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Published: Fri, 22 September 2017 21:45:20 +0800


3 dead, 20 injured in Hong Kong bus accident: Reports

Fri, 22 September 2017 21:40:38 +0800

HONG KONG: At least three people were killed on Friday night (Sep 22) after a public bus in Hong Kong mounted a pavement in one of the city's busiest districts. More then 20 people were injured, according to the South China Morning Post, which said the accident happened in Sham Shui Po district ...

India's drug prices regulator calls for better oversight of private hospitals

Fri, 22 September 2017 21:00:28 +0800

MUMBAI: India's drug pricing authority called for better regulation of the country's massive private healthcare industry on Friday to ensure government efforts to cut prices benefit patients. To cut the cost of procedures such as angioplasty and knee surgery, India's National Pharmaceutical ...

Sri Lanka probes 'longest saree' wedding for using kids

Fri, 22 September 2017 20:21:26 +0800

A Sri Lankan couple is under investigation for deploying hundreds of school children to carry the train of the bride's saree during a wedding ceremony, authorities said Friday.

US seeks urgent action on Myanmar, while UN eyes US$200 million for refugees

Fri, 22 September 2017 20:15:15 +0800

YANGON/DHAKA: The United States wants Myanmar to take urgent action to end violence in Rakhine state, where a military offensive has created a crisis that could jeopardise its economic and political transition, a U.S. official said on Friday. Bangladesh and aid organisations are struggling to help ...

Social media 'hate speech' aggravating Rohingya crisis: US official

Fri, 22 September 2017 20:00:25 +0800

Hate speech and misinformation on social media have amplified ethnic tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a US official said Friday, urging the country's "better angels" to show compassion for Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing violence in droves.

'Mentally deranged US dotard' and other North Korean insults

Fri, 22 September 2017 19:13:29 +0800

America's President is many things to many people but "mentally deranged US dotard" is perhaps the most memorable of names to have yet been coined for the billionaire reality television star-turned world leader.

Filipino bishops urge bell-ringing, prayers to protest bloody drugs war

Fri, 22 September 2017 18:45:18 +0800

Stepping up a campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, Catholic bishops in the Philippines have called for church bells to be rung for the next 40 nights, and congregations to light candles and pray for the killing to end.

Japan health minister to consider US drug firms' views in pricing overhaul

Fri, 22 September 2017 17:50:19 +0800

Japan will weigh the concerns of U.S. drug firms in its efforts to complete by year-end a drastic revision of its drug-pricing system, aimed at reining in medical spending and cutting the public burden, the health minister said on Friday.

Nepal to measure Mount Everest next year to see if it lost height

Fri, 22 September 2017 18:00:55 +0800

KATHMANDU: Nepal will measure Mount Everest afresh to settle a controversy over height of the world's tallest peak, especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago, officials said on Friday. Nepal, home to Mount Everest and half of ...

Thai authorities close in on Yingluck's escape accomplices

Fri, 22 September 2017 17:35:17 +0800

Thai authorities are closing in on the people who helped former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country last month, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Friday.

Shelling across Pakistan-India border kills six civilians, wounds 30

Fri, 22 September 2017 17:25:10 +0800

ISLAMABAD: Shelling along the disputed border between Pakistan and India killed six civilians, and wounded an additional 30 people, officials from the two sides said on Friday, in the latest confrontation between the two nuclear-armed countries. The firing took place across the frontier separating ...

US Navy carrier drills with Japanese navy amid North Korean tension

Fri, 22 September 2017 17:20:11 +0800

The U.S. Navy carrier Ronald Reagan is conducting drills with Japanese warships in seas south of the Korean peninsula, Japan's military said on Friday, in a show of naval power as Pyongyang threatens further nuclear and missile tests.

Australian police hunt killer of giant crocodile

Fri, 22 September 2017 16:57:03 +0800

A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area.

