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Published: Mon, 18 December 2017 04:15:05 +0800


Fifty Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka

Mon, 18 December 2017 03:10:23 +0800

Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more tourists.

Man stabbed, mowed down twice at Johor Baru petrol station

Mon, 18 December 2017 00:59:06 +0800

A 30-year old man was stabbed and mowed down by a car with four men inside, at a petrol station in Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelangi, on Sunday (Dec 17).

Chile choosing between billionaire and ex-journalist for president

Mon, 18 December 2017 00:05:08 +0800

SANTIAGO: Chileans voted in a runoff presidential election on Sunday that will determine if the world's top copper producer stays on its center-left course or joins a tide of Latin American nations turning to the right in recent years. They are choosing between billionaire former President ...

Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officials

Sun, 17 December 2017 22:39:22 +0800

MANILA: At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday. Kai-tak cut power supplies in many areas, forced the ...

Car bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghanistan

Sun, 17 December 2017 22:20:10 +0800

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: A car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday, killing one civilian and wounding four others but without causing casualties among international forces, officials said. Qudratullah Khushbakht, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor, said ...

Actor Aaron Aziz conferred Datuk honours by Pahang royalty

Sun, 17 December 2017 22:20:38 +0800

PAHANG: Singaporean actor Aaron Aziz was among six recipients who were conferred the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) (Dec 16) by the Pahang royal family on Saturday, granting him the honorary Datuk title. In a royal ceremony at the Abu Bakar Palace in Pahang on Saturday, Aaron, clad in a black ...

Insurgents burn bus in southern Thailand

Sun, 17 December 2017 20:15:08 +0800

BANGKOK: Armed insurgents stopped and torched a Bangkok-bound passenger bus on a highway in southern Thailand on Sunday, police said. All 14 passengers, as well as the bus driver and his assistance, survived the attack, although their luggage were burned with the bus. The attack occurred in Yala ...

Philippines' Duterte, in about-face, says he supports same-sex unions

Sun, 17 December 2017 20:10:11 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.

4 killed, 7 hurt in fire at sexual services parlor near Tokyo

Sun, 17 December 2017 20:44:41 +0800

TOKYO: Four people were killed and seven injured on Sunday in a fire at an establishment near Tokyo offering sexual services, Japanese police said. Aerial footage on public broadcaster NHK showed grey smoke pouring from a concrete building in the city of Saitama, 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of ...

Last female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia 'seriously' ill

Sun, 17 December 2017 19:20:39 +0800

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia's last living female Sumatran rhinoceros is suffering from a serious illness, according to Sabah wildlife officials. Iman, who lives at a forest reserve in Lahad Datu, has been experiencing bleeding from her uterine leiomyoma tumours for three days, according to Sabah ...

Malaysia to delay implementation of Vehicle Entry Permit: Report

Sun, 17 December 2017 18:30:38 +0800

JOHOR: The implementation of Malaysia's Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) originally scheduled for January 2018 will be delayed, the country's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Sunday (Dec 17).  According to a report by The Star, Mr Liow explained that the delay was because the Malaysian ...

Chinese military transport plane flies near Taiwan

Sun, 17 December 2017 23:08:59 +0800

TAIPEI: At least one Chinese Air Force Yun-8 transport plane conducted a long-haul flight near Taiwan on Sunday, the island's Defence Ministry said, amid simmering tensions between the two rivals. Taiwan dispatched its aircraft and ships to "monitor and deal with" the Yun8, which returned to its ...

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

Sun, 17 December 2017 23:40:24 +0800

Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

Dozens killed, thousands stranded after storm lashes Philippines

Sun, 17 December 2017 19:25:41 +0800

Thousands of people heading home for Christmas in the Philippines were stranded on Sunday by Tropical Depression Kai-Tak, a day after the storm killed three people as it pounded the nation's eastern islands.

Commentary: China’s impressive record in climate change fuels questions of global leadership

Sun, 17 December 2017 16:10:38 +0800

China’s moves to adopt clean energy and continued strong backing of the Paris Agreement are laudable but the country still has some way to go, says one observer.

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Sun, 17 December 2017 14:39:52 +0800

Uber may be shredding business models for taxi firms the world over but it is struggling to make inroads in Japan, where risk-averse passengers prefer to stick to their high-quality traditional taxi service.

