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New Interpol complex in Singapore to boost fight against cyber crime SINGAPORE: A new Interpol centre to be opened in Singapore next year will strengthen global efforts to fight increasingly tech-savvy international criminals, officials said on Tuesday.The Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) will be "dedicated to fighting cyber crime", the global police organisation's secretary general Ronald Noble said in a speech at the centre's new building.Noble and other senior Interpol officials attended the handover ceremony of the building from Singapore to the organisation, based in the French city of Lyon."We also believe that providing training to our member countries' police forces in the face of new age criminalities must constitute a core component of the IGCI," Noble said.The Singapore complex will be officially opened in April next year and will complement the agency's headquarters.A digital crimes centre will "support member countries' operations by providing law enforcement agencies with advanced tools and techniques to counter the latest cybercrime trends," said S. ...

Japan bomb threat ends school early for 44,000 TOKYO: About 44,000 young children were sent home early in one Japanese city Tuesday when 101 elementary schools were closed because of a bomb threat, police and reports said.Authorities in the central city of Hamamatsu acted after a man telephoned to claim he had planted an explosive device at an elementary school in the city, a local police spokeswoman said.Pupils were sent home and police officers were dispatched to check every school in the city.Copyright ...
China backs Hong Kong leaders against 'illegal' acts: govt BEIJING: China on Tuesday described major pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong as illegal, adding that it supports the Hong Kong government's handling of the protests. "We fully believe in and support the Hong Kong SAR government to deal with this issue," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing. Hua said that beginning Sunday "an illegal assembly" was held in Hong Kong followed by "a series of illegal activities damaging the rule of ...
Islamic State's militants allure causes worry in Southeast Asia KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic State (IS) group's militant appeal is fanning fears that it could serve as a potent new rallying cry for Southeast Asian extremists who had been largely brought to heel following past deadly terror attacks.Terrorism analysts are increasingly concerned that these volunteers could import the organisation's violent ideology upon their return, or inspire supporters back home to carry out deadly attacks."There are still many breeding grounds for militancy in parts of the ...
No Japan volcano rescue Tuesday amid fears of new eruption TOKYO: Rescue operations on a Japanese volcano were called off for the day on Tuesday because of fears there could be a fresh eruption, officials said, with at least 24 bodies still on the mountain."Both ground and air rescue operations have been called off today," said an official of Nagano Prefecture's crisis-management office after vulcanologists reported increasingly violent tremors at the site.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Hong Kong leader demands protests end 'immediately' HONG KONG: Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying Tuesday called on protest leaders to "immediately" withdraw their followers from the streets in his first public comments since demonstrators were tear gassed by police."Occupy Central founders had said repeatedly that if the movement is getting out of control, they would call for it to stop. I'm now asking them to fulfil the promise they made to society, and stop this campaign immediately," Leung said.Occupy Central is ...
South Korea ferry runs aground, all 109 rescued SEOUL: South Korea's coastguard rescued all 109 passengers and crew from a ferry that ran aground Tuesday, not far from the site of April's Sewol ferry tragedy that claimed more than 300 lives.The ferry, on a sightseeing trip around the island of Hongdo off the southwestern coast, ran aground shortly after 9:00am (0000 GMT), coastguard spokesman Oh Eun-Seok told AFP."The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but all 109 passengers including five crew ...

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