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‘Crop Apartheid’: Malaysia lashes out after EU votes to ban palm oil biofuels

MALAYSIA'S government has lashed out at the EU Parliament on Thursday following a vote to ban palm oil biofuels from its renewable energy strategy.

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Posted: 18 January 2018 | 8:30 am

The 7 most expensive cities to live in Asia

MANY of the most expensive cities to live in Asia are in East Asia, according to price aggregation website Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index 2018.

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Posted: 18 January 2018 | 6:21 am

Slum tourism: Driver for development or poverty porn?

FOR many people the concept of slum tourism is an insulting and jarring juxtaposition. For others, it's a tool for awareness that empowers the local community. It’s undoubtedly a sticky issue that continues to fuel debate. So can it ever be an ethical activity that should appear in your travel itinerary? Or is touring the favelas nothing more than poverty porn?   

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Posted: 18 January 2018 | 5:46 am

Duterte warns of imminent terror attack in Philippines

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a warning about an imminent terror threat in the country, saying airports, ports and other public places could be targeted.

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Posted: 18 January 2018 | 5:00 am

South Korea home to world’s busiest airline route

NEW YORK to Los Angeles? London to Paris? No, the most traveled flight path in the world last year was between two popular destinations in South Korea: that is, between tiny, sunny Jeju island and Korea’s trendy capital, Seoul.

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Posted: 18 January 2018 | 2:00 am

Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gifted real-life Flintstones car

KNOWN for his collection of exotic cars, a Malaysian sultan, was this week gifted his very own 'prehistoric' cartoon car, but he won't be getting blisters on his feet driving it around.

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Posted: 18 January 2018 | 2:00 am

Joshua Wong jailed again in Hong Kong

STUDENT activist Joshua Wong was sentenced by a Hong Kong court to a second jail term of three months for participating in the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014.

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Posted: 17 January 2018 | 2:02 pm

Hun Sen challenges commentators to golf, chess game over health rumours

CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed Western commentators as “stupid” for suggesting his health is deteriorating, suggesting he could demonstrate his fitness through competitive golf or chess. 

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Posted: 17 January 2018 | 11:55 am

Orangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probe

CONSERVATION authorities in Indonesia are investigating the death of an orangutan whose headless and apparently tortured body was found earlier this week in a river in central Borneo.

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Posted: 17 January 2018 | 6:00 am

‘Democracy in crisis’: Freedom House warns of rising anti-democratic forces in Asia Pacific

POLITICAL rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, warns rights watchdog Freedom House.

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Posted: 17 January 2018 | 5:53 am