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Published: Mon, 29 May 2017 11:54:46 +0800

 



Australia promises 30 more troops for NATO's Afghanistan mission

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:05:08 +0800

Australia will send an additional 30 troops to join the NATO-led training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, bringing its total deployment there to 300, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.



Living on fumes: China's war on pollution means little to a chemical park’s neighbours

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00:15 +0800

Hebei province, home to many of China's most polluted cities, has promised to close down companies that are poisoning the environment, but after years of protests villagers living in the shadows of the Guantao chemical park remain sceptical. 



Thailand plans US$5.7b upgrade of civil-military airport to take on Singapore: Report

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Thailand is set to upgrade its U-Tapao civil-military airport near Bangkok to the tune of US$5.7 billion, a Bloomberg report said on Monday (May 29). The move is meant to enhance the airport's capabilities in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul in a bid to compete with Singapore ...



Christians caught up in Philippines' urban battle with Islamists

Mon, 29 May 2017 08:10:11 +0800

Bishop Edwin Dela Pena was sipping coffee after dinner in a southern Philippines coastal town last Tuesday when he received a phone call: it was from one of his diocese priests, who sounded panicky and distressed.



North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:08:29 +0800

North Korea fired what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.



Manila 'fomally' axes latest peace round with communists

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:53:35 +0800

NOORDWIJK AAN ZEE, Netherlands: The Philippine government on Sunday (May 28) formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks. "We are maintaining the decision made not to ...



Bodies of Indian climbers who died on Everest recovered

Mon, 29 May 2017 02:09:00 +0800

KATHMANDU: Rescuers have retrieved the body of an Indian climber who died on Mount Everest and airlifted it to Kathmandu on Sunday (May 28), along with those of two others who perished last year. Ravi Kumar, 27, died this month after summiting the world's highest mountain and becoming separated ...



Philippines' Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:07:25 +0800

JOLO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ignore the Supreme Court and congress as he enforces martial law across the southern third of the country, even though the constitution gives them oversight. Duterte on Tuesday imposed martial law in the Mindanao region, home to 20 ...



Two dead, 18 hurt in China knife attack

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:10:38 +0800

BEIJING: A knife attacker killed two people and injured 18 in a rampage in southwest China, state media reported, the latest such attack in recent years. The man, aged 30 and believed to be suffering from mental health problems, is in police custody after the assault in Guizhou Province, according ...



Young Chinese in the red as easy credit drives up debt

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:47:32 +0800

Quick and easy access to credit has encouraged many young Chinese to go into the red to buy cars and apartments they could not otherwise afford.



Sri Lanka steps up relief as monsoon toll exceeds 150

Mon, 29 May 2017 02:16:17 +0800

COLOMBO: Emergency teams rushed food and water on Sunday (May 28) to half a million Sri Lankans displaced by the island's worst flooding for more than a decade, as the death toll climbed to 151. Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said relief operations had intensified following a break in the ...



Myanmar must investigate 'army beating' video: Rights groups

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:57:26 +0800

Myanmar authorities must investigate a video showing men in military uniforms viciously beating handcuffed detainees suspected of being ethnic rebel fighters, rights groups said Sunday.



Badminton: South Korea upset China to win Sudirman Cup

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:06:34 +0800

GOLD COAST, Australia: South Korea on Sunday (May 28) won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's Gold Coast. The South Koreans claimed their fourth cup in the biennial tournament with a charged 21-17, 21-13 ...



Philippine leader asks separatists, Maoists to join fight against Islamic State

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:35:22 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Muslim separatists and Maoist-led rebels to join his government's fight against Islamic State-linked militants.



Bangladesh reinstalls controversial statue after outcry

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:06:47 +0800

Bangladesh on Sunday reinstalled a controversial statue deemed un-Islamic by religious hardliners on the grounds of the Supreme Court, just days after its removal had sparked angry protests by secular groups.



Mercy Relief to deploy disaster response team to flood-hit Sri Lanka

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:43:10 +0800

Deployed in response to an appeal for international assistance by the Sri Lankan government, the response team is expected to arrive on Tuesday morning.



