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 2020-02-28 02:11 

Manila Bulletin

Gordon prods Congress to amend PITC's charter...

Senator Richard J. Gordon pressed Congress on Friday to act on a bill that would amend the charter of the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) to give it more authority in carrying out the proposed stockpiling of strategic medical supplies ...

 2020-02-28 02:11 

Manila Bulletin

PNP Region 3 director leads launch of PNP JIPCO in Bulacan...

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan Central Luzon Police Regional Director, Brig. General Rhodel O. Sermonia led the launch of a Philippine National Police (PNP) project dubbed Joint Industrial Peace Concerns Office (JIPCO) in Barangay Sumapa, Victory Church Auditor...

 2020-02-28 02:10 

The Strait Times

Chinese oil trader Hontop Energy goes into receivership in Singapore...

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - Hontop Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd, the trading arm of a Shandong-based refiner, has gone into receivership, according to its business profile on the website of Singapore's accounting and corporate regulator.. Read more at straits...

 2020-02-28 02:09 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

Iran Covid-19 death toll reaches 26; Friday prayers cancelled...

DUBAI: Iran said on Thursday its death toll from the Covid-19 coronavirus had risen to 26, by far the highest number outside China, and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, including several senior officials....

 2020-02-28 02:09 

Channel NewsAsia

BTS cancel Seoul concerts as COVID-19 spreads in South Korea: Agency...

SEOUL: K-pop megastars BTS on Friday (Feb 28) cancelled four concerts they were due to hold in Seoul in April, their agency said, as the ......

 2020-02-28 02:07 

Inquirer.net

[ Philippines ]

China Bank nets P10.1B...

Sy family-led China Bank grew its net profit last year by 24 percent to P10.1 billion on the back of higher earnings from core lending and fee-based businesses alongside treasury gains. This translated to an improved return on equity of 11.04 percent and ...

 2020-02-28 02:07 

Channel NewsAsia

Earth captures new 'mini moon'...

Earth has acquired a second...

 2020-02-28 02:06 

The Strait Times

Malay rulers meet in hopes of resolving Malaysia's political turmoil...

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Malay rulers are expected to convene a special meeting at Istana Negara before Friday prayers, Bernama news agency reported.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-28 02:05 

Manila Bulletin

Risk of escalation in Syria grows hourly without urgent action: UN...

The United Nations on Thursday called for urgent action in northwest Syria, warning that "the risk of greater escalation grows by the hour."...

 2020-02-28 02:04 

Malay Mail Online

Steven Seagal fined in US over cryptocurrency promotion...

NEW YORK, Feb 28 US securities regulators announced yesterday they had fined actor Steven Seagal and suspended him from investment promotions over charges he hawked a cryptocurrency venture without disclosing compensation. The Under Siege actor......

 2020-02-28 02:02 

Manila Bulletin

Duterte prohibits use of vapes, e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces...

President Duterte has issued an executive order expanding his nationwide smoking ban to cover the use of vapes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products in enclosed public spaces....

 2020-02-28 02:02 

Malay Mail Online

Bursa Malaysia opens in red across the board as political crisis continues...

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 29 All listed index on Bursa Malaysia opened in the red today due to increased selling pressure as local political crisis continues to influence the market despite the announcement of RM20 billion stimulus package to battle......

 2020-02-28 02:01 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

#JOM! GO: Passion for Pattani...

On a trip to the southern Thai province, Alan Teh Leam Seng discovers its hidden gems...

 2020-02-28 02:01 

Bangkok Post

Profit margin ceiling for hospitals in the pipeline...

The government has pitched the idea of imposing a ceiling on profit margin for medical services at private hospitals as part of efforts to prevent overcharging....

 2020-02-28 02:00 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

Special Dewan Rakyat sitting: 'First time for Malaysia'...

KUALA LUMPUR: The 222 members of parliament who will convene for the special Dewan Rakyat sitting face a tough task....

 2020-02-28 02:00 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

#Showbiz: Game for any challenge...

TWO years ago, the country's most successful band of brothers called it a day in showbusiness....

 2020-02-28 02:00 

Malay Mail Online

Even when mothers quit smoking early in pregnancy babies still at risk of smaller body size...

HELSINKI, Feb 28 New European research has found that although mothers who quit smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy are reducing the negative risk that smoking poses to their unborn child, it still isn't enough to protect babies......

 2020-02-28 01:59 

Manila Bulletin

Rejected by Jamaica, Caymans over virus fears, cruise ship docks in Mexico...

