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New Zealand votes to keep flag in referendum

New Zealanders have voted to keep their existing flag after a national referendum, preliminary results show. The referendum asked whether the flag which includes the Union Jack should be replaced by a design called Silver Fern, which won an earlier ballot. The results show 56.6% voted for no change, while 43.1% opted for the new… Continue reading New Zealand votes to keep flag in referendum

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Myanmar finance minister nominee Kyaw Win has fake degree

The man proposed as Myanmar’s new finance and planning minister has a fake degree in finance, it has emerged. Kyaw Win admitted buying the bogus PhD from a fictitious online university – Brooklyn Park in the US – which sold fake qualifications from Pakistan. He was caught when the National League for Democracy party, which… Continue reading Myanmar finance minister nominee Kyaw Win has fake degree

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Vietnam bloggers: Nguyen Huu Vinh and Minh Thuy jailed

A court in Hanoi has sentenced a well-known Vietnamese blogger to five years in jail after finding him guilty of publishing anti-state articles. Nguyen Huu Vinh, a former policeman, had connections to the ruling Communist Party elite. His assistant received three years. Both denied the charges. They were detained in 2014. The “Ba Sam” blogs… Continue reading Vietnam bloggers: Nguyen Huu Vinh and Minh Thuy jailed

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Uber sues Indian rival Ola over ‘fake accounts’

Uber is suing Indian rival Ola, alleging it created more than 90,000 fake accounts to interfere with its business and frustrate its drivers. The US company claims the fake accounts were used to make over 400,000 false bookings that ended up cancelled. It filed a lawsuit in the High Court of Delhi this month requesting… Continue reading Uber sues Indian rival Ola over ‘fake accounts’