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Facebook CEO to testify before house panel on Oct 23

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Oct. 23 as the company faces growing scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers.

Mexico admits freeing Chapo's son after 'badly planned' operation

Mexico's president faced a firestorm of criticism on Friday (Oct 18) as his security forces acknowledged they arrested kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son, then released him when his cartel responded with an all-out gun battle.
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Mexico admits freeing Chapo's son after 'badly planned' operation

Mexico's president faced a firestorm of criticism on Friday (Oct 18) as his security forces acknowledged they arrested kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son, then released him when his cartel responded with an all-out gun battle.

BOJ Kuroda: No talk at G20 of central banks issuing digital currencies

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday there was no talk among Group of 20 finance leaders on the possibility of central banks issuing digital currencies, as part of efforts to enhance cross-border settlement services.
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BOJ Kuroda: No talk at G20 of central banks issuing digital currencies

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday there was no talk among Group of 20 finance leaders on the possibility of central banks issuing digital currencies, as part of efforts to enhance cross-border settlement services.

JPMorgan's Dimon says Facebook's Libra currency 'will never happen'

Facebook's Libra digital currency project is "a neat idea that will never happen," JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon said on Friday, adding to scepticism of the project which has been criticized by policymakers and some regulators.
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JPMorgan's Dimon says Facebook's Libra currency 'will never happen'

Facebook's Libra digital currency project is "a neat idea that will never happen," JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon said on Friday, adding to scepticism of the project which has been criticized by policymakers and some regulators.

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62

Oracle Corp co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd has died, the business software maker said on Friday, an unexpected development that raises pressure on co-CEO Safra Catz to lead the company's ongoing transition to cloud computing.
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Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62

Oracle Corp co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd has died, the business software maker said on Friday, an unexpected development that raises pressure on co-CEO Safra Catz to lead the company's ongoing transition to cloud computing.

Opioids settlement could be near, lawyer for local governments says

Executives from several large healthcare companies and state attorneys general were progressing toward what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar deal to resolve the sprawling litigation over the U.S. opioid epidemic, a plaintiffs' lawyer said on Friday.
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Opioids settlement could be near, lawyer for local governments says

Executives from several large healthcare companies and state attorneys general were progressing toward what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar deal to resolve the sprawling litigation over the U.S. opioid epidemic, a plaintiffs' lawyer said on Friday.

SharingIsCaring: Secret Telegram group circulating pictures of schoolgirls on MRT

It was sometime in late September that RC (not his real name) was suddenly pulled into a private Telegram chat group titled “SharingIsCaring”. Prior to the invite, he had been in a Telegram chat group with Singaporean members discussing the random topic
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SharingIsCaring: Secret Telegram group circulating pictures of schoolgirls on MRT

It was sometime in late September that RC (not his real name) was suddenly pulled into a private Telegram chat group titled “SharingIsCaring”. Prior to the invite, he had been in a Telegram chat group with Singaporean members discussing the random topics of the day, from upcoming events to recent movies and the latest food hotspots. One of its members with the Telegram handle Lust Wander went on to create SharingIsCaring and kicked off a recruitment drive of sorts, inviting others — including RC — into his new secret channel.  But RC’s curiosity soon turned into disgust, dismay and disbelief when he realised what he had got himself into after joining the group. With over 100 members in SharingIsCaring, what they were sharing were images and videos taken of unsuspecting adult women and uniformed schoolgirls in MRT trains, pornographic content, and tips on how to be “snipers”, the term used to refer to individuals who capture those content to be shared online. 

