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 2020-02-21 09:38 

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Evening Update: Today's headlines from The Straits Times on Feb 21...

Good evening! Catch up on some of the main headlines on Friday, Feb 21.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 09:36 

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Coronavirus: North Korea cancels Pyongyang Marathon...

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon - its biggest tourist money-spinner of the year - because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a leading tour company said on Friday (Feb 21).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 09:27 

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$5,000 fine for man who unlawfully flew drone before it got hit by an LRT train...

SINGAPORE - A man who unlawfully flew a drone near Sengkang LRT station before it got struck by a train was fined $5,000 on Friday (Feb 21).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 09:25 

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The Big Story: Five S'poreans disembark Diamond Princess; Enhanced cleaning measures on Singapore Airlines' flights; S'poreans finding practical ways to help...

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' (ST) weekday talk show.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 09:23 

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Taxi driver allegedly strangled and punched in attempted robbery; police investigating...

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating an attempted robbery in Hougang on Thursday morning (Feb 20) in which a taxi driver was allegedly strangled and punched by the robber.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 09:15 

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In Pictures: Passengers disembark Princess Diamond cruise ship...

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 2020-02-21 09:03 

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Thailand's opposition party Future Forward dissolved by court over loans from leader...

BANGKOK - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday (Feb 21) ruled to dissolve Future Forward, the country's second biggest opposition party, and ban its executives from politics for 10 years over loans from party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruang...

 2020-02-21 09:03 

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WikiLeaks' Assange may seek asylum in France: Lawyer...

PARIS (REUTERS) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is jailed in Britain fighting extradition to the United States for espionage and computer hacking, may seek asylum in France, his lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti said on Friday (Feb 21).. Read more at str...

 2020-02-21 08:46 

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Taleban, Afghan forces reach pact to reduce violence, in move that could lead to US withdrawal...

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (REUTERS) - Afghan, international and Taleban forces will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan beginning at midnight (1930 GMT), an Afghan official and Taleban leaders said on Friday (Feb 21). . Read more ...

 2020-02-21 08:45 

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A level results: JC sportsman who suffers from seizures and body tremors hopes to become a physiotherapist...

SINGAPORE - When Lim Yong Jin first enrolled in the former Jurong Junior College (JC) in 2016, he was like any other regular student, eager to make friends and participate in a co-curricular activity (CCA).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 08:39 

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'I imagine Hong Kong would need your magic now,' says daughter of comedic icon Lydia Sum...

Twelve years after Lydia Sum died, daughter Joyce Cheng still holds deep and fond memories of the legendary Hong Kong comedian.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 08:37 

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Coronavirus patient re-hospitalised in China's Chengdu after testing positive again...

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A coronavirus patient initially discharged following recovery in southwestern Sichuan province's Chengdu city has been readmitted after testing positive again during a quarantine period at home, the city's public health clinica...

 2020-02-21 08:34 

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NBA: Trae Young scores 50 as Hawks' run upends Miami Heat...

(REUTERS) - Trae Young scored a career-high 50 points to help hosts Atlanta Hawks to a 129-124 win over the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Thursday.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 08:30 

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Philippines will repatriate 480 citizens from coronavirus-hit ship...

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - The Philippines will fly back on Sunday (Feb 23) as many as 480 citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan hit by the novel coronavirus, the Southeast Asian nation's Health Department said Friday.. Read more at strait...

 2020-02-21 08:26 

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Malaysia seeks to boost auto industry with new tech, but previous controversial policies remain...

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia launched on Friday (Feb 21) a new roadmap to revive its stagnant automotive industry, aiming to more than double the sector's contribution to the economy from 4.2 per cent of GDP in 2018 to 10 per cent by 2030.. Read more at st...

 2020-02-21 08:25 

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Malaysia probes dozens over misinformation on coronavirus...

