Published: Mon, 01 May 2017 14:23:13 +0800
Mon, 01 May 2017 13:45:05 +0800CIA 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.
Mon, 01 May 2017 13:40:34 +0800South 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.
Mon, 01 May 2017 13:39:11 +0800Tech 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.
Mon, 01 May 2017 13:37:58 +0800Rapper 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.
Mon, 01 May 2017 09:40:38 +0800Two experts argue that doing so will show ASEAN's relevance to the US.
Mon, 01 May 2017 10:29:08 +0800The 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.
Mon, 01 May 2017 06:50:38 +0800WASHINGTON: 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 ...
Mon, 01 May 2017 05:00:28 +0800Indonesia'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.
Mon, 01 May 2017 04:51:16 +0800WASHINGTON: 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 ...
Mon, 01 May 2017 04:38:03 +0800KATHMANDU: 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 ...
Mon, 01 May 2017 01:22:51 +0800WUHAN, 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 ...
Sun, 30 April 2017 22:30:38 +0800The nearly foot-long paddles are emblazoned with messages that read: 'For beating drunkards' and 'Police won't intervene'.
Sun, 30 April 2017 22:00:38 +0800The bus hit four cars and motorbikes before tumbling down a slope. The bus driver and some of the motorists were among those killed.
Sun, 30 April 2017 20:31:18 +0800China'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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 18:05:49 +0800South 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 18:30:06 +0800An 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 15:55:07 +0800South 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 14:13:34 +0800WASHINGTON: 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 ...
Sun, 30 April 2017 15:30:05 +0800Southeast 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 05:09:18 +0800Pope 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 03:01:40 +0800US 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 01:44:09 +0800The 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 01:37:59 +0800Philippine 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 01:30:28 +0800The 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 01:11:49 +0800Muslim 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 00:08:23 +0800Hundreds 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 00:02:54 +0800Tearful 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 00:00:34 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 22:40:38 +0800MANILA: 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” ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 21:10:06 +0800Islamic 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 20:50:08 +0800Pakistan'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".
Sat, 29 April 2017 19:55:07 +0800The 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 23:33:48 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 15:40:38 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 19:21:38 +0800Philippine 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 14:51:03 +0800The 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 23:19:11 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 13:12:11 +0800China 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 01:25:07 +0800Southeast 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.
Sun, 30 April 2017 05:50:05 +0800North 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".
Sun, 30 April 2017 10:40:05 +0800North 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".
Sat, 29 April 2017 08:15:07 +0800A 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 02:15:22 +0800U.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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 01:01:11 +0800British 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:43:08 +0800China 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:42:56 +0800Puan Ahmad has four children aged between 65 and 90, 19 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren as well as one great-great grandchild.
Fri, 28 April 2017 21:00:11 +0800A 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 20:55:14 +0800A 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:39:11 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 20:25:10 +0800A 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 06:29:34 +0800UNITED 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:09:16 +0800Philippine 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:06:21 +0800A 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:06:05 +0800The 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:04:36 +0800Hong 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:19:35 +0800Philippine 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:03:02 +0800The 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:01:54 +0800The 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:00:53 +0800China'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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:00:47 +0800A 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:00:25 +0800Insurgents 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:42:35 +0800A 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:42:23 +0800China 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:41:53 +0800China 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:37:45 +0800A 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".
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:37:15 +0800Activists 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:36:00 +0800China'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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:35:58 +0800South 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:36:50 +0800Philippine 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 09:31:28 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:20:03 +0800Philippine 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:17:43 +0800China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday it was resolutely opposed to any country selling arms to Taiwan.
Fri, 28 April 2017 19:18:20 +0800A 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:04:52 +0800China'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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:04:10 +0800The 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:03:41 +0800Afghan 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:00:12 +0800South 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:00:05 +0800India'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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:50:54 +0800Young 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:46:22 +0800Separatist 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:46:08 +0800China'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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:45:50 +0800Hong 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:45:42 +0800Blank 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:40:30 +0800A 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 17:20:10 +0800U.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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 22:33:37 +0800SEOUL: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 16:19:00 +0800SEOUL: 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) ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 15:42:37 +0800A 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:25:08 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 14:34:09 +0800BANGKOK: 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 - ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:17:40 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 13:03:24 +0800China 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 12:00:38 +0800WASHINGTON: 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 ...
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:11:05 +0800MANILA: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 10:47:11 +0800US 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.
Fri, 28 April 2017 09:10:38 +0800WASHINGTON: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 09:10:21 +0800BEIJING: 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 ...
Fri, 28 April 2017 18:37:52 +0800China 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.
Sat, 29 April 2017 00:02:42 +0800Despite underlying sovereignty concerns and resource challenges, regional cooperation has a track record of stemming this threat, says an expert.
Fri, 28 April 2017 00:30:10 +0800South 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.