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Former Irish PM: No-deal Brexit will mean 'psychological and political isolation'

A U.K. withdrawal from the European bloc without trade agreements could spell trouble for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, said former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton.

Singapore's December exports fall 8.5 percent in its worst decline in 2 years

Singapore's exports recorded their worst decline in more than two years in December as shipments of electronics and pharmaceuticals plunged, official data showed on Thursday.

Investors have for decades seen Japan as exceptional. Some say that's 'obsolete'

A decades-old way of categorizing and analyzing Asian economies and equities that puts Japan in a class of its own is fast losing relevance, experts said.

Cargolux flight makes emergency landing at Kuala Lumpur airport after fire in cockpit

PUTRAJAYA: A cockpit fire caused a Cargolux Airlines flight to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Wednesday (Jan 16) shortly after take-off.

The global cargo carrier’s flight CV703 was en-route to Zhengzhou, China, when an emergency was declared after the crew reported the …

US, Canada promise 'unbiased' process for Chinese executive

The United States and Canada on Wednesday promised an "unbiased" legal process for a Chinese executive whose arrest in Vancouver at US request has riled Beijing.

One in three Christians in Asia faces persecution: Report

One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a "shocking increase" of religious-based threats and violence across the world, particularly in China and sub-Saharan Africa, a global advocacy group said Wednesday.

Crocodile mauls woman to death in Indonesia

An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a huge pet crocodile on the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday.

Taliban officials say Pakistan applying pressure over Afghan talks

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The arrest of a senior Taliban leader in Pakistan this week underlines a push by the government in Islamabad to pressure the insurgents to open talks with the Afghan government, Taliban officials said.

Hafiz Mohibullah, a senior military commander who has been closely involved …

Indian opposition seeks scrapping of 1870 sedition law after students charged

NEW DELHI: India opposition politicians and media called for a colonial-era sedition law to be scrapped on Wednesday, accusing authorities of trying to suppress dissent after it was invoked against students marking the execution of a Kashmiri militant.

Police used the 1870 law against 10 people …

Hundreds sacked after Bangladesh garment strikes

Bangladesh factories making clothes for Western brands have sacked hundreds of workers after more than a week of strikes and clashes over wages, police and trade unions said Wednesday.

Russia calls on Japan to recognise outcome of World War Two

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday denied Moscow was imposing an ultimatum on Japan in talks to end a decades-long territorial dispute, but called on Tokyo to recognise the results of World War Two.

Japan sees record 31 million tourists in 2018

Japan welcomed a record 31 million foreign visitors in 2018, official data showed Wednesday, as the country gears up to host the Rugby World Cup this year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Momentum of Malaysia’s relationship with Singapore ‘very positive’: Economic Minister Azmin Ali

SINGAPORE: The momentum of Malaysia's relationship with Singapore is very positive, said Malaysian Minister for Economic Affairs Mohamed Azmin Ali on Wednesday (Jan 16), after meeting Singapore ministers to discuss bilateral issues over the weekend.  

Mr Azmin's comment also follows Singapore's …

Cows walk on fire in India's harvest festival

Indian devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival in a ritual seeking good fortune and protection from harm.

Anger at Malaysia textbook telling girls to 'protect sex organs'

Malaysia's government will alter an elementary-school textbook which suggested girls should dress modestly to prevent sexual assault, authorities said Wednesday, after it sparked widespread anger.

Malindo Air crew member arrested in Australian drug bust

SYDNEY: An employee of a Malaysian airline was among eight people arrested in Australia on charges of trafficking more than 14kg of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, Australian authorities said on Wednesday (Jan 16).

A police spokesman confirmed media reports that the suspect worked for …

Japan's cherry blossoms expected to bloom early again this year

TOKYO: Japan's cherry blossom season is expected to arrive earlier than usual, according to a forecast by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC).

The weather data provider last Thursday (Jan 10) released its prediction of when the nation's iconic trees would begin blooming and reach full bloom …

'Three Billboards' campaign targets gay conversion therapy in China

A Chinese artist and a gay policeman have launched an unusually bold public protest campaign in which bright-red trucks bearing slogans denouncing homosexual "conversion therapy" are being paraded through several major cities.

Vietnam's newest airline Bamboo takes first flight

Vietnam's newest commercial carrier Bamboo Airways took flight Wednesday, officially entering Southeast Asia's crowded aviation sector where it will face stiff competition from established players.

'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts.

Australian towns among hottest spots on Earth as heatwave sizzles

Australian towns were among the hottest places on Earth this week as a severe heatwave hit the continent's southeast, with forecasters warning of more record-breaking temperatures before the weekend.

Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker

Canada urged Beijing on Tuesday to grant clemency to a Canadian sentenced to death for drug trafficking, after his sentence reignited a diplomatic dispute that began last month.

Start-up Bamboo Airways launches flights in crowded Vietnam market

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways completed its long-delayed maiden commercial flight on Wednesday, heightening competition in the aviation sector of the Southeast Asian nation that is emerging as a popular tourist destination.

'Pig' British tourists to be deported from New Zealand

Members of a British family have been branded "worse than pigs" and face deportation from New Zealand after a spree of bad behaviour that left normally easygoing Kiwis outraged.

Check your facts, Najib: Malaysia defence minister denies using army helicopter in by-election

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on Tuesday (Jan 15) denied allegations by former prime minister Najib Razak that he used an Armed Forces helicopter to help campaign in the Cameron Highlands by-election.

Earlier on Tuesday, Najib had posted several photographs on his Facebook …

From sizzle to fizzle: Hong Kong's red-hot property market cools

For young Hong Kongers like Wilson Leung getting a foothold on the city's property ladder has long been a near impossible task but with the notoriously overpriced housing market facing a downturn, they now have a chance of realising their dream.

Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment

JAKARTA: An ambitious scheme to replant about a fifth of the land under palm oil in Indonesia is running far behind schedule, marking a blow to efforts by the world's top producer to lift yields and fend off attacks on the sustainability of the crop. 

The target of replanting 2.4 million hectares …

British backpacker murder accused pleads not guilty

WELLINGTON: The man accused of murdering a British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand last month pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance on Wednesday (Jan 15).

Millane disappeared on the eve of her 22nd birthday last month while on a worldwide holiday after graduating from …

Global tension is hampering our ability to fight climate change, Davos survey warns

A rising risk of political confrontations between major powers is hindering solutions to challenges like climate change and cyberattacks, a new report by the World Economic Forum said Wednesday.

China takes lead in some military tech: Pentagon

China is on the cusp of fielding some of the world's most advanced weapons systems – and in some cases already has surpassed its rivals, a Pentagon assessment released Tuesday found.

Commentary: Expect nerve-wracking risks in the global economy to emerge this year

The biggest economic risks will emerge in areas investors think recent patterns are unlikely to change, says former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff.

Commentary: Prospects for China-Taiwan unification? Hear what Taiwanese themselves say

For instance, polls in Taiwan show the Taiwanese value the ability to choose their leaders, says Singapore University of Social Sciences’ Yew Chiew Ping.

UK Labour Party wants a general election — but a second referendum is more likely, MP says

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is hoping for an election, but some Labour politicians believe a second referendum could be more likely.

UK's Labour wants an election — but a second referendum is more likely, lawmaker says

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is hoping for an election, but some Labour politicians believe a second referendum could be more likely.

'At any cost': China warns US Navy over Taiwan

A senior Chinese military official warned the US Navy Tuesday against any "interference" in support of Taiwan's independence, saying that Beijing would defend its claim to the island "at any cost".

Label discrepancies, chemicals linked to cancer found in cookies, pastries: Hong Kong consumer body

HONG KONG: Food producers in Hong Kong have been urged to improve their recipes after a test on cookies and sweet pastries found that most samples contained genotoxic carcinogens, chemicals which have been linked to cancer. 

Hong Kong’s Consumer Council tested 58 types of cookies and pastries …

Transparency International finds 'irregularities' in Bangladesh vote

Anti-corruption group Transparency International said on Tuesday it found "irregularities" in 47 of 50 constituencies it surveyed during last month's general election in Bangladesh, which was marred by allegations of vote rigging.

Huawei founder says firm does not spy for China

Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday rejected claims his company is used by the Chinese government to spy and said he missed his daughter, who is being held by Canadian authorities, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

China issues travel advisory for Canada after 'arbitrary detention' of Chinese national

BEIJING: China on Tuesday (Jan 15) issued a travel advisory for Canada, warning its citizens to "fully evaluate risks" and exercise caution when travelling there.

The foreign ministry's consular affairs department, in the advisory issued on its official WeChat account, cited the "arbitrary …

Thailand must postpone election again, until March: Officials

BANGKOK: Thailand's long-delayed general election to end military rule will have to be postponed from its Feb 24 date and will likely be held in March, two officials in the Election Commission said on Tuesday (Jan 15). 

The Election Commission of Thailand has not announced the postponement, but …

Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath

Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India's Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world's largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election this year.

Malaysian finance minister hopes for ‘boring democracy’ with no financial scandals

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said he hopes Malaysia can be a “normal, boring democracy”, without the financial scandals associated with state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

In a wide ranging interview with CNN on Monday (Jan 14), Mr Lim also said it was “very …

Ex-Goldman banker accused over 1MDB loses bail bid

An ex-Goldman Sachs banker facing charges in the US and Malaysia over a massive financial scandal Monday had his bid to be freed on bail rejected by a Kuala Lumpur court.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in south India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon

BEIJING: A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said Tuesday (Jan 15). 

The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister since the Chang'e-4 lander set down earlier …

Seoul drops 'enemy' reference to North Korea

SEOUL: Seoul crossed out a reference to nuclear-armed North Korea as its enemy in a defence white paper published Tuesday (Jan 15), amid rapidly warming ties despite stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty …

Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

A Belarusian model who sensationally claimed she had proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office appeared in court Tuesday for the expected start of her trial over running a "sex training course" in Thailand.

Model claiming Trump secrets to be released after Thai trial

A Belarusian model who sensationally claimed she had proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office appeared in court Tuesday for the expected start of her trial over running a "sex training course" in Thailand.

Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau's double

An Afghan talent show contestant's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country — and potentially given him the winning edge.

Chinese media rejects suggestion death for Canadian drug smuggler a pressure tactic

BEIJING: China is not putting pressure on Canada by sentencing a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, and any suggestion it was doing so showed "rude contempt" of China's law, its state media said on Monday (Jan 14).

Relations between China and Canada have been severely strained since early …

Indian finance minister Jaitley in US for 'medical check up'

NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has left for the United States for a "regular medical check up", following a kidney transplant last year, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday (Jan 15).

The minister, 66, is expected to present this government's last …

New Pahang ruler well-versed in state affairs, humble royal figure

KUANTAN: Pahang’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who was proclaimed as the state’s ruler on Tuesday (Jan 15), has a reputation for being well-versed in state affairs, as well as a humble and gracious figure.

After it was announced at the weekend that he will be appointed Pahang’s ruler, paving …

Maritime dispute: Singapore security agencies ordered to 'exercise restraint and avoid escalating tensions', says Ng Eng Hen

SINGAPORE: While Singapore's security agencies have the capability to compel intruding Malaysian government vessels to leave, they have been ordered for the time being to "exercise restraint and avoid escalating tensions" with its northern neighbour, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on …

Malaysian state of Pahang gets new sultan

PEKAN, Pahang: Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was proclaimed the sixth ruler of Pahang on Tuesday (Jan 15), putting him at the front of the line to be elected as Malaysia’s king next week.

In an address during the proclamation ceremony, the sultan pledged to serve the people as well as to …

China signals more stimulus as economic slowdown deepens

China will aim to achieve "a good start" in the first quarter for the economy, the state planner said on Tuesday, signaling authorities could roll out more stimulus measures in the near term to counter slowing growth.

South Korea's top sports body apologises for sex assault cases

SEOUL: The head of South Korea's top sports body Tuesday (Jan 15) apologised for a litany of sexual assault cases between young athletes and their coaches and vowed to impose lifetime bans on offenders.

The move comes after double Olympic short track gold medallist Shim Suk-hee accused her former …

Age no barrier for China's senior catwalk models

Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years.

Canada warns of China travel risk after death sentence to citizen

OTTAWA: Canada is warning citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" when travelling to China after a Canadian man was sentenced to death on drug trafficking charges.

The revised advisory cautioned travellers of the "risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws," and noted that the "safety and …

US, North Korea to hold talks this week after nuclear standoff: Report

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is about to hold high-level talks in Washington D.C. with North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol on Thursday or Friday, and both sides are fine-tuning details, a South Korean newspaper said.

US, North Korea to hold talks this week after nuclear standoff: Reports

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is about to hold high-level talks in Washington D.C. with North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol on Thursday or Friday, and both sides are fine-tuning details, a South Korean newspaper said.

Millions in India gather for world's largest religious event

The largest religious gathering anywhere on earth gets underway Tuesday, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela.

Commentary: Where did all the Chinese consumers go to?

A slowdown in China alone has dented Apple’s earnings, says Chatham House chairman Jim O'Neill.

China says detained Canadian lacks diplomatic immunity

China on Monday ridiculed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's claim that a former Canadian embassy official detained in Beijing still held diplomatic immunity.

Myanmar delays UN refugee chief's visit

Myanmar has postponed a planned visit by the UN refugee chief to Rakhine state following renewed fighting between security forces and insurgents, a spokesman said Monday.

Indian police charge student leader, nine others, in sedition case

Indian police on Monday charged 10 people, including a prominent former student organiser, with sedition, in a case that activists say is really about freedom of speech.

Moscow says Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday after meeting his Japanese counterpart that Tokyo must recognise Moscow's sovereignty over all of the disputed south Kuril islands in order for peace talks to continue.

