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3Novices:Asia in 3 minutes: Elon Musk’s apology doesn’t go far enough; Japan’s obsession with otters goes too far

Elon Musk ‘apologises’ for calling Thai cave rescuer a ‘pedo’ on Twitter
Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk apologised to a Briton who helped rescue a group of boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand, after calling him a “pedo” on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth had said he was considering legal action and was “astonished and very angry” about the slur. Musk deleted the offending tweet, which was made after Unsworth questioned the usefulness of a…
July 20, 2018 at 05:40PM https://ift.tt/2NwhBN9
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3Novices:South China Morning Post employees in same-sex marriages to get equal benefits as heterosexual colleagues

The South China Morning Post has become one of the first companies in Hong Kong to offer employees in same-sex marriages equal benefits to their heterosexual colleagues.
Announced during an internal meeting open to all staff on Friday, the latest arrangement meant SCMP employees in same-sex relationships would be able to enjoy up to three days of leave after they get married in other jurisdictions. They could also apply for medical benefits for their spouses under the company’s insurance…
July 20, 2018 at 05:30PM https://ift.tt/2uBQr0v
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3Novices:A Thai photographer’s Muslim awakening

“My first camera was a small disposable Canon. Back then it was all film, of course.”
It’s a Sunday afternoon on the edge of Pattani City, Thailand, and Ampannee Satoh sits against a background of sweeping paddy fields exposed under a clear blue sky and an intense, burning sun. It’s a tranquil scene (only 44,000 people live in the city) despite the fact that a bomb exploded in neighbouring Yala Province only the day before.
“Now I use a Nikon D200,” the 28-…
July 20, 2018 at 05:10PM https://ift.tt/2uBoplt
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3Novices:Singapore hit by ‘most serious’ cyberattack, resulting in theft of health data of 1.5 million people – including the prime minister

A major cyberattack on Singapore’s government health database stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the government said on Friday.
The attack, which the government called “the most serious breach of personal data” that the country has experienced, occurred as the highly wired and digitalised state has made cybersecurity a top priority for the Asean bloc and for itself.
Singapore is this year’s chair of the…
July 20, 2018 at 04:56PM https://ift.tt/2JFSOE3
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3Novices:Emmanuel Macron’s security chief fired after footage emerges of him beating protester

President Emmanuel Macron, trying to curb what has become the most damaging scandal of his presidency, on Friday fired a top security aide who has been taken into custody after videos emerged showing him strike a young man during a demonstration in Paris in May.
The Elysee Palace said Alexandre Benalla would be dismissed after “new elements” emerged in the case, namely that he is suspected of unlawfully receiving police surveillance footage in a bid to prove his innocence.
A source…
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3Novices:Hong Kong National Party ban ‘reasonable, logical and legal’: top Beijing advisers weigh in on police plan for separatist party

Two of Hong Kong’s top advisers to Beijing on Friday backed an unprecedented police proposal to ban a local separatist party, saying it was in line with the central government’s clear rejection of any bid to undermine Chinese sovereignty over the city.
Maria Tam Wai-chu, recently elevated to vice-chairwoman in a committee advising Beijing on Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, said the Hong Kong National Party had “clearly and repeatedly” expressed its mission and…
July 20, 2018 at 04:41PM https://ift.tt/2uRkkJt
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3Novices:Chinese woman attacks husband’s Audi as he drives with ‘mistress’

The police had to intervene in a marital dispute on Wednesday after an altercation caused a commotion on the streets in eastern China, mainland media reported.
Video footage circulating online shows a woman, identified as the wife, perched on the bonnet of a black Audi moving along a stretch of road in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, Yangtse Evening News reported on Wednesday.
The woman repeatedly hit the windscreen of the car with a hard object as it crawled along the road.
A man identified as her…
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