TL;DR: WEEK OF 2 SEPTEMBER

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MON: ‘OK’ HAND GESTURE MAKES CHINESE AUTHORITIES NERVOUS

In a viral video, a Chinese girl being kidnapped uses a hand gesture resembling the “OK” signal as a call for help. Her 2 fingers are pressed together to look like the number “110”, the emergency contact number for the police in China. Social media users have praised the subtlety of the gesture. However, China authorities are rattled by the usage of numbers, which have had historical usage as a symbol of rebellion, like referencing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

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BBC – More details about this story

TUE: POSSIBLE HIKE IN BUS AND TRAIN FARES BY 7%

The Public Transport Council (PTC) is currently reviewing a possible hike in transport fees next year following the rise in energy prices. The maximum increase allowed under the current fare formula is 7%. Earlier in July, Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan explained that the government has been subsiding more than 30% of public transport operations and higher fees are essential to keep these subsidies in check.

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The Straits Times – Higher energy prices could cause transport fees to increase next year

WED: DO NOT JUMP INTO OUR “OPEN ARMS”

The increasing support for Germany’s far-right wing party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), can no longer go unnoticed as they claim victory in Saxony and Brandenburg, finishing 2nd behind Angela Merkel’s party. These eastern states are against Merkel’s “open arms” immigration policy, where over 1.5 million migrants arrived in the country from 2015-2016. They worry about the dilution of German culture and increased crime.

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The Atlantic – Political climate that allowed the far-right to rise

THU: ONE CHILD’S TOY, ANOTHER CHILD’S NIGHTMARE

Many political leaders have raised concerns about North Korea’s recent missile testing trend including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The latter argued that it is a clear violation of UN rules. US President Donald Trump also expressed his disappointment, although he downplayed the exigency, stating that Chairman Kim simply ‘likes his missile’. North Korea, however, argued that they were just inspecting the missiles’ operating ability.

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CNN – Missile Test Is Perceived as Threats
NK News – Mike Pompeo’s Disappointment
CNA – Trump’s Unhappiness of the Missile Test

FRI: WEAKIPEDIA

Wikipedia’s servers are facing DDOS attacks globally, with Europe at the center of the attacks. Many European countries reported outages last week, beginning with the UK. While the Wikimedia Foundation typically has measures to handle these kinds of attacks, this particular attack proved too massive to handle. By Friday, Wikipedia was facing an almost complete power outage across all it’s language editions.

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Reclaim the Net – More details

SAT: THE MOON IS STILL TOO HARSH A MISTRESS – FOR INDIA

After a series of successful mission objectives, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had their hopes for a historic Moon landing dashed as they lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft 2 kilometers over the Moon’s surface. Chandrayaan-2 mainly consists of a rover and an orbiter, and while communication was lost with the rover, the orbiter is functional and studying the Moon’s surface. India would have been the 4th country to ever land a craft on the Moon.

The Full Story @
BBC – Details of the landing; Prime Minister Modi’s response
BBC – Blast to the past! Chandrayaan-1’s mission in 2008

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

1) Millegram Article: SUPPRESS THE PRESS – LEE HSIEN LOONG SUES THE ONLINE CITIZEN
2) Millegram Article: CARRIE LAM “RESIGNS” TO ONE OF FIVE DEMANDS
3) Japan’s prime minister to reshuffle Cabinet, ruling party executives on Sept. 11
4) Huawei ready to work with foreign nations to ease security concerns
5) Former Malaysian PM Najib stakes claim for seized 1MDB assets, cash
6) Huawei touts more than 50 contracts for 5G as US pressure continues to mount
7) Woman is first to receive cornea made from ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells
8) Italy successfully ejects far-right leader Salvini as new government is sworn in 
9) Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s strongman ex-president, dies aged 95
10) Atheists have right to their opinion: Madras High Court
11) Russia’s ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protests

 

Contributors: Erica Liaw, Jong Ching Yee, Joseph Ong, Lune Loh, Terrence Tan, Zacchaeus Chua

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