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Duterte's drugs war lieutenants get key posts in Philippine police reshuffle
2018-04-19 11:47:22 MANILA (Reuters) - Police at the helm of the Philippine war on drugs were given top posts in the national force on Thursday, indicating no let-up in a brutal crackdown that has caused international alarm, and defined Rodrigo Duterte's 21-month presidency. The job of national police chief was given to Oscar Albayalde, a strict disciplinarian who has been in charge of Metro Manila, where the vast majority of the thousands of drugs war killings have occurred   Read More ...
Editorial: Abe on Mar-a-Lago mission to align US interests on N. Korea with Japan's
2018-04-19 11:00:47 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has opened his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida. This is a very important moment for Japan to communicate its interests regarding North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs ahead of Trump's upcoming summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un, expected to be held by early June. The Abe-Trump talks will last two days   Read More ...
Police corporal freed on charge of sending false communication on PM, DPM
2018-04-19 11:00:33 KUALA LUMPUR: A policeman was acquitted and discharged on a charge of improper use of network application by sending false communication against the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister through his Facebook account two years ago, without calling for his defence.   Read More ...
Fewer children arrested last year but shoplifting remained top offence, figures show
2018-04-19 10:45:02 SINGAPORE - The number of children arrested fell last year though shoplifting remained the top offence. Police statistics released to The Straits Times show that 1,088 juveniles under the age of 16 were arrested in 2017, down from 1,134 in 2016 and 30 per cent fewer than the 1,561 caught in 2012. TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE. Login Thank you for reading The Straits Times You have reached one of our stories   Read More ...
Prisoner’s escape spurs introduction of facial recognition system
2018-04-19 10:01:05 The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Justice Ministry plans to introduce a facial recognition system at a correctional facility in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, as early as this fiscal year, in the wake of a prisoner’s escape from the facility, according to sources. The ministry also plans to require all inmates at the workshop of Matsuyama Prison to be equipped with the Global Positioning System (GPS) so the prison can locate fugitives immediately   Read More ...
'Be My Protector': Launch of new anti-human trafficking app
2018-04-19 10:00:32 PETALING JAYA: The fight against human trafficking in the country could be intensified following the launch of the first ever anti-human trafficking mobile application in Southeast Asia. Once a report is lodged, Tenaganita will investigate the authenticity of the case, before reporting directly to the authorities in order for action to be taken.   Read More ...
Federal govt spends RM525k to provide solar energy for Orang Asli
2018-04-19 10:00:27 GUA MUSANG: The federal government has spent RM525,000 to provide solar energy to 150 Orang Asli houses which were without electricity in Pos Gob here.   Read More ...
Man charged with killing brother-in-law previously gets life imprisonment for another murder
2018-04-19 09:00:13 SINGAPORE - A man who spent seven years in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for killing his brother-in-law has been sentenced to life imprisonment for another murder. Yaacob Mohamed Yatim, 58, pleaded guilty on Thursday (April 19) to stabbing and causing the death of Mr Abdul Rashid Mohd Nenggal, an acquaintance he had fallen out with. A court heard that Yaacob was charged with the murder of his brother-in-law following a domestic dispute in 1999   Read More ...
Driver pleads guilty to causing death of motorcyclist
2018-04-19 08:45:10 SINGAPORE -A motorist making a right turn on an amber light failed to notice a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction. He crashed into its rider Mr Arvind Rajah Gopal, 25, who died about a week later from his injuries. Wiltson Lim Hee Leng, 57, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (April 18) to causing the 25-year-old's death through a negligent act on Jan 2, 2016   Read More ...
Maid's murder case set for mention on May 28
2018-04-19 08:01:42 BUKIT MERTAJAM: The magistrate's court here today fixed May 28 to mention a case involving a woman charged with murdering her Indonesian maid. Magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azahar set the date after deputy public prosecutor Hamzah Azhan informed the court that the prosecution had yet to receive the post-mortem and chemist reports. On Feb 21, M. A. Ambika, 60, was charged with the murder of Adelina Lisao, 28, at her house in Medan Kota Permai 2, Taman Kota Permai 2, here, at 4pm on Feb 10   Read More ...
