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Published: Tue, 27 June 2017 20:43:12 +0800


Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover

Tue, 27 June 2017 20:31:48 +0800

When Xi Jinping lands in Hong Kong on Thursday for the first time since becoming China's president, he will step into a deeply divided city uncertain of its future.

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo's cancer beyond surgery: Wife

Tue, 27 June 2017 20:32:35 +0800

BEIJING: Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo's liver cancer cannot be treated with surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, Liu's wife said, as questions increased among his supporters over his treatment by the Chinese authorities. Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting ...

Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luck

Tue, 27 June 2017 20:13:25 +0800

A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours on Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said.

Pakistan rejects US sanctions against Kashmir militant Syed Salahuddin

Tue, 27 June 2017 20:10:11 +0800

Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists.

China passes tough new intelligence law

Tue, 27 June 2017 19:50:10 +0800

China's legislature passed a new intelligence law on Tuesday after an unusually brief round of discussions, a draft of which gave new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises and seize vehicles and devices.

China, Kyrgyzstan border forces hold exercises to stop arms smuggling

Tue, 27 June 2017 19:30:11 +0800

BEIJING: Chinese and Kyrgyzstan border forces held exercises on Tuesday in China's Xinjiang region to bolster defences against the smuggling of weapons, China's state media reported. China has stepped up security in Xinjiang in its far west amid fears of attacks by militants from the mostly Muslim ...

Commentary: On Moon Jae-in’s mind are North Korea and the dangers of America First

Tue, 27 June 2017 18:50:38 +0800

South Korea and US presidents Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump have little in common. Moon may have a tough time convincing Trump to give diplomacy with North Korea a chance at their summit this week, argues The Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman.

Candidate cries foul as Mongolia heads toward runoff vote

Tue, 27 June 2017 18:36:42 +0800

Mongolia's third-place finisher in the presidential vote demanded a recount on Tuesday, claiming fraud after election officials declared he had narrowly lost a spot in a runoff poll next month.

China lowers number of missing in landslide to 73

Tue, 27 June 2017 18:40:38 +0800

BEIJING: The number of people missing from a huge landslide that buried a mountain village in southwest China last weekend has been revised down from 93 to 73, authorities said on Tuesday (Jun 27). The confirmed number of dead remained at 10 after heavy rain brought down the side of a mountain on ...

Indonesia continues search for missing German hiker on dormant volcano

Tue, 27 June 2017 18:20:38 +0800

BERASTAGI, Sumatra: Rescuers in Indonesia are searching for a missing German hiker on Tuesday (June 27) who went missing after climbing a dormant volcano.  Wolter Klaus, 49, has been missing for five days since he began climbing the 2,200-metre high Mount Sibayak in western Indonesia.  Officials ...

US Navy holds Japan memorial for sailors killed in crash

Tue, 27 June 2017 18:10:38 +0800

TOKYO: Thousands of flag-waving mourners lined the streets of a US naval base in Japan on Tuesday (Jun 27) where a memorial service was held for seven sailors killed in a collision with a cargo ship this month. The facility in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, is the home port of destroyer USS Fitzgerald ...

Hong Kong shark art protests at fin trade

Tue, 27 June 2017 17:51:34 +0800

A towering shark fin sculpture is the latest addition to Hong Kong's harbourfront as part of an artistic push against the infamous trade.

Hostages in Philippines siege forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves - army

Tue, 27 June 2017 17:35:14 +0800

MARAWI CITY, Philippines: Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced by their captors to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday. Citing accounts of seven ...

Dreaded WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

Tue, 27 June 2017 15:51:58 +0800

Salvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane.

Hostages in Philippines siege forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves - army

Tue, 27 June 2017 19:25:05 +0800

The Philippines ruled out negotiations on Tuesday with Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town, after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents being held by police.

Philippine leader appears in public as rumours of health woes swirl

Tue, 27 June 2017 20:10:14 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month.

South Korea's Moon makes second justice minister pick after first falls foul

Tue, 27 June 2017 13:00:07 +0800

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday made a second attempt at appointing a justice minister after his earlier choice withdrew over questions about ethics and views on women.

Mongolia's presidential election forced into a second round

Tue, 27 June 2017 17:50:10 +0800

ULAANBAATAR: No candidate has won an outright victory in Mongolia's presidential election meaning the first ever run-off between two leading candidates will be held next month, the General Election Committee said on Tuesday. A populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition ...

