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Published: Fri, 23 February 2018 07:40:17 +0800

 



North Korea calls UN chief 'henchman' of the US

Fri, 23 February 2018 07:10:38 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea on Thursday (Feb 22) accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of being a "kind of henchman who is representing the United States" after the UN chief said sanctions were essential to pressure Pyongyang. North Korea's mission to the United Nations released a ...



Commentary: China’s tech darlings have a fundamental value problem

Fri, 23 February 2018 06:30:40 +0800

Difficult to decide what some high-flyers are actually worth, yet bankers and investors shouldn't let them get away with easy billion-dollar valuations, says one observer from the Financial Times.



Hong Kong harbour gets star attraction with sculpture park

Fri, 23 February 2018 01:08:25 +0800

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's harbourfront is known for glistening skyscrapers and the sight of containerships navigating busy shipping lanes - but a new art project has added a giant pumpkin, a map of the stars and a pair of disembodied legs to the famous skyline. The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, which ...



Japan wins WTO dispute over South Korean bans on Fukushima-related food

Thu, 22 February 2018 23:35:25 +0800

TOKYO/GENEVA: A World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. In a ruling that can be appealed by either side, a WTO ...



Indian surgeons remove 'heaviest recorded' brain tumour

Thu, 22 February 2018 22:57:55 +0800

Indian surgeons who removed a massive brain tumour in a marathon seven-hour procedure said Thursday it could be the heaviest ever recorded.



Barisan Nasional's move to reintroduce plastic bags bad for the future: Mahathir

Thu, 22 February 2018 22:41:27 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (Feb 22) said that Barisan Nasional's (BN) plan to "reintroduce plastic bags" in shops in Selangor is "bad for the future" because of the amount of rubbish it will generate. In a Facebook video that was posted on Thursday ...



Malaysian rapper Namewee in the dog house over 'obscene' Lunar New Year video

Thu, 22 February 2018 20:45:18 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya. This is not the first time the 34-year-old has courted controversy in the ...



India gives Trudeau list of suspected Sikh separatists in Canada

Thu, 22 February 2018 20:45:15 +0800

India has handed Canada a list of nine people in Canada who are suspected of trying to revive a Sikh separatist movement in the Indian state of Punjab, a state official said on Thursday.



Indonesian woman accused of Kim Jong Nam's murder was 'paid to fly to Macau', his home in exile

Thu, 22 February 2018 20:00:15 +0800

A woman accused of poisoning the North Korean leader's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, at a Malaysian airport had been paid to fly to Macau, Kim's home at the time, just days before the killing took place, her lawyer told a court on Thursday.



Taiwan to ban plastic straws, cups by 2030

Thu, 22 February 2018 20:39:20 +0800

TAIPEI: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday (Feb 22), with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. It is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a recycling ...



China investigates suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Thu, 22 February 2018 19:41:40 +0800

China said Thursday it was investigating allegations that a ship marked with Chinese characters transferred cargo to a North Korean vessel in a potential violation of UN sanctions on the high seas.



Philippines' Duterte suggests news site Rappler linked to US spies

Thu, 22 February 2018 19:25:14 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stood by his decision to ban domestic news outlet Rappler from his events, accusing it of trying to undermine his government, probably with the backing of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).



Rapper Namewee remanded over controversial Chinese New Year video clip: Report

Thu, 22 February 2018 19:10:42 +0800

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia: Rapper Namewee has been remanded by the police over his controversial Chinese New Year video, according to the Star.  Last week, the Malaysian rapper uploaded a video clip for Chinese New Year titled Like A Dog, featuring a group of people wearing dog masks. It allegedly ...



Indonesia president says toxic river should be clean enough to drink

Thu, 22 February 2018 19:00:12 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesia's president on Thursday said water from the Citarum River should be made drinkable within seven years under a new cleanup project for the Java island river often ranked among the world's most polluted. Running 300 km (190 miles) from a spring in West Java to the sea near capital ...



Philippines' Duterte says may expand ban on outbound workers

Thu, 22 February 2018 18:35:50 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he would extend his ban on sending workers to Kuwait to include other countries if investigations showed Filipinos were being seriously abused by employers elsewhere.



