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Published: Thu, 24 August 2017 03:49:04 +0800


Mongolian parliamentarians call for PM, cabinet resignation

Thu, 24 August 2017 02:20:39 +0800

ULAN BATOR: Dozens of parliamentarians from Mongolia's ruling party called for the country's prime minister and cabinet to step down for abuse of power, local media reported on Wednesday (Aug 23), just weeks after its close loss in a scandal-plagued presidential election. A letter calling for the ...

China alliance urges separating politics, economics in Belt and Road investment

Thu, 24 August 2017 00:15:12 +0800

BEIJING: China should separate politics and economics when investing in renewable energy projects in countries along its Belt and Road initiative, the head of an industrial alliance said on Wednesday. India and Japan, along with Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East have the biggest ...

India's proposed pharma marketing rules hit legal roadblock

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:05:16 +0800

MUMBAI: India's plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country's drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal roadblock, marking a setback for public health groups. The country's law ministry has rejected draft marketing rules, which were ...

Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

Wed, 23 August 2017 22:43:04 +0800

Thousands of Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since Myanmar announced a military build-up in Rakhine state earlier this month, community leaders said Wednesday.

Islamic State's Marawi video 'powerful and dangerous': Malaysia's top counter-terror cop

Wed, 23 August 2017 22:20:25 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic State (IS) extremist group's new video calling for Muslims in Southeast Asia to wage holy war in the Philippine city of Marawi is both “powerful" and "dangerous”, Malaysia's top counter-terror cop told Channel NewsAsia. “This video is powerful and moving. It will inflame ...

Kofi Annan to discuss UN Rakhine report to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:50:40 +0800

YANGON: Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, who arrived in Yangon Tuesday (Aug 22), is scheduled to hold talks with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi later on Wednesday on the release of the commission's final report on Rakhine state, according to the Information Ministry ...

Angry Pakistanis lash out after US condemnation

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:55:39 +0800

Angry and offended Pakistanis fired back Wednesday against Donald Trump's accusations that their country harbours militants, highlighting the heavy toll they have paid fighting extremism and slamming his embrace of arch-rival India.

Philippine leader tells police to kill only if necessary in war on drugs

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:41:56 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday backed police on the front lines of a war on drugs that he said would not cease, but warned officers their duty was to arrest suspects and kill only if their lives were in danger.

USS John S McCain collision: Search area expanded further, Australia joins effort

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Search and rescue operations for the missing sailors from USS John S McCain have been further expanded to cover a wider area, said the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) on Wednesday (Aug 23).  The Singapore-led search effort now covers 5,524 square kilometres, up from 2,620 on Tuesday ...

As anger simmers over killings, Philippine police do house-to-house drug tests

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:40:43 +0800

Philippine police were knocking on doors in one of Manila's poorest neighbourhoods on Wednesday to encourage people to take on-the-spot drug tests, a campaign condemned by rights groups as harassment that could endanger lives.

Pakistan says US must not make it a 'scapegoat' for Afghan failures

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:31:02 +0800

Pakistan rejected on Wednesday U.S. criticism of its efforts to fight terrorism saying it should not be used as a scapegoat for the failure of the U.S. military to win the war in Afghanistan.

Philippines' biggest Muslim rebel group sounds Islamic State alarm

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:12:39 +0800

The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group said on Wednesday (Aug 23) it had lost 10 fighters in battles to stop a "growing force" of radical militants who support the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Singapore firm inks deal to run Cambodia's first oil field

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:33:17 +0800

Cambodia on Wednesday signed a deal with a Singaporean energy company to develop its first-ever oilfield, the latest move in the impoverished country's much-delayed plan to become an oil-producing nation.

Blunt instrument? What a list of banned articles says about China's censors

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:00:12 +0800

An old review of an academic monograph on agrarian revolutionaries in 1930s China is hardly a political third rail in Beijing today, even by the increasingly sensitive standards of the ruling Communist Party.

Guam 'all calm' despite North Korea threats: Officials

Wed, 23 August 2017 17:20:29 +0800

Guam's number two politican Wednesday rolled out the welcome mat to tourists, promising his sun-kissed tropical island is safe -- despite North Korea's threat to launch missiles toward the Pacific US territory.

China says new US sanctions 'won't help' cooperation on North Korea

Wed, 23 August 2017 17:07:48 +0800

China said Wednesday that new US sanctions targeting Chinese firms linked to North Korea "will not help" cooperation with Beijing in the nuclear crisis.

