Japan's Osaka and two more regions expected to request COVID-19 measures - 22分前  Channel NewsAsia

TOKYO: Japan's western prefecture of Osaka and two neighbouring regions are expected to join in a widening declaration of COVID-19 prevention measures, Osaka's governor said on Thursday (Jan 20).Japan added more than 41,000 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday as the Omicron variant spread, a tally by nat
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Indonesia's central bank surprises with hefty RRR hikes, eyes Fed - 31分前  Channel NewsAsia

JAKARTA : Indonesia's central bank announced on Thursday a surprise 300 basis point hike in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for banks over the next eight months, in one of its first concrete signs of monetary tightening.At its first policy meeting of the year, Bank Indonesia (BI) kept its benchmark 7-
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Prominent figure in Catholic community charged with sex offences against teenage boys - 43分前  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: A prominent figure in the local Catholic community was charged in court on Thursday (Jan 20) with sexual offences against teenage boys between 2005 and 2007.The man cannot be named due to detailed gag orders imposed by the court, that prohibit the publication of his name, designation, appointme
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Home Team’s robotic dog could respond to chemical incidents, support police patrols when it joins frontline operations - 48分前  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: A dog walks through a chemical plant, but it is not a stray one. It is a robot, capable of detecting poisonous gas in the air after a leak.The four-legged Rover-X, jointly developed by the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX), moves autonomously through the plant with a soft whir, its
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Evergrande's offshore shareholders say to seriously consider enforcement actions - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

HONG KONG : An ad hoc offshore shareholder group of China Evergrande said on Thursday it has seen no substantive engagement from the firm with offshore creditors to formulate a viable restructuring plan, despite the firm's repeated assurances.The group, represented by law firm Kirkland & Ellis and investm
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China's top steel producer Hebei sees output down 10per cent in 2021 amid government curbs - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

BEIJING : China's top steel producer, Hebei province, saw crude steel output plunge 10per cent in 2021, hurt by stringent environment controls aimed at curbing pollution and reducing carbon emissions. The northern province of Hebei, which produces more than double the world's second biggest steelmaker Ind
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Singapore-Indonesia leaders’ retreat to be held in Bintan on Jan 25: Indonesian foreign ministry - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

JAKARTA: The next Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat will be held on Jan 25, said the Indonesian foreign ministry on Thursday (Jan 20). In a press conference, Mr Mirza Nurhidayat, the director in charge of Southeast Asia affairs at Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that both leaders
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Sydney to host two T20s in revised Sri Lanka series schedule - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

Australia's five-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka will be played in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne after the cricket board (CA) moved games out of Queensland and South Australia to reduce travel in light of rising COVID-19 cases. The Sydney Cricket Ground will play host to the first two T20s, follo
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Malaysia central bank holds interest rate at record low - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low on Thursday, as expected, to support the recovering economy.All 23 economists surveyed in a Reuters poll had expected Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to hold its overnight policy rate steady at a record low of 1.7
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India, Tesla in 'weird stalemate' on tax cut demands with no investment pledge-sources - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

NEW DELHI : Talks between India and Tesla Inc over potential tax benefits are deadlocked as the government is not keen to give the company any breaks without a commitment to manufacture locally, people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.Tesla is desperate to import and sell its electric vehicles i
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Tiley says not resigning, denies Tennis Australia paying Djokovic legal fees - 29分前  Channel NewsAsia

MELBOURNE: Embattled Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday (Jan 20) he would not be resigning over the Novak Djokovic saga and denied Tennis Australia were paying the Serbian's legal and travel expenses.Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday night, hours after a Federal
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ICA foils attempts to illegally import bak kwa and pork floss from Malaysia - 39分前  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has foiled attempts to illegally import bak kwa and pork floss through Singapore's land border over the past two weeks.Officers detected 169 cartons and 11 packets of unapproved assorted bak kwa - a sweet barbecued meat - as well as
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Amazon to open fashion store where algorithms suggest what to try on - 44分前  Channel NewsAsia

Amazon.com Inc's recipe for the department store of the future includes algorithmic recommendations and what one corporate director called "a magic closet" in the fitting room.The online retailer is making another push to grow its fashion business, announcing on Thursday it will open its first-ever appare
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Afghan women losing jobs fast as economy shrinks and rights curtailed - 52分前  Channel NewsAsia

KABUL: In a small tailoring workshop in Kabul, 29-year-old Afghan entrepreneur Sohaila Noori looks on as her dramatically reduced workforce of around 30 women sew scarves, dresses and baby clothes.A few months ago, before the hardline Islamist Taliban movement seized power in August, she employed more tha
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Entain's online growth slows, betting shops bounce back - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

:British gambling firm Entain's quarterly revenue from online betting slipped after years of steady growth, while betting activity at its physical shops bounced back on easing of coronavirus restrictions.Entain said on Thursday its online net gaming revenue fell 9per cent year-over-year in the fourth quarter
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Israel signs $3.4 billion submarines deal with Thyssenkrupp - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

JERUSALEM : Israel has agreed with Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to develop and produce three advanced submarines for the Israeli Navy in a deal worth 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion), Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.The parties also signed an industrial strategic cooperation agreement that amounts
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Tongan 'real life Aquaman' survives 27-hour swim after tsunami - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

WELLINGTON: A 57-year-old Tongan man who said he swam around 27 hours after getting swept out to sea during Saturday’s (Jan 15) devastating tsunami has been hailed a "real life Aquaman".The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday killed at least three people, sent tsunami waves rol
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Dubai's Network International says spending in UAE above pre-pandemic levels - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

DUBAI : Dubai-based payments processor Network International said on Thursday spending in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was now above pre-pandemic levels, supported by the world fair Expo 2020 Dubai.International and domestic spending volumes increased 104per cent and 17per cent respectively year on year
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NFT craze fuels US$4.3 billion French football card startup - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

PARIS: Sorare, the French startup behind a game that lets players trade virtual football stickers for hefty sums, on Tuesday said it had raised a record US$680 million from investors, valuing the group at US$4.3 billion.It is the largest amount ever raised in a single private fundraising round in the
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Deliveroo reports 36per cent rise in gross value of Q4 orders - 1時間前  Channel NewsAsia

LONDON :Food delivery company Deliveroo said the gross transaction value (GTV) of orders on its platform rose 36per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter, resulting in it hitting the top of its guidance range with a 70per cent rise for the year.Food delivery boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic when pubs and
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