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North Korea hiding missile bases, US researchers say

North Korea is operating at least 13 undeclared bases to hide mobile, nuclear-capable missiles, a new study released Monday has found, raising fresh doubts over US President Donald Trump's signature foreign policy initiative.

Rohingya flee camps fearing forcible return to Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said Monday.

Twitter warns Pakistan rights activists over government criticism

Social network Twitter has warned two Pakistani rights activists against objectionable content, they said on Monday, a move that signals a continuing push by the south Asian nation to rein in free speech online.

Amnesty International strips Myanmar's Suu Kyi of 'conscience' award

Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Amnesty International strips Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi of 'conscience' award

Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Australian shares fall after Dow tumbles overnight

Australia shares fell in early trade, with almost all the sectors in negative territory. Energy stocks fell by 1.45 percent while the heavily weighted financial subindex saw losses of 1.88 percent.

Japan's Nikkei 225 down more than 3 percent after Wall Street tumble overnight

Stocks across Australia, Japan and South Korea tumbled in the morning, with the Nikkei 225 seeing losses of more than 3 percent.

Greater China markets mixed as Asia stocks trade in negative territory

Markets in Greater China were mixed in morning trade, as shares in Australia, Japan and South Korea saw declines.

Singapore, Malaysia hold differing views on water issue; willing to discuss further: MFA

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (Nov 12) expressed their differing views on the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has said.

In response to a query from …

'OPEC is not effective,' says Malaysia's prime minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on the state of the oil market less than a month before OPEC and non-OPEC members are scheduled to meet in Vienna to vote on their next policy decision.

I'll be 'surprised' if Trump is re-elected: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir

"As you can see from the midterm elections, he has not done so well. The chances of him getting a second term is a bit bleak at the moment," the Malaysian leader told CNBC.

Johor mega projects in 2019 to include new airport, bridge to Singapore: Chief Minister

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor state government has identified several mega projects to be implemented next year, including the construction of an airport in Mersing and part of a bridge linking Johor Bahru and Singapore.

"The bridge could be crooked or straight, but it would be a reality," said Johor …

Netherlands halts visa service in Pakistan but denies closing embassy

The Netherlands has temporarily halted visa and passport services in Pakistan, but its foreign ministry on Monday denied that its embassy had closed over security concerns after it gave shelter to the lawyer of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case.

Twitter warns Pakistani rights activists over government criticism

Social network Twitter has warned two Pakistani rights activists against objectionable content, they said on Monday, a move that signals a continuing push by the south Asian nation to rein in free speech online.

Twitter warns Pakistani rights activists over govt criticism

Social network Twitter has warned two Pakistani rights activists against objectionable content, they said on Monday, a move that signals a continuing push by the south Asian nation to rein in free speech online.

Delhi homeless to be given masks as smog worsens: Official

New Delhi's homeless will be given cotton masks to help them survive in the world's most polluted major city, officials said Monday, although experts said the basic coverings would be useless against deadly smog particles.

Aung San Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday implored foreign investors to take a punt on her country — Southeast Asia's "final frontier" — but warned its resources are not open for exploitation at the cost of its people.

Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis

Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka's government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said.

Air India pilot loses licence after failing breath test

NEW DELHI: A veteran pilot had his flying licence revoked Monday (Nov 12) after failing a breath test moments before captaining an Air India plane to London, India's aviation regulator said.

Arvind Kathpalia, a pilot and senior executive with the national airline, blew positive for alcohol before …

Indonesia to free Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence: Official

The only female member of the "Bali Nine" heroin-trafficking gang will be freed from an Indonesian prison next week, a corrections official said Monday, after serving 13 years in a case that caused a diplomatic furore.

Singapore, China sign several agreements, including free trade agreement upgrade

SINGAPORE: China and Singapore have signed a slew of agreements, including the upgrade of a bilateral free trade pact, which will allow greater market access for Singapore companies.

This comes as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Singapore for a five-day visit on Monday (Nov 12).

It is Mr …

Vietnam ratifies Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

Vietnam on Monday became the seventh country to ratify a sprawling Pacific trade pact set to come into effect later this year, despite US President Donald Trump's pullout from a deal he decried as a "job killer".

China mulls US$720,000 fine for faking vaccine tests after scandal

Chinese vaccine manufacturers who falsify test results or break other rules could be fined up to $720,000 under a new law proposed after a scandal that fulled public fears over domestically made medicine.

China's Ruyi, pretender to LVMH's throne, plots more 'affordable luxury' deals

China's acquisitive apparel firm Shandong Ruyi is targeting more global deals involving "affordable luxury" brands, under a push to establish the first high-end Chinese fashion empire to eventually challenge behemoth LVMH .

Indonesia to issue preliminary Lion Air crash report in late November

Indonesia will issue a preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29 on its investigation into the crash of a Lion Air plane that killed 189 people on board, Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the transportation safety committee (KNKT), said on Monday.

Indonesia urges more training for pilots after Lion Air crash

Indonesia will issue a preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29 on its investigation into the crash of a Lion Air plane that killed 189 people on board, Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the transportation safety committee (KNKT), said on Monday.

Singaporean diver who drifted off course rescued by Malaysian authorities

JOHOR BAHRU: A diver who drifted off course from Singapore waters was rescued off Johor on Sunday evening (Nov 11), said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. 

Singaporean Mohd Ismail Sulong, 52, was found about 2.2 nautical miles south of Tanjung Pengelih in Kota Tinggi at about 6.45pm …

Singapore, Malaysia will 'always have a unique place for each other in our hearts': PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (Nov 12) reiterated the strong relationship between Singapore and Malaysia, during an official lunch hosted in honour of Dr Mahathir and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at the Istana.

The Malaysian …

South Korea's 'Garlic Girls' curlers create stink over alleged exploitation by coaches

The 'Garlic Girls' South Korean curling team who became a media sensation with their unlikely run to this year's Olympic final have accused their coaches of exploitation and verbal abuse as their sporting dreams turn sour.

China postpones lifting of ban on trade of tiger and rhino parts

BEIJING: China has postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses, the government said on Monday, after a storm of protest from conservation groups over a plan to water down the decades-old prohibition.

In October, the State Council issued a …

Amid trade uncertainties, ASEAN must press on with integration to unlock potential: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE: Amid an increasingly uncertain global trade environment, it is important that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) press on with economic integration, said Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Nov 12). 

This even as the grouping’s economic …

Commentary: Why the Rohingya refugees should not be repatriated yet

The recent deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh was clearly driven by the desire for swift repatriation, says the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies’ Angshuman Choudhury.

Nippon Steel rebuffs South Korean lawyers in forced labour row

Lawyers seeking compensation for South Koreans forced to work for Japanese firms during World War Two on Monday demanded Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp honour a South Korean court ruling that has strained ties between the two countries.

Bangladesh to delay general election by a week to Dec. 30

DHAKA: Bangladesh will defer its general election by a week to Dec. 30, the country's chief election commissioner said on Monday, following requests from several opposition parties to give them more time to prepare.

Last week, the Election Commission had announced that the country would go to the …

Labour activists missing in China after suspected coordinated raids

SHENZHEN, China: At least 12 Chinese labour activists have gone missing in recent days, in what sources close to them believe was a coordinated effort by authorities to silence the vocal group, most of them university students or recent graduates.

Authorities took away at least nine activists in …

Man escapes from submerged car in Kuala Lumpur tunnel where flood trapped 5 vehicles

KUALA LUMPUR: An alert driver quickly climbed out of his car window to safety when he saw a sudden gush of water pouring into the Jalan Tun Razak tunnel in Kuala Lumpur during heavy rain on Sunday evening (Nov 11), just before his car was submerged in water.

Teh, 26, said he was really scared …

In China's Himalayas, a wine 'flying above the clouds'

A $300 bottle of wine sold in the United States and Europe is made in the unlikeliest of places: at the foot of the Himalayas in China, where farmers sing traditional songs while picking grapes.

US navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea, both pilots rescued

TOKYO: A U.S. F/A 18 fighter jet crashed in the Philippine Sea on Monday after experiencing mechanical trouble during routine operations, the Navy said in a statement.

Both pilots were immediately rescued and are in good condition, it said, adding that the crash was being investigated.

(Reporting …

Hong Kong domestic helpers jump in deep end

Every Sunday in Hong Kong the city's army of domestic helpers packs into parks or onto pavements, bridges and walkways on their one mandatory day off.

Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram

Akihiko Kondo's mother refused an invitation to her only son's wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn't such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram.

China shows J-20 jet's missiles for the first time at airshow – Global Times

China has shown the missiles in its advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet to the public for the first time at its largest airshow, the Global Times newspaper reported on Monday.

China shows J-20 jet's missiles for the first time at airshow: Report

SHANGHAI: China has shown the missiles in its advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet to the public for the first time at its largest airshow, the Global Times newspaper reported on Monday (Nov 12).

The newspaper said two J-20 fighter jets opened their missile bay doors during a flypast on Monday …

Australian government says future 'lone wolf' attacks hard to prevent

Future "lone wolf" attacks in Australia will be difficult to stop despite heightened security in the aftermath of an Islamic State-inspired attack in Melbourne last week, a senior government minister said on Monday.

ASEAN economic ministers ink first e-commerce agreement

SINGAPORE: Economic ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday (Nov 12) signed an agreement to facilitate cross-border e-commerce transactions within the region.

The agreement, finalised after nine rounds of negotiations which started last June, is the grouping's …

New Zealand school teachers strike again in stand-off with Ardern government

School teachers walked off the job in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, on Monday, kicking off a week of national strike action as a three-month battle over wages and work conditions tests the Labour-led government.

Businesses need to accept more competition in home markets in exchange for benefits from ASEAN integration: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Having benefitted from ASEAN integration and open and connected economies, businesses should also be prepared to adapt to and accept more competition in their home markets, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday (Nov 12).

Speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit to …

‘My heart ached when I saw her’: Mum of baby who died after alleged rape in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The mother of a baby girl who died after she was allegedly raped has spoken up after the case sparked outrage in Malaysia.

Eleven-month-old Zara died last Friday (Nov 9) after her babysitter’s husband allegedly raped and sodomised her two days earlier.

"My heart ached when I saw …

Air India operations director stopped from piloting flight after failing breath tests

MUMBAI: A senior pilot who is also director of operations for Air India, and has had responsibility for flight safety and training, said he was told by the carrier he failed two breathalyzer tests on Sunday (Nov 11) before a flight to London from New Delhi.

It is the second time Arvind Kathpalia …

China proposes new laws on vaccine management

SHANGHAI: China has proposed new draft laws on vaccine management which seek to tighten the supervision and management of how vaccines enter the country's market and will also require stricter management of their production, research and distribution.

The State Administration for Market Regulation …

Southeast Asia's e-commerce growth is still accelerating, says Alibaba-backed Lazada

E-commerce in Southeast Asia is still at the "beginning of the journey" and witnessing "accelerating growth," says CEO of Lazada Singapore.

Mark Mobius says it's time to buy stocks in emerging markets

"At the end of the day, emerging markets equities look very cheap now. It's time to get in," Mobius, co-founder of Mobius Capital Partners, told CNBC's "Street Signs."

Japan's prime minister calls for public works spending plan to help lift the economy

The spending will focus on strengthening infrastructure to withstand earthquakes and frequent flooding, according to a presentation made at the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy.

Australia prime minister: We are stepping up our involvement in Pacific nations

MARK GRAHAM | AFP | Getty Images Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told CNBC on Monday that his country would increase its involvement in the Pacific. “Australia is a principal participant in the Pacific and we are stepping up our involvement there, both strategically and economically and socially as well,” Morrison said. “It’s always been a very important part of the world for us and we are significantly expanding what we’re doing there,” he continued. Morrison, part of the country’s Liberal political party, will be heading to Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum later this month. The politician was previously Australia’s Treasurer but assumed his new role in August after former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was removed from office by the Liberal party. This is a breaking news story. Please check back later for updates.

