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November 2, 2017 12:21 AM Navy collisions that killed 17 sailors were ‘avoidable’: Official inquiry reports

WASHINGTON — Two collisions between United States Navy destroyers and commercial vessels in the Western Pacific earlier this year were “avoidable” and the result of a string of crew and basic navigational errors, the Navy's top officer said in reports made public on Wednesday (Nov 1). Seven sailors were killed in June when the destroyer Fitzgerald collided 2

October 29, 2017 12:05 PM China aims to set up state anti-corruption unit next year

BEIJING: China aims to pass a national supervision law and set up a new commission next year to oversee an expansion of President Xi Jinping's campaign to fight corruption in the ruling Communist Party and government, the party said on Sunday. The moves will be made during the country's annual meeting of parliament early next year, the Central Commission 14

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 4

October 25, 2017 9:05 AM Thais, their late king, and the last goodbye

Context will be hard to come by this week as Thais bid farewell to their late monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and his 70-year reign whose light gave out on Oct 13 last year. There is a mismatch of seeing Thailand today with all of its modernity and cosmopolitanism compared to how the country was shaped and formed in earlier decades. To understand the spectacle 6

October 24, 2017 9:00 PM Najib's housing pledge from previous polls still unfulfilled

Lawyer Puspawati Rosman and her husband have doubled their income in the last three years, yet they are nowhere closer to finding their dream home in the Klang Valley, unless they raise their budget from RM500,000 (S$163,000) to RM700,000. But that would require them to have ready cash of at least RM120,000, to cover the down payment and related expenses 3

October 24, 2017 6:55 PM Apple's new premium leather case for the $999 iPhone X costs $99

If you want Apple's top-of-the-line leather case to go with it, be prepared to spend $100 more. Apple will be selling a leather folio case, which includes a flap that covers the phone's screen, for the iPhone X. Just added to the company's website, the case will come in four colors — a dark "cosmos" blue, taupe, black, and "berry" red — and will cost $99. That's 16

October 24, 2017 2:26 PM Mourners camp out to get up close to Thai royal cremation procession

BANGKOK - When Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October last year, Ms Supitta Tolumthanapisarn was among the grieving masses who lined the streets of Bangkok as the authorities transferred his body from Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace. She visited the Grand Palace seven times over the past year, as his body lay in state during the official 4

October 20, 2017 11:06 AM West Coast e-bike deaths: Fatigue may have caused driver to fall asleep, says coroner

SINGAPORE: Fatigue from a "gruelling schedule" and the "monotonous nature of prolonged driving" may have caused the driver of a trailer to "drift off to sleep" while on the road, causing an accident that killed two e-bikers, Coroner Marvin Bay ruled on Friday (Oct 20). Sahadevan Senguttuvan, 35, had worked at least twelve hours the day before the accident 3

October 16, 2017 7:00 AM 80-year-old grandmother has 7 children but she sleeps on Chinatown streets

She has seven children and 18 grandchildren but an 80-year-old woman in Singapore has been spending her nights out on the streets. When a reporter from the Chinese evening daily found her last week, the elderly woman was seated outside the CK departmental store just gazing at the passing crowds. Right beside her was a market trolley that held her only belongings 4

October 15, 2017 2:32 PM Mogadishu reels after huge bombing as toll set to rise over 20

The death toll from a massive truck bomb in Mogadishu that killed at least 20 people looked set to rise on Sunday as rescuers tried to recover bodies from the rubble, with medics warning it could climb as high as 100. The blast took place on Saturday afternoon at a busy junction in the Somali capital, levelling buildings and causing widespread devastation 6