PUTRAJAYA (AFP) - Malaysia is investigating 27 people for allegedly spreading misinformation about the new coronavirus, officials said on Friday (Feb 21), as governments across Asia crack down on false claims about the epidemic.. Read more at straitstimes...

 2020-02-21 08:21 

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Poachers jailed for life over murder of Kazakh wildlife ranger who was protecting rare antelopes...

KARAGANDA, KAZAKHSTAN (AFP) - A court in Kazakhstan on Friday (Feb 21) sentenced three poachers to life in prison for beating to death a state ranger charged with protecting the endangered saiga antelope.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 08:18 

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Orchard Towers killing: 2 more men have murder charges reduced to assault...

Four others - including the sole woman allegedly involved in the case - had their murder charges reduced last year. Only one alleged offender still faces a murder charge.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 08:16 

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China police handle 274 cases of price gouging, hoarding during virus outbreak...

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's police authorities have handled 274 cases of illegal commercial practices such as price gouging and hoarding during the coronavirus outbreak, an official with China's public security bureau told a briefing on Friday (Fe...

 2020-02-21 08:02 

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Artificial intelligence could fight a future coronavirus...

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - Disease outbreaks like the coronavirus often unfold too quickly for scientists to find a cure. But in the future, artificial intelligence could help researchers do a better job.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 08:00 

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Coronavirus shows plight of China's overstretched doctors...

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - The coronavirus epidemic has shined a spotlight on another simmering crisis in China's healthcare system: a critical shortage of doctors.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:53 

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Ukraine minister joins China evacuees in coronavirus quarantine after clashes...

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's health minister said she will spend two weeks in quarantine with evacuees from coronavirus-hit China after protesters clashed with police and threw stones at returnees over infection fears.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:47 

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Viral video prompts outpouring for bullied Australian boy...

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian boy with dwarfism who was bullied to the point he wanted to...

 2020-02-21 07:46 

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Taiwan's 'Queen of ballroom dance' Serena Liu in critical condition after heart surgery...

Taiwan's...

 2020-02-21 07:45 

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SBS Transit makes police report over 'abhorrent act' of spitting at Rumbia LRT station lift buttons...

The transport operator also encouraged commuters to be considerate to others on top of practising good personal hygiene.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:45 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong news presenter Shannon Liu locks her face masks in a safe to prevent theft...

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a shortage of face masks in some countries, with some people saying it is currently the most sought-after item in the world.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:34 

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World's biggest cricket stadium in India raises eyebrows ahead of opening by Trump...

NEW DELHI (AFP) - US President Donald Trump will open the world's biggest cricket stadium in India next week, but critics wonder whether it's just another vanity project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state.. Read more at straitstimes...

 2020-02-21 07:32 

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A level results: RI graduate teased for his birth defects in primary school scores straight As...

SINGAPORE - In primary school, children teased him with names like 'vampire' and 'botak'.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:30 

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A-level results: Class of 2019 attains best passing rate since 2006...

SINGAPORE - Students who sat the GCE A-level examination last year set a new record in achieving the best passing rate since the junior college curriculum was revised in 2006.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:28 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kongers set up face mask factory amid panic buying...

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Responding to shortages of face masks amid a frightening coronavirus epidemic spreading from the mainland, a group of citizens in Hong Kong have set up a surgical face mask factory to ease supplies and deter price gouging in some sto...

 2020-02-21 07:27 

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Masks and kisses: Philippine couples brave virus to exchange vows...

MANILA (REUTERS) - Wearing blue surgical masks amid a coronavirus outbreak, 220 couples exchanged vows and kisses in the central Philippines to launch their married lives.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:23 

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China says coronavirus vaccine trials to start around late April...

BEIJING (AFP) - China could start clinical trials for a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus around late April, an official said Friday (Feb 21).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:20 

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Industrial technology trade show in Singapore renewed for 5 more years...