Australia prime minister: Concerns about political instability are 'overly stated'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told CNBC that Australia's national policies have not been impacted by the recent change in government.

Myanmar prepares for first Rohingya returnees, but UN warns against rushing

Myanmar officials said on Sunday the country was ready to receive more than 2,000 Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh on Nov. 15, the first group from 5,000 people to be moved under a deal between the neighbours struck last month.

Rohingya flee refugee camps in Bangladesh, as Myanmar prepares for first returnees

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON: Dozens of Rohingya Muslim families on a list of refugees set to be repatriated to Myanmar later this week have fled from camps in Bangladesh where they were living, a Rohingya leader said on Monday, even as Myanmar prepares to begin receiving them.

"Most of the …

Commentary: In China, why dialects like Cantonese are on the wane

Languages, including Cantonese and other dialects should be celebrated in China but their usage have been marginalised by authorities, says one observer.

Sri Lanka PM, 44 ex-MPs defect from party led by president ahead of election

Sri Lanka's new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 former lawmakers have defected from the party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, splitting with the president barely two weeks after he installed Rajapaksa in office.

As Pence embarks on his Asia tour, America's Indo-Pacific strategy will be under scrutiny

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to lay out details of the United States' vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific during his Asia tour this week.

As Pence kicks off his Asia tour, other countries have their own ideas for the 'Indo-Pacific'

Before the Trump administration began calling for unimpeded commerce and an end to authoritarianism in the Indo-Pacific, both Japan and Indonesia already had their own policy ideas for the critically important region.

North and South Korea begin destroying border guard posts

The two Koreas began destroying 20 guard posts along their heavily-fortified frontier Sunday under a plan to reduce tensions on the border.

Man stabbed to death, teen slashed in fight at Johor school

JOHOR BAHRU: A 21-year-old man was killed while a teenager suffered injuries in what was believed to be a fight between members of two secret societies at a school in Johor on Sunday (Nov 11). 

The school, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, was holding a charity sales carnival when the incident took …

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Anhui province

China has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the eastern province of Anhui.

Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone

Every so often, 33-year-old Masaki Kitakoga slips into a tiny booth with a desk and a chair and belts out karaoke tunes for 90 minutes — completely on his own.

Woman arrested over Australia strawberry needle scare

A woman has been arrested after a "complex" investigation into an Australian strawberry scare where needles were found stuck into the fruit, police said Sunday, in a crisis that sparked nationwide panic.

Donations flow in for Melbourne attack's "Trolley Man"

SYDNEY: A homeless man who used a shopping trolley to fend off a knife-wielding attacker as he stabbed at police in Melbourne has been unexpectedly rewarded by grateful citizens who had donated more than AUS$50,000 (US$36,000) by Sunday evening to help him.

Michael Rogers, nicknamed "Trolley Man" …

Donations flow in for Melbourne attack's 'Trolley Man'

A homeless man who used a shopping trolley to fend off a knife-wielding attacker as he stabbed at police in Melbourne has been unexpectedly rewarded by grateful citizens who had donated more than AUS$50,000 (US$36,000) by Sunday evening to help him.

Bangladesh's opposition party alliance to contest general election

DHAKA: A group of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said on Sunday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling party last week rejecting a series of their demands.

The group, the Jatiya Oikyafront, a 20-party alliance led …

Bangladesh opposition parties including BNP to contest election

DHAKA: An alliance of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said on Sunday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling Awami League rejecting a series of its demands.

The BNP, which has been one of the two main parties in the …

Summit bears fruit as South Korea flies tangerines to North

South Korean military transport aircraft began a tangerine airlift to North Korea on Sunday, the first of a gift of 200 tonnes of the fruit from the southern island of Jeju, South Korea's presidential Blue House said.

Former coup leaders seen as top contenders in Fiji general election

Two former coup leaders are seen as the leading contenders in Fiji's general election on Wednesday, the second to be held since 2006 when then-commander of the armed forces Frank Bainimarama seized power.

Commentary: Quantum politics and predicting the US-China rivalry

A paradigm shift is needed to understand modern geopolitics, says University of Hong Kong's Andrew Sheng.

Commentary: China should throw wide open the doors to trade

Instead of shutting down trade and retaliating with tariffs and other forms of trade control, the world’s second largest economy should do the opposite, says Tom McGregor.

Alibaba Singles' Day smashes US$25 billion sales record

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd settled roughly 69 billion yuan (US$9.92 billion) in the first hour of its annual Singles' Day on Sunday, up roughly 21 percent from last year's early haul of 57 billion yuan.

Alibaba Singles' Day tops US$30 billion but growth rate plunges

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd settled roughly 69 billion yuan (US$9.92 billion) in the first hour of its annual Singles' Day on Sunday, up roughly 21 percent from last year's early haul of 57 billion yuan.

Alibaba nets record US$30 billion in Singles' Day haul, but growth rate plunges

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd cashed a record 213.5 billion yuan (US$30.7 billion) in sales on Sunday during its 24-hour online retail frenzy Singles' Day, but the event's annual growth dropped to its slowest rate.

'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce

Sneakers on a popular Chinese e-commerce platform look like Adidas, but are branded "Ababis". Underwear resembling Calvin Klein are called "Caiwen Kani". Toys with an uncanny resemblance to a certain blockbuster movie franchise opt for "Star Wnrs".

Thousands mark WW1 Armistice in Australia, unbowed by attack

Thousands of people attended memorial services in Melbourne to mark the centenary of the Armistice ending World War One, shrugging off heightened security after Friday's attack in Australia's second largest city which police branded terrorism.

"Life goes on": Thousands mark WW1 Armistice in Australia, unbowed by attack

Thousands of people attended memorial services across Melbourne to mark the centenary of the Armistice ending World War One, shrugging off heightened security after Friday's attack in Australia's second largest city which police branded terrorism.

Baby dies in Malaysia after alleged rape by caretaker's husband

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-month-old baby girl died on Saturday (Nov 10) due to the alleged inhuman acts of a male suspect in Bandar Baru Bangi, near the Malaysian capital.

The victim was believed to have been raped, sodomised and abused before falling into critical condition.

Bernama news agency …

ASEAN chair: Singapore has achieved far more than anticipated, says Dr Balakrishnan

Speaking to the media ahead of the 33rd ASEAN Summit, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan attributed this success to the hard work of all government agencies and the full support and participation of all ASEAN member states.

Teen figure skater Kihira wins on GP debut

HIROSHIMA, Japan: Japanese schoolgirl Rika Kihira marked her Grand Prix figure skating debut with a stunning victory at the NHK Trophy on Saturday (Nov 10).

Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno beat defending champion Sergei Voronov to win the men's competition in Hiroshima at the fourth of the six …

As Delhi smog hits 'severe' level, city chief under fire after reports he is abroad

NEW DELHI: As pollution in India's capital hit "severe" on the air quality scale on Saturday (Nov 10), the New Delhi chief minister came under fire following reports he had left the city for an overseas family trip.

For a second year the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has likened Delhi to a "gas …

Leicester to pay heartfelt tribute to Thai owner killed in crash

LEICESTER: Leicester City are to pay an emotional tribute to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday (Nov 10) as the club play at their King Power Stadium for the first time since his death in a helicopter crash.

The charismatic Thai had become a beloved figure in the club and the city – a …

Indonesia calls off the search for Lion Air crash victims

Indonesia on Saturday called off the search for passengers of a Lion Air plane, almost two weeks after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea killing 189 people on board.

Indonesia calls off search for Lion Air crash victims

Indonesia on Saturday called off the search for passengers of a Lion Air plane, almost two weeks after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea killing 189 people on board.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to make official visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will make an official visit to Singapore from Monday (Nov 12) to Friday, during which he will attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and related summits.

This is Mr Li’s first bilateral visit to Singapore in his current capacity, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign …

Singapore to host 33rd ASEAN Summit from Nov 11 to 15

SINGAPORE: Singapore will host the 33rd ASEAN Summit and other related summits at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre from Sunday (Nov 11) to Nov 15, marking the final milestone of Singapore’s chairmanship of the 10-member regional bloc ASEAN in 2018.

The summits will be chaired by Prime Minister …

Malaysian PM Mahathir to visit Singapore at invitation of PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will make an official visit to Singapore from Nov 12 to 13 at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Saturday (Nov 10). 

When he arrives on Monday, Dr Mahathir will attend a welcome …

Russian President Vladimir Putin to make first visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE: Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a state visit to Singapore on Tuesday (Nov 13), in conjunction with the 33rd ASEAN Summit and related summits.

This is Mr Putin’s first visit to Singapore, and the first visit by a Russian head of state since former president Dmitry Medvedev’s …

The three key men in Sri Lanka's crisis

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's political crisis has dramatically escalated, with the president calling snap elections and dissolving parliament, two weeks after sacking the prime minister.

Here are the main players in the volatile political scene of back-stabbing and shifting sands in the strategically …

Alicia Keys left voiceless at Thai mall launch

BANGKOK: A three day, US$30 million launch party for Bangkok's biggest and flashiest mall got off to a rocky start on Friday night (Nov 9) when its star guest Alicia Keys was briefly left voiceless by a dodgy sound system.

The 15-time Grammy Award winning artist was the main event late Friday at …

Running for a reason: Refugees race in Hong Kong

Refugees took to Hong Kong's trails Saturday in one of the newest fixtures in the city's busy race calendar as they carve out a place in its running community.

US and others denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament as undemocratic

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament, worsening an already major political crisis, has drawn criticism from Western powers, including the United States and Britain.

Exiled Chinese author in Hong Kong urges 'courage' to defend free speech

Dissident Chinese author Ma Jian hit out at threats to freedom of speech Saturday saying it was the "basis of civilisation" after a struggle to find a venue to host his talks at Hong Kong's literary festival.

A window into the deadly pollution in India's capital

Air quality has been deteriorating over recent weeks in India's capital New Delhi as farmers burn crop residue in neighbouring states and the smoke combines with industrial and vehicular emissions.

Melbourne mourns Italian corner cafe owner killed in terror attack

Customers of a cafe credited with pioneering Melbourne's famous coffee culture piled flowers and condolences outside on Saturday, mourning its well-known co-owner who was stabbed to death in an attack police have called an act of terrorism.

Australian political leader replaced after harassment allegations months from election

The leader of the opposition in Australia's most populous state was replaced on Saturday after he resigned over a #MeToo row sparked by alleged inappropriate behaviour.

Happiness on three wheels: China's parcel deliverymen

BEIJING: Deftly weaving through peak-hour Beijing traffic on a three-wheeled bike, Nan Shan has no time to chat as he races to deliver nearly 80 packages across China's sprawling mega-capital.

Nan, 29, is one of an estimated 1.1 million deliverymen who fan out across China delivering some 109 …

Terror threat 'probable' in Australia: PM

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday that the likelihood of a terror attack in the country remains at the "probable" level, a day after a fatal stabbing in Melbourne that police said was inspired by Islamic State.

Australia has a five-level terror threat ranking system …

The harsh realities behind the rising sugar cane prices in Singapore

With bad weather, small farms in danger of closing, larger ones downsizing and suppliers calling it quits, might Singaporeans even have to go without the popular juice? The series For Food’s Sake investigates.

Trump's trade war could dent China's domestic consumption, dragging down the rest of Asia

Asian countries' exports are potentially vulnerable to the U.S.-China trade war on two fronts: changes to global supply chains and slowing Chinese domestic demand.

Afghan leaders, Taliban attend peace talks in Moscow

Moscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations.

US, China meet to explore path forward from tensions

The United States and China resumed top-level talks Friday after months of spiraling tension, looking to see if they can find a way forward on disputes from trade to human rights.

US denies China 'Cold War' but deep gaps persist

The United States on Friday (Nov 9) insisted it was not pursuing a new "Cold War" with China, but the Pacific powers could only paper over deep differences during high-level talks.

Sri Lanka president signs papers to dissolve parliament: sources

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena signed a gazette notification to dissolve the nation's parliament with effect from Friday midnight, two sources told Reuters, in a move that will likely worsen a political crisis.

