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Commentary: Is national security a good reason to ban TikTok?

Indian and US lawmakers may be influenced by factors beyond national security in cracking down on TikTok, say observers.

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: The introverts among us can’t deal with Phase 2 yet

After almost three months of stasis, Singapore families are cautiously re-emerging from homes but that process has been ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

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Commentary: Look out for the oncoming great China-India split

Whatever happened high up in the Himalayas, India feels assaulted and humiliated by China, says Gideon Rachman.

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After failing to board a second flight and fearing they were about to be 'forcibly

In Hong Kong

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Commentary: The intractable tug of war between China and Hong Kong

Beijing feels compelled to respond strongly to bring Hong Kong to heel, while Hong Kongers feel forced to defend the rights ...

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Commentary: Ticket against Donald Trump in White House race missing boldest choice

Given her huge personal popularity, political savviness and role in the Obama-Biden Administration and campaigns, there's no ...

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Commentary: Is North Korea tearing at the seams?

North Korea is currently facing two major, inter-related crises that is underpinning its frustrations with South Korea, says ...

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Commentary: Here's how our elderly can better protect themselves against COVID-19

To ward off viruses, it is vital for the elderly to keep moving even when indoors, says Changi General Hospital's Dr Samuel Chew.

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Commentary: The coronavirus has made all of us OCD

Since the start of the pandemic, it has become more challenging to assess behaviours that were once considered excessive, says ...

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COVID-19 Disruption

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Commentary: Support for mid-career jobseekers is welcomed. But expectations need to be managed

A lot hinges on the outcomes of the Mid-Career Traineeship scheme but industry leaders recommend that expectations of both ...

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

Delivery platforms in the spotlight

Commentary: Getting your food order delivered should be straightforward so why isn’t it?

The coronavirus may have turbocharged delivery volumes. But food delivery apps have a way more complex business model than ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Do you really want to work from home forever like some Twitter employees can?

What are some ways to figure out if remote working permanently is for you? Forest Wolf’s Crystal Lim-Lange and Gregor ...

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Family Life

A student, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19

Commentary: Don’t expect your kids to return to school seamlessly

Understanding how the circuit breaker affects our children may help us ease them back into school-life, says Annie Tan.

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Spotlight on Malaysia

Malaysia reopens majority of businesses after a shutdown to fight the coronavirus disease COVID-19

Commentary: Malaysia succeeded in suppressing COVID-19 but here comes the harder part

Lifting the Movement Control Order to reopen the economy alone won’t save Malaysian jobs, says Stewart Nixon.

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Living Well

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Commentary: As therapy sessions move online, more may finally seek needed help

Seeking help online is helping to create psychological safety, forge more powerful connections and tackle stigma, says IMH’s ...

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Aviation News

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Commentary: We will fly again. Here’s what’s needed to safely restart flights and resume air travel

Restoring trust is critical to the safe resumption of air travel. IATA chief Alexandre de Juniac discusses what the ...

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Caring for the Earth

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Commentary: The truth behind returning wildlife is less feel-good than you think

Stories of returning wildlife are a welcome distraction at this time, but they are not unique to a world in pandemic, says ...

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Modern Business

'Shockingly  high' inequality

Commentary: COVID-19 will bring on the Great Reset the world needs

To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, says ...

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Global Headwinds

Traders are waiting for the Tuesday release of China's official manufacturing PMI data

Commentary: We can’t just quit trading with China

Amid brewing Sino-US tensions, economic distancing from China would carry heavy costs, says ANU’s Shiro Armstrong.

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Southeast Asia

Philippine capital slowly returns to life as government eases lockdown restrictions

Commentary: COVID-19 will worsen inequalities across Asia

Rising inequality will intensify social tensions and constrain consumption, posing a risk to economic recovery, says an observer.

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On Indonesia

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Commentary: Indonesia’s half-hearted effort to halt massive Ramadan exodus is all form, no substance

On the cusp of what could be a massive coronavirus super-spreader event, President Jokowi must step up enforcement, enlist ...

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Commentary: The COVID-19 crisis has put luxury brands in a fix

Leaders in the industry, like Dior and Louis Vuitton,, are adopting novel coping strategies, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak ...

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Education and Entrepreneurship

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Commentary: Are we ready to send our children back to pre-school?

Parents find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place as younger pre-school children return to school, says June Yong.

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