A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying

Fri, 22 September 2017 16:55:12 +0800

SEOUL/TOKYO: Detonating a nuclear-tipped missile over the Pacific Ocean would be a logical final step by North Korea to prove the success of its weapons programme but would be extremely provocative and carry huge risks, arms control experts said on Friday. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho ...

UN estimates US$200 million needed for Rohingya in Bangladesh for six months

Fri, 22 September 2017 16:40:25 +0800

The United Nations estimates that US$200 million will be needed over the next six months to help Rohingya Muslims refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in "massive numbers" to escape a bloody military campaign.

Hurricane Maria churns towards Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 dead

Fri, 22 September 2017 18:35:17 +0800

Hurricane Maria barrelled towards the Turks and Caicos on Friday after lashing Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with winds and rain that destroyed homes, caused flooding, devastated economies and left at least 32 people dead.

Japan government not responsible for Fukushima: Court

Fri, 22 September 2017 15:47:40 +0800

A Japanese court ruled Friday that the plant operator not the government was responsible for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ordering the former to pay damages.

New Zealand goes to polls on Saturday, ending tight, volatile race

Fri, 22 September 2017 14:30:12 +0800

New Zealanders go to the polls on Saturday in the most volatile and hard-fought race in recent history, which could usher in a change in openness to migration and trade and the central bank's approach to monetary policy.

Thousands evacuated as Bali volcano rumbles

Fri, 22 September 2017 14:55:44 +0800

Thousands of residents were evacuated from villages near an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, officials said on Friday, as seismic tremors rattled some areas and smoke rose above one of the world's most popular tourist spots.

Malaysia DPM says no go to planned gay event

Fri, 22 September 2017 14:10:42 +0800

MANILA: The Malaysian government will not allow a gay event planned for Sep 30 in Kuala Lumpur to go ahead, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Thursday (Sep 21).  Ahmad Zahid said he received a report from the police about the event and had instructed them not to approve the ...

Hong Kong pop star Aaron Kwok confirms birth of child

Fri, 22 September 2017 14:22:51 +0800

HONG KONG: Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok on Friday (Sep 22) confirmed the birth of his child. "Happy, amazed, grateful! We three!" the singer and actor wrote in Chinese in a post on Weibo. It was accompanied by a photo of a baby's hand holding someone's fingers.  The baby is widely rumoured to ...

Australian police charge man for attacking former PM Abbott

Fri, 22 September 2017 13:23:26 +0800

SYDNEY: Australian police charged a 38-year-old man on Friday for allegedly assaulting former prime minister and same-sex marriage opponent Tony Abbott in the Tasmanian city of Hobart. The man was charged with 'Common Assault' following an investigation into a complaint made by Abbott, Tasmania ...

Singapore, China reaffirm commitment to deepen defence ties

Fri, 22 September 2017 20:10:32 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen held a bilateral meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan in Beijing on Thursday (Sep 21) as the pair reaffirmed the commitment to deepen defence ties and build mutual trust as well as ...

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

Fri, 22 September 2017 13:00:45 +0800

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

Roadside bomb kills 4 in Thailand's troubled south: Official

Fri, 22 September 2017 12:33:18 +0800

BANGKOK: A roadside bomb planted by suspected Muslim insurgents killed four army rangers and wounded six, including a civilian, in southern Thailand on Friday (Sep 22), a security official said. A decades old-separatist insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's largely Muslim provinces of ...

China's ruling Communist Party expels former Gansu party boss for graft

Fri, 22 September 2017 11:25:10 +0800

China has expelled a former party boss of northwestern Gansu province from the Communist Party, the country's anti-graft agency said on Friday, after an investigation showed he received bribes and was involved in "superstitious activities".

North Korea may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific: Foreign Minister

Fri, 22 September 2017 11:10:38 +0800

NEW YORK: North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, its foreign minister said on Thursday (Sep 21). Ri Yong Ho was asked what leader Kim Jong Un might do after President Donald Trump warned that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if it was forced to defend ...

