US commitment to Asia ‘undiminished’

The US remains committed to Asia despite the shutdown that forced President Obama to cancel planned trips, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

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VIDEO: ‘Scheme will help us buy a home’

From next week, first-time buyers and current home owners who only have a 5% deposit will be able to apply for a scheme to help them buy a new property.

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Hundreds expected at mural protest

Hundreds of campaigners are expected to attend a protest at the site of a demolished mural after failing to have it preserved.

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US lead rain-delayed Presidents Cup

The United States lead the International team by one point after just two matches are completed on a rain-hit second day.

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Somali militants say ‘Western’ forces attack coastal base from beach

MOGADISHU: Somali militants said on Saturday “Western” forces attacked a house in one of its coastal bases in the town of Barawe under the cover of dark, killing one rebel fighter. Foreign forces landed on the beach at Barawe, about 180km south of Mogadishu, and launched an assault that drew gunfire from rebel fighters, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al ...

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Flights cancelled as typhoon nears Japan’s Okinawa

TOKYO: Powerful Typhoon Fitow is expected to hit Japan’s southern island chain of Okinawa on Saturday, with domestic and international flights to and from the islands cancelled, officials said. Japan, Taiwan and China are bracing for the storm, with Japan’s meteorological agency warning of strong winds and heavy rains, as well as the risk of tornados, just two weeks after Typhoon ...

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Obamacare navigators help patients sign up

Most people who will become newly insured through Obamacare have no experience buying health insurance. Navigators can’t tell people what plan to pick, but they can walk people through what might work best based on their family circumstances or health.

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Republicans rip White House in shutdown reprisal

WASHINGTON: Republicans launched a furious counter-attack on the White House as the US government shutdown dragged deep into a fourth day, but no fresh path to ending the crisis was offered. With lawmakers heading into the weekend, Congress appeared no closer to resolving the impasse, even as a far more challenging fiscal hurdle – the need to raise the US debt ...

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Report: Legendary U.S. foe in Vietnam dies

Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, a man credited with major victories against the French and the American military, has died, according to local media reports. Giap was 102.

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