A cruise ship turned away from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands after a crew member tested positive for flu has docked in Mexico and passengers will be allowed to disembark as long as "health standards" are met, the country's president said Thur...

 2020-02-28 01:59 

The Strait Times

Global stock losses hit US$6 trillion as coronavirus spreads...

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Global stocks have lost at least US$6 trillion (S$8.37 trillion) in market value since Jan 20 when the coronavirus outbreak first started becoming a concern for investors.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-02-28 01:57 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

Bursa opens in red across the board...

KUALA LUMPUR: All listed indexes on Bursa Malaysia opened in the red today over increased selling pressure as the local political crisis continues to influence the market despite the announcement of a RM20 billion stimulus package to battle the impact of ...

 2020-02-28 01:57 

Manila Bulletin

UN prepared to make humanitarian exemptions for N. Korea on coronavirus...

The UN Security Council on Thursday declared that it would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the heavy economic sanctions imposed on North Korea to help the impoverished country fight the novel coronavirus, Germany's ambassador to the UN said....

 2020-02-28 01:54 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

Police helicopter crashes in Tawau; 5 injured, 1 seriously...

TAWAU: A police personnel was severely hurt, while four others suffered minor injuries when the helicopter they were in crashed at the General Operations Force's (GOF) 14th Battalion camp here, last night....

 2020-02-28 01:51 

Malay Mail Online

Umno sec-gen urges MPs to boycott special Parliamentary sitting on Monday...

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa today urged all 222 members of the Dewan Rakyat to reject the special Parliament sitting on March 2 as announced by interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Annuar said the......

 2020-02-28 01:50 

Malay Mail Online

UN: Risk of escalation in Syria grows hourly without urgent action...

NEW YORK, Feb 28 — The United Nations on Thursday called for urgent action in northwest Syria, warning that "the risk of greater escalation grows by the hour." "The Secretary-General reiterates his call for an immediate ceasefire and......

 2020-02-28 01:50 

The Strait Times

Australian, New Zealand dollars suffer the world's woes on coronavirus spread...

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - The Australian and New Zealand dollars were heading for another week of losses on Friday (Feb 28) as fears for the health of the global economy fuelled bets on aggressive rate cuts and drove local bond yields to all-time lows.. Read mor...

 2020-02-28 01:48 

ABS-CBN

'ABS-CBN ang bumuhay sa akin': Solon emotional over potential ABS-CBN shutdown...

Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones and several other lawmakers are optimistic that Congress can renew the franchise of media giant ABS-CBN before they go on a Lenten break....

 2020-02-28 01:48 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

UAE Tour abandoned after two riders contract Covid-19...

DUBAI: The UAE Tour was abandoned on Thursday after two Italian cyclists tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, officials said, with teams and riders reported to be under lockdown in their hotels....

 2020-02-28 01:47 

Jakarta Post

Erdogan denounces 'massacres' committed against Muslims in India...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out Thursday against massacres of Muslims in India after communal riots in New Delhi left at least 33 dead....

 2020-02-28 01:46 

Channel NewsAsia

Discharged COVID-19 patients not a threat to the community: MOH...

The Ministry of Health's director of medical services Kenneth Mak explains how COVID-19 patients are tested before they are discharged from hospital....

 2020-02-28 01:45 

Malay Mail Online

Ringgit opens higher against US dollar...

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 The ringgit continued its uptrend against the US dollar at the opening today on improved demand as the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package introduced yesterday boosted investors' sentiment, analysts said. At 9am, the local note......

 2020-02-28 01:44 

Malay Mail Online

South Korea coronavirus cases pass 2,000, say authorities...

SEOUL, Feb 28 — South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking its total — the highest in the world outside China — to 2,022, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. More than 90 per cent of the new c...

 2020-02-28 01:44 

Malay Mail Online

Taylor Swift takes on toxic masculinity as 'The Man'...

NEW YORK, Feb 28 Taylor Swift dropped her directorial debut yesterday, releasing the music video for her song The Man in which she stars as, quite literally, the man. In heavy prosthetics and convincing drag, the 30-year-old pop juggernaut......

 2020-02-28 01:43 

Malay Mail Online

Polanski snubs French Oscars fearing 'lynching'...

PARIS, Feb 28 Controversial film director Roman Polanski told AFP yesterday he will not attend the French Oscars because he fears a "public lynching" by feminist activists. The veteran is at the centre of a storm of protest after his new......

 2020-02-28 01:43 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

Dr M arrives at Al-Bukhary Foundation for Bersatu meeting...