The most expensive hotel stay in Singapore costs $684 per night - and that's just for the cheapest room

When Singaporeans aren't travelling, they are always looking for ways to escape from their everyday life. Sadly, unlike neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, Singapore isn't big enough to take road trips. So the closest experience to taking a vacatio
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The most expensive hotel stay in Singapore costs $684 per night - and that's just for the cheapest room

When Singaporeans aren't travelling, they are always looking for ways to escape from their everyday life. Sadly, unlike neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, Singapore isn't big enough to take road trips. So the closest experience to taking a vacation is checking ourselves into a hotel to tune out the world for some self-care during the short weekend staycation. The year is coming to an end, and if you're feeling generous and have a little more money to splurge on yourself, here are some of the most expensive hotels in Singapore, according to a survey done by Luxury Hotels. The survey compares the most affordable double room across Singapore during September 2019, known to be a peak period where hotels tend to be the priciest. The price tag may be hefty, but at least you can truly say you've experienced the life of a Crazy Rich Asian; even if it's only for a night. JW MARRIOTT HOTEL SOUTH BEACH: $319 PER NIGHT

Walmart's Asda agrees US$4.9 billion Rothesay Life pension deal

Walmart's Asda has agreed a 3.8 billion pounds (US$4.9 billion) 'buy in' with Rothesay Life to secure the benefits for 12,300 members of one of its pension schemes, in a deal that simplifies its balance sheet ahead of a possible standalone listing.
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Walmart's Asda agrees US$4.9 billion Rothesay Life pension deal

Walmart's Asda has agreed a 3.8 billion pounds (US$4.9 billion) 'buy in' with Rothesay Life to secure the benefits for 12,300 members of one of its pension schemes, in a deal that simplifies its balance sheet ahead of a possible standalone listing.

Klopp warns Liverpool against complacency at Manchester United

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said media predictions that his team will swat aside a misfiring Manchester United on Sunday could be creating a banana skin for the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford.
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Klopp warns Liverpool against complacency at Manchester United

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said media predictions that his team will swat aside a misfiring Manchester United on Sunday could be creating a banana skin for the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford.

Consistent Wales look to bury ghosts of 2011 against France

Six Nations champions Wales might be one of the more predictable teams at the Rugby World Cup but that does not make beating them, as France will endeavour to do in the quarter-finals on Sunday, the slightest bit easier.
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Consistent Wales look to bury ghosts of 2011 against France

Six Nations champions Wales might be one of the more predictable teams at the Rugby World Cup but that does not make beating them, as France will endeavour to do in the quarter-finals on Sunday, the slightest bit easier.

Manager draws on history to put Derry City on road to Europe

At a time when so much focus on both sides of the Irish border is on the European Union and its future relationship with the United Kingdom, Declan Devine has another kind of Europe on his mind.
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Manager draws on history to put Derry City on road to Europe

At a time when so much focus on both sides of the Irish border is on the European Union and its future relationship with the United Kingdom, Declan Devine has another kind of Europe on his mind.

Wall Street Week Ahead: Tech haves and have-nots face third-quarter tests

Technology companies, which make up the largest swath of the U.S. stock market, are expected to post a nearly 8per cent drop in third-quarter profits as reports roll in next week from many of the sector's biggest corporations.
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Wall Street Week Ahead: Tech haves and have-nots face third-quarter tests

Technology companies, which make up the largest swath of the U.S. stock market, are expected to post a nearly 8per cent drop in third-quarter profits as reports roll in next week from many of the sector's biggest corporations.

Japan’s quarter-final against South Africa a culmination of five-year journey

That Japan are preparing for the biggest match in their history, a Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown against South Africa in Tokyo on Sunday, is a testament to the rapid improvement the Brave Blossoms have made over the past five years.
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Japan’s quarter-final against South Africa a culmination of five-year journey

That Japan are preparing for the biggest match in their history, a Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown against South Africa in Tokyo on Sunday, is a testament to the rapid improvement the Brave Blossoms have made over the past five years.

J&J to recall single lot of baby powder as FDA finds traces of asbestos

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday that it would recall a single lot of its baby powder in the United States after the Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.
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J&J to recall single lot of baby powder as FDA finds traces of asbestos

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday that it would recall a single lot of its baby powder in the United States after the Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.

