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Indian vice president defends liberal values, right to dissent

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:10:40 GMT

Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari said on Saturday universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition. 



Free funerals and food: A small comfort to South Korea's elderly who live alone, die alone

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:10:38 GMT

Community teams are trying to ease the loneliness of the elderly poor, both in life and in death, in a country with the world's highest elderly suicide rate.



Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:47:59 GMT

Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour, as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to climate change.



Bangladesh bomb blasts kills three, scores injured

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:10:38 GMT

At least three people, including a policeman, were killed and scores wounded in two separate bomb blasts on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos in northeastern Bangladesh, police said.



Underground water could be new water source for Malaysia: Deputy PM

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:20:38 GMT

'It is impossible that a country with many water resources faces water shortage ... this means that we are weak in managing water,' Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.



Escalator malfunctions at Hong Kong mall; at least 18 injured

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:22:21 GMT

The accident at Langham Place in Mong Kok injured at least 14 women and four men.



Wild elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater in Cambodia

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:08:09 GMT

Eleven wild elephants, including a baby, were rescued from a mud-filled bomb crater in Cambodia on Saturday after languishing in the swampy waters for four days, an environmental official said.



China captures more than 2,500 fugitives who fled overseas: Report

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:53:07 GMT

China has captured 2,566 fugitives who had fled to more than 90 countries and regions and recovered 8.6 billion yuan (US$1.25 billion) of illicit funds from 2014 to 2016, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.



Philippines' communist rebels vow to revive ceasefire no later than March 31

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:50:22 GMT

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said on Saturday that its armed units will declare a unilateral ceasefire no later than March 31, ahead of the resumption of peace talks with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte next month.



SeaWorld to expand in China after investment deal

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:41:35 GMT

A Chinese real estate investment firm has announced it has become the largest shareholder in SeaWorld and intends to import the US company's controversial theme parks into China.



Platform collapse at power plant in China kills nine - Xinhua

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:35:19 GMT

An operation platform collapsed at a power plant in China on Saturday, killing nine people and injuring two, the official Xinhua news agency reported.



Platform collapse at power plant in China kills nine: Xinhua

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:23:42 GMT

An operation platform collapsed at a power plant in China on Saturday, killing nine people and injuring two, the official Xinhua news agency reported.



Philippine troops rescue ship captain kidnapped by militants

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:55:31 GMT

Philippine soldiers on Saturday rescued one of two Filipino cargo ship crewmen taken captive just two days ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, a security official said.



Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:47:56 GMT

Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council's decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only "inflame" the conflict.



Jakarta governor race a clash between moderates, radicals

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:00:00 GMT

The Jakarta governor's race has turned into a fight between moderate and radical Muslims in the world's most populous Muslim nation, warn moderate Muslim leaders.



ASIA’S FUTURE CITIES: Fight or flight - innovation to stave off Manila’s ‘carmageddon’

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

As Manila’s roads become increasingly congested, more innovative solutions are being sought to loosen the gridlock. And while taking to the sky is an option for a few, more mass-market solutions are also being developed.



Suicide bomber blows himself up near Bangladesh airport, no casualties

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:00:08 GMT

A suicide bomber blew himself up near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, police said, the second such incident in a week.



Suicide bomber blows himself up near Bangladesh airport, no casualties

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:35:54 GMT

A suicide bomber blew himself up near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, police said, the second such incident in a week.



Abu Sayyaf kidnap victims will return home 'soonest': Malaysia

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:10:40 GMT

The two Malaysian seamen who were rescued on Thursday (Mar 23) after being held hostage by Filipino militants will be flown to Manila and returned to Malaysia soon, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.



Indonesian militant on death row directed weapons procurement while incarcerated: Source

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:40:43 GMT

An Indonesian militant on death row for the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing directed the procurement of 17 M16 assault weapons from behind the walls of a maximum security prison, a senior counter-terrorism source told Channel NewsAsia.



Indian airlines push for no-fly list to ban unruly passengers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:30:40 GMT

Several Indian airlines, including the country's biggest carrier IndiGo, on Friday proposed creating a no-fly list to ban unruly passengers, a day after a lawmaker admitted assaulting an official from state-owned carrier Air India.



Malaysian politicians offer thousands of dollars for 'best essays' slamming leaders

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:45:32 GMT

DAP members have lodged police reports against Annuar Musa's competition, saying it incites hatred and threatens the safety of Lim Kit Siang.



Hong Kong recalls suspect Brazilian meat

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:40 GMT

The city, which is the biggest market for Brazilian beef, already issued a ban on all meat imports from the country earlier this week.



China confirms outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on Hunan egg farms

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:45:19 GMT

China confirmed an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu at a poultry farm in Hunan province in the southern part of the country, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement on Friday.



China says in touch with Philippines about naval visit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:35:20 GMT

China said on Friday it was in touch with the Philippines about the possible visit of a Chinese naval ship to the country.



China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: Ministry

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:09:27 GMT

China's air quality was markedly worse in the first two months of the year than the same period of 2016 following a series of smog outbreaks in northern China, official data published on Friday showed.



Singapore, Vietnam 'watching how things will develop' on TPP: PM Lee

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:03:24 GMT

At the end of his visit to Vietnam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also encouraged Vietnam to take a forward-leaning approach on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a free trade deal involving the 10 ASEAN countries and six others, including Japan, Australia, India and China. 



As art bonanza hits Hong Kong, China's capital controls loom large

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:31 GMT

As visitors sip champagne at Hong Kong's Art Basel event this week and take selfies with replicas of deceased leaders Fidel Castro and Mao Zedong, a more urgent issue is rumbling through dealers exhibiting – how big an impact China's capital controls will be in the coming year.



Japan culls 280,000 more birds for avian flu

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:33:49 GMT

Japan deployed hundreds of soldiers to help cull more than 280,000 chickens on Friday, officials said as they try to contain further outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu.



Malaysia arrests 9 for suspected IS links

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:52:00 GMT

The nine Malaysian men arrested include a school teacher, a security guard and an owner of a veterinary clinic.