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Ailing Thai king's lung infection eases, kidneys still failing: Palace

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:57:08 GMT

Thailand's hospital-bound King Bhumibol Adulyadej is still being treated for kidney failure although an infection in his lung has eased, the palace said Saturday, in the latest update on the 88-year-old's ailing health.

Afghan Taliban fighters press advance on Helmand capital

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:46:08 GMT

Taliban fighters have advanced closer to Lashkar Gah, capital of the strategic southern province of Helmand, pushing into a farming district on the other side of the river from the town, officials said on Saturday.

Thailand's king recovering after respiratory infection - palace

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:05:20 GMT

Thailand's 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, is recovering after a respiratory infection, the palace said in a statement on Saturday.

South Korean president urges North Koreans to defect

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:34:44 GMT

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South.

Bersih kicks off nationwide roadshow to garner support

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:20:40 GMT

Malaysia pro-democracy group Bersih kicked off a nationwide roadshow to drum up flagging support and raise awareness among rural folk about its demand for institutional reform. 

Philippine president rejects Hitler label, says it didn't originate from him: Spokesman

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:29:10 GMT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should not be compared to Adolf Hitler, and his reference to the Holocaust was an "oblique deflection" of claims he is a mass murderer, his spokesman said on Saturday, as anger smouldered over his incendiary remarks.

Porn film plays on Jakarta billboard, police investigate

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:39:19 GMT

An explicit pornographic video was broadcast on a public billboard in broad daylight in Jakarta, with police and cyber crime specialists on Saturday searching for the culprit behind the gaffe.

Countries need to look for practical ways to defuse South China Sea incidents: Ng Eng Hen

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:00:40 GMT

Dr Ng Eng Hen told reporters that such incidents may not necessarily involve military ships, but rather fishing boats or other civilian vessels.

Pakistan, India exchange fresh fire in Kashmir

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:00:30 GMT

Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the de-facto Kashmir border Saturday, the Pakistani military said, with Indian officials stating there was no damage as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Pakistan bans screening of Indian films as Kashmir tensions rise

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:39:06 GMT

A union representing Pakistan cinemas and film distributors has banned the screening of Indian movies across the country in the wake of rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours in disputed Kashmir.

Passport-forger 'confesses' to dismembering dead man: Thai police

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:50:10 GMT

An American accused of running a passport-forgery ring in Bangkok confessed to dismembering -- but not murdering -- a man found in his freezer, Thai police said Saturday, as detectives continue to piece together details of the macabre crime.

WTA boss mulls radical format shake-up

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:38:40 GMT

Women's tennis boss Steve Simon said he's considering introducing super tie-breakers and no-ad scoring for singles matches in a radical move to shorten them and make them more TV-friendly.

Hamilton warning for Rosberg before qualifying for Malaysian GP

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:35:43 GMT

World champion Lewis Hamilton delivered a warning to Nico Rosberg in emphatic fashion ahead of qualifying with a blistering lap Saturday in final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

India, Pakistan soldiers exchange fire across frontier, no casualties

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:25:20 GMT

India and Pakistan exchanged fire across their de facto border in the Kashmir region on Saturday, in minor skirmishes that come at a time of heightened tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Threat from extremist groups to Southeast Asia growing: Ng Eng Hen

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:49:34 GMT

More than 1,000 Southeast Asians have flocked to join Islamic State's self-declared "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen says.

Thailand still golden for Chinese tourists despite Zika fears

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:40:15 GMT

Confirmation that the Zika virus had caused microcephaly in Thailand is not likely to scare off large numbers of Chinese tourists due to jet in for holidays in the next week, tourists and industry operators said.

Rush to get best terms hikes Indonesia tax amnesty revenue to US$7.45 billion

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:40:20 GMT

The first phase of Indonesia's tax amnesty, which tens of thousands joined on the final days, collected 97.2 trillion rupiah (5.74 billion pounds) in revenue to help cover the government's fiscal deficit, Finance Ministry data showed on Saturday.

China paper says US, S Korea will 'pay the price' for planned missile system

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:20:17 GMT

The United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday.

Independence banners hung at Hong Kong universities in defiance of China - media

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:15:20 GMT

Around a dozen Hong Kong universities draped large banners calling for the city's independence on China's National Day, defying authorities with demands for the Chinese controlled territory to split with mainland China.

Japan, India to sign nuclear cooperation deal in Nov-report

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:55:20 GMT

Japan and India are likely to sign a civil nuclear cooperation pact during a visit to Japan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in mid-November, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Saturday.

China paper says US, South Korea will 'pay the price' for planned missile system

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:45:29 GMT

The United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday.

Chinese navy ships arrive in Myanmar for five-day visit

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:31:41 GMT

Two Chinese navy ships have arrived in Myanmar's main city of Yangon for a five-day visit, state media said on Saturday, the latest move by Beijing to reinforce military ties with its strategically-located southern neighbour.

5 things you didn’t know about Japan’s fake food

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:10:39 GMT

Here's what goes into the art of making sampuru, or sample food - and why it's still done by hand in technology-crazy Japan.

Philippine president's Hitler remarks 'deeply troubling': Pentagon chief

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:23:22 GMT

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Friday blasted the "deeply troubling" remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews.

Pentagon chief reassures ASEAN ministers over future US commitments

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:13:00 GMT

Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter met Friday with Southeast Asian defense ministers to discuss regional security issues and reassure them America's "rebalance" to Asia will continue under the next US administration.

UN chief offers to mediate over Kashmir tensions

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:19:13 GMT

Pakistan urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday to personally intervene to help defuse rising tensions with India over disputed Kashmir.

Life on Camp Growl: SAF soldiers' home in the bushland

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:18:23 GMT

On the sidelines of Exercise Wallaby, Channel NewsAsia's Xabryna Kek had a first-hand look at the SAF soldiers' home away from home in the dense Australian bushland - as well as what they ate and where they slept and showered. 

Indonesia tax amnesty take-up rate exceeds expectations: Analysts

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:50:39 GMT

As of Friday, the programme has raised 96.4 trillion rupiah (S$10.1 billion) in revenue - almost 60 per cent of the government's target of 165 trillion rupiah.

Regional SAARC summit postponed amid rising Pakistani-Indian tensions

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:05:13 GMT

A summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders set for Islamabad in November has been postponed indefinitely, the Pakistani government said on Friday, amid rising tension between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

Germany tells Philippine envoy Duterte Hitler remarks 'unacceptable'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:50:38 GMT

Duterte, 71, won elections in May in a landslide after a campaign dominated by his pledge to eradicate drugs in society by killing tens of thousands of people.