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Twitter admits policy 'errors' after far-right abuse
WASHINGTON: Twitter's new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said on Friday (Dec 3) that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.Even the social network admitted the roll out of the r
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Bitcoin extends downtrend, falls 12.1per cent to US$47,176
Bitcoin dived 12.14per cent to US$47,176.09 on Saturday, losing US$6,567.6 from its previous close.Bitcoin, the world's biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, is down 31.6per cent from the year's high of US$69,000 reached on Nov. 10.Ether, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, dr
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New man Li Xiaopeng facing same old problems as China coach
HONG KONG : Six games into another increasingly futile attempt by China to qualify for the World Cup, Li Xiaopeng will be confronted by a host of issues when he takes over the head coach's role from Li Tie.The former Shandong Luneng tactician was handed the unenviable task of guiding the nation
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Biden says he is crafting a plan for Russia-Ukraine crisis
WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden said on Friday (Dec 3) he is developing comprehensive initiatives to make it difficult for Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine and that he would not accept Moscow's "red lines", as fears mounted that the simmering conflict could erupt into war.A v
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US intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive
WASHINGTON: US intelligence officials have determined that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive against Ukraine that could begin as soon as early 2022 and would include an estimated 175,000 personnel, according to an administration official.The new intelligence finding esti
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The Singapore Zoo's first-ever 'glampcation', extended until May 2022, is now sold out
When Singapore Zoo announced its first-ever outdoor dome tent experience called Staycation in the Wild, on Thursday (Dec 2), the two-day-one-night experience was slated to run from Dec 16 this year to March 19 next year.Demand for this unique "glampcation" was so high that the Zoo extended its run
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Australia Omicron variant spreads, testing COVID-19 reopening plans
MELBOURNE: The COVID-19 Omicron variant spread in Australia on Saturday (Dec 4), testing plans to reopen the economy as a cluster in Sydney grew to 13 cases and an infection was suspected in the state of Queensland.Federal authorities are sticking with a plan to reopen the economy on the hope that t
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Cash-for-recycling programme among initiatives under PAP’s new green plan for towns
SINGAPORE: Residents in towns managed by the People’s Action Party (PAP) will be encouraged to adopt a zero waste lifestyle, through a cash-for-recycling programme and more paper recycling machines set up in their estate, the party announced on Saturday (Dec 4).Under its Action for Green Towns (A
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Goldman Sachs launches green finance group with Beijing think tank
BEIJING : Goldman Sachs Group Inc and the International Finance Forum (IFF), a Beijing-headquartered think tank, launched a green finance working group on Saturday, the two said.The working group will facilitate dialogue on climate action among senior executives from global corporations and rese
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Korean actress Gianna Jun on acting goals and ageing well
Despite being one of the most well-known faces in Asia, acting never gets easier for South Korean superstar Gianna Jun.“I feel like I climbed the mountain 1,000 times,” she said about filming her latest series, Jirisan.Jun plays Seo Yi-Gang, a mountain ranger at Jirisan, a mountain located about
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New York film critics name Drive My Car best film of 2021
The New York Film Critics Circle on Friday named Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s intimate three-hour epic and Haruki Murakami’s short story adaptation, the best film of the year. Hamaguchi’s film, about a widowed actor played by Hidetoshi Nishijima, has been widely hailed since its debut ear
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South Korea reports record-high COVID-19 cases, deaths
SEOUL: South Korea reported a record daily 5,352 new COVID-19 infections and 70 deaths, while a nationwide total of nine cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Saturday (Dec 4).The government on Friday announced that people vi
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Wanderers coach Robinson praises Rodwell after first A-League start
Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Carl Robinson hailed the performance of Jack Rodwell after the former Everton and England midfielder made it through 80 minutes in his first start for the A-League club.Rodwell had made a pair of appearances from the bench in Wanderers' opening two games but
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US labor movement's next frontier is the tech industry, AFL-CIO's Shuler says
WASHINGTON : The U.S. tech sector is the next frontier for labor organizing, and its workers are starting to understand the collective power unions have, President of the AFL-CIO Liz Shuler said on Friday at the Reuters Next Conference.Shuler said the labor federation - which comprises 56 affili
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US labor movement's next frontier is the tech industry, says AFL-CIO's Shuler
WASHINGTON: The US tech sector is the next frontier for labor organising, and its workers are starting to understand the collective power unions have, President of the AFL-CIO Liz Shuler said on Friday (Dec 3) at the Reuters Next Conference.Shuler said the labor federation - which comprises 56 affi
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US, Russia make progress toward resolving diplomats spat: State Department
WASHINGTON: The United States and Russia have made progress toward resolving a stand-off over staffing at their respective embassies, resulting in Washington ending a policy that allowed family members of embassy staff in Moscow to leave Russia, a State Department spokesperson said on Friday (Dec 3)
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Blinken warns Chinese leaders over Taiwan as global crises mount
LONDON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Reuters Next conference on Friday (Dec 3) that Chinese leaders should think carefully about their actions toward Taiwan, warning of "terrible consequences" if China precipitates a crisis across the Taiwan Strait.In an interview, Blinken addres
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Money, money, money: ABBA sues over Abba Mania cover band
NEW YORK : The Swedish pop supergroup ABBA on Friday filed a lawsuit to stop a British cover band known as Abba Mania from using that name.In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for ABBA accused Abba Mania's managers of "parasitic and bad-faith conduct" by tra
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Money, money, money: ABBA sues over Abba Mania cover band
The Swedish pop supergroup ABBA on Friday filed a lawsuit to stop a British cover band known as Abba Mania from using that name.In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for ABBA accused Abba Mania's managers of "parasitic and bad-faith conduct" by trading off ABBA'
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POFMA correction direction issued to Goh Meng Seng over COVID-19 Omicron variant falsehoods
SINGAPORE: A correction direction has been issued to opposition politician Goh Meng Seng over a Facebook video that contains "false and egregious claims" about the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Dec 3). The video, which Mr Goh posted on various online l
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