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  • China: Yulin dog meat festival, 10,000 Dogs has been consumed

    The annual dog meat festival in China’s southwestern town of Yulin has attracted scores of protesters and online criticisms, after thousands of dogs were slaughtered in the annual celebration of the summer solstice. BEIJING: An annual dog meat festival in the town of Yulin, south-west of China, has provoked an increasing backlash from within the

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  • Samsung heir apologises in public for MERS spread

    SEOUL — The heir of the Samsung business group made a deep bow in apology as criticism mounts on a Samsung hospital for its role in spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Mr Lee Jae-yong, 47, apologised to the MERS victims and patients today (June 23) in his first public speech since taking over

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  • South Korea reports three new MERS cases, bringing total to 175

    SEOUL — South Korea’s health ministry reported three new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) today (June 23), taking the total to 175 in an outbreak that is still the largest outside Saudi Arabia but which is seen to have levelled off. The health ministry also said 54 people who had tested positive for

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  • HK: Political reform failure, it’s business sector shift focus

    Hong Kong should move on and focus on economic and social issues now that the curtain has fallen on the ill-fated electoral reform effort, leading economists said. Hang Seng Bank senior economist Ryan Lam cited the ageing population as a major economic challenge that needs to be tackled without further delay. “The Hong Kong government

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  • 25th person dies from MERS in South Korea

    SEOUL: Another person in South Korea died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Saturday (Jun 20), said the health ministry. The 63-year-old man’s death makes him the 25th person in the country to die from the virus since the outbreak in May. The ministry said the man who died had suffered from heart disease

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  • South Korea reports no new cases of MERS, first time since June 3

    SEOUL: South Korea’s health ministry said on Saturday that no new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had been recorded, the first time in 16 days. The ministry said on Friday that an outbreak of the disease appeared to have leveled off. There also were no more deaths, the ministry said, leaving the total

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  • Japan: US$3.5m for Rohingya migrants

    The country will extend the funds through global agencies such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees TOKYO: Japan on Saturday (Jun 20) offered US$3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan remained committed to helping national reconciliation efforts on

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  • Korean starlet Jung In Ah dies in skydiving accident

    SEOUL: South Korean model and actress Jung In Ah, 38, has died after a fatal skydiving accident, according to Korean news reports. Jung, 38, went skydiving on June 13 in Goheung county in South Jeolla province, located at the southernmost tip of South Korea. Her body was found on June 16 tangled with her parachute,

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    Plasma treatment trial for Mers has begun in South Korea

    South Korea is to begin trials of an experimental plasma treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) which has now killed 19 people. The treatment – which has already proved useful for tackling other deadly diseases, including Ebola – uses blood from patients who have successfully fought off the same infection. To date, more than

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  • A pro-democracy protester holds a yellow umbrella, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, during a march to demand lawmakers reject a Beijing-vetted electoral reform package for the city's first direct chief executive election in Hong Kong, China on June 14, 2015
    Hong Kong on high alert as new democracy showdown looms

    HONG KONG: Dozens of police stood guard around Hong Kong government headquarters on Tuesday (Jun 16), a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week. The Chinese-ruled city is bracing for a fresh democracy showdown after protests crippled parts of

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