Four killed, more than 90 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack

A car packed with explosives blew up near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul on Monday (Jan 14), killing at least four people and wounding more than 90, officials said, in the latest deadly attack to rock the Afghan capital.

Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

DALIAN, China: A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on drug trafficking charges on Monday (Jan 14) after his previous 15-year prison sentence was deemed too lenient, a ruling likely to deepen a diplomatic rift between Ottawa and Beijing.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, nodded as the …

Chinese automaker GAC motor delays plans to sell in US until 2020

Chinese automaker GAC Motor, which originally planned to start selling vehicles in the U.S. by late 2019, says it now plans to begin sales in first half of 2020.

Bangladesh garment workers reject wage hike, walk off job

Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers downed tools and walked out of clothing factories Monday, refusing to end a week-long strike over wages and rejecting government efforts to end the standoff.

Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS link 'not progressing well', Malaysia missed deadlines: Khaw

SINGAPORE: The Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project is behind schedule and "not progressing well", said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Monday (Jan 14) in a written parliamentary reply. 

He was responding to a question from MP Ang Wei Neng on the progress of the …

Bangladesh PM to meet opposition, which still rejects poll results

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who won her third straight term in an election last month marred by allegations of rigging, will "soon" meet opposition leaders who have so far boycotted parliament after rejecting the vote result.

UN calls for 'rapid and unimpeded' aid access to Myanmar's Rakhine

The United Nations called on the Myanmar government on Monday to allow “rapid and unimpeded” humanitarian access to Rakhine State, where fighting between government troops and autonomy-seeking rebels has displaced thousands of people.

China blocks Western diplomats from trial of 'cyber-dissident'

BEIJING: China on Monday blocked Western diplomats from attempting to attend the trial of a well-known Chinese activist who ran a website reporting alleged rights abuses, amid U.N. concerns about his health.

Huang Qi, known as a "cyber-dissident" for his online activism, founded website 64tianwang …

Singapore will take ‘appropriate measures’ to safeguard its interest: Vivian Balakrishnan

SINGAPORE: In resolving bilateral issues, Singapore will always take appropriate measures to safeguard its national interest, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament on Monday (Jan 14). 

Dr Balakrishnan was responding to questions from MPs following his ministerial …

Two suspected North Korean fishermen rescued off northern Japan

Two men claiming to be from North Korea were found aboard a wooden fishing boat drifting off northern Japan and have been detained, an official said on Monday.

Pakistan university rebrands Valentine's Day as 'Sister's Day'

A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine's Day as "Sister's Day", and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students.

Millions expected to throng Indian city for world's largest religious festival

Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year.

China to collect samples from moon this year

China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon.

Cambodia's Hun Sen marks 34 years in power with opposition threat

Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday marked 34 years in power with a threat "to step on the throat" of his rivals if the EU ends trade preferences over the kingdom's slide into one-party rule.

Panda celebrates first birthday in Malaysian zoo with ice cake

A giant panda born in a Malaysian zoo celebrated her first birthday Monday with a cake made of ice in front of adoring visitors.

South Korea awards ferry sinking survivors compensation

SEOUL: A South Korean court on Monday (Jan 14) awarded compensation to some survivors of the Sewol ferry sinking, almost five years after the accident killed more than 300 people in one of the country's deadliest maritime disasters.

The 6,825-tonne Sewol was carrying 476 people – most of them high …

Malaysia seizes huge crystal meth haul in two raids

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police seized nearly 600kg of drugs they believe was mostly crystal methamphetamine in a crackdown on two trafficking syndicates over the weekend, they said on Monday (Jan 14).

The seizures came just months after Malaysia reported a record bust of nearly 1.2 tonnes of …

Canadian risks harsher sentence at China drug retrial

A Canadian man accused of drug smuggling in China appeared at a new trial Monday after an upper court called for a harsher sentence in a case that could further strain ties between Beijing and Ottawa.

Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok

BANGKOK: Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks.

The weather modification technique involves dispersing chemicals into the air to aid cloud condensation, which should in theory result in …

China's first 'cyber-dissident' faces trial

China's first "cyber-dissident", whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, is expected to go on trial on Monday amid fears he is in bad health, sources familiar with the matter told AFP.

1 killed, 16 injured in Hong Kong minibus crash: Reports

HONG KONG: A minibus driver was killed and 16 passengers injured when the vehicle they were travelling in skidded and crashed into a boundary wall in Hong Kong on Monday (Jan 14) morning.

According to Xinhua news agency, the crash occurred about 8.30am in Shing Mun Tunnel Road as the vehicle was …

Pakatan Harapan has never engaged in vote-buying: Malaysia PM Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday (Jan 14) that Pakatan Harapan (PH) has never engaged in vote-buying.

“Pakatan Harapan has never given money to anyone (to win votes),” he said when approached by reporters.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on an allegation …

Pakatan Harapan has not engaged in vote-buying: Malaysia PM Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday (Jan 14) that Pakatan Harapan (PH) has not engaged in vote-buying during the Cameron Highlands by-election.

“Pakatan Harapan has never given money to anyone (to win votes),” he said when approached by reporters.

He said …

Singapore-Malaysia bilateral issues: Both sides must act in good faith, says Vivian Balakrishnan

SINGAPORE: Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said that both Singapore and Malaysia must act in "good faith" to overcome the bilateral issues between the two countries.  

In his ministerial statement in Parliament on Monday (Jan 14), Dr Balakrishnan said that despite these current …

Top South Korean animal rights group slammed for destroying dogs

SEOUL: The leader of one of South Korea's largest animal rights groups has been accused of secretly exterminating hundreds of rescued dogs – despite a declared no-kill policy – to ensure a continued stream of donations.

South Korean attitudes on canines are divided – about one million dogs are …

Malaysia’s wealth must be distributed equally among all races: PM Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s wealth must be distributed equally among all races, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (Jan 14), while adding that more work needs to be done in terms of racial unity.

Speaking at a monthly staff gathering in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dr Mahathir said …

Poland 'must pay' for Huawei arrest: Chinese state-run daily

Poland "must pay" for arresting an employee of Chinese telecom giant Huawei for alleged espionage, state-run tabloid Global Times said on Monday.

'Bloodbath' is coming to Nissan as key foreign executive resigns amid Ghosn investigation

Jose Munoz, who until recently was thought to be in the running for Nissan CEO, resigned Friday after the company put him on leave from his regular job as chief performance officer and assigned him to work on an internal investigation

'Bloodbath' may be coming to Nissan as key foreign executive resigns amid Ghosn investigation

Jose Munoz, who had been a contender as Nissan CEO, has resigned after the company put him on leave and reassigned him to work on an internal investigation.

Lion Air: Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder of crashed jet

JAKARTA: Indonesia has found the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air plane more than two months after the Boeing Co 737 MAX jet crashed into the sea near Jakarta, killing all 189 on board, an official said on Monday.

"It's been found, but we have not received information of the location yet," …

Lion Air crash: Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder

JAKARTA: Indonesia has found the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air plane more than two months after the Boeing 737 MAX jet crashed into the sea near Jakarta, killing all 189 on board, an official said on Monday.

Naval Lieutenant Colonel Agung Nugroho told Reuters a weak signal from the …

CapitaLand to buy real estate group Ascendas-Singbridge from Temasek in S$11b deal

SINGAPORE: Singapore's CapitaLand is buying the owner of a clutch of real estate investment trusts from state investor Temasek in a deal valued at S$11 billion that the developer said will create the largest diversified property group in Asia.

CapitaLand will buy the holding companies of the …

Chinese police begin new probe into expired vaccines

SHANGHAI: Police in China's eastern province of Jiangsu have begun an investigation after at least 145 children received expired polio vaccines, the Global Times said on Monday (Jan 14), a new blow to a sector hit by a series of scandals last year.

Residents, including the children's parents …

Commentary: A tale of one North Korea defector and hopes for peace on the peninsula

Jo Song Gil's defection could impact the already fragile ongoing nuclear negotiations, says one observer.

Malaysian finance minister: It's 'reasonable' to ask Goldman for $7.5 billion over 1MDB 'agony'

Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Monday that the $7.5 billion the country is seeking from U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs over the 1MDB scandal is an "extremely reasonable" amount.

Expect prolonged uncertainty as Brexit process drags on, says former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown

"Sadly, this is a prolonged period of uncertainty both for investors and the economy but also for the political system," the British politician told CNBC.

Expect prolonged uncertainty as Brexit process drags on, says former UK prime minister

"Sadly, this is a prolonged period of uncertainty both for investors and the economy but also for the political system," the British politician told CNBC.

Bangladesh garment manufacturers raise workers' pay amid further protests

Bangladesh raised wages for garment workers on Sunday following a week of demonstrations calling for higher salaries, the country’s commerce minister said.

An open, candid talk on issues: Dr Balakrishnan on meeting with Malaysia Economic Affairs Minister

SINGAPORE: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said on Sunday (Jan 13) that he had “an open and candid discussion” with Malaysian Minister of Economic Affairs Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is in Singapore to discuss bilateral issues.

Mr Azmin’s visit follows Singapore’s decision …

2-year-old girl held hostage at knifepoint in Sabah

TUARAN, Sabah: A two-year-old girl was taken hostage by a knife-wielding man at an apartment building in the little town of Telipok, in Sabah, Malaysia on Sunday (Jan 13).

The 30-year-old suspect was shot dead by the police five hours after he first grabbed the girl, during which he held a knife …

Cathay Pacific makes second first class blunder in two weeks

For a lucky few, it's the gift that keeps on giving: a Cathay Pacific snafu offering premium tickets at a fraction of their value, for the second time in less than two weeks.

Johor Chief Minister’s 'unauthorised visit' to Pedoman vessel was 'provocative act’: Singapore MFA

SINGAPORE: Johor Chief Minister Osman Sapian’s "unauthorised visit" last week to Malaysian vessel Pedoman in Singapore waters was "a provocative act" that went against the spirit of an agreement by both countries to resolve bilateral issues in a calm and constructive manner, Singapore's Ministry of …

8-year-old boy burnt to death after container catches fire in George Town playground

GEORGE TOWN, Penang: The charred remains of an eight-year-old boy was found trapped inside a container at a playground in George Town, Penang on Sunday (Jan 13).

The container, which stored old furniture, was used by children who played in it, local reports said, citing the police and fire …

Badminton: Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew stuns Chinese superstar Lin Dan in Thailand Masters final

SINGAPORE: Local shuttler Loh Kean Yew notched a sensational victory after he beat two-time Olympic singles champion Lin Dan 21-19,21-18 to win the Thailand Masters finals on Sunday (Jan 13).

Ranked 125th in the world, the 21-year-old Loh was up against a vastly more experienced opponent in Lin …

Malaysian police meet authorities in China to find Jho Low

GENTING HIGHLANDS: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has held a meeting with the authorities in China in an effort to find the whereabouts of businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, said Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Without divulging details on the meeting, Mohamad Fuzi said …

Indonesia seeks to reassure HIV patients over drug supplies

JAKARTA: Indonesia's health ministry has sought to reassure HIV patients that sufficient antiretroviral (ARV) drugs will be available for their treatment after some hospitals had run out of supplies.

At least 29 hospitals and health centres in Indonesia had exhausted their stocks of a particular …

Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

BEIJING: The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in northern China has risen to 21 after rescuers found two more miners dead on Sunday (Jan 13), state media reported.

A total of 87 people were working underground in the Shaanxi province mine at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon …

Malaysia, Singapore ministers to meet on ‘other bilateral issues’ after ministerial committee talks postponement: Malaysia’s foreign ministry

SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s economic affairs minister Azmin Ali will meet Singapore ministers to discuss “other bilateral issues” following the postponement of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM), Malaysia’s foreign affairs ministry said on Sunday (Jan 13) …

'I'm a refugee, not useless': In Malaysia, they who lost it all help uplift others

Living in limbo hasn't stopped some of the country's 160,000-plus refugees from being driven to build new lives for their communities – be it through setting up schools or arts troupes, as CNA Insider finds out.

In the path of the storm: Life in Batanes on the Philippines’ typhoon track

Batanes is like nowhere else in Southeast Asia. Its people, the Ivatan, have endured for some 4,000 years, mostly alone in their own part of the world. Innovation and resilience have been fundamental to a life in isolation, and in the path of many of the region's typhoons.

Grab appeals Vietnamese court ruling in taxi company dispute

Ride-hailing company Grab said on Saturday it had filed an appeal against a Vietnamese court ruling last month that ordered it to pay 4.8 billion dong (about US$207,000) in compensation to a local taxi operator.

Thai security forces kill two linked to deadly shooting at school

Two insurgents believed to be tied to a motorcycle drive-by shooting at a school in Thailand's south were shot dead Saturday, police said, as UNICEF warned of trauma for children near the scene of the lunchtime violence.

Man found dead with 14 stab wounds in Penang

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang: The body of an agent supplying foreign workers was found with 14 stab wounds at his rented house where he lived with a group of foreigners at the Taman Pulasan Flats in Bukit Minyak on Saturday (Jan 12).

Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul …

Huawei says sacks employee in Poland that was arrested on spying charges

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had terminated the employment of a Chinese worker arrested on spying allegations in Poland.

Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had terminated the employment of a Chinese worker arrested on spying allegations in Poland.

US Navy chief heads to China

The head of the US Navy will visit his Chinese counterpart next week, officials said Friday, as the two powers seek to reduce military risks amid ongoing trade tensions.

China seeks consular access for Huawei employee arrested in Poland: State media

China is seeking consular access for Huawei employee Wang Weijing who was arrested in Poland over espionage allegations, state media reported on Saturday.

New alliance increases pressure on India's ruling party

Two regional parties that were former bitter rivals announced an unlikely alliance Saturday to fight Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party in a looming general election.

Huawei reportedly fires an employee in Poland following charges of espionage

Chinese tech giant Huawei told The Wall Street Journal that it fired sales director Wang Weijing.

