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Published: Wed, 18 October 2017 02:36:11 +0800


US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on North Korea

Wed, 18 October 2017 01:30:38 +0800

The top US commander in the Pacific warned on Tuesday he must "imagine the unimaginable" in responding to the threat posed by the North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Notorious Abu Sayyaf sub-commander touted as future emir of Islamic State in Southeast Asia

Tue, 17 October 2017 23:10:40 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: A notorious Abu Sayyaf group sub-commander, Furuji Indama, is seen as a future successor to replace slain militant Isnilon Hapilon as emir of Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, according to a regional security source. Hapilon was killed on Monday (Oct 16) in Marawi city, southern ...

India to investigate death of schoolgirl by starvation

Tue, 17 October 2017 23:00:39 +0800

NEW DELHI: India ordered an investigation Tuesday (Oct 17) into whether the death of a young girl was caused by a government error that saw her family denied food rations. The girl's mother and social welfare activists said the 11-year-old from Jharkhand state died of starvation last month after ...

No need to avoid clubs and bars despite threat of attacks, says Malaysia official

Tue, 17 October 2017 22:50:41 +0800

Security forces have managed to disrupt the attacks so far, says the top counter-terrorism official.

President Duterte threatens to scrap iconic Philippine 'jeepney'

Tue, 17 October 2017 21:10:38 +0800

MANILA: Firebrand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Tuesday to scrap by next year the "jeepneys" that have become a national symbol, as he became embroiled in a showdown with the mass transport industry. The flamboyantly-decorated but smoke-belching vehicles were originally converted ...

New policy could give India's often exploited domestic workers minimum wage, benefits

Tue, 17 October 2017 20:20:39 +0800

MUMBAI: Domestic workers in India will soon be entitled to a minimum wage and social security benefits, according to a draft proposal that activists say does not go far enough to protect these workers and lets employers off the hook. The policy proposes to give domestic workers the right to ...

Malaysia Airlines CEO quits unexpectedly, to return to Ryanair

Tue, 17 October 2017 21:43:39 +0800

DUBLIN/SINGAPORE: Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew is leaving after just over a year at the airline to return to Ryanair as chief operations officer. The move means that Malaysia Airlines will have to appoint a third chief executive in three years as it continues to recover from two tragedies in ...

President Halimah Yacob to attend cremation ceremony of late Thai King

Tue, 17 October 2017 19:34:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob will visit Bangkok from Oct 26 to 27 to attend the cremation ceremony of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Tuesday (Oct 17).  It is her first official overseas visit as Singapore's head of state. President Halimah ...

582,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25: UN

Tue, 17 October 2017 18:40:38 +0800

GENEVA: Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that thousands more were stranded at the border. The UN said 582,000 members of the Rohingya community had crossed into Bangladesh since ...

UN urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

Tue, 17 October 2017 17:50:40 +0800

GENEVA: The UN refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday (Oct 17) to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safety and better conditions. Some 582,000 Rohingya are now known to have ...

Japan PM Abe sends offering to war shrine

Tue, 17 October 2017 17:50:38 +0800

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday (Oct 17) sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine which China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's past aggression. The conservative premier - who has been criticised for what some see as a revisionist attitude to Japan's wartime ...

Dead or alive? Hunt is on in Marawi for Malaysia's most wanted terrorist

Tue, 17 October 2017 19:38:17 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Philippine troops in Marawi City are hunting down a Malaysian militant who helped to finance the months-long siege of the southern Philippine city by pro-Islamic State groups. It is unclear, however, if Mahmud Ahmad if still alive, even as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ...

Ex Vietnam MP jailed for stealing US$16 million housing deposits

Tue, 17 October 2017 17:10:39 +0800

HANOI: A former Vietnamese lawmaker has been sentenced to life in prison for fraud after she pocketed US$16 million in down-payments from would-be homeowners when she was a real estate developer, a court clerk said Tuesday (Oct 17). Chau Thi Thu Nga is the latest to be punished as part of a ...

