Changi widens checks as Wuhan virus infects more cities in China

Temperature checks at Singapore’s Changi Airport will be expanded to cover all travellers flying in from China amid reports that the mysterious Sars-like virus has spread beyond Wuhan. The city in Hubei province itself reported a dramatic tripling of the number of people infected with the virus, while new cases were confirmed in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. South Korea also […]

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‘Too many twins’ hinder Sri Lanka’s record bid

An attempt to set a world record in Sri Lanka for the largest gathering of twins appears to have failed after too many turned up. The organisers of the event – Sri Lanka Twins – called on the island’s twins to gather at a sports stadium in the capital, Colombo, to try to break Taiwan’s Guinness World Record set in […]

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Britain's CDC adds $400 million of investments in Africa push

LONDON (Reuters) – UK government-owned finance agency the CDC Group has signed $400 million worth of African investment deals, part of a wider drive by Britain to develop new trade ties as it prepares to leave the European Union. CDC announced the new deals on Monday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for deeper links between Britain and Africa at […]

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ING under fire for palm oil financing as NGOs file complaint

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch unit of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development will consider a complaint from three NGO’s against banking giant ING Groep NV’s involvement in the palm oil industry. Dutch Milieudefensie, Liberian SDI and Indonesian WALHI claimed in July that the Dutch lender continued to finance firms in the industry, even after they had alerted ING about […]

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Asian Insider, Jan 20: Wuhan virus cases soar, bribery scandal clouds Japan’s IR plans, will US-China truce last?

Hi, In today’s bulletin: The sharp increase in the number of suspected Wuhan virus cases over the weekend is raising fresh alarm, our bureaus share their insights on the US-China trade deal, catch the latest on World Economic Forum on straitstimes.com, read more on the bribery scandal affecting Japan’s plans for Integrated Resorts and more Want to receive the latest […]

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Climate refugees can’t be forced home – UN

People fleeing immediate danger due to the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home, the UN has said. The landmark ruling centres on the case of Ioane Teitiota, whose home – the Pacific Island of Kiribati – is threatened by rising sea levels. Mr Teitiota applied for protection in New Zealand in 2013. The UN rejected his claim, saying […]

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Top Pakistani activist says she was prevented from leaving country

LAHORE (AFP) – Pakistani authorities refused to let a top human rights lawyer leave the country, citing her “anti-state activities”, she told AFP on Monday (Jan 20), in what appeared to be the latest example of an ongoing rights crackdown. Ms Jalila Haider, who last year featured on a BBC list of 100 inspiring and influential women for her work […]

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Three capitals in India's Andhra Pradesh to replace Amaravati

BANGALORE – The Andhra Pradesh government in south India on Monday (Jan 20) announced a decentralised three-city capital for the state, effectively cancelling the state’s plan for Amaravati, a high-tech city that was to be built from scratch with the support of Singapore. Last November, the newly-elected Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy terminated a contract with a consortium of […]

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