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Bangladesh Bank to sue Philippine bank

DHAKA • Bangladesh’s central bank will file a lawsuit in the United States against a Philippine bank over its role in one of the biggest cyber heists two years ago, a deputy governor said yesterday.

Unidentified hackers stole US$81 million (S$107 million) from Bangladesh Bank’s account at the New York Fed in February 2016 using fraudulent orders on the Swift payments system. The money was sent to accounts at Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking and disappeared into the Philippines’ casino sector.


HK schools to shut early to rein in flu

HONG KONG • The Hong Kong authorities, grappling with a seasonal flu outbreak, have decided to shut all kindergartens and primary schools from today, days ahead of scheduled Chinese New Year holidays, to rein in the spread of the disease.

By Monday, seasonal flu had killed 121 people, two children among them, since the start of the year, said the Department of Health, which saw 224 severe cases over the period.


Borneo orang utan found shot, slashed

JAKARTA • The body of a Borneo orang utan has been found riddled with about 130 airgun pellets, the Indonesian authorities said yesterday.

The male orang utan, which also showed signs of machete wounds, was found by villagers in Borneo’s East Kutai district this week, police said.