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Singaporean information law receives 1st challenge

Singapore's controversial law against online misinformation was challenged in court for the first time on Thursday as concerns mount that it is being used to stifle criticism ahead of elections. The legislation gives authorities the power to order corrections placed next to posts they deem false.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/16 22:23:40

Chinese man living in Japan contracted coronavirus in Wuhan: WHO

A Chinese man living in Japan who recently traveled to Wuhan, Central ­China's Hubei Province was confirmed on Thursday as having contracted the new coronavirus discovered in the city last month.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/16 22:18:42

Thousands apply for a date to the moon

Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/16 18:28:40

WMO confirms past decade was world's hottest on record

The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said on Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/16 18:18:40

Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste

Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the "Interceptor" is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world's waters of plastic.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/16 16:03:40

Japan confirms 1st case of pneumonia linked to coronavirus

Japan confirmed its first case of pneumonia linked to the coronavirus, a government official said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/16 11:35:27

University of Tokyo fires associate professor for racist, anti-Chinese tweets

The University of Tokyo on Wednesday fired an associate professor for a number of racist, anti-Chinese remarks he made on Twitter starting in November last year.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/16 8:51:03

Philippines evacuees try to visit homes near volcano

Philippine authorities were struggling Wednesday to keep thousands of evacuees from returning to homes in areas threatened by a feared massive eruption of Taal volcano.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/15 23:18:40

Retrial opens for South Korea's ex-president Park

The retrial of ousted former South Korean president Park Geun-hye began Wednesday over the sprawling corruption scandal that saw her impeached, convicted and jailed, only for the hearing to end after five minutes.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/15 23:13:41

Thick bushfire smoke disrupts Day 2 of Australian Open tennis qualifiers

For the second consecutive day, qualifying rounds for the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne have been disrupted due to poor air quality, with thick bushfire smoke continuing to sweep across the city from blazes in Victoria State's Gippsland region.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/15 11:37:11

South Australian premier kicks off int'l trip to reboot tourism following bushfires

The premier of South Australia (SA) has departed for an official trip to Asia in an attempt to boost the state's tourism industry following devastating bushfires.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/15 11:35:37

Top India court confirms four to hang for rape-murder

India's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed pleas for a review of the death sentence handed down to four men in the rape and murder of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, leaving an appeal to the president as their only possible recourse.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/14 22:28:42

Inter-Korean projects could help ease sanctions on NK: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it was too early to be pessimistic about stalled denuclearization dialogue between the US and North Korea, and that inter-Korean cooperation could help ease the way for sanctions to be lifted.
Source: Agencies | 2020/1/14 22:28:40

Jakarta flood victims sue city governor

Jakarta's governor has been hit with a lawsuit filed by residents of the sprawling city after torrential rain sparked floods and landslides that killed dozens and left thousands homeless, a lawyer said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/14 22:18:44

Ocean heat signals climate crisis

Climate change will become a more serious question facing the international community in 2020 as global warming results in more extreme weather disasters, the Chinese lead author of a newly released academic paper warned on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/14 22:03:40

Global fire seasons expand

Bushfires ravaging Australia have provided a foretaste of the kinds of conditions that could become normal unless the world moves rapidly to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases-driving global warming, scientists have warned.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/14 18:13:40

China's role to be significant for Korean Peninsula's denuclearization: S. Korean president

China's role has been and will be very significant in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and building a permanent peace on the peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/14 15:15:33

S. Korea's Moon says optimistic about relations with DPRK

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday expressed his optimistic view over the relations between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) although the deadlocked talks between the DPRK and the United States brought difficulties to the inter-Korean ties.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/14 12:08:54