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Plans to close komodo dragon island scrapped

Jakarta: Indonesia has scrapped plans to ban tourists from an island home to komodo dragons and will instead limit visitor numbers and raise entry prices to create a “premium destination”, officials said.

World

French interior minister warns of yellow-vest riots on Saturday

PARIS (Reuters) - The French interior minister warned on Friday that violence could flare up on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests, as authorities banned marches around the fire-gutted Notre-Dame cathedral.

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French violence flares as yellow vest protests enter fourth month

PARIS (Reuters) - Rioters set fire to a bank and ransacked stores on Paris's Champs Elysees avenue on Saturday, in a new flare-up of violence as France's yellow vest protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms entered a fourth month.

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Activision is said to plan job cuts after key games struggle

Activision Blizzard Inc plans to announce layoffs Feb 12 in the face of slowing sales, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing fresh upheaval to a videogame industry hurt by spotty results last week.

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Bid to lift Thailand tourism slump

Bangkok: Amid declining numbers of visitors, notably from China, during the traditional tourist high season, a desperate Cabinet yesterday agreed to waive the 2,000 baht (RM252.50) visa-on-arrival fee for tourists from 21 countries for 60 days to rev up one of the main engines of economic growth.

World

Japan to raise maximum age for new recruits to boost dwindling military ranks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's military plans to raise the maximum age for new recruits in a bid to cope with a shrinking pool of potential soldiers due to the country's low birth rate and fast-ageing population.