Civilians killed in airstrikes on Taleban base, Afghan official says

KABUL (REUTERS) – At least 12 civilians were killed and more than 10 others injured on Saturday (Sept 19) in twin airstrikes on a Taleban base in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz, a provincial official said. Defence ministry officials in Kabul, who said more than 40 Taleban fighters had been killed in the strikes, did not confirm any civilian […]

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In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

The country’s extensive response has been praised around the world but has led to harassment and slander, raising questions about privacy protections. By Choe Sang-Hun BUSAN, South Korea — The scandal that riveted South Korea’s online busybodies began when Kim Ji-seon checked into a beachside condominium in February. A 29-year-old office worker planning a June wedding, she had nothing more […]

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Hungary extends loan moratorium as economy struggles to recover from pandemic

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary will extend a moratorium on loan repayments for some households and companies until the middle of 2021, as its finance minister warned the economy could struggle to grow next year unless a coronavirus vaccine is found.FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Finance Minister Mihaly Varga speaks during a business conference in Budapest, Hungary, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File PhotoPrime […]

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Robots for cleaning floors, disinfecting lift panels among technologies being tested at Tampines market and food centre

SINGAPORE – Cleaning floors, monitoring pests and other laborious tasks in maintaining facilities such as food centres could soon be done by robots. Several robots, which perform tasks such as cleaning floors, inspect false ceilings, disinfect lift panels and map density of mosquitoes in the surroundings, are being test-bedded at Tampines Round Market and Food Centre and could be rolled […]

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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Sept 12

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Sept 19. Almost 1,000 hawker centre, coffee shop staff and delivery riders expected to be tested for Covid-19 this weekend MOH said the tests are voluntary as there has been no local evidence that the identified community groups are at higher risk of getting infected. READ MORE HERE Fire breaks […]

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Fiscal fizzle saps U.S. economic recovery, a possible boost to Biden

(Reuters) – This week’s economic data offers fresh hints that the U.S. recovery will slow without new federal aid, a possible blow to President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, especially since any new spending before the Nov. 3 presidential election seems unlikely.FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., September 16, […]

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Chime leapfrogs Robinhood as most valuable U.S. fintech startup on latest funding

(Reuters) – Chime has raised $485 million in a new funding round that values the digital-only banking firm at $14.5 billion, a company spokeswoman said on Friday. At its latest valuation, Chime has now overtaken Robinhood as the most valuable U.S. fintech startup. Investors including Coatue, ICONIQ, Tiger Global, Whale Rock Capital, General Atlantic, Access Technology Ventures, Dragoneer and DST […]

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