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Filipina sues Japan firm for keeping her passport

The Japanese government should forbid employers from retaining the passports of their foreign workers, a lawyer said yesterday after a Filipina sued her former employer for refusing to return her personal documents. The case comes at a time when the government is seeking to attract laborersFULL STORY

HK changes holiday camps into virus quarantine zones

Hong Kong plans to turn two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who might have come into contact with carriers of the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV), officials announced yesterday. The international financial hub, which has been on high alert forFULL STORY

India housewives offer cloud cuisine

Rashmi Sahijwala never expected to start working at the age of 59, let alone join India’s gig economy, but she is now part of an army of housewives turning their homes into “cloud kitchens” to feed time-starved millennials. Asia’s third-largest economy is battling a slowdown soFULL STORY

Zimbabwe tycoon’s offer seeks end to doctor strike

A funding offer by a billionaire Zimbabwe telecoms tycoon on Wednesday prompted the country’s doctors to consider ending a long-running strike over wage payments. Doctors and the government have failed to agree on a wage increase since September last year, leading doctors to walk off theFULL STORY

Leaders gather without Poland

Dozens of world leaders yesterday convened in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, amid a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the US. However, the president of Poland, where the Nazi concentration camp was built during the German occupation ofFULL STORY

Weinstein a ‘seasoned’ predator, prosecutors say

Harvey Weinstein was a “seasoned” sexual predator and rapist who abused his power as a movie-producing titan to prey on vulnerable aspiring actresses, prosecutors on Wednesday said as his trial heard from its first witness. Weinstein, wearing a dark suit, shook his head as New YorkFULL STORY

Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at age 77 in London

Monty Python star Terry Jones on Wednesday died at the age of 77 after a long battle with a rare form of dementia, sparking an outpouring of tributes. “We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellectFULL STORY

Only 24 hours in, US senators flout impeachment rules

Almost immediately after US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday’s session of US President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting basic guidelines in a chamber that prizes decorum. A Democrat in the back row leaned on his rightFULL STORY

Brazilian piano legend plays once more with help of ‘magic’ gloves he designed

Days before Christmas, acclaimed pianist Joao Carlos Martins ran to a Sao Paulo bar to show off his new gloves to friends. They were seemingly magical, enabling the 79-year-old to play songs with both hands for the first time in 21 years. It sounds too goodFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

INDONESIA Capsized migrants missing Ten people were missing after a boat carrying 20 migrant workers capsized off the coast of Sumatra, a search and rescue official said yesterday. The wooden vessel, which was bound for Malaysia, began taking on water when it was inundated by high wavesFULL STORY

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