Singapore’s ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

People’s Action Party Secretary-General and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, verifies his identity with a polling official at the Alexandra Primary School polling center in Singapore, Friday, July 10, 2020. Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee’s long-governing party to power. (AP Photo)

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s long-governing party comfortably won Friday’s general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains.

Lee said his People’s Action Party

Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion 'hunts and kills protected wild ram' just four years later

The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal.

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Facebook: Vietnam’s Fickle Partner-in-Crime

Vietnamese politicians have many talking points to brag about their achievements, particularly when trying to embellish their records in front of top leaders. But there is one selling point that could inspire awe – and perhaps even envy — among lawmakers on Capitol Hill: the ability to arm-twist American tech giants, chief among them Facebook, into compliance.

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China lays claim to wildlife area in third border dispute with Bhutan

Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom squeezed between two giant neighbours – India and China – prefers to maintain a low profile.

It has two unresolved border disputes with China, and 24 rounds of talks have taken place between them since 1984, the latest in 2016.

But, late last month, a third dispute cropped up. On June 29, China objected to the tiny kingdom’s application for a grant from the Global Environment Facility for the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary.

China described the sanctuary, which is in eastern Bhutan’s Trashigang district and spread over 650 sq km, as “disputed”.

Sources said the Chinese move sent shoc

Don’t forget us in coronavirus battle, say businesses in India’s Dharavi slum

Samita Chavan used to wake up at 3am every day to the sound of her neighbour’s wet grinder in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. Now, she is adjusting to a rare silence after three months of lockdown that saw tens of thousands of migrant workers leave the city.

Dharavi, believed to be Asia’s largest slum, has been hailed as a success story in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, bringing cases from a daily average of 100 in April to about 10 in July, say city officials, thanks to a strict lockdown.

But cash-starved slum dwellers and informal traders fear a long-term hit to their income, as about 150,000 migrant workers have left Dharavi – according to off

Bangtao 2 bedroom Apartment for sale for ฿8,396,640

Bangtao 2 bedroom Apartment for sale for ฿8,396,640

2 bedroom / 1 bathroom Apartment located in Bangtao on Phuket island in Thailand. Completion Status: Completed, and for sale price is: ฿8,396,640.

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China’s southern Jiangxi declares highest flood alert

FILE PHOTO: Rescue workers evacuate with an inflatable boat students stranded by floodwaters at a school, amid heavy rainfall in Duchang county, Jiangxi province, China July 8, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) – Jiangxi province in southern China issued its highest flood warning on Saturday, predicting a big overflow from a lake on the Yangtze River as torrential rain continues to batter much of the country, state media said.

The Jiangxi government raised its flood-control response level to I from II, the People’s Daily said, the top level on China’s four-tier scale, signalling disasters such as dam collapses or extraordinary floods simultaneo

Indonesia Seeks to Win US and Japanese Investment Fleeing China

Indonesian policymakers and top-level officials charged with implementing the country’s policies on foreign direct investment have been in a frenetic state of activity in recent months. In spite of a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, the government has been hurriedly preparing to host what they hope will be a surge in foreign companies setting up factories across the nation’s vast archipelago.

The origin behind this policy-driven flurry of activity within Indonesia’s government, in the midst of pandemic lockdowns, arose from word of a phone conversation in late April between U.S. President Donald Trum

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