Indian investigators seize billionaire jeweller's luxury cars in US$1.8 billion fraud probe

Thu, 22 February 2018 18:25:16 +0800

MUMBAI: An Indian financial crime-fighting agency said on Thursday it has seized a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Porsche Panamera and some half a dozen more luxury vehicles belonging to billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his firms, in a probe into an alleged US$1.8 billion (1.3 billion pounds) fraud ...



Thai government under pressure to tackle pollution 'crisis'

Thu, 22 February 2018 18:05:55 +0800

BANGKOK: Environmental activists presented the Thai government with an hourglass filled with dust on Thursday (Feb 22) as part of a plea to tackle the hazardous levels of air pollution that have hung over the capital in recent weeks. Bangkok, one of the world's top tourist destinations, has been ...



Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'visited Cambodia for TV pranks'

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:49:39 +0800

An Indonesian woman charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited Cambodia to take part in what she believed were pranks for a TV show with suspected Pyongyang agents, a court heard Thursday.



German and British nationals arrested for alleged Bali drug smuggling

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:30:40 +0800

DENPASAR, Indonesia: A German man and a British man have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials said Thursday (Feb 22), with one of them possibly facing the death penalty. The 56-year-old German, identified by his initials SKAR ...



China denies racism, says hyping up TV blackface skit 'futile'

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:38:19 +0800

China said on Thursday it was "futile" to try to hype up a show on state television in which a Chinese actress was made up to appear African, which has provoked accusations of racism online.



Indonesia landslide on Java island kills 5, over a dozen missing

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:10:12 +0800

JAKARTA: A landslide on Indonesia's heavily populated island of Java on Thursday killed at least five people and left more than 15 people missing, an official at the country's disaster agency said. The landslide, which struck a village in central Java, also injured 14 people, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho ...



'Justice will come': jailed critic of Philippines' Duterte

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:02:35 +0800

A year after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says she believes justice is coming.



China probes report of possible North Korea sanctions breach at sea

Thu, 22 February 2018 16:55:07 +0800

BEIJING: China said on Thursday it is investigating a Japanese report that a Chinese ship may have carried out a ship-to-ship transfer with a North Korean vessel in breach of U.N. sanctions. Japan said late on Tuesday that its military had spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker lying alongside a ...



Russian curler stripped of Olympic medal for doping

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:00:38 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bronze medal Thursday (Feb 22) after admitting doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said. The 25-year-old was one of 168 Russian athletes who passed rigorous testing to compete as neutrals in ...



Embattled Australian deputy PM faces call to step down as party leader

Thu, 22 February 2018 16:45:12 +0800

Australia's embattled deputy prime minister, under pressure over an extramarital affair, faced a call to step down as leader of his party on Thursday, the first such call from a member of the party, which is part of the ruling coalition.



Ivanka and North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Thu, 22 February 2018 16:37:07 +0800

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged Thursday.



Five dead, 15 missing in Indonesia landslide

Thu, 22 February 2018 17:10:11 +0800

JAKARTA: At least five people have been killed and 15 are still missing after a landslide cascaded down the terraced slopes of a rice field on the Indonesian island of Java on Thursday (Feb 22), officials said. The missing people, farmers tending their crops in Brebes district, Central Java, were ...



Trial of Macau lawmaker fuels new wave of activism in casino hub

Thu, 22 February 2018 15:25:13 +0800

A trial involving Macau's youngest lawmaker is pitting a vocal younger generation of activists pushing for greater government transparency against the territory's political and business elites.



North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

Thu, 22 February 2018 18:00:18 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea will send a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors. The latest visit by officials from the normally reclusive ...



Greenpeace appeals to Thai PM to tackle air pollution 'crisis'

Thu, 22 February 2018 14:40:14 +0800

Environment group Greenpeace on Thursday called on Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to tackle an air pollution "crisis" in Bangkok, weeks after a pollution agency said the city's air quality had hit dangerous levels.