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo's cancer beyond surgery: Wife

Tue, 27 June 2017 16:57:23 +0800

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo's liver cancer is beyond treatment by surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Liu's wife said in a video, as worries deepen among supporters over his treatment by the Chinese authorities.

New animation theme park opens in Ipoh

Tue, 27 June 2017 12:10:38 +0800

Fans of animation characters BoboiBoy, Smurfs and Casper can now realise their dreams at Asia's first animation park in Ipoh.

Thailand considers tolls for roads used by cross-border motorists

Tue, 27 June 2017 11:10:38 +0800

BANGKOK: Thailand might collect tolls for roads used by motorists crossing the border from neighbouring countries, a senior government official said on Monday (Jun 26), China’s Xinhua news agency reported. According to Wilairat Sirisophonsilp, deputy director of the Office of Transport and Traffic ...

Bloodied at Chinese fight club for US$75

Tue, 27 June 2017 10:54:19 +0800

Every Friday night, fighters trade blows in a ring in the dimly lit Monster Club in southwest China, competing for a $75 payday as a crowd cheer them on.

China accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory

Tue, 27 June 2017 09:20:10 +0800

SHANGHAI: China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said. Geng Shuang, a spokesman with China's foreign ministry, said Indian guards "obstructed normal ...

Weapons hand-over by Colombia's FARC rebels nearly complete - UN

Tue, 27 June 2017 08:20:05 +0800

BOGOTA: Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have handed over the majority of their weapons to the United Nations, the international organisation said on Monday, part of a peace deal with the government to end more than a half century of war. Under the terms of the deal, the Revolutionary Armed Forces ...

Beijing subway trials mobile phone payment: Report

Tue, 27 June 2017 08:20:38 +0800

BEIJING: Queuing for subway tickets could become a thing of the past in the Chinese capital if a trial that involves mobile phones is deemed a success. Citizens in Beijing can now swipe their mobile phones at the gates before boarding trains on the Fangshan Line which runs in the city's west ...

China accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory - Xinhua

Tue, 27 June 2017 08:10:06 +0800

SHANGHAI: China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday. Geng Shuang, a spokesman with China's foreign ministry, said Indian guards "obstructed normal ...

US-India ties have 'never been stronger': Trump

Tue, 27 June 2017 07:55:53 +0800

Trump, who described Modi as a "true friend!" on Twitter after his weekend arrival in the US, should find much in common with the Indian leader.

UK's last governor demands China honour its word to HK

Tue, 27 June 2017 01:01:04 +0800

LONDON: The world is watching Hong Kong as a "test case" of whether Chinese promises mean anything, Britain's last governor said ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tearful departure from the city. Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of its handover from ...

Thailand charges activist for defying junta orders

Mon, 26 June 2017 19:10:07 +0800

BANGKOK: A Thai activist was charged on Monday with defying the orders of the military government, the latest critic to be arrested for activities outlawed since a 2014 coup. Rangsiman Rome, 25, who was arrested on Sunday, was charged by a military prosecutor in Bangkok. He faces four charges ...

Indonesia police find Islamic State propaganda targeting children

Mon, 26 June 2017 19:40:36 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian police have found hundreds of books containing Islamic State propaganda targeting children at the home of a suspect arrested in connection with the stabbing death of an officer, a police spokeswoman said on Monday (Jun 26). Another suspected militant was shot and killed by ...

US warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

Tue, 27 June 2017 09:44:49 +0800

A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.

Anger grows in Pakistan town after 3 attacks in 6 months

Mon, 26 June 2017 18:30:38 +0800

Dozens of protesters offered their Eid prayers wearing black armbands in the market in Parachinar, where the bombs tore through crowds of shoppers on Friday, local officials said.

Abducted priest seen alive as Islamists hold out in Philippines

Mon, 26 June 2017 18:17:45 +0800

A Roman Catholic priest abducted by Islamist militants who seized parts of a southern Philippine city has been seen alive, the military said Monday, as troops pressed on with their offensive.

Olympics: North Korea dismiss call for united Pyeongchang team

Tue, 27 June 2017 00:43:09 +0800

SEOUL: A leading North Korean sports official believes it is too late to consider South Korean President Moon Jae-in's proposal to form a unified team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, saying that political tension must be resolved first. At the opening of the World Taekwondo ...

