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Published: Mon, 01 May 2017 14:23:13 +0800

 



CIA chief in South Korea for 'internal meeting': US embassy

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:45:05 +0800

CIA director Mike Pompeo was in South Korea Monday for an "internal meeting", the US embassy in Seoul confirmed, following reports of an unannounced visit as tensions mount over growing nuclear threats from the North.



South Korea media warn of 'Trump risk' to alliance

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:40:34 +0800

South Korean media on Monday warned of a "Trump risk" threatening the alliance between Washington and Seoul amid high tensions over the North's weapons ambitions.



Tech billionare buys Sydney mansion for record price

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:39:11 +0800

Tech billionaire Scott Farquhar has bought a Sydney waterfront mansion for an Australian record Aus$75 million (US$56 million), a report said Monday, after the owners resisted selling the 1863-built home to developers.



Rapper Eminem takes New Zealand political party to court

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:37:58 +0800

Rapper Eminem launched court action against New Zealand's ruling political party on Monday, accusing it of using an unlicensed version of his hit "Lose Yourself" in a campaign advert.



Commentary: After the ASEAN Summit, ASEAN should pay more attention to the North Korea threat

Mon, 01 May 2017 09:40:38 +0800

Two experts argue that doing so will show ASEAN's relevance to the US.



Commentary: Who’s manning the Trump administration’s Asia policy shop?

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:29:08 +0800

The Trump administration’s first 100 days have passed, and there still isn’t a deputy to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in place. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, Channel NewsAsia's chief editor Jaime Ho says.



Trump confers with Asia allies on North Korea's nuclear threat

Mon, 01 May 2017 06:50:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday (Apr 30) stepped up outreach to allies in Asia to secure their cooperation to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. Trump spoke to the prime ministers of Thailand and Singapore in separate phone calls about the North Korean ...



Celebration and protest as Indonesian president visits Hong Kong

Mon, 01 May 2017 05:00:28 +0800

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo was greeted by a mixture of celebration and protest in Hong Kong Sunday with calls to improve working conditions for the city's army of foreign maids.



China deports US woman convicted of 'spying'

Mon, 01 May 2017 04:51:16 +0800

WASHINGTON: An American woman held for more than two years by China has been deported to the United States after being convicted of espionage, the US State Department confirmed on Sunday (Apr 30). Sandy Phan-Gillis was detained in March 2015 at the Macau border after visiting mainland China with a ...



Famed Swiss climber Steck dies on Mount Everest

Mon, 01 May 2017 04:38:03 +0800

KATHMANDU: Swiss climber Ueli Steck, one of the most feted mountaineers of his generation and famed for his speed ascents of iconic Alpine routes, died on Mount Everest on Sunday (Apr 30), officials said. "Today morning, he had an accident on the Nuptse wall and died. It seems he slipped," Ang ...



Badminton: China, Taiwan and Japan strike gold at Asia Championships

Mon, 01 May 2017 01:22:51 +0800

WUHAN, China: Rio Olympic gold medallist Chen Long beat his Chinese team-mate Lin Dan in the men's singles final on Sunday (Apr 30) to win his first Badminton Asia Championship and boost his claims for a berth at the world championships. The 28-year-old Chen had not won a tournament since last ...



Indian brides get wooden paddles to beat drunk husbands with

Sun, 30 April 2017 22:30:38 +0800

The nearly foot-long paddles are emblazoned with messages that read: 'For beating drunkards' and 'Police won't intervene'.



Bus rams cars, motorbikes in Indonesia; 11 killed

Sun, 30 April 2017 22:00:38 +0800

The bus hit four cars and motorbikes before tumbling down a slope. The bus driver and some of the motorists were among those killed.



China-built amphibious aircraft takes maiden flight: Report

Sun, 30 April 2017 20:31:18 +0800

China's domestically developed AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, took its maiden flight ahead of schedule on Saturday from the southern city of Zhuhai, according to the official Xinhua news agency.



South Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats

Sun, 30 April 2017 18:05:49 +0800

South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday, but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered dire threats from nuclear-armed North Korea.