Pahang Regent to be sworn in as Sultan, paving way to be Malaysia king

KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang Regent Tengku Abdullah is set to be sworn in as Sultan next week, paving the way for him to be named as Malaysia's new king.

It was announced at a news conference on Saturday (Jan 12) that the coronation will be held at the Sultan Abu Bakar palace in Pekan, Pahang on Tuesday …

Commentary: How Macau became the world's casino capital

Macau's growth declined after Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign was introduced but has since bounced back, an observer points out.

Canada PM chastises China over detention of two citizens

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday chastised China again over the detention of two Canadians and defended his country's arrest of a senior Chinese executive at the request of the United States, which has sparked a diplomatic row between Canada and China.

Japanese Olympic chief indicted in France for corruption

The head of Japan's Olympic Committee has been indicted in Paris for "active corruption" in connection with the awarding of the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, a French judicial source said Friday.

Saudi runaway woman to depart Thailand for Canada asylum: Thai immigration chief

BANGKOK: A Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her has been granted asylum in Canada and is travelling there on Friday (Jan 11), the Thai immigration chief told Reuters.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, will board a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday …

Saudi teen who fled family has left Thailand for Canada

BANGKOK/TORONTO: An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday (Jan 11), as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to Toronto.

Trudeau told reporters that United Nations …

France to join North Korea surveillance at sea

France will Friday agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said.

As world economy stumbles into 2019, eyes turn to China

Ten years after China helped stave off the threat of a global depression with a huge stimulus plan, investors are looking once again toward Beijing as the world economy heads for a slowdown, or worse, in 2019.

7 taken to hospital after car crashes into motorcyclists at Second Link Expressway: Reports

JOHOR BAHRU: Seven motorcyclists were taken to hospital on Friday (Jan 11) after a car crashed into them as they were taking shelter from the rain at an underpass along Second Link Expressway.

The incident took place at about 5pm, Berita Harian cited Iskandar Puteri district police chief …

Disgraced Indian guru convicted of murdering journalist

An Indian court Friday convicted a disgraced but still-powerful religious sect leader of murdering a journalist after he exposed rampant sexual abuses by the guru.

India plans manned space mission by December 2021

India will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday.

China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

China on Friday hailed its historic mission to the far side of the moon as a "complete success" so far but said new challenges await its rover as it explores rugged terrain.

Chinese cities issue 'orange' smog alert

At least nine cities in China's industrial heartland of Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi have issued second-level, or "orange", pollution alerts in response to a wave of smog expected to blanket the region, state radio reported on Friday.

Facebook bans Philippine 'fake accounts' group followed by millions

Facebook says it has banned a Philippine digital marketing group which runs hundreds of pages across the social network with 43 million followers, accusing it of "inauthentic behaviour" and using fake accounts.

PM Mahathir says Malaysian government will be ‘very sensitive’ towards all religions

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan government will be “very sensitive” towards all religions, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad pledged on Friday (Jan 11), while urging people to obey the rule of law.

His remarks came amid signs of racial divisions following recent riots at a Hindu temple in Selangor …

Head of Japan's Olympic Committee indicted in France over corruption allegations

PARIS: The president of Japan's Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has been indicted in France on corruption allegations, a judicial source confirmed on Friday (Jan 11).

He was indicted last month by the national financial prosecutor's office in Paris, the source said.

Takeda, a retired …

Thaw in Korean ties brings relief for students of South's school in DMZ

North Korea had been a source of fear for 11-year-old South Korean Sin Jae-hyeok as long as he could remember, until the moment he handed flowers to its leader, Kim Jong Un, ahead of the first summit with the South's president last April.

Hong Kong's rural hinterland could hold key to chronic land crunch

Hong Kong's government says it needs to build billions of dollars' worth of artificial islands to give the city's glittering skyline room to grow, but critics say developers are hoarding unused land that could solve the problem.

UK calls on Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to take personal interest in case of jailed Reuters reporters

Britain on Friday called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to look at whether due process was followed in the case of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail in Myanmar.

Saudi asylum seeker deletes Twitter account after death threats, friend says

A Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her deleted her Twitter account on Friday after getting death threats, a friend said, while she awaits a decision on where she might be granted asylum.

Indonesia's plans to regulate ride-hailing rates threaten Grab, Go-Jek models

JAKARTA: Indonesia is preparing to launch regulations fixing the rates drivers and riders for ride-hailing services such as Grab and Go-Jek receive, two government officials said this week, creating potential obstacles for the companies' expansion.

The regulations would meet drivers demands for …

'The whole country is a prison': No sign of better rights in North Korea, says UN

Despite more than a year of international engagement and promises of economic reform by North Korea's leaders, the human rights situation in the isolated country remains dire, a top U.N. rights official said on Friday.

China could lift life expectancy by nearly 3 years if it meets WHO smog standards: Study

China could raise average life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air quality to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according a new study from a U.S. research group.

Chinese children given expired polio vaccines in latest scare

SHANGHAI: At least 145 children were administered expired polio vaccines in eastern China, state media reported, despite the government promising to prevent such lapses in the industry following a major scandal last year.

Three county-level health officials in Jiangsu province have been dismissed …

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters

A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Parliament to hear ministerial statement on Singapore-Malaysia relations

SINGAPORE: Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will make a ministerial statement on Singapore-Malaysia relations on Monday (Jan 14) when Parliament sits for this first time this year.

The two countries have been locked in a dispute over airspace and maritime territory. 

In …

Social media giants plan push-back on India's new regulations: Sources

NEW DELHI: Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed by the Indian government that would require them to actively regulate content in one of the world's biggest Internet markets, sources close to the matter told Reuters.

The rules, proposed by …

China pledges easier foreign tourist access to Tibet amid US pressure

BEIJING: The Chinese government in Tibet said it will boost numbers and cut waiting times for foreign tourists visiting the highly restricted region, amid renewed pressure from the United States for greater access for U.S. officials and journalists.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the …

Firefly to lose up to RM20m a month over Seletar suspension

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian budget carrier Firefly is set to lose up to RM20 million (US$4.9 million) a month following the suspension of its flights to Singapore, said Malaysia Airlines Group (MAG) chief executive Izham Ismail.

A report by the Malaysian Insight on Friday (Jan 11) quoted Mr Izham as …

Japan forced to amend budget over dodgy data scandal

TOKYO: Japan said Friday (Jan 11) it will have to amend its upcoming budget to fund compensation for people whose benefits were incorrectly paid for years because of a scandal involving incorrect labour data.

The labour ministry admitted this week that it has for years failed to collect complete …

Singapore, Vietnam shortlisted for second Trump-Kim summit: Report

SINGAPORE: Shortlisted venues for a second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are likely to include Singapore and Vietnam, South Korean media reported on Friday (Jan 11).

“(The venues you should pay attention to) are those mentioned by media …

Xi makes his day: Kim boosted by China talks, say analysts

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came away from his fourth meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping with his hand strengthened in nuclear talks with the US, analysts say, even as Seoul urged him to do more.

Beijing is Pyongyang's sole major ally and key provider of trade and aid, their ties …

Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply

KABUL: Standing in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100m deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone.

A shortage of rain and snow, a booming population and wasteful consumption have drained the Afghan capital's water basin and …

Aid groups hopeful US will ease North Korea restrictions

Aid groups voiced optimism Thursday that the United States would ease restrictions on operations inside North Korea amid warming relations between Washington and the impoverished country.

US expects China's top trade negotiator to visit 'most likely' this month

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: U.S. officials expect China's top trade negotiator may visit Washington this month, signaling that higher-level discussions are likely to follow this week's talks with mid-level officials in Beijing as the world's two largest economies try to hammer out a deal to end a tit-for …

Taiwan to appoint new premier after incumbent, Cabinet quit over poll defeats

TAIPEI: Taiwan will appoint the ruling pro-independence party's former chairman as premier, official media reported on Friday (Jan 11), a day after incumbent William Lai said he was resigning along with the entire Cabinet in response to local election defeats.

The election losses in November …

Taiwan appoints new premier after resignations over poll defeats

TAIPEI: Taiwan on Friday (Jan 11) appointed the ruling pro-independence party's former chairman as premier, after the incumbent resigned along with the entire cabinet, in response to local election defeats.

November's election losses presented a major challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen, who …

North Korea's Kim appears to have a big goal: Winning Belt and Road investments from Beijing

The nuclear-armed nation is seeking millions in foreign investments, and experts say China's Belt and Road project offers the perfect answer to those needs.

Commentary: A year on, China’s 'Ice Boy' a media superstar, but a generation of left-behind children remain forgotten

It is heartwarming to see Wang Fuman living a better life today but the story for others who suffer from the same plight isn’t as warm and fuzzy, says Tom McGregor.

Ghosn awaits fate but release unlikely

Carlos Ghosn will learn his fate Friday when the maximum detention period for questioning over financial misconduct allegations expires but the former Nissan chairman is unlikely to be released soon.

Prosecutors file 2 new charges against ex-Nissan chief Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn will learn his fate Friday when the maximum detention period for questioning over financial misconduct allegations expires but the former Nissan chairman is unlikely to be released soon.

Chinese growth is more of a concern than the American economy right now, private bank says

VP Bank's Felix Brill said investors should expect more market volatility due to the ongoing U.S.-China trade war negotiations. Still, he ultimately expressed optimism that China's leaders will keep their economy together.

Japanese PM voices hope Britain can avoid no-deal Brexit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday (Jan 10) he hoped Britain would avoid crashing out of the European Union without an agreement, as he threw his support behind the government's contentious Brexit deal days before a vote by MPs.

Nissan cancels lease on ex-Chairman Ghosn's Tokyo apartment

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor has terminated the lease to ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn's luxury apartment in Tokyo, Ghosn's legal team said on Friday.

Figo, Kaka seek 'promise' of football in cricket-mad Pakistan

Portuguese great Luis Figo and Brazilian star Kaka Thursday vowed to help develop the "great promise" of football in Pakistan, a country obsessed with cricket and twice banned from international soccer.

Australian stocks rise as investors await retail sales numbers

Investors will be watching out for the release of Australian retail sales figures for the month of November, set to be released at 8:30 a.m. HK/SIN.

Asia stocks trade higher amid improving investor sentiment following US gains

Major indexes in Japan, South Korea and Australia traded up as the Dow and S&P 500 notched gains overnight that put them on a five-day winning streak overnight.

Asia stocks mostly trade higher amid improving investor sentiment following US gains

Major indexes in Japan, South Korea Hong Kong and China traded up as the Dow and S&P 500 notched gains overnight that put them on a five-day winning streak.

Asia stocks mostly higher amid improving investor sentiment following US gains

Major indexes in Japan, South Korea Hong Kong and China traded up as the Dow and S&P 500 notched gains overnight that put them on a five-day winning streak.

Singapore, Malaysia maritime dispute: 2 Malaysia vessels still in Singapore waters

SINGAPORE: As many as five Malaysian government vessels have been seen in Singapore territorial waters, in the wake of a positive meeting between Singapore and Malaysia's foreign affairs ministers.

In response to media queries, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) confirmed that …

'We had a free exchange of views': PM Mahathir after meeting Johor Sultan

JOHOR BAHRU: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he and the Sultan of Johor had a “free exchange of views” during their meeting, and they agreed to speak frankly and openly “with nothing to hide”.

Dr Mahathir had an audience with Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on Thursday afternoon …

Football: Sven's 'street dogs' put Philippines on Asian Cup map

They may not be able to bend it quite like David Beckham, but Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines have made an instant impact in their first appearance at the Asian Cup.

China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap'

China's lunar rover got back to work on the far side of the moon Thursday after waking from a five-day hibernation, its official social media page announced.

China offers Elon Musk permanent residency

BEIJING: Tesla boss Elon Musk has been offered a "green card", China said Thursday (Dec 10), a privilege enjoyed by an elite group of foreigners, including several Nobel laureates and a former NBA star.

Musk was in China for the ground-breaking of Tesla's first overseas factory, which will allow …

Saudi teen's asylum case being judged unusually quickly: Experts

Australian authorities are weighing a young Saudi woman's asylum claim at unusual speed, several lawyers and legal experts have told AFP, contrasting her high-profile plight with a normally excruciatingly slow system.

Four civil defence volunteers gunned down at school in southern Thailand

Four Thai civil defence volunteers were gunned down Thursday at a school in the kingdom's south with students just metres away, as bloodshed greets the 15th year of an insurgency in the Malay-Muslim border zone.

Taiwan premier, cabinet to quit after local election trouncing

TAIPEI: Taiwan Premier William Lai said on Thursday (Jan 10) he was resigning along with the self-ruled island's entire cabinet, nearly two months after the defeat of his ruling pro-independence party in local elections.

The election losses present a major challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen who …

12 Chinese workers arrested for growing cannabis in Zambia

LUSAKA: Zambian anti-drug authorities have arrested 12 Chinese construction workers for allegedly cultivating cannabis without a permit, a top government official said Thursday (Dec 10). 

The group was based in the city of Chipata in Zambia's Eastern Province where they were building a studio for …

Hong Kong filings show Thailand's Yingluck has Cambodian passport

Fugitive former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register a company in Hong Kong, records show, lending weight to reports she used the neighbouring kingdom to make her dramatic escape from her homeland.

Japan labour data 'incorrectly collected since 2004'

Japan may have underpaid billions of yen in unemployment benefits after it emerged that the government has been incorrectly collecting labour market data for as long as 15 years.

Monkeying about: Japan macaques on high-wire stroll go viral

It's a high-wire balancing act, and a video showing a troupe of daredevil monkeys strolling along cables above snow-covered ground in northern Japan has gone viral.

China: The not-so invisible hand in US-North Korea talks

By hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a fourth time, China has signalled again that it will not be sidelined in the diplomatic dance between its Cold War-era ally and Washington.