She'll find you your ideal partner but don't ask her for a virgin

Why I Do What I Do is an original AsiaOne series where we showcase people with uncommon professions and what it takes to get there. Looking for love? Take a number and join the queue. With much of our time spent working and stuck in the same social circles
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She'll find you your ideal partner but don't ask her for a virgin

Why I Do What I Do is an original AsiaOne series where we showcase people with uncommon professions and what it takes to get there. Looking for love? Take a number and join the queue. With much of our time spent working and stuck in the same social circles, finding The One can seem like a daunting task. Not to mention all the picture-perfect couples on social media giving us #couplegoals and FOMO all at once. But don't despair just yet — Dolly Chua is here to help. The 32-year-old is a matchmaker at GaiGai with four years of experience under her belt and is an expert on all things romance. MATCHMAKING — IT'S BOTH AN ART AND A SCIENCE For those who are unfamiliar, the term «matchmaker» may conjure up images of aunties who whip prospective brides into shape and act as mediators for the bride and groom's families.

Vote-splitting fears raised in final days of Canada election

In the dying days of what Justin Trudeau described as one of the "nastiest" election campaigns in Canadian history -- with plenty of mudslinging, attack ads and misinformation -- he played up fears on Thursday of vote-splitting handing victory to hi
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Vote-splitting fears raised in final days of Canada election

In the dying days of what Justin Trudeau described as one of the "nastiest" election campaigns in Canadian history -- with plenty of mudslinging, attack ads and misinformation -- he played up fears on Thursday of vote-splitting handing victory to his rival Andrew Scheer and the

Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests

Hundreds of thousands of pro-independence supporters from across Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia are expected to pour into Barcelona on Friday, as unions called for a general strike on the fifth day of protests following the jailing of nine separatis
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Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests

Hundreds of thousands of pro-independence supporters from across Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia are expected to pour into Barcelona on Friday, as unions called for a general strike on the fifth day of protests following the jailing of nine separatist leaders.

Gojek driver allegedly forces 11-year-old out of car at night for having a pet bird with her

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly (and figuratively) kicked to the curb by her Gojek driver after he discovered she had a pet bird with her. When her mother, Cai, called him afterwards, he hurled insults and expletives at her. She was so upset over the expe
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Gojek driver allegedly forces 11-year-old out of car at night for having a pet bird with her

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly (and figuratively) kicked to the curb by her Gojek driver after he discovered she had a pet bird with her. When her mother, Cai, called him afterwards, he hurled insults and expletives at her. She was so upset over the experience that she lodged a police report afterwards. The 40-year-old explained in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao that she had booked a ride through Gojek on Sunday night (Oct 13), intending to send her daughter to her grandmother's house. As her daughter attends school at Ang Mo Kio, she would normally stay with her grandmother on weekdays, only returning back to her Sengkang home on weekends. As Cai doesn't have a driver's license, her daughter would normally travel by cab. She had made sure to inform the driver that her daughter would be travelling alone before seeing her off. «When I get home, I would track the car's location through the app until she arrives safely. That day was no exception. The trip seemed normal until the doorbell rang about 10 minutes later.»

'Singapore Superstar Celebrity' Kurt Tay is back for the Subaru Car Challenge, baby

It’s that time of the year again when dozens of Singaporeans attempt to keep their palms on Subaru cars for as long as possible — rain or shine — to be the last person standing to win one for free.  While the Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge has its fai
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'Singapore Superstar Celebrity' Kurt Tay is back for the Subaru Car Challenge, baby

It’s that time of the year again when dozens of Singaporeans attempt to keep their palms on Subaru cars for as long as possible — rain or shine — to be the last person standing to win one for free.  While the Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge has its fair share of repeat contestants every year, the 18th edition set to take place next month will see the return of one cult-favourite underdog: Kurt Tay. Also known as Kurtista, Kurtberg, Kurtkishi, or Rykurt. Take your pick.  The local internet celebrity, known for his penchant to carry around World Wrestling Entertainment championship belts (replicas, of course) everywhere he goes, is officially back for another round of the endurance challenge, baby. The man posted on one of his many Facebook pages yesterday (Oct 18) an image of a document that certified him medically fit to participate.

