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Singapore population rises 1.3% to 5.61 million

Even as more Singaporeans had babies last year, Singapore’s population growth remained low, rising 1.3 per cent to reach 5.61 million in June. The statistics, released on September 27 by the National Population and Talent Division in its annual Population in Brief report, also showed that ...

Thai authorities downplay Zika risk, worried by tourism impact

Health and city officials in Thailand downplayed risks from rising infections from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to serious birth defects, and expressed concern that disclosing information would damage its tourism industry. On September 9, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned ...

North Korea flooding kills 133, displaces 107,000 - UN

Flooding from heavy rain in North Korea has killed 133 people in its northeast while 395 are missing, with many homes and critical infrastructure destroyed, a U.N. agency said on September 12. News of the natural disaster came as North Korea looked even more isolated from ...

World Bank staff point to 'leadership crisis' at global lender

Staff at the World Bank delivered a broadside against its sitting president this week, saying the global lender faced a “crisis of leadership” and risked irrelevance on the world stage. The rebuke, made in an open letter from the Bank’s staff association, came as informal talks ...

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on July 24 after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said. ASEAN is now facing ...

Tokyo stocks dive more than 8% on Brexit shock: report

Tokyo stocks went into a hair-raising dive on Brexit fears, plunging more than 8 per cent Friday (Jun 24), as major firms’ shares including Toyota and mobile carrier SoftBank went into freefall.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange dropped as much as ...

Asia stocks sag as oil slip dampens sentiment, dollar stalls

Asian stocks sagged on 1 June as a slip in crude oil prices dampened investors’ appetite for riskier assets, while the recently bullish dollar stalled against the euro and yen following a mixed bag of U.S. economic data. There was little market reaction to the official and private ...

Vietnam tells Taiwan firm to dig up waste pipe amid "red tide" disaster

Vietnam has told owners of a Taiwanese-built steel plant to dig up a controversial waste pipe, even after it found no evidence tying its discharge to mass fish deaths that have triggered health fears and public anger. Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha declared illegal the waste ...

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