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Upset Andy Lau fans call for answers after Hong Kong government rejects bid to reschedule cancelled shows

Canto-pop superstar had wanted to perform in December, but Leisure and Cultural Services Department said no
Now 80,000 fans will get a refund, and some are demanding an explanation as to why concerts are off

Man from Pakistan spent almost 20 years unaware how sick he was – because he didn’t realise Hong Kong public hospitals provide interpreters

Many patients who know little English or Chinese are left in the dark about their diagnoses because they don’t know interpreters are available
A move to give patients the initiative in booking interpreters aims to make better use of the service, which hospital staff often decline to call on

Japanese firm to pay up over forced labour

Seoul: A Seoul court dismissed a Japanese machinery maker’s appeal against an order that it pay 17 South Korean women 100 million won (RM365,800) each for forced wartime labour, the latest in a series of rulings raising tensions between the neighbours.

Singapore ex-govt stalwart seeks to form new party

Singapore: A former stalwart of Singapore’s long-ruling government and ex-presidential candidate said he is seeking to form a new party ahead of elections expected as early as this year.

Child jockeys at Indonesia’s highland horse races

Takengon: As the starting gate swings open, the schoolboy-aged jockeys and their horses take off at breakneck speed along the sandy race track in Indonesia’s highlands.

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over graft

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo accused his election rival of allowing corrupt candidates on his legislative ticket and failing to include women in senior positions.

On opposing sides: Joko (left) shaking hands with Prabowo after a televised debate in Jakarta, Indonesia. — AP

First Thai cave film coming soon

Bangkok: A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the “Wild Boars” football team says his focus is on authenti­city and the mission’s “unsung” heroes, with book publishers and Hollywood studios jostling to make their versions of the saga.

Capturing the story right: Waller (right) on location during the filming of ‘The Cave’ in central Thailand. — AFP

Baidu plays catch up in mobile app race with bet on world's most-watched TV show

Baidu will be exclusive ‘red packet’ partner of state broadcaster CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala, which drew more than one billion viewers last year.

A screengrab from the televised Gala last year which drew over one billion viewers. — SCMP

Chilling assault on four-year-old girl ‘for pleasure’ lands two Hong Kong women in jail for three years

Pair were supposed to be looking after the infant. Instead they punched, burned and verbally abused her in a malicious attack that left her in need of brain surgery

Schoolyard fight turns into tragedy in China as child stabbed to death

Incident the latest in a string of violent cases involving children