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Trade show Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific will be held for another five years in Singapore, with German organiser Deutsche Messe also setting up its regional headquarters here.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:06 

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Coronavirus: Italian national in Lombardy region tests positive...

MILAN (REUTERS) - An Italian national has tested positive for the new coronavirus, a statement of the Lombardy region said early on Friday (Feb21) morning.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 07:00 

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Money FM Podcast: Strategies to amplify branding for businesses and start-ups...

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 2020-02-21 06:57 

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Coronavirus: Epidemic enters new phase as cases outside China multiply...

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - South Korea has more than 150 cases. Those for Singapore and Japan have topped 85. And then there are the 600-plus from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 06:53 

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Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of hampering its access to Gulf meet on coronavirus...

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of allowing a protracted dispute to hinder Gulf Arab coordination over the coronavirus outbreak by denying the Qatari health minister timely access to a meeting of regional health ministers in Riyadh.. Read...

 2020-02-21 06:46 

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Coronavirus: China's chicken chain comes unstuck amid chaos of virus measures...

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's chicken farmers had been looking forward to a bumper year.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 06:22 

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US cruise ship passenger in Malaysia who tested positive for Covid-19 clear of virus...

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The US cruise ship passenger who tested positive for coronavirus in Malaysia is now clear of the disease.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 06:04 

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Malaysia to send second rescue plane to Wuhan...

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia will be sending another plane to Wuhan to evacuate its citizens from the city in China on Feb 25.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 06:02 

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Lawrence Wong to attend G-20 finance ministers' meeting in Riyadh this weekend...

SINGAPORE - Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong will be attending a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from Feb 22 to 23.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 06:01 

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Tokyo governor criticises suggestion that London could host 2020 Olympics...

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Friday (Feb 21) it was inappropriate for candidates in London's mayoral election to propose their city host the 2020 Olympic Games if the coronavirus outbreak forces organisers to look for an alter...

 2020-02-21 05:57 

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Coronavirus weakens job market for record number of Chinese graduates...

BEIJING (REUTERS) - The coronavirus outbreak is denting the prospects of this year's record 8.7 million Chinese university graduating class, with many students stuck at home just as the corporate recruitment season usually swings into high gear.. Read...

 2020-02-21 05:56 

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Wuhan hospital doctor dies from coronavirus...

WUHAN (XINHUA) - Dr Peng Yinhua, a doctor at a Wuhan hospital that receives patients infected with the coronavirus, died from the viral infection on Thursday (Feb 20) night, according to the local health bureau.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 05:53 

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Coronavirus: Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew...

TOKYO (AFP) - The nightmare of a 14-day quarantine is ending for most passengers on the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, but it is far from over for the more than 1,000 crew.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 05:51 

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Singapore blogger Xiaxue in war of words with American plus-size model La'Shaunae Steward...

Singaporean blogger Xiaxue has previously lobbed brickbats at targets, from singer Adele to climate activist Greta Thunberg.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 05:43 

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Iranians begin voting in parliamentary election...

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iranians began voting on Friday (Feb 21) in a parliamentary election unlikely to change the Islamic Republic's troubled relations with the United States, after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favour of hardliner...

 2020-02-21 05:38 

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Australia to spend A$1.1 billion to upgrade strategic northern airbase...

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia will spend A$1.1 billion (S$1.02 billion) to upgrade an airbase in the country's tropical north, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday (Feb 21), a development that increases Canberra's military armoury in the Pa...

 2020-02-21 05:27 

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4 weeks' jail for lorry driver who offered $100 bribe to police officer over traffic offence...

SINGAPORE - A lorry driver found guilty of attempting to bribe his way out of a traffic summons was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Friday (Feb 21).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-21 05:22 

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South Korean cult church leader says coronavirus outbreak is the 'devil's deed'...

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The leader and self-proclaimed messiah of a South Korean religious movement at the centre of the country's largest coronavirus outbreak on Friday (Feb 21) called the disease the...

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