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A cashless society (1)

A quick tap of a credit or debit card to pay at most retail outlets have made it easier to get around without physical cash – banknotes and coins. In Belgium, France, and Canada over 90% of consumer payments are made by digital means.

The South China Sea has long been the center of our attention in this part of the world, because of the overlapping claims of several nations on parts of the maritime area. When new American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Asia last week, however, it was to seek cooperation to meet the threat posed by North Korea not only to the surrounding countries but also to the US itself.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in China on Saturday for what is likely to be a prickly visit, with Beijing angry at being told to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea and Washington repeatedly demanding it do more to control Pyongyang.

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The Philippine Air Force yesterday said that the fourth batch of two FA-50PH training aircraft from South Korea will arrive at Clark Airbase, Pampanga on March 29.

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IOC move

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The International Olympic Committee will look into awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games this year, its president said on Friday, in a break from tradition which could lock in Paris and Los Angeles over the next two Olympic cycles.

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South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday ordered ousted president Park Geun-Hye to appear before them for questioning in connection with the corruption scandal that brought her down, they said.

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