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November 2, 2017 10:20 PM Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, and said the federal government would pick up 90 percent of the costs, a senior White House official told Reuters. Typically, the federal government pays 75 percent of the costs 68

October 31, 2017 1:50 PM How nuclear deterrence can work in Northeast Asia

IN A recent commentary, Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote a thought-provoking piece entitled ‘To deter North Korea, Japan and South Korea should go nuclear’. The article’s title completely captures Mr Kausikan’s core proposal. In fact, his analysis actually stands 48

October 30, 2017 5:36 AM Duterte visits Japan, says talks needed with Kim Jong Un

TOKYO – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said someone should talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and reassure him that nobody is out to remove him or destroy his country. Duterte made the comments on Sunday, a day ahead of a visit to Japan, where he hopes to get help with rebuilding the strife-torn southern Philippine city of Marawi. A military 42

October 27, 2017 6:00 AM Indonesian police question factory owner, staff after blaze that killed 47 people

JAKARTA (AFP, REUTERS) - The owner of an Indonesian fireworks factory where 47 people died after a blaze tore through the building is being questioned, police said on Friday (Oct 27), as labour organisations said the incident has exposed inadequate workplace safety standards. ’s worst industrial accidents in recent memory – triggering explosions and sending 9

October 27, 2017 4:05 AM Help Me! Boy cries as Rohingya boat fleeing Myanmar capsizes

INANI BEACH, Bangladesh — Across the ferocious waves and the churning black water, Alam Jafar could see his frantic 7-year-old son gasping for breath, his arms flailing just above the ocean’s surface. It was raining, and a fierce monsoon storm had transformed the sky and the sea into a kaleidoscope of gray shadows that was impossible to escape. The little 13

October 26, 2017 11:21 PM Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency; critics say plan falls short

President Trump on Thursday called the nation’s opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history,” saying his administration is declaring it a public health emergency and putting its full resolve into overcoming the widespread scourge. The announcement, however, fell well short of what many health advocates had urged and was roundly criticized 11

October 26, 2017 8:24 PM Trump declares opioid crisis a 'public health emergency'

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis in the United States a national public health emergency on Thursday (Oct 26) and vowed to step up the fight against an epidemic that kills more than 150 Americans every day. "We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic," Trump said at a sombre event at the White House attended by former 10

October 26, 2017 12:18 PM Sanctions needed against Myanmar, says local Rohingya man

Raees Ahmed calling on Canadian government to do more to help Rohingya people A local Rohingya Canadian is calling on the Canadian government to do more to help the people who are enduring a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in southeast Asia. Raees Ahmed said while he respects Bob Rae, who was appointed special envoy to Myanmar earlier this week, Canada 18

October 25, 2017 10:45 AM Another Republican call to arms, but who will answer?

WASHINGTON — A former Republican president. A senior Republican senator with a critical illness. A retiring Republican senator. And now an independent-minded Republican senator who faced a difficult, if not impossible, path to re-election. Mr George W Bush. Mr John McCain. Mr Bob Corker. And now Mr Jeff Flake of Arizona, who delivered a stinging indictment 9

October 24, 2017 12:46 AM Remarks by President Trump and PM Lee in joint statement

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump on Monday (Oct 23) made joint statements at the White House after witnessing the signing of a US$14 billion deal between Singapore Airlines and Boeing. Speaking at the joint media conference, the leaders reaffirmed a "robust partnership" between the countries and outlined key areas 5