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  1. Two months in prison wasn’t enough to make a factory worker repent as he was jailed again after insulting the Malaysian king for a second time.This time, Sharil Mohd Sarif will have to serve 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to two counts of insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong.Sessions Court judge MM Edwin Paramjothy said it was clear the accused had used abusive language which had gone beyond freedom of speech.Facebook to suspend user information requests from…
  2. Thailand has been cited as a success story in containing the coronavirus outbreak, having gone more than 40 days without any local transmission of Covid-19. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia.Gross domestic product is forecast to contract 8.1 per cent this year, according to the Bank of Thailand. That’s worse than official forecasts for any of the main economies across Asia, and would be Thailand’s biggest GDP decline ever, surpassing even its plunge during the Asian financial…
  3. Tesla founder Elon Musk is ruthlessly mocking the carmaker’s doubters who sell the company short by selling short shorts with the company logo.Musk on Sunday followed through on a threat made last week by offering red satin shorts for sale on the company website – which promptly crashed from the volume of orders, or perhaps mere curiosity.“This item is out of stock,” the Tesla site says, above the description of the athletic wear priced at US$69.420.The irascible Musk, a frequent Twitter user,…
  4. Rodelia Pedro Villar carries a big notebook, which contains lots of useful contact numbers and practical information. Apart from stacks of carefully arranged name cards, a small MTR system map and some service brochures were tidily glued to its pages. The 42-year-old domestic helper, who comes from Western Visayas in the Philippines and has lived in Hong Kong for more than 17 years, said the home-made directory came in handy whenever she received requests for help. She said she wanted to use…
  5. A South Korean triathlon coach and an athlete have been banned for life over their involvement in the abuse scandal that culminated in Choi Suk-hyeon, a young female triathlete, committing suicide last month.Choi, 22, jumped to her death at her dormitory in the southern city of Busan after complaining of abuse she suffered while with the semi-pro club Gyeongju City Hall, forcing the country to reckon once again with its brutally competitive sporting culture.Coach Kim Kyu-bong and team captain…
  6. The boy is 16 years old, and law enforcement officers believe he’s being sexually exploited by foreigners over the internet – abuse that seems to have been going on for years. He lives in the Philippines, and they know exactly where, right down to the house where he eats and sleeps and logs online. They have a pretty clear picture of what his abusers are doing to him, and they are worried about what is likely to happen if they don’t get him out fast. This would normally be the part of the…
  7. Bali, Indonesia’s most popular holiday destination, will welcome back domestic visitors from the end of this month as pressure mounts on authorities to rescue the battered tourism industry.Local tourists can visit the beaches, temples and the popular surfing spots across the island from July 31, while foreign visitors will be allowed from September 11, the Bali government said in a statement.The reopening of the tourism industry is part of a plan to restart the economy in a phased manner, it…
  8. The next few days will be nerve-racking for many families across mainland China, with a record number of students about to sit the national university entrance exams after they were delayed by a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.Education authorities are expecting some 10.71 million students to take the notoriously tough tests – known as the gaokao – the results of which will decide if and where they will go to university.Students in most parts of the country will sit the exams on…
  9. Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket-sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone.The creature, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was just shy of 10cm (four inches) tall, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“Some of these things would have been quite cute animals,” said study lead author Christian Kammerer, a palaeontology researcher at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Looking like a…
  10. As the coronavirus situation in East Asia and Europe stabilises, countries are inventing a new vocabulary to describe their efforts to reopen borders. Many countries have begun the process, calling their policies “travel bubbles”, “travel corridors”, “air bridges” or “green lanes”. Australia and New Zealand announced a possible trans-Tasman bubble in early June, but implementation could be as far away as September with parts of Melbourne entering a new lockdown on July 4. On June 8, Singapore…