Sri Lanka struggles to repay record foreign debt: PM

Sri Lanka's prime minister said Thursday the country was struggling to pay back its ballooning foreign debt, blaming a recent political crisis for dealing a "death blow" to the economy.

Bangladesh man jailed for altered Facebook pix of PM

A Bangladeshi man who distorted and posted photos of the prime minister has been sentenced to seven years in jail under tough internet laws that critics say are used to muzzle dissent.

Bangladesh man jailed for altered Facebook picture of PM

A Bangladeshi man who distorted and posted photos of the prime minister has been sentenced to seven years in jail under tough internet laws that critics say are used to muzzle dissent.

Nepali woman, two children, die in outlawed 'menstruation hut'

A Nepali mother and her two children have died of suspected smoke inhalation after a night in a windowless hut where women are banished during their period, police said Wednesday.

Nepali woman, two children die in outlawed 'menstruation hut'

A Nepali mother and her two children have died of suspected smoke inhalation after a night in a windowless hut where women are banished during their period, police said Wednesday.

Malaysia's laws must spell out what is considered insulting to monarchy: PM Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s laws must properly define what is considered insulting to the monarchy, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (Jan 10).

His remarks came as Putrajaya said it will enact new legislation to protect the sanctity of the monarchy from being humiliated and attacked.

“At …

Indonesia airline brings live music to the skies

Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda is bringing music to the skies with a series of live acoustic concerts on domestic flights, the airline said.

New research shows Coke has led efforts by US junk food companies to shape China's obesity policy

Coca-Cola has led efforts by American junk food companies, including PepsiCo, Nestle and McDonald's, to quietly shape China's nutrition policy to favor exercise over healthier eating in curbing the nation's obesity problem, new research shows.

Second South Korea taxi driver in ride-sharing protest suicide

A South Korean taxi driver burned himself to death in protest against a ride-sharing service being introduced by the country's largest mobile chat app, the second to do so in a month.

Drought-hit Australia has third-warmest year on record in 2018

Australia had its third warmest year on record in 2018, a year marked by severe drought in parts of the country and a prolonged bushfire season, the Bureau of Meterology said, with the dry conditions expected to persist in coming months.

Founder of South Korean 'spycam' porn site jailed

The female co-founder of South Korea's largest porn site has been jailed following months of mounting public fury over the spread of secretly filmed spycam pornography.

South Korea's Moon urges Japan leaders not to 'politicise' forced labour issues

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday (Jan 10) Japan's political leaders should not undermine bilateral ties by "politicising" the issue of South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during World War Two.

Relations between the two East Asian neighbours have been frosty …

Philippine court orders jail for former bank manager over Bangladesh central bank heist

MANILA: A Philippine court on Thursday (Jan 10) held a former bank manager guilty on eight counts of money laundering, the first conviction in one of the world's largest cyber heists, in which US$81 million was stolen from Bangladesh's central bank nearly three years ago.

The regional court …

Australian foreign minister in Thailand as Saudi teen seeks asylum

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne was in Bangkok on Thursday after Canberra said it would consider giving asylum to an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand, saying she feared her family, which she accused of abuse, would kill her.

Vietnam arrests former BIDV banker amid graft crackdown

HANOI: Police in Vietnam have arrested a former senior executive of BIDV, a bank that has come under scrutiny from an anti-graft campaign in the communist-ruled country, state media reported on Thursday.

Doan Anh Sang, former deputy chief executive officer of the bank, formally known as Joint …

China says US trade talks 'laid foundation' to resolve concerns

China said Thursday that trade talks in Beijing with a US negotiating team had "laid the foundation" to resolve concerns held by both sides in a bruising trade war.

South Korea's Moon says second Trump-Kim summit, Kim's Seoul visit to happen soon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday the second U.S.-North Korea summit and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's Seoul visit will take place "soon" and will be turning points to cement peace on the Korean peninsula.

Babysitter in Malaysia arrested for abusing 2 babies; one on life support

SIBU, Sarawak: A babysitter in Malaysia has been arrested over the suspected child abuse of two babies – a 9-month-old and a 17-month-old – under her care, local media reported.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested at a house in Sibu after a police report was made by the nine-month-old's father, who …

Trump's trade war unleashes 'hell' on some Chinese toy manufacturers

The ongoing U.S.-China trade war is weighing on Chinese toy exporters. They cite uncertainty, the impact of tariffs already placed on some electronics and supply chain headaches as negotiators work to forge a deal ahead of a March deadline.

North Korea's Kim says to work for 'welcomed' result in second Trump summit: Xinhua

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to make a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump achieve a result that would be welcomed by the international community, China's Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday after Kim visited Beijing.

China's Xi nudges North Korea, US to meet half way as second summit planned

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to make a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump achieve a result that would be welcomed by the international community, China's Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday after Kim visited Beijing.

Australian police arrest man over suspect embassy packages

Australian police have arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly sending dozens of suspicious packages to embassies and consulates around the country, officials said Thursday.

Australian police charge man over hazardous parcels sent to diplomatic offices

Federal police said the man was arrested at his home in rural Victoria state late Wednesday, hours after several consulates in Melbourne received the suspicious packages.

After World Bank chief resigns, worries of a Trump-appointed leader abound

The world's largest economy has traditionally chosen World Bank leaders.

Colombia's Cano Limon oil pipeline hit by bomb attacks – Ecopetrol

BOGOTA: Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Wednesday there were two bomb attacks overnight on the Cano Limon pipeline in western Antioquia province, four days after a similar attack halted pumping.

The latest bomb attacks occurred in the rural areas of La Pesquera and Las Bancas …

Japan's Abe to meet PM May as Brexit crunch approaches

LONDON: Japan's Shinzo Abe is likely to urge British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to do everything she can to avoid a disorderly Brexit that some of Japan's leading companies have warned could be a disaster.

Japanese firms have spent more than 46 billion pounds in Britain, encouraged by …

Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case

A Chinese envoy on Wednesday accused Canada and its allies of "Western egotism and white supremacy" for demanding the immediate release of two Canadians held for alleged spying.

Commentary: Nissan saga makes Japan Inc look ever more of a myth

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn’s downfall is playing out as an embarrassing reminder that Japan Inc has ceased functioning the way everyone likes to imagine it does, says the Financial Times’ Leo Lewis.

Nepal welcomes record number of tourists in 2018

Tourist arrivals in Nepal topped one million for the first time in 2018 — boosted by increased visitors from India, China, the US, Sri Lanka and the UK.

Russia accuses Japan of whipping up tensions in islands dispute

Russia on Wednesday accused Japan of whipping up tensions ahead of a planned visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks with President Vladimir Putin on formally ending World War II hostilities.

Asia markets set for a cautious session after US and China concluded trade talks

The U.S. and China concluded their latest round of trade negotiations in Beijing on Wednesday. Officials from Washington said in a statement that they will report back to the White House for further guidance on the talks.

Asia markets cautious after US and China conclude trade talks

The U.S. and China concluded their latest round of trade negotiations in Beijing on Wednesday. Officials from Washington said in a statement that they will report back to the White House for further guidance on the talks.

Asia markets lower as China inflation data misses expectations

Official Chinese inflation data for December, released at the same time as market open in China, came in below expectations.

Asia markets trade mixed as China inflation data miss expectations

Official Chinese inflation data for December, released at the same time as market open in China, came in below expectations.

Asia markets mostly lower as China inflation data miss expectations

Official Chinese inflation data for December, released at the same time as market open in China, came in below expectations.

Cambodian jailed for three years for insulting king on Facebook

A Cambodian court jailed a man on Wednesday for three years for insulting the king in Facebook posts, the second known conviction under a new lese majeste law enacted last year, which rights groups fear could be used to stifle dissent.

Photos banned inside India's Golden Temple: Shrine official

India has banned tourists from snapping photographs inside the Golden Temple, one of its most popular attractions, to preserve the sanctity of Sikhism's holiest shrine, an official said Wednesday.

Iran says will not halt aerospace programme despite US warning

Iran will continue with its aerospace programme despite U.S. warnings, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, adding there was no international law prohibiting such a programme.

China 'needs three aircraft carriers': Naval expert

China needs "at least three aircraft carriers" to protect its extensive coastline and its interests abroad, a senior Chinese naval expert said Wednesday.

Pakistan's PM sacks heads of gas utilities over energy crisis

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday sacked the chiefs of Sui Natural Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) over a severe winter energy crisis that has seen repeated supply outages.

Toe the line: China stamps out foot fetish videos, tightening censorship

China released new guidelines on censoring short videos Wednesday, prohibiting everything from foot fetishes to spoofing the national anthem, as Beijing continues to clamp down on "harmful" information.

US to blame if any South China Sea clash – Chinese researcher

U.S. naval operations in the South China Sea could spark conflict and the United States would be to blame if a clash occurred, a Chinese military researcher said on Wednesday.

India parliament to OK jobs quota for less well-off not covered by affirmative action

India's parliament will pass a landmark bill on Wednesday reserving 10 percent of government jobs for the less well-off, a move criticised by some political analysts as a pre-election "gimmick" amid high unemployment rates in the country.

Pakistan bans 'bed scenes' and 'intimate moments' from TV

Pakistani television channels may no longer show "intimate moments between couples" or "bed scenes", the conservative country's media regulator has announced, complaining of too much feminist content and warning that such "bold themes" offend viewers.

Iran says Taliban must have Afghan role, but can't dominate

NEW DELHI: The Taliban must have a role in Afghanistan in future, Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday, but added that the hardline Islamist group should not have a dominant role.Efforts for a negotiated settlement of the 18-year war in Afghanistan have gathered pace in recent weeks, even as …

Malaysia authorities investigating photo of couple bathing in fountain

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah authorities said on Wednesday (Jan 9) they would probe a viral photo of two people hugging and bathing in a public fountain, seemingly in the nude.

The photo, which went viral on social media on Tuesday, shows a man and a woman embracing in the fountain near Jalan Gaya in Kota …

Chinese warships dock in Cambodia to boost 'military cooperation'

Three hulking Chinese warships docked in Cambodia Wednesday for a four-day visit, as Beijing parades its naval prowess alongside its staunch Southeast Asian ally.

3 arrested for insulting former Malaysian king on social media

KUALA LUMPUR: Two men and one woman have been arrested for allegedly insulting former Malaysian king Sultan Muhammad V in relation to his recent abdication, Inspector-General of Royal Malaysia Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Wednesday (Jan 9).

He said the men were aged 46 and 27, and the woman …

Japan demands talks over Korean court's Nippon Steel decision

Japan on Wednesday demanded talks with South Korea over a Korean court compensation award against a Japanese company for using forced labourers during World War Two, saying all such claims were settled decades ago.

One dead, 50 injured in Bangladesh garment workers strike

DHAKA: Bangladeshi police Wednesday (Jan 9) used water cannon to disperse 10,000 striking garment workers who were blocking a major highway in a fourth day of industrial action, an official said.

Authorities meanwhile confirmed that one worker was killed and 50 others injured on Tuesday after …

Maldives president appeals for details of graft under predecessors

REUTERS: The president of the Maldives has appealed to citizens to furnish details of graft during the term of his pro-China predecessor and earlier, as the Indian Ocean island investigates deals worth billions of dollars given to Chinese firms.

Since Ibrahim Mohamed Solih beat Abdulla Yameen in a …

UN asks Australia to consider resettling Saudi teen who fled family

The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government said on Wednesday.

Australia to consider taking in Saudi teen who fled family 'abuse'

The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government said on Wednesday.

Malaysia water tariffs expected to go up: Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may raise water tariff rates in stages this year, in line with the government’s efforts to restructure the water supply services industry.

This is necessary to ensure good water quality for consumers, said Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Xavier Jayakumar on …

Varanasi's temple corridor destroys old neighbourhood

India's ancient city of Varanasi is clearing the way for a grand temple corridor by razing hundreds of houses, wiping away its oldest neighbourhood and upsetting locals.

Tokyo court rejects request to end Ghosn's detention: Report

The Tokyo District Court has rejected a request by lawyers of Carlos Ghosn to end the detention of the ousted Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman, who has been held since his Nov. 19 arrest on accusations of financial misconduct, Jiji Press reported on Wednesday.

UN refers Saudi teen to Australia for refugee resettlement

The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government said on Wednesday.

Train believed to be carrying North Korea's Kim leaves Beijing

A train believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left a station in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.

Thailand welcomes EU decision to lift warning on illegal fishing

BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the European Commission to drop the Southeast Asian nation from a list of countries it had warned over illegal and unregulated fishing.

In 2015, the world's third largest exporter of seafood received a so-called "yellow card", or warning from …

Bangladesh clashes prompt garment industry wage review

DHAKA: Bangladesh, the world's second biggest garment exporter behind China, will consider demands for an increase in the minimum wage, a minister said, after a third day of clashes with police that killed one worker and wounded dozens.

Protests resumed on Wednesday with workers blocking roads and …

Bangladesh police use tear gas, water cannons on protesting garment workers

Bangladeshi police used water cannons, tear gas and batons to disperse thousands of protesting garment factory workers on Wednesday, after they pressed their demands for higher wages by blocking roads for a fourth day.

Photoshop gaffe embarrasses Australian prime minister with two left feet

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was left red-faced on Wednesday after a family photograph, doctored by his staff, inadvertently left him with two left feet – an embarrassing image as he tries to end missteps months before an election.

UN chief in Myanmar concerned over fighting in Rakhine State

YANGON: The head of the United Nations in Myanmar on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation in the western state of Rakhine, where fighting between the military and the rebel Arakan Army has displaced about 4,500 people since early December.

Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on …

US-China trade talks spill into third day

US and Chinese negotiators extended trade war talks into a third day on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump boasting that discussions to resolve the dispute were going "very well".

