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HSBC reports 76% jump in third-quarter profit, plans $2 billion share buyback

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here HSBC on Monday reported third-quarter earnings that handily beat expectations and announced plans for a share buyback of up to $2 billion. The bank’s reported pre-tax profit for the third quarter jumped 75.8% from a year ago to $5.4 billion.......

Scientists turn durian waste into bandages — and the internet has questions

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A durian’s soft, yellow flesh inside its thorny green husk seen at a shop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mohd Rasfan | AFP | Getty Images Some love it, while others loathe it. Durians are banned on all public transportation in......

After a long wait, some of Southeast Asia’s most popular islands are reopening to travelers

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here The islands of Southeast Asia are reopening to visitors — one small step at a time. The region is home to countries, such as Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, that kept Covid rates low throughout 2020. That changed with the arrival......

CDC raises Covid travel advisory level for Singapore and Hong Kong

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here People are silhouetted against Singapore Airlines Airbus planes at Changi International Airport in Singapore on October 24, 2020. Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday raised its travel advisories for......

Impossible Foods to launch meatless pork in U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Impossible Foods’ latest meatless product is set to hit tables from Thursday: plant-based pork that claims to be tastier and healthier than the real deal. The ground pork product will first be available in restaurants in the U.S., Hong Kong......

Singapore IPO market’s prospects brighten but no quick fix in sight

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s move to launch new funds to support startups will help companies seeking IPOs, though it could take years before Singapore Exchange might become a centre for regional tech listings, according to market players. FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past the Singapore......

Scientists in Singapore transform fruit leftovers into antibacterial bandages

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Sept 20 (Reuters) – Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore are tackling food waste by turning discarded durian husks into antibacterial gel bandages. The process extracts cellulose powder from the fruit’s husks after they are sliced and freeze-dried, then mixes it with glycerol. This mixture becomes soft hydrogel,......

Singapore Exchange could receive its first SPAC listing application in weeks, CEO says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Auditorium of the Singapore Exchange (SGX). Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The Singapore Exchange could receive its first application for a SPAC listing in “the next couple of weeks,” Chief Executive Loh Boon Chye told CNBC......

Citi sets up new team to help ’emerging’ Chinese companies expand to Singapore

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Citi’s bank branch in the central business district of Singapore on Feb. 12, 2018. Ore Huiying | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Citi’s commercial banking unit has set up a China desk in Singapore dedicated to helping “emerging” Chinese......

Binance removes Singapore products on main platform after regulator’s warning

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Binance logo and stock graph are displayed in this illustration taken, June 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo HONG KONG, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said it will restrict its services in Singapore days after the city state’s central bank said it should stop......

Singapore to roll out Covid vaccine booster shots to some groups, including seniors

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A woman walks along a bridge, as the Marina Bay Sands hotel and resort is seen in the background, in Singapore on August 16, 2021. Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Singapore is introducing booster Covid vaccine......

Australia in vaccine swap pact with Singapore as COVID-19 cases surge

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Australia to swap 500,000 doses of vaccine with Singapore Australian capital extends lockdown by 2 weeks Most populous state records new 1,164 cases Victoria state says too soon to ease curbs CANBERRA, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Australia will receive 500,000 doses of Pfizer’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine from Singapore this week,......

Singapore, Sydney, Seoul and Taipei: How property prices in four Asia-Pacific cities stack up

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Housing prices across Asia-Pacific are surging — in some cases, by as much as 37%. Homebuyers are taking advantage of continued pandemic-induced stimulus, while international investors are looking for a place to put their money. To get a better picture......

Singapore fully vaccinates 80% of population against COVID-19

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Swab tests are conducted at a public housing estate after a nearby food centre became a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cluster, in Singapore, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Caroline Chia SINGAPORE, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Singapore has fully inoculated 80% of its 5.7 million people against COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday,......

‘Foreign interference doesn’t work’: Singapore’s foreign minister weighs in on Afghanistan crisis

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here SINGAPORE — Afghanistan is facing a “perfect storm” that includes an unfolding humanitarian crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic — and the country’s fate is now up to the Taliban, Singapore’s foreign minister said Thursday. “At the end of the day,......

Finding Covid origins requires ‘radical and complete transparency,’ Singapore’s foreign minister says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here SINGAPORE — It is important to know the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic — but that’s not possible without “radical and complete transparency,” said Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. “Let me speak as a scientist, or as a doctor: What......

Survey finds auto industry hit hardest by supply chain disruptions during Covid pandemic

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Workers in an automobile factory in Beijing, China. Chalffy | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The automotive sector was hit the hardest by supply chain disruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey that covered six broad industries. The survey......

Kamala Harris says Asia won’t have to choose between the U.S. and China

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers a speech on August 24, 2021 at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore before departing for Vietnam on the second leg of her Asia trip. Evelyn Hockstein | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE —......

This European capital has overtaken Tokyo and Singapore as the world’s safest city

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Copenhagen has been named the world’s safest city in a new wide-reaching study from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Danish capital surpassed former frontrunners like Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka in the fourth edition of the EIU’s biennial Safe Cities Index,......

Kamala Harris visits Singapore to deepen ties, counter China’s influence

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SINGAPORE, Aug 23 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will meet Singapore’s leaders on Monday on the first working day of a trip to Southeast Asia aimed at bolstering ties as part of Washington’s efforts to counter China’s growing influence. Harris will meet Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob and Prime......

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