PM Najib unveils concept designs for KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail stations

Tue, 17 October 2017 21:27:52 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (Oct 17) unveiled the concept designs for the seven new stations along the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) in Malaysia.  He said the designs are a strong reflection of Malaysia's identity and heritage, while remaining ...

Tsukiji fish market's relocation date narrowed to later in 2018: Report

Tue, 17 October 2017 16:10:40 +0800

TOKYO: The iconic Tsukiji fish market will be relocated to the nearby Toyosu waterfront area between September and October 2018, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday (Oct 17).  A specific date will be discussed with industry groups, reported Kyodo News, citing the local ...

Duterte declares Marawi liberated; military says 30 militants remain in conflict zone

Tue, 17 October 2017 21:51:11 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (Oct 17) declared Marawi City "liberated from terrorists" after a five-month battle against militants loyal to the Islamic State group. Duterte made the declaration in a rain-soaked speech to troops in Marawi where they have been fighting the ...

Explosive devices meant for beer fest and houses of worship seized in Kelantan

Tue, 17 October 2017 23:44:37 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Three improvised explosive devices and other material to create explosives were seized last week in Kelantan, Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Tuesday (Oct 17). They were intended for use on a beer festival, entertainment outlets and houses of ...

European dream becomes nightmare mirage for Bangladeshis

Tue, 17 October 2017 12:50:39 +0800

BEANIBAZAR, Bangladesh: Tortured, sold as a slave three times and haunted with guilt after watching his cousin drown, Bangladeshi teenager Khaled Hossain fears he will never recover from the trauma of his failed attempt to reach Europe. Even as hundreds of thousands surge into Bangladesh fleeing ...

Hong Kong police hunt for knife-wielding man in court complex

Tue, 17 October 2017 12:40:40 +0800

HONG KONG: Police in Hong Kong were on the hunt for a mainland Chinese man at a court complex after he flashed a knife in the building on Tuesday (Oct 17) morning.  According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), more than 50 police officers with shields were sweeping every floor of the High ...

MH370 search: Malaysia receives 3 new proposals; no decision yet

Tue, 17 October 2017 12:14:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said on Tuesday (Oct 17) it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been made yet. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said proposals were ...

Macau plans 'simulated attacks' in security ramp-up after Vegas shooting

Tue, 17 October 2017 11:40:38 +0800

HONG KONG: Authorities in the Chinese territory of Macau have ramped up security measures following the deadly Las Vegas shooting this month and unveiled plans for a series of mock attacks and crisis training to safeguard the world's largest gambling hub. The new recommendations were laid out in a ...

US renews call for Cambodia to release opposition leader from prison

Tue, 17 October 2017 11:30:40 +0800

PHNOM PENH: The United States renewed a call for Cambodia's government to release the country's main opposition leader Kem Sokha from prison, after parliament voted to change election laws that would re-distribute his party's seats if it was dissolved. The government is seeking to dissolve Kem ...

Human remains found in large Australian croc

Tue, 17 October 2017 11:10:40 +0800

SYDNEY: Human remains were found Tuesday (Oct 17) in a large crocodile that police believe killed an elderly woman who wandered away from her aged-care home in northeast Australia. Clothing and a walking stick belonging to Anne Cameron, who suffered from dementia, were discovered by a creek near ...

Passengers leaving South Korea for US to face tighter screening from Oct 26

Tue, 17 October 2017 10:40:38 +0800

SEOUL: Passengers leaving South Korea for the United States will be required to undergo stricter check-in screening from Oct 26, amid growing concerns about terrorist attacks, the Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday (Oct 17). "Local passengers who travel to the US using low-cost carriers are ...

In New Hampshire, Indonesian Christians caught in Trump immigration crackdown

Tue, 17 October 2017 09:26:19 +0800

Since fleeing deadly violence in Indonesia two decades ago, Meldy and Eva Lumangkun built a life in suburban New Hampshire and raised four children, their illegal status long tolerated by U.S. immigration authorities.

North Korea warns states - Don't join any US action and you are safe

Tue, 17 October 2017 08:45:45 +0800

NEW YORK: North Korea warned countries at the United Nations on Monday (Oct 17) in a statement: Don’t join the United States in military action against the Asian state and you will be safe from retaliation.  The caution was contained in a copy of North Korean Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong’s ...