Sri Lanka's president dissolves parliament, deepening political crisis

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the nation's parliament on Friday with effect from midnight, two sources told Reuters, in a move that will likely worsen an already deep political crisis.

China expresses satisfaction over Rohingya repatriation deal

BEIJING: China is "happy" that Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached a deal to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine, its government's top diplomat said on Friday.

More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from western Myanmar, U.N. agencies say …

Hong Kong Christians, rights groups oppose 'irresponsible' land plan

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Christian groups and land-rights campaigners are petitioning the Hong Kong government to abandon a plan to develop artificial islands, saying it is unnecessary and could harm the environment.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam promised last month to boost …

'Can't eat, can't sleep': Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list

For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home.

Vietnam arrests former deputy minister as part of graft crackdown

HANOI: Police in Vietnam arrested a former deputy labour minister on Friday on allegations of economic mismanagement, as the communist-led government presses on with a crackdown on corruption.

Le Bach Hong, a former deputy minister of labour, invalids and social affairs, and former head of Vietnam …

Exclusive: 'Can't eat, can't sleep' – Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home.

"I can hardly …

Philippines to charge news site Rappler for tax evasion

MANILA: The Philippines' justice department said on Friday it had found cause to indict online news site Rappler and its top executive for tax evasion.

The justice department said it "found probable cause" to indict Rappler for violation of the country's tax laws after it did not declare gains …

Chinese state media debut 'AI' news anchors

SHANGHAI: China's state-controlled news broadcasters have long been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view.

Calling it a "world first", Xinhua news agency this week debuted a pair of virtual …

Paws for breath: India's pampered pooches get clean air as people choke on smog

While most residents of the Indian capital Delhi choked on toxic air this week, the dogs of the city's elite were enjoying ambient music and purified air at a luxury resort for pets.

Myanmar authorities drop 'incitement' charges against journalists

A Myanmar court dismissed on Friday a case against three senior journalists from the country’s largest private newspaper, after authorities in the city of Yangon agreed to drop the charges.

States Times Review refuses to take down article linking PM Lee with 1MDB

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Australian political leader resigns after harassment allegations months from election

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Buddha and bronzer: The Japanese monk who loves make-up

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<p>As make-up artist Kodo Nishimura sashays into a room in Tokyo balanced on pin-thin heels, he could hardly look less like a practising Buddhist monk.</p>

<p>Immaculately made-up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changes outfits three times during a presentation to starry-eyed fans.</p>

<p>But at the Tokyo temple where his father is head monk and he assists in rituals, he appears transformed. His face is bare, and he wears the plain robes of a Buddhist cleric.</p>

<p>It might seem like an unusual double act, but that doesn't bother 29-year-old Nishimura.</p>

<p>"This is who I am," he said. "I am not going to try to be something else."</p>

<p>Nishimura is primarily a make-up artist, beautifying clients ranging from popstars to pageant contestants.</p>

<p>He spends most of the year in the United States, where he first openly indulged a passion for make-up that he kept secret as a child in Japan, hiding in the bathroom to experiment.</p>

<p>"I would open my mum's Chanel eyeshadow palette and I would try to put it on my face. But I looked crazy, I looked like a clown," he laughs.</p>

<p>Studying in the US, he found things were different. He discovered drag queens working at make-up stores who were happy to answer his questions. At 18, he made his first purchase: mascara and eyeliner.</p>

<p>An internship with a make-up artist led to a job. Back home, his parents surprised him by being supportive of his career choice.</p>

<p><strong>'A LIBERATION'</strong></p>

<p>But he felt that something was missing. He had grown up in a Buddhist temple, playing behind its elaborate golden altar and knew one day he would have to decide whether to follow in his father's footsteps.</p>

<p>"I wanted to know the occupation, what we do, enough to make the decision."</p>

<p>So at 24, he enrolled in a training programme in his Buddhist Pure Land sect. It involved five sessions, each several weeks long, spread over a period of around two years.</p>

<p>Homesick for Japan, he was excited at first, but his enthusiasm quickly faded.</p>

<p>"The moment the doors shut, the trainers started screaming," he said. "I was like 'oh my God, what did I sign up for'?"</p>

<p>But he persevered, returning to the United States between courses, only to have a crisis of confidence near the end.</p>

<p>In New York, he wore make-up and jewellery, worked as a make-up artist and was open about his attraction to men.</p>

<p>Would all that "offend the community of Buddhist monks?" he wondered.</p>

<p>"Is it going to degrade the value of other monks?"</p>

<p>But a senior monk brushed aside his concerns, pointing out that Japanese monks often wear non-religious clothing outside the temple and have second jobs. And he was uninterested in his sexuality.</p>

<p>"That was like a liberation for me," Nishimura said. "That's when I felt: 'now I can be myself and be a monk as well.'"</p>

<p><strong>'THERE'S NO ONE LIKE KODO'</strong></p>

<p>He acknowledges that his work as a make-up artist, with its focus on outward appearance, might seem at odds with a religion that prioritises the inner self.</p>

<p>"I think in Buddhism the core message is to feel happiness, feel balanced within our hearts and to share the happiness," he said.</p>

<p>Feeling beautiful, he believes, makes people "more generous, more attentive to helping others."</p>

<p>Nishimura returns to Japan twice a year, helping his father at religious events like funerals.</p>

<p>For now he can balance his two lives, but eventually he will have to decide whether to inherit his father's temple — a prospect he admits doesn't appeal at the moment.</p>

<p>"I don't think that being in this temple is the best way necessarily to help more people."</p>

<p>"Make-up and heels (are)… like a bridge for me to spread my thoughts to others."</p>

<p>He has also become an advocate for LGBT rights, and has a sideline teaching transgender women make-up tricks to amplify their feminine features.</p>

<p>"He helps you look your best with the facial features you already have… (and) encourages transgender people to accept the way we are," said Mio Aoki, a 27-year-old transgender woman who lined up early for a front-row seat at Nishimura's make-up demonstration.</p>

<p>"There are many make-up artists who teach people make-up, but I think there's no one like Kodo."</p>
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<p>Better to climb a "stairway to heaven" than cross the "highway to hell," the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Tuesday as it defended the P10-million steel footbridge being constructed on Edsa-Kamuning in Quezon City.</p>

<p>The structure which looks daunting to people with disabilities, the elderly or those suffering from a fear of heights is expected to be finished by the middle of the month.</p>

<p><strong>STOPGAP MEASURE</strong></p>

<p>Located near the Manuel L. Quezon University, the footbridge is supposed to be a stopgap measure to avoid accidents on one of Metro Manila's busiest roads, said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.</p>

<p>She pointed to MMDA data which showed that at least 10 accidents happen in the area every month.</p>

<p>"Pedestrians are either too reckless or lazy to look for safe crossing lanes," Pialago said. "That's the best compromise we can come up with instead of allowing them to just cross Edsa. What matters to us is the safety of the public."</p>

<p>Most netizens, however, begged to differ. After pictures of the footbridge went viral on social media, a lot of them called it an eyesore and safety hazard.</p>

<p>Most traditional footbridges have a flat, single level pathway. Some are made of concrete and have a roof to protect people from the elements.</p>

<p>The Kamuning footbridge on the other hand, has an inclined pathway that is almost 45 degrees.</p>

<p>At its highest point, it hangs at least three meters above the cable wires of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3).</p>

<p>The design was necessary because the MRT 3 railway tracks between the GMA-Kamuning and Quezon Avenue stations are almost the same level as the road. If that stretch had been elevated, this would have allowed the footbridge to be built underneath.</p>

<p><strong>NO OVERHEAD PROTECTION</strong></p>

<p>Critics have also pointed out that the steel structure is completely exposed with no overhead protection.</p>

<p>Pialago explained that the MMDA wanted to prevent it from being used as a shelter by vagrants or as a hunting ground for muggers.</p>

<p>If the MMDA had its way, she said, the footbridge would have been made of concrete. But the agency's lack of funds often mean making do with whatever resources it has.</p>

<p>"We can assure the public that the bridge is as safe as it can be," she said. "But if they still think it's too risky, then I suggest they walk another 500 m to the left to cross the Timog bridge, or the extra 500 m to the right to cross Quezon Avenue. That's where they ought to be crossing in the first place."</p>
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Lion Air plane grounded in Indonesia after crashing into electric pole

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<p>PETALING JAYA – A Lion Air aircraft was grounded after it crashed into an electric pole at the Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu City on Wednesday (Nov 7), Indonesian media reported.</p>

<p>This incident again puts Lion Air in the spotlight after its flight JT610 plane en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang city on Sumatra island crashed into the sea on Oct 28, killing all 189 people.</p>

<p>Photos of the damaged aircraft in Bengkulu circulated on social media showing a tear in the plane's left wing with a large fragment dangling off it.</p>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">Lion Air again, the airplane was ready for take off and hit a light pole at Fatmawati Bengkulu Airport, Aircraft Reg JT-633, Route BKS-CGK. Something big and wrong is happening there …. <a href="https://t.co/Tu54yoPCyk">pic.twitter.com/Tu54yoPCyk</a></p>— Aviation Safety Consulting (@avsafeco) <a href="https://twitter.com/avsafeco/status/1060213016266969089?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<p>Indonesian portal Tempo reported that acting director-general of Air Transportation Pramintohadi Sukarno had confirmed the incident.</p>

<p>Pramintohadi said the Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft was scheduled to depart from Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu to Soekarno Hatta Airport in Banten at 6.20pm local time when it hit a pole while moving towards the runway for takeoff.</p>

<p>"The aircraft and pilot are grounded for investigation purposes," he said.</p>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">Still breaking planes last night when Lion Air airlines Boeing 737-900ER aircraft flight JT-633 from Bengkulu-Jakarta failed to take off, after the plane's wingtip hit a pole at Fatmawati Soekarno Airport, Bengkulu.<br><br> Allegedly the accident occurred when the aircraft taxied o <a href="https://t.co/gLL6eykISi">pic.twitter.com/gLL6eykISi</a></p>— Crewiser (@Crewiser) <a href="https://twitter.com/Crewiser/status/1060357201368367104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<p>According to Tempo, Lion Air corporate communications strategic executive Danang Mandala Prihantoro had apologised over the incident and said that a team had been deployed to examine the plane.</p>

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<p>"Lion Air apologises to all passengers for the inconvenience caused by the incident," Danang said</p>

<p>There were no casualties reported.</p>

<p>Another aircraft is said to have been deployed to transport the 143 passengers of Lion Air flight JT633 to Jakarta.</p>
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<p>International paediatricians say getting children to box professionally is the worst type of child abuse, and called on Thai lawmakers to pass a law banning children under the age of 12 from the boxing ring in order to prevent them from suffering long-lasting brain injuries.</p>

<p>The 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held on Tuesday revealed that unless the amendment banning children under 12 from participating in boxing matches becomes law soon, some 3 per cent of the new generation will grow up with learning disabilities.</p>

<p>As the new Boxing Bill continues being dragged in Parliament, Dr Liviu Vedrasco, a programme officer at World Health Organisation (Thailand), said banning the sport among children below 12 was necessary because not only does it have a long-term impact on brain development, it is also a very serious case of child labour.</p>

<p>"Child boxing is totally unacceptable, as it is the worst form of child abuse and needs to end now," Vedrasco stressed. "These child boxers are encouraged by their parents and boxing camps to fight each other to earn money for their family and generate income for the camp. Gamblers also bet on them. This deplorable practice continues despite the fact that the sport damages the children's still-developing brain and leaves them with incurable learning disabilities and other physical and mental health impacts for the rest of their lives."</p>

<p>Hence, he said, the Boxing Bill needs to be passed as soon as possible so children can be protected from harm and not taken advantage of. Dr Gary A Smith, a child health expert from Child Injury Prevention Alliance in the United States, also pointed out that many studies vividly verify that brain injuries from boxing lead to serious health-related consequences.</p>

