Asia

Hong Kong curbs airport links as protesters vow ‘stress test’

Hong Kong reduced rail and bus links to the city’s airport on Sunday and police stepped up security checks in a bid to scupper plans by pro-democracy protesters to disrupt the bustling transport hub. The airport — the world’s eighth busiest — has become a frequent target for a protest movement pushing for greater democratic rights and police accountability. Online …

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Indonesia, Malaysia probe Lion Air customer data leak

Authorities are probing a customer data leak at Lion Air, Indonesia’s communications ministry said Friday, in a breach that reportedly affected millions of the carrier’s customers. Two of the airline’s subsidiaries, Malaysia-based Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air, acknowledged passenger data may have been stolen from remote servers operated by Amazon. “Thai Lion Air has come to be aware that …

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Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force

by Jerome TAYLOR Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, allegations that were rejected by a commanding officer. In a report based on interviews with nearly two dozen activists, most of whom were hospitalised after their arrests, the global rights watchdog said that officers routinely went …

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Toddler, teen killed in Papua clash: Indonesian military

A toddler and teenager were among three people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, the military said Thursday. The deadly clash comes after mass demonstrations and violence gripped Papua – on the western half of New Guinea island – fuelled by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule in Indonesia’s …

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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia — including nearly 300 in the smog-hit capital Kuala Lumpur — over soaring health concerns sparked by toxic haze from …

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Asian markets mostly up after Fed rate cut, eyes on BoJ

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates but investors were left unsure about its next possible move, with focus now on whether the Bank of Japan will continue the global central bank easing drive. While the Fed met expectations with its 25-basis-point reduction, the lack of strong forward guidance disappointed many, who were also concerned …

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Indonesia’s toxic haze affecting Borneo’s orangutans – rescuers

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, a rescue foundation said Tuesday. Jakarta has deployed thousands of troops as temporary fireman and deployed dozens of water-bombing aircraft to battle blazes that are turning pristine forest into charred landscape …

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Indonesian haze closes schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

by Sam Reeves Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed thousands of schools across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the city’s Formula One motor race. Illegal fires to clear land for agriculture are blazing out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands, with Jakarta deploying thousands of security forces …

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Hong Kong’s summer of protests leaves economy bruised and battered

by Yan ZHAO / Sean GLEESON As pro-democracy protests grind on for a fourth month, Hong Kong has been left counting the cost, with the city’s tourist industry battered and businesses forced to lay off staff as they struggle to stay afloat. Images beamed around the world of black-clad demonstrators battling police in full riot gear on streets usually lined …

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Indonesia ‘doing everything’ to put out forest fires – President Widodo

Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area Tuesday. Forest fires are raging on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, sending a choking fug across the region — including towards neighbours Malaysia and Singapore. During a visit to Riau …

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