Co-pilot in plane crash near Everest dies of injuries

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:08:23 +0800

The co-pilot of a cargo plane that crashed at a small airport near Mount Everest, killing the pilot, has died from his injuries, Nepali officials said Sunday.



Secession fears cloud Myanmar peace talks: Government

Mon, 29 May 2017 03:07:35 +0800

NAYPYIDAW: Talks to end decades of bitter civil war in Myanmar have faltered, a government spokesman warned Sunday (May 28), blaming ethnic rebel demands for greater autonomy, which the military fears could break the country up. The civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi has made striking a ...



2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: Govt

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:51:38 +0800

Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said.



Faced with ban, Myanmar hardline group Ma Ba Tha changes name

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:55:45 +0800

Myanmar's ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement announced Sunday it was rebranding under a new name, days after Buddhist authorities banned the network which has been accused of stoking Islamophobia.



Sri Lanka rushes aid to half a million flood victims

Sun, 28 May 2017 14:56:54 +0800

Emergency teams rushed to distribute aid Sunday to half a million Sri Lankans displaced after the island's worst flooding in more than a decade claimed 126 lives and left scores more missing.



China takes steps to prevent civil servants from using posts for personal gain

Sun, 28 May 2017 14:40:05 +0800

BEIJING: Chinese civil servants will face new restrictions when changing jobs as authorities move to prevent them from using official posts to make personal profit, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Those in leadership positions or at the county level and above will not be ...



Bangladesh customs hit gold bonanza in unlikely places

Sun, 28 May 2017 14:02:14 +0800

Bangladesh detectives hit the jackpot when they stopped Mohammad Belal at Chittagong airport carrying some surprising excess baggage.



Militants kill 19 in south Philippines: Army

Sun, 28 May 2017 13:46:26 +0800

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.



Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:10:34 +0800

Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali Sunday 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland.



A kingdom’s great disruptors: Cambodia’s start-ups seeking success

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:54:47 +0800

Cambodia is seeing a fast rise in the number of entrepreneurs, seeking to solve problems and spin fast money with their very own start-ups.



China 'strongly dissatisfied' with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:00:09 +0800

China is "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said.



North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:45:08 +0800

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country, the state news agency reported on Sunday, after weeks of defiant ballistic missile tests.



WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus

Sun, 28 May 2017 02:00:08 +0800

India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance.



Philippines' Duterte under fire over 'sickening' rape joke

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:16:32 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came under fire Saturday for making a second joke about rape, with Chelsea Clinton leading online outrage and a rights group branding his sense of humour "sickening".



India confirms first Zika virus cases: WHO

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:58:05 +0800

The Indian health ministry has confirmed its first cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organisation has said, the latest nation to be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that sparked global concern.



Ramadan begins for world's Muslims - violently, for some

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:18:18 +0800

The world's 1.5 billion Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday, blighted by conflict and bloodshed in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Libya.



Rights group calls on Myanmar to probe alleged military abuse after beatings video emerges

Sat, 27 May 2017 22:35:06 +0800

YANGON: Human rights advocates called on Myanmar to investigate the actions of some of its soldiers on Saturday after footage of people being treated violently by uniformed men went viral. Myanmar's armed forces have often been accused of abuses by human rights groups and Western governments ...



Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

Sat, 27 May 2017 22:10:12 +0800

The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 113, officials said on Saturday, as the country appealed for international assistance.



Philippines halts peace talks with rebels

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:22:37 +0800

MANILA: Philippine government peace negotiators cancelled formal peace talks with Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands on Saturday after New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas stepped up offensives in the countryside. The two sides have been engaged in peace talks brokered by Norway to end nearly five ...



China's Xi says need to move to greener economic growth - state media

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:25:09 +0800

China needs to shift away from over-reliance on heavy industries, large-scale and careless expansion, and the depletion of the country's natural resources, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, according to state media.



Australia's 'Ganja Queen' set to leave Bali

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:00:22 +0800

Australian drug convict Schapelle Corby is set to be deported from the Indonesian island of Bali on Saturday night after completing a twelve-and-a-half-year sentence for smuggling marijuana, a case that strained ties between the neighbouring countries.



