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Forget the bug, enjoy the fare

Setting aside regional rivalries,Asian countries are teaming up to bring back the traveller,to enjoy the tourism bounty that nations here have to offer.

Traditional Chinese medicine works for SARS patients

TRADITIONAL Chinese medicine featuring herbs, minerals and other natural ingredients has proven useful in the treatment of SARS patients, especially when coupled with Western therapy.

Foreign insurance news in brief

Foreign insurance news in brief including from Singapore that Standard Poor's Ratings Services has assigned I>BBB+/Ilocal currency counter-party credit and insurer financial strength ratings to Thai Life Insurance Co Ltd, with a stable outlook.

Asian news in brief

Asian news in brief including from Hong Kong that a court in Beijing is playing Richard Clayderman songs as background music to sooth the tempers of litigants during trials.

HK mass rally planned to mark day of handover

B>HONG KONG: /B>Hong Kong prepared yesterday for a huge protest against a proposed law many fear will curtail rights and freedoms, on the same day Chinese premier Wen Jiabao leads celebrations marking the anniversary of the city's reversion to Chinese rule.

News in brief

News in brief highlights on South Korea June trade surplus jumps.

Weather report proves too hot for censors

B>BEIJING:/BChinese television censors have axed a controversial new weather programme after the scantily clad hostess's flirty performances aroused nationwide debate over the limits of tasteful entertainment.

Thousands in street demo to denounce planned bill

B>HONG KONG:/BHundreds of thousands of protesters took to Hong Kong's streets yesterday to denounce the government's planned anti-subversion law, in the city's biggest street demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

China reforms to safeguard party rule

B>BEIJING:/BChina's Communist Party turned 82 yesterday and said any reform would be aimed at preserving party rule.

Kim Hock to increase tempo of two pairs in training

Speed is what the Malaysian badminton doubles players need to overcome the tough hurdles in the World Championships in Birmingham from July 28-Aug 3.