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Published: Mon, 20 November 2017 22:18:07 +0800


North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: UN

Mon, 20 November 2017 20:28:32 +0800

GENEVA: North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a United Nations human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of ...

UMNO Youth submits formal protest over PM Lee's Pedra Branca comments

Mon, 20 November 2017 20:00:07 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The youth wing of Malaysia's ruling party UMNO submitted a protest memorandum to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Nov 20). This comes after Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Malaysia's latest bid to challenge Singapore's sovereignty over ...

South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to US

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:59:00 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea's spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely. North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons ...

Twenty killed as truck topples onto van in Pakistan

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:26:40 +0800

At least 20 people including women and children were killed Monday when a lorry toppled over and shed its load of coal onto a passenger van in southern Pakistan, police said.

Thai economy records best growth of junta rule

Mon, 20 November 2017 17:30:40 +0800

BANGKOK: Thailand on Monday (Nov 20) posted its fastest quarter of economic growth in three years of junta rule, a boost for a country that was once Southeast Asia's economic dynamo but has laboured under years of political upheaval. Since toppling the civilian government in May 2014, the ruling ...

Japan 'Twitter killer' faces first murder charge

Mon, 20 November 2017 17:18:35 +0800

Japan's "Twitter killer", who is suspected of murdering and dismembering nine people he met on social media, was charged with his first count of homicide on Monday.

UN urges Japan to resettle more refugees after taking just three in first half

Mon, 20 November 2017 17:15:22 +0800

The U.N. refugee agency has urged Japan to resettle more asylum seekers, its chief said on Monday, pressuring the country to help solve a global crisis after giving refugee status to just three people in the first half of the year.

Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral

Mon, 20 November 2017 17:30:39 +0800

MUMBAI: An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open. Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra ...

Philippine chief justice warns of threat to democracy

Mon, 20 November 2017 16:39:07 +0800

The Philippines' Supreme Court chief justice warned on Monday that an attempt by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte to impeach her could threaten the country's democracy.

India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress party chief

Mon, 20 November 2017 19:07:36 +0800

India's opposition Congress party will hold leadership elections next month, an official said Monday, amid growing speculation Rahul Gandhi will take over from his mother as its leader.

Malaysia looking to ease burden of increasing fuel prices

Mon, 20 November 2017 16:32:00 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Ministry of Finance said it will identify steps to ease public burden should fuel prices remain above RM2.50 (S$0.80) per litre for three consecutive months. This comes after petrol prices in the country steadily increased over six consecutive weeks, reaching its highest ...

Vietnam's eco warriors fight to shield nature reserve from mass tourism

Mon, 20 November 2017 16:10:39 +0800

A ground effort in Danang, Vietnam’s third-largest city, fights to save the city’s beloved nature reserve from mass tourism.

Luxury Hong Kong apartment sells for more than US$71m: Report

Mon, 20 November 2017 16:00:39 +0800

HONG KONG: A luxury home on The Peak in Hong Kong has been sold for an eye-watering HK$560 million (US$71.7 million), setting another price record in the city. An unidentified buyer picked up the 4,242 sq ft apartment at the Mount Nicholson development for around HK$132,000 per sq ft, reported the ...

20 Uighurs use blankets to escape Thai cell

Mon, 20 November 2017 16:34:36 +0800

BANGKOK: Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention centre near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said on Monday (Nov 20), after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were ...

South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to US

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:55:17 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea's spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely. North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons ...

Duterte offers telecoms role to China in bid to break duopoly

Mon, 20 November 2017 14:50:39 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China the "privilege" to be his country's third telecoms operator, his spokesman said on Monday (Nov 20), turning to a historic rival to break a long-standing duopoly that has frustrated consumers for years. The Philippines' data and voice ...

EU's top diplomat 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi

Mon, 20 November 2017 14:40:06 +0800

YANGON: The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (Nov 20) hailed "extremely encouraging" talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya crisis, welcoming steps towards the repatriation of Muslims driven from Myanmar into Bangladesh. But her optimistic tone appeared sharply at odds ...

UMNO Youth condemns PM Lee's 'irresponsible' comments on Pedra Branca

Mon, 20 November 2017 19:14:04 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The youth wing of Malaysia's ruling party UMNO said it strongly condemns comments by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Malaysia's latest bid to challenge Singapore's sovereignty over Pedra Branca. UMNO Youth chief and Cabinet Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in statement ...

