razak and his cronies, and spent on everything from high-end real estate to a …

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Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam receives international award for contributions to global financial governance

Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam was presented with the inaugural Distinguished Leadership and Service Award from the Institute of International Finance (IFF) on 17 October, in recognition of his contributions to global financial governance and public service. In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Shanmugaratnam said: “It is my privilege to …

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First Singaporean sentenced to 30 months in jail for terrorism financing

A 35-year-old former IT engineer was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on Thursday (17 October) after he was convicted of terrorism financing. Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman became the first Singaporean to be sentenced for this offence after he gave funding of about S$1,145 to a Jamaican preacher who had been placed behind bars for stirring racial hatred. …

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