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Japan 'make-up etiquette' video sparks backlash

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:44:37 GMT

The 30-second video was released last month according to the Japan Times, and has since sparked a backlash with people criticising it for being too prescriptive.

Malaysian ministry to take action against restaurant over 'P Ramly' pork burger

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:08:38 GMT

The Ninja Joe chain is accused of misleading customers with a name associated with a late filmmaking legend, as well as a renowned halal meat brand. 

China warns India against Dalai Lama border visit

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:45:33 GMT

China on Friday rebuked India for inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit a contested stretch of land on the India-China border, warning it would harm relations between the neighbours.

Philippines' Duterte says God warned him off swearing

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:03:57 GMT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made a promise to stop swearing, saying God spoke to him during a flight from Japan on Thursday and warned him the plane would crash if he kept using bad language.

Philippines says China vessels have left Scarborough Shoal

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:58:21 GMT

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, the Philippine defence minister said on Friday, calling the Chinese departure a "welcome development".

Pakistan police fire tear gas at stone-throwing supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:40:27 GMT

Pakistani police on Friday fired tear gas at stone-throwing supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan who defied a ban on public gatherings, adding to political deadlock ahead of his plans to shut down the capital next week.

UN to honour late King Bhumibol in special assembly: Report

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:11:00 GMT

The United Nations will call a special assembly on Friday (Oct 28) in New York to honour Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, according to Thai media reports.

Kavalan Distillery whisky makes Taiwan toast of the town

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:10:39 GMT

For two years in a row, the 10-year-old brand has won the “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky” title at the World Whiskies Awards, beating its veteran Scottish and Japanese rivals.

Yangon women 'should avoid pregnancy' in next 6 months due to Zika

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:40:20 GMT

Myanmar said on Friday it will advise women in Yangon to avoid getting pregnant in the next six months to protect them from the Zika virus after the first case was confirmed in Myanmar's largest city.

Viral Japanese nonsense tune cops Guinness record

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:45:51 GMT

The video for the 45-second long "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" has been viewed more than 67 million times since hitting YouTube in August, going viral after pop giant Bieber tweeted it as his "favourite video on the internet".

Pakistani police fire tear gas at stone-throwing opposition supporters - TV

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:25:17 GMT

Pakistani police in the city of Rawalpindi on Friday used tear gas in clashes with stone-throwing supporters of Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan defying a ban on public gatherings.

China denounces those who say graft battle aimed at political foes

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:20:26 GMT

A senior Chinese corruption fighter on Friday blasted those who think the battle against graft is aimed at the ruling Communist Party's political foes, saying the entire Chinese nation would be offended if corruption was not confronted.

Chinese ships no longer at Scarborough Shoal - Philippines defence minister

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:15:28 GMT

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Filipino boats can resume fishing activities following a "welcome development", the Philippines defence minister said on Friday.

Thailand's crown prince to fly abroad, return next month: Sources

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:12:57 GMT

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will fly overseas on Friday night and return home next month, three senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said, two weeks after the death of his father, the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Malaysia rescuers scour jungle for missing Aussie hiker

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:50:38 GMT

Andrew Gaskell, 26, set off alone into the rugged Mulu National Park on Borneo island on October 20, local fire and rescue chief Zulbada Alior told AFP.

Myanmar probes Rohingya Muslim's death in custody during military operation

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:40:34 GMT

Myanmar is investigating the death in custody of a 60-year-old Rohingya Muslim, the office of President Htin Kyaw said, as a security sweep in the country's northwest is increasingly beset by allegations of human rights abuses.

Malaysia to buy navy vessels from China in blow to US

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:10:21 GMT

Malaysia will sign a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China when Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Beijing next week, according to a Facebook posting by the country's Ministry of Defence.

Malaysia cargo train derailment strands thousands

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:50:40 GMT

The train's two engines and 25 empty cement cars were thrown from the tracks along a heavily travelled north-south rail corridor in the northern state of Perak, according to a statement by rail operator KTM Berhad.

Most Malaysians earn more than parents, but concerns for middle class, girls, Indians: Report

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:51:02 GMT

These findings were presented in government-sponsored Khazanah Research Institute's (KRI) latest report, "Climbing the Ladder: Socio-economic Mobility in Malaysia". 

RM20 road charge for foreign vehicles entering Johor from November

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:50:48 GMT

Foreign private-registered vehicles entering Malaysia via Johor will be subject to an RM20 charge from Nov 1 2016, Malaysia's Transport Ministry announced on Friday (Oct 28).

Confrontation looms as Pakistan's Imran Khan calls protests ahead of capital lockdown

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:20:16 GMT

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called for nationwide protests on Friday after dozens of activists from his party were arrested, adding to political deadlock ahead of his plans to shut down the capital next week.

Myanmar investigators dismiss missing plane reports, end search

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:56:28 GMT

Staff from CAD's office on Manaung Island off the coast of northwestern Rakhine state had been sent to the area where the plane was reported to have gone missing, but could not find any evidence of any crash taking place, CAD official Tin Maung Ni told Reuters.

Australian theme park where four people died to stay closed - CEO

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:10:28 GMT

Australia's Ardent Leisure Group said on Friday its Dreamworld theme park will remain closed following the death of four people on a water ride, scrapping its initial plan to reopen this week.

China to unveil its J-20 stealth fighter at air show

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:50:21 GMT

China will unveil its new generation J-20 stealth fighter jet at an air show next week, the air force said on Friday, the first public showing of a warplane China hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States.

Brisbane bus driver burnt alive by passenger

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:35:33 GMT

There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.

Philippine mayor, 9 bodyguards killed in police shoot-out

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:20:43 GMT

Samsudin Dimaukom, the mayor of the southern town of Saudi Ampatuan, was one of more than 150 local government officials, judges and police identified by Duterte earlier this year as being involved in the illegal drug trade.

Transformers producers lose China legal battle: Xinhua

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:11:05 GMT

 The Hollywood studio that made the latest "Transformers" blockbuster must pay a Chinese scenic area more than two million yuan (US$300,000) because it failed to include the park's logo, state media reported.

Malaysian government probes allegation Sultanah Aminah Hospital has no fire safety cert

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:47:29 GMT

Health Minister S. Subramaniam said he would discuss the matter with the hospital management as well as the fire and rescue department. 

Rohingya women say Myanmar soldiers raped them amid crackdown on militants

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:34:40 GMT

Rohingya Muslims say Myanmar soldiers raped or sexually assaulted dozens of women in a remote village in the northwest of the country during the biggest upsurge in violence against the persecuted minority in four years.

All hail the mighty uncle - Chinese welcome Xi as the 'core'

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:10:42 GMT

Hailing "mighty Uncle Xi", Chinese people have taken to social media using an old imperial term to welcome President Xi Jinping's naming by the Communist Party as its "core", despite party efforts to limit his cult of personality.