Cambodia's opposition gives up posts after ban

Mon, 20 November 2017 15:59:06 +0800

Elected officials from Cambodia's banned opposition party have begun handing over their duties after a court ordered the party dissolved, the government said on Monday.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after fatal accident

Mon, 20 November 2017 13:00:43 +0800

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high.

Bolt enlisted to make Aussie cricketers 'explosive' runners

Mon, 20 November 2017 12:59:02 +0800

SYDNEY: Australia's cricketers have called on retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets during the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the 100m and 200m and eight-time Olympic champion, is working with the ...

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:10:25 +0800

NAYPYITAW: China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya ...

Indonesia parliament speaker taken into custody by anti-graft agency

Mon, 20 November 2017 12:00:15 +0800

Indonesia's parliament speaker Setya Novanto has been taken into custody by the country's anti-corruption agency after being arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of US$170 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.

Manila to host K-pop stars for 'Golden Disc Awards'

Mon, 20 November 2017 11:44:18 +0800

MANILA: Filipino K-pop fans can look forward to starting off the new year with a big bang. The 32nd Golden Disc Awards (GDA), one of South Korea’s most prestigious music events, will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Jan 10 and 11. In a Facebook post on Monday (Nov 20), event organiser All ...

Alibaba goes offline with US$2.9 billion stake in China's top grocer

Mon, 20 November 2017 15:09:59 +0800

Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Monday it would invest HK$22.4 billion (US$2.87 billion) for a major stake in China's top hypermart operator, Sun Art Retail Group Ltd, part of a wider push into offline retail.

Beijing orders safety checks after apartment block fire kills 19

Mon, 20 November 2017 10:55:17 +0800

BEIJING: A fire in a Beijing apartment block that killed 19 people and injured eight has prompted authorities to order city-wide safety checks, state news agency Xinhua reported. The fire broke out on Saturday evening at a three-storey apartment block in Beijing's southern Daxing district, and a ...

China's Chongqing renews attacks on former disgraced leaders

Mon, 20 November 2017 10:50:19 +0800

BEIJING: The government of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing renewed its attacks on two of its disgraced former leaders on Monday, saying one had set up an "independent kingdom" while the other was a lazy deceiver. Chongqing, one of China's most important cities, is perhaps best known ...

Australia, NZ officials discuss screening for Manus refugees - NZ PM

Mon, 20 November 2017 10:35:10 +0800

New Zealand and Australian officials have begun talks about screening processes for asylum seekers who have shut themselves inside a Papua New Guinea detention centre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

7 out of 10 Malaysian children worry a lot about bullying: UNICEF

Mon, 20 November 2017 10:10:42 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Almost seven out of 10 children in Malaysia worry a lot about bullying, according to a new global survey issued by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with World Children's Day on Monday (Nov 20). This is compared to only three out of 10 children in Japan and ...

Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative

Mon, 20 November 2017 10:10:41 +0800

LONDON: For the first time, some of London's buses will soon be powered by a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The biofuel is created by mixing coffee oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel, which can be added to the London bus fuel supply chain without need for modification ...

China draws 3-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

Mon, 20 November 2017 19:01:11 +0800

China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said.

Brunei Sultan joins Sarawak Regatta

Mon, 20 November 2017 08:30:39 +0800

KUCHING: The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah attended the 145th Sarawak Regatta on Sunday (Nov 19) and joined the men’s 20-paddler longboat race. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his team 'Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei' competed against seven other teams. Sarawak's Chief Minister ...

Malaysia to impose RM300 fine for mobile phone usage while driving: Report

Mon, 20 November 2017 08:10:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Drivers in Malaysia caught using their mobile phones will face a fine of RM300, Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters on Sunday (Nov 19). The minister also announced that enforcement personnel and static and mobile cameras will be deployed to catch drivers who ...

Ex-Chile president Pinera in lead to win new term

Mon, 20 November 2017 07:50:07 +0800

SANTIAGO: Chileans voted for a successor to President Michelle Bachelet on Sunday, with billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera leading in preliminary results, though he will almost certainly face a December runoff against a left-of-center candidate. With around 70 percent of votes counted ...

