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Singapore ties with Germany for most powerful passport in the world

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Holders of the Singapore passport can now get visa-on-arrival in Ukraine for up to 15 days, upping the Republic's score by one to 159.

Pence warns NK against ‘testing’ US resolve

US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday warned North Korea against “testing” the US’ military power and resolve to denuclearize the peninsula, saying “all options are on the table.”

At a joint news conference with acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Pence declared the end of the “strategic patience” policy, under which Washington has for more than 20 years been making overtures, only to be met with Pyongyang’s “willful deceptions, broken promises and nuclear and missile tests.”

Poll: 64% favor U.S. pressure on North Korea

Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Yomiuri Shimbun national opinion poll said they favorably evaluate U.S. moves to increase military pressure on North Korea, which is advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile development. This far exceeded the 27 percent who said they did not approve of the United States’ actions.

The poll was conducted from Friday to Sunday.

Ten­sions lurk be­hind visit

Wash­ing­ton has billed Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s visit to In­done­sia next week as a booster for the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the world’s sec­ond- and third-largest democ­ra­cies, but a raft of bi­lat­eral ten­sions could sap the good­will from his trip.

Tension mounts as North Korea warns of nuclear attack

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - North Korea says it is ready for US invasion as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson sails to region.

Samsung resumes world’s top smartphone maker status

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Samsung appears to have shaken the negative consumer sentiments stemming from the discontinued Galaxy Note 7 battery crisis.

Samsung Electronics reclaimed the No. 1 position in the global smartphone market for the first three months of 2017, a market report showed Wednesday. 

Oil starts flowing through China-Myanmar pipeline

The China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline started operations after an oil tanker began offloading crude oil in the Southeast Asian country on Monday, which signals a new phase in energy cooperation between the two countries and helps ensure China's oil and gas imports.

First in Asia : Taiwan bans eating of cats and dogs


Taiwan on Tuesday raised the penalty for animal abuse and became the first country in Asia to ban the consumption of dogs and cats.

Myanmar oil pipeline deal reached in Beijing

China and Myanmar on Monday signed an agreement on a crude oil pipeline to send oil from Myanmar's Kyaukpyu Port to Yunnan.

The agreement and eight other cooperation documents were signed after talks between President Xi Jinping and Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, who is on a state visit to China from Thursday to Tuesday. Details of the agreements were not released.

Koreans average 500 cups of coffee a year: report

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