Swiss climber falls to death, preparing for Mount Everest ascent

Sun, 30 April 2017 18:30:06 +0800

An experienced Swiss climber died on Sunday after he fell in the Everest region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world's highest mountain, the first to perish in the current climbing season, officials said.



South Korea says US reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; joint drills wrap up

Sun, 30 April 2017 15:55:07 +0800

South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea.



Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to Washington: White House

Sun, 30 April 2017 14:13:34 +0800

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Apr 29) invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to Washington in a "friendly" call in which the leaders discussed the "threat" of North Korea, the White House said. The announcement comes amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ...



ASEAN gives Beijing a pass on South China Sea dispute, cites 'improving cooperation'

Sun, 30 April 2017 15:30:05 +0800

Southeast Asian countries took a softer stance on South China Sea disputes during a weekend summit, according to a statement issued on Sunday, which went easy on China by avoiding tacit references to its building and arming of its manmade islands.



Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis, avert devastating war

Sun, 30 April 2017 05:09:18 +0800

Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington, saying the situation had become "too hot" and the world risked a devastating war.



US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand

Sun, 30 April 2017 03:01:40 +0800

US Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province Saturday, the first to be deployed in the war-torn country since NATO forces ended their combat role in 2014.



Philippine police chief backs 'secret cell' detention

Sun, 30 April 2017 01:44:09 +0800

The Philippines' police chief has defended the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.



Southeast Asian leaders wrestle over China at summit

Sun, 30 April 2017 01:37:59 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced pushback on Saturday at a regional summit in his efforts to weaken Southeast Asian resistance to Chinese expansionism in the contested South China Sea, diplomats said.



US aircraft carrier starts drill with South Korean navy

Sun, 30 April 2017 01:30:28 +0800

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Saturday kicked off a joint drill with the South Korean navy, officials said, as tensions rose over North Korea's latest test-fire of a ballistic missile.



Cosplay with hijabs showcased in Malaysia

Sun, 30 April 2017 01:11:49 +0800

Muslim women dressed as superheroes, princesses, and mighty sword-wielding warriors took part in a hijab cosplay event in Malaysia Saturday, where the role-playing craze continues to grow.



Indians throng temple to crack Trump's visa curbs

Sun, 30 April 2017 00:08:23 +0800

Hundreds of Indians gather daily at a 500-year-old Hindu temple in southern India where they pray for a single wish -- an increasingly elusive US visa.



Thai family buries baby murdered on Facebook Live

Sun, 30 April 2017 00:02:54 +0800

Tearful relatives gathered outside a Thai temple on Saturday to bury an 11-month-old girl killed by her father in a harrowing murder he broadcast live on Facebook before committing suicide.



Duterte says US should not play into N Korean leader's hands

Sun, 30 April 2017 00:00:34 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (Apr 29) urged the United States to show restraint after North Korea's latest missile test and to avoid playing into the hands of leader Kim Jong Un, who "wants to end the world". The notoriously blunt Duterte said the Southeast Asia region ...



RCEP needs to be substantial for it to be worthwhile: PM Lee

Sat, 29 April 2017 22:40:38 +0800

MANILA: Unless Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and partners of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are prepared to make some difficult trade-offs, the partnership, which has gone through 18 rounds of negotiations, risks “becoming much ado about nothing” ...



Islamic State kills senior Afghan Taliban official in Pakistan - militants

Sat, 29 April 2017 21:10:06 +0800

Islamic State killed a senior Afghan Taliban official in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, the Afghan militants said on Saturday, in a rare clash between the rival Islamist groups inside Pakistan.



Pakistan PM fires advisor over newspaper leak, army rejects actions

Sat, 29 April 2017 20:50:08 +0800

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked one of his special advisers and sanctioned another bureaucrat after an inquiry into a newspaper leak, but the country's powerful army rejected Sharif's directive as "incomplete".



