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August, 26, 2016

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Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to SE Asia
Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year's first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.
 
1st self-driving taxis of the world hit the streets of Singapore
The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
 
N. Korea leader 'says missile test was greatest success'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success," Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.
 
Myanmar weighs damage after temblor strikes pagodas
Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination.
 
In Thailand, a sting op to stop elephants
To stop wild elephants from rampaging through their produce, farmers in Thailand put up electric fences, set off firecrackers and even switched their crops from pineapples to pumpkins, which the pachyderms don't relish much. Nothing worked, so the villagers decided on Plan Bee.
 
4 in 10 Filipinos caught in vicious cycle of poverty
Four in 10 Filipinos are "trapped in a vicious cycle" of slipping in and out of poverty whenever they are affected by external shocks, despite the fact that the Philippines has been enjoying a strong, sustained economic growth over the past several years.
 
South Korea prepares emergency measures to bolster birth rate
The South Korean government will mobilize short-term emergency measures to fight the country's staggeringly low fertility rate such as by expanding state subsidies for couples' seeking infertility treatment.
 
Watching the flood
An Indian cyclist rides along a flooded road on the outskirts of Allahabad, India, Thursday, Aug. 25.
 
South Korea said Thursday it will offer each surviving victim of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement 100 million won (US$89,581) using funds provided by Tokyo, an offer quickly rejected by some of the women.
 
A Vietnamese woman paid a friend to cut off her hand and foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout, state-run media reported Thursday.
 
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