Japanese man invents ‘coffee’ made from garlic

Tue, 17 October 2017 07:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Japanese man has invented a caffeine-free version of coffee that is made entirely from garlic. The invention was a result of a cooking blunder 30 years ago, when Yokitomo Shimotai burned a steak and garlic while waiting tables at a coffee house in Aomori Prefecture, Kyodo News ...

Commentary: For China's next five years, 'only Xi Jinping is indispensable'

Tue, 17 October 2017 06:30:39 +0800

Having strengthened the Chinese Communist Party, the president will use the 19th Party Congress to cement his position further. But Xi Jinping's appetite for reform is uncertain, says the Financial Times' Tom Mitchell.

US President Donald Trump to visit Asia from Nov 3 to 14

Mon, 16 October 2017 22:18:40 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii between Nov. 3-14, the White House said on Monday, amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

IS a threat to SE Asia despite leader's death: Analysts

Mon, 16 October 2017 20:25:26 +0800

The reported death of Islamic State's top leader in Southeast Asia is a major blow to the jihadists but analysts warn it remains a potent threat, with battle-hardened fighters set to return from the Middle East.

Big bundle of joy: Vietnam woman gives birth to 7 kg baby

Mon, 16 October 2017 20:08:21 +0800

A Vietnamese mother had the shock of her life when her newborn son weighed in at a whopping 7.1 kilograms (15.7 pounds), one of the heaviest births ever reported in the Southeast Asian nation.

US, South Korea begin major navy drill

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:54:52 +0800

The United States and South Korea on Monday launched a joint naval exercise in a fresh show of force against North Korea over its growing missile and nuclear threats.

Jakarta governor sworn in amid calls from hardliners for 'Islamic lifestyle'

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:40:23 +0800

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in a former education minister as Jakarta's governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

Jakarta governor sworn in amid calls from hardliners for "Islamic lifestyle"

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:40:19 +0800

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in a former education minister as Jakarta's governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

Beijing proudly unveils mega-airport due to open in 2019

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:20:39 +0800

BEIJING: China's capital unveiled the "shining example" of its 80 billion yuan (US$12.14 billion) new airport on Monday, tipped to become one of the world's largest when it opens in October 2019 amid a massive infrastructure drive overseen by President Xi Jinping. Representatives showed off the ...

German ambassador warns Internet controls could harm companies, isolate China

Tue, 17 October 2017 10:34:19 +0800

BEIJING: China's Internet restrictions have struck a "new blow" against foreign companies working there, Germany's ambassador said on Monday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing's political and commercial ties with the world. China's ongoing clampdown on cyberspace has seen WhatsApp ...

'Mad dog' anti-Trump leaflets, suspected floated in from North Korea, turn up in Seoul

Mon, 16 October 2017 18:10:11 +0800

SEOUL: Propaganda fliers presumed to be from North Korea and calling U.S. President Donald Trump a "mad dog" have turned up across central Seoul, including near the presidential Blue House, according to posts on social media and people who found them. "Death to old lunatic Trump!" reads one poster ...

Pakistan deports Turkish school network's former director and family

Mon, 16 October 2017 18:05:17 +0800

Pakistan has deported a former director of a chain of private Turkish schools along with his family, former school officials said on Monday, the day set for a court hearing on the deportation.

Battle for Marawi: Bitter siege that left a city in ruins

Mon, 16 October 2017 18:19:08 +0800

The death of top Islamist fighter Isnilon Hapilon is a rare celebratory moment for the Philippines military, which has been bogged down in a gruelling four-month battle to retake the southern city of Marawi.

Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

Mon, 16 October 2017 16:40:37 +0800

Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labour for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions.

AirAsia Japan to relaunch later this month

Mon, 16 October 2017 16:00:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Low-cost airline AirAsia Japan on Monday (Oct 16) said it would begin its first flights from Nagoya later this month, more than two years after Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd announced plans to re-enter the Japanese market with new partners. A prior AirAsia Japan, a joint venture with Japanese ...