US serviceman arrested for fatal road accident in Okinawa

Mon, 20 November 2017 04:01:23 +0800

TOKYO: A US Marine who tested positive for excess alcohol was arrested in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Sunday (Nov 19) after an elderly local man was killed in a road accident, police said. The 20-year-old was held for alleged negligent driving resulting in death, said Kazuhiko Miyagi, a ...

I should have left UCLA players in jail: Trump

Mon, 20 November 2017 11:58:40 +0800

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump on Sunday (Nov 19) said he was sorry for helping secure the release of three college basketball players caught shoplifting in China, after one of their fathers downplayed the President's role. The UCLA trio of LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were briefly detained ...

Football: Tibet flag scandal mars China's U20 debut in Germany

Mon, 20 November 2017 02:08:09 +0800

BERLIN: China's Under-20 team stormed off the pitch in the first in a series of friendlies against German fourth-division clubs as pro-Tibet activists demonstrated in Mainz. The Under-20 side is in Germany to play 16 friendlies against lower league clubs in an experiment, which runs until May ...

Delhi half-marathon goes ahead despite smog, health warnings

Mon, 20 November 2017 01:02:41 +0800

The US embassy website on Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hovered near 200 - eight times the World Health Organisation's safe maximum - for the duration of the 21-kilometre race.

EU to discuss Rohingya crisis with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Mon, 20 November 2017 00:18:05 +0800

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday (Nov 19) she would discuss ways to end the Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi when she meets the Myanmar leader in Yangon. Mogherini and foreign ministers from Asia and Europe toured refugee camps along ...

Pinera wins first round of Chile election, faces runoff

Mon, 20 November 2017 10:50:16 +0800

Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera will face center-left Senator Alejandro Guillier in a runoff for Chile's presidency next month, after a first round vote on Sunday that Pinera won, but with fewer votes than expected.

South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm

Sun, 19 November 2017 23:57:14 +0800

SEOUL: South Korea on Sunday (Nov 19) said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the south west of the country and raised its bird flu alert level to the highest ranking. The virus was discovered on a farm on Saturday with some 12,000 ducks in Gochang ...

South Korea confirms H5N6 virus at duck farm, raises bird flu alert level

Sun, 19 November 2017 22:46:33 +0800

SEOUL: South Korea on Sunday (Nov 19) said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the south west of the country and raised its bird flu alert level to the highest ranking. The virus was discovered on a farm on Saturday with some 12,000 ducks in Gochang ...

Another Johor water treatment plant shuts down due to ammonia pollution

Sun, 19 November 2017 22:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Johor water supply provider SAJ Ranhill has been forced to shut down its fourth water treatment plant in under a month due to ammonia pollution.  In a statement on Saturday (Nov 18) night, the company said 45,000 account holders in Kluang would be affected by the closure of the plant in ...

Bangladesh says begins talks with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation deal

Sun, 19 November 2017 21:40:11 +0800

Bangladesh has launched talks with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate Rohingya refugees and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Bangladesh says it's in talks with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation deal

Sun, 19 November 2017 22:25:07 +0800

Bangladesh has launched talks with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate Rohingya refugees and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Singaporeans brave traffic jam, crowds to go bargain hunting at new IKEA in Johor Baru

Mon, 20 November 2017 06:09:05 +0800

JOHOR BARU: Many Singaporeans endured the traffic jam and large crowds on Sunday (Nov 19) to visit IKEA’s newly opened outlet in Johor Baru. IKEA Tebrau, which opened its doors last Thursday, is the Swedish company’s largest outlet in Southeast Asia. Although it is located just 16km from ...

Indian producers delay Bollywood film 'Padmavati' after protests

Mon, 20 November 2017 15:02:47 +0800

The producers of "Padmavati" - a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen, said on Sunday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests.

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in US blogger killing

Sun, 19 November 2017 20:00:08 +0800

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the ...

Commentary: Are civil servants the biggest winners in Malaysia’s 2018 Budget?

Sun, 19 November 2017 07:50:39 +0800

Many say Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s 2018 budget brought cheer to Malaysian civil servants who form an important voting bloc in an election year. Tricia Yeoh discusses how much of an impact these benefits will have.

China military sets up website to report leaks, fake news

Sun, 19 November 2017 13:45:10 +0800

China's military on Sunday launched a website inviting the public to report leaks and fake news, as well as illegal online activities by military personnel, the latest step in a push to ensure Communist Party control over the internet.

