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Thai police order for intel on Muslim students sparks outrage

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:52
A Thai Muslim student group Wednesday called for police to drop an order requesting universities to provide "intelligence" on Muslim students and their activities in the Buddhist-majority state.

Comcast to provide free Xfinity Flex TV device for internet customers

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:51
REUTERS: Comcast Corp said on Wednesday it will offer Xfinity Flex, its streaming media set top box, and a voice remote for free to its internet-only customers. Xfinity Flex allows customers to browse and search for content from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime as well as ...

Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster prep questions in Japan

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:30
TOKYO: A lengthy post-typhoon blackout outside Tokyo that has left tens of thousands of people without power for more than a week is raising questions about preparedness in disaster-prone Japan. "It's worse than we thought," an official from Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) told AFP, as authorities ...

Make smartphones last longer to cut emissions in EU: Activists' report

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:30
Extending the lifespan of smartphones by just one year would significantly reduce carbon emissions in the European Union, a report from environmental groups said on Wednesday, urging new EU rules to make electronics last longer.

Facebook unveils new Portal video chat, TV streaming devices

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:25
Facebook Inc unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting devices on Wednesday, making the company's first foray into TV streaming hardware but offering a limited selection of subscription services.

'Every year we go through this': Malaysians urge Putrajaya and Jakarta to tackle haze

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:20
KUALA LUMPUR: Frustrated by the recurrence of haze, Malaysians have been left helpless in dealing with the choking air.  On Wednesday (Sep 18), air quality in 10 areas in Malaysia fell within the “very unhealthy” range, forcing nearly 1,500 schools nationwide to close. The haze originated from ...

Make smartphones last longer to cut emissions in EU: Activists' report

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:17
Extending the lifespan of smartphones by just one year would significantly reduce carbon emissions in the European Union, a report from environmental groups said on Wednesday, urging new EU rules to make electronics last longer.

Indonesia to publish final report on Lion Air crash in November

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:09
The final report on the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet that killed 189 people last year will be published in the first half of November, Indonesia's civil aviation authority said on Wednesday.

Tonga's Veainu looking forward to clash with 'nuisance' neighbour Tuilagi

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 19:01
Tonga's Telusa Veainu is relishing a first international meeting with his nuisance of a neighbour and Leicester Tigers team mate Manu Tuilagi when they face England in their Rugby World Cup opener on Sunday.

ECB weighs investigating Deutsche Bank over alleged unauthorized bond purchases: sources

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:57
The European Central Bank is examining whether to open a formal investigation into Deutsche Bank for allegedly buying some of its own securities without authorization, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

After 10 year wait, hosts Japan ready to face Russia in World Cup opener

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:56
TOKYO: With the weight of an expectant nation on their shoulders and a governing body desperate for the hosts to succeed in the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, Japan head into the tournament opener on Friday under arguably more pressure than any other team. Fortunately, head coach Jamie Joseph ...

Apple spars with EU as US$14 billion Irish tax dispute drags on

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:50
Apple accused the European Commission of misunderstanding its business on day two of the iPhone maker's appeal against a US$14 billion tax order, in a dispute that is key to the EU's drive to collect more taxes but which could also run for years.

Futures on back foot before Fed policy decision

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:50
REUTERS: U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday as investors waited for the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates in what has been a rocky week for global markets. The central bank is expected to lower interest rates by a quarter percentage point for the second time in three months ...

Youth climate activists to join Sweden's Thunberg in protest at US Supreme Court

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:42
Seven young Americans who have sued the U.S. government for failing to take action on climate change will join Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Man hired hitman on Dark Web to kill ex-lover's boyfriend in 'cold-bloodedness', says judge

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:40
SINGAPORE: A man who hired a hitman on the Dark Web to kill the new flame of his former mistress did so in a series of calculated steps that showed "cold-bloodedness, a high level of sophistication and involved a high degree of planning and deliberation". These were the words of the judge who ...

Chinese experts to probe panda Chuang Chuang's death in Thai zoo

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:36
Animal experts from China are to arrive at a Thai zoo on Thursday to investigate the unexpected death of a giant panda in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thai officials said.

Racial politics to heat up in Malaysia after PAS-UMNO pact: Analysts

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:35
KUALA LUMPUR:  With a national cooperation charter inked by former nemesis United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) over the weekend, Malaysian politics will likely take on even stronger racial undertones, said analysts interviewed by CNA. Despite promises that ...

Former captains hope World Cup mirrors impact of England’s ’79 tour

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:35
Forty years after first meeting on the rugby field, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont and new Japanese Rugby Football Union President Shigetaka Mori shared a special reunion on Tuesday, just days before Japan hosts the World Cup.

AELTC to invest in pre-Wimbledon grass court tournaments

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:30
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said on Wednesday it would invest in grass court tournaments in Europe to improve player preparation ahead of the Wimbledon championships in 2020.

Football: Barca defender Alba sidelined with hamstring injury

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 18:24
REUTERS: Barcelona defender Jordi Alba injured his hamstring in the 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, his team said in a statement on Wednesday (Sep 18), with Spanish media reporting that the Spain international will be out for around two weeks. The left back was forced off in ...