China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets

Mon, 16 October 2017 16:00:39 +0800

Chinese President Xi Jinping is at the mercy of two unpredictable men, US President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un - a predicament that points to the limits of China's bid to project soft power.

Ten drown as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh, 12,000 more arrive

Mon, 16 October 2017 16:15:49 +0800

SHAH PORIR DWIP, At least 10 people drowned and dozens more are missing after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh sank on Monday (Oct 16), as another 12,000 people joined a half-million-strong exodus sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar. The boat was carrying an estimated 50 ...

Top international lawyers say Hong Kong rule of law under threat

Mon, 16 October 2017 14:10:15 +0800

The jailing of three Hong Kong democracy activists this year is a serious threat to the city's rule of law, a group of senior international lawyers said on Monday, adding the independence of the judiciary risks becoming a "charade".

Philippine survey shows big support for Duterte's drugs war

Mon, 16 October 2017 13:40:14 +0800

MANILA: Nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, and almost three quarters believe extrajudicial killings are taking place in the bloody crackdown, an opinion poll showed on Monday. Duterte's signature campaign has killed thousands of Filipinos ...

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh

Mon, 16 October 2017 13:05:18 +0800

Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

Vietnam braces for typhoon Khanun after floods kill 72

Mon, 16 October 2017 12:46:41 +0800

Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.

Public transport boost for Sydney with thousands of new services: Report

Mon, 16 October 2017 11:10:13 +0800

SYDNEY: Getting around Sydney on public transportation could become more comfortable after the New South Wales government confirmed the addition of thousands of new services from Nov 26. The new services include "new ferry services, extra weekly train services and thousands of new bus services" ...

Firefighters gaining edge in California wildfires that have killed at least 40

Mon, 16 October 2017 17:05:24 +0800

Firefighters began gaining ground on wildfires that killed at least 40 people in the past week, the deadliest blazes in California's history, as winds eased and searchers combed charred ruins for more victims with hundreds still missing.

Top militants in Marawi linked to Islamic State killed: Philippine officials

Tue, 17 October 2017 00:19:30 +0800

MANILA: Leading militant Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the United States' list of "most wanted terrorists", has been killed in the battle to reclaim the rebel-held Philippines city of Marawi, the defence minister said on Monday (Oct 16). Security analysts describe Hapilon as the leader of the Islamic ...

US, South Korea conduct joint Navy drills to counter North Korea threat

Mon, 16 October 2017 11:49:49 +0800

South Korea and the United States began week-long joint Navy drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula on Monday, amid high tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.

China's precedent-breaking Xi Jinping gets set to bolster his power

Mon, 16 October 2017 08:45:21 +0800

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to amass even greater power at a Communist Party Congress this week, promoting close allies, having his guiding thought enshrined in the party constitution and possibly assuming a title to put him on par with Mao Zedong.

AirAsia flight to Bali plunges 20,000 feet in midair scare

Mon, 16 October 2017 09:30:58 +0800

PERTH: An AirAsia flight heading to Bali from Perth plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take-off on Sunday (Oct 15) morning, leaving passengers terrified, Australian media reports said. Flight QZ 535, with 145 people on board, was forced to turn back just 25 minutes into its journey after the pilot ...

Firefighters gain edge in battle with deadly California blazes

Mon, 16 October 2017 09:30:10 +0800

SANTA ROSA, Calif.: Firefighters gained ground on the deadliest wildfires in California history on Sunday as winds eased while searchers combed charred ruins for more victims of the blazes that have claimed at least 40 lives. Two of the three most destructive fires in Northern California were more ...

New Zealand likely to announce new government by end of week

Mon, 16 October 2017 09:30:08 +0800

New Zealand acting Prime Minister Bill English on Monday said it could take until the end of the week to confirm the country's next government.

US diplomacy with North Korea to continue until 'first bomb drops': Tillerson

Mon, 16 October 2017 06:58:29 +0800

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Sunday denied that Donald Trump's threat to tear up the Iran nuclear deal had weakened America's chance of reining in North Korea through diplomacy.

