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  • October 22, 2014

    Thein Sein: Stop pestering Myanmar on rights

    Myanmar President Thein Sein has urged the European Union to stop its practice of submitting an annual report on the human rights situation in Myanmar to the United Nations General Assembly. He was speaking at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy, on October 17. In his address, he said that...

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  • October 22, 2014

    I want to be myself, Indonesian first lady says

    There was something a tad different about Indonesia's First Lady Iriana, 51, when she welcomed guests at the Jakarta governor's residence in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Sunday. Wearing a turquoise kebaya and kain (long cloth) batik, she admitted that she had just got a new shoulder-length haircut. ...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Malaysia's Islamic authorities investigating 'dog patting' event

    The event, titled "I want to touch a dog" and held in a park on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, encouraged patting dogs - seen as unclean in Islam - and reportedly drew hundreds of Muslims, raising the ire of religious leaders. Islamic authorities said they would investigate...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Laos seeks cooperation for census

    "People will be interviewed in regards to their profession, marital status, income, housing conditions, access to electricity or whether or not they receive media broadcasts, along with other circumstances," the Vientiane Times reported. The count will take place over seven days from March 1, at...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Singapore to cut down on BTO flats

    After three years of ramped-up supply from 2011 to 2013, with more than 25,000 BTO flats each year, the Housing Board slowed the pace this year to 22,400 units, a 10 per cent reduction. After studying recent BTO application rates, the HDB has decided to slow things down further. In recent years,...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Penang tries to hold on to its identity to stay competitive

    While capitals work to boost liveability - determined by security, healthcare, infrastructure, education, culture and environment - in order to attract talent and investment, secondary cities like Penang, or Chiang Mai and Phuket in Thailand, try to hold on to their identity and charm in order to remain...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Old George Town works to keep its charm but stay relevant

    A former British colonial port over 200 years ago, Penang's capital George Town is now trying to reinvent itself as a vibrant cultural heritage centre to attract talent and investment to power its future, while protecting its rich past. George Town has been caught in a battle between old and new...

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  • October 22, 2014

    NBTC moves to merge two key panels

    ... moving in the same direction. It could also facilitate preparation for the transition to the digital age and next year's implementation of the AEC. The source said that working as one panel would help avoid a vote by a majority of voters in one committee having a legal impact on all 11 commissioners...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Old George Town works to keep its charm but stay relevant

    A FORMER British colonial port over 200 years ago, Penang's capital George Town is now trying to reinvent itself as a vibrant cultural heritage centre to attract talent and investment to power its future, while protecting its rich past. George Town has been caught in a battle between old and new...

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  • October 22, 2014

    Penang tries to hold on to its identity to stay competitive

    While capitals work to boost liveability - determined by security, healthcare, infrastructure, education, culture and environment - in order to attract talent and investment, secondary cities like Penang, or Chiang Mai and Phuket in Thailand, try to hold on to their identity and charm in order to remain...

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