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Hair to stay: Australia mullet heads celebrate hairstyle revival

Kurri Kurri, Australia: “Business at the front, party at the back” was the mantra...

China will scrap limit on presidential term, meaning Xi Jinping can stay on

China will remove the constitutional restriction for the maximum number of terms the president and vice-president can serve, Xinhua reported on Sunday, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay on beyond 2023. In a brief report, the official news agency said the Communist Party had proposed to remove the expression that...

Mueller Is Gaining Steam. Should Trump Worry?

Mr. Trump is correct that nothing produced publicly by Mr. Mueller to date has claimed any wrongdoing by the president nor any illegal collaboration with the Russians seeking to influence the 2016 election. The indictment of the Russians — who are accused of flooding Facebook and other social media with...

Two-room flexi flats: 9 in 10 elderly buyers opt for shorter leases

SINGAPORE: About nine in 10 elderly who bought two-room flats under the Flexi Scheme have opted for shorter leases of 15 to 45 years, said the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Sunday (Feb 25).First introduced in 2015, the scheme offers families (first-...

Iran’s new, modern 270,000 square foot mosque angers hardliners … because it has no minarets or dome

A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran’s capital would have hardliners shouting from the minarets – if there were any. The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr mosque dispensed with the traditional rounded domes and towering minarets, opting instead for a modern design of undulating waves of grey stone and concrete, which...

China angered by US President Donald Trump’s unilateral sanctions on North Korea

Beijing reacted angrily on Saturday to new US sanctions aimed at increasing the pressure on nuclear-equipped North Korea, saying the unilateral targeting of Chinese firms and people risked harming cooperation on the problem. Judicial authorities in Taiwan, meanwhile, said they had launched an investigation into a local businessman’s alleged involvement in North Korean...

‘Alexander the Great’ pulled from Macedonia airport name in goodwill gesture to Greece

Macedonia has begun the process of changing the name of its airport honouring the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great as a goodwill gesture to Greece. Turkish consortium TAV, which operates Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, started removing the 3-metre-long (9.8 feet) letters spelling out the name from the terminal Saturday. The airport’s new...

Ban on painkilling TCM herb to be lifted from Jun 1

SINGAPORE: A 23-year ban on Corydalis yanhusuo is set to be lifted on Jun 1 this year, after which it can be imported and sold in Singapore.Senior Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat announced this at a Chinese New Year celebration lunch on...

Italy’s ‘Five Star’ Grows Up Into a Real Party, Scandals and All

Most of Italy’s votes are allotted on a proportional system that benefits the strong party identification that the Five Star Movement enjoys, especially in the south.But a new electoral law also gives seats in Parliament to the victors of winner-take-all districts. In those contests, a well-known, old school local politician...