Hong Kong's youth press campaign despite China's rejection of full democracy

Mon, 26 June 2017 19:00:09 +0800

HONG KONG/BEIJING: When the British handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997, Beijing promised to allow universal suffrage as an "ultimate aim", along with other freedoms, under a "one country, two systems" arrangement agreed with London. That's not going to happen, well placed sources in Beijing ...

Chinese Nobel rights activist Liu Xiaobo released on medical parole

Mon, 26 June 2017 22:15:22 +0800

BEIJING: Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winning rights activist Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on medical parole and is being treated in hospital for late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said on Monday. Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he ...

Sabah church scores hit with Hari Raya song at Sunday mass

Mon, 26 June 2017 17:10:38 +0800

A Catholic church in Sabah, Malaysia has won praise for playing a popular Hari Raya song on Sunday (Jun 25) after mass.

Singapore leaders send condolences over deadly China landslide

Mon, 26 June 2017 16:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang respectively to convey their condolences over the deadly landslide which engulfed Xinmo village in Sichuan province on Saturday (Jun 24).  Ten people have ...

Myanmar, Thailand incinerate illicit drugs worth US$800 million

Mon, 26 June 2017 16:25:18 +0800

Officials in Myanmar and Thailand burned illegal narcotics worth more than US$800 million on Monday to mark the UN day against drug abuse and trafficking.

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

Tue, 27 June 2017 01:38:59 +0800

BEIJING: China's Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been transferred on parole from prison to a hospital for terminal cancer treatment, his lawyer said, but concerned supporters called for his unconditional release. Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was ...

Villagers begin to mourn dead after massive China landslide, 93 still missing

Mon, 26 June 2017 21:16:39 +0800

Villagers in China visited what used to be their relatives' homes on Monday to mourn loved ones lost when a landslide swept down a mountain, with little hope of finding anyone alive after more than 48 hours of fruitless searching.

Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days

Tue, 27 June 2017 01:12:17 +0800

BALO-I, Philippines: The vice president of the Philippines expressed hope on Monday (Jun 26) for a swift end to an urban siege by Islamist rebels, and offered support to displaced civilians during a visit normally conducted by a president not seen in public for six days. The trip by Leni Robredo ...

Mongolia economy, graft in spotlight as voters elect president

Mon, 26 June 2017 16:05:14 +0800

Mongolians cast their votes on Monday (jun 26) in a presidential election seen as a referendum on the government's economic recovery plans and China's role in the country, but some disgruntled voters left their ballot papers blank in protest.

Southeast Asian nations torch US$1b of seized drugs

Tue, 27 June 2017 00:01:49 +0800

Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly US$1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday (Jun 26), a defiant show of force as police struggle to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region.

Burn victims overwhelm Pakistani hospitals after tanker fire kills 146

Mon, 26 June 2017 15:40:08 +0800

Pakistani hospitals on Monday struggled to treat scores of severely burned victims of a fuel tanker explosion that killed at least 146 people, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew back from an overseas trip to visit the injured.

S Korea's Moon heads to US as North threat grows

Mon, 26 June 2017 13:27:01 +0800

South Korea's dovish new President Moon Jae-In - who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North - heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish US counterpart Donald Trump, as Pyongyang defies international sanctions to accelerate its missile programme.

New US ambassador to China says North Korea a top priority

Mon, 26 June 2017 12:05:07 +0800

The new U.S. ambassador to China has said that stopping the threat posed by North Korea will be a top priority, along with resolving the U.S.-China trade imbalance, according to a video message to the Chinese people released on Monday.

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': Study

Mon, 26 June 2017 11:51:58 +0800

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.

Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks in reservoir

Mon, 26 June 2017 11:00:17 +0800

Nine people died and 28 are missing after a multi-decked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia's Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said.

Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit

Tue, 27 June 2017 00:38:46 +0800

HONG KONG: Hong Kong saw multiple protests on Monday (Jun 26) ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain. Pro-democracy activists including high-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong draped a black flag over a statue symbolising ...