Independence push threatens Hong Kong's autonomy, says Beijing official

Sat, 29 April 2017 19:55:07 +0800

The legal chief of Beijing's representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday growing calls for independence could make the territory's current "one country, two systems" constitutional framework unsustainable.



Singapore deeply concerned over N Korea's 'deliberate, provocative' actions: PM Lee

Sat, 29 April 2017 23:33:48 +0800

MANILA: In the wake of a failed missile test by North Korea early Saturday (Apr 29), heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula continued to be a focus at this year’s ASEAN Summit, with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the latest among leaders to call North Korea’s actions “clear ...



Philippines blast injures 14 as ASEAN leaders gather

Sat, 29 April 2017 15:40:38 +0800

MANILA: Fourteen people were wounded in a pipe bomb blast in Manila, Philippine police said Saturday, but authorities dismissed any link to an Asian leaders' meeting under way in the capital. The explosion happened late Friday about five kilometres (three miles) from the heavily guarded complex ...



Philippine military says high-ranking Abu Sayyaf member killed

Sat, 29 April 2017 19:21:38 +0800

Philippine government troops have killed a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group instrumental in a spree of bombings and kidnappings in the country's south, the military said on Saturday.



First direct London-China train completes 12,000km run

Sat, 29 April 2017 14:51:03 +0800

The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest route in the world.



ASEAN must not succumb to wave of anti-globalisation, protectionism: PM Lee

Sat, 29 April 2017 23:19:11 +0800

MANILA: Calling ASEAN a “bright spot in the global economy”, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (Apr 29) said the group must not succumb to the wave of anti-globalisation and protectionism. Mr Lee, speaking at the 30th ASEAN Summit Plenary, also urged member nations to safeguard ideals of ...



China deports US citizen convicted of espionage

Sat, 29 April 2017 13:12:11 +0800

China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.



SE Asian summit ends in uncertainty over South China Sea stance

Sun, 30 April 2017 01:25:07 +0800

Southeast Asian leaders wrapped up a summit on Saturday with no indication of an agreement on how to address Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea, a divisive issue in a region uncertain about its ties with the United States.



North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

Sun, 30 April 2017 05:50:05 +0800

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences".



North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

Sun, 30 April 2017 10:40:05 +0800

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences".



Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen

Sat, 29 April 2017 08:15:07 +0800

A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country's seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage.



South Korea paying for THAAD 'impossible' - presidential frontrunner's aide

Sat, 29 April 2017 02:15:22 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defence system would be an "impossible option," a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday.



UK 'steadfast' on N Korea, May tells Japan's Abe

Sat, 29 April 2017 01:01:11 +0800

British Prime Minister Theresa May assured Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on Friday that the UK remains "steadfast" in its condemnation of North Korea as the two met at her country residence of Chequers.



China warns situation with North Korea at 'critical point'

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:43:08 +0800

China warned on Friday that the situation with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is at a "critical point" and said dialogue and negotiations are the only "practical" way to end tensions.



Oldest woman in Malaysia dies at 121

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:42:56 +0800

Puan Ahmad has four children aged between 65 and 90, 19 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren as well as one great-great grandchild.



Global med-tech firms, India locked in tussle after stent price sting

Fri, 28 April 2017 21:00:11 +0800

A group of global medical-technology companies plans to tell Indian officials next month that any further price control measures would risk future investments and make them less likely to introduce new products in the country, according to an industry source familiar with the matter. The ...



Lost Taiwan hiker says didn't give up hope in tragic 47-day Nepal ordeal

Fri, 28 April 2017 20:55:14 +0800

A Taiwan hiker rescued 47 days after disappearing in the foothills of the Himalayas and just days after his girlfriend died is recovering well in hospital in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, his doctor said on Friday.



'Horrendous' human price if hostilities break out on Korean Peninsula: Dr Balakrishnan

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:39:11 +0800

MANILA: Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula may be “far away” from Singapore, but the “human price will be horrendous” should there be miscalculations or if hostilities break out, said Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Friday (Apr 28). Dr Balakrishnan was speaking ...