Thai army denies role in death of cadet in abuse row

Sun, 17 December 2017 14:36:54 +0800

Thailand's military on Friday cleared itself of responsibility for the murky death of an 18-year-old cadet following its probe into a case that has become a lightning rod for anger over abuse of young recruits in the kingdom's barracks.

Tens of thousands of Indonesians rally over Trump's Jerusalem stance

Sun, 17 December 2017 14:08:04 +0800

Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia's capital to a square in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

North Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia

Sun, 17 December 2017 13:10:38 +0800

SYDNEY: A Sydney-based "loyal agent of North Korea" has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said Sunday (Dec 17). The 59-year-old naturalised Australian citizen of ...

North Korea threat on agenda when South Korean foreign minister visits Japan

Sun, 17 December 2017 12:50:12 +0800

South Korea's foreign minister will visit Japan this week to meet her Japanese counterpart, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, with Seoul and Tokyo seeking to boost cooperation over the handling of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

Recipes from a different time: The Bugis art of slow and lemak cooking

Sun, 17 December 2017 22:41:38 +0800

What makes Bugis home-cooking distinct from the standard Singaporean Malay fare? Madam Milah Bakri shows CNA Insider three dishes, in this Vanishing Home Recipes series.

In Indonesia, educating child brides remains a tough challenge

Sun, 17 December 2017 07:10:57 +0800

A groundbreaking report by UNICEF and the Indonesian government found that girls marrying before the age of 18 were at least six times less likely to complete senior secondary education compared to their unmarried peers.

Breaking away from bibimbap to enjoy the best of Korean food

Sun, 17 December 2017 18:50:39 +0800

As the 2018 Winter Olympics approach in February, we look at some of the unique dishes that can be found in the three host cities - Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon - in Gangwon province, South Korea.

Commentary: Another North Korean missile test? A stern US response? I've heard all this before

Sun, 17 December 2017 07:30:40 +0800

SEOUL: If you follow news on the Korean Peninsula with even occasional interest, you will notice that events can have a cyclical character. North Korea tests a missile or nuclear weapon. South Korea and the US condemn the North’s act and respond with some show of their own military power. Media ...

Britain, China speed up bid to link stock markets

Sat, 16 December 2017 23:10:45 +0800

BEIJING: China and Britain look forward to a "new period of historic opportunity" to deepen cooperation post-Brexit, officials said Saturday (Dec 16), as they accelerated plans to connect the London and Shanghai stock markets. Visiting British finance minister Philip Hammond has been cozying up to ...

Three dead, 77,000 flee as storm pounds Philippines

Sat, 16 December 2017 21:40:45 +0800

TACLOBAN Philippines: At least three people were killed and tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak pounded the eastern Philippines on Saturday (Dec 16), cutting off power and triggering landslides, officials said. Kai-Tak, packing gusts of up to 110km ...

Australian PM future safeguarded in crucial Sydney by-election

Sat, 16 December 2017 21:30:51 +0800

SYDNEY: Australia's conservative coalition government regained its razor-thin parliamentary majority on Saturday (Dec 16) after inner Sydney voters re-elected a former professional tennis player in a special poll triggered by a constitutional crisis. The Liberal Party victory in the blue-ribbon ...

First gay marriages take place in Australia

Sat, 16 December 2017 18:50:43 +0800

SYDNEY: Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday (Dec 16), ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month. The historic reforms were given royal assent on December 8, the final step in a process that began with a national postal vote in ...

Maid employers in Malaysia to save 90% of cost through direct, online recruitment

Sat, 16 December 2017 21:50:37 +0800

PUTRAJAYA: Employers of foreign domestic workers in Malaysia will be able to save more than 90 per cent of the recruitment cost from Jan 1, if the process is done online and without an agent. Announcing this on Friday (Dec 15), Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi noted that usually, employers ...

Japan eyes US$46 billion defence budget to counter North Korea: Report

Sat, 16 December 2017 15:40:39 +0800

TOKYO: Japan plans a record US$46 billion defence budget for the next fiscal year to strengthen its missile defence against the threat posed by North Korea, a report said Saturday (Dec 16). The government is expected to set aside 5.19 trillion yen for defence in the country's initial budget ...

China, UK vow to continue, strengthen economic, financial cooperation

Sat, 16 December 2017 15:00:39 +0800

BEIJING: China and the United Kingdom vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, the British government said on Saturday in a statement following talks in Beijing between the U.K. finance minister Philip Hammond and Chinese officials. The ...

