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FEATURE: Prepare for war if diplomacy fails, Mattis tells US troops

 

FEATURE: India wary of China's South Asia push

NEW DELHI (The Straits Times/ANN) - Beijing's moves in region lead Delhi to remind neighbouring states of its security concerns.

China and Maldives signed a free trade agreement this month, and Sri Lanka recently handed over a major port to Beijing.

US tax cuts: Boost for Singapore companies operating in the US

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - However, its impact on inbound investment flows remains to be seen, according to analysts.

The corporate tax cut in the United States will be a boon for Singapore firms operating there, but its impact on inbound investment flows remains to be seen, analysts say.

RB, Myanmar Airways International ink codeshare agreement

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Myanmar Airways International (MAI) signed a codeshare agreement that came into effect on December 18, 2017.

OPINION: Let's welcome Electric Age II in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - ​One of the few areas of innovation where Hong Kong beats Singapore is in the realm of electric cars. While most developed economies have a buffer of about 10 per cent of electricity capacity, Hong Kong has by most counts more than 30 per cent of required power as a buffer. 

Melbourne car attack: 2 arrested after car hits pedestrians, no evidence of terror link 'at this time'

MELBOURNE - An Australian man with a history of mental health issues drove a car into Christmas shoppers in Melbourne on Thursday (Dec 21), injuring 19 people, but police said they did not believe the attack was terror-related.

The incident took place at a busy intersection on Flinders and Elizabeth streets – an area popular with tourists – in the Central Business District of Australia’s second-biggest city, media reports said. 

Pattaya zoo under fire after poked tiger video goes viral

A Thai zoo has sparked outrage after a video of staff repeatedly prodding a tiger to elicit roars for tourist photos went viral, renewing criticism of the kingdom's notorious animal tourism industry. 



The clip, which has garnered more than one million views since it was posted on Monday, shows the Pattaya zoo attendant jabbing the chained animal in the face with a stick as tourists take turns posing with or sitting on top of the big cat for pictures. 

US distances itself from Korea's call to postpone military drills

 

India hits out at China for protecting Masood Azhar due to ‘narrow’ concerns

 

India has hit out at China for protecting Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar by preventing the Security Council from sanctioning him as an international terrorist because of its “narrow political and strategic concerns.”

“On counter-terrorism, cooperation continues to elude the Council, as it falls victim to narrow political and strategic concerns,” India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Council on Wednesday without naming China.

FEATURE: Direct diplomacy to resolve N. Korea crisis, says US official