The Online Citizen

China slams US restrictions on Chinese diplomats as ‘groundless’

China on Thursday slammed as “groundless” a US decision to order Chinese diplomats to notify the State Department before meeting with local officials, in the latest spat to strain bilateral relations. Washington — which called the move “reciprocal” — announced the decision Wednesday in response to the inability of US diplomats to meet with a range of Chinese officials and …

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Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. China has laid claim to nearly all of the sea and has built numerous military outposts on small islands and atolls, angering other countries with competing claims to the waters, including Malaysia. …

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Teo Soh Lung: Govt should not be seeing ghosts everywhere

by Teo Soh Lung Minister of Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung’s long sermon in parliament touched on many things. What was most alarming for me was his singling out of young people who had committed no wrong. He was brutal in his comments, clearly forgetting that as a minister of education, he has the responsibility to be fair to all …

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Hong Kong protest leader left bloodied in street attack

A leading face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement was rushed to hospital covered in blood late Wednesday after being attacked by unidentified thugs with hammers, his protest group said. The Civil Human Rights Front said leader Jimmy Sham was assaulted by four to five people wielding hammers in the district of Mongkok in what they described as an act of …

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Strong magnitude-6.4 quake hits Philippines’ Mindanao: USGS

A strong and shallow 6.4-magnitude quake hit the southern Philippines on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, sending hundreds rushing out of a shopping mall where local television said an elderly man was injured. The man received treatment after being struck by a falling object during the early evening quake, ABS-CBN television reported from the scene. The quake, …

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Singapore jails drunk N. Zealander for biting policewoman

A New Zealand woman has been jailed in Singapore for six and half months for biting a policewoman’s arm after a drunken night out while visiting her sister. Katie Christina Rakich arrived in Singapore one evening in June, already slightly drunk, and headed for dinner with her younger sister and her sister’s boyfriend, court documents showed. The 27-year-old drank beer …

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Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

by Jerome TAYLOR / Yan ZHAO Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislature. The speech by chief executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. But it instead …

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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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