Vietnam says Facebook violated controversial cybersecurity law

Facebook has violated Vietnam's new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country.

Factory tour for North Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit

BEIJING: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly visited a pharmaceutical factory in China on Wednesday (Jan 9) as he seeks economic support from his key ally along with diplomatic backing before his expected summit with Donald Trump.

Kim arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a fourth visit to his …

Filipinos display Catholic devotion in Black Nazarene procession

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos joined an annual procession in the Philippine capital to kiss or touch a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ, believed to have miraculous healing powers, in a grand display of Catholic devotion.

Suspicious packages sent to foreign consulates, embassies in Australia-police

SYDNEY: Police in Australia said on Wednesday they are investigating several suspicious packages sent to embassies and consulates, which media reports and other officials said included the U.S. and British missions, in the cities of Melbourne and Canberra.

"The packages are being examined by …

Malaysian buoy-laying vessel Polaris leaves Singapore waters

SINGAPORE: The Malaysian vessel that had been anchored in Singapore territorial waters off Tuas since Dec 3 last year has returned to the Malaysian port of Tanjung Pelepas.

The Polaris, which belongs to the Malaysia Marine Department, is a buoy-laying vessel that can be used to mark territory or …

The shoe does not fit: Aussie PM tripped up by doctored footwear

SYDNEY: Australia's prime minister laughed off a clumsy attempt by aides to Photoshop him wearing snazzier, and markedly cleaner, footwear on Wednesday (Jan 9), saying he was perfectly happy with his battered old kicks.

A snap of Scott Morrison with his family – which featured as the banner …

The shoe does not fit: Australian PM tripped up by doctored footwear

SYDNEY: Australia's prime minister laughed off a clumsy attempt by aides to Photoshop him wearing snazzier, and markedly cleaner, footwear on Wednesday (Jan 9), saying he was perfectly happy with his battered old kicks.

A snap of Scott Morrison with his family – which featured as the banner …

Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

MANILA: Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it inched through Manila on Wednesday (Jan 9) for an annual procession that is one of the world's biggest shows of Catholic zeal.

Many in the heaving crowd of men and women, which police said numbered at least …

Philippines' regulator rejects Indonesia's Go-Jek's application for Manila ride-hailing service

MANILA: The Philippines' transport regulator has rejected the application of Indonesia's Go-Jek to launch a ride-hailing service in the country due to foreign ownership issues, a government official said on Wednesday (Jan 9).

The move puts a wrench in Go-Jek's plan to corner a bigger share of the …

Japan to seek talks with South Korea over Nippon Steel court decision

Japan will seek talks with Seoul regarding a South Korean court decision against a Japanese company over the issue of wartime forced labour, its top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Chinese state media says any US-China trade agreement must involve 'give and take'

SHANGHAI: China is keen to put an end to its trade dispute with the United States but will not make any "unreasonable concessions" and any agreement must involve compromise on both sides, state newspaper the China Daily said on Wednesday.

U.S. and Chinese officials are conducting talks in Beijing …

Commentary: Tik Tok, the most valuable Chinese start-up you've never heard of

A made-in-China video sharing platform is dominating the global market, with more than half a billion of its active users are from outside of the country, two observers from IMD Business School points out.

Commentary: Why the 'Child of Krakatoa' volcano remains dangerous

The eruption of Anak Krakatoa that caused an underwater landslide and tsunami that struck land last year could have been predicted, says one volcanologist.

Nomura downgrades Malaysian shares, warns of possible slip in sovereign ratings

Nomura downgraded Malaysian stocks from "neutral" to "underweight," saying the government's lack of "significant reform push" could lead to a worsening fiscal position and a possible slip in credit ratings.

Australia to 'consider' Saudi woman's asylum plea

Australia said Tuesday it will "carefully consider" the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of the UN in Bangkok, after she fended off deportation in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal.

The US is trying to woo back Asian countries, but those efforts aren't yet paying off

According to a recent survey, a majority of Southeast Asian stakeholders believe U.S. engagement with the region has decreased — even after Washington unveiled a number of support measures.

A Rohingya girl’s journey from refugee camps to college

The first time I met Formin Akter, she wanted to talk about Helen Keller.

Asia markets trade higher as US-China trade talks extend into third day

Steven Winberg, assistant secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, confirmed that trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing are set to extend into an unscheduled third day on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Asia markets trade higher amid hopes of progress in US-China trade talks

Steven Winberg, assistant secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, said that trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing are set to extend into an unscheduled third day on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Asia markets gain amid hopes of progress as US-China trade talks conclude

China's Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that trade negotiations with the U.S. had concluded and the results would soon be released.

New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

LONDON: The United States case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company's suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm's owner, a …

#SaveRahaf: Activists' lightning campaign made Saudi teen's flight a global cause

On Sunday morning, a new Twitter account was created by an 18-year-old Saudi woman denied entry into Thailand as she fled from what she said was an abusive family.

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off south Japan

TOKYO: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake stuck off south Japan on Tuesday (Jan 8), the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. 

The quake was 39km deep and centred 116km south southeast of Kagoshima.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the …

US-China trade talks extend into evening of second day: Source

A second day of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing extended into Tuesday evening, a source with knowledge of the meetings said, as the world's two largest economies looked to resolve a bitter trade dispute.

China trade talks to continue for third day: US officials

A second day of US-China trade talks in Beijing extended into Tuesday evening, a source with knowledge of the meetings said, as the world's two largest economies looked to resolve a bitter trade dispute.

US-China trade talks extended amid some signs of progress

A second day of US-China trade talks in Beijing extended into Tuesday evening, a source with knowledge of the meetings said, as the world's two largest economies looked to resolve a bitter trade dispute.

Taliban call off peace talks with US officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Taliban said on Tuesday they had cancelled planned peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week over an agenda disagreement.

"Both sides have agreed to not meet in Qatar," senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan told Reuters.

Talks had been planned for two days …

A year on, a warmer winter for China's 'Ice boy'

A year ago, Wang Fuman had to walk an hour in freezing weather to get to school; this winter, his home is just a 10-minute walk from his primary school.

Wang, then eight years old, became known as “ice boy” around the world after a photo of him with icicles in his hair went viral.

It took him …

Former Malaysian PM Najib, 1MDB ex-CEO face fresh corruption charges

Malaysian prosecutors on Wednesday filed new graft charges against former prime minister Najib Razak and the former chief executive of scandal-linked state fund 1MDB, in the latest cases over alleged theft of billions of dollars from the fund.

Five things we learned from Ghosn's day in court

For the first time since prosecutors stormed his private jet seven weeks ago, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn appeared in public to deliver a passionate defence, rebutting allegations that have seen him languishing in Japanese custody.

With phone and hashtag, Saudi asylum seeker outflanks Thai authorities

When an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker arrived in Bangkok she faced immediate deportation — but instead she is in the hands of the UN refugee agency, her social media savvy galvanising a global campaign that caught the Thai government flat-footed.

Ghosn lawyer says bail 'very difficult' before trial

It will be "very difficult" to win bail for former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn before trial and it could take six months before his case reaches court, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Tear gas, rubber bullets as Bangladesh garment workers strike

Bangladeshi police Tuesday fired rubber bullets and tear gas as thousands of striking workers in the South Asian country's huge garment industry staged protests for a third day demanding wage hikes.

Dozens of Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh: Officials

Dozens of Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border into Bangladesh from India in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as New Delhi faces censure for deporting the persecuted minority to Myanmar.

Sporadic violence in nationwide Indian strike

KOLKATA: Police clashed with stone-throwing protestors in Kolkata on Tuesday (Jan 8), authorities said, as tens of millions of Indians staged a 48-hour nationwide strike months before Prime Minister Narendra Modi runs for re-election.

Unions said that some 200 million workers took part in what …

Have train, will travel: North Korea's Kim back on track

The olive green North Korean train, emblazoned with a yellow stripe, trundling towards Beijing station Tuesday was the first sign leader Kim Jong Un and his entourage had arrived in the Chinese capital.

Man arrested after attack on children in rare violence in China's capital

BEIJING: A man was arrested after attacking students at a primary school in Beijing on Tuesday, according to a district government, in a rare act of violence against children in the Chinese capital.

Twenty children were wounded and were taken to hospital, the Xicheng district government said in a …

Man arrested after hammer attack on children at Beijing primary school

BEIJING: A 49-year-old man was arrested after attacking students with a hammer at a primary school in Beijing on Tuesday (Jan 8), in a rare act of violence in the Chinese capital.

Twenty children were taken to hospital, the government in the Xicheng district of Beijing said on its social media …

Japan magazine apologises for women's university 'sex listing'

A Japanese tabloid magazine apologised Tuesday for an article ranking women's universities on how easy it is to convince students to have sex at drinking parties.

China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: Report

China should rein in the methamphetamine-producing militias under its influence in eastern Myanmar and stem the flow of precursor chemicals fuelling the multi-billion-dollar drug trade, a report Tuesday said.

Malaysia, Singapore agree to suspend permanent restricted area over Pasir Gudang, ILS for Seletar Airport

SINGAPORE: Malaysia will immediately suspend its permanent restricted area in the airspace over Pasir Gudang, while Singapore will similarly suspend its implementation of Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport.  

The suspension will be in place for one month in the first …

South Korea's Moon replaces top aide amid falling ratings, scandal

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in replaced his chief of staff, who played a key role in improving ties with North Korea, with a longtime confidant on Tuesday (Jan 8) as part of a shake-up aimed at raising approval ratings amid economic woes and a spy scandal.

Moon replaced Im Jong-seok …

Manchester United to open three 'experience centers' in China by the end of 2020

Manchester United is European soccer's best supported team in China, with over 107 million followers.

One dead in oil tanker blaze off Hong Kong

HONG KONG: At least one person has died after an oil tanker caught fire off Hong Kong on Tuesday (Jan 8), police said, sending a huge cloud of dark smoke billowing into the air.

Twenty-one people have been rescued after those on the vessel either fell or jumped into the sea, according to a police …

Volcano erupts on remote Papua New Guinea island

SYDNEY: One of Papua New Guinea's most active volcanoes has begun to erupt, authorities said Tuesday (Jan 8), pummelling villages on a remote island with volcanic rock.

Manam island is a volcanic cone that towers out of the sea north of the Papua New Guinea mainland and has a history of eruptions …

Iran minister says EU trade arrangement moving slowly, talking to India, China

Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday the European Union was moving more slower than expected in facilitating non-dollar trade with Tehran to circumvent U.S. sanctions, forcing it to explore avenues with other nations.

Malaysia to scrutinise China contracts after report of inflated deals struck to cover 1MDB debt

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government will scrutinise bilateral deals made with China under the previous government, finance minister Lim Guan Eng said on Tuesday (Jan 8).

This comes after a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report said that Beijing had offered the administration of former prime minister …

Malaysia wants KFC's written explanation for price hike

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian authorities have called for a written explanation from QSR Brands (M) Holdings – the company that operates Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) – on the price increase of the fast-food chain's dishes.

This despite the fact that the company had given its reasons, Domestic Trade and …

Oil tanker fire in Hong Kong waters kills one, rescue going on

HONG KONG: An oil tanker caught fire in Hong Kong's southern waters on Tuesday, killing one crew member while at least 21 were rescued, police said, with witnesses reporting a loud blast that shook windows several kilometres away.

Rescue operations were going on about one nautical mile south of …

Asylum assessment of Saudi woman in Thailand to take days: UNHCR

BANGKOK: The asylum claim of a young Saudi woman who resisted deportation from Thailand in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal will take "several days" to assess, the UN's refugee agency in Bangkok said Tuesday (Jan 8).

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived at Bangkok's main airport over the weekend on a …

Vietnam's 'incense village' blazes pink ahead of lunar new year

HANOI: In Vietnam's "incense village", dozens are hard at work dying, drying and whittling down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday.

It is the most frantic time of year for workers in the cottage industry in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of …

UN officials interview Saudi teen asylum seeker in Thailand

BANGKOK: The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday said it was investigating the case of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to avoid being sent back.

Lawmakers and activists in Australia and …

Father of Saudi teen asylum seeker in Thailand, seeks meeting

The father of an 18-year-old Saudi woman asylum seeker who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, has arrived in Bangkok and wished to meet his daughter, Thailand's immigration chief said on Tuesday.

Father of Saudi teen asylum seeker arrives in Thailand, seeks meeting

BANGKOK: The father of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her has arrived in Bangkok and has requested to meet his daughter, Thailand's immigration chief said on Tuesday (Jan 8).

However, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's father and brother would have …

Hyundai shows off walking car project

LAS VEGAS: South Korean car maker Hyundai on Monday (Jan 7) gave a look at work it is doing on a vehicle with robotic legs to let it walk or crawl over treacherous terrain.

Hyundai showed off its Elevate project on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza, billing it an …

Fire engulfs 18-storey casino building in Cambodia: Reports

CAMBODIA: A fire broke out at a casino building in Cambodia on Monday night (Jan 7), sending flames ablaze several storeys high.

The fire began at around 9.30pm on the lower floor of the building before spreading up, Thai News Agency (TNA) said. 

The 18-storey building, known as the Genting Crown …

2 women injured after Bangkok building collapses: Reports

BANGKOK: Two women were injured after a commercial building that was in the process of being demolished partially collapsed in Bangkok on Monday (Jan 7), according to Thai media. 

Sopita Thongkerd, 23, and Napaporn Seiboonreung, 54, were hit by falling debris from the four-storey building, The …

Indonesia to resume search for crashed Lion Air jet's cockpit voice recorder

JAKARTA: Indonesia will launch a renewed search effort as early as Tuesday to find the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, the head of its accident investigation agency said.