Victoria's Secret to charm China with fashion gala

Sun, 19 November 2017 13:03:54 +0800

The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the US brand is holding its self-described "sexiest show on earth" outside the United States or Europe.

US warship sustains minor damage after tug drifts off Japan

Sun, 19 November 2017 13:24:11 +0800

An American warship has been damaged after a tug boat drifted into the destroyer during a drill off Japan, according to the US navy, the latest in a spate of incidents in Asia.

Museum seeks to convince Indians that toilets are not dirty

Sun, 19 November 2017 11:08:22 +0800

A throne with a built-in commode for a French monarch takes pride of place at a New Delhi museum trying to break taboos surrounding toilets in a country where such convenience remains a sensitive issue.

‘We will remember forever’: Inside the search for Singapore’s drowned dragonboaters

Mon, 20 November 2017 14:54:35 +0800

Cambodian officials relive a challenging 40-hour operation to recover five bodies from the vast Tonle Sap river in 2007.

China taps state firms to buttress pensions as society ages

Sun, 19 November 2017 02:04:51 +0800

China on Saturday announced a pilot programme to help pension schemes meet growing pressure from an ageing society by transferring shares of state-owned firms to social security funds.

Indian medical student wins Miss World beauty pageant

Sun, 19 November 2017 07:06:30 +0800

An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort on Saturday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant's history.

China wants Bangladesh, Myanmar to solve Rohingya crisis bilaterally

Sat, 18 November 2017 23:45:12 +0800

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday urged Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis through bilateral negotiations instead of an international initiative.

Philippine leader says police to return to drugs war if problem worsens

Sat, 18 November 2017 22:20:19 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that the police would reassume their lead role in implementing his war on drugs if the narcotics problem worsens and that nobody could stop his campaign, not even U.S. President Donald Trump.

China, North Korea envoys talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

Sat, 18 November 2017 21:42:25 +0800

A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said Saturday, stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North's nuclear activities.

Duterte says Philippine police to return to drugs war if problem worsens

Sat, 18 November 2017 21:40:05 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that the police would reassume their lead role in implementing his war on drugs if the narcotics problem worsens.

Melbourne hit by flash floods, rain seeps into airport terminal

Sat, 18 November 2017 22:29:01 +0800

MELBOURNE: Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Melbourne on Saturday (Nov 18), after the Australian city was lashed by a series of storms. Water poured down the steps to Flinders Street railway station in the heart of Melbourne, and commuters were seen removing their shoes to walk ...

Venezuela opposition leader Ledezma flees to Spain

Sat, 18 November 2017 17:45:11 +0800

CARACAS/BOGOTA: Veteran Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, under house arrest since 2015 for alleged coup plotting, escaped across the border to Colombia on Friday and later flew to Spain. With a 2018 presidential election looming, an array of major Venezuelan opposition figures are now ...

Sri Lanka arrest 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured

Sat, 18 November 2017 16:05:12 +0800

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist ...

Shanghai police see no foul play in Russian teen model's death

Sat, 18 November 2017 13:33:49 +0800

Shanghai police have ruled out foul play and cast doubt on allegations that overwork contributed to the death of a 14-year-old Russian model after she took part in Shanghai Fashion Week last month.

Australian medical group wants access to Manus Island asylum seekers

Sat, 18 November 2017 13:25:15 +0800

Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention centre in Papua New Guinea.

China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits

Sat, 18 November 2017 11:25:18 +0800

BEIJING/SEOUL: Traditional friendship between China and North Korea represents "valuable wealth" for their people, China said after its special envoy met a high-ranking North Korean official, but there was no mention of the crisis over North Korea's weapons. Song Tao, who heads the ruling Chinese ...

Strong earthquake rattles Tibet but only minor damage reported

Sat, 18 November 2017 16:29:29 +0800

BEIJING: An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck a remote part of Tibet on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.7, struck at 6:34 a.m. on Saturday (2234 GMT on ...

By-election could cost Australian government power

Sat, 18 November 2017 21:44:25 +0800

MELBOURNE: Australia's conservative coalition government is at risk of losing power after a new poll revealed the opposition Labor Party is neck-and-neck in a knife-edge by-election triggered by a constitutional crisis. A by-election is being held in the Sydney seat of Bennelong after government ...