4 arrests over Taiwan's 'first' bitcoin robbery

Thu, 22 February 2018 14:40:40 +0800

TAIPEI: Taiwan police have arrested four men over a bitcoin robbery worth NT$5 million (US$170,000) in what they said was the first case of its kind on the island. Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions and its value has soared since it came ...



Cambodia's Hun Sen threatens to beat up protesters at ASEAN-Australian summit

Thu, 22 February 2018 14:21:37 +0800

PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday (Feb 21) threatened to beat up protesters who might burn an effigy of him during his visit to Sydney next month. Hun Sen is scheduled to attend a summit hosted by Australia for leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...



Indonesian president puts off signing law protecting parliament

Thu, 22 February 2018 13:34:50 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has delayed signing a draft law that would allow parliament to crack down on criticism aimed at its members or the legislature, suggesting it could undermine the quality of the country's democracy. Members of parliament have proposed modifying laws ...



Amnesty says Rohingya crisis consequence of society 'encouraged to hate'

Thu, 22 February 2018 13:15:45 +0800

LONDON: The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday (Feb 22). The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries ...



North Korea to send delegation to Olympics closing ceremony, meet South Korea's Moon

Thu, 22 February 2018 13:17:13 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea in time for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the South's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday (Feb 22). The delegation, which will travel by road, will be led by Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of ...



China rules out arson in Tibetan temple fire

Thu, 22 February 2018 12:52:01 +0800

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of a recent fire at Tibetan Buddhism's holiest temple, state media reported Thursday (Feb 22), adding an important Buddha statue had emerged "intact" from the blaze. The report is the first official account of Saturday's fire at the ...



Oil from sunken Iran tanker reached Japan shores: Coast Guard

Thu, 22 February 2018 21:04:15 +0800

TOKYO: Oil that reached islands in southern Japan earlier this month is highly likely to have come from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, the Japan Coast Guard said on Thursday (Feb 22). Samples of oily matter that washed up on Feb. 8 on the shores of the Okinoerabu and Yoron islands in the Amami ...



Cambodia media freedom in decline, journalists harassed: Report

Thu, 22 February 2018 12:46:17 +0800

PHNOM PENH: A new independent report has found that most Cambodian journalists believe media freedom is declining in the country - and that recent closures of several media outlets is politically motivated. The report, Challenges for Independent Media, launched by the Cambodian Center for ...



Woman gang-raped, brutalised with iron rods in West Bengal

Thu, 22 February 2018 12:20:40 +0800

WEST BENGAL: A woman in India was found with her intestine "coming out from her private parts", after she was allegedly raped by two men and brutalised with iron rods, local reports said. According to reports, the victim was returning home from a village fair on Saturday (Feb 17) night when she ...



Singapore Airlines picks Perth as second destination for new 787s

Thu, 22 February 2018 12:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has picked Perth as the second destination for its new 787 aircraft.  The national carrier said on Thursday (Feb 22) that flights to the Australian city using the new fleet are expected to begin in May for one of its four daily flights between Singapore and ...



Australian leader to raise China, Trans-Pacific trade deal in Trump talks

Thu, 22 February 2018 12:35:19 +0800

China's rising power and a resurgent trans-Pacific trade pact will be at the top of the agenda when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Washington this week, an Australian official said on Thursday.



Malaysia couple jailed 15 months, fined for child exploitation

Thu, 22 February 2018 11:30:38 +0800

IPOH: A husband-and-wife couple were each sentenced to 15 months' jail and fined RM28,000 (S$9,500) by the Sessions Court in Ipoh on Thursday (Feb 22) after they pleaded guilty to 28 counts of exploiting 19 children and teenagers.  Muslim Ab Karim, 67, and Zaleha Mohamad, 55, had been forcing the ...



South Korea splurges on sister of Kim Jong Un; drops his name from border broadcasts

Thu, 22 February 2018 10:58:05 +0800

SEOUL: South Korea spent around 240 million won (159,380 pounds) on the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and her entourage during their three-day visit for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a government official said on Thursday (Feb 22). The money was mostly spent on accommodation ...