Unemployed man found dead at PPR Desa Rejang
2018-04-19 08:01:05 KUALA LUMPUR: An unemployed man, who is believed to have been assaulted, died at the Desa Rejang People's Housing Project (PPR) in Setapak here yesterday. Wangsa Maju district police chief Supt Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif said the victim, aged 53, was injured on the head. Preliminary investigation found that the victim had seven records for drug-related offences, he said. The body was sent to Selayang Hospital for post mortem   Read More ...
Opposition-Tun M pact an 'act of convenience': Sarawak CM
2018-04-19 08:01:00 SIBU: The opposition's decision to work with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed showed they had no stand, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. He described the collaboration as no more than an 'act of convenience' to achieve their political agenda. "In the past, DAP opposition leaders described Dr Mahathir as a dictator and self-serving, but today the situation has changed and they are now good friends   Read More ...
Heavy downpour causes mud flood in Bandar Tasik Selatan
2018-04-19 08:00:56 KUALA LUMPUR: Heavy downpour since late afternoon yesterday caused an apartment area near the ongoing construction of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway in Bandar Tasik Selatan here to be inundated with mud flood.   Read More ...
N. Korea high on summit agenda / Japan hopes for best, but Trump unpredictable
2018-04-19 08:00:55 By Hiroshi Tajima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterPALM BEACH, Fla. — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed during bilateral summit talks on Tuesday that the two countries would maintain maximum pressure on North Korea. Trump also pledged to raise the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea at a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un slated to be held by early June   Read More ...
Trump vows to raise issue of abductions
2018-04-19 08:00:51 By Michitaka Kaiya and Hiroshi Tajima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WritersPALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to take up the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned by early June. Trump made the promise during a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida, where Abe and Trump reaffirmed cooperation on policies related to North Korea   Read More ...
Opposition's proposals would see national debt hitting RM1 trillion
2018-04-19 07:47:32 BATU PAHAT: Pakatan Harapan's proposal to abolish tolls, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and PTPTN student loans would see the national debt ballooning to more than RM1 trillion and the economy collapsing, claimed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic). "If they abolish tolls, GST and PTPTN as stated in Pakatan's manifesto, the nation's debt would increase by RM430bil, with the total going up to more than RM1 trillion based on a study done by the Ministry of Finance," he said   Read More ...
Improved career guidance for former inmates re-entering job market
2018-04-19 07:45:21 SINGAPORE - For many workers, the fast-changing labour market is a great concern. For prisoners re-entering society after years out of the job market, it poses an even greater challenge. In an effort to improve their chances of finding work, the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) has enhanced its career guidance for inmates. A series of "rehabilitative-focused" initiatives will be carried out through programmes such as job profiling - which matches prisoners to industries they are interested in - and performance coaching   Read More ...
Woman admits to assaulting mother and abusing policeman with vulgar language
2018-04-19 06:45:18 SINGAPORE - A 33-year-old woman, who assaulted her parents in their Toa Payoh North home, lashed out at four police officers and abused them with vulgar language when they arrived at the flat. Cheryl Sng Yu Qin also snatched and tore up a statement Staff Sergeant Gerald Ng Yong Sheng was taking from her mother about the events that took place in May 2017   Read More ...
US poised to ask N. Korea to abandon missiles capable of striking Japan
2018-04-19 06:01:15 PALM BEACH, Florida -- U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated that he will ask North Korea to abandon short- and medium-range missiles that could strike Japan in addition to intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland during a U.S.-North Korea summit slated for the beginning of June or earlier. The suggestion came as Trump met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in southeastern Florida   Read More ...
STYLE FILES / How logos are important for fashion brands
2018-04-19 05:49:06 By Akira Miura / Special to The Japan NewsFashion weeks were held in February and March in New York, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo, with fashion brands conducting runway shows and exhibitions to introduce their collections for this autumn through winter 2019. Even more important than the production of these events is their indication of what fashion trends are coming next and what kinds of products are likely to be big sellers   Read More ...
Hitachi develops method to detect childhood cancer from urine
2018-04-19 05:48:53 The Yomiuri Shimbun Hitachi Ltd. has developed technology capable of detecting childhood and other forms of cancer by analyzing urine, allowing checks to be conducted more simply, the company has announced. Hitachi plans to begin a demonstration experiment in April using samples from 250 people, both cancer patients and people who are healthy. The company aims to put the technology into practical use in the early 2020s   Read More ...