Commentary: What a 21st century pre-school education looks like

Sat, 18 November 2017 15:09:40 +0800

Help kids get a leg up in a digital world by teaching them communication and other essential 21st century skills, says University College London’s Imran Siraj.

Commentary: Ambitious Asia trip for a US president leaves region longing for more

Sun, 19 November 2017 16:46:04 +0800

US President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated Asia trip had a packed agenda and was closely watched by many in the region. Yale-NUS College’s Chin-Hao Huang discusses whether it has lived up to expectations and what it bodes for the future.

I escaped death. 5 of my teammates didn’t

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:30:07 +0800

10 years ago in Cambodia, Channel NewsAsia’s Justin Ong was a member of the Singaporean national dragonboat crew struck by tragedy. He recalls that fateful Friday evening of Nov 23, 2007.

North Korea says China envoy stressed stance on developing relations: KCNA

Sat, 18 November 2017 21:43:31 +0800

China's special envoy on North Korea met high-ranking North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae after he arrived in the capital, Pyongyang, the North's official KCNA news agency said on Saturday.

US envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisis

Sat, 18 November 2017 00:50:14 +0800

South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".

Pakistan issues 'last warning' to Islamists blocking entrance to capital

Sat, 18 November 2017 00:35:23 +0800

Pakistan's government on Friday issued a final warning to members of a hard-line Islamist party who have blocked a main road into the capital since last week, raising fears of a violent clash as they refuse to budge.

Japan PM confident on progress in amending constitution

Fri, 17 November 2017 23:02:00 +0800

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is "confident" of progress in amending Japan's pacifist constitution, he said Friday, in his first policy speech since his landslide election victory.

Pentagon accidentally retweets call for Trump to resign

Fri, 17 November 2017 23:00:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: The United States Department of Defense had to beat a hasty retreat after "an authorised operator" of its official Twitter account accidentally retweeted a post calling for US President Donald Trump to resign. Sharp-eyed netizens posted screenshots of the Pentagon's retweet of Twitter ...

Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport copper mine

Fri, 17 November 2017 22:25:14 +0800

Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near a huge copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc.

Bomb plot foiled ahead of ASEAN summit in Philippines: Police

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:57:48 +0800

An Islamist plot to bomb a Manila shopping mall as US President Donald Trump and other world leaders arrived in the city for a summit has been foiled, Philippine police said Friday.

Well done: Long queues for Trump meal at Tokyo burger shack

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:52:17 +0800

TOKYO: United States President Donald Trump, who concluded his official visit to Japan earlier this month, has left his mark on one burger joint in Tokyo. Diners have been flocking to Munch's Burger Shack in the Japanese capital, ever since Trump ate one of its burgers at a country club with ...

Hong Kong father charged for abandoning disabled son in Singapore

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:20:39 +0800

HONG KONG: Three years after allegedly abandoning his disabled son in Singapore, a 48-year-old man was on Thursday (Nov 16) charged by Hong Kong police. The man, a Hong Konger, was charged with wilfully abandoning a child, according to South China Morning Post. His son, then 11, was found ...

Najib visits Anwar recuperating in hospital after surgery

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:00:39 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak on Friday (Nov 17) visited opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who was recuperating at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital after undergoing surgery. "I visited Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital today. He had undergone surgery a few days ago. Hoping for his fast ...

After ditching Taiwan, China says Panama will get the help it needs

Fri, 17 November 2017 20:40:15 +0800

China will provide Panama with whatever help it needs after the Central American country ditched long-standing ties with self-ruled Taiwan in June, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday after talks between the two countries' presidents.

Discipline, experience the secret to Taipei Metro's success

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:57:52 +0800

TAIPEI: Having experienced employees and discipline in maintenance operation procedures are some of the reasons for Taipei Metro's success, according to officials who work on the subway system. Hailed as one of the most reliable subway systems in the world, the metro has won praise from ...

US envoy says no communication, no signal from North amid nuclear crisis

Fri, 17 November 2017 19:20:10 +0800

South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".

Nissan CEO returns his pay after inspection scandal

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:59:52 +0800

The CEO of Japanese car giant Nissan said on Friday (Nov 17) he will return part of his pay until next March following a damaging inspection scandal.

Ringgit’s rebound continues as it hits more than one-year high against US dollar

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:30:39 +0800

After hitting a near 19-year low of 4.4980 in January, the Malaysian ringgit has since recovered to gain more than 7 per cent against the US dollar.