Second industry briefing for KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project to be held in London

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:48:52 +0800

The briefing for companies interested in the tender to build and run the high speed rail will be held in September.

Dora no Explorer: TV network axes Philippine resort plan after outcry

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:16:11 +0800

American children's television network Nickelodeon said Wednesday it had abandoned plans for a themed resort on an island known as the Philippines' last ecological frontier following a backlash from environmentalists.

North Korea's Kim 'starting to respect US': Trump

Wed, 23 August 2017 17:02:39 +0800

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is "starting to respect" the United States, President Donald Trump declared, even as Pyongyang revealed plans for its missile development Wednesday and Kim ordered a production boost.

Typhoon batters Hong Kong and south China, three dead in Macau

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:50:23 +0800

HONG KONG: Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees and forced most businesses to close, while in some places big waves flooded seaside streets. There were reports of 34 people injured in ...

North Korea's Kim orders production of more rocket engines, warhead tips - KCNA

Wed, 23 August 2017 12:35:08 +0800

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the production of more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips, the North's official media said on Wednesday in a report otherwise lacking threats against Washington after weeks of heightened tension. A report about Kim's visit to a chemical ...

North Korea's Kim orders production of more rocket engines, warhead tips: KCNA

Wed, 23 August 2017 12:30:08 +0800

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the production of more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips, the North's official media said on Wednesday in a report otherwise lacking threats against Washington after weeks of heightened tension. A report about Kim's visit to a chemical ...

USS John S McCain collision: US Navy working to help sailors 'regain stability'

Wed, 23 August 2017 17:27:50 +0800

The US warship collided with an oil tanker in the early hours of Monday morning, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.

Judgment day looms for Thai ex-PM Yingluck and Shinawatra clan

Wed, 23 August 2017 11:59:03 +0800

Clobbered by coups and courts, Thailand's Shinawatra political dynasty is bracing for another withering blow in its decade-long power struggle with the kingdom's establishment as judges decide whether to convict the clan's ex-premier Yingluck.

At least 20 injured in rail accident in north India

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:04:52 +0800

REUTERS: At least 20 people were injured, some critically, when 11 train coaches derailed early on Wednesday in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the country's fifth major rail accident in the past year and only days after 23 people were killed in another derailment. Northern Railways ...

USS John S McCain collision: US Navy relieves 7th Fleet commander

Wed, 23 August 2017 21:50:21 +0800

WASHINGTON/TOKYO: The US Navy on Wednesday (Aug 23) said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn ...

Six dead as typhoon smashes into Macau and Hong Kong

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:32:08 +0800

HONG KONG: Typhoon Hato left five dead in the gambling hub of Macau on Wednesday (Aug 23)as it brought chaos and destruction to the enclave after sweeping through neighbouring Hong Kong, where one man also died. Local media showed severe flooding had left cars underwater and people swimming in ...

A guilty verdict for Thailand's Yingluck may stoke anger but military firmly in charge

Wed, 23 August 2017 13:50:08 +0800

A long-awaited verdict in the trial of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra this week could inflame tension and would likely have far-reaching implications in the politically divided kingdom.

US' Tillerson sees possible path to North Korea dialogue 'in near future'

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:06:31 +0800

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a peace overture to North Korea on Tuesday, welcoming what he called the restraint it had shown recently in its weapons programs and saying he hoped a path could be opening for dialogue "sometime in the near future."

Rugby: England to face Kiwis in women's World Cup final

Wed, 23 August 2017 05:16:36 +0800

BELFAST: England will face New Zealand in the women's Rugby World Cup final after the holders cruised to a 20-3 victory against France in Belfast on Tuesday (Aug 22). Prop Sarah Bern and substitute back Megan Jones scored the decisive second-half tries for England at Kingspan Stadium. Emily ...

Venezuela-US relations at lowest point ever - Maduro

Wed, 23 August 2017 02:30:14 +0800

Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest point ever, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday in a speech at the presidential palace for international media that was televised to the nation.

Venezuela's top prosecutor has left Colombia for Brazil

Wed, 23 August 2017 01:35:11 +0800

Venezuela's top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled the socialist country last week, has left Colombia for Brazil, Colombia's migration agency said on Tuesday.