<p>Dr Jiraporn Laothamatas, Ramathibodi Hospital's Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Centre director and neuro-radiologist, explained that brain injuries sustained by children lowers their IQ and increases the risk of them suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's later in life.</p>

<p>"Remember that children are the future of our society. Imagine what will happen if 300,000 children, who are child boxers today, lose out on opportunities due to learning disabilities caused by brain damage at a very early age," Jirapon said.</p>

<p>However, she said, since Thai boxing is a national sport and part of Thailand's cultural heritage, children below the age of 12 should not be total banned from boxing. Instead, she said, they could learn the sport using proper safety equipment, but not be allowed from actual boxing matches until they are old enough.</p>
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<p>JAKARTA – Indonesia authorities extended on Wednesday a search for victims of a plane crash last week, when all 189 on board a Lion Air flight were killed, and for the aircraft's second black box, the cockpit voice recorder.</p>

<p>The nearly new Boeing Co. 737 MAX passenger plane slammed into the sea on Oct. 29, only minutes after takeoff from Jakarta en route to Bangka island near Sumatra.</p>

<p>"We have extended the operation for three more days," Muhammad Syaugi, the head of the national search and rescue agency (Basarnas), told Reuters.</p>

<p>It was the second time the search has been extended.</p>

<p>But he said search teams from the military, police and others would stand down, leaving just his agency to press on.</p>

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<p>"This operation has been running for 10 days and the results from combing the sea surface and the seabed are declining, therefore the resources of Basarnas should be sufficient," Syaugi told a news conference.</p>

<p>Basarnas had 220 personnel, including 60 divers, as well as four ships involved in the search and were focusing on an area with a radius of 250 meters (273 yards), he said.</p>

<p>A police official said 186 body bags containing human remains had been retrieved and 44 victims identified after forensic examination.</p>

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<p>Authorities have downloaded data from one of the black boxes found last week, the flight data recorder, but are still looking for the cockpit voice recorder</p>

<p>A "ping" has been detected from the second black box but the signal was very weak, possibly because it was encased in mud," said Nurcahyo Utomo, an air accident official at the transportation safety committee (KNKT).</p>

<p>A vessel capable of sucking up mud was likely to be brought in to help, he told a news conference.</p>

<p>Boeing said on Wednesday it had issued a safety bulletin reminding pilots how to handle erroneous data from a sensor in the wake of the Lion Air crash.</p>

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<p>The US planemaker said investigators looking into the Lion Air crash had found that one of the "angle of attack" sensors on the aircraft had provided erroneous data.</p>

<p>Experts say the angle of attack is a crucial parameter that helps the aircraft's systems understand whether its nose is too high relative to the current of air – a phenomenon that can throw the plane into an aerodynamic stall and make it fall.</p>

<p>KNKT said that there was a problem with the sensor on the last flight taken by the doomed plane, from the island of Bali to Jakarta, even though one sensor had been replaced in Bali.</p>

<p>The KNKT has interviewed crew and technicians on duty for two previous flights, while also retrieving the faulty sensor from Bali for inspection.</p>

<p>KNKT is planning to simulate a flight to assess the impact of sensor damage at Boeing's engineering simulator facility in Seattle.</p>
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<p>Gadjah Mada University's (UGM) initial response to a recent sexual assault case allegedly involving two of its students has angered thousands of people, who have signed a petition demanding that the Yogyakarta university punish the student perpetrator and the campus officials that had penalized the student victim.</p>

<p>In less than 24 hours, the online petition on change.org had garnered more than 55,000 signatories by Wednesday morning, with more people signing every second to reach 63,000 signatories by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.</p>

<p>"We demand that the UGM rector, the advisory board and the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry to strengthen regulations on preventing sexual assault and law enforcement against sex offenders," the petition states as one of its demands.</p>

<p>A separate call to a rally on Thursday has been circulating on social media to demand that the university thoroughly investigate the case and create a safe campus environment. The call says that UGM is facing "a sexual violence emergency", pointing out that the latest case was not the university's first and that UGM has not been siding with victims.</p>

<p><strong>'BALAIRUNG' INVESTIGATIVE REPORT</strong></p>

<p>On Nov. 5, Balairung published an investigative report based on the testimony of a female student under the pseudonym Agni, who gave the UGM student magazine permission to publish the full details of her account.</p>

<p>Agni said that a fellow student had assaulted her during a community service project (KKN) at a Maluku village on June 30, 2017. The KKN is a kind of field school programme that lasts several months, during which the students live with local families in the target village.</p>

<p>Agni said she was visiting a villager until late evening at their home where fellow KKN student "HS" was staying, so she decided to spend the night at HS' homestay and return to her own lodging in the morning. They had to share a single room that night, Agni said, but that they were separated by some distance in the room. She also said she slept fully clothed and still in her headscarf. Early the following morning, she said she felt HS groping her, opening her top, kissing her breasts and inserting his fingers in her genitalia. She froze in momentary shock until she felt pain that prompted her to yell at HS, "What are you doing!"</p>

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<p>Agni said she immediately reported the incident to the KKN supervisor and the UGM Community Service Department (DKPM), which managed the programme. The university officials cut short HS' programme and sent him back to Yogyakarta, but Agni said they also blamed her for the incident, with one official telling her to "repent", reported Balairung.</p>

<p>Agni said that after the assault, she often felt scared at night and ended up staying awake all night. She also had suicidal thoughts, she said as quoted by Balairung.</p>

<p>In November 2017, Agni learned that she received a C for her KKN assignment, while her peers on the same programme received an A or a B. Agni said she asked about the reason for her low grade, and that the KKN management responded that she had to share the blame for the incident that "embarrassed UGM" in front of the local villagers. In the Balairung artile, a university official who declined to be named said that the student press should not be in a rush to call Agni a victim. "Like a cat given salted fish, it will at least sniff it and might even eat the fish, right?" Balairung quoted the official as saying in reference to Agni.</p>

<p>In December 2017, Agni reported the C she received for her KKN assignment and the circumstances surrounding it to her academic department, the Social and Political Sciences Faculty (Fisipol). The Fisipol's co-operation, alumni and research deputy dean, Poppy Sulistyaning Winanti, and the deputy dean for academics and student affairs, Wawan Mas'udi, followed up on her case to the top administrative level.</p>

<p>An inter-departmental independent investigation team was formed that recommended Agni's KKN grade be revise from C to A/B. The team also recommended that the perpetrator write an apology and attend a mandatory counseling session for sexual abusers.</p>

<p><strong>'ABUSE-FREE CAMPUS'</strong></p>

<p>On Tuesday, in response to the Balairung article, Fisipol UGM posted a statement on its Instagram account, @fisipolugm, reiterating its commitment to "side with victim".</p>

<p>"With this, Fisipol UGM states that we side with the survivor to find justice and a thorough solution to the problem," the statement said.</p>

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<p>It also said that steps had been taken to deal with "Agni's" case, including a letter it sent to the rector on Dec. 22, 2017 that asked the university to manage the case thoroughly.</p>

<p>Fisipol said that the rector arranged a closed meeting with relevant parties in response to its letter, and agreed during the meeting to set up an investigation team that involved several departments. The rector also agreed to sanction the DKPM officials for their "ignorance" in their initial handling of the incident until "the survivor" reported the case to Fisipol.</p>

<p>During the same meeting, Fisipol said it agreed to engage psychologists to provide trauma counseling for "the survivor".</p>

<p>The statement continued that, after an intensive investigation, the team submitted its recommendations to the rector on July 20, 2018, which included punishment for the perpetrator, protection and support for the victim and improvements to managing the KKN programme.</p>

<p>"This is why Fisipol UGM is pushing for a thorough and speedy management of the case by implementing the follow-up measures as recommended by the investigation team," the statement said, ending with a call to all parties to create a campus that was free from sexual abuse.</p>

<p>Separately, UGM public relations and protocol head Iva Ariani said the university would continue its work to make sure that the victim received protection and justice.</p>

<p>"Next, UGM will soon take the necessary real steps to take the case to the legal domain," Iva said in a statement issued on Tuesday.</p>

<p><strong>OTHER UGM CASES</strong></p>

<p>In 2016, a sexual abuse case that involved several female victims among Fisipol students rocked the university. The perpetrator, EH, was a respected lecturer and the head of the international relations department at the time of the incident. The victims reported that EH groped their breasts and rubbed his crotch against their' bodies during a one-on-one academic consultation on their theses in a closed room.</p>

<p>EH was stripped of his positions, but is still officially employed as a UGM lecturer.</p>

<p>The victim who spoke to The Jakarta Post two years ago said that even after the department accepted the sexual assault report she and the other victims had submitted, she still bumped into EH in the department's basement parking lot.</p>

<p>The investigative report in the Balairung student magazine also cited other unresolved sexual assault cases at UGM.</p>

<p><strong>SEXUAL ASSAULT AT UNIVERSITIES</strong></p>

<p>Many believe that the incidents of sexual assault at universities that have emerged in the public eye are a mere tip of the iceberg.</p>

<p>In 2008, the University of Indonesia (UI) Law School received sexual assault reports from several students on a lecturer, TN. As in the case of UGM's EH, TN also sexually assaulted his students during one-on-one thesis consultations. TN was later dismissed from UI but he was still being interviewed by the media.</p>

<p>Women's empowerment and rights activist Damairia Pakpahan told the Post in 2016 that she represented a sexual assault victim of a humanities lecturer at UGM, but that the case did not go anywhere.</p>

<p>The Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies (SGRC Indonesia), a youth group for university students, said in a statement on Wednesday that sexual assault had been happening at Indonesian universities for many years.</p>

<p>"Growing awareness and knowledge about sexual assault inspire survivors to dare to speak out. The increasing number of reports on sexual assault does not mean that cases of sexual assault are on the rise, but that the number of survivors who dare to speak out is on the rise," it said.</p>

<p>SGRC Indonesia noted that universities sometimes did not appreciate the courage it took survivors to speak about their experiences and even blamed them for the sexual assault. "This is double victimization and as a result, the survivor feels guilty [for reporting the incident and for the incident itself]," it said, and that victim blaming could disrupt a survivor's day-to-day life.</p>
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Tokyo medical school offers spots to unfairly denied students

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<p>TOKYO – A Tokyo medical university that altered entrance exam results to exclude women said on Wednesday (Nov 7) it would offer places to dozens of applicants unfairly denied.</p>

<p>The institution's president said it would contact a total of 101 applicants – including 67 women – who took the exam in the past two years and who had their places rejected.</p>

<p>In a scandal that hit headlines worldwide, Tokyo Medical University admitted routinely changing the scores of female applicants to keep them out – as well as those of male candidates who had already failed three times.</p>

<p>"We deeply apologise to the applicants at the time," president Yukiko Hayashi told reporters.</p>

<p>"We should never discriminate," she said, adding there are "many female doctors who are doing a wonderful job".</p>

<p>The 101 applicants would be contacted to see if they are still interested in a place in April 2019. However, there are only a maximum of 63 actual spots available due to quotas, said Hayashi. Places will be awarded based on the original entrance scores.</p>

<p>The university will be forced to reduce the number of students they will accept in April 2019 depending on how many of the 101 cheated students decide to take up the offer.</p>

<p>Hayashi admitted this would make "a big impact" on new applicants.</p>

<p>A group of 24 women have demanded 100,000 yen each in compensation from the school, citing "mental anguish" as well as requesting a refund of exam and travel fees.</p>

<p>The women in the group include a doctor, students currently enrolled at other medical schools and women who have taken jobs in other fields.</p>

<p>The university has admitted it began altering the test scores of female applicants in 2006, reportedly in the belief that women would leave the profession soon after graduation when they married and started families.</p>

<p>An independent probe last month found the school had rejected about a quarter of female applicants in the 2017 and 2018 exam although their original, unaltered test scores proved they reached the pass mark.</p>

<p>The scandal sparked public outrage and led to a government investigation that uncovered similar discrimination in other medical schools.</p>

