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12% civil servants borrow from Ah Long

Some 150,000 civil servants in the country need to look to loan sharks to deal with the increasingly high cost of living.

Cabbie freed on firearm possession charges

A taxi driver linked to the murder of AmBank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi succeeds in his appeal to set aside his conviction and jail sentence for firearm possession.

Indonesia bans gay emojis on messaging apps

In the latest crackdown on gay rights in Indonesia, the government has demanded all instant messaging apps remove same-sex emoticons or face a ban in the Muslim-majority country.

Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer

Almost a million dollars in assets belonging to the developer and three associates of a building in Taiwan felled by an earthquake will be seized, a court ruled Friday, with more than 90 residents confirmed dead in the disaster.

CIA director: IS group has used, can make chem weapons

CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported Thursday.

Scientists glimpse Einstein's gravitational waves

In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, international scientists said Thursday they have glimpsed the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago.

S. Korea warns North over 'illegal' asset freeze

South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted "illegally" in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.

At least 49 dead in Mexico prison battle

Inmates armed with bats and blades brawled and ignited a fire in a packed prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, leaving 49 dead in the bloodiest jailhouse riot in years.

No 'reason to doubt' N. Korean army chief executed: US

There is "no reason to doubt" that North Korea's army chief of staff was executed, a US State Department official said Thursday following reports of the death.

'Grexit' fears loom without solid Greek reforms: IMF

Fears that Greece will exit the eurozone, a "Grexit", could revive if Greek authorities do not come up with "credible" reforms, notably on pensions, a senior IMF official said Thursday.


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