Research team develops thermally stable, highly efficient solar cell
2018-04-19 05:48:22 The Yomiuri ShimbunA team led by researchers from RIKEN and Toray Industries Inc. has developed an ultrathin solar cell that remains functional even when pressed by an iron heated to over 100 C. The team announced the new technology on Monday and said it hopes the solar cell will be put to commercial use as a power source for wearable electronic devices and other items sometime in the first half of the 2020s   Read More ...
Public, private sectors aim to vitalize vacant house market
2018-04-19 05:48:18 According to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, there were about 8.2 million vacant houses as of 2013 across the nation. The number has been rising steadily, partly because Japanese people have a deep-rooted tendency to prefer newly built houses. It also stems from the decreasing population and an increase in cases of property inheritance. The number of vacant houses increased about 20 percent over the past decade   Read More ...
Trump, Abe fail to agree on US tariff exemption for Japan
2018-04-19 05:47:57 PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday they had failed to reach a deal that would exempt Japan from new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, as Abe had wanted. Instead, the leaders announced they had agreed to start talks on a new "free, fair and reciprocal" trade agreement between the two countries following two days of talks   Read More ...
Science, art blend together
2018-04-19 05:20:35 Lee Kie-jin, 58, wears many hats: he's a professor of physics at Sogang University, a collector, an illustrator and an artist. He is also a prolific writer who has published 18 books on various topics.The multi-talented scientist, however, is better known to the public as the dad of K-pop singer CL, the former lead rapper of now disbanded girl group 2NE1   Read More ...
Phone makers concerned about increasing lifespan of smartphones
2018-04-19 05:20:13 Hyun, a 36-year-old office worker living in Seoul, had long been one to buy the latest smart devices. But since he changed his smartphone to Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge two years ago he stopped purchasing new phones because he feels that it is still sufficiently convenient. "With Galaxy S7, I can use its mobile payment service. Its design is still attractive and the phone has a long battery life   Read More ...
'Bees grown in city healthier'
2018-04-19 05:19:04 Urban beekeeper touts pesticide-free honey. There's a popular belief about honeybees: honey made by rural bees is healthier than urban bees, as the former is often portrayed as pollution-free. Many are unfamiliar with urban beekeeping because it has long been regarded as an agribusiness that's possible only in the pollution-free countryside. Lee Jae-hoon, a beekeeper and the owner of APE Seoul (pronounced "ah-pae" meaning honeybee in Italian), said this is not scientifically correct, noting pesticide-free urban bees are healthier than rural bees   Read More ...
Air Busan flight attendant ridicules passengers' hairstyles as broccoli
2018-04-19 05:18:35 A flight attendant of Air Busan, a low-cost carrier, apologized Tuesday for disrespectful comments and photos posted by one of its flight attendants on Instagram. The flight attendant, on a Busan-Jeju flight on Saturday, took photos of the passengers from behind and posted them with comments such as "looking all the same" and "broccoli farm." The supervisor of the Air Busan flight promised no repeat of such inappropriate behavior by its employees   Read More ...
Budget carriers becoming established players
2018-04-19 05:17:33 Korea's budget carriers -- once a non-factor in the airline industry -- are now expanding their presence against much larger and older airlines. Some budget airlines are seeking to go public -- a barometer of financial soundness -- to create a new growth engine; while the low-cost carrier (LCC) sector is seeking to make inroads into the long-haul segment that has been mainly dominated by the major carriers   Read More ...
Gov't urged to support blockchain technology
2018-04-19 05:14:29 A head of the nation's top engineering and technology university called on the government, Wednesday, to nurture and support blockchain technology as part of efforts to find growth engines for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) President Shin Sung-chul said government support is more necessary than regulation at this time when global competition to take the leadership in blockchain technology-related industries has become fiercer   Read More ...
[Royal Asiatic Society] Amazing aftermath of 1988 Seoul Olympics
2018-04-19 05:14:07 From the beginning, the plan to host the 1988 Summer Olympics had two purposes. South Korea could show the world its impressive economic success and, at the same time, improve its position vis-a-vis North Korea by establishing diplomatic relations with the North's allies. The second goal was given the name Nordpolitik, after West Germany's successful Ostpolitik (East Policy), which had placed pressure on East Germany by increasing its economic interactions with the communist countries of Eastern Europe   Read More ...
