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Anti-China protesters rally in Hong Kong as vote looms

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:20:41 GMT

Around a thousand protesters rallied in Hong Kong on Saturday (Dec 10) against a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and an electoral system skewed towards Beijing ahead of elections for a new city leader.

Gambia's president-elect says loser Jammeh cannot reject polls

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:05:30 GMT

Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said on Saturday the country's outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no authority to reject the results of Dec.1. polls, while the United Nations and African Union piled pressure on Jammeh to step aside.

Gambia's President-elect says Jammeh cannot reject polls

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:40:34 GMT

Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said that the country's outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no constitutional authority to reject the results of December 1. polls and call fresh elections.

Malaysia’s comedy veteran Harith Iskander crowned ‘funniest person in the world’

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:09:36 GMT

Malaysia’s stand-up comedy king Harith Iskander, 50, has been judged as the world's funniest person in a contest held in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday (Dec 10).

Indonesia nabs four suspects plotting bomb attack in Jakarta

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:03:54 GMT

Indonesian police on Saturday (Dec 10) arrested four people suspected to be plotting a bomb attack on the capital.

Malaysia police kill key Abu Sayyaf militant in shootout

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:20:40 GMT

Malaysian security forces have killed a key member of a Philippine Islamist militant group in a shootout in waters off Sabah in Borneo, the Philippine military said Saturday (Dec 10).

After impeachment of S Korean president, anti-Park rallies resume

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:10:27 GMT

Protestors demanding that South Korean President Park Geun-hye step down marched on Saturday for a seventh straight weekend, a day after parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach her and put the fate of her presidency in the hands of a nine-judge court.

45,000 left homeless after Indonesia quake

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:30:20 GMT

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced after a devastating earthquake in Indonesia killed more than 100 people, an official said Saturday, leaving communities in ruins as aid trickled into the disaster-stricken province.

Solomon Islands scrambles to reach areas hit by second major quake

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:26 GMT

The Solomon Islands plans to dispatch emergency supplies to areas affected by a 6.9 magnitude aftershock on Saturday, a day after a much larger tremor triggered a tsunami warning that send hundreds of coastal people fleeing into the hills.

Taiwan says China air force conducts long-range drills

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:59:18 GMT

Chinese military aircraft on Saturday flew over waterways near Taiwan as part of long-range exercises, Taiwan said, the first such flights since a telephone call between Taiwan's leader and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump irked China.

Building collapse in southern India kills 9: Police

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:20:41 GMT

The seven-storey building where labourers and their families lived in the basement came crashing down late Thursday in Hyderabad, the state capital of Telangana.

After impeachment, South Korea prime minister urges calm, vigilance

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:15:18 GMT

South Korea's prime minister sought to calm anxiety over national security and to reassure financial markets on Saturday, a day after parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, making him acting leader.

Russia declines Japanese dog diplomacy ahead of summit

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:59:19 GMT

Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at puppy-love diplomacy by declining a gift of a dog for President Vladimir Putin at a summit next week with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Irreconcilable differences: Can Leni Robredo continue as vice-president of the Philippines?

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:16:43 GMT

Channel NewsAsia's Aya Lowe looks at what could happen next after relations soured between Philippines President Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo.

South Koreans celebrate Park impeachment, but anxiety remains

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:28:15 GMT

For the seventh straight week, protesters gathered en masse in the streets of the capital, but the mood was generally festive, after lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach the deeply unpopular Park over a corruption scandal.

Australia theme park reopens minus killer ride

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:12:32 GMT

Australia's biggest theme park re-opened quietly Saturday without the water ride that killed four people and faces demolition.

The burden of being young in Timor-Leste

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:48:00 GMT

While many developed countries wrestle with fast-ageing populations, Timor-Leste is blessed with one of the world’s youngest demographics. But that blessing could become a nightmare if youth unemployment continues to rise.

Gambia President Jammeh rejects outcome of Dec. 1 election

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:40:27 GMT

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections.

Strong 6.9-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:30:54 GMT

The epicentre of the quake was located 90 kilometres west of Kirakira, a provincial capital in the Solomons, at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

China fails to block UN meeting on North Korea rights abuses

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:11:55 GMT

It was the third time Beijing has failed to stop the annual discussion at the Security Council since a UN commission of inquiry in 2014 accused Pyongyang of committing atrocities unparalleled in the modern world.

Sri Lanka seizes biggest ever cocaine haul

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:30:39 GMT

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) of cocaine was detected aboard a ship that arrived in the capital Colombo from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah port.

South Korea's unexpected, unelected new leader

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:10:40 GMT

Hwang Kyo-ahn, a former prosecutor who has never held elected office, found himself elevated to de-facto leader of South Korea on Friday (Dec 9), and supreme commander of a military under constant threat from nuclear-armed North Korea.

E.U. "extremely troubled" by "deterioration" of China's human rights

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:40:40 GMT

The European Union (EU) is "extremely troubled" by the human rights situation in China and has called for the immediate release of wrongly detained individuals, it said on Friday.

Ten detained in connection with China coal mine disaster

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:30:33 GMT

Ten people were detained in China on Friday in connection with a coal mine disaster that killed 32 people last week, state media reported.

Dutchman charged in Cambodian child torture case

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:11:15 GMT

The footage, which emerged earlier this week, shows a two-year-old screaming and crying as a man prods different parts of his body with the stun gun.

South Korean parliament votes overwhelmingly to impeach President Park

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:45 GMT

South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.

South Korea PM says to boost cooperation with allies on North Korea nuclear threat

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:40:30 GMT

South Korea will step up cooperation with allies to respond to North Korea's nuclear threat, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Friday in his first speech after parliament impeached President Park Geun-hye.

In graft fight, China makes it harder to move capital, people overseas

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:06:27 GMT

China's difficulties in bringing home graft suspects who fled abroad have prompted tighter measures against illegal moves of capital and people beyond its borders, the government said on Friday.

Philippine President Duterte to visit Singapore, Cambodia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:22:01 GMT

Duterte will visit Cambodia on Dec 13 and 14 at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni, and then head to Singapore on Dec 15 and 16 at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Japan launching 'space junk' collector

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:37:16 GMT

Japan will launch a cargo ship on Friday (Dec 9) bound for the International Space Station, carrying a 'space junk' collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.