"If the weather is good, the ship will start to depart today," National …

Nissan's Ghosn says he is innocent in first appearance since November arrest

TOKYO: Nissan Motor Co Ltd's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn defended himself against allegations of financial misconduct in a Tokyo court on Tuesday (Jan 8), declaring his innocence in his first public appearance since his arrest in November.

"I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based …

Nissan's Ghosn claims innocence in first appearance since November arrest

Nissan Motor's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn declared he was innocent on Tuesday in his first public appearance since his arrest in November, telling a Tokyo court that he was wrongly accused of financial misconduct.

North Korea leader visits China after warning of alternate path to US talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media reported on Tuesday, as preparations for a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump continue.

North Korea's Kim in China after warning of alternate path to Trump talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he may take an alternative path if the United States does not ease sanctions and pressure on his country.

Mark Mobius says he's 'very much' concerned about populist promises ahead of Indian election

Prime Minister Modi is seeking a second term as government in the general election, which is expected to take place in April or May this year.

Mark Mobius says he's concerned about populist promises ahead of Indian election

Prime Minister Modi is seeking a second term as government in the general election, which is expected to take place in April or May this year.

Profit-hungry tiger breeders behind push to lift China’s trading ban

At the Siberia Tiger Park in the frigid Chinese city of Harbin, visitors can learn about the facility's successful breeding programme and buy chicken carcasses to toss to around 20 tigers pacing the snow flecked ground of their enclosure.

Commentary: In a conflict-ridden world, one man’s thimbleful of optimism for 2019

Being on the road over the last month has helped economist Kausik Basu gain newfound hope for geopolitics.

Commentary: How the other shoe dropped, the collapse of one indoor slipper empire

Founder Ankur Shah should perhaps have taken his own advice and put his feet up, says Andrew Hill.

Commentary: The growing, secret space programme behind China's moon landing

China's landing of a probe on the far side of the moon is a technological achievement and another sign of China's capabilities and ambitions, says one associate professor at Cameron University.

Deal-making in the global health-care sector is set to rebound in 2019, law firm says

M&A activity in the fast growing health-care sector is expected to rebound in 2019, according to international law firm Baker McKenzie — but heavier regulation and political uncertainty could cloud the future.

Ex-president Jammeh was 'trouble' for Gambia from the start – first Commission witness

Yahya Jammeh was going to be "trouble" for Gambia from the moment he seized power, the first witness to a commission convened to investigate rights abuses under his presidency said on Monday.

'I have been wrongly accused': Read the full statement from Nissan's Ghosn proclaiming his innocence

Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has spent the last 51 days detained in a Japanese jail, says he is not guilty of financial misconduct.

Dutch to give free legal aid for MH17 claims

THE HAGUE: Dutch officials will provide free legal advice to relatives of those killed in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine for damages claims, the country's justice minister said on Monday (Jan 7).

Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus also said a joint investigation into the tragedy was …

Special North Korean train enters China: Yonhap

SEOUL: A special North Korean train entered China late on Monday (Jan 7), Yonhap news agency reported, raising speculation that leader Kim Jong Un could be on his way to Beijing.

The train crossed the border around 10.15pm local time (9.15pm Singapore time) and was expected in the Chinese capital …

North Korean leader Kim on visit to China: Xinhua, KCNA

BEIJING: Kim Jong Un is on a four-day visit to China to meet President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media said on Tuesday (Jan 8), after a special train was reported to have been seen crossing the border.

The North's leader, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju and several senior …

North Korea's Kim Jong Un and wife on visit to China

Kim Jong Un is on a four-day visit to China to meet President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media said on Tuesday (Jan 8), after a special train was reported to have been seen crossing the border.

North Korea's Kim arrives in Beijing for meeting with Chinese president: Report

Kim Jong Un is on a four-day visit to China to meet President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media said on Tuesday (Jan 8), after a special train was reported to have been seen crossing the border.

Asian stocks cautious as US-China trade talks continue

The second day of trade talks between the U.S. and China is set to kick off today, after a spokesman from China said Monday that Beijing is willing to resolve its trade disputes with Washington on an equal footing.

North Korea's Kim visiting China for fourth summit

The meeting comes amid reports of negotiations for a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Asian stocks mostly higher as US-China trade talks continue

The second day of trade talks between the U.S. and China is set to kick off today, after a spokesman from China said Monday that Beijing is willing to resolve its trade disputes with Washington on an equal footing.

Asian stocks mixed as US-China trade talks continue

The second day of trade talks between the U.S. and China is set to kick off today, after a spokesman from China said Monday that Beijing is willing to resolve its trade disputes with Washington on an equal footing.

South Korea hopes Kim's China trip leads to second summit with Trump

South Korea says it hopes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's trip to China will act as a "stepping stone" for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

N.Korea's Kim to visit China for fourth summit: newspaper

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his way to China for his fourth summit with China's Xi Jinping, South Korean media said on Monday.

Regional party quits India's ruling coalition over citizenship row

A small regional party in India quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling coalition on Monday, protesting against his bid to give citizenship to hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims from neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka court refuses to test President's sanity

A Sri Lanka court Monday rejected calls to subject the president to a mental health examination after he sacked a former ally, dissolved parliament and plunged the country into crisis.

Myanmar's civilian, military leaders meet, vow to 'crush' Rakhine rebels

Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi discussed insurgent attacks on Myanmar police on Monday in a rare meeting with the military chief, and her administration called for the armed forces to "crush" the rebels, a government spokesman said.

Taliban kill at least 10 Afghan forces in bloody 24 hours

Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in western Afghanistan, killing at least 10 members of the security forces and pro-government militia, officials said Monday, in a bloody 24 hours in the war-torn country.

Myanmar army to launch 'crackdown' on Rakhine rebels: Government

Myanmar has called on its military to "launch operations" against ethnic Rakhine rebels behind a deadly attack on four police stations last week, a government spokesman said Monday, as a surge of violence forces thousands more from their homes.

Modi plans jobs quota for India's 'upper caste poor'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government announced plans Monday to set aside a quota of government jobs for poorer members of India's upper caste, months before what looks set to be a challenging re-election bid.

Nepal probes 'Buddha boy' over devotee disappearances

A Nepali spiritual leader believed by his followers to be a reincarnation of Buddha is under investigation over the disappearance of several devotees, police in Kathmandu said Monday.

Malaysia investigates viral photo of child riding sea turtle in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wildlife Department has been instructed to investigate a picture of a child riding a sea turtle, Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah Christina Liew said on Monday (Jan 7).

The photo, which went viral on social media, shows a young girl on a boat sitting astride what appears to …

BASF workers in Taiwan suspected of leaking company secrets

FRANKFURT: Taiwan is investigating six current and former employees of BASF's local operations suspected of leaking corporate secrets to China, an official said on Monday (Jan 7).

Five employees were detained and one had been granted bail by a court, Lu Sung Hao, Taipei-based director of Taiwan's …

China hails improved water quality, but some rivers more polluted

BEIJING: China's surface water quality improved in 2018, with more samples taken from river and lakes reaching standards fit for human use, the country's environment ministry said on Monday.

Beijing has extended its campaign to tackle pollution from air to water, attempting to clean up the black …

Sri Lanka slaying anniversary highlights hunt for justice

Ten years after top newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed by a suspected government death squad the failure to secure a prosecution has come to highlight Sri Lanka's struggle with a dark past.

Thailand halts plan to expel Saudi woman fleeing family

BANGKOK: Thailand on Monday (Jan 7) reversed plans to expel an 18-year-old Saudi woman stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family from Kuwait due to concerns over her safety, the immigration chief said.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, has been stranded at Bangkok airport since Saturday when …

'They will kill me': Saudi woman to seek asylum after fleeing family to Thailand

BANGKOK: An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities has left the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency, an official said on Monday (Jan 7).

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been …

Saudi woman 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

BANGKOK: The Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum after landing at Bangkok airport has been placed "under the care" of the United Nations refugee agency, a Thai official said late on Monday (Jan 7).

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told AFP she ran away from her family while travelling in …

Japan billionaire says 'free cash' tweet most shared of all time

Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa said Monday his tweet promising a cash giveaway of nearly $10,000 was the most retweeted ever.

Bangladesh police arrest 10 for alleged gang rape on vote night

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said on Monday (Jan 7) they have arrested 10 men, including a ruling party worker, in connection with the alleged gang rape of a woman who voted for the main opposition group in a controversial general election last month.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling alliance …

New Malaysia king to be elected on Jan 24

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Council of Rulers will meet on Jan 24 to elect a new king and deputy, the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said on Monday (Jan 7).

The new rulers will then be sworn in on Jan 31. 

Syed Danial said the dates were decided by the rulers during their meeting …

China authorities arrest 18 at TCM firm after cancer case sparks outcry

Chinese authorities have arrested the founder and more than a dozen others at a local traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) firm after the death of a young girl with cancer was linked to the company and sparked anger online.

Malaysian government hopes new king can be elected soon: Mahathir

KUALA TERENGGANU, Terengganu: The Malaysian government hopes that the country's new king will be selected as soon as possible, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday (Jan 7). 

Dr Mahathir said the election had to be expedited because he had to have an audience with the king on certain …

Chinese man executed for kindergarten knife attack

BEIJING: A court in southern China has put a man to death after he injured 12 children in a knife attack at a kindergarten, the state broadcaster said on Monday.

Violent crime is rare in China but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

China …

US and North Korean officials met in Hanoi to discuss second Trump-Kim summit – South Korean newspaper

U.S. State Department officials recently met multiple times with North Korean counterparts in Hanoi and discussed planning a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday.

China says welcomes UN to visit Xinjiang via proper procedures

BEIJING: China said on Monday it would welcome U.N. officials to visit its far western region of Xinjiang if they follow the proper procedures, amid global concern over Beijing's de-radicalization programme there.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comments are a regular briefing in …

China says it welcomes UN to visit Xinjiang via proper procedures

BEIJING: China said on Monday it would welcome United Nations officials to its far western region of Xinjiang if they follow the proper procedures, amid global concern over Beijing's de-radicalisation programme there.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang asked at a regular briefing about reports …

Malaysia's royal council meets after king's surprise resignation

Members of Malaysia's royal families met on Monday to decide when a new king will be elected from among them after King Muhammad V unexpectedly resigned, the national news agency Bernama reported.

Hasina to be sworn in as Bangladesh PM after 'tainted' polls

DHAKA: Sheikh Hasina will be sworn in as Bangladeshi prime minister for a record fourth term Monday (Jan 7) after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging.

Hasina, 71, has presided over record economic growth in the South Asian country of 165 million …

Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM after 'tainted' polls

DHAKA: Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh's prime minister for a record fourth term on Monday (Jan 7) after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging.

Hasina, 71, has presided over record economic growth in the South Asian country of 165 million …

Malaysian king’s shock resignation unlikely to affect respect for monarchy, say analysts

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy has been rocked by the sudden resignation of Sultan Muhammad V on Sunday (Jan 6), the first time a sitting king has abdicated.

On Monday, the Conference of Rulers reportedly met to choose a date to elect a new king. In the meantime, Sultan Nazrin of …

Saudi woman, 18, barricades herself in Thai hotel to resist being sent home

BANGKOK/DUBAI: An 18-year-old Saudi woman fleeing her family barricaded herself inside a Thai airport hotel on Monday, refusing to allow immigration officials to escort her on to a flight to Kuwait and saying she fears her family will kill her.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has been at Bangkok airport …

Japanese girl, 10, set to become youngest professional Go player

TOKYO: Japan's Sumire Nakamura will become the youngest professional player of the ancient board game Go when she makes her debut as a 10-year-old on Apr 1.

Nakamura, who will turn 10 on Mar 2 local media said, started playing the game with her father when she was three.

The previous youngest …

Thousands stung in Portuguese man o' war 'invasion', several Australian beaches shut

The highly venomous creatures have stung more than 3,000 people on Australia's northeastern shores in just a few days, forcing the closure of several beaches.

US navy ship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks with Beijing

BEIJING: A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea claimed by China as U.S. officials meet their counterparts in Beijing for talks during a truce in a bitter trade war.

The USS McCampbell carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation, sailing …

Sydney and Brisbane chosen to host $15 million top tennis tournament

Australian cities Sydney and Brisbane have been announced as the first two host locations for the newest team event in men's tennis.

Chinese tech investors flee Silicon Valley as Trump tightens scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO: New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in US technology startups, as both investors and startup founders abandon deals amid scrutiny from Washington.

Chinese venture funding in US startups …

Shock, sadness in Malaysia over Sultan Muhammad V's resignation as king

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian politicians and netizens on social media have expressed shock and sadness over the resignation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The news which broke on Sunday (Jan 6) received a myriad of reactions, expression of affection and the highest appreciation …

Tesla to break ground on Shanghai plant as trade war lingers

SHANGHAI: Tesla Inc will break ground on Monday (Jan 7) for its Shanghai Gigafactory where it will begin making Model 3 electric vehicles (EV) by year-end, Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted ahead of the formal start of construction of the firm's first Chinese plant.

The US$2 billion factory – long …

Tesla breaks ground on Shanghai plant as trade war lingers

SHANGHAI: Tesla's Chinese factory broke ground on Monday afternoon (Jan 7) in Shanghai where it will begin making Model 3 electric vehicles (EV) by year-end. 

The US$2 billion factory – long under discussion – marks a major bet by the US electric vehicle maker as it looks to bolster its presence …

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker denied bail in Malaysia pending extradition to US

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Monday (Jan 7) declined to grant bail to former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng, pending his extradition to the United States where he faces charges related to suspected money laundering of funds siphoned off from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Ng …

Indonesia landslide death toll reaches 32: Official

JAKARTA: At least 32 people were killed by a landslide in Indonesia on New Year's Eve, authorities said Monday (Jan 7) as they ended a week-long search for missing victims.