Johor Sultan approves straight bridge for JB-Woodlands rail link

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:27:50 +0800

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor has agreed to a revised design of a straight, elevated bridge for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track connecting Johor Baru and Woodlands in Singapore.  Malaysia's land transport authority said in a media statement on Friday (Nov 17) that Sultan Ibrahim Sultan ...

Elderly Japanese cons reoffending faster than young criminals

Fri, 17 November 2017 17:51:13 +0800

TOKYO: Elderly criminals in Japan are more likely to be sent back to jail than younger cons, a government report said Friday (Nov 17), with ageing crooks increasingly likely to reoffend. Almost one quarter or 23.2 per cent of elderly inmates found themselves back behind bars within two years of ...

Shelling, air strikes as Philippine troops hunt militants in marshland

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:24:25 +0800

MANILA: Philippine troops shelled positions held by a small group of pro-Islamic State militants in southern marshland on Friday, as the military pushed on with a new offensive after the country's biggest urban battle in decades. The army estimated 2,000 villagers had been displaced by several ...

Malaysia Q3 GDP beats forecast to hit fastest pace in more than 3 years

Fri, 17 November 2017 17:30:39 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than three years in the third quarter, raising expectations of a interest rate hike at the central bank's next policy meeting in January. Southeast Asia's third-largest economy has recovered this year after a rocky 2016, when ...

China faces waste hangover after Singles' Day buying binge

Fri, 17 November 2017 17:10:53 +0800

China's Singles' Day online discount sales bonanza on Saturday saw bargain-hungry buyers spend over US$38 billion, flooding the postal and courier businesses with around 331 million packages - and leaving an estimated 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste.

Sydney man orders 200 McDonald's hash browns before being arrested for drink driving: Report

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:50:38 +0800

SYDNEY: It wasn't a very happy meal in the end for one Sydney man, who reportedly ordered 200 hash browns from a McDonald's drive-through before being arrested by police for drink driving on Saturday (Nov 11). Police claim that the 30-year-old grew angry at McDonald's staff members when they would ...

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:40:39 +0800

NEW DELHI: The Delhi half marathon is to go ahead on Sunday (Nov 19) despite dire health warnings from doctors after a court in the heavily polluted city refused to order a delay. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had asked the Delhi High Court to postpone the event after a spike in pollution ...

Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:30:13 +0800

Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.

S Korean ex-spy chiefs arrested over corruption scandal

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:30:39 +0800

SEOUL: Two former heads of South Korea's spy agency were arrested Friday (Nov 17) on suspicion of paying millions of dollars in bribes to aides of ousted president Park Geun-hye, as a widening corruption scandal rocks the country. Nam Jae-joon and Lee Byung-kee, ex-heads of the National ...

Aboriginal children suffer 'shocking' treatment: Report

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:23:58 +0800

SYDNEY: Aboriginal children are subjected to "shocking" treatment at youth detention centres in northern Australia, an investigation revealed Friday (Nov 17), after a video of violence against mostly indigenous boys sparked outrage. The damning report said detained children were subjected to ...

Japanese regulators raid Airbnb over suspected antitrust practices

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:15:42 +0800

TOKYO: Japanese fair trade regulators raided last month the offices of Airbnb over suspected violations of antitrust laws, the home rental site said on Friday (Nov 17), denying any wrongdoing. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) carried out an on-site inspection of Airbnb and the company is ...

Human trafficking 'rife' in Rohingya camps: Aid agencies

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:19:49 +0800

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Widowed and alone, 21-year-old Umme Kulthum had hoped for a fresh start in Bangladesh, but was forced into prostitution instead, falling victim to what aid groups and officials say is a growing trafficking scourge targeting refugees. Women and children make up the majority ...

Yemeni fined RM400 for dressing up as suicide bomber for Halloween party

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:00:38 +0800

PETALING JAYA: A Yemeni information technology (IT) consultant was fined RM400 (US$96) by the Magistrate’s Court in Malaysia on Friday (Nov 17) for dressing up as a suicide bomber for a Halloween party last month. Magistrate Nurulhuda Zakariya meted out the punishment to Amjad Jalal Ahmed Al-Dahan ...

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in N.Korea

Fri, 17 November 2017 20:15:11 +0800

Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.