Murdered by human traffickers?

Murdered by human traffickers?

The murder on Aug 7 in Kuala Lumpur of a senior Filipino social welfare attache, Finardo Cabilao, once again points up Malaysia’s ugly reputation as a destination, source and transit country for women and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and men, women, and children as forced labourers.

The country remains on the US Department of State’s Watch List for human trafficking amid allegations of complicity by government officials, although earlier this month US Ambassador James R Kieth (right) said Washington was “encouraged by Malaysia’s energetic efforts to address human trafficking.”
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Online pirates could lose Net access in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Aug 19 — The authorities in Singapore are studying a new way to pull the plug on unauthorised downloads: terminating Internet access of hardcore pirates who refuse to quit despite repeat warnings.

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The Straits Times:China firm announces first safe H1N1 vaccine

BEIJING, Aug 19 — A Chinese pharmaceutical company has become the first in the world to produce a safe and effective vaccine for the H1N1 virus, according to its developer.

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AP:Myanmar junta’s media lauds US senator’s visit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s government-controlled newspapers on Tuesday lauded the visit of U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, who secured the high-profile release of a jailed American, as “the first step” toward improving relations with Washington.