South China Sea code with Beijing must be legally binding - ASEAN chief

Fri, 28 April 2017 20:25:10 +0800

A maritime code of conduct between Southeast Asia and China must be legally binding to put a stop to "unilateral actions" in the South China Sea, because a previous commitment to play fair had been ignored, the ASEAN secretary general said on Friday.



US presses China in North Korea sanctions drive

Sat, 29 April 2017 06:29:34 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday (Apr 29) in apparent defiance of a US push for tougher international sanctions to curb the Asian country's nuclear threat. "North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do ...



Philippines' Duterte to look into illegal detentions in 'secret cell'

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:09:16 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he will look into the illegal detention of drug suspects at a secret cell in a Manila police station that has raised new questions about police conduct in his war on drugs.



Suspected US drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants - regional official

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:06:21 +0800

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, a regional government official and an Islamist militant said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil.



Exclusive - UN criticises Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in 'camp-like' villages

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:06:05 +0800

The United Nations' refugee agency has criticised a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.



Hong Kong police arrest activists amid fears of creeping China influence

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:04:36 +0800

Hong Kong police arrested nine pro-democracy activists on Thursday over a protest outside China's representative office in November, a move some said was a bid to stifle opposition before Chinese President Xi Jinping's expected visit in July.



Philippines' Duterte to look into illegal detentions in 'secret cell'

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:19:35 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he will look into the illegal detention of drug suspects at a secret cell in a Manila police station that has raised new questions about police conduct in his war on drugs.



Philippines says completes scientific survey in disputed sea

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:03:02 +0800

The Philippines has completed an 18-day scientific survey in the South China Sea to assess the condition of coral reefs and draw a nautical map of disputed area, a top security official said on Thursday.



Exclusive - UN criticises Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in "camp-like" villages

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:01:54 +0800

The United Nations' refugee agency has criticised a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.



No hiding place: China releases street names of fugitives holed up abroad

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:00:53 +0800

China's top anti-graft watchdog on Thursday released new information on 22 fugitives who are hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, as China ramps up pressure on corruption suspects who have fled overseas.



Suspected US drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants - sources

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:00:47 +0800

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil.



Five rangers killed in ambush in Thailand's restive deep south

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:00:25 +0800

Insurgents in restive Muslim-majority southern Thailand killed five rangers in an ambush on Thursday, police and the military said, a day before the 13th anniversary of a bloody 2004 attack that led to an escalation in the violence.



China sentences prominent rights lawyer in closed trial

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:42:35 +0800

A Chinese court announced on Friday it had sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to a three year suspended jail sentence for subverting state power, after a closed-door trial.



China to begin construction of manned space station in 2019

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:42:23 +0800

China will begin construction of a permanent manned space station in 2019 after carrying out a successful in-orbit refuelling from its Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft, officials leading the project said on Friday.



China revises mapping law to bolster territorial claims

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:41:53 +0800

China on Thursday passed a revised mapping law to bolster understanding of its territorial claims and to create hefty new penalties to "intimidate" foreigners who carry out surveying work without permission, lawmakers said.



South Korea paying for THAAD "impossible" - adviser to presidential frontrunner

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:37:45 +0800

A top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defense system would be an "impossible option".



Maldives activists see tolerance for dissent disappearing after blogger killed

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:37:15 +0800

Activists in the Maldives say tolerance for dissent is rapidly disappearing after a prominent blogger who denounced Islamist extremism and state corruption was killed on Sunday and the government cracks down on criticism.



China military apologises for mocked photoshopped navy picture

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:36:00 +0800

China's Defence Ministry apologised on Thursday for allowing a badly photoshopped picture of navy ships and fighter jets to appear on its social media accounts over the weekend, after hundreds of people poured scorn on the image.



South Korea gives anti-submarine warship to Philippines, for US$100

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:35:58 +0800

South Korea will transfer an ageing Pohang-class anti-submarine warship to the Philippines this year in return for just US$100, the defence ministry said on Thursday, boosting its capability to patrol vast maritime borders.



