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November 2, 2017 11:15 AM Stir-fry banana stems for a delightful crunch

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - Most people are familiar with bananas, banana leaves and the banana flower, but did you know the banana stem is also edible? In India, Myanmar and the Philippines, banana stem is considered a health food and traditionally regarded as a natural remedy for kidney stones. An article in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical 164

November 2, 2017 6:35 AM Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'urges people not to quarrel' on visit to Rakhine

SITTWE, Myanmar: Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday urged people "not to quarrel" as she visited Rakhine State for the first time since a military crackdown that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile 113

November 2, 2017 3:46 AM More than 600 refugees refuse to leave closed Australian immigration camp in Papua New Guinea

The camp inside a Manus Island navy base was declared closed Tuesday afternoon and the men are without power and many of their toilets. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—The 606 men refusing to leave an Australian immigration camp in Papua New Guinea were without power and many of their toilets on Wednesday as reports emerged saying one of them had resorted to harming 114

November 2, 2017 3:39 AM Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi makes visit to crisis-hit northern Rakhine

YANGON: Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on her first visit to conflict-battered northern Rakhine State on Thursday (Nov 2), an official said, an unannounced trip to an area that has seen most of its Rohingya Muslim population forced out by an army campaign. Suu Kyi, a nobel laureate who leads Myanmar's pro-democracy party, has been hammered 108

October 31, 2017 9:53 AM Seven Rohingya drown trying to reach Bangladesh

COX'S BAZAR: At least four Rohingya were killed on Tuesday (Oct 31) when their boat sank off the coast of Bangladesh, police said, just hours after three babies drowned as they reached shore in a separate incident. At least 200 Rohingya have drowned since late August making the treacherous sea crossing from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Overall, some 600,000 members 95

October 31, 2017 8:27 AM Prince Charles begins Asia tour in Singapore

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Singapore Monday to kick off an Asian tour aimed at cementing relations ahead of a meeting of Commonwealth states next year. The heir to the British throne and Camilla are undertaking an 11-day trip that will also include stops in Malaysia and India. British media had said the Foreign Office was originally 98

October 31, 2017 5:27 AM Prince Charles returns to Singapore for first time since 1979 as he starts Asia tour with wife Camilla

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in Singapore on Tuesday, the first stop of an 11-day trip to strengthen ties between Britain and Asian countries. They received a ceremonial welcome to kick off a visit to the Southeast Asian island nation in which they will have an orchid named after them and be hosted at a state banquet by Singapore’s president 81

October 30, 2017 2:40 AM 26 people injured in accident involving two lorries in Tuas

SINGAPORE - A total of 26 people were taken to hospital on Monday (Oct 30) morning, following an accident involving two lorries in Tuas. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the incident at the junction of Tuas Crescent and Tuas South Avenue 5 at about 6.30am. Upon arrival at the scene, its officers had to use a hydraulic spreader to extricate 96

October 29, 2017 10:32 PM If North Korea Is Preparing for Nuclear War, All of Asia Needs Nuclear Weapons, Says Henry Kissinger

In a recent interview with The New York Times, former Secretary of State and Cold War strategist Henry R. Kissinger warned that East Asia is racing towards nuclear proliferation. The controversial former diplomat--whose critics charge with aiding and abetting military regimes in Latin America during his time as part of the Nixon Administration—said that a nuclear-armed 77

October 29, 2017 6:36 PM Ministry confirms detention of Malaysian journalist in Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Foreign Affairs Ministry confirms that a Malaysian journalist employed by Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) was detained by Myanmar authority on Friday for allegedly video recording the Hluttaw building (House of Representative) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar using a drone without prior authorisation. In a statement on Sunday (Oct 29), Wisma 78