US sanctions Chinese, Russians over North Korea support

Wed, 23 August 2017 11:44:54 +0800

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday (Aug 22) slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's nuclear programme and attempting to evade US sanctions. The sanctions are part of a broader US effort to disrupt the flow of cash ...

Exclusive: Rohingya villagers blockaded amid fresh tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine - residents

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:40:14 +0800

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been blockaded inside their area by their Buddhist neighbours in a western Myanmar village, residents say, as religious tensions in troubled Rakhine state spread to a more ethnically mixed part of the region.

Exclusive - Rohingya villagers blockaded amid fresh tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine - residents

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:15:24 +0800

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been blockaded inside their area by their Buddhist neighbours in a western Myanmar village, residents say, as religious tensions in troubled Rakhine state spread to a more ethnically mixed part of the region.

Bangladesh upholds death sentences on politician, 14 members of elite force, for murders

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:00:14 +0800

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Tuesday upheld death sentences on a leading politician and 14 members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014. Politician Nur Hossain, at the time a member of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami ...

Indonesia cuts interest rates in effort to boost growth

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:50:39 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesia's central bank made a surprise 25 basis point rate cut to interest rates Tuesday as Southeast Asia's largest economy seeks to boost growth. Bank Indonesia's board of governors unexpectedly slashed the rate from 4.75 per cent to 4.5 per cent, defying the predictions of most ...

Indonesian Islamic State ideologue Aman Abdurrahman named a suspect in 2016 Jakarta bombing

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:40:40 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia’s foremost Islamic State (IS) ideologue and alleged recruiter, Aman Abdurrahman, has been declared a suspect in the 2016 Jakarta bomb attack following his re-arrest. “He was declared a suspect on Aug 19 for his role in the Jakarta terror attack on Jalan Thamrin,” Indonesian ...

Trump talks tough on Pakistan's 'terrorist' havens, but options scarce

Wed, 23 August 2017 03:45:08 +0800

Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants - an approach analysts say probably won't change Pakistan's strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington does not want it to go.

Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:39:37 +0800

MUMBAI: A factory accused of dumping dye into an Indian river where several dogs turned blue has been shut down, an official said Tuesday (Aug 22), after alarming pictures emerged of the brightly-coloured canines. An animal activist spotted the blue dogs wandering the streets of Mumbai near an ...

Angola's Lourenco dismisses notion he would share power if elected president

Tue, 22 August 2017 20:25:13 +0800

The Angolan ruling party's presidential candidate, Joao Lourenco, said on Tuesday he would have all the power if elected, apparently dismissing concerns over President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' continued influence.

India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group

Tue, 22 August 2017 19:45:24 +0800

India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations.

24 million affected by South Asia floods: Red Cross

Tue, 22 August 2017 19:39:48 +0800

More than 24 million people have been affected by some of the worst flooding to hit South Asia in decades, with large areas of land submerged in water, the Red Cross Tuesday.

Typhoon batters Hong Kong and south China, three dead in Macau

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:10:15 +0800

Hong Kong braced for Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm on Wednesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled, trading in financial markets suspended and schools and most businesses in the Asian financial hub closed.

Second academic journal pressed to censor China content

Tue, 22 August 2017 18:21:32 +0800

A second academic journal has received requests to censor content in China, following an international outcry after Cambridge University Press (CUP) temporarily agreed to block sensitive articles from another publication under pressure from Beijing.

US, North Korea clash at UN forum over nuclear weapons

Tue, 22 August 2017 21:50:11 +0800

GENEVA: North Korea and the United States clashed at a U.N. forum on Tuesday over their military intentions towards one another, with Pyongyang's envoy declaring it would "never" put its nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table. Japan, well within reach of North Korea's missiles, said the world ...

Rare white koala born at Australian zoo

Tue, 22 August 2017 18:11:33 +0800

A koala at an Australian zoo has given birth to a rare white joey, staff announced Tuesday.

Indonesia court scraps new ride-hailing tariff rules

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:50:40 +0800

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA: Indonesia's Supreme Court has ruled that tariff ranges imposed by the government last month on online ride-hailing services are illegal, saying they impede competition. The Southeast Asian nation's transport ministry introduced minimum and maximum tariffs for ride-hailing firms ...

Amid outrage, Philippine opposition presses Duterte to stop drug killings

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:59:32 +0800

Political opponents of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged him to end a culture of impunity and quell a surge in drug-related killings, amid widespread anger at police over the death of a teenager.