Attack by Myanmar militants designed to provoke military crackdown: Report

Fri, 22 September 2017 10:26:28 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: For years, Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic minority eschewed violence, fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh and other Southeast Asian countries each time the country’s military threatened them. That was until October 2016, when a ragtag insurgent group armed with machetes and crude weapons ...

Bangladesh's PM at UN urges 'safe zones' for Myanmar's Rohingya

Fri, 22 September 2017 09:26:11 +0800

Bangladesh's prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country.

North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump "deranged"

Fri, 22 September 2017 21:00:16 +0800

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted U.S. President Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang's weapons programmes.

Death row inmate in Malaysia bites off prison warden’s earlobe

Fri, 22 September 2017 09:00:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: A prison warden in the Malaysian state of Pahang had his earlobe bitten off by an inmate on death row on Thursday (Sep 21). The warden at the Bentong Prison Complex suffered a deep cut to his ear after the Liberian prisoner chewed two inches off his earlobe, the Malay Mail reported ...

In South Korea, daily stresses outweigh North Korea missile worries

Fri, 22 September 2017 07:35:26 +0800

Soon after North Korea tested its sixth and largest nuclear bomb earlier this month, You Jae-youn, a 32-year-old South Korean office worker, swiftly put the news behind her to focus on more immediate worries.

China's small factories fear 'rail Armageddon' with orders to ditch trucks

Fri, 22 September 2017 07:15:12 +0800

BEIJING: Thousands of small factories in China, making everything from steel to chemicals, are scrambling for access to the country's clogged rail network as Beijing curbs the use of diesel trucks in an effort to tackle air pollution. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) last month gave ...

Kim vows to make Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening North Korea

Fri, 22 September 2017 06:47:58 +0800

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday (Sep 22) mocked Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" - and warned he will make the US president "pay dearly" for threatening the destruction of his country at the United Nations. Kim lashed out after Trump stunned the world on Tuesday when he used ...

US ratchets up sanctions on North Korea

Fri, 22 September 2017 09:05:16 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: The United States ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive on Thursday (Sep 21), as Kim Jong Un vowed that Donald Trump's "deranged" threats would only toughen his resolve. The US president unveiled the new measures as he met with the leaders of ...

Bangladesh treats thousands for bullet, machete, landmine wounds

Thu, 21 September 2017 22:51:55 +0800

Bangladesh said Thursday it had treated more than 2,350 Rohingya refugees for serious injuries sustained during ethnic violence in Myanmar, including bullet and machete wounds and trauma from landmines.

Australian man crashes into building during base jump in Malaysia

Thu, 21 September 2017 23:30:19 +0800

SIBU: An Australian base jumper suffered minor injuries on his legs and thigh when he smashed through a glass window at level 15 of the Sarawak’s tallest building, Wisma Sanyan, on Thursday (Sep 21). Gary Favre, 42, was doing his trial jump from the top of the 28-storey building during the Sibu ...

North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'

Fri, 22 September 2017 21:05:15 +0800

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim did not specify what action he would take against the ...

Thai activists ordered to pay US$16 million for occupying airports

Thu, 21 September 2017 21:55:13 +0800

BANGKOK: Thirteen activists were ordered to pay a total of US$16 million in compensation on Thursday for shutting down Bangkok's two main international airports during protests in 2008. Thailand's Supreme Court told the leading members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to pay the money ...

Thai government takes action against monk over anti-Muslim views

Thu, 21 September 2017 19:33:23 +0800

BANGKOK: The Thai government said on Thursday (Sep 21) it plans to take legal action against a radical Buddhist monk detained by police for posting anti-Islamic views on social media, and posing a threat to national security. Phra Maha Aphichat Punnajanto is based at a temple in Bangkok, but ...

Myanmar army chief urges internally displaced to return to Rakhine

Thu, 21 September 2017 19:05:18 +0800

Myanmar's army chief called on Thursday for people internally displaced by violence in Rakhine State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his force's operations.

