The Online Citizen

Schooling back in the golds at the SEA Games

by James EDGAR Olympic champion Joseph Schooling lived up to his billing at the Southeast Asian Games on Friday, claiming two golds in the pool in the Philippines. The Singaporean swimmer clinched his pet 100m butterfly — which he famously won ahead of Michael Phelps at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games — in a time of 51.84 seconds, pipping his countryman …

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Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said Friday, marking the second fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a month. The latest mauling near Pagaralam city in Sumatra prompted authorities to warn residents against going into local forests. The coffee farmer’s body was found Thursday by relatives who grew worried when he failed to return …

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Six months of sacrifice: Hong Kong’s protesters take stock

by Su Xinqi and Yan Zhao Some of them have lost their jobs, suffered life-changing injuries and even fled overseas. But six months into Hong Kong’s demonstrations, pro-democracy protesters say they aren’t backing down. The unprecedented movement was born on June 9, when an estimated million people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill allowing extradition to mainland …

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China imposes ‘reciprocal’ restrictions on US diplomats

China on Friday said it had taken “reciprocal” measures against US diplomats in the country, saying they will have to notify the foreign ministry before meeting with local officials. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had notified the US embassy of the new measures on Wednesday, which she said were a “countermeasure” to Washington’s decision in October to restrict …

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Pyongyang raises ‘dotard’ spectre as deadline looms

North Korea has threatened to resume referring to US president Donald Trump as a “dotard”, raising the prospect of a return to a war of words with a negotiating deadline approaching. Pyongyang has set Washington an end-of-year time limit to offer it new concessions in deadlocked nuclear negotiations, and has said it will adopt an unspecified “new way” if nothing …

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Indonesia minister says sacking Garuda CEO over smuggled Harley

The CEO of Indonesia’s national airline Garuda will be sacked for allegedly smuggling a Harley Davidson motorcycle into the country and using a sub-ordinate’s name on import papers to avoid detection, a minister said Thursday. State-owned enterprises minister Erick Thohir said the airline’s chief Ari Ashkara allegedly brought over parts of the disassembled motorbike on a plane from France last …

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China says in ‘close communication’ with US over trade deal

Beijing and Washington are “maintaining close communication” over a much-anticipated phase one trade deal, China’s commerce ministry said Thursday, reiterating that tariffs must be reduced as part of any agreement. Hopes had risen that the two sides were close to reaching a mini deal, but comments from President Trump and recent US legislation backing Hong Kong pro-democracy protests and China’s Uighur minority …

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Huawei moves to overturn ‘unlawful’ US subsidy ban

by Sarah LAI Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said on Thursday it has petitioned a US court to overturn a ban that prevents carriers in rural America from buying the firm’s equipment by tapping an $8.5-billion federal fund. Huawei’s petition said the ban — imposed last month against the company and its Chinese rival ZTE on national security grounds — failed …

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Typhoon Kammuri death toll hits 13 in Philippines

The number of people killed by Typhoon Kammuri’s pounding of the Philippines this week has hit 13, officials said Thursday, as authorities confirmed reports of storm-related deaths. Kammuri’s fierce winds toppled trees and flattened flimsy homes across a swathe of the nation’s north on Tuesday, and forced a rare 12-hour shutdown of Manila’s international airport. Authorities said on Wednesday one …

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China warns US of a ‘price’ for Uighur bill

China warned Wednesday that a “price must be paid” after the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation seeking sanctions against senior Chinese officials over the crackdown on mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. The legislation adds to tensions between the two superpowers just as they are locked in negotiations to finalise a “phase one” deal to resolve their protracted trade …

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