Rahul Gandhi extends family grip on India's Congress party

Sat, 16 December 2017 14:50:44 +0800

NEW DELHI: India's Rahul Gandhi took over Saturday as president of the main opposition Congress, becoming the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to head the party that has ruled the country for much of its independent history. Fireworks erupted over the party headquarters in New Delhi ...

Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

Sat, 16 December 2017 14:40:40 +0800

SEOUL: A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday. The North Korean soldier, 24-year-old Oh Chong Song, was transferred to ...

Three missing, thousands flee as storm heads for Philippines

Sat, 16 December 2017 14:30:39 +0800

MANILA: Tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods and three fishermen were missing Saturday as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak barrelled towards the eastern Philippines, officials said. Kai-Tak, packing gusts of up to 100 km an hour, was poised to smash into the north of the country's third ...

Fake formula milk in Malaysia: Mead Johnson to replace affected Enfalac products

Sat, 16 December 2017 14:11:19 +0800

JOHOR BARU: The manufacturer of Enfalac infant formula in Malaysia has offered to replace the affected products after the discovery of fake formula in Johor. Mead Johnson Nutrition Malaysia on Friday (Dec 15) issued a statement on its website asking consumers and retailers to return the Enfalac A ...

KL airport transfers 600 immigration staff over smuggling of Bangladeshis

Sat, 16 December 2017 12:20:40 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: About 600 Immigration Department employees have been transferred out of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) after some of them were suspected of being involved in the smuggling of illegal immigrants. Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said on Friday (Dec 15) that about 40 ...

Japan orders inspection of all 4,800 bullet trains after crack found

Sat, 16 December 2017 11:50:39 +0800

TOKYO: Japan’s transport minister Keiichi Ishii has ordered the inspection of all 4,800 bullet trains in Japan after a crack was found earlier this week, according to a report on Nippon TV. Speaking at a press conference on Friday (Dec 15), Mr Ishii said all five Japan Railways companies that ...

Australia PM, defending slim majority, faces by-election test

Sat, 16 December 2017 10:51:03 +0800

SYDNEY: Voting got under way in a by-election Saturday that could have serious ramifications for the Australian government, which faces losing its majority in parliament. The poll in the suburban Sydney seat of Bennelong was triggered by a constitutional crisis that has seen eight parliamentarians ...

US top diplomat calls for release of two reporters arrested in Myanmar

Sat, 16 December 2017 09:20:41 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the US government has demanded the release of two Reuters reporters being held in Myanmar. "Our local representatives at the mission in Myanmar, at the embassy, are expressing our concerns over the detention of individuals ...

'It’s tradition': The child brides of Indonesia's Sumenep Regency

Sat, 16 December 2017 02:11:53 +0800

SUMENEP REGENCY, Indonesia: Bold makeup in hues of red and black lined their eyes, hair adorned with buds of jasmine, a bejewelled golden plate rested upon their foreheads, while more gold complemented vibrant clothing cinched at their waists. Their small hands were intricately lined with a type ...

North Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

Sat, 16 December 2017 04:48:28 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea must "earn its way back" to the negotiating table, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday (Dec 15), backing away from an earlier offer of unconditional talks to end the stand-off with Pyongyang. Tillerson told the UN Security Council that a "sustained ...

Three dead after 6.5-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island

Sat, 16 December 2017 23:07:26 +0800

JAKARTA: At least three people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Saturday (Dec 16). The quake struck at a depth of 91km just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey ...

Mosque thief jumps over praying women, escapes with purse and phone: Reports

Sat, 16 December 2017 09:54:31 +0800

KELANTAN: A man leapt over a congregation of women performing their morning prayers in a mosque at Pasir Mas, Kelantan on Thursday (Dec 14) and fled with a purse containing RM60 (US$14.70) and a mobile phone, according to local media reports.  Closed circuit television footage that has gone viral ...

Catholics detained for singing Christmas carols in Indian state

Fri, 15 December 2017 21:10:40 +0800

NEW DELHI: Indian police detained dozens of Catholics singing Christmas carols for allegedly trying to convert people, officials said Friday (Dec 15), as fears grow over religious freedom in the South Asian nation. Police said 32 people were detained for trying to convert people to Christianity in ...