Malaysia jails Indonesian pirates for foiled hijacking

Thu, 21 September 2017 18:44:17 +0800

Eleven Indonesian pirates have been jailed for 16 years each for attempting to hijack an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia, an official said Thursday.

Singapore-China ties are ‘more than stable’: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Thu, 21 September 2017 22:45:37 +0800

XIAMEN, China: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday (Sep 21) that bilateral ties between Singapore and China, which faced hiccups last year, are in a good state. “I think bilateral relations are more than stable, they are in a good state. We had some issues to deal with last year, but ...

Despite global criticism, Myanmar’s Rakhine strategy retains strong domestic support

Fri, 22 September 2017 12:15:52 +0800

As the global community continues to put pressure on Myanmar to stop the violence in Rakhine State, Channel NewsAsia speaks to ordinary Myanmar citizens about their take on the situation.

Commentary: Pursuing Myanmar's ‘first priority’ of constitutional change - worth the criticism and pain?

Thu, 21 September 2017 21:08:00 +0800

Aung San Suu Kyi needs local support more than international favour to implement the changes Myanmar needs, which is why she will not take actions that antangonise her support base, says Rhys Thompson.

Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists

Thu, 21 September 2017 16:33:51 +0800

As thousands of Rohingya flee ethnic violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh's small Buddhist community fears the crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours.

Scrapped Malaysian beer festival faced threat from militants, police say

Thu, 21 September 2017 20:07:20 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Unidentified militants planned to sabotage an annual beer festival cancelled this week by authorities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur who cited "political sensitivities" for the move, police said on Thursday (Sep 21). On Monday, the authorities scrapped the two-day event ...

Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

Thu, 21 September 2017 17:10:47 +0800

Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader.

Alarm over flesh-eating ulcer cases in Australia

Thu, 21 September 2017 16:57:26 +0800

The spread of a flesh-eating bacterial condition in Australia sparked calls Thursday for more government-funded research into the disease, which is normally limited to developing countries.

China says 'good preparations' should be made for Trump's visit

Thu, 21 September 2017 14:45:10 +0800

"Good preparations" should be made by China and the United States to ensure that U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China later this year is a success, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Nine dead as Red Cross Rohingya aid truck crashes in Bangladesh

Thu, 21 September 2017 14:30:40 +0800

COX'S BAZAAR: A Red Cross truck carrying aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees crashed in Bangladesh on Thursday (Sep 21) killing at least nine people, police said. The driver lost control of the truck, which went into a ditch near the border town of Cox's Bazar where more than 420,000 Rohingya have ...

Final survey before New Zealand votes shows ruling Nationals retaining lead

Thu, 21 September 2017 14:30:13 +0800

New Zealand's ruling National Party kept its lead over the opposition Labour Party in the final major opinion poll before an election on Saturday.

Philippines' Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

Thu, 21 September 2017 14:30:38 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution. Paolo Duterte, 42, this month appeared before a senate inquiry to ...

China says "good preparations" should be made for Trump's visit

Thu, 21 September 2017 14:20:11 +0800

BEIJING: "Good preparations" should be made by China and the United States to ensure that U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China later this year is a success, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Trump will likely visit China in November as part of a trip ...

Facebook bans posts on Rohingya militant group ARSA: Report

Thu, 21 September 2017 13:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Facebook has confirmed that the Myanmar militant outfit the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has been placed on its “dangerous organisation” list, The Guardian reported on Wednesday (Sep 20).   The social media giant, according to the report, has asked its moderators to remove any ...

Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealand parliament

Thu, 21 September 2017 13:15:25 +0800

WELLINGTON: A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand's parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday. "Ambulance are with the man currently, who's reportedly in a critical condition," New Zealand police said in a statement ...

Tokyo Governor Koike's allies seek to repeat local success in Japan national poll

Thu, 21 September 2017 12:50:16 +0800

With no platform, no party leader and not even a formal name, a nascent political party linked to popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing for a snap election that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to call for next month.

