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Singapore says hackers stole 1.5 million health records in massive cyberattack

SINGAPORE: Hackers have stolen the health records of 1.5 million Singaporeans including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, authorities said Friday, with the leader specifically targeted in the city-state’s biggest ever data breach.

Former Hong Kong leader hospitalised after misconduct jailing

HONG KONG: Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was hospitalised Friday after losing an appeal bid against a misconduct conviction in one of the city’s most high-profile corruption cases.

 Donald Tsang. -AP

Indonesian dictator’s convicted murderer son to run for office

JAKARTA: Indonesian dictator Suharto’s youngest son -- who was convicted of ordering the assassination of a supreme court judge -- will run for a seat in parliament, his political party said Friday.

Tommy Suharto. -AFP filepic

Court sends former Hong Kong leader back to jail with reduced sentence

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sent back to jail on Friday following the dismissal of an appeal against a conviction for misconduct in public office, but with his sentence reduced from 20 months to 12 months.

With crackdowns on Uber and Airbnb, does the sharing economy have a future in Hong Kong?

Drivers have been fined and home rentals face stricter laws, and while businesses and users remain hopeful, analysts say the hardline approach will continue to protect the vested interests of established competitors

In the past week, three leading yet struggling giants of the sector in Hong Kong have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. — AFP

Philippines issues new order to expel Australian nun

Manila (AFP) - The Philippines issued on Thursday a fresh deportation order for an elderly Australian nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, as her lawyers pledged to block her expulsion.

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox (C) has been accused of illegally engaging in political activism

Rapes and beatings: The torments of South Korea's young athletes

Seoul (AFP) - When Kim Eun-hee was 10 years old, a primary school child with dreams of tennis stardom, her coach raped her for the first time. Then he did it again. And again. And again.

Former South Korean tennis player Kim Eun-hee spoke to international media for the first time and waived all rights to anonymity to reveal how female athletes in the South have silently suffered sexual abuse by their coaches.

Taiwan steps in after China turns off tourist taps to Palau

Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan has stepped in to help its ally Palau attract more tourists after an airline from the Micronesian nation said it was forced to shut under pressure from China.

Taiwan has seen a growing number of its few remaining diplomatic allies abandon it in favour of China

Indonesia's 'child' of Krakatoa spews ash and lava

Jakarta (AFP) - An Indonesian volcano known as the "child" of the legendary Krakatoa erupted on Thursday, spewing a plume of ash high into the sky as molten lava streamed down from its summit.

Anak Krakatau emerged from the ocean a half century after Krakatoa's deadly 1883 eruption.

North Korea denuclearisation in a year not likely - U.S. intelligence chief

(Reuters) - U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday it was technically possible for North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons program within a year, but added that it was not likely to happen.