JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia's military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
The driver of an MRT train that collided with a stationary train at Joo Koon station did not have sufficient time to "react and respond", and the incident was not down to human error, said top officials from rail operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority on Tuesday (21 November). With 36 metres separating the two trains at Joo Koon station, its driver had just 10 seconds to react when his train began accelerating at a speed of 18kmh towards the stationary train.
The world's biggest asset manager BlackRock said on Wednesday it was cautious on equity markets in Asia's financial hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore despite an improving economic outlook for the region. The fund, which manages nearly $6 trillion globally, said it is underweight versus its benchmark in those two markets as well as Malaysia and Taiwan, while it was most overweight in the emerging economies of China, Indonesia and India. Andrew Swan, the fund's head of Asian and global emerging markets equities, said Hong Kong's economy remained on a slow growth trajectory.
An Iranian PhD candidate said he was thrown off a Greyhound bus in the middle of the night, and he suspects it is because his name is Mohammad. Mohammad Reza Sardari, who is enrolled in the University of Texas urban planning and public policy planning programme, said he was travelling from Arlington, Texas, to Kansas City, Missouri, for an academic conference when his bus abruptly stopped around 3am. The driver demanded to see his ticket, Mr Sardari said, and initially rejected a version on his phone.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft was an incredibly reliable machine, providing an incredible amount of data and relaying countless observations from its orbit around Saturn. It also took some glorious photos during its extended mission, and even though the spacecraft made the ultimate sacrifice by plunging into Saturn in a blaze of glory, we can all still enjoy its last great image of the entire planet and its iconic rings. The image is a composite of 80 different wide-angle photos taken over the span of two hours just before Cassini's final dive into the planet. Using a series of different filters to capture different colors of the same photo, the final image is a natural color shot that reveals Saturn in its truest form, and boy is it a sight to behold. "This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 15 degrees above the ring plane," NASA explains. "Cassini was approximately 698,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Saturn, on its final approach to the planet, when the images in this mosaic were taken. Image scale on Saturn is about 42 miles (67 kilometers) per pixel." You can (and definitely should) check out the full-sized high resolution version of the image, and if you feel like learning a little bit about the planet's features and its rings, a handy annotated version of the same image has been provided by NASA as well. By now you've probably already heard plenty about the Cassini spacecraft, and how its 13 years orbiting Saturn and observing its moons, rings, and surface made it one of the most successful NASA endeavors ever, but it's shots like this one that really emphasize how important it was.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ikea relaunched a recall of 17.3 million chests and dressers Tuesday after the death of an eighth child.