The Online Citizen

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at top UN court

by Danny KEMP and Jan HENNOP Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide against Myanmar in the UN’s top court Wednesday, despite admitting the army may have used excessive force against Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi denied “misleading and incomplete” claims by The Gambia that a 2017 military operation had attempted to exterminate the Rohingya, in a …

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Certis APO kicking PMD rider; LTA says that it does not condone any behaviour that deviates from the established rules of engagement

Commenting on the incident where a Certis Cisco Auxillary Police Officer kicked a PMD rider off the road, the Land Transport Authority said in a Facebook post that it does not condone any behaviour that deviates from the established rules of engagement. According to LTA, a team of LTA Active Mobility Enforcement Officers (AMEOs) and APOs was conducting enforcement duties …

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Indonesia hit with $5.2 billion in forest-fire losses: World Bank

Forest fires that raged across Indonesia dented Southeast Asia’s biggest economy to the tune of some $5.2 billion, the World Bank said Wednesday, not including the health impacts from toxic haze that sent air quality plummeting. The fires are an annual problem but this year was the worst since 2015 due to dry weather, with 942,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) …

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Malaysian police to quiz Anwar over sex assault claims

Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will be questioned by police over allegations he sexually assaulted a male former aide, officials said Wednesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish his career. Anwar has vehemently denied the claims by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who says he was assaulted last year. The 72-year-old Anwar, seen as the likely successor to Prime …

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Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

Scientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste. Huge quantities of plastic have piled up on land and been dumped in the sea across the world, with Asian nations in particular facing criticism for failing to tackle the problem. Researchers …

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Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to government

An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose “in a society that values freedoms and rights”. The group’s damning conclusion is a blow to Hong Kong’s government, which has insisted its Independent Police Complaints Commission is capable …

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Facebook firm on message encryption despite pressure

by Rob Lever Facebook said Tuesday it plans to move ahead with strong encryption for all its messaging applications, claiming that allowing law enforcement special access would end up being “a gift to criminals, hackers and repressive regimes.” The comments from the leading social network come weeks after officials from the US, Britain and Australia called on Facebook to allow …

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China’s diplomatic push in Asia sees mixed results: study

China has spent billions of dollars to project soft power in Asia but it has struggled to win the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens in parts of the region, a study said Tuesday. President Xi Jinping doubled China’s foreign affairs budget in six years from 30 billion to 60 billion yuan ($8.5 billion) to bolster its global diplomacy, according …

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