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AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 12:00 AM

Eight regions vow strike on emissions

SHANGHAI: A total of eight Chinese regions have promised to beef up anti-pollution curbs, vowing fresh cuts in smog, cleaner water and soil and tighter scrutiny over government officials after Beijing-led probes uncovered thousands of violations.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 12:00 AM

Mountain dwellers soar over angry rapids in China

NUJIANG (China): Cha Huilan, a mother of two living in a Chinese mountain village cut off by a raging river, dangles from a harness hooked to a zipline every time she crosses its violent rapids and jagged rocks on frequent trips to buy medicine for her mother.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 12:00 AM

Korean War hero doubtful of peace prospects

Seoul: As a decorated war hero who once took out three machine gun nests with nothing but grenades, Choi Deuk-soo knows first hand what is at stake should US-North Korean peace talks fail –and he is doubtful of an imminent breakthrough.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 12:35 AM

Passengers suffer broken bones and head wounds after ‘bomb joke’ on Lion Air flight in Indonesia causes chaos

At least 10 passengers on a flight preparing to take off from Borneo island were injured, most of them with broken bones and head wounds, after panicked ensued when a man claimed there was a bomb on board, Indonesian police said Tuesday.

Forex 30 May 2018 | 3:32 AM

Ringgit lower against US$ on lack of demand, Itlian developments in focus

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit was lower versus the US dollar early Wednesday on lack of demand for the local currency, a dealer said.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 3:37 AM

Myanmar stalling on end to child soldier recruitment

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar has not done enough to fulfil its promise to end the use of child soldiers and underage recruitment may even be on the rise, a top UN official said Tuesday.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 3:48 AM

Former Hong Kong prison reinvented in heritage push

Hong Kong (AFP) - A former colonial prison and police station in Hong Kong welcomed the public into sunny courtyards and art spaces Tuesday as the city tries to undo its reputation for prioritising development over heritage.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 4:33 AM

#PTGF: The online world of Hong Kong's young sex workers

Hong Kong (AFP) - For Hong Kong's "part-time girlfriends", social media provides an easy way to connect with clients looking for sex, but campaigners warn that online convenience is tempting girls as young as 13 to put themselves at risk.

World 30 May 2018 | 5:28 AM

Mattis says U.S. to continue operations in South China Sea

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to confront what Washington sees as China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, despite drawing condemnation from Beijing for an operation in the region over the weekend.

AseanPlus News 30 May 2018 | 5:45 AM

Foreign workers in Singapore lauded for using umbrellas to shelter commuters from rain at bus stop

SINGAPORE: As he alighted from the bus on the way home, financial adviser Winson Heng was expecting to be drenched in the rain.