Battle lines drawn in Hong Kong over plans to change LegCo's operating rules

Fri, 15 December 2017 20:30:44 +0800

A plan to change how the legislature conducts its business is raising concerns that the opposition's power and influence would be further limited.

4 men fail in attempt to smuggle buffalo in MPV in Penang: Reports

Fri, 15 December 2017 21:58:24 +0800

PENANG: A group of four men in Penang failed in their attempt to steal a buffalo from a village and smuggle it out in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).  According to various local reports on Friday (Dec 15), the suspects managed to squeeze the black buffalo into a Honda Odyssey MPV, but fled after ...

Santa traffic cop sleighs it with Manila dance routine

Fri, 15 December 2017 20:56:53 +0800

MANILA: Directing motorists at busy intersections in Manila isn't the easiest job, but traffic cop Ramiro Hinojas makes it fun by adding dance to his beat. This Christmas, Hinojas, 51, is performing his regular routine dressed as Santa Claus to bring a little holiday cheer for passers-by. "We are ...

Myanmar family jailed for brutal abuse of child servants

Fri, 15 December 2017 19:50:42 +0800

YANGON: The owners of a Myanmar tailor shop were sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday (Dec 15) for the horrific abuse of two young domestic workers, a case that gripped the nation and fixed a spotlight on its dismal record on child labour. The court heard how San Kay Khine and ...

Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global campaign

Fri, 15 December 2017 19:20:41 +0800

BO RAI, Thailand: Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, Thailand's border town of Bo Rai finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease. Malaria killed about 445,000 people ...

Bangladesh stops Rohingya preparing to board boat to Malaysia

Fri, 15 December 2017 19:00:43 +0800

COX'S BAZAR: Bangladesh police arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat for Malaysia, officials said Friday (Dec 15). Police acting on a tip-off raided a home near the coastal town of Teknaf in southeastern Bangladesh, where five people ...

Malaysia's Mahathir calls Trump a 'villain' for Jerusalem plan

Fri, 15 December 2017 18:40:45 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Dec 15) called US President Donald Trump an "international bully" and a "villain" for his move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Speaking at a protest rally in front of the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the 93-year ...

Hong Kong 'milkshake' murderer challenges her life sentence

Fri, 15 December 2017 19:06:57 +0800

HONG KONG: American Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer" for one of Hong Kong's most notorious crimes, was back in court Friday (Dec 15) to challenge her life sentence for murdering her banker husband. Kissel lost an appeal in 2014 against a conviction for drugging her husband - a ...

Arson behind death of four family members: Malaysian authorities

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:45:02 +0800

KUALA SELANGOR: Police believe that the case of murder-cum-burning of four family members in Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat, on Wednesday (Dec 13), has been solved with the arrest of a disabled man in Taman Pusat Kepong, Kuala Lumpur early Friday morning. Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor ...

While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:41:08 +0800

WASHINGTON: While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think tank said on ...

Three men jailed over Hong Kong explosives plot

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:40:39 +0800

HONG KONG: Three men were jailed in Hong Kong Friday (Dec 15) for possessing and conspiring to make explosives ahead of a contentious 2015 vote on political reform. The trio, who were found guilty last month, were sentenced to up to three years and 10 months in prison as the judge said they had ...

Malaysian woman jailed for insulting Prophet Muhammad

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:00:39 +0800

IPOH: A Malaysian woman was sentenced to six months’ jail and fined RM15,000 (US$3,670) by the Perak Magistrate’s Court on Friday (Dec 15) after she was found guilty on three counts of insulting Prophet Muhammad. Magistrate Siti Hanum Mohmad Sah handed down the sentence on Tham Yut Mooi after ...

Malaysia nabs five including two immigration staff in human smuggling case

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:50:45 +0800

PUTRAJAYA: Five individuals, including two staff of the Immigration Department at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), were detained on Thursday (Dec 14) in connection with smuggling of  illegal immigrants, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Ahmad Zahid, who is ...

Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession, voluntary celibacy for clergy

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:50:39 +0800

SYDNEY: Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse in the confessional, said a report on Friday (Dec 15), which detailed institutional abuse, particularly in the Catholic Church. One of the country's top Catholics ...

South Korean actress confronts taboos with abuse allegations

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:30:42 +0800

SEOUL: Hidden behind a white screen, a South Korean actress sobbed as she accused prize-winning director Kim Ki-Duk of abusing her on set - a rare denunciation in a conservative country where victims fear public shame. Kim is one of South Korea's most prominent film directors whose awards include ...

