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Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in ICU: government SINGAPORE: Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has been put on antibiotics and remains in intensive care at a government hospital, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Thursday.The update came after the government had to quash widespread rumours late Wednesday that the 91-year-old patriarch had died. "He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation. His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely," the government statement said.Lee, co-founder of the People's Action Party which has governed Singapore since 1959, was brought to Singapore General Hospital on February 5 for severe pneumonia.The British-trained lawyer, the father of current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an economic backwater to a rich economy in just over three decadesCopyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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Australia researchers create 'world first' 3D-printed jet engines MELBOURNE: Australian researchers said Thursday they have created two jet engines using 3D printing in what is described a world-first that has attracted the interest of major manufacturers and engineering firms.The machines -- produced using the template of a gas turbine engine from French aircraft engine maker Safran, which supplies Airbus and Boeing -- demonstrated the potential 3D printing had to produce high-quality products, researchers from Melbourne's Monash University said."The significance... is the recognition by ...

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Indonesia prays Islamic tourism drive can draw more visitors SENGGIGI: Just a short hop from the Indonesian holiday hotspot of Bali, a Saudi tourist and his family listen to the call to prayer as the sun goes down on Lombok, the self-styled "island of 1,000 mosques".Lombok is at the centre of an Islamic tourism drive in Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population and is hoping to boost the number of visitors from wealthy Middle Eastern countries.While aiming to continue to attract Western ...

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Gunman kills three in rare shooting in South Korea SEOUL: A gunman in South Korea shot dead three people in a convenience store which he then torched Wednesday in an apparent revenge attack on the family of his former lover, media reports said.The suspect's body was later discovered on the bank of a nearby river in an apparent suicide, Yonhap news agency said.Gun crime is very rare in South Korea and the incident in the southern city of Sejong, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south ...

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Australian police probe 'inducement' claims in rights chief row SYDNEY: The Australian government's woes deepened Wednesday after police said they were looking into claims a senior official broke the law by allegedly offering an inducement for the Human Rights Commission chief to resign.The president of the government-funded commission, Gillian Triggs, has been under heavy fire from Tony Abbott's conservative administration since releasing a report this month criticising the detention of asylum-seeker children.Australia has long come under international pressure over the detention of asylum-seekers arriving ...

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Japan farm minister Nishikawa submits resignation TOKYO: Japanese farm minister Koya Nishikawa said on Monday that he was resigning from his post, amid questions over his political fundraising. Nishikawa made the comment shortly after he submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying that Abe had accepted it.Public broadcaster NHK said former farm minister Yoshimasa Hayashi would take over from Nishikawa.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

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Hong Kong "radicals" up ante in democracy push against China HONG KONG: Nearly three months after police cleared away the last of Hong Kong's pro-democracy street protests; lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical activism that has turned shopping malls and university campuses into a fresh battleground.While still relatively few in number, a cluster of outspoken groups have staged small but disruptive protests in recent weeks targeting mainland Chinese visitors - tapping a seam of grassroots resentment to call for greater Hong Kong ...