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Feb 26, 2021 12:34 AM

Britain imposes more sanctions as Myanmar sees fresh clashes

[YANGON] Britain slapped further sanctions on Myanmar's generals on Thursday for "overseeing human rights violations...


Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Pritam Singh questions timing of petrol tax hike, calls for an independent panel to scrutinise Budget


LEADER of the Opposition Pritam Singh on Wednesday slammed the petrol duty hike as an "ill-timed bolt from the blue...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Investment in grads, green economy, SMEs in procurement feature in debate


THE start of the three-day debate on Budget 2021 saw lawmakers from both sides of the House discuss a wide range of...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Labour MPs call for support for vulnerable groups and protection of 'Singaporean Core'


MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) from the Labour Movement have called for more measures to protect vulnerable workers -...

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Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Malaysia's king says Parliament can convene during emergency

MALAYSIA'S King Al-Sultan Abdullah said on Wednesday Parliament can convene during a state of emergency, a move that...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Hong Kong plans lower budget deficit as economy expected to recover

HONG Kong plans to run a much-lower budget deficit in the coming fiscal year as the economy is expected to recover...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Thailand working on plan to welcome vaccinated tourists by Q3

THAI authorities are preparing a plan to ease restrictions for travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus, senior...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Sterling gets a boost from vaccinations and moves to ease lockdown measures


VACCINATIONS and steady moves by the United Kingdom government to relax the lockdown measures in the coming weeks...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Myanmar junta's top diplomat in talks with Thailand, Indonesia

THE Myanmar junta's foreign minister visited Thailand on Wednesday as regional powers tried to broker an end to...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

Germany approves Covid home tests to ease lockdown

GERMANY approved three Covid-19 tests for home use as part of Health Minister Jens Spahn's strategy to help Europe's...

Feb 25, 2021 05:50 AM

UK confident of vaccine supply from manufacturers

BRITAIN said on Wednesday it was confident in manufacturers' timely supply of Covid-19 vaccines to keep fuelling one...

Feb 25, 2021 03:56 PM

Ministers spar with NCMP Leong Mun Wai over suggestion of Employment Pass levy

A BLANKET levy on Employment Pass (EP) holders is a signal to foreign investors that Singapore doesn't welcome them...

Feb 25, 2021 02:49 PM

Singapore unlikely to move out of Phase 3 soon: Janil

SINGAPORE is not expected to move out of Phase 3 "any time soon" said Senior Minister of State for Health Janil...

Feb 25, 2021 01:24 PM

Thai Jan factory output falls 2.8%, smaller drop than forecast

[BANGKOK] Thailand's manufacturing production index (MPI) in January contracted 2.8 per cent from a year earlier as...

Feb 25, 2021 12:50 PM

Facebook bans Myanmar military from its platforms with immediate effect

[SINGAPORE] Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram...

Feb 25, 2021 12:27 PM

China vows five-year plan dedicated to climate but growth, security concerns weigh

[BEIJING] China has promised to dedicate its new "five-year plan" to tackling climate change, but concerns about...

Feb 25, 2021 10:18 AM

Australia's Q4 business investment surprisingly jumps

[SYDNEY] Australian business investment rose by a larger-than-expected 3 per cent with spending in new buildings and...

Feb 25, 2021 10:16 AM

South Korea's central bank holds fire on rates; investors eye bond purchase plan

[SEOUL] South Korea's central bank kept interest rates steady on Thursday, maintaining support for a fragile...

Feb 25, 2021 07:25 AM

Biden says he has seen intelligence report on Saudi journalist's murder

[WASHINGTON] US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he has already seen a soon-to-be released intelligence report...

Feb 25, 2021 07:04 AM

US, rights groups criticise Malaysia for deportations to Myanmar

[KUALA LUMPUR] The United States on Wednesday led criticism of Malaysia for deporing more than 1,000 Myanmar...

Feb 25, 2021 07:00 AM

Argentine economy contracted 10% in 2020: official estimate

[BUENOS AIRES] Argentina's economy shrank by 10 per cent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to...