Indonesian goalkeeper dies after collision with teammate

Mon, 16 October 2017 02:59:00 +0800

JAKARTA: An Indonesian goalkeeper died during a league match on Sunday (Oct 15) after a collision with a teammate in Lamongan, East Java. Choirul Huda was playing in goal for his side Persela Lamongan against Semen Padang in Indonesia's Liga 1 when the incident happened in the 44th minute. The 38 ...

6-year-old girl gets head stuck between walls in China

Sun, 15 October 2017 22:00:40 +0800

SUZHOU, China: Firefighters rescued a six-year-old girl after she got her head stuck in between two walls at a primary school in Lingbi county in China’s Suzhou city, according to a report by CCTV. The incident reportedly happened on Thursday (Oct 12) during lunch break at noon. Local ...

AirAsia's Tony Fernandes weds South Korean girlfriend in France

Sun, 15 October 2017 20:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes has tied the knot with his South Korean girlfriend, Malaysian media reported on Sunday (Oct 15). According to New Straits Times, Fernandes, 53, and girlfriend Chloe had been dating more than two years before getting married in France’s Cote ...

Taliban reject rape, murder claims of freed Canadian hostage

Sun, 15 October 2017 19:09:51 +0800

The Taliban on Sunday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his kidnappers had killed his child and raped his wife during the family's captivity, saying the woman had a "natural miscarriage".

Bangladesh steps up security at India border over Rohingya fears

Sun, 15 October 2017 17:27:48 +0800

Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory, officials said Sunday.

Afghan Taliban deny former hostage's claims of murder, rape

Sun, 15 October 2017 17:20:11 +0800

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A Taliban spokesman denied on Sunday accusations by a Canadian man that one of his children had been murdered and his wife raped while they were being held captive by militants who kidnapped them in Afghanistan in 2012. Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were ...

China steps up war on poverty, though some still left behind

Sun, 15 October 2017 16:15:18 +0800

Wang Qin, 59, collects scrap at a demolished residential district on the outskirts of Beijing, working 15 hours a day and struggling on her own to pay for her granddaughter's education.

Hundreds march in Sydney for asylum seekers ahead of PNG camp closure

Sun, 15 October 2017 16:05:08 +0800

SYDNEY: Hundreds of protesters marched through Sydney on Sunday to call for detainees, being held in controversial centres for asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands, to be allowed to stay in Australia as a resettlement deadline approaches. Canberra's hardline immigration policy requires asylum ...

Fruit, prawns off the menu at China's austere party Congress

Sun, 15 October 2017 13:15:12 +0800

No free fruit in hotel rooms, no free hair cuts and no prawns on the menu - delegates at this week's Communist Party Congress in China can expect austere treatment in keeping with President Xi Jinping's pledge to crack down on corruption and extravagance.

China expels former justice minister from party for graft

Sun, 15 October 2017 10:50:13 +0800

BEIJING: A former Chinese justice minister has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party following an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog, the first time the government has announced that she was in trouble. Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year ...

Hong Kong braces for typhoon Khanun, ferries suspended

Sun, 15 October 2017 10:45:11 +0800

Hong Kong braced for typhoon Khanun, with authorities raising the third-highest weather warning signal early on Sunday and some transport services in the Asian financial hub shutting down because of the strong winds.

Commentary: Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship a chance to make practical progress on South China Sea

Sat, 14 October 2017 23:40:40 +0800

The S Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ Henrick Z Tsjeng and Collin Koh suggest Singapore make full use of its ASEAN chairmanship to set ground rules among operational agencies.

Wild elephants trample to death four Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Sun, 15 October 2017 01:05:11 +0800

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the early hours of Saturday, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks. Many trees on the ...

Wild elephants kill four Rohingya in Bangladesh camp

Sun, 15 October 2017 00:30:30 +0800

Wild elephants killed four Rohingya refugees including three children as they were building a shack on forest land in southern Bangladesh Saturday, police said.

Thousands rally in Malaysia to oust premier Najib

Sat, 14 October 2017 23:40:39 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of protesters gathered at an unsanctioned rally on Saturday (Oct 14) to demand action against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the mismanagement of billions of dollars by a state fund. Malaysia's opposition are counting on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal to ...

