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'It's the tone': Palau president explains his China mistrust

Fpo - He leads one of the world's smallest nations, but Surangel Whipps says Palau will not be bullied by anyone into deciding its future -- least of all by China.

Tokyo, as you've never seen it before

Apo - It's Tokyo, but unlike you've ever seen it before -- a miniaturised 1:1,000 scale version of one of the world's biggest capitals, displaying everything from sea levels to population densities.

Facebook says hackers 'scraped' data of 533 mn users in 2019 leak

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday that hackers "scraped" personal data of some half-billion users back in 2019 by taking advantage of a feature designed to help people easily find friends using contact lists.

Key witness in Floyd murder trial seeks to avoid testifying

Minneapolis - A key witness in the trial of the Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd sought Tuesday to avoid giving evidence as his lawyers said he could incriminate himself on separate charges.

Software vendors will soon need to disclose all breaches Special

A planned Biden administration executive order will require many software vendors to notify their federal government customers when a cybersecurity breach has taken place. The bill stops short of consumers being contacted.

Pentagon urges Russia to explain troop buildup near Ukraine

Washington - The US Defense Department called Tuesday for Russia to make clear its intentions regarding a buildup of military forces along Ukraine's southeast border and in Crimea.

Biden to announce all adults in US eligible for Covid vaccine by April 19

Washington - US President Joe Biden will announce Tuesday that all adults across America can get Covid-19 vaccine shots within two weeks, sooner than expected, as the IMF boosted its forecast for world economic growth this year amid signs of a rebound from the pand...

'Rowdy' Honda bests Seto at Japan's Olympic swim trials

Apo - Self-described "rowdy character" Tomoru Honda kept his cool to clinch a place in Japan's Tokyo Olympics swimming team on Tuesday, qualifying alongside star Daiya Seto in the 200-metre butterfly.

Jordan bans reporting on plot, labels palace feud a family affair

Apo - Jordan sought to throw a veil Tuesday over its public palace feud by ordering its media to stop reporting on an alleged plot the government says involves the half-brother of King Abdullah II.

Bogota to impose lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise in Colombia

Apo - Eight million inhabitants of Bogota will be put under strict lockdown from Saturday, mayor Claudia Lopez said as the Colombian city battles a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

Washington - NASA's Ingenuity mini-helicopter has survived its first night alone on the frigid surface of Mars, the US space agency said, hailing it as "a major milestone" for the tiny craft as it prepares for its first flight.

Tokyo Olympics water polo test postponed over virus: organisers

Apo - A Tokyo Olympics water polo test event has been postponed, organisers said Tuesday, following reports it had been called off because sport officials cannot enter Japan due to virus restrictions.

Rise of the 'robo-plants', as scientists fuse nature with tech

Fpo - Remote-controlled Venus flytrap "robo-plants" and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation.

Kneeling on Floyd's neck violated policy, 'values': police chief

Minneapolis - Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo testified on Monday that officer Derek Chauvin violated the department's training policies and its "values" by kneeling on George Floyd's neck after he had stopped resisting.

Google prevails over Oracle in US copyright case

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday handed Google a major win in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle, ruling that the use of the Java programming language for the Android mobile operating system was "fair use.

Don't overhype Ikee's return, pleads Japan teammate Irie

Apo - Leukaemia survivor Rikako Ikee must put her health first after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Japan swimming teammate Ryosuke Irie said Monday, warning the media not to overdo the hype.

Jordan's Prince Hamzah strikes defiant tone amid palace turmoil

Apo - Jordan's Prince Hamzah, accused of a "wicked" plot against his elder half-brother King Abdullah II, has struck a defiant tone, insisting he will not obey orders restricting his movement.

Hong Kong bar owners in 'hunger strike' over virus closures

Fpo - A group of bar, karaoke and mahjong parlour owners have gone on a symbolic hunger strike in Hong Kong over anti-coronavirus measures that have kept them shuttered for most of the last year.

Singapore blogger crowdfunds $100,000 to pay PM defamation damages

Fpo - A Singaporean blogger said he had crowdfunded almost $100,000 that he was ordered to pay as damages for defaming the prime minister by sharing an article on Facebook.

EU heads seek 'new chapter' with Erdogan on Turkey visit

Apo - The EU's top two officials head to Turkey on Tuesday to lay out to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the bloc's conditions for improved ties after a dip in tensions.
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