Former security chief of Chinese city sentenced over corruption - state media

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:30:09 +0800

The former public security boss of China's northern city of Tianjin was given a suspended death sentence on corruption charges, state media reported on Saturday.



Halal haven: Sampling Osaka’s famous food on a budget

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:10:39 +0800

Nicknamed "tenka no daidokoro", or "the nation’s kitchen", Osaka lives up to its reputation of being the standard bearer for Japanese cuisine. Its people live by the ethos of kuidaore - the concept of eating oneself bankrupt. And it is hard not to, considering how Japan’s third-largest city has a ...



UN expresses grave concern over Myanmar, Thai deportation of Turkish national

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:10:06 +0800

BANGKOK: The United Nations expressed grave concern on Saturday over the deportation by Myanmar and Thailand of a Turkish national over alleged connections to a July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. The United Nations Human Rights office said the deportation to Turkey of Muhammet Furkan Sokmen, a ...



Pakistan says Iranian mortar attack kills civilian

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:25:05 +0800

QUETTA, Pakistan: Iranian mortar fire on Saturday killed a Pakistani civilian in the western Baluchistan province that shares a long border with Iran, a regional Pakistani official said. Relations between Iran and Pakistan have been at a low ebb since 10 Iranian border guards were killed by ...



Google's AlphaGo retires on top after humbling world No. 1

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:59:51 +0800

The Google-owned computer algorithm AlphaGo is retiring from playing humans in the ancient Chinese game of Go after roundly defeating the world's top player this week, its developer said Saturday.



Cargo plane crashes near Mount Everest, 3 injured

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:59:15 +0800

A cargo plane crashed Saturday as it was trying to land at a small airport near Mount Everest, seriously injuring the two pilots and hostess on board, officials said.



Want an unusual Indonesian experience? Take a hike up Anak Krakatau

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:45:42 +0800

Channel NewsAsia’s Indonesia correspondent Saifulbahri Ismail explores the active volcano that is set against the stunning backdrop of Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra.



Malaysia steps up border security after Bangkok, Jakarta, Mindanao attacks

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:20:38 +0800

'I have instructed the armed forces to improve border control across the country,' Mr Hishammuddin said, noting that the incidents took place in three countries that Malaysia shares borders with.



As premier heads to Europe, China says resolute about opening its market

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:25:08 +0800

China is determined to open its market and is positive about promoting talks on a China-EU investment agreement, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday ahead of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Brussels for a summit with the European Union.



Philippines turns to heavy firepower as hunt for rebel leader narrows

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:55:09 +0800

Philippine armed forces helicopters fired guided rockets at Islamist militant positions on Saturday in an attempt to end a siege in the southern city of Marawi that has raged for five days.



South Korea's anti-piracy unit searches for Mongolian ship off Somalia

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:20:05 +0800

SEOUL: South Korea has dispatched its anti-piracy naval unit to waters off Somalia after communication with a Mongolian fishing vessel was cut when it requested help, fearing it was being followed by a suspected pirate vessel. South Korean foreign ministry said communication with the squid fishing ...



Top China official says Hong Kong's autonomy is not a licence to challenge Beijing

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:55:08 +0800

A top Chinese official said on Saturday Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy must not be taken as a licence to confront Beijing, and urged the territory's government to implement contentious new national security laws.



Malaysian police arrest 6 for suspected links to Islamic State

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:47:19 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have arrested six men for suspected links to Islamic State (IS) across several states between May 23 to 26, according to police press release issued on Saturday (May 27). Among those arrested was a cow herder in Kelantan, Muhammad Muzafa Arieff Junaidi, who ...



Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:17:59 +0800

Philippine security forces dropped more bombs Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan.



Beijing appoints Cai Qi as party chief - state media

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:35:07 +0800

Beijing's mayor Cai Qi has been appointed as party chief of the capital city of Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.



China arrests Taiwanese activist for 'subversion'

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:14:56 +0800

China has arrested visiting Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che on suspicion of subverting state power, according to reports.



At 97, this Vietnamese grandma has mastered the Internet

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:20:22 +0800

She Skypes, uses Facebook, and has spent her life fighting stereotypes with her hunger for learning new things.



