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Rohingya refugees walk with relief materials last week at the Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Will Rohingya issue alter Myanmar's ties with China?

Publication date 18 January 2018 | 18:29 | ICT

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Although Myanmar has deftly managed its relations with China and is not a Chinese satellite state, this could change due to mounting pressure over the Rohingya crisis.

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  • An Apple store in Shanghai, July 12, 2017. Two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked Apple to study the health effects of its products and to make it easier for parents to limit their children’s use of iPhones and iPads. Yuyang Liu/The New York Times Investors prod Apple on devices’ effects on children
    Publication date 09 January 2018 | 19:58 | ICT

    A creator of the iPhone called the device “addictive.” A Twitter founder said the “internet is broken.” An early Facebook investor raised questions

  • Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gives out alms in a merit-making ceremony at her residence in Bangkok in a photo posted in August 2017. Facebook Opinion | Is Yingluck really wanted?
    Publication date 10 January 2018 | 12:17 | ICT

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  • Indonesian students participate in a protest to commemorate Global Tiger Day in Banda Aceh on July 30, 2017. Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

    Indonesian students to undergo ‘personality assessment’

    Publication date 05 January 2018 | 17:38 | ICT

    JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Starting with the next academic year, which will begin in June, students across Indonesia will receive a personality report that the government says will be as important as the academic reports they

  • Muhammad Nasir (R), 64, and his wife Aminah (L), 65, join 436 other couples in a free mass wedding in Jakarta on December 31, 2017, despite being married since 1968 due to financial reasons and Islamic laws. Goh Chai Hin/AFP

    Indonesians most optimistic for 2018: Gallup

    Publication date 05 January 2018 | 17:25 | ICT

    JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Indonesia ranks among the world’s happiest and most optimistic countries, according to US-based Gallup International’s 41st Annual Global End of Year Survey. The survey, which was conducted in 55 countries between October and December 2017, asked respondents

  • The Malaysian flag. Flickr/Dylan Waters. CC BY 2.0

    Malaysia's opposition holds off naming PM candidate

    Publication date 05 January 2018 | 17:11 | ICT

    KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ANN) - Malaysia's opposition alliance gave mixed signals on Thursday about who would be its prime ministerial candidate, pushing the announcement to Sunday (Jan 7) when the four-party pact will hold its annual convention. The presidential council of Pakatan Harapan (

  • In an undated handout photo, Morris Njeru, who lives outside Nairobi, Kenya, has had 8 donkeys stolen in the past year and must rent this donkey for $5 per day. Strong demand in China for ejiao, a traditional medicine made from gelatin extracted from boiled donkey hides, has led to a rise in donkey thefts in many countries. Rachel Nuwer via The New York Time

    Donkey slaughter is a high price for healing in China

    Publication date 05 January 2018 | 16:54 | ICT

    NAIROBI, Kenya — "This is the spot,” said Morris Njeru, gazing down at a tangled patch of farmland where he recently found the bloody corpses of David, Mukurino and Scratch — his last donkeys. Njeru, 44, a market porter who depends on his animals to ferry goods around this city, had already lost

  • A view of private and public housing in Singapore on March 10, 2017.

    Singapore's property market on the upturn

    Publication date 04 January 2018 | 21:28 | ICT

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  • Thai PM losing favour as November polls still uncertain

    Publication date 04 January 2018 | 20:08 | ICT

    By Tan Hui Yee BANGKOK (The Straits Times/ANN) - What a difference a year makes.

  • Cranes at the Khorgos Gateway, where China is building a rail hub and town in a Kazakh desert, in Khorgos, Kazakhstan, December 14, 2017. The gateway gambit is not only reshuffling global transport routes, but also shaking up Kazakh and global politics as China inserts itself deeper into a region that Russia considers squarely within its area of influence. Andrea Bruce/The New York Times

    Site of China’s ambitious new ‘port’? Landlocked Kazakhstan

    Publication date 03 January 2018 | 18:22 | ICT

    KHORGOS, Kazakhstan — China’s largest shipping company has poured billions of dollars into buying seaports in Greece and other maritime nations around the world.

  • President Donald Trump during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, December 20, 2017. Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea on January 2, boasting that he commands a “much bigger” and “more powerful” arsenal of devastating weapons than North Korea. Doug Mills/The New York Times

    Trump tweets his ‘nuclear button’ is ‘much bigger’ than Kim Jong Un’s

    Publication date 03 January 2018 | 17:51 | ICT

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea, boasting in strikingly playground terms on Tuesday night that he commands a “much bigger” and “more powerful” arsenal of devastating weap

  • The world celebrates New Year’s Eve

    Publication date 01 January 2018 | 17:32 | ICT

    In Sydney, rainbow fireworks sparkled off the Harbour Bridge in celebration of Australia’s recent legalisation of same-sex marriage.

  • Amadeo García García fishes outside of Intuto, Peru, July 14, 2017. The Taushiro tribe vanished into the jungles of the Amazon basin in Peru generations ago, and Amadeo is now the last native speaker of their language. Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times

    Thousands once spoke his language in the Amazon. Now, he’s the only one

    Publication date 27 December 2017 | 15:37 | ICT

    INTUTO, Peru — Amadeo García García rushed upriver in his canoe, slipping into the hidden, booby-trapped camp where his brother Juan lay dying. Juan writhed in pain and shook uncontrollably as his fever rose, battling malaria. As Amadeo consoled him, the sick man muttered back in words that no one