India's Modi meets US execs ahead of first encounter with Trump

Mon, 26 June 2017 04:40:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (Jun 25) told top American executives that India is a business-friendly country of "minimum government," as he prepared for a first meeting with President Donald Trump aimed at improving ties and moving past differences over climate change. The ...

Hopes dim in search for 93 missing in China landslide

Mon, 26 June 2017 01:20:38 +0800

DIEXI, China: Rescuers kept digging through rocks and earth for more than 90 people still missing on Sunday (Jun 25) after a huge landslide entombed a village in southwest China, but some relatives lost hope of finding them alive. At least 10 people have been confirmed dead, a day after the ...

139 dead, more than 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire

Mon, 26 June 2017 00:50:38 +0800

AHMEDPUR EAST, Pakistan: An overturned oil tanker exploded in a huge fireball in Pakistan on Sunday (Jun 25), killing at least 139 people and injuring scores as crowds scavenging for fuel ignored warnings to stay clear, officials and witnesses said. The horrific early morning tragedy came hours ...

Six children killed in blast in northwestern Pakistani village

Sun, 25 June 2017 23:05:12 +0800

ISLAMABAD: Six children were killed in a village in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday when they picked up an explosive device that looked like a toy, officials said. At least 31 people, including several children, have been left disabled or killed in blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEC) ...

Tianjin Eco-City masterplan to be reviewed: DPM Tharman

Sun, 25 June 2017 22:44:48 +0800

This comes as the city, which is a joint development project between Singapore and Tianjin, celebrates its tenth anniversary next year.

Seven die in cable car crash in Indian Kashmir, 150 rescued

Sun, 25 June 2017 22:00:10 +0800

SRINAGAR, India: A pine tree fell onto a cable car in a ski resort in Indian Kashmir on Sunday, sending the car plunging to earth and killing seven people, most of them tourists, police said. About 150 people were stranded in other cable cars on the mountain in Gulmarg in high winds, but were ...

Badminton: India's Srikanth stuns Chen Long to win Australian Open

Sun, 25 June 2017 19:33:28 +0800

India's Kidambi Srikanth claimed a first victory over Olympic and two-time world champion Chen Long to win the Australian Open Superseries final in Sydney on Sunday.

Dog in forlorn search for owner after China landslide: State media

Sun, 25 June 2017 19:16:27 +0800

A droopy-eyed white dog apparently looking for its owner has been found in the rubble of a landslide that buried a village in southwest China, a state broadcaster said Sunday.

Official results confirm Cambodian opposition gains

Sun, 25 June 2017 18:14:58 +0800

Cambodian election authorities on Sunday released final results from this month's local polls, confirming that the opposition to the country's strongman leader made significant gains.

Philippine, Vietnam navies play sports on South China Sea island

Sun, 25 June 2017 16:55:06 +0800

MANILA: Philippine and Vietnamese navies have been playing soccer, volleyball and tug-of-war games together on a South China Sea island, the latest get-together by two countries concerned by Chinese assertiveness in the disputed waters. The two sides played in mixed teams on Thursday on Southwest ...

Hopes fade in China for 93 missing in landslide

Sun, 25 June 2017 20:40:22 +0800

Rescue workers in China pulled bodies out of piles of rock and mud on Sunday as they searched for 93 people missing a day after a landslide buried a mountain village, with some residents giving up hope of finding survivors.

AirAsia investigating plane that shook 'like a washing machine' mid-air

Mon, 26 June 2017 18:09:52 +0800

An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was "shaking like a washing machine".

Australian police use pepper spray to stop clashes at anti-immigration rally

Sun, 25 June 2017 15:10:06 +0800

SYDNEY: Australian police fired pepper spray to break up clashes between right-wing nationalists and anti-racism protesters on the streets of Melbourne on Sunday, the latest protest held by anti-immigration groups in the country. Far-right activists from the True Blue Crew, which says it is ...

China urges Afghans, Pakistan to form crisis-management mechanism

Sun, 25 June 2017 14:15:09 +0800

China has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

Oil truck explosion kills 146 people in Pakistan

Sun, 25 June 2017 20:25:10 +0800

An oil tanker crashed and exploded on a road in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 146 people, many of whom were collecting leaking fuel before it ignited, government officials and rescue workers said.

Stray cats, killers and no regrets: Duterte's drug-war foe on life in jail

Sun, 25 June 2017 13:15:07 +0800

Philippine police have arrested more than 80,000 people during President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs, but few as prominent or defiant as Leila de Lima.