Chinese man jailed for stomping on Genghis Khan portrait

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:00:45 +0800

BEIJING: A Chinese man has been sentenced to one year in prison for destroying a portrait of Genghis Khan by a court in the country's Inner Mongolia region, sparking online debate on the use of laws to punish acts of "ethnic hatred". In a video that he shared online this May, the man surnamed Luo ...

South Korea outraged by journalists beating in China

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:00:39 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean news media on Friday (Dec 15) expressed anger and outrage after Chinese security guards beat and severely injured a South Korean photojournalist covering President Moon Jae-in's visit to Beijing. Opposition parties and internet users joined in, saying the incident epitomised ...

Japan firm says it will pay part of salaries in Bitcoin

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:00:41 +0800

TOKYO: A Japanese company will start paying part of its employees' salaries in Bitcoin, as it aims to get better understanding of the virtual currency, a spokeswoman said on Friday (Dec 15). GMO Internet, which operates a range of web-related businesses including finance, online advertising and ...

India's new Olympics chief mulls bid for 2032 Olympics

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:50:42 +0800

NEW DELHI: India's new Olympics chief Narinder Batra has vowed to make bids to stage the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games or 2026 Commonwealth Games, saying the country must "think big". Batra, who is also the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, said after winning the Indian Olympic ...

Pangolin traffickers opening up new smuggling routes: Study

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:50:41 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Pangolin smugglers are constantly opening up new routes to evade law enforcement agencies, a study showed Friday (Dec 15), highlighting the challenge of tackling the trade in the world's most heavily trafficked mammal. While at least 20 tonnes of pangolins and their parts are seized ...

Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:40:41 +0800

NEW DELHI: He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings. The 82-year-old Buddhist monk announced the new app, which will allow users to watch ...

Australia failed children, national sex abuse inquiry says

Fri, 15 December 2017 10:40:39 +0800

SYDNEY: Australian institutions "seriously failed" children in their care over decades with tens of thousands sexually abused, the final report from a five-year inquiry said Friday (Dec 15), calling it a "national tragedy". The government ordered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses ...

Japan expands sanctions aimed at North Korea

Fri, 15 December 2017 10:30:42 +0800

TOKYO: Japan said Friday (Dec 15) it had added 19 more entities to its list of organisations and individuals targeted by asset-freeze sanctions on North Korea. The sanctions list now comprises 103 entities and 108 individuals in total, including seven Chinese entities, five Chinese individuals ...

Commentary: UMNO turns inclusive, in the last leg toward Malaysia’s general election

Fri, 15 December 2017 09:00:46 +0800

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak’s talk of UMNO being a party for all Malaysians may have caused some to scratch their heads but ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Dr Norshahril Saat says it’s a well-played political move.

North Korea's envoy, Tillerson to attend UN meeting

Fri, 15 December 2017 04:56:54 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's UN ambassador will attend a Security Council meeting on Friday (Dec 15) where US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will address how to confront the North Korea crisis, diplomats said. Tillerson set off speculation that Washington was seeking a diplomatic opening for ...

Boycott will hurt Malaysians: Coca-Cola

Thu, 14 December 2017 22:43:50 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Soft drink giant Coca-Cola told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (Dec 14) it does not support or oppose religious causes and stressed that any call to boycott its products in Malaysia over alleged links to Israel would only hurt its local employees.  A party championing business rights ...

Paradigm, AEON Malls in Johor Baru temporarily shut due to power outage

Fri, 15 December 2017 09:47:39 +0800

JOHOR BARU: Two shopping centres in Johor Baru - Paradigm Mall at Jalan Skudai and AEON Mall at Bukit Indah - were closed on Thursday (Dec 14) due to a power outage that has hit parts of the city.  The management of both malls informed shoppers that electric supply has not been restored in ...

Indonesian tourists escape unharmed from Johor bus blaze

Thu, 14 December 2017 21:40:39 +0800

JOHOR BARU: A busload of Indonesian tourists had narrow escapes on Thursday morning (Dec 14) after their vehicle burst into flames at kilometre 99.9 of the North-South Expressway. All passengers and the bus driver were unharmed. The 32 tourists were on their way to Kuala Lumpur from Johor when ...