Jirisan Asiatic black bears reach self-sustaining level
2018-04-19 05:13:43 The number of Asiatic black bears on Mt. Jiri has reached 56, surpassing the minimum self-sustaining number of 50. The national park announced last week that 11 cubs were born from eight mother bears last winter. Eight out of the cubs were born in the wild from six mother bears. Park rangers confirmed two mother bears hibernating with two cubs respectively during its winter capture-and-release monitoring operation   Read More ...
Stronger fire safety needed for Hongdae nightclubs
2018-04-19 05:13:38 On Feb. 11, the fire alarm went off at a nightclub called Hive, near Hongik University in western Seoul; but it turned out to be a false alarm. "This is a big social problem because it could raise the death toll. Further inspection is needed," said Choi Jun-ho, a professor of firefighting engineering at Pukyong National University. "I've visited clubs two to three times in the past for research   Read More ...
Bones in water tank those of murdered Filipino, police say
2018-04-19 05:13:18 Human bones found inside a factory's water purifying tank in Hwaseong are believed to be those of a Filipino worker who went missing in January 2016, police said in an interim investigation report, Tuesday. The worker was in his early 30s when he vanished. He arrived in South Korea in August 2014 and worked at a manufacturing plant in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province   Read More ...
Regular admissions plan creates problems
2018-04-19 05:13:02 Of every 10 high school seniors applying for university this year, 8 are expected to enter through non-scheduled admissions. This categorizes students based on their academic grades and school reports correlated to the majors they apply for. With the drop in applicants for regular admissions, the influence of the College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CSAT) for prospective college students has been declining   Read More ...
Gov't launches drones to tackle air pollution
2018-04-19 05:12:58 By Lee Kyung-min The government will use drones to detect industrial plants discharging toxic gaseous byproducts without proper filtration treatment in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. This is part of continued efforts to combat air pollution, a growing health threat further compounded by fine dust. The National Institute of Environment Research (NIER), supervised by the Ministry of Environment, conducted a trial crackdown on about 570 air pollutant facilities including manufacturers of fabric, clothing, shoes, leather, rubber, cork, minerals, paper and cigarettes last week   Read More ...
Uijeongbu city demands gov't examine soil contamination at former U.S. military base site
2018-04-19 05:12:43 The city government of Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, has demanded the defense ministry conduct an examination into soil contamination at a former U.S. military base site in the city, officials said Tuesday. The Uijeongbu city government bought the former Camp Sears site from the defense ministry in 2012 after the land was returned to the ministry in 2007 under a base consolidation and relocation plan, known as the Land Partnership Program (LPP)   Read More ...
Ruling party launched primaries for key election battlefields
2018-04-19 05:12:38 The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) officially launched its primaries, Wednesday, to select its candidates for mayoral and gubernatorial elections in Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and Gwangju. At the moment, DPK candidates are expected to win the local elections in those areas, considering the overwhelming support for President Moon Jae-in and the low popularity of the conservative parties. For the Seoul mayoral election, incumbent Mayor Park Won-soon and Reps   Read More ...
Acclaimed female Arab director to visit Korea
2018-04-19 05:12:26 Kaouther Ben Hania, a Tunisian director who in her films exposed violence against women in Arabic society, will visit Korea in June. The Korea-Arab Society, a non-profit organization in Seoul and host of the Arab Film Festival, said Wednesday that Ben Hania will join the festival from June 1 to 6. It will jointly take place in Seoul and Busan. "This will be a rare chance to meet an outgoing Arab female director who exposed the suppression of women in the Arab community," the foundation said in a statement   Read More ...
Parties clash over opinion rigging probe
2018-04-19 05:12:05 The rival parties exchanged barbs, Monday, over opinion rigging allegations against Rep. Kim Kyoung-soo of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), considered a loyalist of President Moon Jae-in. Since the DPK nominated Kim as its candidate for the gubernatorial election in South Gyeongsang Province in June, the case may hamper the ruling party's election plan. The scandal is further likely to complicate the deadlock at the National Assembly, which has already been paralyzed due to controversy over an alleged corruption scandal at the Financial Supervisory Service   Read More ...