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Taiwan temporarily bans ships sailing between an outlying island and China

Taiwan has temporarily banned ships from sailing between an outlying island chain and China in a bid to curb the spread of a killer pneumonia virus, while a top Taiwanese health official on Tuesday urged the public not to panic over the illness.

Rise in sales of herbal medicine

B>SINGAPORE:/BFear and confusion over the killer virus which has left more than 60 people dead and 1,700 infected worldwide are boosting sales of traditional medicine and vitamins in East Asia.

Polytechnic closed over SARS scare

One of Singapore's largest technical colleges shut down yesterday until at least Sunday, and the government warned more such closures could follow in a bid to stop the spread of a mystery illness that has killed four people here.

Expert sacked over 'unethical drug research'

THE head of Singapore#8217;s National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) has been sacked after an independent panel found him guilty of experimenting on patients without their consent.

Find out more about online elections, says rep

A BACKBENCHER called for the setting up of a task force to carry out a comprehensive study on an online election system.

Thousands bid farewell to Cheung

B>HONG KONG: /B>Thousands of sobbing fans and celebrities lined a Hong Kong street yesterday to bid a final farewell to Cantonese pop star and actor Leslie Cheung as his body was taken to be cremated.

Crowd stops SARS victim's cremation

A hysterical crowd prevented the cremation of Thailand's second SARS victim in their neighbourhood for fear the virus would spread through the air, local newspapers reported Wednesday.

Tunnel project approved

CONSTRUCTION of a tunnel beneath the Yangtze River to connect Shanghai#8217;s Pudong District with Chongming Island has been approved by the central government to resolve the island#8217;s transportation problems.

WHO: Thai measures adequate

B>BANGKOK:/BA World Health Organisation official yesterday praised Thailand#8217;s strict measures to halt the spread of a deadly flu-like illness, saying they would enable the country to contain a local outbreak should one occur.

Singapore GH traces man in 60s as SARS 'super spreader'

B>SINGAPORE:/BThe republic's largest hospital struggled to contain the SARS virus yesterday after tracing the origin of a mysterious batch of infections #8211; a man in his 60s whose multiple ailments masked the illness while he unwittingly passed it on to 19 people.

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