Badminton: Srikanth predicts golden era for Indian stars

Thu, 22 February 2018 10:19:09 +0800

NEW DELHI: Indian badminton is entering a golden era with an army of new stars aiming for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games success this year, the country's top-ranked star Kidambi Srikanth has warned rivals. With Srikanth ranked three in the world, HS Prannoy 11th and Sai Praneeth 14th, India ...



Father in Malaysia charged with murder of baby girl

Thu, 22 February 2018 10:49:57 +0800

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang: A young father in Malaysia was charged on Wednesday (Feb 21) with the murder of his one-and-a-half-month-old baby girl last week. Muhamad Firdaus Saidon, 22, allegedly caused the death of his daughter, Nurul Ain Umairah Muhammad, at their house in Bukit Tengah at 10.45am ...



Commentary: At Winter Olympics, US and Korean leaders revive familiar roles

Thu, 22 February 2018 10:10:38 +0800

Warming ties between North and South Korea and the US's passive-aggressive stance seem all too recognisable, says one RAND observer.



Malaysia man given 80 years' jail, 24 strokes of the cane for raping daughter

Thu, 22 February 2018 09:50:38 +0800

KUCHING: A general worker was sentenced to 80 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court in Malaysia's Sarawak state on Thursday (Feb 22), after he pleaded guilty to four counts of raping his daughter. Judge Dayang Ellyn Narissa Abang Ahmad meted out the sentence on the 40-year ...



South Korea's Moon says relations with US are 'rock solid'

Thu, 22 February 2018 10:27:50 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said relations with the United States are "rock solid" and "as strong and robust as ever" in a media interview, as his administration gears up for a possible summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Moon's administration has faced questions from ...



Prosecutor calls Maldives' extension of state of emergency unconstitutional: sources, media

Thu, 22 February 2018 07:05:16 +0800

MALE: The extension of a state of emergency in the Maldives was unconstitutional, the country's prosecutor general has said, according to two sources and local media on Wednesday. Parliament approved on Tuesday the extension sought by President Abdulla Yameen, but it was passed without the ...



Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters'arrest: defence

Wed, 21 February 2018 23:40:27 +0800

The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defence lawyer said.



Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters' arrest: Report

Wed, 21 February 2018 22:57:07 +0800

YANGON: The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday (Feb 21) about where the pair were arrested, a defence lawyer said. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained on Dec ...



Two killed, 11 injured, by bomb in Myanmar city of Lashio: police

Wed, 21 February 2018 21:50:18 +0800

YANGON: A bomb explosion on Wednesday in Myanmar's northeastern city of Lashio killed two bank workers and injured 11 people, the government said. Police said they were investigating but had no word on possible suspects. "It's true. We just received a (local) police report about the bomb blast in ...



Myanmar bank blast kills two, injures more than 20

Thu, 22 February 2018 01:01:07 +0800

YANGON: Two people were killed and 22 wounded when a bomb exploded on Wednesday (Feb 21) at a bank in northern Myanmar, officials said, amid continuing violence despite a fraught peace process. The bomb went off in the town of Lashio in Shan state, which has seen several ethnic insurgencies over ...



Two dead, 22 hurt from bomb blast in northeast Myanmar city Lashio

Wed, 21 February 2018 22:40:13 +0800

YANGON: A bomb blast killed two bank employees and injured 22 other people in Myanmar's northeastern city of Lashio on Wednesday, the government and the military said. Police said an investigation was under way but would not elaborate on whether there were any suspects in the attack. Lashio ...



Vatican child abuse investigator undergoing surgery in Santiago

Thu, 22 February 2018 03:55:14 +0800

A Vatican investigator sent to Santiago by Pope Francis to interview sex abuse victims has been hospitalized with an undisclosed health problem, a spokesman said Wednesday.



Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Nawaz Sharif cannot lead his party

Wed, 21 February 2018 21:40:17 +0800

Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier.



Trudeau 'assures' India that Canada won't support Sikh separatists

Wed, 21 February 2018 21:27:17 +0800

NEW DELHI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to the holiest site of Sikhism in northern India on Wednesday (Feb 21) where government leaders said he assured them his country won't support anyone trying to revive a separatist movement in India. Canada is home to an influential Sikh ...