Floods, landslides kill at least 92 in Sri Lanka

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:14:19 +0800

Flooding and landslides killed at least 92 people and left another 110 missing in Sri Lanka as the monsoon set in on Friday (May 26), dumping record rainfall in many parts of the island, authorities said.



2 kidney traffickers arrested in Cambodia: Police

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:53:31 +0800

PHNOM PENH: Two Cambodians have been arrested for allegedly trafficking at least ten organ donors to India for illegal kidney transplants worth tens of thousands of dollars, police said Friday (May 26). The two Phnom Penh residents - a man and a woman - were arrested on Wednesday for at least ten ...



Children used to smuggle phones, delicacies worth US$145,000 from Hong Kong: Report

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:20:56 +0800

HONG KONG: More than US$145,000 worth of handphones and expensive food items were seized from ten children by customs officers in Shenzhen on Tuesday (May 23). The ten children, who were wearing school uniform and carrying schoolbags when they were caught, denied that they were trying to make ...



Philippines' Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:40:38 +0800

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law. Duterte, who often peppers his language with man-on-the-street curses, made the comments in jest during a ...



China says detained Taiwan activist confesses to harming state security

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:30:07 +0800

BEIJING: The Chinese government said on Friday that a Taiwan rights activist has been arrested on suspicion of subversion and has confessed to harming state security, in a case which has strained ties between China and self-ruled Taiwan. Relations have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen ...



Monsoon floods, landslides kill 91 in Sri Lanka

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:20:38 +0800

COLOMBO: Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka triggered flooding and landslides that killed at least 91 people Friday and left another 110 missing, authorities said. "The toll has gone up as we started getting reports from areas which were inaccessible earlier," a Disaster Management Centre official ...



South Sudan refugees scrounge for scraps as rations slashed in Uganda camps

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:10:12 +0800

PAGIRINYA, Uganda: Hunger is forcing desperate refugees from South Sudan to steal food from poverty-stricken locals in northern Uganda, residents say, after a funding crisis compelled the United Nations slash rations in refugee camps by half this month. More than 875,000 refugees have fled into ...



South Korean navy officer commits suicide after allegedly being raped

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:30:38 +0800

SEOUL: A South Korean female naval officer apparently killed herself after being allegedly raped by a senior colleague, a defence ministry spokesman said Thursday (May 26). The victim, a lieutenant, was found dead in her single-room apartment on Wednesday, where a message was found reading ...



Malaysia's PM Najib denies hiring former Trump campaign aide

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:21:50 +0800

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has denied links to a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, after reports emerged that his office hired her company to lobby with the U.S. government.



China exonerates police in loan-shark killing case

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:45:17 +0800

BEIJING: A Chinese prosecutor said on Friday police were not criminally negligent after they failed to intervene in a loan-shark dispute that lead to a creditor being stabbed to death, a case that sparked public anger over police incompetence. The government has promised to tackle miscarriages of ...



Vietnam says Google will cooperate in removal of "toxic" content

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:45:18 +0800

Google Inc's parent firm, Alphabet, will work with Vietnam's communist government to stamp out "toxic" and illegal information on its platform, the Southeast Asian nation said on Friday.



Indonesia military identifies three graft suspects over helicopter deal

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:40:08 +0800

Indonesia's military and anti-corruption agency have identified three suspects in a corruption investigation into the controversial purchase of an AgustaWestland helicopter, the military chief said on Friday.



Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:00:40 +0800

GUWAHATI, India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, on Friday (May 26) inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam. The 9.15 km (5.7 mile) Dhola-Sadiya bridge, strong enough to carry a 60-tonne ...



Commentary: Why the US should try to find a way back into the TPP

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:59:25 +0800

Political commentator Robert Boxwell explains why he thinks jettisoning US membership into the TPP wasn't a good idea.



Safe Sex: Chinese buy condom business as savvy youth spur demand

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:25:09 +0800

April Zhang, a 21-year-old student from Shanghai, reflects the fast-shifting attitudes of China's younger generations towards sex. She's confident to talk about a topic once taboo here and is well educated about the risks.