Japan urges pressure on North Korea, military to seek record defence spending

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:45:16 +0800

Japan's new foreign minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday international pressure against North Korea must be maintained until Pyongyang clearly demonstrates that it will give up its nuclear programme.

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:30:07 +0800

Fukushima's operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a US$320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation.

Housewife jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:15:42 +0800

An Indonesian housewife has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for insulting Islam, an official said Tuesday, the latest conviction under the country's controversial blasphemy law.

Chinese rights lawyer admits subversion in what wife calls show trial

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:00:15 +0800

BEIJING: A prominent former Chinese rights lawyer on trial for subverting state power on Tuesday said overseas workshops inspired him to try to overthrow China's political system, in what his wife and activists said was a show trial designed to discredit him. Jiang Tianyong, 64, who was disbarred ...

Australia inquiry says defence force failed to stop abuse

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:00:12 +0800

SYDNEY: Australia's defence force has repeatedly enabled sexual abuse of teen recruits since the 1960s, a powerful government inquiry said in a report published on Tuesday. Senior defence staff knowingly allowed recruits as young as 15 to be humiliated in initiation rites including being held down ...

China warns US ahead of Taiwan defence minister's brief visit

Tue, 22 August 2017 16:45:13 +0800

China warned the United States on Tuesday against any military contacts with Taiwan ahead of brief visits by the self-ruled island's defence minister to the United States on his way to and from Central American allies.

After US destroyer collision, Chinese paper says US navy a hazard

Tue, 22 August 2017 16:44:32 +0800

BEIJING: The US navy's latest collision at sea, the fourth in its Pacific fleet this year, shows it is becoming an increasing risk to shipping in Asia despite its claims of helping to protect freedom of navigation, an official Chinese newspaper said. The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC ...

Muslim divorce law 'unconstitutional', rules India's top court

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:25:11 +0800

India's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim quick divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality.

China defends ally Pakistan after Trump criticism

Tue, 22 August 2017 16:10:11 +0800

China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to "harbour terrorists".

India's top court rules controversial Muslim divorce law "unconstitutional"

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:56:40 +0800

India's top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, saying it was unconstitutional.

Girl meets boy: Taiwan's tribal matchmaking festival

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:02:28 +0800

As night falls on a square in the village of Matai'an, young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient match-making ritual.

IKEA to establish US$212m regional hub in Malaysia

Tue, 22 August 2017 15:59:24 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer, will be establishing a regional distribution and supply chain centre for ASEAN in Malaysia, with an investment of RM908 million (US$212 million). In adopting the structure and technology of IKEA’s biggest regional distribution centre in Germany ...

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

Tue, 22 August 2017 13:25:04 +0800

With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges.

Central Kalimantan latest Indonesian province to declare state of emergency on forest fires

Tue, 22 August 2017 13:10:38 +0800

JAKARTA: The Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan is the latest to announce a state of emergency on forest and land fires, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 22). The BNPB said the province began its state of emergency on Aug 1 and that ...

Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong back in dock days after being jailed

Tue, 22 August 2017 12:55:11 +0800

Less than a week after being jailed for unlawful assembly, Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong was summoned again to court on Tuesday for an ongoing contempt of court charge related to the 2014 "Occupy" pro-democracy protests.

China begins trial of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

Tue, 22 August 2017 11:55:11 +0800

Chinese authorities on Tuesday began the trial of a prominent rights lawyer on charges of subverting state power in a case that drew the attention of the United Nations.

USS John S McCain collision: Singapore deploys more assets in search for missing US sailors

Tue, 22 August 2017 18:23:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: Search efforts for 10 missing US sailors continued more than 24 hours after the US Navy destroyer USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided in Singapore territorial waters on early Monday morning (Aug 21).  Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) chief executive Andrew Tan told ...

Indonesia forgives Malaysia over upside down flag

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:54:33 +0800

JAKARTA: President Joko Widodo on Monday (Aug 21) said he had forgiven Malaysia over the upside down flag of Indonesia printed in a souvenir booklet for the 2017 SEA Games, which is being held in Kuala Lumpur. The matter first came to the spotlight after Indonesia's Youth and Sports Minister ...

China sacks executives, officials after Shanxi coal mine accident

Tue, 22 August 2017 09:55:13 +0800

BEIJING: Senior company executives and local officials have been removed from their jobs following a deadly accident in a northern China coal mine, state media reported. Ten people, including chairman of Shanxi Lv Xin Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Jinneng Group, and local officials, have been sacked ...

