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Fears stalk Bangladesh bloggers after killing spree

4 September 2015

DHAKA: Nervous, pale and sleep deprived, Bangladesh blogger Shammi Haque describes living in constant fear after four of her colleagues were hacked to death this year by suspected Islamists.

Four Thai men jailed for life over 2014 grenade attack

4 September 2015

BANGKOK: A Thai court on Friday sentenced four men to life imprisonment over the death of three people, including two children, in a grenade attack in Bangkok last year during anti-government protests.

McDonald’s Japan hit by another food scandal

4 September 2015

TOKYO (AFP) - McDonald’s in Japan said Friday it was investigating an incident involving a customer who was injured by plastic shards found inside a drink, the latest in a string of food contamination scandals.

Man attacked by shark in Australia

4 September 2015

SYDNEY, Sept 4, 2015 (AFP) - A man was to undergo emergency surgery in Australia on Friday after a shark attack, officials said, the latest in a string of similar incidents off the country’s east coast.

Indonesia dumps plans for high-speed rail line: Ambassador

4 September 2015

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia has unexpectedly dumped much-vaunted plans for its first high-speed railway in favour of a slower and cheaper rail option, in a blow to Japan and China who have been fiercely competing to win the construction job.

Google launches music streaming service in Japan

4 September 2015

TOKYO (AFP) - Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world’s number two music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals.

Australian police drop Mel Gibson probe

4 September 2015

Sydney (AFP) - Hollywood star Mel Gibson will not face charges over allegations that he pushed and verbally abused a photographer, police said Friday, with the actor reportedly considering legal action himself.

Grand entry: Military vehicles carrying shore-to-ship missiles driving past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing. — Reuters

Missiles, troop cuts highlight shifting power

4 September 2015

BEIJING: China’s unveiling of “carrier-killer” missiles and cuts in troop numbers underlined a shift towards naval strength amid growing Pacific rivalry with the United States, analysts said.

Huge turnout: Supporters gathering to listen to the Worker’s Party (WP) candidates’ speeches at a rally ahead of the general election in Singapore. — AFP

Party leader’s face can be used in polls posters

4 September 2015

SINGAPORE: It is not illegal to use the face of a political party’s leader in the posters of a constituency they are not contesting in, the Elections Department (ELD) said.

Indonesian politician threatens ban on teen dating after dark

3 September 2015

JAKARTA (AFP) - Dating just got harder for Indonesian teenagers in West Java, with a local leader on Thursday threatening to ban late-night trysts and marry off young couples caught out after dark.

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