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

Sun, 25 June 2017 13:24:40 +0800

Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime.

'Girls as dessert': Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition

Sun, 25 June 2017 14:39:30 +0800

Whenever senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province of Mae Hong Son, the routine was often the same: Welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as "dessert".

Indonesian policeman killed in knife attack by suspected militants

Sun, 25 June 2017 13:29:56 +0800

JAKARTA: An Indonesian police officer was stabbed and later died of his wounds in an attack by suspected militants in the city of Medan, a police spokesman said on Sunday. Police shot dead one suspect and one was arrested after the attack on a police post in the capital of North Sumatra province ...

China's drone king DJI turns to farming

Sun, 25 June 2017 12:27:28 +0800

China drone-maker DJI is betting on flying machines that shoot pesticide instead of photos to fend off growing competition in the global remote-controlled aircraft market.

China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary

Sun, 25 June 2017 12:06:05 +0800

President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate 20 years since the former British colony's return to China, state media confirmed Sunday, a trip that will stoke resentment among pro-democracy activists.

India's Modi heads to Washington for 'no frills' Trump meet

Sun, 25 June 2017 22:32:44 +0800

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to build on growing ties between the world's two largest democracies and move beyond disagreements over climate change.

Two decades after handover, scant love for China among Hong Kong youth

Sun, 25 June 2017 11:45:56 +0800

Hong Kong student activist Chau Ho-oi, born in the year the Asian financial hub returned to Chinese rule 20 years ago, recalls the sense of pride she once felt towards mainland China.

At least 11 miners die in Colombia coal mine explosion

Sun, 25 June 2017 11:26:53 +0800

At least eleven miners at an underground coal mine in Colombia have died and two remain missing after an explosion caused by methane gas, the government said on Saturday.

Japan's Abe to push for constitution reform before year end: Media

Sun, 25 June 2017 11:13:57 +0800

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to accelerate plans to amend Japan's pacifist constitution, saying he expects to submit a proposed revision to lawmakers before the end of the year, media reported on Sunday.

Philippine forces declare Eid truce in war-torn city of Marawi

Sun, 25 June 2017 10:53:27 +0800

The Philippine armed forces declared an eight-hour ceasefire Sunday in its ongoing offensive against Islamist militants occupying parts of the war-torn city of Marawi to allow residents to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Hopes dim in search for 118 buried by China landslide

Sun, 25 June 2017 10:31:39 +0800

Rescuers dug through earth and rocks for a second day on Sunday in an increasingly bleak search for some 118 people still missing after their village in southwest China was buried by a huge landslide.

Colombian police arrest eight in mall bombing probe

Sun, 25 June 2017 09:30:07 +0800

Eight people from a little-known urban guerrilla group have been arrested in connection with a bombing last week at an upscale mall in the Colombian capital Bogota, the police said on Saturday.

5.2-magnitude quake hits central Japan, no tsunami warning

Sun, 25 June 2017 07:00:38 +0800

TOKYO: A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Japan on Sunday (Jun 25) morning but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese and US authorities said. The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 30 kilometres west of Ina in Nagano prefecture at 7.02am (6.02am Singapore time), the US Geological ...

South Koreans march to protest US missile defence system

Sun, 25 June 2017 00:08:54 +0800

SEOUL: Thousands of protesters marched near the US embassy in Seoul on Saturday (Jun 24), accusing President Donald Trump of "forcing" South Korea to deploy a controversial American missile defence system opposed by China. The protest came as South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In heads to ...

South Korea president invites North Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

Sat, 24 June 2017 23:45:33 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday (Jun 24) invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker. The South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders and remain technically at war ...

15 dead, scores missing hours after landslide buries Chinese village

Sun, 25 June 2017 01:25:12 +0800

Fifteen people were killed in a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday and about 100 were believed to be still buried in the debris and feared dead, state media said.

At least eight miners die in explosion at Colombia coal mine

Sat, 24 June 2017 22:25:05 +0800

BOGOTA: At least eight miners at an underground coal mine in Colombia have died and five more are missing after an explosion caused by methane gas, the national mining agency said on Saturday. The explosion took place on Friday in the Cucunuba municipality in Cundinamarca province, an area where ...