South Korea to pull back on use of water cannons, buses at protests

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:05:07 +0800

South Korean police aim to cut back on the use of water cannons and buses to rein in protesters, an official said on Friday, a move that could eliminate sometimes harsh crowd control tactics that have led to at least one deadly incident in recent years.



Sri Lanka landslides, floods death toll rises to 91; over 100 missing

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:25:17 +0800

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 91 people while more than 100 are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations.



Hong Kong independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:27:59 +0800

Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers last year pleaded not guilty Friday to charges over chaos at the city's parliament.



Security beefed up as millions expected at Sydney's Vivid Festival

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:23:07 +0800

One of Australia's biggest draw cards, the Sydney Vivid light show, got underway Friday with police vowing to take to the skies, streets and waterways in the wake of the terror attack in Britain this week.



Thai opposition activist says training 'civilian warriors' to oust junta

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:20:23 +0800

An exiled Thai opposition activist has issued a defiant call to arms, saying he is training "civilian warriors" to oust the military government in an unusual show of opposition to the junta that took power in a 2014 coup.



Thai opposition activist says training 'civilian warriors' to oust military

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:17:27 +0800

BANGKOK: An exiled Thai opposition activist has issued a defiant call to arms, saying he is training "civilian warriors" to oust the military government in an unusual show of opposition to the junta that took power in a 2014 coup. Wuthipong Kochathamakun, who authorities believe is hiding in ...



Indonesia makes arrests as Islamic State claims Jakarta attacks

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:40:07 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian police arrested three people on Friday suspected of being linked to suicide bombings in Jakarta, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed three police officers at a bus station and wounded 12 others. The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia ...



Asylum seekers at Australian-run detention centre told to leave or miss US resettlement

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:10:08 +0800

Asylum seekers at an Australian-run offshore detention centre in Papua New Guinea must move to a community facility in order to be eligible for a refugee swap deal with the United States, a notice posted at the camp and seen by Reuters shows.



Indonesia police arrest 3 suspected of links to Jakarta bombing

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:06:02 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian police on Friday (May 26) arrested three people suspected of being connected to attacks that killed three police at a Jakarta bus station this week, a spokesman said. The elite anti-terror squad working with regular police Thursday detained two men in Bandung on Java island and ...



Kim's rocket stars: The trio behind North Korea's missile programme

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:38:17 +0800

SEOUL: After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them. The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in North Korean media, are of great interest to security and ...



China executes former senior police officer for murder, bribery

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:35:06 +0800

BEIJING: Chinese authorities on Friday executed the former police chief of the northern region of Inner Mongolia after convicting him of murder, bribery, and possession of fire arms and explosives, state media reported. A court in Taiyuan City in the northern province of Shanxi announced that Zhao ...



US says China realises limited time to negotiate with North Korea

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:40:07 +0800

China has come to the realisation that it has limited time to rein in North Korea's nuclear programme through negotiations and is open to further sanctions against Pyongyang, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.



China activists fear increased surveillance with new security law

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:35:13 +0800

Chinese activists say they fear intensified state surveillance after a draft law seeking to legitimise monitoring of suspects and raid premises was announced last week, the latest step to strengthen Beijing's security apparatus.



Foreigners among militants fighting Philippine army in Mindanao: Solicitor-General

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:09:09 +0800

Foreigners including Indonesians and Malaysians are among the Islamist militants engaged in battles with the Philippine army in Marawi City on Mindanao island, the country's solicitor-general said on Friday.



US fears nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific: Australia

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:23:17 +0800

Senior Trump administration officials fear a nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific if an increasingly belligerent North Korea is not reined in, Australia's foreign minister said Friday after talks in New York.



Commentary: While frail and in poor health, Myanmar elderly benefit from strong family support

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:30:39 +0800

To manage the effects of Myanmar's ageing population, assistance should be focussed on aiding poor households and investing in community-based care, say two experts.



China police arrest 44 in US$140 million online scam

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:15:05 +0800

SHANGHAI: China's police have arrested 44 people over a scam which saw many as 93,000 people contribute start-up capital to "unfreeze" assets smuggled overseas when the Nationalist government was overthrown in 1949, police authorities said late on Thursday. The criminal network used Wechat and ...