China says North Korean situation more serious by the day

Thu, 21 September 2017 13:06:54 +0800

BEIJING: The situation on the Korean peninsula is getting more serious by the day and cannot be allowed to spin out of control, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his German counterpart, the state-run China News Service said on Thursday. "We call on all parties to be calmer than calm and not ...

Malaysia arrests 7 Filipinos with Abu Sayyaf links

Thu, 21 September 2017 19:57:01 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police arrested seven Filipino security guards suspected of being members of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), authorities announced on Thursday (Sep 21). The men, who were nabbed in a counter-terror raid on Sep 14, sneaked into the country via ...

Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

Thu, 21 September 2017 14:30:09 +0800

Hundreds of Buddhists in Myanmar tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakine state where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air.

China's top graft-buster to PM Lee: Battle against corruption in China will never end

Thu, 21 September 2017 11:29:09 +0800

Fixing the corruption problem in China's ruling Communist Party is "world class hard" and the battle will never end, the country's top graft-buster told Singapore's prime minister in a rare meeting with a visiting foreign leader.

Woman finds stolen diamond ring worth HK$1m in Kowloon park: Report

Thu, 21 September 2017 15:22:03 +0800

SINGAPORE: A diamond ring reported to be worth about HK$1 million (US$128,140) was found in a Hong Kong park by an eagle-eyed woman, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday (Sep 20). The ring was confirmed to be one of nine pieces of jewellery stolen by smash-and-grab robbers during a ...

Chinese deals topped US security reviews in 2015: Treasury report

Thu, 21 September 2017 10:40:39 +0800

WASHINGTON: Proposed Chinese acquisitions of American companies led US government national security reviews in 2015 for the fourth year in a row, the Treasury Department said in a report released on Wednesday (Sep 20). The Treasury's latest annual report for the Committee on Foreign Investment in ...

South Korea approves aid to North Korea, North calls Trump 'barking dog'

Thu, 21 September 2017 18:35:09 +0800

South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send US$8 million (5.9 million pounds) worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea, the South's Yonhap News Agency reported, as part of an aid policy that the government says remains unaffected by geopolitical tensions with the North.

North Korea's foreign minister calls Trump's UN address 'sound of dog barking'

Thu, 21 September 2017 11:12:14 +0800

SEOUL: North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called US President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations "the sound of a dog barking", brushing aside Trump's remarks that the United States may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea. "There is a saying that goes: 'Even when dogs bark ...

Myanmar insists to UN that situation in Rakhine is improving

Thu, 21 September 2017 10:06:05 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: Myanmar insisted Wednesday (Sep 20) to the United Nations that the crisis in violence-torn Rakhine state was easing after heavy international criticism. Myanmar's second vice president Henry Van Thio addressed the annual UN General Assembly in the place of leader Aung San Suu Kyi ...

In Philippines, militants lure youngsters with payments, promise of paradise

Thu, 21 September 2017 09:54:48 +0800

MARAWI CITY, Philippines: When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbours, teenage fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City. Churches and homes had been ransacked, people had been shot or taken hostage, and now Philippines government troops, planes and ...

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

Thu, 21 September 2017 05:52:02 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday (Sep 20) declared the time for dialogue with North Korea to be over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the table Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abe said "there is not much time left" to take action on North ...

Strong 6.1-magnitude quake off Japan's east coast: USGS

Thu, 21 September 2017 02:00:39 +0800

TOKYO: A strong magnitude 6.1 quake hit off the east coast of Japan early on Thursday (Sep 21) but authorities did not issue a tsunami warning. It struck 281 kilometres east of the city of Kamaishi on Honshu, the largest Japanese island, at a shallow depth of just 10 kilometres, the United States ...

Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote

Thu, 21 September 2017 00:20:27 +0800

The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of "death to blasphemers" to next year's general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.