Philippine fisherman eaten in rising croc attacks

Wed, 21 February 2018 21:10:44 +0800

MANILA: A crab fisherman has been killed and half-eaten by a huge saltwater crocodile, the latest in a growing number of attacks on a remote Philippine island, police said Wednesday (Feb 21). The family and neighbours of Rebente Ladja, 37, launched a search after he failed to return home Monday ...



Malaysian police slam brakes on syndicate which sold stolen lorry components overseas

Wed, 21 February 2018 20:10:40 +0800

PORT KLANG: An Egyptian man was among five members of the “Botak Siva” syndicate detained last month by the Selangor police in connection with cannibalising stolen lorries and selling their components overseas. Malaysian police, with help from their Singapore counterparts and the international ...



Malaysian woman charged with murder of Indonesian helper in latest case of abuse

Wed, 21 February 2018 19:25:22 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 60-year-old woman with murdering an Indonesian domestic helper who was found with bruises on her face and died from her injuries, state news agency Bernama said. It is the latest such case in a series. In 2008, a Malaysian was sentenced to ...



Malaysia, Indonesia to discuss protocols on recruitment of Indonesian workers

Wed, 21 February 2018 19:30:38 +0800

JAKARTA: Malaysia will discuss in detail with Indonesia the standard operating procedures relating to the recruitment, salary and protection of workers from Indonesia, said Malaysia's Ambassador to Indonesia Zahrain Mohamed Hashim. Mr Zahrain said the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources and the ...



Singapore 'unlikely' to be affected by haze in next 2 weeks: NEA

Wed, 21 February 2018 18:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Transboundary haze is "unlikely" to affect Singapore in the next two weeks, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Wednesday (Feb 21), after four Indonesian provinces declared disaster alerts for forest fires. "The dry weather conditions are expected to gradually ease, and an ...



Indian police arrest six as inquiry widens into bank fraud

Wed, 21 February 2018 17:18:50 +0800

MUMBAI:  India's federal police have arrested six people, including employees of a billionaire jeweller, as an inquiry into one of the country's biggest bank scams widens, investigators said Wednesday (Feb 21). The Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that Nirav Modi, a ...



Samsung set to launch new flagship smartphones

Wed, 21 February 2018 17:14:18 +0800

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics will unveil its next flagship smartphones - the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ - on Sunday (Feb 25), after it reported record profits in recent weeks and its vice chairman was released from prison. Samsung, the flagship subsidiary of South Korea's biggest business group ...



Delhi's 'lost' Mughal garden reopens as public park

Wed, 21 February 2018 17:09:59 +0800

NEW DELHI: A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi will reopen on Wednesday (Feb 21) after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India's sprawling and smog-choked capital. The 36-hectare garden will be formally opened by the Aga Khan, whose Trust ...



3 family members charged for selling fake formula milk in Johor Bahru

Wed, 21 February 2018 17:52:15 +0800

JOHOR BAHRU: Three family members were charged on Wednesday (Feb 21) for allegedly selling fake infant formula milk in Johor Bahru.  The individuals - Yap Kai Chai, 59, Ling Mei Nar, 42, and Yap Chang Hong, 26 - are business partners of TCM Yongtai Lian, a Chinese medicinal drug firm with several ...



Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Wed, 21 February 2018 16:34:13 +0800

MANILA: Philippine officials are headed to Kuwait on Thursday (Feb 22) to seek greater protection for migrant workers after a diplomatic row over the alleged mistreatment of Filipinos in the Gulf state. Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello told reporters Wednesday one of his deputies would lead the ...



Pakatan Harapan takes legal action against Malaysian Registrar of Societies

Wed, 21 February 2018 16:30:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan filed an application for legal action on Wednesday (Feb 21) to compel the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to register it as a formal alliance, alleging that the government body had been dragging its feet. Opposition member of parliament ...



Philippines asks court to declare communist rebels terrorists

Wed, 21 February 2018 16:16:20 +0800

MANILA: The Philippines on Wednesday (Feb 21) asked a court to declare the communist party and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), a terrorist organisation, dashing already faint hopes of a recovery in a tattered peace process. The petition before a Manila regional trial court seeks to ...