3 CNB officers charged with obstructing course of justice in case involving tampered urine sample

SINGAPORE - Three Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers allegedly worked together to obstruct the course of justice in a case involving a tampered urine sample. One of them is said to have used his own urine sample to replace the one belonging to a man bei
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3 CNB officers charged with obstructing course of justice in case involving tampered urine sample

SINGAPORE - Three Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers allegedly worked together to obstruct the course of justice in a case involving a tampered urine sample. One of them is said to have used his own urine sample to replace the one belonging to a man being tested for drug consumption. The three officers, who have been suspended since July this year, were each charged on Friday (Oct 18) with one count of intentionally obstructing the course of justice. They are accused of committing the offences at the third storey of Woodlands Checkpoint Block B on Aug 16 last year. Court statements stated that Mohamed Hafiz Lan, 41, a staff sergeant, allegedly used his own urine sample to replace the one from a man identified as Maung Moe Min. As a result, Maung passed a urine test for drugs. Court documents did not reveal his details and the outcome of his case. Abdul Rahman Kadir, a 43-year-old staff sergeant, and Muhammad Zuhairi Zainuri, a 31-year-old sergeant, are accused of engaging in a conspiracy with Hafiz to commit the offence. It was not stated what the trio purportedly received in return.

British PM Boris Johnson tries to sell Brexit deal to MPs

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Friday seek to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, as he returns home fresh from an EU victory but risking defeat in parliament.
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British PM Boris Johnson tries to sell Brexit deal to MPs

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Friday seek to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, as he returns home fresh from an EU victory but risking defeat in parliament.

Radical Thai billionaire in court over alleged share holdings

The charismatic frontman of Thailand's anti-military parliamentary bloc appeared in court Friday accused of breaching election rules by holding media shares, a case which could see him barred from politics and jailed for up to 10 years.
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Radical Thai billionaire in court over alleged share holdings

The charismatic frontman of Thailand's anti-military parliamentary bloc appeared in court Friday accused of breaching election rules by holding media shares, a case which could see him barred from politics and jailed for up to 10 years.

Going Dutch? Low interest rates rattle 'world's best' pension system

When Frans Kolkman hung up his police badge in 2017, he was looking forward to a comfortable retirement. Two years later he's among millions of Dutch pensioners facing a cut and fearing there may be worse to come.
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Going Dutch? Low interest rates rattle 'world's best' pension system

When Frans Kolkman hung up his police badge in 2017, he was looking forward to a comfortable retirement. Two years later he's among millions of Dutch pensioners facing a cut and fearing there may be worse to come.

Social media facilitates racist abuse, says Leicester's Morgan

Leicester City skipper Wes Morgan has said racist abuse in football has got worse since he started his career and the rise of social media makes it easier to target players.
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Social media facilitates racist abuse, says Leicester's Morgan

Leicester City skipper Wes Morgan has said racist abuse in football has got worse since he started his career and the rise of social media makes it easier to target players.

Trump says Turkey and Kurds needed to fight 'like two kids'

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he allowed Turkish and Kurdish forces to clash in deadly battle because the two sides were like children who needed to fight each other.
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Trump says Turkey and Kurds needed to fight 'like two kids'

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he allowed Turkish and Kurdish forces to clash in deadly battle because the two sides were like children who needed to fight each other.