KUALA LUMPUR: Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived at the Al-Bukhary Foundation here at 9.12am....

 2020-02-28 01:42 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

Arsenal suffer shock exit as United and Wolves cruise into last 16...

ARSENAL suffered a shock Europa League exit to Olympiakos Piraeus on away goals after a 2-1 extra-time home defeat, while Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers cruised into the last 16 with emphatic aggregate wins on Thursday....

 2020-02-28 01:41 

Malay Mail Online

EC chief says ready for snap polls if it comes to that...

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — The Election Commission (EC) is ready to call for a general election should the need arises. Its chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun told Berita Harian that the commission is ever ready. "The commission's secretariat is ...

 2020-02-28 01:41 

Inquirer.net

[ Philippines ]

Duterte declares 2nd week of February as National Hazing Prevention Week...

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the second week of every February every year as National Hazing Prevention Week to end hazing and other fraternity-related violence. Duterte signed on February Proclamation No. 907, a copy...

 2020-02-28 01:41 

Antara News

[ Indonesia ]

5.7 magnitude quake hits North Sulawesi's Tahuna - ANTARA News...

An earthquake of 5.7 magnitude hit Tahuna in Sangihe Islands, North Sulawesi Province, early Friday, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) ......

 2020-02-28 01:39 

Inquirer.net

[ Philippines ]

Duterte bans vaping in public and manufacture, sale of unregistered e-cigarettes...

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a ban on the manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale of unregistered e-cigarette products and its use in public places. Duterte signed Executive Order 106 last Feb. 26, months after h...

 2020-02-28 01:38 

Malay Mail Online

Europe looking for positive signal from US on trade, says EU lawmaker...

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 The European Union hopes to de-escalate trade tensions with the United States but wants Washington to lower steel tariffs or make another goodwill gesture after a series of concessions by Brussels in recent years, a top EU......

 2020-02-28 01:38 

Philippine Star

Kobe Bryant's sister honors late sibling with tattoo...

Sharia, one of Bryant's two sisters, posted a photo of the tattoo on her back....

 2020-02-28 01:36 

ABS-CBN

Duterte formally bans vaping in public places...

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order which prohibits vaping or the use of e-cigarettes in public places in an expansion of his earlier nationwide smoking ban....

 2020-02-28 01:35 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

#Showbiz: Truth is out there...

THE rape of a woman and the murder of her samurai husband, as told by four witnesses who all contradict each other, makes for a spellbinding movie....

 2020-02-28 01:34 

Channel NewsAsia

South Korea COVID-19 cases pass 2,000, number expected to rise further: Authorities...

SEOUL: South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday (Feb 28), taking its total - the highest in the world outside China - to 2,022, ......

 2020-02-28 01:31 

Bangkok Post

SCB waits on new Myanmar licence...

Siam Commercial Bank plans to open its first branch in Myanmar this year if the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) grants a bank subsidiary licence, says a SCB senior official....

 2020-02-28 01:30 

Malay Mail Online

Sex harassment scandal dethrones 'Opera King' Placido Domingo...

MADRID, Feb 28 One of the world's most celebrated and prolific opera singers, Placido Domingo enjoyed a glittering six-decade career until a sexual harassment scandal brought down the curtain on his runaway success. Dubbed "the king of......

 2020-02-28 01:29 

Manila Bulletin

Drilon decries apparent haste to shut down ASB-CBN and render 11,000 jobless...

Senate minority leader Senator Franklin Drilon on Friday questioned the apparent haste in closing down ABS-CBN Corporation, lamenting the lack of concern of some sectors in the more than 11,000 employees that would be hurt in the event its franchise is no...

 2020-02-28 01:27 

New Straits Times

[ Malaysia ]

29 Turkish soldiers killed after air strike in Syria's Idlib...

ANKARA: The number of Turkish soldiers killed after an air strike blamed on Damascus in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib rose to 29, a local official said on Friday....

 2020-02-28 01:25 

The Strait Times

Chinese regulators remove game Plague Inc from China app stores: Developer...

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Strategy simulation game Plague Inc., which surged in popularity in China when the coronavirus epidemic first started, has been removed from the China app store after regulators said it contained illegal content, its developer said on...

 2020-02-28 01:25 

Inquirer.net

[ Philippines ]

Drilon opposes retired justices' stand: ABS-CBN franchise can't be decided in a vacuum...

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Friday refuted the opinion of retired justices on ABS-CBN's franchise, saying it cannot be decided "in a vaccum" since the livelihood of 11,000 employees are at risk. "W...

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