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  1. Singapore’s economy avoided an expected technical recession in the third quarter, preliminary data released on Monday showed, adding a fresh twist to speculation about when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will call a general election.Some observers had predicted weak GDP figures – especially if the country slipped into a technical recession – could compel Lee to call a snap vote sooner rather...
  2. Masato Kajimoto is leading a University of Hong Kong (HKU) team scrutinising images, videos and any information from the ongoing anti-government protests, trying to tell which are real, misleading or fake.It is hard work. In September alone, there were no fewer than 5,000 images on a single channel of Telegram, the messaging application used widely by protesters for updates on demonstrations now...
  3. Chinese haulage industry insiders have said drivers are being forced to carry more than the permitted loads to survive after the authorities began a crackdown on the practice following a fatal accident. The provincial authorities in Jiangsu, in eastern China, launched a campaign to rectify overloaded vehicles after a four-year-old girl and her mother were crushed in their car as the flyover...
  4. After years of high-profile breakdowns, a collision, flooding and even deaths, the worst may finally be over for Singapore’s beleaguered subway system.In July the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network made a breakthrough in service quality when its trains collectively covered their millionth kilometre for the year without a delay of more than five minutes. The metric is known as mean kilometres...
  5. Conservative academic Kais Saied, a political outsider, was headed for a landslide victory Sunday in Tunisia’s presidential run-off, sweeping aside his rival, media magnate Nabil Karoui, exit polls said.In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Saied, an independent, scooped 72.5 per cent of the vote according to the Emrhold exit poll, and 76.9 per cent...
  6. Poland’s ruling party won parliamentary elections and is set to get four more years to finish policies that have collided with the European Union’s democratic standards, an exit poll showed.Riding a wave of popular support built on welfare handouts, the vilification of gays and the rejection of multiculturalism, Law and Justice won 43.6 per cent. That compared with 27.4 per cent for its nearest...
  7. Foreign companies that already encounter difficulties in doing business in China are about to face an even starker reality as Beijing steps up plans for a corporate rating system.In an ambitious undertaking, the Chinese government is building a so-called social credit system that aims to collect and analyse information on its 1.4 billion citizens and rate millions of corporations both domestic...
  8. A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbour’s call about an open front door “didn’t have time to perceive a threat” before he opened fire, a lawyer for the woman’s family said.“You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” lawyer Lee Merritt said after viewing video taken from a Fort Worth officer’s bodycam during Saturday’s...
  9. Tens of thousands of rescuers worked through the predawn hours Monday to reach people trapped by landslides and floods in Japan caused by a powerful typhoon that has killed up to 35, officials and local media said.Typhoon Hagibis moved away from land on Sunday morning, but while it largely spared the capital, it left a trail of destruction in surrounding regions.More than 100,000 rescuers –...
  10. The Kurdish administration in northern Syria on Sunday announced a deal with the Damascus government on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey to confront Ankara’s offensive.“In order to prevent and confront this aggression, an agreement has been reached with the Syrian government … so that the Syrian army can deploy along the Syrian-Turkish border to assist the Syrian Democratic...