<p>Since the scandal, the university has replaced its male chief with a woman.</p>
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<p>ISLAMABAD – A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail but is still in the country after being flown out of the city of Multan where she was being held, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (Nov 8).</p>

<p>Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Faisal denied media reports that Ms Asia Bibi had left the country, telling AFP: "She is in Pakistan".</p>

<p>Ms Asia Bibi's release comes a week after her acquittal in a landmark case that triggered angry Islamist protests in Muslim-majority Pakistan and following appeals from her husband for Britain or the United States to grant the family asylum. Her lawyer fled to the Netherlands on Saturday under threat to his life.</p>

<p>Ms Bibi's conviction was overturned by the country's highest court last Wednesday, but she remained in prison as the government negotiated with hardliners who blockaded major cities and demanded her immediate execution.</p>

<p>"She has been freed," lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook said in a text message to AFP. "I have been told that she is on a plane but nobody knows where she will land."</p>

<p>According to a civil aviation official, the aircraft that collected Ms Bibi from jail would be required to land in Islamabad, but it was unclear if she may have had a connecting flight.</p>

<p>Following protests at last week's ruling, the government agreed in a deal with Islamists to impose a travel ban on Ms Bibi, and not to challenge an appeal in the Supreme Court.</p>

<p>An order for her release arrived on Wednesday at the jail in the central city of Multan where she was held, a prison official told AFP.</p>

<p>"Asia Bibi has left the prison and has been transferred to a safe place!" tweeted Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament.</p>

<p>Another civil aviation official, in Multan, said a small plane arrived in the city with "a few foreigners and some Pakistanis" on board to fetch Ms Bibi.</p>

<p>Her case has underscored deep divisions between traditionalists and modernisers in the devoutly Muslim country.</p>

<p>The conviction stemmed from a 2009 incident when Ms Bibi was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields.</p>

<p>Muslim women labourers objected to her touching the water bowl as a non-Muslim, and a fight reportedly erupted.</p>

<p>A local imam then claimed Ms Bibi insulted the Prophet Mohammed.</p>

<p>Ms Bibi has consistently denied the charges, and her prosecution rallied international rights groups, politicians, and religious figures.</p>

<p>Pope Benedict XVI called for her release in 2010, while his successor, Pope Francis, met her daughter in 2015.</p>

<p><strong>INCENDIARY CHARGE</strong></p>

<p>Ms Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih has appealed for Britain or the United States to grant the family asylum and several governments, including those if Italy and France, have offered to help.</p>

<p>Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini tweeted: "I will do everything humanly possible to guarantee this young woman's future."</p>

<p>Blasphemy is an incendiary charge in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where even unsubstantiated allegations of insulting Islam can result in death at the hands of mobs.</p>

<p>Mere calls to reform the law have provoked violence, most notably the assassination of Mr Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, by his own bodyguard in Islamabad in 2011.</p>

<p>Mr Taseer had called for Ms Bibi's release, and his son Shahbaz tweeted, "Pakistan Zindabad," ("Long live Pakistan") following last week's ruling.</p>

<p>Thousands of Islamist hardliners poured onto the streets in protest after Supreme Court judges overturned Ms Bibi's conviction last Wednesday.</p>

<p>Demonstrations broke out in major cities across the country in the wake of the ruling, with club-wielding protesters blocking Islamabad's main highway and barricading roads in Karachi and Lahore.</p>

<p>One of the most vocal groups in the protests – the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) – called for "mutiny" against the army's top brass and the assassination of the top court's justices.</p>

<p>In a statement, the TLP termed Ms Bibi's release "against the government agreement".</p>

<p>"The entire atmosphere of Pakistan is in pain and grief after hearing the news about the blasphemer of the holy prophet Asia," it said.</p>

<p>One resident in Multan, Mr Rizwan Khan, told AFP that Ms Bibi would not be safe wherever she went, while another, Mr Qari Muneer, said the decision should be reversed and called for her to receive "strict punishment".</p>
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<p>PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at critics on Thursday (Nov 8) for questioning high-level appointments bestowed on the strongman's children, denying that the promotions were part of a strategy to "strengthen power".</p>

<p>The 66-year-old leader has ruled Cambodia for 33 years and his administration is full of family-linked officials, with his three sons in key posts across the defence and intelligent establishments.</p>

<p>Mr Hun Sen has long shrugged off accusations of nepotism, but in a speech to students in Phnom Penh, he framed the promotions as a natural byproduct of education and training.</p>

<p>"I read a media briefing sent to me this morning about Hun Sen promoting (his) children," he said.</p>

<p>"I want to ask everyone: Are my children human beings? Are they citizens?"</p>

<p>He said they had advanced degrees and had studied abroad.</p>

<p>"They say it is to strengthen power. We sent them for training. What should we train them for?"</p>

<p>Analysts say Mr Hun Sen has stayed in power for decades through a mix of political savvy and loyal networks in the security forces, and that he is grooming his sons as possible successors.</p>

<p>Hun Manet, his eldest son, was promoted in early September to chief of joint staff of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces as well as the commander of the infantry army headquarters.</p>

<p>He graduated from the US military academy at West Point and the government said his new responsibilities were merit-based.</p>

<p>Mr Hun Sen's second son Hun Manit is the head of a military intelligence unit and his youngest Hun Many is a parliamentarian who oversees the ruling party's far-reaching youth movement.</p>

<p>In July, Mr Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won all seats in Parliament after holding an election without an opposition.</p>

<p>The Supreme Court dissolved the only viable party challenging CPP rule in November 2017 amid a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.</p>
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Man lives with mother's corpse in house for weeks until sister discovers body

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<p>A male shut-in was arrested after authorities found he had left his mother’s corpse in the house for weeks after she passed away without reporting the incident.</p>

<p>Called “hikkikomori” in Japanese, the shut-in, a 49-year-old and unemployed male, had been living with his 76-year-old mother in the same house. The elderly woman’s corpse was discovered by the man’s younger sister when she dropped by for a visit on Nov. 4, reports Kyodo via SoraNews24.</p>

<p>Authorities believed the mother died due to natural causes or sickness rather than any form of homicide, after they took into consideration the psychological condition of the man. The body also did not show any physical wounds.</p>

<p>The man apparently found his dead mother collapsed on the kitchen floor. Unsure of what to do, the man carried the corpse and placed it on the bed in his mother’s room. The man said in a written statement, “I couldn’t do anything [after my mother died], so I decided to wait until the next time my sister came.”</p>

<p>The topic of hikkikomori in Japan is a serious social issue. While some shut-ins are content in not leaving the house, more extreme cases refuse to leave their room. Parents of hikkikomori are then faced with the responsibility of caring for their shut-in children regardless of their age.</p>

<p>The man may have been a hikkikomori for some time as authorities found he was almost incapable of conversing with other people when they arrested him on Nov. 5.</p>

<p>Individuals who become hikkikomori are sometimes driven into the lifestyle due to social pressure.</p>

<p>Authorities charged the man with corpse abandonment, but his current psychological state may get him a more lenient punishment.</p>

<p>Without a parent to take care of him, the 49-year-old man will face a difficult transition to once again integrate into the society he had removed himself from to become a self-sustaining individual.</p>
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Tyler McGuire Wants To Join The World’s Elite With ONE Welterweight World Title Win

