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Bid to give away power raises eyebrows

Duterte wants more power to be given to regional governments but critics see it as a ploy to remain in office.


High demand for Prosperity

GEORGE TOWN: It takes more than just a beard and a costume to play the God of Prosperity, whose “appearance” is in demand at events during the days leading up to Chinese New Year.


Playing a path less travelled

WHILE her peers are poring over their books in school, Pung Rae Yue, 14, is taking a less conventional route this year - to tickle the ivories. She is taking a two-year leave of absence from her school, St Hilda’s Secondary.


PGM circuit gears itself for a return to the fairways after a month-long break

WITH the Maybank Championship done and dusted, things are gradually returning to normal.


McDonald succeeds Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein president

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Mary Lou McDonald was confirmed as the new president of Sinn Fein on Saturday, taking over from Gerry Adams in a handover that could advance the nationalist party's ambition of governing on both sides of the Irish border.


Trump says Democratic memo on Russia is 'very political,' needs redactions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A classified memo by congressional Democrats related to investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is "very political and long" and must be "heavily redacted" before it could be released, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday.


Hundreds gather at Bangkok's Democracy Monument to demand election

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Around four hundred people gathered at a monument to democracy in the Thai capital on Saturday to urge the military government not to delay a national election planned later this year, in one of the biggest anti-junta demonstrations since the military took power in 2014.

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Feuz promises 'full-on attack' in men's downhill

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - After dominating his rivals for much of the season, Switzerland's Beat Feuz is promising to go for broke in the men's downhill final on a course that's less fast and precipitous than he usually prefers.


Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. 

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Olympics-Snowboarding: Corning questions judging after missing slopestyle qualification

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - American snowboarder Chris Corning was left frustrated with the judges' scoring of his run after he failed to qualify for the men's snowboard slopestyle final on Saturday.