Singapore plans to move storage, utility, transport and industrial facilities underground in a bid to free up surface space and enhance the city-state’s livability.
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the crowd was the largest birthday attendance during Akihito's three-decade reign.
Police say authorities are worried that local politicians might try to hire the refugees to pose as supporters or even cast ballots.
Due to the state’s massive promotional efforts, the festival is expected to attract 100 million to 150 million people, including one million foreign tourists over eight weeks.
Under pressure to crack down on labor abuses, Malaysia is moving to eliminate middlemen who charge millions of foreign workers exorbitant recruitment fees.
At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing their jobs in 2018, RSF said, a 15 percent increase on last year.
With the latest defections, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has the backing of 120 legislators in the 225-member Parliament.
The ruling Awami League unveiled its election manifesto on Tuesday, making sweeping promises to eradicate poverty and boost the economy.
China has watched Brexit nervously, worried not only about potential market turmoil from a disorderly departure but about losing Britain's support for free trade within the EU.
The plans are the clearest indication yet of Japan's ambition to become a regional power as a military build-up by China and a resurgent Russia puts pressure on its US ally.
The clock is ticking in the hunt for acoustic pings coming from the voice recorder fitted to the jet. It has a 90-day beacon, the manufacturer's online brochure shows.
China announced it was investigating Canadian businessman Michael Spavor on Thursday, days after a former Canadian diplomat was detained in an escalating diplomatic row.
Patent requests filed by foreign pharmaceutical firms could see them dominating the potentially lucrative market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts.
Police in Vietnam have issued an arrest warrant for an activist accused of trying to overthrow the state by posting pro-democracy materials on Facebook.
Pakistan joins Myanmar, China, North Korea and other countries which the US sees as having violated religious freedoms or tolerated abuses against religious groups.