DPM Tharman to visit Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian

Sat, 24 June 2017 19:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be in China from Jun 25 to Jun 29, in a visit that will take him to Beijing, Tianjin and Dalian. Announcing the dates on Saturday (Jun 24), the Prime Minister's Office said Mr Tharman will attend the World Economic Forum's annual June ...

Sectarian group claims Pakistan bombs; death toll rises to 50

Sat, 24 June 2017 18:30:14 +0800

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: A faction of Pakistan-based sectarian militants Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on Saturday claimed responsibility for twin bombs that hit a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar, killing at least 50 people ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. LeJ's Al Alami ...

China's party paper trumpets UN rights resolution as combating West's monopoly

Sat, 24 June 2017 18:10:40 +0800

BEIJING: The West's monopoly on rights has been dealt a blow by the United Nations' decision to adopt a China-led resolution saying development promotes human rights, an editorial in the official paper of China's ruling Communist Party said on Saturday. The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday ...

Mongolian voters weigh love-hate relationship with China

Sat, 24 June 2017 18:04:19 +0800

The waving flags, triumphant song and rousing speeches of a Mongolian presidential campaign rally were interrupted by a fight that broke out in the crowd.

China, US agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearisation

Sat, 24 June 2017 19:40:05 +0800

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

WTF? World Taekwondo Federation rebrands over acronym

Sat, 24 June 2017 15:06:45 +0800

The World Taekwondo Federation has changed its name to World Taekwondo after becoming uncomfortable with the "negative connotations" of its acronym, WTF.

Japan media mourns death of cancer-fighting newsreader Mao Kobayashi

Sat, 24 June 2017 14:55:24 +0800

The death of a former newsreader who won acclaim for blogging about her breast cancer fight hit the headlines Saturday in Japan, with the media and officials praising her courage.

Obama kicks off tropical holiday in Indonesia

Sat, 24 June 2017 14:58:43 +0800

Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said on Saturday.

Australia welcomes charges against alleged Bali bombing mastermind

Sat, 24 June 2017 13:41:01 +0800

SYDNEY: Australia on Saturday welcomed charges against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians. Indonesian-born militant Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is accused of overseeing the 2002 Bali ...

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Sat, 24 June 2017 12:30:57 +0800

Germany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

15 dead, more than 100 missing in China landslide

Sun, 25 June 2017 08:38:16 +0800

BEIJING: Rescuers pulled 15 bodies from an avalanche of rocks that buried a mountain village in southwest China on Saturday (Jun 24) as an increasingly bleak search for some 100 people carried into the night. Only three survivors - a couple and their one-month-old baby - have been found so far ...

Chance encounter leads to Lav Diaz’s new film on Filipino domestic workers in Singapore

Sat, 24 June 2017 09:50:38 +0800

Lav Diaz will be shooting Henrico’s Farm in August as part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts’ retrospective on the award-winning Filipino filmmaker, with some of the filming sessions open to the public.

North Korea says US student's death a 'mystery to us as well'

Sat, 24 June 2017 07:50:13 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said Warmbier ...

Colombia's ELN rebels free two Dutch journalists

Sat, 24 June 2017 03:25:07 +0800

BOGOTA: Colombia's Marxist ELN rebel group said on Friday it has freed two Dutch journalists captured this week in the northeast of the Andean country. The reporters, Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, a television journalist, and Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, a cameraman, "have been released in ...

Chile's President asks forgiveness from indigenous Mapuche

Sat, 24 June 2017 02:50:16 +0800

President Michelle Bachelet asked for forgiveness from Chile's indigenous Mapuche people on Friday for "errors and horrors" committed by the state and announced plans to give them more power and resources.

Blasts in Pakistani city of Parachinar kill 15: Government official

Fri, 23 June 2017 21:36:45 +0800

ISLAMABAD: Two blasts in the northwestern Pakistani town of Parachinar on Friday killed at least 15 people, a government official told Reuters, the second deadly bomb attack in the country of the day. The blasts took place at a market within three minutes of each another, senior government ...

'Pee Park'? China tries to correct bad translations

Fri, 23 June 2017 20:49:37 +0800

Public signs such as "Pee Park" and "deformed man toilet" may finally be a thing of the past as Chinese authorities crack down on poor translations known as "Chinglish".