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Blunt instrument? What a list of banned articles says about China’s censors

23 Aug

SHANGHAI: An old review of an academic monograph on agrarian revolutionaries in 1930s China is hardly a political third rail in Beijing today, even by the increasingly sensitive standards of the ruling Communist Party. That such a piece appeared on a list of some 300 scholarly works that Cambridge University Press (CUP) said last week […]

Guam ‘all calm’ despite North Korea threats: Officials

23 Aug

TOKYO: Guam’s number two politician on Wednesday (Aug 23) rolled out the welcome mat to tourists, promising his sun-kissed tropical island is safe – despite North Korea’s threat to launch missiles toward the Pacific US territory. Lieutenant Governor Raymond Tenorio made the comments in Tokyo where he was joined by Guam’s tourism boss Jon Nathan […]

USS John S McCain collision: US Navy to relieve 7th fleet commander, says source

23 Aug

WASHINGTON: The US Navy will in the coming hours relieve the three-star admiral who commands its seventh fleet following a series of collisions in Asia, a US official told Reuters late on Tuesday (Aug 22), speaking on condition of anonymity. “An expedited change in leadership was needed,” the official said, explaining the thinking behind the […]

Typhoon Hato forces Hong Kong to issue highest hurricane warning signal

23 Aug

HONG KONG: Hurricane signal No. 10, the highest in Hong Kong’s storm warning system, has been issued by the Hong Kong Observatory in an advisory on Wednesday (Aug 23) as Typhoon Hato edged closer to the city.  Hundreds of flights and other transport services have been cancelled and schools and most businesses in the financial […]

Rugby: England to face Kiwis in women’s World Cup final

22 Aug

BELFAST: England will face New Zealand in the women’s Rugby World Cup final after the holders cruised to a 20-3 victory against France in Belfast on Tuesday (Aug 22). Prop Sarah Bern and substitute back Megan Jones scored the decisive second-half tries for England at Kingspan Stadium. Emily Scarratt was the star when England defeated […]

Venezuela-US relations at lowest point ever – Maduro

22 Aug

CARACAS/BOGOTA: Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest point ever, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday in a speech at the presidential palace for international media that was televised to the nation. “Unfortunately we are in the worst moment of the relationship with the government of the United States,” said Maduro. He […]

Bangladesh upholds death sentences on politician, 14 members of elite force, for murders

22 Aug

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Tuesday upheld death sentences on a leading politician and 14 members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014. Politician Nur Hossain, at the time a member of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League, had paid members of the […]

Indonesia cuts interest rates in effort to boost growth

22 Aug

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s central bank made a surprise 25 basis point rate cut to interest rates Tuesday as Southeast Asia’s largest economy seeks to boost growth. Bank Indonesia’s board of governors unexpectedly slashed the rate from 4.75 per cent to 4.5 per cent, defying the predictions of most analysts polled before the announcement. “Cutting the policy’s […]

Chinese rights lawyer admits subversion in what wife calls show trial

22 Aug

BEIJING: A prominent former Chinese rights lawyer on trial for subverting state power on Tuesday said overseas workshops inspired him to try to overthrow China’s political system, in what his wife and activists said was a show trial designed to discredit him. Jiang Tianyong, 64, who was disbarred in 2009 after he took on sensitive […]

Australia inquiry says defence force failed to stop abuse

22 Aug

SYDNEY: Australia’s defence force has repeatedly enabled sexual abuse of teen recruits since the 1960s, a powerful government inquiry said in a report published on Tuesday. Senior defence staff knowingly allowed recruits as young as 15 to be humiliated in initiation rites including being held down while boot polish was smeared on their genitals during […]