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Starbucks Singapore says customer database breached

(AFP) — Starbucks Singapore said Friday its customer database was breached online, with local media reporting that 200,000 people’s information was stolen. The coffee chain — a licensed Starbucks franchise owned by Hong Kong-based Maxim’s Caterers — said in an…

Chinese city of 21 million shuts down over Covid outbreak

(AFP) — Around 21 million people in the Chinese city of Chengdu effectively went into lockdown on Thursday as authorities raced to snuff out a new Covid-19 outbreak. China is the last major economy wedded to a zero-Covid policy, stamping…

Chinese city dims lights in heatwave power crunch

(AFP) — A provincial capital in southwest China has dimmed outdoor advertisements, subway lighting and building signs to save energy, official announcements said, as the area battles a power crunch triggered by record-high temperatures. The mercury has soared beyond 40…

Abe murder suspect to undergo mental examination: reports

(AFP) — The man accused of assassinating Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe is set to undergo an examination of his mental condition around the time of the incident, local media reported Saturday. Abe was gunned down on the campaign…

Former Japan PM Abe assassinated by gunman

By Tomohiro Osaki with Hiroshi Hiyama and Sara Hussein in TokyoAgence France-Presse (AFP) — Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on Friday by a gunman who opened fire at close range as the hugely influential politician delivered a…

Philippine news site Rappler ordered to shut down

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — A Philippine news site co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa has been ordered to shut down, the company said Wednesday, a day before President Rodrigo Duterte — its arch-nemesis — leaves office. Ressa has…