Vietnam's spirit mediums revive once forbidden ritual

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:15:12 +0800

HANOI: Dressed in the bright silk garments of a woman and dancing with candles between his fingers, Nguyen Duy Nam leads a temple of worshippers in a ceremony honouring mystical goddesses of forest, water and heaven. Nam, 24, is one of a growing number of spirit mediums who perform the Hau Dong ...



Exclusive - Kim's rocket stars: The trio behind North Korea's missile programme

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:30:08 +0800

SEOUL: After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them. The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in North Korean media, are of great interest to security and ...



Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:47:38 +0800

CAIRO: Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Jakarta bus station attacks that left at least three policemen dead and 12 others wounded on Wednesday (May 24). "The executor of the attack on the Indonesian police gathering in Jakarta was an Islamic State fighter," the group's news agency Amaq ...



Manila deploys commandoes, helicopters to retake city from Islamists

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:00:08 +0800

MARAWI CITY, Philippines: The Philippines mobilised attack helicopters and special forces to drive Islamic State-linked rebels out of a besieged southern city on Thursday, with six soldiers killed in street combat amid heavy resistance. Ground troops hid behind walls and armoured vehicles and ...



US lawmakers propose ban on tourist visits to North Korea

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:30:56 +0800

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers submitted a bill on Thursday (May 25) to tightly restrict travel and ban tourism to North Korea, citing the risk that Pyongyang will arrest Americans for use as diplomatic "bargaining chips." The "North Korea Travel Control Act" proposed by Democratic Congressman Adam ...



Earthquake strikes Philippines, agency says major damage unlikely

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:55:09 +0800

MANILA: An earthquake was felt in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, Reuters witnesses and the country's seismology agency said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said a in Tweet to expect aftershocks, but major damage was unlikely. It said the quake was ...



Modi's generics-only drugs plan worries health experts, Indian pharma sector

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:15:15 +0800

MUMBAI: India's plan to bring in a law to ensure doctors prescribe medicines only by their generic names risks proliferating the sale of substandard drugs in a country where regulation is already lax, doctors and pharmaceutical executives say. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last month that the ...



Islamic State-linked militant group behind Jakarta blast: Sources

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:20:39 +0800

JAKARTA: The Islamic State-linked group, Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), is believed to be behind the suicide bombings at a busy bus terminal in East Jakarta on Wednesday night (May 24), according to Indonesian and regional security sources. Both suicide bombers were from JAD, an Indonesian security ...



Split visions of Dawei’s future as Thailand, Myanmar restart special economic zone project

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:23:51 +0800

The governments of Thailand and Myanmar are set to restart the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone, after both countries set up a joint coordinating committee to work out investment details of the project.



Nepal says bodies of four Everest climbers not from this year's climbing season

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:46:13 +0800

KATHMANDU: Nepal said on Thursday that four bodies found in tents at the highest camp on Mount Everest were not of mountaineers from this year's climbing season. Nepali sherpas said they had seen the bodies in two tents on the South Col, at 8,000m, and a newspaper quoted the sherpas as saying that ...



Former Malaysian PM Mahathir bemoans loss of 'brainchild' Proton

Sun, 28 May 2017 13:39:37 +0800

SINGAPORE: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (May 25) lamented the sale of state automobile maker Proton to Chinese company Geely, saying he is so sad, he "can cry". "They say Proton is my brain child. Now the child of my brain has been sold," he said in a statement. Dr ...



Readers of popular Malaysian news site favour ex-premier Mahathir for PM

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:25:21 +0800

More than two-thirds of readers of a liberal-leaning Malaysian news site have backed former premier Mahathir Mohamad to be prime minister, the portal said on Thursday.



China vows maximum effort to recover kidnapped citizens in Pakistan

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:05:10 +0800

China said on Thursday it will do all it can to ensure the safe return of two citizens kidnapped in Pakistan and it promised new measures to protect Chinese people and companies working in the country, an important link on its Silk Road infrastructure plan.



Gay rights in China get fillip from Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:50:12 +0800

BEIJING: Taiwan's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry has proved a shot in the arm for the gay rights movement in Asia, but it is likely to be many years before China approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters. Until 2001, China listed homosexuality as ...