Philippines' Duterte says pointless discussing South China Sea woes at summit

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:36:50 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday it was pointless discussing Beijing's contentious activities in the South China Sea at this week's Southeast Asian summit, and no one dared to pressure China anyway.



PM Lee arrives in Manila for ASEAN Summit

Sat, 29 April 2017 09:31:28 +0800

MANILA: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in the Philippines on Friday (Apr 28) to attend the 30th ASEAN Summit, which will see leaders of Southeast Asia member states discussing regional and international issues. Among the issues to be discussed on Saturday will be tensions in the ...



Philippines' Duterte says pointless discussing South China Sea row at summit

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:20:03 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said it was pointless discussing Beijing's contentious activities in the South China Sea at this week's summit of Southeast Asian leaders, and no one dared to pressure China anyway.



China's defence ministry says resolutely opposed to any country selling arms to Taiwan

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:17:43 +0800

China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday it was resolutely opposed to any country selling arms to Taiwan.



Thai baby's murder on Facebook puts online controls under scrutiny

Fri, 28 April 2017 19:18:20 +0800

A relative of the Thai baby whose murder was shown on Facebook Live earlier this week said he was too distraught and intent on getting police to the crime scene to worry about getting the horrific videos taken down.



Chinese navy conducts more drills in Western Pacific

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:04:52 +0800

China's navy has again sailed through the Miyako Strait that lies between two Japanese islands and carried out drills in the Western Pacific, state news agency Xinhua said.



Missing Taiwanese hiker found dead in Nepal, boyfriend rescued

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:04:10 +0800

The body of a 19-year-old Taiwanese woman hiker, who went missing in northwest Nepal in early March, was discovered on Wednesday and brought to Kathmandu, a hiking official said.



India, Afghanistan gave help to Pakistani Taliban, says group's ex-spokesman

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:03:41 +0800

Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad, the group's former spokesman, who surrendered last week, said in a video released by Pakistan's military on Wednesday.



South Korea fines Novartis US$49 million over kickbacks, suspends insurance payment

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:00:12 +0800

South Korea said on Thursday it has fined Swiss drugmaker Novartis 55.1 billion won (US$48.80 million) for offering doctors kickbacks to recommend the company's drugs, and also suspended insurance coverage for some of its drugs.



India's antitrust watchdog orders probe into Roche cancer drug

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:00:05 +0800

India's antitrust regulator has ordered a probe into Swiss drugmaker Roche for allegedly using anti-competitive practices to restrict cheaper copies of a blockbuster cancer drug from reaching patients.



China party urges Uighur youth to "love motherland" to avoid "terrorist" label

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:50:54 +0800

Young members of China's Uighur Muslim minority should "love the motherland" and learn Mandarin to help fight a perception they are "terrorists", Uighur members of the ruling Communist Party said in state media on Thursday.



Militants kill three Indian soldiers in attack on base in Kashmir

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:46:22 +0800

Separatist militants killed three Indian soldiers in the early hours of Thursday morning in an attack on a military army base in Kashmir, close to a de facto border with Pakistan, the army said.



Push for South China Sea code stirs ASEAN suspicions about Beijing's endgame

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:46:08 +0800

China's support for finalising a code of conduct in the hotly contested South China Sea is generating some hope in Southeast Asia of settling disputes, but those working out the terms remain unconvinced of Beijing's sincerity.



Hong Kong police arrest more political activists - parties

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:45:50 +0800

Hong Kong police arrested nine democracy activists on Thursday over a November protest outside Beijing's representative office in the city, opposition parties said, in what one of the activists said was a campaign to stifle opposition.



Mongolian media goes dark to protest press freedom threat

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:45:42 +0800

Blank screens and red text warning about threats to press freedom interrupted Mongolian television late on Wednesday to protest against legal changes media groups say could harshly punish journalists accused of defamation ahead of elections.



China jails former Baoshan Iron & Steel official for 17 years for graft

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:40:30 +0800

A court in China on Friday jailed a former chairman of Baoshan Iron and Steel, who went on to become vice mayor of Shanghai, to 17 years for bribery and graft, a state broadcaster reported.