Many opportunities for China and Singapore to build ties in 'new historical chapter': President Xi

Thu, 21 September 2017 08:35:58 +0800

BEIJING: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed new ways to advance ties between the two countries in a meeting at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Wednesday (Sep 20). Both leaders reaffirmed the deep and strong friendship built over successive ...

Rohingya crisis a breeding ground for extremism: Malaysia foreign minister

Wed, 20 September 2017 21:30:40 +0800

The precarious situation pertaining to issues on the Rohingya in Rakhine state must be addressed urgently, or else it will provide a fertile breeding ground for recruitment of extremists, said Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

Philippine soldiers kill nine Maoist rebels in gunbattle

Wed, 20 September 2017 20:25:14 +0800

MANILA: Philippine soldiers killed nine Maoist rebels in one of the fiercest clashes since peace talks to end nearly five decades of conflict broke down in May, an army spokesman said on Wednesday. An army corporal was also slightly wounded in the 25-minute firefight in rural area of Nueva Ecija ...

Philippine soldiers kill 9 Maoist rebels in gunbattle

Wed, 20 September 2017 20:20:15 +0800

MANILA: Philippine soldiers killed nine Maoist rebels in one of the fiercest clashes since peace talks to end nearly five decades of conflict broke down in May, an army spokesman said on Wednesday. An army corporal was also slightly wounded in the 25-minute firefight in rural area of Nueva Ecija ...

Bangladesh army steps up as Rohingya suffer heavy rain

Wed, 20 September 2017 23:09:07 +0800

Bangladesh's army was ordered on Wednesday to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it could take six months to register the new refugees.

Six women attend Sydney wedding wearing identical dress

Wed, 20 September 2017 18:40:40 +0800

It's the kind of coincidence many women will not like - walking into a room to find another woman dressed in the same dress one has on. But on five other women?

Islamic State-aligned militant jailed over plot to bomb Indonesian presidential palace

Wed, 20 September 2017 18:00:40 +0800

JAKARTA: An Indonesian militant was jailed for 11 years on Wednesday (Sep 20) for orchestrating a plot inspired by the Islamic State group to stage a suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace. Muhammad Nur Solikin, 27, and his wife Dian Yuli Novi were among five jihadists detained last ...

China's probes of rights lawyers 'alarming': Human Rights Watch

Wed, 20 September 2017 17:45:12 +0800

China has launched more rigorous investigations into the activities and finances of rights lawyers and law firms that take on politically sensitive issues, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, in its multi-year campaign to stiffle dissent.

China says North Korea issue should be resolved peacefully

Wed, 20 September 2017 16:33:08 +0800

BEIJING: China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (Sep 20) UN resolutions are clear that the Korean peninsula issue should be resolved through peaceful and diplomatic means, after US President Donald Trump warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened. Foreign ministry spokesman Lu ...

Plane stuck in mud as rain causes Mumbai airport chaos

Wed, 20 September 2017 15:50:40 +0800

MUMBAI: Dozens of flights were diverted from Mumbai after a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and became stuck in the mud as heavy rain lashed India's financial capital and caused travel chaos Wednesday (Sep 20). Schools and colleges also closed for the day as a precaution after severe monsoon ...

Shire, Shionogi's ADHD drug for adults clears late-stage trial in Japan

Wed, 20 September 2017 15:45:10 +0800

Shire Plc and Shionogi & Co Ltd said a drug to treat ADHD in adults had met its main goal in a late-stage trial in Japan, bringing it one step closer to approval in the world's third-biggest market for ADHD treatments.

New Zealand fuel shortage disrupts air travel just days before poll

Wed, 20 September 2017 15:00:23 +0800

New Zealand's National Party government on Wednesday set up a commission to oversee the response to a fuel shortage crisis that has roiled air travel in and out of the country's biggest city just days before a tight national election.

New Zealand's ruling National Party regains wide lead over Labour: Poll

Wed, 20 September 2017 14:51:39 +0800

New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour party in an opinion poll released on Wednesday, the latest twist in a volatile campaign for a general election at the weekend.

