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Actor Gao Hu latest celeb detained in China drugs crackdown

By Wed, Aug 13, 2014 6:42PM UTC Chinese actor Gao Hu. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — An actor has become the latest Chinese celebrity to be detained in a crackdown on illegal drugs. The official Xinhua News Agency says 40-year-old Gao Hu was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine. Gao had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou’s 2011 movie “The Flowers of War.”

‘Jilboobs’ raise clerical hackles in Indonesia

By Sat, Aug 09, 2014 1:42PM UTC Indonesian Muslim women who wear a headscarf but also fitted jeans and tops are sometimes referred to as jilboobs or jilbabes. Pic: Courtesy Asia Sentinel

The jilboob, or sometimes “jilbabe,” gets her name because in Indonesia the full-body burka seen in Afghanistan or the abaya in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, is rarely adopted.

Silver tops gold as Singaporeans crave more homegrown talent

By Tue, Aug 05, 2014 5:52PM UTC Singapore's Derek Wong plays a shot towards India's Kashyap Parupalli during their men's singles badminton final at the Commonwealth Games Sunday. Pic: AP.

This is just one of the messages of support that Derek Wong received after news broke that the Singaporean shuttler had made it to the final of the Commonwealth Games men’s badminton singles.

Singapore Info. Minister backs call to destroy gay-themed penguin book

By Sun, Jul 13, 2014 1:36PM UTC Penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. Pic: AP

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries.

David Byrne looked to Manila for casting Imelda Marcos show

By Fri, Jul 11, 2014 1:47PM UTC David Byrne looked to Manila for casting Imelda Marcos show

David Byrne has gone the extra mile to ensure his immersive show “Here Lies Love” about Filipino ex-first lady Imelda Marcos is as authentic as possible: He’s done casting in Manila.

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