The Online Citizen

Frolic in a bubble tea ball pit at Singapore exhibit

Bubble tea fans can frolic in a pool of 100,000 plastic purple pearls, take photos on a bubble tea IV drip, and swing on a giant wrecking ball at a new exhibit in Singapore. The pop-up aims to be a “one-stop happy place” for visitors who love the tea-based beverage loaded with milk, sugar and tapioca pearls. Originally from Taiwan, …

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Japan rescuers still scrambling as typhoon toll tops 70

by Kyoko HASEGAWA Rescuers in Japan were working around the clock Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful weekend typhoon that killed more than 70 people and caused widespread destruction. Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, unleashing fierce winds and unprecedented rain that triggered landslides and caused dozens of rivers to burst their banks. By Tuesday …

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Hong Kong leader slams US senator for ‘police state’ remark

Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday hit back at a US senator who said the city is becoming a police state, a day after a massive rally called on Washington to punish Beijing over sliding freedoms in the international hub. The territory has been battered by more than four months of pro-democracy protests — and increasingly violent clashes with the police …

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US senator warns Hong Kong becoming ‘police state’

by Jerome TAYLOR Strife-torn Hong Kong is sliding towards becoming a police state, US senator Josh Hawley warned Monday, as the financial hub braces for a rally calling on Washington to punish China over sliding freedoms. The international finance hub was battered by another weekend of unrest Sunday as hardcore pro-democracy protesters and police fought running battles across the city. …

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Animated film ‘Abominable’ pulled in Vietnam over S. China Sea map

Vietnam has pulled the animated film “Abominable” from theatres over a scene featuring a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing’s claims in the flashpoint waterway, state media reported Monday. China has long used its so-called nine-dash line to justify its jurisdiction over most of the resource-rich sea, often to the displeasure of Hanoi which also claims parts of …

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Hong Kong violence prompts debate but no division among protesters

by Jerome TAYLOR and Yan ZHAO Hong Kong’s more hardline pro-democracy protesters have embraced increased violence towards private property, businesses and even people, triggering some soul-searching within the movement. But few moderates are willing to abandon their more radical comrades. Even by the standards of Hong Kong’s summer of rage, the last fortnight has been brutal. After months of focusing …

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Vietnam environmental activist ‘beaten’ in jail: wife

A Vietnamese environmental activist was beaten in prison for refusing to confess his crimes, his wife told AFP Friday in the one-party communist state notorious for jailing critics. Nguyen Ngoc Anh was sentenced to six years in jail in June for “undermining” the government on Facebook in posts about the environment and politics liked tens of thousands of times. Vietnam …

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Indonesia must probe environmentalist’s ‘suspicious’ death: HRW

The death of an Indonesian activist leading a lawsuit to block a Chinese-funded hydroelectric dam has raised “numerous alarm bells” and should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. Golfrid Siregar, 34, a lawyer and activist at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), was found injured and unconscious on a street in Sumatra’s Medan city last week. He died …

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