Thousands rally in Malaysia to oust premier Najib

Sat, 14 October 2017 23:30:16 +0800

Thousands of protesters gathered at an unsanctioned rally on Saturday to demand action against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the mismanagement of billions of dollars by a state fund.

Bangkok streets flood after torrential rain

Sat, 14 October 2017 21:30:39 +0800

BANGKOK: Bangkok residents woke up to knee-deep water in the city after storms poured down overnight. At least 55 major roads were flooded but most had dried up by the late afternoon, Bangkok Post said.  Bangkok authorities urged those with no urgent business to stay home as many roads are still ...

China confirms will amend party constitution, likely to include Xi's theories

Sun, 15 October 2017 10:45:13 +0800

China's ruling Communist Party has agreed to amend the party constitution, expected to embed President Xi Jinping's political thought, ahead of next week's five-yearly party congress in which Xi will further tighten his grip on power.

Typhoon "Khanun" expected to hit China's Hainan island: Xinhua

Sat, 14 October 2017 18:50:15 +0800

SHANGHAI: Typhoon "Khanun" is expected to hit China's Hainan Island or southern provinces this weekend, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The train and vehicle ferry on the Qiongzhou Strait, which connects the island with the southern province of Guangdong on China's mainland ...

Japan zoo mourns death of love-struck penguin

Sat, 14 October 2017 14:42:36 +0800

An elderly penguin who shot to fame in Japan after falling in love with a cardboard cut-out of a cartoon character has died, at the ripe old age of 21.

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge: Report

Sat, 14 October 2017 13:25:53 +0800

Japan's SoftBank has reached a broad accord to merge its US subsidiary Sprint with T-Mobile to create a rival to America's top two wireless carriers, a newspaper said Saturday.

Commentary: What will Xi Jinping say about Taiwan at the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress?

Sat, 14 October 2017 11:30:39 +0800

The Chinese president has a huge opportunity to shape China’s statement of policy on cross-strait relations. Brookings Institute’s Richard C Bush gives his two cents on what the general secretary might say.

North Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-South Korea drill: Report

Sat, 14 October 2017 12:56:20 +0800

North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.

Johor crown prince and wife welcome second child

Sat, 14 October 2017 22:19:35 +0800

Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and his wife have welcomed their second child, local media reported.

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Sat, 14 October 2017 09:05:13 +0800

Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohyingas who have been driven out in an army campaign.

Analysis: Pakistan's hostage rescue hailed, but tensions with US remain

Sat, 14 October 2017 09:07:17 +0800

The freeing of a hostage U.S.-Canadian family by Pakistan's army has been hailed by officials as a positive step in mending ties between Washington and Islamabad, but those hoping fresh start in their fraught relationship seem likely to be disappointed.

NATO warns North Korea military action would have 'devastating consequences'

Sat, 14 October 2017 01:17:04 +0800

Military intervention against North Korea would have "devastating consequences", NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Friday, after US President Donald Trump said diplomatic efforts had failed.

Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza pregnant with her first child

Sat, 14 October 2017 00:20:44 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza has confirmed that she is four months pregnant with her first child. "I'm four months pregnant. There are no words that I can use to express my gratitude," the 38-year-old said in a live stream on Instagram on Friday (Oct 13). She took the ...

Former friend Malaysia halts all imports from North Korea, data shows

Fri, 13 October 2017 22:30:39 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which until recently had been one of Pyongyang's closest friends, has halted all imports from North Korea, as part of global efforts to cut off funding over its nuclear and missile programmes. Malaysia did not buy any goods from North Korea in June and July, after buying 20 ...

China welcomes bumper crop of baby pandas in 2017

Fri, 13 October 2017 22:14:49 +0800

CHENGDU: Thirty-six panda cubs born this year made their first public appearance on Friday (Oct 13) at China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan province.  They are among 42 panda babies born to 30 mothers in China this year, a new record for the breeding programme. Fifteen ...

Myanmar army opens probe amid reports of killings, abuse of Rohingya Muslims

Fri, 13 October 2017 20:30:46 +0800

YANGON: Myanmar's military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, many saying they witnessed killings, rape and arson by troops. Coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on ...