Chinese President Xi Jinping says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

Thu, 14 December 2017 21:23:17 +0800

BEIJING: War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday (Dec 14). Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...

Hong Kong Disneyland raises ticket prices by up to 9%

Thu, 14 December 2017 20:00:39 +0800

HONG KONG: From Friday (Dec 15), it will cost a little more to visit the happiest place on Earth. Just two weeks after reports of the suspension of its signature nightly fireworks display, Hong Kong Disneyland has hiked ticket prices by between 4 and 9 per cent. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) ...

Chinese guards beat South Korean journalist covering Moon visit

Thu, 14 December 2017 19:50:41 +0800

BEIJING: Chinese security personnel beat and severely injured a South Korean photojournalist covering President Moon Jae-In's visit to Beijing on Thursday (Dec 14), media groups said. The scuffle took place hours before Moon met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in an attempt to ease tensions over ...

Fake formula milk in Malaysia: Authorities waiting for test results

Thu, 14 December 2017 18:10:43 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Health Ministry is awaiting test results on the fake infant formula milk seized in Johor last week to determine what exactly was in the product.  “The Health Ministry is conducting a lab research to determine the actual content of the milk powder,” said Malaysian Health ...

Indian minister pushes Bollywood on sexual harassment

Thu, 14 December 2017 18:10:42 +0800

MUMBAI: India's minister for women has warned Bollywood producers over sexual harassment in the Hindi film industry after a scandal that has brought down some leading Hollywood figures. Maneka Gandhi wrote to leading production houses reminding them that they are "ethically and legally" ...

Singapore delivers S$100,000 worth of aid for Myanmar's Rakhine State

Thu, 14 December 2017 17:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Government has sent S$100,000 worth of relief supplies for people in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State. The supplies were handed to Myanmar's National Disaster Management Organisation office in Yangon on Thursday (Dec 14) by Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar Robert Chua ...

Thailand cuts back North Korean trade to nearly 'none': Government

Thu, 14 December 2017 17:23:02 +0800

Thailand has drastically reduced trade with North Korea amid mounting international pressure to isolate the pariah state, the government said Thursday, as a senior US envoy arrived for talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

McDonald's Malaysia lodges police report over boycott calls

Thu, 14 December 2017 17:20:44 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: McDonald's Malaysia has filed a police report against several individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for making false claims and calling for a boycott of the franchise. Gerbang Alaf, the local operator of McDonald's Malaysia, said on Thursday (Dec 14) that the report ...

Teenage uncle, grandfather detained after 8-year-old girl dies in Kedah shotgun mishap

Thu, 14 December 2017 17:15:54 +0800

KEDAH: The uncle and grandfather of the eight-year-old girl who died after being shot in the face in a freak accident have been detained to help with investigations, according to Malaysian authorities. The girl was killed after her teenage uncle allegedly fired a shotgun by accident in her ...

Japan police mount raids over 'illegal food exports' to North Korea

Thu, 14 December 2017 16:00:39 +0800

TOKYO: Japanese police said Thursday (Dec 14) they had carried out several raids, reportedly in connection to alleged shipments of food to North Korea that would contravene sanctions. Japan has banned trade with North Korea as part of sanctions imposed on the country over its missile and nuclear ...

Political fatigue hits some Johor voters ahead of Malaysian general election: Study

Thu, 14 December 2017 15:43:55 +0800

In the lead-up to Malaysia’s general election, experts say voter fatigue could be a factor in the bellwether state.

Marvel or mishap? Hong Kong's troubled mega bridge

Thu, 14 December 2017 15:34:24 +0800

HONG KONG: Billed as the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, it has been touted by supporters as an engineering wonder. But critics say the multi-billion dollar infrastructure mega-project is politically driven and a costly white elephant. Dogged by delays ...

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: Doctors Without Borders

Thu, 14 December 2017 16:08:33 +0800

YANGON: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday (Dec 14). The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25 ...

South Korea prosecutors seek 25 years for ex-president's friend

Thu, 14 December 2017 14:58:28 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors Thursday (Dec 14) demanded a 25-year prison sentence for the powerful secret confidante of ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was at the centre of the sprawling corruption scandal that brought down the leader. Park's longtime friend Choi Soon-Sil - the daughter of ...