Trump's demand Seoul pay for THAAD will test ties as Moon presidency looms

Fri, 28 April 2017 17:20:10 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that South Korea could pay for an advanced U.S. missile defence system could test the strength of the alliance between Seoul and Washington at a time of rising tensions with North Korea, analysts said on Friday.



South Korean concern over Trump free trade threat

Fri, 28 April 2017 22:33:37 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean business leaders voiced alarm Friday (Apr 28) after US President Donald Trump said he might tear up a free trade agreement with Seoul, warning the deal was a "major pillar" of the allies' ties. The US was only recently overtaken by China as the world's biggest trader in goods ...



Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for THAAD missile system

Fri, 28 April 2017 16:19:00 +0800

SEOUL: Seoul on Friday (Apr 28) brushed aside US President Donald Trump's suggestion that it should pay for a US$1 billion missile defence system the two allies are installing in South Korea to guard against threats from the North. The first parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ...



Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after Australia surgery

Fri, 28 April 2017 15:42:37 +0800

A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh Friday after complex and rare surgery in Australia enabled her to walk and run, her doctor said.



ASEAN foreign ministers express ‘grave concern’ over North Korea situation

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:25:08 +0800

MANILA: Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a statement on Friday (Apr 28) expressing “grave concern” over the situation in North Korea. “ASEAN expresses its grave concern over the escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula, including the DPRK’s two ...



Thai police seek first arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

Fri, 28 April 2017 14:34:09 +0800

BANGKOK: Thai police on Friday (Apr 28) asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull empire over a deadly 2012 hit-and-run, a belated move to end the impunity enjoyed by the super-rich scion. The Thai public is closely watching whether the court will issue the warrant - ...



Malaysian PM Najib calls on ASEAN to enhance economic integration

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:17:40 +0800

MANILA: The 10-member Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) must work vigorously to bring down tariffs in the region to zero and eliminate non-tariff barriers, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday (Apr 28). He said ASEAN has made great strides in the last 50 years by multiplying ...



China seeks to cement globalisation credentials at Silk Road summit

Fri, 28 April 2017 13:03:24 +0800

China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalisation" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere.



Trump spurns Taiwan president's suggestion of another phone call

Fri, 28 April 2017 12:00:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday (Apr 27) spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North ...



ASEAN’s position on North Korea 'clear and consistent': Sec-Gen

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:11:05 +0800

MANILA: ASEAN’s position on the ongoing tensions on the Korean Peninsula is “very clear and consistent”, Secretary-General Le Luong Minh said on Friday (Apr 28). In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, Minh said ASEAN’s stand includes calling for the de-escalation of the standoff, denuclearisation ...



At UN, Tillerson makes case for tougher stance on North Korea

Fri, 28 April 2017 10:47:11 +0800

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Friday to push for a tougher response to North Korea and pile pressure on China to rein in its Pyongyang ally.



Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

Fri, 28 April 2017 09:10:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday (Apr 27) a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict ...



China allows North Korean coal ships to unload, but not import

Fri, 28 April 2017 09:10:21 +0800

BEIJING: China has allowed ships carrying North Korea coal to unload in port for "humanitarian reasons", but the cargo will not go through customs, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Beijing banned imports of North Korean coal in late February for the rest of this year against the backdrop of ...



China warned North Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test - Tillerson

Fri, 28 April 2017 18:37:52 +0800

China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly China's toughest threat yet against its defiant neighbour.



Commentary: How to catch a pirate in Southeast Asia

Sat, 29 April 2017 00:02:42 +0800

Despite underlying sovereignty concerns and resource challenges, regional cooperation has a track record of stemming this threat, says an expert.



US, South Korea agree THAAD deployment going smoothly - South Korea

Fri, 28 April 2017 00:30:10 +0800

South Korean and U.S. national security advisers agreed on Thursday that the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defence system was moving ahead smoothly, South Korea's presidential office said.