US puts more pressure on Pakistan to help with Afghan war

Wed, 23 August 2017 04:10:07 +0800

The Pentagon has not decided yet how many more U.S. troops to send to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday, after President Donald Trump committed the United States to an open-ended war there.

Hard Labour - NZ's Ardern takes tougher line on immigration

Tue, 22 August 2017 07:10:11 +0800

When Jacinda Ardern seized leadership of New Zealand's opposition Labour Party earlier this month, she quickly drew comparisons with youthful, cosmopolitan leaders like Canada's Justin Trudeau and France's Emmanuel Macron.

Commentary: A conservative India at 70 bids farewell to Jawaharlal Nehru

Tue, 22 August 2017 06:40:39 +0800

At India’s 70th independence anniversary, India looks to a new conservative order led by Narendra Modi, argues the Financial Times’ Amy Kazmin.

Rocket lands in Kabul diplomatic area

Tue, 22 August 2017 04:13:57 +0800

KABUL: A rocket landed in the heavily fortified diplomatic area of the Afghan capital Kabul late Monday (Aug 21), police said, hours before US President Donald Trump was due to announce his long-awaited strategy for the war-weary country. It was the latest in a series of attacks in the city and ...

Chile court ruling ends abortion ban; new law allows in limited cases

Tue, 22 August 2017 02:20:15 +0800

SANTIAGO: A Chilean court on Monday ruled that a law legalizing abortion in certain cases is constitutional, a win for President Michelle Bachelet's centre-left coalition and for groups that have campaigned for years against the country's strict ban. With the decision by Chile's Constitutional ...

Pakistani army says it has acted against militants including Haqqani network

Tue, 22 August 2017 00:45:17 +0800

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has taken action against all Islamist militants including the Haqqani network, the army spokesman said on Monday hours ahead of a U.S. announcement on Afghan policy that could herald a tougher stance towards Islamabad. "There are no terrorist hideouts in Pakistan. We have ...

US launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

Tue, 22 August 2017 16:56:27 +0800

WASHINGTON: The US Navy announced a fleet-wide global investigation on Monday (Aug 21) after the latest in a series of accidents left another 10 sailors missing and five more injured. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days" ...

Philippines' Duterte says there could have been abuses in war on drugs

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:50:08 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said there could have been abuses in his government's war on drugs and ordered the police to take custody of officers who were involved in the killing of a high school student last week. In a hastily called news conference at the presidential ...

USS John S McCain collision: Pentagon chief pledges 'broad' probe into US Navy accidents

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:38:21 +0800

US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Monday said the Pentagon will undertake a broad investigation into multiple accidents after the second severe collision involving a US Navy ship in two months.

Hackers hit Malaysian sites over SEA Games Indonesia flag gaffe

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:30:37 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian hackers Monday claimed responsibility for attacking more than 30 Malaysian websites following a gaffe that saw Indonesia's flag printed upside-down in a Southeast Asian Games commemorative magazine. Malaysia's SEA Games organisers sparked outrage in Indonesia when news of the ...

How could a US warship have collided with a tanker?

Mon, 21 August 2017 21:35:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: The US destroyer John S McCain collided with a tanker early on Monday (Aug 21) as the warship prepared to make a routine port call in Singapore, leaving a gaping hole in its hull and 10 sailors missing. It was the second recent accident involving an American warship after a collision ...

Hong Kong leader says jailed activists are not political prisoners

Mon, 21 August 2017 21:10:29 +0800

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday three student activists jailed for their roles in 2014 pro-democracy protests were not political prisoners and unreasonable criticism of the city's judiciary could damage the rule of law.

North Korea slams US-S Korea computer-simulated drills

Mon, 21 August 2017 21:05:48 +0800

North Korea denounced on Monday joint military drills between South Korea and the United States amid heightened tension over the North's nuclear and missiles programmes which it said was aimed at a preemptive attack.

SEA Games: Singapore win gold in women's 4x100m freestyle in record time

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:10:26 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Team Singapore beat Thailand and Indonesia for gold at the SEA Games women's 4x100m freestyle event on Monday (Aug 21), breaking the Games and national records in the process.   Amanda Lim, Natasha Ong, as well as Quah sisters Jing Wen and Ting Wen clocked a total time of 3:44.38 ...