Indonesia rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex

Thu, 14 December 2017 13:20:40 +0800

JAKARTA: A bid to make all sex outside marriage illegal was thrown out by an Indonesian court Thursday (Dec 14), as concerns grow over rising intolerance in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. Five out of nine judges on the Constitutional Court in the capital Jakarta narrowly rejected the ...

Fortified by family and China cash, Cambodia's Hun Sen digs in

Thu, 14 December 2017 12:23:38 +0800

PHNOM PENH: Secured by family and party ties, Chinese cash and his own ruthless political instincts, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken a wrecking ball to the kingdom's fragile democracy in a campaign to extend his 32-year rule. The 65-year-old is now the world's sixth longest-serving ...

Indonesia's asbestos 'time bomb'

Thu, 14 December 2017 14:19:28 +0800

The symptoms were mild and seemingly innocuous at first: Mostly coughing and fatigue. But it wasn't long before Sriyono got a grim diagnosis - he had asbestosis - an incurable scarring of the lungs that often leads to cancer.

Boy in China loses sight in eye after playing with desiccant dry pack: Report

Thu, 14 December 2017 11:00:41 +0800

BEIJING: An eight-year-old boy in China has lost his sight in one eye after playing with a desiccant dry pack in one of his snacks, local media reported on Tuesday (Dec 12). The accident happened after the boy - named Keke - finished his mid-term exams, his mother told Legal Evening News. As Keke ...

Football: Norwegian Andersen plots North Korea revival

Thu, 14 December 2017 10:14:47 +0800

TOKYO: City slicker Jose Mourinho famously lives in a plush Manchester hotel, but he has nothing on North Korea coach Jorn Andersen - he has a suite in Pyongyang. "It's a very quiet city, it's very clean, there's no crime," the former Norway international told AFP in an interview in Tokyo. "I ...

US policy on North Korea 'has not changed': State Dept

Thu, 14 December 2017 10:06:42 +0800

WASHINGTON: The US State Department said Wednesday (Dec 13) its policy on North Korea "has not changed", following remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Washington is ready to talk without prior conditions. Tillerson's comments, made on Tuesday, were interpreted by some experts as a ...

Chinese, South Korean leaders meet hoping to smooth tensions

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:22:53 +0800

BEIJING: South Korean President Moon Jae-In will hold talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday (Dec 14), seeking to repair a relationship strained over Seoul hosting a US missile system. Moon's office has said he hopes to "normalise" ties during the visit, after Beijing was ...

Accused New York bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

Thu, 14 December 2017 12:37:57 +0800

DHAKA: Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York ...

Rashes, fever seen in children who allegedly drank fake infant formula: Parents

Thu, 14 December 2017 09:06:14 +0800

MALACCA: Parents whose children have consumed potentially fake formula milk in have come forward with their accounts.  One father claimed that his 10-month-old daughter developed a fever and red rashes after drinking what he suspected was counterfeit formula milk, reported the New Straits Times on ...

Chinese man clings onto 24th-storey window grille to escape raging fire: Reports

Wed, 13 December 2017 23:50:40 +0800

YUZHONG, Chongqing: A man in China was captured on video clinging onto a tiny ledge after climbing out of a 25th-storey balcony to escape a raging fire, according to various local media reports.  With his apartment in Yuzhong district engulfed in flames, the man is seen escaping to the unit below ...

South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to China

Wed, 13 December 2017 22:33:20 +0800

South Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China on Wednesday to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing.

8-year-old girl killed after shotgun accidentally goes off in Malaysia home

Thu, 14 December 2017 16:00:41 +0800

ALOR SETAR, Kedah: An eight-year-old girl was killed in a freak accident on Wednesday (Dec 13) after a loaded shotgun fell in her grandfather’s home in Kedah and fired a bullet into her face.  Puteri Intan Sharini Mohd Hishamuddin was lying down in the living room watching television at around ...

Pakistan orders George Soros foundation, other aid groups to close

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:00:17 +0800

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close, an umbrella agency said on Wednesday, including a charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, the group said. Pakistan has toughened its stance towards domestic and international non ...

Bodies of two Malaysian men from capsized sampan found

Wed, 13 December 2017 20:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The bodies of two men who went missing after their boat capsized near the Middle Rocks have been recovered, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Wednesday (Dec 13). The two Malaysian men were reported missing on Sunday after their sampan capsized 0.8 nautical miles ...