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Nude selfies used as collateral for Chinese loans

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:51 +08:00

BEIJING: Hundreds of photos and videos of naked women used as collateral for loans on a Chinese online lending service have leaked onto the web, highlighting regulatory problems in the fast-growing peer-to-peer marketplace.

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Indonesian police start burning massive drug haul

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:12:16 +08:00

JAKARTA: Police began torching about a tonne of illegal drugs in Jakarta on Tuesday, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo defended his tough war on narcotics.Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre) places illegal narcotics into an incinerator during a ceremony with the National anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 6, 2016. -Antara Foto/Puspa Perwitasari/via Reuters

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Generals dominate new Thai king’s Privy Council

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:20:14 +08:00

BANGKOK: Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn appointed top army brass to his powerful advisory body on Tuesday, including three generals linked to the ruling junta.

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Investigators: Philippine police murdered mayor

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:28:28 +08:00

MANILA: Philippine police murdered a town mayor while he was helpless in a jail cell, justice department investigators said Tuesday, contradicting claims by the accused and President Rodrigo Duterte that he was killed in a gun battle.

More chaos in Taiwan parliament over holiday cuts

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:24:17 +08:00

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s parliament plunged into more chaos Tuesday with opposing lawmakers brawling in the chamber as labour activists set off smoke bombs outside in protest at proposed holiday cuts.Lawmakers jostling at the podium of the main chamber of Taiwan's parliament in Taipei. Taiwan's parliament plunged into more chaos on December 6 with opposing lawmakers brawling in the chamber as labour activists set off smoke bombs outside in protest at proposed holiday cuts. -AFP/CNA

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Hair today, gone tomorrow: serial snipper strikes Japan

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:28:30 +08:00

TOKYO: A suspected serial hair-snipper has been arrested in Japan after being accused of stealing tresses from unsuspecting women on rush-hour trains.

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South Korea expands cull to contain bird flu

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:16:50 +08:00

SEOUL: South Korea on Tuesday said it was expanding a cull of chickens and ducks to try to contain a damaging bird flu outbreak.

Restaurant owner offers customers free beer to celebrate divorce

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:14:54 +08:00

BEIJING: A restaurant owner in southwest China has offered free beer to his customers to celebrate after he got a divorce, according to a newspaper report.The restaurant offering free beer in Nanchong. Photo: Nanchong Evening News.

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14 dead in southern Thai flooding

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:55:31 +08:00

Bangkok (AFP) - Days of torrential rain and flooding have killed at least 14 people in southern Thailand, with authorities declaring much of the region a disaster zone, the government said on Tuesday.People watch as rescue workers search for two boys who went missing during a flash flood in the southern Thai province of Pattani, on December 6, 2016. - AFP

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David Bowie says Aldrin nearly ready to go home

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:48:36 +08:00

Christchurch, New Zealand, Dec 6, 2016 (AFP) - Former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, expects to be discharged from a New Zealand hospital soon, thanks to the Starman’s namesake David Bowie. Buzz Aldrin, the 86-year-old retired US astronaut who was the second man to walk on the Moon, has been evacuated from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said on December 1, 2016.-AFP

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