Pakistan averts financial watchlist over militancy funding

Wed, 21 February 2018 16:08:59 +0800

Islamabad - Pakistan has narrowly avoided being targeted by a global watchdog over terrorism financing, the foreign minister said, after reports that the US had supported a motion to place its ally on the group's watchlist. Pakistan was granted a three-month reprieve by the Financial Action Task ...



Former cyclone Gita traverses New Zealand, batters South Island

Wed, 21 February 2018 15:59:27 +0800

CHRISTCHURCH: At least 5,000 people in New Zealand's South Island were cut off by massive landslips and hundreds of tourists stranded on Wednesday (Feb 21) after former cyclone Gita whipped through the country, sparking a state of emergency in several southern towns. Torrential rains from Gita ...



Trump Jr says presidency is costing the family firm

Wed, 21 February 2018 15:22:24 +0800

NEW DELHI: Donald Trump's presidency has cost the family firm "millions of dollars" in lost business, his son told an Indian newspaper during a visit aimed at drumming up sales of new luxury apartment complexes. Donald Trump junior told the Times of India that the Trump Organization was turning ...



Grenade on Sri Lanka bus injures 19; military rules out attack

Wed, 21 February 2018 21:00:14 +0800

COLOMBO: A grenade exploded on a bus in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the prime minister said, but the military ruled out the possibility that the incident was an attack. Since the end of Sri Lanka's nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have ...



Computer shops embrace lucrative business: Outfitting cryptocurrency miners

Wed, 21 February 2018 15:02:40 +0800

Some of the biggest electronics bazaars in Asia are being flooded with customers looking for the latest piece of technology: cryptocurrency mining rigs.



Four Indonesian provinces declare disaster alerts for forest, land fires

Wed, 21 February 2018 14:08:39 +0800

JAKARTA: Four Indonesian provinces have declared disaster alerts as threats of forest and land fires continue to rise at the start of the dry season in the country. The provinces are South Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan - all of which have been prone to forest fires in ...



Malaysia arrests 10 suspects for helping militants enter southern Philippines from Sabah

Wed, 21 February 2018 21:36:50 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's counter-terrorism police have arrested 10 people - seven Filipinos and three Malaysians – for smuggling militants into the southern Philippines, via Sabah, to join Islamic State groups over there.  The suspects, nine men and one woman, were detained in raids between Jan 24 ...



Chinese community played important role in Malaysia's development: PM Najib

Wed, 21 February 2018 13:03:13 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government will continue paying attention and tending to the needs of the Chinese community to ensure that they will prosper together with the country, said Prime Minister Najib Razak in a blog post on his website on Tuesday (Feb 20).  The prime minister said the ...



Taiwan looks south for Muslim tourist dollars

Wed, 21 February 2018 11:54:21 +0800

From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle.



New Bangkok-Pattaya train service to make day trips possible

Wed, 21 February 2018 12:04:06 +0800

BANGKOK: A new Bangkok-Pattaya train service that will allow tourists to make day trips to the Thai coastal city will be introduced in March, the DPA news agency reported on Wednesday (Feb 21).  Launched on a six-month trial, the new train service will run twice daily on weekends. It will depart ...



Lizard fish, other rarely seen marine life hauled off Australia abyss

Wed, 21 February 2018 11:41:16 +0800

SYDNEY: More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday (Feb 21), including a cousin of the "world's ugliest animal" Mr Blobby. Scientists spent a month last year on a vessel off the country's ...



Japan reports suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Wed, 21 February 2018 11:12:43 +0800

Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by Pyongyang to the UN after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a ship marked with Chinese characters and a North Korean vessel, the Japanese foreign ministry said.



Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters: Sources

Wed, 21 February 2018 11:23:47 +0800

Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.



5 suspicious deaths at Australia aged care facility probed

Wed, 21 February 2018 11:10:38 +0800

SYDNEY: A doctor has been reported to health authorities and three nurses fired over the suspicious deaths of five people at a Baptist-run aged care facility in Australia, authorities said Thursday. The dead were palliative care patients at the Carinity Fairfield Grange home in the northern city ...