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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Tyler McGuire (11-0) has a shot at World Championship gold in Singapore, and he plans on taking his opportunity to join <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a>’s top table of superstars.</p>
<p>McGuire takes on fellow contender Zebaztian Kadestam for the vacant ONE Welterweight World Title in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR’S DREAM in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, 17 November.</p>
<p>The American says a victory will cement his position as one of the best in the world.</p>
<p>“To be a ONE World Champion means you are one of the world’s elite,” the 32-year-old says.</p>
<p>“You have guys like Brandon Vera holding the heavyweight World Title, Aung La N Sang as a double champion, guys in the lower weights like Shinya Aoki, and greats like Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson are coming over.”</p>
<p>McGuire racked up 10 straight wins in the United States before making his debut in The Home Of Martial Arts at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER in Malaysia and defeating former title challenger Luis “Sapo” Santos via unanimous decision.</p>
<p>“It was surreal. I had been to other promotions’ shows, but ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER was by far the best production I had ever seen,” he says.</p>
<p>“It was just the coolest, nicest cage I had ever been in, hands down. The crowd, the atmosphere – I was just in awe taking it in.</p>
<p>“Fighting on that stage was incredible. It was definitely the coolest thing I’d ever done.”</p>
<p>Despite being dazzled by the scale of the event, McGuire was able to keep his mind on the task in hand, and he produced a dominant display to overpower Santos and secure the victory on the scorecards.</p>
<p>“I knew that I had prepared and I put the work in, and I wanted to show my work,” the Washington native explains.</p>
<p>I wanted the fans to want to watch me fight, and I feel like I went out and did that.</p>
<p>“At the beginning, a lot of people were cheering for ‘Sapo,’ and by the end, I had a lot of people cheering for me. It was nice to see that.”</p>
<p>His victory immediately established McGuire as a legitimate contender for the ONE Welterweight World Title, and he recognised that fact even before the bout took place.</p>
<p>“I knew that if ONE was putting my feet to the fire right away against ‘Sapo,’ then a title shot was probably coming next,” he says.</p>
<p>“I felt like they were seeing if I was ready for a World Title shot.”</p>
<p>His performance left little doubt of that readiness, and the ONE Championship bosses moved swiftly to book McGuire in a title bout with Swedish contender Kadestam, who delivered a stunning performance of his own in the main event of the same event in Malaysia.</p>
<p>Kadestam stopped local hero Agilan Thani via third-round TKO after comprehensively outstriking “The Alligator” throughout the contest to earn his shot at the belt, and now “The Bandit” will face him for the vacant title in Jakarta on 17 November.</p>
<p>The pair got to know each other during the week leading up to their recent bouts, and the American says he admires his upcoming opponent, though that will not stop him from doing everything in his power to claim a dominant victory  in their match.</p>
<p>“I think he’s a great individual,” McGuire says.</p>
<p>“He brings a lot to the sport. He’s one of the toughest son-of-a-guns I’ve ever seen in my life. I know he’s going to show up to fight, and that’s what I want.”</p>
<p>Kadestam showcased his striking skills, while McGuire highlighted his dominant wrestling abilities. It promises to deliver a clash of styles when the pair meets, but the American warns people he is far from a one-trick pony.</p>
<p>“I really think my striking is underrated,” he says.</p>
<p>“I think Kadestam said recently that I can’t really hurt him on the feet, and we’ll see. I do work hard on my striking, and I’m trying to be a complete martial artist.</p>
<p>“If the opening is there for a takedown, I’m going to take it, but if not, we’re going to stand there and strike.”</p>
<p>The bout should produce a classic striker versus grappler contest, and with both men possessing similar never-say-die mindsets, their clash for the title should deliver a spectacular main event when they meet on 17 November.</p>
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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Kickboxing star “Smokin” Jo Nattawut (67-7-2) returns to ONE Super Series looking to score another impressive victory under the <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a> banner.</p>
<p>In his last contest, the 29-year-old Thai produced a superb display to stop Yohann Fairtex Drai with punches at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.</p>
<p>After that thrilling performance, the two-division Lion Fight World Champion will take on Scotland’s George Mann (31-5) in a Muay Thai contest at ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore this Friday, 9 November.</p>
<p>Nattawut is heading into the contest on a wave of confidence after his first-round finish of Drai.</p>
<p>“It felt really good to win that bout,” the two-division Lion Fight World Champion says.</p>
<p>“I had a really good training camp and a good game plan. I was able to fly early to Thailand to train before that bout, which helped with my preparation.</p>
<p>“I changed the way I train and travel, and it showed in the match.”</p>
<p>The contest was a little different to most of Nattawut’s bouts, as it required him to wear 4-ounce mixed martial arts gloves. The Thai says he felt the power difference in his strikes, and had to adapt his style accordingly.</p>
<p>“[The smaller gloves were] really powerful. The defence is different, so you have to adapt, but it feels like if I land my punches, my opponent is going to sleep.”</p>
<p>“Smokin” Jo will don smaller gloves again when he takes on Mann in Singapore, and he is targeting a similar performance.</p>
<p>His opponent, a 20-year-old WMC Muay Thai World Champion, will concede a significant experience advantage to the Thai, but will stand 16 centimetres taller.</p>
<p>Nattawut is not intimidated by his opponent’s stature and says his task is a straightforward one.</p>
<p>“I need to block his left kick, and that’s it,” he says.</p>
<p>“I have more power than him. I will do my normal thing – I will walk forward and throw everything I’ve got. He’s going to go to sleep.”</p>
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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Indian mixed martial arts star Himanshu Kaushik will return to <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a> to score the biggest win of his career.</p>
<p>Kaushik will face former ONE Strawweight World Champion and Muay Thai hero Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore on Friday, 9 November.</p>
<p>It is a huge test for the 26-year-old Indian star, who will be making his the second appearance in the world’s largest martial arts organization.</p>
<p>“I am very excited to fight with this great fighter,” the Dehli native says.</p>
<p>“He is a former ONE World Title holder, [and fighting him] is a big achievement for me.”</p>
<p>Kaushik is a seven-time Indian national wushu-sanda champion, with an impressive record of 71-7 in the sport.</p>
<p>He made the switch to mixed martial arts in 2013 and got off to a flying start, winning four of his first five contests, leading to a call-up to the big stage with ONE.</p>
<p>But his debut did not go as planned, as he lost out to Indonesian star and strawweight contender Stefer Rahardian at ONE: GRIT AND GLORY in Jakarta.</p>
<p>Rahardian’s grappling superiority proved too much for Kaushik to handle and after the bout, the Indian star immediately set about improving his ground game.</p>
<p>“After the fight, I went directly to Phuket Top Team and started learning some BJJ to get better,” he explains.</p>
<p>“In sports, nobody loses – they win, or they learn some good lessons, so that was a lesson for me. I keep that loss in my mind, and I started working on it. My family and friends helped me with this.</p>
<p>“I have closed the last chapter, and it’s time to start again.”</p>
<p>Now, having faced a grappling expert on his debut, Kaushik is preparing to face a martial artist from the other end of the spectrum.</p>
<p>Dejdamrong is one of the most decorated strikers in ONE Championship, having captured Lumpinee Stadium World Titles in three different weight divisions and amassed a stellar 282-65-3 record in Muay Thai.</p>
<p>On top of those incredible striking credentials, “Kru Rong” made the switch to mixed martial arts and captured the ONE Strawweight World Title.</p>
<p>Kaushik is full of admiration for his 38-year-old opponent, but that will not stop him from chasing a stoppage victory against the former world champion.</p>
<p>He has been working hard in Thailand, where he has faced a plethora of Muay Thai stylists in his preparation for the contest.</p>
<p>Now Kaushik believes he is ready to step up, defeat an icon and claim his first win in ONE Championship in spectacular fashion.</p>
<p>“He is best in Muay Thai, and my best [strength] is sanda. We both are strikers, however, this time I am confident I can give my best,” the Indian says.</p>
<p>“Before this match-up, I watched his fights as a fan. But this time, I am looking at him as my opponent. On the other side, I have huge respect for him as a star fighter.</p>
<p>“This time, I am fighting with a legend, and if I win, it’s a big achievement in my life.</p>
<p><span>“I will do a sanda takedown, and then finish him with ground and pound.”</span></p>
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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is on his way back to the <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a> cage.</p>
<p>The 39-year-old veteran is set to make his return after a seven-month absence at ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore when he takes on Himanshu Kaushik in a strawweight mixed martial arts contest.</p>
<p>“Kru Rong” says his time away from the cage has recharged his batteries and he will come back better than ever.</p>
<p>“I wanted to give myself some time to rest my body and recover – to slowly get back in shape and make sure I’m fight-ready,” says the 39-year-old.</p>
<p>“I am 110 percent ready for my bout. I’m very excited to come back and fight again, and excited to get in the cage.</p>
<p>“This one is a little bit special because I’m very happy to be competing in Singapore once again, in front of all my students from Evolve, and especially since I consider Singapore a second home.”</p>
<p>Dejdamrong may not have been in active competition, but he has still been working in the gym, honing his skills and improving his all-around mixed martial arts game.</p>
<p>“I have worked on everything, really – nothing specific,” Dejdamrong says.</p>
<p>“I am making sure I’m improving in all the different martial arts, trying to better every aspect of my game.</p>
<p>“My teammates here at Evolve have been a tremendous help in my preparation for this bout.</p>
<p>“There’s no one specific thing that I’ve improved on. I just made sure to add equal value to all aspects of my game.”</p>
<p>A multi-time, multi-division Muay Thai World Champion, Dejdamrong has been constantly working on improving the other aspects of his skill set to help bring them up to par with his world-class striking.</p>
<p>Although he has been working hard on his grappling skills, his upcoming bout with wushu-sanda champion Kaushik may offer the opportunity for him to showcase the spectacular striking techniques that took him to Muay Thai stardom earlier in his career.</p>
<p>That will give him an intriguing opportunity to test his abilities against a different discipline.</p>
<p>“It’s hard to compare the different martial arts like wushu and Muay Thai. They are very different styles and have their different strengths,” he says.</p>
<p>“The only way to compare them properly is once we step in the cage on 9 November.”</p>
<p>Dejdamrong’s return is motivated not just by competition, but by the desire to one day win back the ONE Strawweight World Title. </p>
<p>The Thai says his skill set is at a higher level than ever, and he plans on showcasing that in his upcoming bouts, starting this Friday in Singapore.</p>
<p>“I’ve been training really hard and preparing for anything that might come my way in the cage. Preparing for all possible situations so I feel much stronger and ready,” he says.</p>
<p>“I’m very confident that I will win this bout. My preparation will show on the night itself, and I hope to get back on the path to attain my goal to become World Champion again.”</p>
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<p>Based on the explanation given by the driver, identified only as PB, 53, to the police, he daydreamed a lot because he faced problems at home, Saiful said.</p>

<p>PB suffered a minor injury to his arm and was immediately taken to the Sumur Batu community health centre. The minivan was not carrying passengers at the time of the incident.</p>

<p>Saiful said the Central Jakarta Transport Agency had lifted the minivan out of the river using the agency's tow truck.</p>
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How John Danaher Has Helped Garry Tonon To Martial Arts Greatness

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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Garry Tonon is one of the best grapplers walking the Earth today. The New Yorker earned his black belt in 2013 and captured a host of grappling titles, including five EBI Grappling Titles.</p>
<p>Now, after conquering the world of submission grappling, Tonon has transitioned his skills to the mixed martial arts arena, where he competes for <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a>.</p>
<p>Tonon’s successful transition to mixed martial arts is down in large part to his coach, world-renowned submission specialist John Danaher.</p>
<p>Before his switch to mixed martial arts, Tonon competed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, living in New Jersey and training under his longtime coach Tom DeBlasss – a Renzo Gracie black belt.</p>
<p>But after heading away to college, Tonon found it harder to get back to his usual gym to train.</p>
<p>“It was really hard to travel back to Tom’s every day to train,” he explains.</p>
<p>“I basically went there one day a week, and I was searching for whatever training I could find that met my schedule when it came to jiu-jitsu.”</p>
<p>Tonon headed into New York City, where he started training at the famous Renzo Gracie Academy. It was there that he met Danaher, who was teaching classes at the facility.</p>
<p>A Renzo Gracie black belt, Danaher is considered one of the most brilliant minds in the grappling arts, and his unique aura left Tonon intimidated when they first met.</p>
<p>“John is a hard person to get close to, even if you’re trying to do it,” he says.</p>
<p>“Overall, he has good days and bad days, and some days he’s really focused on one thing, so he’s not willing to open up and have a conversation with you. He might be a little short with you.</p>
<p>“When I first started training there, I just kind of stayed around the fringes. I didn’t really talk to John, I just took his class like anybody else at Renzo’s.</p>
<p>“I’d shake his hand after practice and say thank you, and I would watch him roll after class. That was the extent of my relationship with John for probably a year and a half or two years.”</p>
<p>Over time, Tonon ended up training with Danaher on a daily basis and, eventually, the pair became friends.</p>
<p>And the level of trust and respect Danaher had for Tonon became evident when the coach asked “The Lion Killer” to be a sparring partner for mixed martial arts superstar Georges St-Pierre for one of his training camps.</p>
<p>From that moment, Danaher became Tonon’s primary coach, and the pair has never looked back since.</p>
<p>“What Danaher did was very special because, in a period of around five years, he completely turned my jiu-jitsu around, which is very, very rare and very, very hard to do once you reach black belt,” Tonon explains.</p>
<p>“He made me a submission expert in all aspects. Now, I’m nailing submissions on the legs, on the arms, and I’m getting triangle chokes. [I am learning] all these different aspects, [and building] this submission game that I didn’t have the skills to do.”</p>
<p>Danaher’s technical knowledge is obviously at an incredibly high level, but Tonon says it was his approach that proved crucial in his development as a competitor.</p>
<p>“He just has a very intelligent approach to the sport, a very unique approach to the sport – so many details that I had never even fathomed, and not just details of techniques,” Tonon explains.</p>
<p>“The techniques are one thing – it’s amazing that he has such great mechanics for all these different processes. But even more than that, he has an extremely philosophical approach to the sport that’s very enlightening.”</p>
<p>And when Tonon made the decision to embark on a career in mixed martial arts, he asked Danaher to help prepare him, having seen him achieve results with the likes of St-Pierre in the past.</p>
<p>“He’s always been helping people with their mixed martial arts careers, but he’s known as a jiu-jitsu master,” the 27-year-old says.</p>
<p>“They don’t think about mixed martial arts, but basically, in terms of high-level coaching, he started out teaching mixed martial arts.</p>
<p>“John has been pretty much my main coach for mixed martial arts. I don’t really have a big number of coaches. My main work is done with John every day.</p>
<p>“I haven’t been going to boxing gyms or doing Muay Thai or going to wrestling workouts – I’ve been pretty much doing mixed martial arts every day.”</p>
<p>The progression has been hugely impressive so far. Two bouts and two stoppage wins have given Tonon a flying start in ONE Championship. But he is still only taking the first steps in his mixed martial arts career, and the pair will continue working together as he looks to continue his progression inside the cage.</p>
<p>Tonon faces South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee in his featherweight debut at ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore on Friday, 9 November, where he will hope to showcase his ever-evolving skill set in the latest chapter of his martial arts journey.</p>
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Kevin Belingon Relives The Bout That Convinced Him He Was Ready To Capture A World Title

