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Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover

(June 11): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China, a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Riot police ringed Hong Kong’s legislature and fought back a group of several hundred protesters who stayed behind early on Monday after Sunday’s peaceful march that organisers said drew more than a million people, or one in seven of the city’s people.

Hong Kong protest draws up to 1 million in rebuff to China

HONG KONG (June 10): Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government faced new pressure to withdraw legislation easing extraditions to China after as many as 1 million people turned out to oppose the measure.

What went on behind the passing of Singapore's new fake news law

SINGAPORE (May 10): After the longest Parliament sitting in Singa­pore to debate legislation, the city state passed a law that gives portfolio ministers — part of the group of political office holders in Singapore — the power to decide what amounts to news that is false and against the public interest, and order that it be either corrected or taken down.

How Singapore's laws are evolving in the war against fake news

SINGAPORE (Apr 5): Tackling falsehoods has become a high priority for the Ministry of Law.

A year after the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods’ hearings took place, the ministry has now introduced the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, to “protect society against damage from online falsehoods created by malicious actors”.

Singapore isn't waiting for Facebook to crack down on fake news

SINGAPORE (April 2): Singapore plans to introduce tough new laws to hold online outlets accountable for the spread of fake news, joining countries around the world in putting pressure on companies like Facebook Inc. to address the issue.

Australia, Singapore to crack down on online media with new laws

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (April 1): Governments in the Asia Pacific region are accelerating efforts to fight malicious use of online media, unveiling laws that make it easier to target websites which enable distribution of criminal or fraudulent content.

Australia said it will legislate “tough” new laws to prevent social-media platforms from being “weaponized” by terrorists and extremists who may use them to live-stream violent crimes, such as this month’s terror attack in New Zealand. Singapore said it will introduce a law to halt the spread of “fake news.”

Sunvic Chemical racks up $44 mil in corporate loan claims, says cash flow may be affected

SINGAPORE (Jan 11): Sunvic Chemical Holdings says two of its subsidiaries, Yixing Yinyan Import & Export Co and Jiangsu Jurong Chemical, have each received letters of demand regarding corporate loans amounting to about RMB 222.5 million ($44.3 million).

The first claim was lodged by Yixing City Futao Rural Micro Credit against Sunvic’s Yixing Yinyan, which acted as the corporate guarantor for Jiangsu Donglai Real Estate Development for an RMB 180 million loan from Yixing City Futao.

Singapore panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

SINGAPORE (Sept 20): A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that perpetrators are punished.

The committee, set up to make recommendations on fighting "deliberate online falsehoods", said measures were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter "have a policy of generally not acting against" content known to be false.

Facebook co-founder says social networks to face more regulation

(Sept 6): Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook Inc., said social networks are heading for more regulation and change, as political pressures mount and users fragment into specialised interests.

Governments will inevitably get involved in regulating networks like Facebook and Twitter, he said. He spoke only hours after Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey appeared before the US Congress in the wake of attempts to manipulate public opinion and interfere in elections.

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Trump to make personal appeal to Republicans on his ZTE deal

WASHINGTON (June 19): The US Senate passed legislation on Monday evening that would restore penalties on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp., complicating President Donald Trump’s efforts to ease sanctions on the company.

The bipartisan measure, part of a defense bill, passed 85-10 and came two days before Trump was to host Republican members of Congress to discuss ways that would allow ZTE to get back into business.

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