China calls for understanding of Myanmar's need to protect stability

Wed, 20 September 2017 15:00:18 +0800

Violent incidents in Myanmar's Rakhine state are unacceptable and there should be understanding of the Myanmar government's efforts to protect social stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indonesian counterpart, state media said.

South Korea says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'

Thu, 21 September 2017 07:45:18 +0800

SEOUL/TOKYO: U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realise it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday. In a hard-edged speech to the United ...

Heavy rains batter Mumbai yet again; air, rail traffic hit

Wed, 20 September 2017 13:31:59 +0800

MUMBAI: Heavy rains battered India's financial hub for the second time in weeks causing massive disruption at the country's second busiest airport and forcing authorities to shut down schools and colleges. Monsoon rains that lashed Mumbai since Tuesday evening delayed services on the heavily-used ...

China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations

Wed, 20 September 2017 13:05:18 +0800

China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.

Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action to end Rohingya crisis

Thu, 21 September 2017 01:20:12 +0800

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home.

Singapore tops Asia in preparing students for the future: EIU study

Wed, 20 September 2017 12:52:10 +0800

Singapore scored 80.1 out of 100 to rank fifth overall.

South Korea says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'

Wed, 20 September 2017 22:45:09 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realise it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action to end Rohingya crisis

Thu, 21 September 2017 10:40:10 +0800

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.

In Hong Kong, shortage of land for housing remains a thorny issue

Wed, 20 September 2017 19:49:09 +0800

HONG KONG: In the world’s most expensive housing market, there is an idea that has permeated over the decades: Hong Kong is short on land. The government has said that this in part is because of the city’s hilly terrain, which makes widespread development difficult. That statement often has ...

Japan PM Abe to delay timing of achieving budget balance target: sources

Wed, 20 September 2017 12:15:08 +0800

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to delay the timing for balancing a primary budget from the current fiscal 2020 to later in the decade, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, calling the government's fiscal discipline into question.

Commentary: Business as usual for the Rohingya, victims in a country under military sway

Wed, 20 September 2017 11:45:21 +0800

Once a beacon of hope, Myanmar’s civilian government reveals its limitations in turning things around in the country, especially when it comes to dealing with the Rohingya issue in Rakhine, says Abdullah Yusuf.

Japan PM Abe to delay timing of achieving budget balance target - sources

Wed, 20 September 2017 12:10:10 +0800

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to delay the timing for balancing a primary budget from the current fiscal 2020 to later in the decade, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, calling the government's fiscal discipline into question.

China's Xi demands 'strong hands' to maintain stability ahead of Congress

Wed, 20 September 2017 10:49:03 +0800

Stability is an absolute principle that needs to be dealt with using "strong hands", Chinese President Xi Jinping has told security officials ahead of next month's key Congress of the ruling Communist Party.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes south of New Zealand: USGS

Wed, 20 September 2017 10:14:41 +0800

SYDNEY: An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 magnitude struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday (Sep 20), the US Geological Survey said. The quake, at a shallow depth of 10km, was recorded 211km west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand's ...

North Korean envoy calls on Johor crown prince

Wed, 20 September 2017 09:40:38 +0800

JOHOR BAHRU: The crown prince of Malaysia's southern state of Johor granted an audience to a North Korean envoy on Tuesday (Sep 19), with the diplomat granting the royal the "highest honour" of full access to North Korean airspace. The meeting between Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who is also the ...

Australian PM says first refugees to be resettled in US under swap deal

Wed, 20 September 2017 14:05:13 +0800

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday the first group of about 50 men and woman held in two controversial detention centres for asylum-seekers on remote Pacific islands will be resettled in the United States within weeks.

Commentary: Amid gloom over North Korea, the tide turns, a silver lining emerges

Wed, 20 September 2017 07:20:08 +0800

The US, China, Japan and South Korea are shifting their positions, in a way that may make North Korea pay a larger price for its behaviour, says the Brookings Institute’s Jeffrey A Bader.