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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Filipino star Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon’s stunning run of form has taken him all the way to the ONE Interim Bantamweight Title, and a World Title unification bout with the last man to defeat him.</p>
<p>Belingon will take on reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes at ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore on Friday, 9 November. And the 31-year-old interim champion says he is in a much better position, both mentally and physically, to take on Fernandes second time around.</p>
<p>Since his submission loss to Fernandes in their first meeting back in January 2016, Belingon has been on a tear.</p>
<p>Six consecutive victories have powered him back into contention for the top prize once again, with his most recent outing – a unanimous decision defeat of Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen – earning him the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title.</p>
<p>However, it is his victory over American Andrew Leone at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR in April 2018 that stands out as the bout that convinced Belingon he was ready to contend for the belt once again.</p>
<p>“There was a lot on the line for that bout, and because I was going to compete in front of my hometown crowd in Manila, I felt extra pressure to give a good performance,” he says.</p>
<p>“I never let the nerves get to me though. I am always composed, and once I stepped through those ropes, in my mind, it was just me and [Leone]. It was like tunnel vision.”</p>
<p>Belingon wasted no time at the start of the contest and closed the distance on his opponent instantly, letting fly a succession of heavy-handed strikes that found their mark.</p>
<p>“Every time I hit him, I heard his grunts and saw him wince,” Belingon says.</p>
<p>“It was then that I knew I had to keep on the attack.”</p>
<p>Determined to keep the bout in the stand-up realm against the seasoned grappler, Belingon showcased his hugely-improved takedown defence and footwork as he kept the contest in his comfort zone.</p>
<p>And his wushu-based striking proved to be decisive, as he increased the frequency, and intensity, of his attack.</p>
<p>“I kept pounding him with my hardest punches. I was surprised he was still standing after some of the shots he took. He is a real warrior,” Belingon says.</p>
<p>“At this point, I was really feeling it. The crowd was cheering for me. I couldn’t miss. It was an awesome feeling. I even scored a takedown of my own.”</p>
<p>The first round was a dominant one for Belingon, while Leone looked worse for wear as he headed back to his stool.</p>
<p>Nonetheless, the American came back out for the second round – a decision that earned Belingon’s respect.</p>
<p>“I have so much respect for Andrew Leone because he didn’t just come to play it safe and survive. He came to fight. That deserves my respect,” he admits.</p>
<p>But Belingon’s respect would not prevent him from completing the job, and he produced a highlight-reel moment to end the contest shortly after the restart.</p>
<p>A spectacular spinning back-kick landed perfectly to Leone’s body, sending him flying across the cage and down the canvas. Belingon saw his chance and closed in for the finish, ending the contest with powerful ground strikes and knees.</p>
<p>It was a sensational finish and a statement performance by “The Silencer,” who celebrated his win in front of a huge Manila crowd.</p>
<p>“This win is my favourite because it showed exactly what I am capable of as a fighter. I am proud to be able to showcase my skills in front of the entire world,” Belingon says.</p>
<p>“To be able to execute that move to perfection, hear the crowd roar and chant my name, it was an awesome feeling that I will never forget.”</p>
<p>It will take quite some performance to top Belingon’s stunning display in Manila that night. But thanks to that performance, the Filipino star knows he has the skills required to take on and defeat Fernandes and achieve his dream of becoming the ONE Bantamweight World Champion.</p>
<p>“We’ll see what happens,” he says.</p>
<p>“I’m definitely looking to put on a show and get the finish for my team, my family, and my country.”</p>
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Zebaztian Kadestam Is Relaxed And Ready For Title Tilt In Jakarta

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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>Swedish welterweight contender Zebaztian Kadestam is ready to ascend to the summit of his division on Saturday, 17 November.</p>
<p>“The Bandit” will take on American Tyler McGuire for the vacant ONE Welterweight World Title in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR’S DREAM in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 November.</p>
<p>And after a huge win in his last contest, the 28-year-old believes he is ready to achieve his dream of capturing the ONE Championship World Title.</p>
<p>Kadestam’s most recent appearance inside the <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a> cage saw him produce arguably the best performance of his career as he knocked out fellow contender Agilan “Alligator” Thani in the third round of their main event clash at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER in Kuala Lumpur in July.</p>
<p>It was the first time Kadestam had competed since his loss to then-champion Ben Askren in September 2017, but the Swede looked sharp on his return as he produced a superb finish to a thrilling contest to book himself a date in the 17 November World Title bout.</p>
<p>“I didn’t feel any ring rust or anything like that, but I was a little anxious about getting back in there because there was almost one year between bouts,” he reveals.</p>
<p>“I had a good time. I felt like the [Ben] Askren fight was my biggest fight – no fight can ever affect me as much as that fight did.</p>
<p>“I feel I got that out of my system, so when I went to fight Agilan in his hometown in the main event, I felt no pressure, and I just had a good time. I think it was kind of good, actually. Everything felt good.”</p>
<p>Kadestam’s performance showcased his full-range of mixed martial arts abilities, but the Swede says there is still plenty more to come from him in future contests.</p>
<p>“I think there was a lot of things I have improved and that I still can improve, but I’m most pleased that I was able to just go for it,” he continues.</p>
<p>“I was able to be relaxed and not really care about anything. He got me down, and it didn’t bother me. I got into a nice rhythm.”</p>
<p>Faced with the challenge of a seasoned wrestler like McGuire, Kadestam knows his strength and conditioning will have to be on point, and he has addressed those areas in detail during his training camp ahead of the contest.</p>
<p>“I’ve been training hard, and I feel good, so I feel confident for this fight,” he says.</p>
<p>“[In his last bout] he looked good in the way he executed his game plan, but I think he’s going to use kind of the same style as all of my previous opponents. He’s going to grind, and try and take me down.</p>
<p>“I’ve been training for these kinds of guys for so long, so I’m starting to get the hang of it.</p>
<p>“He’s a strong guy with good cardio. I think the first couple of rounds is going to be tough, but I think I need to shut his game down, and then let ‘The Bandit’ come out and play – just be myself and have a good time in there.</p>
<p>“I don’t have a problem if things get tough. I’m used to it. I’ve never had an easy fight my whole career, so I just need to go in there and stop his game, then slowly take over. The more fun I can have, the better the night is going to be.”</p>
<p>Competing for titles is nothing new for Kadestam, and he says his experience in this type of contest should stand him in good stead when he faces McGuire on 17 November.</p>
<p>He promises nerves will not be a factor and he will step into the cage fully prepared, both mentally and physically, to deliver his best performance on the night.</p>
<p>“In my career, I’ve fought seven or eight main events on big shows, and five or six of them have been for titles, so I feel like I belong. People want to see a show, and they count on me bringing it,” he explains.</p>
<p>“I’ve had a couple of losses, and my dreams of becoming an undefeated World Champion have kind of gone out the window, so I want to be the best I can be. But most of all, I want to entertain.</p>
<p>“I want to win fights and be as entertaining as I can be. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to put on a show for everyone.”</p>
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Man paralysed for 8 years after eating slug from a dare dies at 29

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<p>SYDNEY – Sam Ballard, who made headlines for becoming paralysed after eating a slug, died last Friday, Nov 2 at 29 years old.</p>

<p>Ballard passed away at a Sydney hospital and was with 20 of his family and closest friends, according to TV host Lisa Wilkinson yesterday, Nov 5.</p>

<p>Ballard’s last words were “I love you” said to his mother several times.</p>

<p>The man was only 19 when he <a href="http://www.asiaone.com/world/australian-teen-eats-slug-dare-left-disabled-life-and-debt" target="_blank">swallowed a slug during a party with friends</a> in 2010. It was thought to be a fun dare, but without his knowledge, the slug had a parasite infection called rat lungworm.</p>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">Eight years ago, 19-year-old Sam Ballard became paralysed after eating a garden slug. Tonight <a href="https://twitter.com/Lisa_Wilkinson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Lisa_Wilkinson</a> talks to his family and friends who have fought tirelessly for his recovery and quality of life. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/xbfiP0MRNf">pic.twitter.com/xbfiP0MRNf</a></p>— The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/980360789990129664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<p>Though most people experience mild symptoms and recover from the infection, it changed Ballard’s entire life.</p>

<p>From a robust rugby player, Ballard would face several medical complications, such as contracting a form of meningitis and lapsing into a coma for 420 days.</p>

<p>Though he would be revived, he was diagnosed with a serious brain injury and was paralyzed from the neck down.</p>

<p>His mother Katie took on round-the-clock care for him and struggled with his medical needs after the Australian government cut disability funding.</p>

<p>Over the years, his friends continued to spend time with him and have helped in fundraising efforts.</p>

<p>Back in April, two of his friends Jimmy Galvin and Michael Sheasby appeared on the Australian show “Sunday Project” which Lisa Wilkinson hosts.</p>

<p>Galvin shared that they would pass the time by watching football and rugby on TV. When Ballard would see them drinking beer, he would motion to it with his lips. They would indulge him with “a little bit of beer on his lips.”</p>

<p>He recalled apologizing to Ballard for the incident, and his friend responded by “crying his eyes out.”</p>

<p>They said despite the flak they have received for the dare, his mother did not blame them for what happened.</p>
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Smell of durian delays flight after passengers protest

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<p>JAKARTA – A Sriwijaya Air flight bound for Jakarta from Bengkulu on Monday was reportedly delayed for an hour after passengers objected to the pungent aroma of durian in the passenger cabin.</p>

<p><em>Antara</em> reporter Boyke Ledy Watra, who happened to be on the plane, reported that several passengers argued, occasionally almost coming to blows, with flight crew members before deciding to leave the aircraft.</p>

<p>Sriwijaya Air eventually decided to unload sacks of durian from the baggage compartment and the flight eventually departed around 11.40am, an hour later than the scheduled takeoff.</p>

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<p>Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya released a statement in response to the reports, justifying the airline’s decision to carry the durian despite its decision to eventually unload the strongly smelling but popular fruit.</p>

<p>“It’s not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations—carried inside the hold. Many airlines do this,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.</p>
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Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy Happy To Step Out Of Comfort Zone Against Giorgio Petrosyan

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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>After making his mark in ONE Super Series with a debut victory, Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy is looking to topple one of the greatest kickboxers ever in his second appearance <a href="https://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fonefc.com&t=YjA2NzY4YjExOTUxZGI0MjBiNzBkNjk3OTcyZmM4NzE3YTE1NjhhYixYTG9wSDU2Zw%3D%3D&b=t%3ABH3FDxvVWxHRf3IPrGsOIQ&p=https%3A%2F%2Fastro-onechampionship.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F179842816342%2Fsorgraw-petchyindee-academy-happy-to-step-out-of&m=1">ONE Championship</a>.</p>
<p>The 25-year-old will take on Armenian-Italian superstar Giorgio Petrosyan in a 71-kilogram catch weight bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at ONE: HEART OF THE LION on Friday, 9 November.</p>
<p>Sorgraw will be conceding age and experience advantages to his more decorated opponent, but with a Lumpinee Stadium title and a WMC World Title under his belt, he heads into the contest excited and confident about the test that lies ahead of him.</p>
<p>“I am aware that only two people have ever beat him,” Sorgraw says.</p>
<p>“It is going to be a huge challenge for me, but something I feel I can do.”</p>
<p>Petrosyan is, quite simply, one of the best kickboxers to ever lace up a set of gloves. He has been on top of the world for the past decade, taking on and beating all comers in a host of promotions across the globe.</p>
<p>Now he is a part of ONE Super Series, where the world’s top strikers are converging to test their skills in the world’s largest martial arts organisation.</p>
<p>While Sorgraw realises he heads into the bout as the underdog, he is looking forward to testing his evolving skillset against the pound-for-pound star.</p>
<p>“I’m truly excited for the opportunity to share the cage with such a highly regarded fighter on such a big platform,” he says.</p>
<p>Sorgraw has trained tirelessly for the contest at the Petchyindee Academy to ensure he heads into the contest in peak form.</p>
<p>Six-hour sessions in the gym have sharpened his world-class striking, and he feels he is ready to defeat Petrosyan.</p>
<p>But while he has trained hard to ensure his skillset is primed and ready, Sorgraw admits he has not put together a game plan for the contest.</p>
<p>Instead, he prefers to react to what he sees during the contest and adjust his strategy accordingly.</p>
<p>“I’ve studied his game, and am aware of his level,” he says. “Only once the fight starts will I know exactly what my fight plan will be.”</p>
<p>A Muay Thai world champion, Sorgraw is stepping out of his comfort zone to face a kickboxing great under kickboxing rules inside a cage.</p>
<p>But the Thai is prepared to step into the Singapore Indoor Stadium, spring a shock, and claim the biggest victory of his martial arts career.</p>
<p>“I would be so proud if I could beat him at his own game in a discipline that is not my own,” Sorgraw says.</p>
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<figure class="tmblr-full"></figure><p>“Unstoppable” Angela Lee’s quest for two-weight World Championship glory will have to wait for a while.</p>
<p>The 22-year-old Singaporean superstar was all set to challenge ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan in the main event of ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore this Friday, 9 November.</p>
<p>But injury struck the ONE Atomweight World Champion, forcing Lee out of the bout with a serious back condition.</p>
<p>The news was announced by <a href="http://onefc.com/">ONE Championship</a> Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong via Facebook, as he explained the extent of the injury that forced Lee out of the event.</p>
<p>“I am bummed to announce that our medical team has deemed Angela Lee unfit to compete at ONE: HEART OF THE LION this Friday, November 9,” he began.</p>
<p>“As such, I have made the decision to pull Angela off the card, despite her adamance to compete still in the world title fight against Xiong Jing Nan. We all know that Angela is a warrior with an unbreakable spirit. However, she suffered a serious back injury in training last week and badly herniated a spinal disc; she was unable to walk just a few days ago.</p>
<p>“Doctors suspect that the injury originally happened last year when Angela’s car flipped five times on the highway in her near-death accident. If it was up to her, she would still compete this week, even if it meant walking into the cage on crutches. In fact, she is still insisting on competing.</p>
<p>“However, safety is the number-one priority at ONE. On a personal level, I care deeply about the long-term health of our athletes, and would never put our athletes in any compromising situations.”</p>
<p>Lee elaborated on the circumstances of her injury in a post on her Instagram account and issued an apology to her Chinese rival and fans who were looking forward to the bout.</p>
<p>“Life is full of unexpected events and I still believe that – good or bad –everything happens for a reason. I have to trust in that,” she wrote.</p>
<p>“I know a lot of you may be disappointed. Hell, I am. And I’m sure my opponent, Xiong Jing Nan is as well. I sincerely apologize.</p>
<p>“This was not something that was in my control. I believe that this incident is just another test of patience & it will fire me up more than ever for my next fight.”</p>
<p>There is no confirmed timetable for Lee’s return, but you can be sure that she will be doing everything in her power to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible so she can resume her quest for greatness in a second division.</p>
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<p>Fifty-year-old Rendra Hertiadhi seemed completely at ease while lounging on a stretcher under the scorching sun.</p>