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India

Mon, 21 August 2017 20:46:40 +0800

McDonald's said Monday it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator.

SEA Games: Schooling sets new Games record in 50m butterfly

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:09:24 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Joseph Schooling won his first SEA Games 2017 gold in Monday's (Aug 21) men's 50m butterfly final. The 100m butterfly Olympic champion came in first at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil with a time of 23.06s, breaking his own 2015 SEA Games record of 23.49s.  Indonesia's ...

Vietnamese sailor rescued from Philippine militants' camp after nine months

Mon, 21 August 2017 19:40:11 +0800

MANILA: Philippine troops raided an Islamist militants' camp on a remote southern island and rescued a Vietnamese sailor held captive for nine months, a navy spokeswoman said on Monday. More than 20 people, including 14 foreigners, are being held by pro-Islamic State militants Abu Sayyaf on two ...

Hong Kong leader defends jailing of activists

Mon, 21 August 2017 19:34:52 +0800

Hong Kong's leader Monday defended a court's decision to jail three leading democracy activists including Joshua Wong after the move triggered international criticism and a major protest march.

SEA Games: Quah Jing Wen wins gold, breaks national record in women's 200m butterfly

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:54:00 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's Quah Jing Wen won gold in the women's 200m butterfly event at the SEA Games on Monday (Aug 21), at the same time breaking the national record set by Tao Li at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   The 16-year-old clocked 2:12:03 compared to Tao Li's 2:12:63, beating Thi My Thao Le ...

India says China stand-off will end 'soon'

Mon, 21 August 2017 21:11:00 +0800

India's home minister said Monday he believed a border stand-off with China would end soon, after new footage emerged showing border guards from both countries fighting on a disputed patch of land in the Himalayas.

SEA Games: Quah Zheng Wen wins silver in 50m backstroke

Mon, 21 August 2017 19:49:54 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Quah Zheng Wen opened his 2017 SEA Games campaign with a silver medal on Monday (Aug 21) in the men's 50m backstroke final in Kuala Lumpur.  The 20-year-old came in second at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil with a time of 25.39s, while teammate Francis Fong clocked 26.10s ...

Nepal calls general election, latest step on rocky path to stability

Mon, 21 August 2017 18:10:13 +0800

Nepal will hold a general election on Nov. 26, the government said on Monday, hoping to conclude a turbulent journey to democracy a decade after a civil war and the abolition of its 239-year-old monarchy.

USS John S McCain collision: What we know so far

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:54:02 +0800

Search and rescue operations are currently underway for another 10 sailors reported missing.

US, South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tension

Mon, 21 August 2017 17:10:18 +0800

South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea's weapons programmes, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions.

South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives

Mon, 21 August 2017 17:09:02 +0800

More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said Monday, with monsoon rains also causing the deaths of hundreds of animals, including rhinos and a tiger.

Sons of US defector to North Korea confirm his death

Mon, 21 August 2017 16:14:35 +0800

The only US soldier known to still be living in North Korea after defecting more than five decades ago died last year pledging his loyalty to the "great leader Kim Jong-Un", his sons said.

Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past

Mon, 21 August 2017 15:36:52 +0800

A man in Myanmar faces up to two years in jail after he was arrested for allegedly defaming the military in an interview he gave detailing his harrowing life as a child soldier.

US, South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tensions

Mon, 21 August 2017 17:45:24 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean and US forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday (Aug 21) amid tension over North Korea's weapons programmes, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions. South Korean President Moon Jae ...

25 more years of flying out of Australia's Pearce Air Base for RSAF pilots

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:23:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: Pilots of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) can continue to fly out of Pearce Air Base in Western Australia for another 25 years under a new treaty signed at the 10th meeting of the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC) on Monday (Aug 21). Signed by ...

New Zealand opposition leader embroiled in second sexism row

Mon, 21 August 2017 12:45:10 +0800

New Zealand's new opposition leader Jacinda Ardern is at the centre of a second sexism row not even a month after taking the reins of the Labour Party and almost single-handedly reigniting its chances at a national election in September.

Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand

Mon, 21 August 2017 13:30:14 +0800

Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal on Monday against the death sentence.

Pyongyang calls US-South Korean war games a step to nuclear war

Tue, 22 August 2017 01:35:12 +0800

South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least US$270 million since February despite U.N. sanctions.