Philippines 'concerned' as US intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

Wed, 21 February 2018 16:05:16 +0800

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.



Pakistan given three-month reprieve over terrorist financing watchlist - minister

Wed, 21 February 2018 10:51:25 +0800

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said late on Tuesday. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added ...



Maldives extends state of emergency by 30 days

Wed, 21 February 2018 11:03:51 +0800

MALE: Parliament in the Maldives on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen who cited an ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis. Countries including the United States, India and Canada along with the United Nations have ...



Commentary: Russia, the rising power rises again

Wed, 21 February 2018 07:10:38 +0800

No better time than the present for Russia to realise its political, military and economic ambitions, says one observer from Curtin University.



Tourists stranded as cyclone's tail hits New Zealand

Wed, 21 February 2018 07:10:40 +0800

Authorities said they were considering sending ferries to ship the holiday-makers out of the remote South Island region after huge landslips closed the main highway.



Pakistan given 3-month reprieve over terrorist financing watchlist - minister

Wed, 21 February 2018 06:10:16 +0800

Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said late on Tuesday.



Canada's PM says India trip about broader ties not just political ones

Wed, 21 February 2018 04:15:26 +0800

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed talk of a snub by the Indian government on his first state visit to the country this week, and cast his trip as being focussed on building business and cultural ties and not just political ones.



Congo refugees in Rwanda say soldiers shoot and wound at least two during food protest

Wed, 21 February 2018 03:00:21 +0800

KIGALI, Rwanda: Congolese refugees in Rwanda said soldiers shot at them and wounded at least two people on Tuesday as the refugees tried to march out of their camp in protest at a cut in food rations. A government minister denied the account. Refugees said around 2,000 people from the 17,000 ...



Vatican special envoy hears sex abuse victim testimony in Chile

Wed, 21 February 2018 01:40:10 +0800

SANTIAGO: The Vatican's top sexual abuse investigator said he had started taking testimony on Tuesday from victims in the Chilean capital, where he is looking into accusations that a bishop appointed by Pope Francis covered up crimes against minors. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta was sent to ...



Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

Tue, 20 February 2018 23:45:16 +0800

RAWALPINDI/MURIDKE, Pakistan: The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan's government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4x4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers. Islamabad hopes that by seizing ...



Seized, but not ceased - Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

Tue, 20 February 2018 23:30:20 +0800

The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan's government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4x4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers.



Bangladesh, Myanmar officials visit Rohingya trapped at border

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:26:13 +0800

DHAKA/YANGON: Myanmar and Bangladeshi representatives held talks about 5,300 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between their two countries and visited the area on Tuesday (Feb 20), officials and Rohingya refugees told Reuters. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine ...



Philippines Duterte extends term of top cop leading his deadly war on drugs

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:20:15 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would extend the tour of duty of the country's police chief "a little bit longer" to carry out reforms in a law enforcement agency at the forefront of his war on drugs.



Philippine leader bans news site from covering his events over 'fake news'

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:23:48 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "lost trust" in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, his spokesman said on Tuesday (Jan 20), in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government. Duterte's decision was because he has ...



North Korea hacker group expands scope to include Japan, Vietnam targets: FireEye

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:39:54 +0800

The group, codenamed APT37 (Reaper), is likely to have been active since 2012, and is expected to be used more in “previously unfamiliar roles and regions”, the cybersecurity vendor says.



Indonesia police seize more than a tonne of crystal meth from ship

Tue, 20 February 2018 20:10:38 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities early Tuesday (Feb 20) seized 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine hidden on a ship in their second major drug bust this month, officials said. Customs inspectors said they spotted the vessel between Indonesia's Sumatra island and Singapore and reported it to ...



Malaysian high commissioner to meet Indonesian minister over possible maid freeze

Tue, 20 February 2018 17:50:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's High Commissioner in Jakarta will meet Indonesia's Manpower Minister on Tuesday (Feb 20) following reports that Indonesia is looking to revisit a moratorium on sending its domestic workers to Malaysia.  Indonesia had raised this possibility last year during bilateral talks ...