Myanmar army opens probe amid reports of killings, abuse of Rohingya Muslims

Fri, 13 October 2017 20:25:23 +0800

Myanmar's military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, many saying they witnessed killings, rape and arson by troops.

China museum removes photos comparing Africans to animals in racism row

Fri, 13 October 2017 19:50:38 +0800

BEIJING: A Chinese museum has removed photographs which compare African people to animals from a controversial exhibition after being accused of racism, the curators said Friday (Oct 13). Social media users in Africa had led outrage over the montages, including one showing an open-mouthed African ...

Pakistan official details car chase that freed kidnapped US-Canadian family

Fri, 13 October 2017 18:55:15 +0800

Pakistani troops shot out the tyres of a vehicle carrying a kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their children in a raid that led to the family's release, a Pakistani security official said on Friday.

South Korean court extends detention of ousted president Park Geun-hye

Fri, 13 October 2017 18:48:55 +0800

Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye will be kept in detention for a further six months, a Seoul court ruled Friday, as she stands trial in a corruption case that toppled her from power.

Three dead in mid-air Australia skydiving collision

Fri, 13 October 2017 18:30:39 +0800

SYDNEY: Three people died Friday (Oct 13) in what is believed to be a mid-air skydiving collision, with one of the victims found in someone's garden. Two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s were found dead at Mission Beach, south of popular tourist town Cairns, mid-afternoon. "Initial ...

Singapore-KL high-speed rail may stop at Forest City in Johor Baru: Report

Fri, 13 October 2017 18:00:40 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The High-Speed Rail (HSR) that is set to link Singapore and Kuala Lumpur may see an additional stop at Johor Baru's Forest City added to its line, if Chinese developer Country Garden Holdings has its way. The developer of the mega Forest City project has made requests to Malaysian ...

45 foreign fighters arrested in Malaysia this year

Fri, 13 October 2017 18:00:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 45 foreign fighters have been arrested in Malaysia so far this year, said the country's Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.  The majority are linked to Islamic State (IS), including three Iraqis who were commanders in the Iraqi IS cell. Indonesians, Filipinos ...

Hong Kong leader can't rule out barring even former governor Patten as China flexes muscles

Fri, 13 October 2017 17:55:10 +0800

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's leader denied on Friday that China had taken over immigration controls in the city after a British activist was refused entry, but she couldn't rule out barring even the last colonial governor and frequent China critic, Chris Patten. Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended Hong ...

US, South Korea to launch major navy drill next week

Fri, 13 October 2017 17:40:19 +0800

The United States and South Korea will kick off a major navy drill next week, the US navy said Friday, a fresh show of force against North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests.

Three skydivers die after suspected mid-air collision in Australia

Fri, 13 October 2017 16:45:13 +0800

SYDNEY: Three skydivers were killed in Australia on Friday after what authorities believe was a mid-air collision. Two men aged in their 30s and a woman in her 50s are believed to have collided while skydiving near Cairns in northeastern Australia, police said. Their bodies were found about a ...

Rohingya refugee in Malaysia gets extended jail term for harbouring illegal migrants

Fri, 13 October 2017 16:20:39 +0800

PUTRAJAYA: A Rohingya refugee was on Friday (Oct 13) sentenced to another two years' jail by Malaysia's Court of Appeal for harbouring smuggled migrants. Mohd Hussein Mohd Kassim, 30, originally received a three-year jail sentence, but this was increase to five. He was arrested on Jul 2, 2015 ...

Philippines' Duterte withdraws EU eviction threat: Spokesman

Fri, 13 October 2017 16:14:27 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte incorrectly based his threat to expel European ambassadors within 24 hours on news reports, and there are no plans to kick them out, his spokesman said Friday.

Nine Hong Kong democracy activists found guilty of criminal contempt

Fri, 13 October 2017 16:00:08 +0800

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court on Friday found nine pro-democracy activists guilty of criminal contempt of court for refusing to leave a protest site during the 2014 "Occupy" demonstrations. The charge relates to a court-ordered injunction to clear a protest camp in the Mong Kok district after ...