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China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will 'backfire'

2 hours 55 min ago
BEIJING: China warned Britain that its interferences in Hong Kong's affairs will "definitely backfire" after London criticised plans for a national security law in the former colony. China's foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday (Jun 3) that Britain had no jurisdiction or supervision over ...

Schools reopen in North Korea after COVID-19 delays

2 hours 57 min ago
SEOUL: North Korean children returned to their classrooms in face masks on Wednesday (Jun 3) as schools reopened after the new term was delayed for months by COVID-19 precautions. Pyongyang has not confirmed a single case of the deadly disease that swept the world after first emerging in ...

Vietnam says most serious COVID-19 patient on path to recovery

2 hours 58 min ago
HANOI: Vietnam's most gravely-ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who works for its national airline, has started to recover from the illness and may no longer require a lung transplant, state media said on Wednesday (Jun 3). Vietnam, which has reported no deaths from the coronavirus, has ...

Exclusive: Huawei hid business operation in Iran after Reuters reported links to CFO

3 hours 3 min ago
China's Huawei Technologies acted to cover up its relationship with a firm that had tried to sell prohibited U.S. computer gear to Iran, after Reuters in 2013 reported deep links between the firm and the telecom-equipment giant's chief financial officer, newly obtained internal Huawei documents ...

Landlords to give SME tenants more rental relief under proposed amendments to COVID-19 laws

3 hours 8 min ago
SINGAPORE: Landlords will have to dig into their pockets to provide small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) tenants with more rental relief under amendments to COVID-19 regulations set to be introduced in Parliament on Friday (Jun 5). As long as the leases or licences were in force on Apr 1 ...

Some global firms consider moving treasury operations out of Hong Kong: Sources

3 hours 8 min ago
HONG KONG: Some global companies are considering shifting some of their treasury operations out of Hong Kong as the United States moves to end the city's privileges, senior bankers said, in the latest blow to the territory's status as a major financial hub. US President Donald Trump has begun the ...

Man fined for having friend over during circuit breaker, says work permit revoked

3 hours 8 min ago
SINGAPORE: A man who had a friend over for drinks during the "circuit breaker" period and later drunkenly sent him home on his motorcycle was fined S$4,000 on Wednesday (Jun 3) and banned from driving all vehicles for two years. Malaysian national Arvinish N Ramakrishnan, 23, said his work permit ...

Football: Villa's Grealish looks to make amends for lockdown breach

3 hours 14 min ago
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish says he has been doing as much charity work as possible to make amends after being disciplined by the club for ignoring lockdown rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man found guilty of raping daughter twice in one night, threatening her with penknife

3 hours 28 min ago
SINGAPORE: A man was found guilty on Wednesday (Jun 3) of raping his daughter twice in one night while threatening her with a penknife. The man, 53, was convicted of nine charges, including two counts of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated sexual assault by penetration as well as charges of ...

Germany's Lufthansa posts first-quarter net loss of €2.1 billion

3 hours 32 min ago
German airline Lufthansa posted a net loss of 2.1 billion euros (US$2.35 billion) in the first quarter, writing down the value of assets as the coronavirus pandemic hits the travel sector.

5,400 home renovation projects get approval to resume work after circuit breaker

3 hours 38 min ago
SINGAPORE: More than 5,400 home renovation projects have received approval to resume work, as Singapore moves into its first phase of reopening after the "circuit breaker" period. New applications to resume suspended renovation works will be approved within two days "if the submission is in order" ...

Australia mulls return of crowds to sporting stadiums as COVID-19 cases slow

3 hours 46 min ago
Small crowds at sporting events may be possible in the near future, Australia's deputy chief medical officer said on Wednesday, citing successful efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

5 arrested, more than 1,100 cartons of duty unpaid cigarettes and drugs seized

3 hours 48 min ago
SINGAPORE: Authorities have arrested two Singaporean men and three foreign women for alleged involvement in duty-unpaid cigarettes and drug activities. A joint operation on Saturday (May 30) by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Singapore Customs at two locations uncovered drugs and more than ...

Outdoor Swiss hotel 'rooms' give new meaning to light and airy

3 hours 51 min ago
WALENSTADT, Switzerland: Two Swiss conceptual artists are offering seven open air "hotel rooms" this summer across a "performance space" encompassing eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Guests "perform", without an audience, by spending the night in a double bed with unobstructed views of ...

Nomura considers having fewer staff at headquarters permanently

4 hours 2 min ago
Nomura Holdings Inc is considering having fewer staff work at its Tokyo headquarters permanently now that the coronavirus pandemic has spurred a huge shift to remote working, its chief executive said.

US senator Cotton cautions Britain over Huawei cooperation

4 hours 2 min ago
U.S. Republican Senator Tom Cotton cautioned Britain on Wednesday that a decision to allow China's Huawei a role in 5G networks could hurt military cooperation and be an issue in trade talks.

Mumbai streets deserted as India's biggest city braces for cyclone

4 hours 5 min ago
MUMBAI: Bracing for the first ever cyclone to hit Mumbai in living memory, people in India's most populous metropolis stayed off the streets and scrambled to protect their homes before the torrential rains and gale-force winds struck. Authorities ordered offices and factories to shut and people ...

New Zealand sport set for fans boost with end to COVID-19 curbs in sight

4 hours 13 min ago
WELLINGTON: Professional sport in New Zealand could welcome fans back to stadiums as early as next week with the government set to decide whether to lift all social distancing restrictions imposed to due the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will decide on Monday whether ...

Tencent accelerates games company acquisitions

4 hours 18 min ago
LOS ANGELES: Chinese social media and entertainment giant Tencent is understood to have paid US$260 million for a majority stake in Bohemia Interactive, a Czech-based games designer behind the ArmA and DayZ games series. The news was reported Wednesday (Jun 3) by The Information. Tencent declined ...

Veteran athletics coach found guilty of molesting athlete 7 years ago at Tampines Stadium

4 hours 22 min ago
SINGAPORE: A veteran athletics coach with 35 years of experience was found guilty on Wednesday (Jun 3) of molesting a teenage athlete twice in 2013. Loh Siang Piow, 75, also known as Loh Chan Pew, was convicted of two charges of using criminal force on the woman at Tampines Stadium in order to ...

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