Rescuers who have been pulling bodies from mountains of mud called off the search with one person still unaccounted for after …

Rights group urges Thailand not to return Saudi woman fleeing family

A human rights group urged Thai authorities on Monday to halt plans to deport an 18-year-old Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse from her family and fears they will kill her if she is returned home.

A Japanese billionaire now has most retweeted tweet ever after offering a $923,000 prize

A tweet from Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa has become the most retweeted message in history, with almost 5 million shares.

Thailand says Saudi woman in asylum case to be sent back

A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate tweets from the hotel room where she barricaded herself.

Saudi teen barricades herself in Thai hotel to resist being sent back

A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate tweets from the hotel room where she barricaded herself.

Paragliding popularity soars as Hong Kongers seek urban release

HONG KONG: On a mountain slope overlooking Hong Kong, Giovanni Lam waits for the right gust of wind to send him soaring skywards, one of a growing number of paragliders using flight to escape the dense urban sprawl below.

Patience is rewarded in paragliding, explained Lam, a university lecturer …

Tokyo policeman commits suicide after New Year car attack

Tokyo police are investigating the suicide of an officer in charge of traffic control near the scene of a New Year's Eve car ramming attack that injured nine people, police and media said.

Japan starts ¥1,000 departure tax for travellers

Japan on Monday started levying a 1,000 yen (US$9.22) departure tax on each person leaving the country, a measure aimed at raising funds to further boost tourism.

Air quality worsens in China's Henan province, improves elsewhere

Air pollution in China's heavy-industrial province of Henan worsened in December even as other regions improved, official data showed, with its cities hit by unfavourable weather and a struggle to find cleaner sources of economic growth.

Bilateral ties with Malaysia put to the test in 2018: Attorney-General Lucien Wong

SINGAPORE: The past year has been challenging, with Singapore’s bilateral ties with its closest neighbour “put to the test”, Attorney-General Lucien Wong said on Monday (Jan 7).

“As a small country, Singapore is never immune from political changes in neighbouring countries, especially Malaysia,” …

US negotiators in Beijing for trade war talks

BEIJING: US negotiators on Monday (Jan 7) headed into talks with Chinese counterparts as the two countries seek a deal to end a trade war that has raised fears of global economic turmoil.

The visiting delegation, led by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, left its hotel in Beijing …

JP Morgan says China hasn't done enough to stimulate its economy

"I do think China's economy warrants a little more aggressive easing than the government's come through so far," said Hannah Anderson, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

JPMorgan says China hasn't done enough to stimulate its economy

"I do think China's economy warrants a little more aggressive easing than the government's come through so far," said Hannah Anderson, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Commentary: Old rivals face off in Indonesia ahead of elections

Both presidential candidates have their weaknesses, but one appears to be at a stronger position than the other, says one observer.

Commentary: Where are all the women? The myth of the pipeline problem in Asia’s tech sector

The gender disparity doesn’t arise solely from the low numbers of female STEM graduates, says Dell Inc’s Sophie Guerin.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

BANGKOK: A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country on Sunday (Jan 6).

The incident comes against the backdrop of intense scrutiny of Saudi Arabia over its …

Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hits Indonesia, authorities report no damage or casualties

JAKARTA: An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.6 struck 174 km (108 miles) north-northwest of the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Molucca islands on Sunday, followed by a series of aftershocks, but with no tsunami risk, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at a depth of 60.5 km and …

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia

JAKARTA: A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian coast early Monday (Jan 7), sending residents running out of their homes, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at a depth of 60 kilometres under the Molucca Sea, some 175 kilometres north northwest of the city of …

Trump says US, North Korea 'negotiating' on location for next summit

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Jan 6) negotiations are underway on the location of his next summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while remaining evasive on its timing.

Trump, who held a historic summit with Kim in Singapore in June, said earlier in the week he had …

Thai protesters urge military to honour February election date

BANGKOK: Dozens of anti-junta activists gathered in Thailand on Sunday (Jan 6) to call for the military government to honour a long-anticipated election set for Feb 24, as rumours abound of the date being postponed yet again.

The junta – which has ruled Thailand since it deposed the government of …

Asia markets set for gains ahead of US-China trade talks in Beijing

The U.S. and China are set to hold trade negotiations at the vice ministerial level in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday.

Asia markets trade higher ahead of US-China trade talks in Beijing; Japan soars 3 percent

The U.S. and China are set to hold trade negotiations at the vice ministerial level in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday.

Asia markets jump ahead of US-China trade talks

The U.S. and China are set to hold trade negotiations at the vice ministerial level in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday.

Asia markets jump amid US-China trade talks

The U.S. and China are set to hold trade negotiations at the vice ministerial level in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday.

Football: Aussie horror show as Jordan stun Asian Cup champions

AL-AIN, United Arab Emirates: Defending champions Australia made their worst ever start to an Asian Cup on Sunday (Jan 6) when they lost 1-0 to Jordan in front of a partisan crowd in Al Ain.

Graham Arnold's youthful side had expected victory in their Group B opener but they were undone by Anas …

China graft watchdog investigating science official

BEIJING: China placed a senior official of the country's Association for Science and Technology under investigation for suspected graft, state media Xinhua reported Sunday.

Xinhua said Chen Gang, executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology, was being probed by the …

Thai activists protest as election faces delay

Dozens of Thai activists on Sunday protested against a possible delay of a national election set for next month, the first such gathering since the military government lifted a ban on political activity imposed after a 2014 coup.

At least 30 gold miners killed in tunnel collapse in northern Afghanistan

KABUL: At least 30 Afghans were killed on Sunday (Jan 6) when the tunnel they were digging in to mine gold in northern Afghanistan collapsed, officials said.

Officials said the victims were villagers who were mining for gold illegally, rather than in a government project.

"Poor villagers during …

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia's king

KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan Muhammad V stepped down as Malaysia's king on Sunday (Jan 6) after just two years on the throne. 

Rumours of the abdication had been circulating online earlier in the week, although Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he had not received official word on the matter …

Sultan Muhammad V abdicates as Malaysia's king in historic first

KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan Muhammad V stepped down as Malaysia's king on Sunday (Jan 6) after just two years on the throne – marking a first in the country's history. 

The king had officially notified the Malay Rulers on his abdication through a letter sent to the Secretary of the Conference of Rulers …

China says pace of Xinjiang 'education' will slow, but defends camps

China will not back down on what it sees as a highly successful de-radicalisation programme in Xinjiang that has attracted global concern, but fewer people will be sent through, officials said last week in allowing rare media access there.

Philippine court orders arrest of Japanese casino mogul Okada

MANILA: A Philippine court has ordered the arrest of Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada, about a month after the country's Department of Justice recommended the filing of charges against him over three counts of fraud.

The DOJ has found cause to indict Okada for three counts of swindling …

Two Indonesian celebrities nabbed for alleged online prostitution

JAKARTA: Two Indonesian celebrities were arrested on Saturday (Jan 5) for their suspected involvement in online prostitution. 

Actress Vanessa Angel, as well as another celebrity known only as "AF", were arrested in Surabaya after police traced payments of 25 million rupiah (US$1,750) and 80 …

Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with US

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month, and want to shift the venue to Qatar, Taliban officials said on Sunday, seeking to fend off Riyadh's push to include the Afghan government in talks.

The upcoming negotiations, the …

Chinese gay dating app halts registration after underage HIV report

BEIJING: Chinese gay dating app Blued is halting new user registration for a week, it said on Sunday, following media reports that underage users caught HIV after going on dates set up via the world's largest networking app for the LGBT community.

China has a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and …

Australia PM slams 'ugly racial protests' in Melbourne

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday slammed "ugly racial protests" in Australia's second-largest city, after some far-right demonstrators were seen making Nazi salutes.

Commentary: Old wounds, fresh denial in Myanmar over the Rohingya

As the 2020 elections draws closer, there is no indication that parties in the country will change their attitudes towards the Rohingya crisis, says one observer.

Death toll from Philippine storm, landslides climbs to 126

The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities said Sunday, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause.

Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to 'vigorously' defend himself, says son

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will "vigorously" defend himself in a Japanese court this week after refusing to sign a confession in return for being released from custody, his son has told a French Sunday newspaper.

Japan's Abe says vigilant to global economic risks clouding recovery

Japan's government will keep a close eye on looming risks to a global economic recovery as it guides policy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview aired by public broadcaster NHK on Sunday.

Malaysian defence minister confirms son held over drug raid

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian defence minister Mohamad Sabu’s son was among two men held in a police raid on an entertainment outlet in the Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (Jan 5).

The 31-year-old was together with the other man, aged 33, when they were detained. Both of them tested positive for ganja …

Coffee with cakes, snakes, hedgehogs and otters: Inside Tokyo’s unusual cafes

TOKYO: Animal-themed cafes are no longer strangers to Japan’s capital, with cat and dog cafes having sprouted up all over the megacity to offer unique dining experiences to locals and tourists alike.

As the rest of the world plays catch up to the trend of furry friend cafes, Tokyo, in its constant …

Rohingya in Aceh: Sailing into Indonesia’s unsteady embrace

Aceh in Indonesia has proven to be a rare harbour of safety and embrace for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar by boat. But as sailing season begins again, funds and patience are running desperately low in the religiously conservative province.

Britain warns on travel to southern India after temple unrest

Britain on Saturday warned tourists visiting the southern Indian state of Kerala after sporadic violence in recent days over the admission of women to one of Hinduism's holiest temples.

6 schoolchildren, driver killed in India bus crash

SHIMLA, India: Six children were killed alongside their driver and 12 more were injured after their bus fell into a gorge in northern India on Saturday, police said.

The driver of the bus also died in the accident, while seven injured students were said to be in a critical condition after their …

Indian court declares tycoon Mallya a 'fugitive economic offender'

A court in India set up under anti-money laundering laws declared liquor and aviation tycoon Vijay Mallya a "fugitive economic offender" on Saturday, paving the way for the government to seize his assets, according to Reuters partner ANI.

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Twin arson and bomb attacks rocked southern India Saturday, continuing a violent backlash that followed the entry of two women into a Hindu temple that forbids female devotees.

China's population set to peak at 1.44 billion in 2029: Government report

China's population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start a long period of "unstoppable" decline in 2030, government scholars said in a research report published on Friday.

Tuna sells for record US$3 million in auction at Tokyo's new fish market

The owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain on Saturday set a record by paying more than US$3 million(2.36 million pounds) for a bluefin tuna in the year's first auction at Tokyo's new fish market, exceeding his own record price of 2013.

Commentary: Tips for the next US-China trade negotiations from a career diplomat

Former chief of staff at the US Embassy in Beijing, Scott Mulhauser, share some tips for the next US-China negotiations.

Former North Korean diplomat urges missing colleague in Italy to go to South Korea, not US

SEOUL: A former North Korean diplomat who staged a high-profile defection to the South on Saturday urged an old colleague who has gone missing in Italy to defect to Seoul, following a report that he was seeking asylum in the United States.

Jo Song Gil, the 44-year-old who was until recently North …

Thailand resumes flights, ferry services as tropical storm slows

Thailand resumed flights on Saturday to its southern provinces, as the first tropical storm in 30 years slowed and headed into the Andaman Sea, leaving behind a trail of homes damaged by fallen trees or blown-off roofs, and disrupted power networks.

Floods, blackouts after Thai storm, but tourist islands spared

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand: Floods and blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk left nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across southern Thailand on Saturday (Jan 5), as relieved tourists stranded on islands further north were spared the worst and began to plot routes home.

Pabuk, a …

Taiwan president vows to defend democracy, way of life

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Saturday to defend the self-ruled island's democracy and way of life, amid renewed tension with giant neighbour China, which threatens to bring Taiwan under its rule by force.

Taiwan president calls for international support to defend democracy

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Saturday to defend the self-ruled island's democracy and way of life, amid renewed tension with giant neighbour China, which threatens to bring Taiwan under its rule by force.

Beijing, Hebei cut smog emissions 12% in 2018

China's capital of Beijing, and its surrounding industrial province of Hebei, cut smog emissions by at least 12 percent in 2018 after a long crackdown on polluters and campaigns to reduce household coal use, environmental authorities said.

China's Xi calls on army to be battle-ready

China's armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.

Record US$3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

A record $3.1 million was paid for a giant tuna on Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction.

Indonesian presidential hopefuls court workers' votes in Malaysia

Gerindra supporters believe a Prabowo win and Anwar's future ascendancy to premiership will improve workers plight in Malaysia as both men are old friends

Commentary: Malaysia goes in search of a more inclusive growth formula

Malaysia must seek a new developmental narrative as the Pakatan Harapan government settles into its role of governance and policymaking, says Penang Institute’s Ooi Kee Beng.

Trolls and the fake news industries making themselves felt in elections

They have popped up in election campaigns from the United States to Malaysia to Indonesia. A small town in Europe was even dubbed the world's fake news capital.

Meet the fake news trolls who influenced US and Indonesian polls for money

They have popped up in election campaigns from the United States to Malaysia to Indonesia. A small town in Europe was even dubbed the world's fake news capital.

Taliban blames US, Afghan forces for most civilian casualties in 2018

The Taliban blamed US and Afghan forces for almost 90 percent of civilian casualties in 2018, in a report released Friday that suggested Afghanistan's largest militant group was not responsible for a single death or injury.

UN calls for probe into Bangladesh elections

The United Nations on Friday called for an independent and impartial investigation into the Dec. 30 election in Bangladesh in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won a third straight term amid accusations of violence and voting irregularities.

Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk hurtles towards Thailand

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk carved its way towards the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing downpours and massive sea swells.

Rakhine Buddhist rebels kill 13 in Independence Day attack on Myanmar police posts

YANGON: Buddhist Rakhine insurgents killed 13 policemen and injured nine in attacks on four police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Friday as the country marked Independence Day, the official news agency said.