<p>Most people would immediately seek shelter from the heat, or at least wriggle restlessly on a stretcher typically used to carry the injured and dead bodies.</p>

<p>Such an inclination for convenience did not seem to apply to Rendra, a seasoned underwater diver who would remain comfortable under any circumstances if it meant he could save lives.</p>

<p>"Most people seem puzzled when I tell them I volunteered to take part in dangerous search and rescue operations. There's really no need to be puzzled. Human nature to help others in need should not be seen as an extraordinary thing," he said.</p>

<p>Rendra is among a group of civilian divers who volunteered to assist a joint search and rescue (SAR) operation for the remaining victims of Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed into the Java Sea last Monday with 189 people on board.</p>

<p>Upon hearing the news of the tragic accident, Rendra said he immediately called his connections at the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) to ask whether civilian assistance was required.</p>

<p>A senior member of the Indonesia Divers civilian diving community, Rendra considered himself privileged to be involved in various opportunities to serve humanitarian causes.</p>

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<p>Though he is eager to take part in such search efforts, he conceded that the actual field work was anything but easy.</p>

<p>During the Lion Air operation, which required divers to descend 32 meters into the Java Sea, Rendra said he had to pay special attention to the gas mix in his oxygen tank so as to not become asphyxiated.</p>

<p>"Inhaling too much oxygen at any depths below 18 m could cause oxygen poisoning, which would result in hallucinations and eventually death," he said.</p>

<p>Syachrul Anto, a former member of Indonesia Divers who also served as a volunteer for the Lion Air search, died last Friday while ascending to the surface.</p>

<p>According to a preliminary medical investigation, Syachrul died from decompression – a drastic change in water pressure caused by a sudden shift in water depths. Basarnas has since declared him a humanitarian hero.</p>

<p>In addition to physical challenges, Rendra said thick mud on the ocean floor had also hampered search efforts by possibly concealing human body parts and debris from the plane.</p>

<p>"I had to resist the temptation to dig into the seabed as it would only muddy up the water and reduce visibility," he said.</p>

<p>Rendra also took part in the search mission for victims of AirAsia flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea in December 2014. He said the AirAsia evacuation was relatively less challenging as the ocean floor had mostly consisted of unobtrusive sand.</p>

<p>"The only thing that never changes in these kinds of rescue missions is the sight of lifeless human bodies. It disturbed me once. But nowadays, I personally see [rescue operations] as an invaluable opportunity for me to redeem my sins," he said.</p>

<p>Civilian divers taking part in such missions are coordinated by the search and rescue unit of Basarnas, which has only about 3,600 personnel serving across the country.</p>

<p>The division outsources skilled search and rescue divers from various institutions such as the Transportation Ministry and the Indonesian Military (TNI), as well as civilian communities such as Indonesia Divers.</p>

<p>Division head First Marshal Indra Jaya said civilian assistance had always been essential to national search and rescue efforts.</p>

<p>"We never call them when we need their help; they are always the first ones to reach out to us and volunteer."</p>

<p>As of Tuesday, Basarnas has deployed 176 outsourced divers to locate and retrieve the remaining crash victims.</p>

<p>Basarnas operations deputy Nugroho Budi Wiryanto said 184 body bags had been retrieved as of Tuesday evening. The Kramat Jati Police Hospital, meanwhile, has identified 44 passengers from the retrieved bodies, 33 of whom are male and 11 female.</p>

<p>The victims' families participated in a mass prayer on board two Navy ships in the Java Sea on Tuesday morning, a day before Basarnas is set to decide whether it would extend the search for the remaining victims and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).</p>
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North Korea puts Kim Jong Un's portrait on show for first time

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<p>SEOUL – North Korea has displayed a portrait of Mr Kim Jong Un in public for the first time, with analysts saying the move could herald the building of a personality cult around the young leader.</p>

<p>Idealised portraits of his grandfather and father – the North's founder Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong Il – are ubiquitous throughout the country.</p>

<p>They look down from the walls of every home, office and classroom, and the two men are displayed in every village, town and city – often in the form of mosaics, sometimes statues.</p>

<p>But while the current leader's daily activities and photographs of him are the mainstay of state media – the only media authorised in the North – in wider society he is not portrayed in the same omnipresent way and no statue of him is so far known to exist.</p>

<p>That could be beginning to change, analysts said, after the visit of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the weekend.</p>

<p>When Mr Kim met him at Pyongyang International Airport, separate giant portraits of the two men hung on the outside of the building, pictures showed.</p>

<p>Smiling broadly and with his face gleaming, Mr Kim wore half-framed glasses and a black Western-style suit with a spotted tie.</p>

<p>"It's the first time that such a portrait was displayed in a public place," said Mr Cho Han-bum, an analyst at the South's state-run Korea Institute for National Unification.</p>

<p>Footage on the official Korean Central Television had previously shown a painting of Mr Kim displayed inside the Workers' Party headquarters alongside a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit by a senior delegation from Beijing in April.</p>

<p>But Mr Cho said the public display indicated Mr Kim appeared to be entering a "second term" of his leadership, which would concentrate on strengthening his political authority and charisma. "The second term will focus on solidifying Kim Jong Un's personal cult and the portrait can be seen in line with such moves."</p>

<p>Mr Kim is the third member of the family to rule the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the country is officially known, and inherited power in 2011 when he was still in his 20s.</p>

<p>At the time he was considered untested, vulnerable and likely to be manipulated by senior figures, but he has established his authority at home through the ruthless purging of potential rivals.</p>

<p>This year, he made his international debut, meeting with leaders of China and South Korea as well as holding a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump – the first between the two countries.</p>

<p>Symbolism and imagery are crucial to Pyongyang, said Dr Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, adding: "Portraits, slogans and posters form the core of a message for a socialist country."</p>
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Motor racing: Vietnam to host Formula One race from 2020, organisers confirm

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<p>Vietnam will join the Formula One calendar in 2020 with a street race in the capital city Hanoi, the organisers said on Wednesday (Nov 7).</p>

<p>The Vietnamese Grand Prix is the first new race announced since Liberty Media took charge last year.</p>

<p>"Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and the Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realisation of that ambition," F1 chairman Chase Carey said in a statement.</p>

<p>The inaugural race will be staged in April 2020, with the organisers signing a multi-year deal to become the fourth East Asian country on the calendar with Singapore, China and Japan.</p>
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<p>Police in Chumphon says a 43-year-old man there has confessed to repeatedly raping his daughter from the time she was attending Secondary 1.</p>

<p>The man's name has been withheld to protect the identity of the rape victim, who is now a 20-year-old vocational-college student, having since undergone two abortions. The father, a durian exporter, was arrested at his home on Tuesday night, insisting the sex with his daughter was consensual and that she was guilty of breaking a promise to him to never tell anyone about the incidents.</p>

<p>The daughter and her mother, also 43, filed a complaint with Muang Chumphon police on Tuesday. The parents were separated and the mother had married a man in Prachuap Khiri Khan, while her two daughters remained with the father.</p>

<p>The rape victim only recently told her mother about her ordeal on learning that her mother had been released after serving a three-year jail sentence for an unspecified crime. The mother gave police an audio recording of her phone conversation with her ex-husband in which he allegedly admitted having sex with their daughter three or four times a month, claiming it was consensual.</p>

<p>She also provided a screen capture of a Facebook message threatening the victim, posted after she'd gone to Prachuap Khiri Khan to see her mother.</p>

<p>Police said the young woman told them the incidents of rape began after her parents separated, while she was still in Secondary 1.</p>

<p>She said she became pregnant and fled to stay with her paternal grandmother, telling her what had happened.</p>

<p>Her grandmother took her for an abortion, only for the father to coerce her into returning home with him.</p>

<p>This whole episode was then repeated a second time, after which the father agreed to limit their sex to three or four times a month. Police said the woman had become fearful about the father getting jealous if she found a boyfriend and, as soon as she heard her mother was out of prison, sought her help.</p>
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<p>JAKARTA/WASHINGTON – Indonesian accident investigators said an airspeed indicator of the Boeing Co 737 Max plane that crashed last week was damaged for its last four flights, but the US authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks.</p>

<p>The damage on a Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea, killing all 189 aboard, was revealed after <a href="http://www.asiaone.com/asia/lion-air-crash-indonesia-extends-search-victims-second-black-box" target="_blank">data had been downloaded from the plane's flight data recorder</a>, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told reporters on Monday (Nov 5).</p>

<p>His agency was asking Boeing and the US authorities what action to take to prevent similar problems on this type of plane around the world, he added.</p>

<p>"We are formulating, with NTSB and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator," he said, referring to the US National Transportation Safety Board.</p>

<p>The acting administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Dan Elwell said the FAA and NTSB had teams of experts in Indonesia at the government's request.</p>

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<p>"Any action the FAA would take regarding that incident would have to wait until we have findings, until we have information," Elwell said in Washington.</p>

<p>Indonesia has not formally requested fleet-wide checks on 737 Max jets and none are planned pending more data, a person familiar with the matter said, on condition of anonymity.</p>

<p>Investigators have not disclosed any reports of other airspeed failures on the aircraft.</p>

<p>The FAA, which regulates the US aviation industry, has not received any reports of airspeed issues with the model in the United States, said a person familiar with its reviews, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.</p>

<p>It was not immediately clear whether the problem with the crashed jet stemmed from a mechanical or maintenance issue.</p>

<p>"We don't know yet where the problem lies, what repair has been done, what their reference books are, what components have been removed," said Nurcahyo Utomo, the KNKT sub-committee head for air accidents.</p>

<p>"These are the things we are trying to find out: what was the damage and how it was fixed."</p>

<p>Safety experts say it is too early to determine the cause of the crash on Monday last week of the flight from Jakarta to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.</p>

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<p>The authorities have yet to recover the jet's cockpit voice recorder from the sea floor, just north-east of Jakarta, where the plane crashed 13 minutes into its flight.</p>

<p>Boeing declined to comment. The US manufacturer has delivered 219 737 Max jets to customers globally, its website shows, with 4,564 orders for jets yet to be delivered.</p>

<p>The Boeing 737 Max is a more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's popular single-aisle jet.</p>

<p>The Lion Air crash was the first involving the type of plane, which airlines introduced into service last year.</p>

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