Woman cuts taxi ride short after finding cockroaches inside cab

SINGAPORE - A female passenger who hailed a taxi at Golden Mile Complex on Tuesday (Oct 15) was in for an unpleasant surprise when she found several cockroaches inside the vehicle. Ms Tang Ru Ting, who had taken along her packed lunch for the ride to People'
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Woman cuts taxi ride short after finding cockroaches inside cab

SINGAPORE - A female passenger who hailed a taxi at Golden Mile Complex on Tuesday (Oct 15) was in for an unpleasant surprise when she found several cockroaches inside the vehicle. Ms Tang Ru Ting, who had taken along her packed lunch for the ride to People's Park Complex, was shocked to see a cockroach crawling out of the seat in front of her a few minutes after she got into the red cab. The 31-year-old sales executive later realised the insect was but one of many crawling in the taxi. In a video she submitted to citizen journalism website Stomp, at least seven bugs can be seen crawling in the vehicle, such as the back of a seat and an armrest. It is not clear if all the insects are cockroaches. «There were many cockroaches and they were crawling on the passenger seat in front of me. I told the taxi driver about the cockroaches and he said they could have come out because of the rain,» Ms Tang told The Straits Times on Thursday.

Malaysia's PM Mahathir says rail line RTS linking Johor Baru to Singapore to proceed

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (Oct 17) said Malaysia will proceed with the 4km Johor Baru to Singapore rail line. His comments about the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail link followed that of Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony L
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Malaysia's PM Mahathir says rail line RTS linking Johor Baru to Singapore to proceed

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (Oct 17) said Malaysia will proceed with the 4km Johor Baru to Singapore rail line. His comments about the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail link followed that of Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Tuesday that details of the project will be decided by the Malaysian Cabinet within two weeks. Tun Dr Mahathir said when asked by reporters on Thursday: «We will proceed with the RTS but we will take some time.» Asked if this meant the Malaysian government had resolved a land dispute involving a plot in Bukit Chagar, Johor, owned by the state's ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, Dr Mahathir declined to provide a firm answer, Malaysiakini news site reported. «That is something which will be announced later,» he said. The RTS line would link Johor Baru's Bukit Chagar Station to the upcoming Woodlands North Station in Singapore.

FairPrice customers no longer have to pay plastic bag surcharge at 7 outlets

SINGAPORE - Customers will no longer have to pay a plastic bag surcharge at the seven FairPrice supermarkets involved in the chain's month-long «no plastic bag» trial, which ended on Wednesday (Oct 16). But FairPrice said it was too early to reve
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FairPrice customers no longer have to pay plastic bag surcharge at 7 outlets

SINGAPORE - Customers will no longer have to pay a plastic bag surcharge at the seven FairPrice supermarkets involved in the chain's month-long «no plastic bag» trial, which ended on Wednesday (Oct 16). But FairPrice said it was too early to reveal the results of the trial, which also involved a consumer sentiment survey, saying more updates will be available next month. A spokesman thanked customers for supporting the initiative to reduce the amount of plastic bags taken, and added that the survey findings and consumer feedback will be studied and analysed «to develop a well-informed and sustainable action plan to reduce plastic bag use». However, she added: «Customers will not be charged at the seven stores that were involved in the trial upon its conclusion on Wednesday.» Amid growing global awareness about the excessive use of single-use plastics including plastic bags, FairPrice launched its month-long «no plastic bag» trial on Sept 16 at several of its outlets.

Italy must act against racism in stadiums, says Federation chief

Italian football and government authorities must act against racism in stadiums even if only one spectator is involved, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) head Gabriele Gravina said on Thursday, adding that a VAR-style system would be used to root out offende
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Italy must act against racism in stadiums, says Federation chief

Italian football and government authorities must act against racism in stadiums even if only one spectator is involved, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) head Gabriele Gravina said on Thursday, adding that a VAR-style system would be used to root out offenders.

Facebook's Zuckerberg criticises TikTok for censoring protesters

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday attacked the rapidly growing Chinese short-video app, saying it censored political protest, including in the United States.
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Facebook's Zuckerberg criticises TikTok for censoring protesters

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday attacked the rapidly growing Chinese short-video app, saying it censored political protest, including in the United States.

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