Fighting resurged in Rakhine in early December between government forces and the …

Colombia asks Venezuela to verify presence of certain ELN rebels

BOGOTA: Colombia's government said on Friday it has asked Venezuela to verify whether certain members of the ELN rebel group are living in the country and to detain them under Interpol red notices if they are.

Colombia has long accused Venezuela's socialist government of turning a blind eye to …

China tests its own 'Mother of All Bombs'

BEIJING: China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon, dubbed the "Mother of All Bombs" by official media in a reference to a US munition used in Afghanistan.

In a short video published on the website of state arms manufacturer Norinco, the massive bomb drops on to a plain and produces a …

Singapore sends condolences to the Philippines over tropical storm casualties

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has expressed his condolences to his Philippine counterpart over the casualties caused by tropical storm Usman. 

The storm swept through the central Philippine islands on Dec 29, killing at least 68 people. 

READ: Philippine …

Malaysia, Singapore to meet in January over Seletar Airport dispute: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will have discussions with Singapore on the airspace dispute both countries are currently embroiled in, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Jan 4).

READ: Singapore, Malaysia foreign ministers to meet Jan 8 amid airspace, maritime dispute

"The Cabinet …

January meeting between Singapore and Malaysia to be on airspace dispute: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will have discussions with Singapore on the airspace dispute both countries are currently embroiled in, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Jan 4).

READ: Singapore, Malaysia foreign ministers to meet Jan 8 amid airspace, maritime dispute

"The Cabinet …

Pump prices in Malaysia to fall across the board

KUALA LUMPUR: The retail price for petrol and diesel in Malaysia will be lowered across the board for a period of one week, effective from Saturday (Jan 5), said the finance ministry.

Between Jan 5 and 11, RON97 and RON95 petrol will be 27 sen (S$0.08) cheaper, at RM2.23 per litre and RM1.93 per …

Indian rescuers struggle to pump out water from flooded mine

Indian rescuers trying to reach a group of miners trapped in a remote and illegal "rat-hole" coal mine are struggling to pump out water from the 370-foot-deep pit, further dimming their chances of survival more than three weeks into their ordeal.

South Korea drops star director's sex abuse defamation complaint

South Korean prosecutors have rejected complaints by famed film director Kim Ki-duk of criminal defamation against an actress who accused him of physical and sexual assault, and journalists who reported other allegations.

PM Mahathir takes aim at Johor crown prince, says he does not understand federalism

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Jan 4) hit out at Johor’s crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, saying that the royal does not understand the concept of a federation.

This came after the crown prince pledged to continue speaking up against the Pakatan Harapan (PH) …

Third woman breaches ban at south Indian temple amid protests

NEW DELHI: A 46-year-old woman entered the Sabarimala temple in south India late Thursday (Jan 3), becoming the third woman this week to breach an ancient ban on females of menstruating age from going inside, according to the office of the chief minister of Kerala state.

It was not immediately …

Third woman breaches ban at Indian Hindu temple amid protests

KOCHI, India: A woman aged 46 has become the third to enter the Sabarimala Hindu temple in south India in defiance of an ancient ban on females of menstruating age, the office of the chief minister of Kerala state said on Friday.

It was not immediately clear how the woman, a Sri Lankan, had got in …

Rakhine Buddhist army kills seven in Independence Day attack on police posts

YANGON: Buddhist Rakhine fighters killed seven Myanmar security forces in attacks on four police posts in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state on Friday as the country marked Independence Day, spokesmen for the military and the armed group said.

The western state has been torn by violence once again …

Rakhine rebels kill 13 in Independence Day attack on Myanmar police posts

YANGON: Rakhine insurgents killed 13 policemen and injured nine in attacks on four police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Friday as the country marked Independence Day, the official news agency said.

Fighting resurged in Rakhine state in early December between government forces and the rebel …

‘No official indication' on rumours of Malaysian king’s abdication, says PM Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday (Jan 4) that he has received no official word on whether Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, intends to abdicate.

This came after rumours were circulated on social media that the monarch might be stepping down.

At a press …

Indonesia temporarily stops sending students to Taiwan after reports of mistreatment

JAKARTA: Indonesia will temporarily stop sending students to universities in Taiwan, the foreign ministry said on Friday (Jan 4), after it asked Taipei to investigate media reports that up to 300 students were being forced to work in factories.

The Southeast Asian nation sends students to Taiwan …

India rejects Trump's 'sermons' on Afghanistan, says it is building lives

NEW DELHI: India's ruling and opposition parties condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's comments this week mocking New Delhi's role in war-torn Afghanistan, where the South Asian country has invested billion of dollars in economic projects and military training.

The United States and India have …

India rejects Trump's "sermons" on Afghanistan, says it is building lives

India's ruling and opposition parties condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's comments this week mocking New Delhi's role in war-torn Afghanistan, where the South Asian country has invested billion of dollars in economic projects and military training.

China could put reforms on hold to boost economy: Analysts

President Xi Jinping hailed China's "reconstructive reforms" in a New Year speech, but the sorely needed changes could be put on ice in favour of averting a potentially devastating economic downturn.

Nissan's Ghosn to appear in Tokyo court within 5 days: NHK

Ousted Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn is set to appear in court within five days after he requested an open hearing to hear the reason for his detention, NHK reported on Friday.

Nissan's Ghosn set to appear in Tokyo court on Tuesday

Ousted Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn is set to appear in court within five days after he requested an open hearing to hear the reason for his detention, NHK reported on Friday.

India arrests 750 in flashpoint temple clashes

Two days of violent protests in south India sparked by two women entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples have seen more than 750 people arrested, police said, as they braced for more trouble Friday.

Japan PM Abe intends to push forward on peace treaty with Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday he intends to push forward towards a World War Two peace treaty with Russia, which has been stymied for decades by a territorial row, during a summit in Russia later this month.

Thousands of Thais seek shelter as first tropical storm in decades nears coast

Thailand's first tropical storm in three decades, packing winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph), is expected to make landfall on Friday evening, sending thousands of people flocking to shelter inland and shutting down a major airport.

One dead in Thailand as tropical storm uproots trees, blows off roofs

Thailand's first tropical storm in three decades killed one person on Friday as it arrived on the south coast, knocking down trees and blowing off roofs in its path, but was losing speed, officials said, while warning against the risk of flash floods.

Modern witch-hunts terrorise Papua New Guinea highlands

A spate of brutal witch-hunts has plunged parts of Papua New Guinea's highlands into a state of terror, as fearful tribes blame dark forces for their rapidly changing world.

Chinese phone maker Huawei punishes employees for iPhone tweet blunder

HONG KONG: China's Huawei Technologies has punished two employees for New Year greetings sent on the smartphone maker's official Twitter account using an iPhone, an internal memo showed.

Huawei, whose P-series handsets compete with Apple's iPhone, on New Year's Day wished followers a "Happy #2019" …

13 Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive: official

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China following the arrest on December 1 of a senior executive from Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei, Ottawa said Thursday, with eight subsequently released.

India's top court to name panel to weigh demand for temple on disputed site

India's Supreme Court is likely to name a panel on Friday to hear arguments in a case that could pave the way for a controversial plan to build a Hindu temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque, a lawyer involved in the case said.

China warns pork industry against cover-up of African swine fever as Taiwan concerns grow

China has warned the country's pork industry that covering up cases of African swine fever is a crime, days after a dead pig was found on a Taiwanese beach prompting Taipei to claim Beijing was not sharing accurate information on the disease.

Heatwave wilts Australia's southeast, fanning fire, health concerns

SYDNEY: A heatwave sweeping Australia engulfed the densely-populated southeast on Friday, boosting temperature records, spurring fire bans and arousing concern about the health of contestants in this month's tennis Open.

A week after Australia's hottest town, in its northwest, recorded its hottest …

China and US to hold trade talks in Beijing on Jan 7-8

BEIJING: China and the United States will hold vice ministerial level trade talks in Beijing on Jan 7-8, as the two sides look to end a dispute that is inflicting increasing pain on both economies and roiling global financial markets.

The two nations have been locked in a trade war for much of the …

Trump downplays Apple woes, says China economy helps US in trade talks

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed a revenue warning by Apple Inc and said slowing economic growth in China puts the United States in a strong position as negotiators from the world's two largest economies prepare for trade talks next week.

Trump has slapped import …

Trump says China woes help US in trade talks, downplays Apple warning

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed a revenue warning from Apple Inc that cited slowing sales in China and said China's weakening economic growth puts the United States in a strong position as negotiators from the world's two largest economies prepare for trade talks …

Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO arrest

TORONTO: Canada said on Thursday (Jan 3) that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

"At least" eight of those 13 have since been released, a Canadian …

Not a baby factory: South Korea tries to fix demographic crisis with more gender equality

In just over a decade, South Korea has spent the equivalent of a small European economy trying to fix its demographic crisis, yet birthrates have dropped to the lowest in the world.

'Brave' investors can find opportunities in Asia — especially in Hong Kong, strategist says

Investors should not be intimidated by the volatile start to the trading year and can find opportunities in Asia, a strategist says, stressing that Hong Kong's battered market offers opportunities.

China warnings signal Trump's trade war finally hitting home

Weak sales at Apple and Cargill, US giants of technology and agriculture, may be the clearest sign yet that President Donald Trump's quest to reset world trade carries costs at home and could isolate the United States as the increasingly fragile engine for global economic growth.

Commentary: Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s harpoon hits the wrong target

Japan Prime Minister has done himself and his country a disservice for withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission, says Financial Times' Philip Stephens.

Japan down 3.5 percent as Asia slips following sharp declines on Wall Street

Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped more than 3 percent in early trade while the Topix index fell 2.89 percent, with almost all sectors seeing declines. Stocks in Japan were closed on Wednesday and Thursday for public holidays.

Japan down 3.3 percent as Asia slips following sharp declines on Wall Street

Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped more than 3 percent in morning trade while the Topix index fell 2.3 percent, with almost all sectors seeing declines. Stocks in Japan were closed on Wednesday and Thursday for public holidays.

Japan down more than 2.5 percent as China rebounds on trade hopes

Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped more than 2.5 percent in afternoon trade while the Topix index fell nearly 2 percent, with almost all sectors seeing declines. Meanwhile, China's stock markets rebounded on new developments on the U.S.-China trade front.

China rebounds on trade hopes as Japan slips more than 2 percent

China's stock markets rebounded on new developments on the U.S.-China trade front. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped more than 2 percent on the day while the Topix index fell 1.53 percent, with most sectors seeing declines.

Top Taiwan court revokes conviction of ex-leader Ma, orders retrial

TAIPEI: Taiwan's top court Thursday (Jan 3) ordered a new trial of former president Ma Ying-jeou, revoking his conviction in a political leaks case, one of a raft of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down in 2016.

Ma was sentenced to four months in prison last year by the high court …

China reveals plans for carrier relocation to Beijing's new airport

BEIJING: China's aviation regulator published on Thursday (Jan 3) plans for airline relocation to Beijing's new mega-airport set to open this year and said it would let foreign carriers decide which of the capital's airports they will use.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, due to open in …

A real roasting: Coffee startup Luckin set to overtake Starbucks in China

BEIJING: After only a year in business, startup Luckin Coffee said Thursday (Jan 3) it will open 2,500 stores this year to dislodge Starbucks and become China's largest coffee chain.

The company said it plans to have more than 4,500 stores in China by the end of 2019, taking it past the US coffee …

Major tsunami struck southern China in 1076: Scientists

HONG KONG: A major tsunami struck China's southern coast in 1076 causing "drastic cultural decline", Chinese researchers say, in a study with implications for a densely populated region boasting multiple coastal nuclear power plants.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting an …

China's population shrinks despite two-child policy: Experts

BEIJING: China's population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, experts said, warning of a "demographic crisis" that puts pressure on the country's slowing economy.

The world's most populous nation of some 1.4 billion for decades limited most families to one child in an attempt to …

STI generates 6.5% decline in total returns in 2018: SGX

SINGAPORE: The Straits Times Index (STI) generated a 6.5 per cent decline in total returns in 2018, said Singapore Exchange (SGX) in a report on Thursday (Jan 3). 

It added that the non-weighted average return of the 30 STI constituents for last year was a decline of 8.4 per cent. 

The five …

Quake jolts Japan's Kumamoto, no tsunami or reports of damage

TOKYO: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 hit southern Japan on Thursday (Jan 3) but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, which struck at 6.10pm local time (5.10pm Singapore …

China 'lifts mysterious veil' by landing probe on dark side of the moon

A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, the space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first in the country's space programme.

India's top court says 'every second counts' for miners trapped for three weeks

India's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the government to list the steps it plans for the rescue of at least 15 miners trapped in a so-called "rat-hole" coal mine for three weeks in a remote hilly state, warning that "every second counts".

Thousands displaced as Myanmar army and Rakhine rebels clash

Weeks of fighting between ethnic Rakhine rebels and Myanmar's military has driven thousands of civilians from their homes, the UN said, as conflict intensifies in a state already ravaged by violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

China annual auto sales fall for first time in about two decades with more pain on the way

The slowdown is especially painful for U.S. automakers operating in China, which dwarfs the U.S. as the world's largest car market. Automakers sold roughly 28 million automobiles in China in 2018, compared with about 17 million in the U.S.

China says Canadians detained after Huawei arrest 'without a doubt' violated the law

BEIJING: China's top prosecutor said on Thursday (Jan 3) that two Canadians detained after Canada arrested a Chinese technology company executive had "without a doubt" violated the law.

Authorities in Beijing had previously said the two men, Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with …

North Korea diplomat in Italy missing, South Korean MP says, after asylum report

SEOUL: A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing, a South Korean member of parliament said on Thursday, after a South Korean newspaper reported he is seeking asylum in the West.

The diplomat, Jo Song Gil, disappeared with his wife after leaving the …