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Published: Sat, 22 July 2017 22:52:26 +0800


Philippine Congress agrees to extend Mindanao martial law to end of year

Sat, 22 July 2017 18:00:11 +0800

Philippine lawmakers on Saturday voted to retain martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte more time to tackle armed extremists allied with the Islamic State group.

Indonesian president orders officers to shoot drug traffickers

Sat, 22 July 2017 20:18:14 +0800

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.

Chinese bike-share start-up hit with lawsuit after death of minor

Sat, 22 July 2017 19:43:20 +0800

The parents of a child who died in a traffic accident while riding an Ofo share bike in Shanghai have sued the fast-growing start-up for financial compensation.

Philippine lawmakers approve extending Mindanao martial law to end of year

Sat, 22 July 2017 16:15:07 +0800

Philippine lawmakers on Saturday voted to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte extra time to quell a rebellion by militants allied with the Islamic State group.

East Timorese form long lines to vote in parliamentary election

Sat, 22 July 2017 14:50:11 +0800

Voters in East Timor queued up on Saturday to cast their vote in the country's fourth parliamentary elections since independence in a ballot where campaigning has focused on development and jobs in Asia's youngest democracy.

East Timor votes for parliament amid huge challenges

Sat, 22 July 2017 12:58:49 +0800

East Timor headed to the polls to elect a new parliament Saturday as Asia's youngest democracy battles economic challenges 15 years after gaining its independence from Indonesia.

Chinese police guard late dissident's home, empty or not

Sat, 22 July 2017 10:43:52 +0800

At a small park outside the Beijing home of late Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, security officers sat around a stone table surrounded by shrubbery, scrutinising everyone who neared the gate they guarded.

Commentary: Jokowi’s ban on radical groups and Pancasila’s uncomfortable past

Sat, 22 July 2017 09:10:38 +0800

Discomfort over Jokowi’s ban on radical groups in the name of Pancasila arises because it harkens back to the harsher tactics of Suharto's New Order regime, argues Deasy Simandjuntak.

Minneapolis police chief resigns amid uproar over killing of Australian

Sat, 22 July 2017 08:49:51 +0800

The police chief in Minneapolis resigned Friday amid an uproar over the death of an Australian woman who had called to report a possible sexual assault and was shot by a responding officer.

Asia's Toughest Jobs: The women helping build Cambodia

Sat, 22 July 2017 07:35:16 +0800

Construction workers are in demand in Cambodia as the country embarks on an ambitious building drive. Many of them are women, but they earn less than men doing similar work. As part of Channel NewsAsia’s series on Asia’s toughest jobs, Jack Board met one of them.

US sailors likely at fault in cargo-ship collision: Official

Sat, 22 July 2017 06:09:54 +0800

WASHINGTON: The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will "certainly" be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US defense official said on Friday (Jul 21). "The way it looks now, it seems that the crew on the (USS) Fitzgerald is ...

Philippine MPs to vote on Duterte bid for longer martial rule

Sat, 22 July 2017 11:10:37 +0800

MANILA: The Philippine Congress opened a special session Saturday (Jul 22) to vote on President Rodrigo Duterte's bid for an extension of martial law in the south to defeat Islamist gunmen. Duterte is widely expected to win approval for martial law in the region until the end of the year, with ...

Diving: Shi picks up China's eighth world gold

Sat, 22 July 2017 02:40:18 +0800

BUDAPEST: Olympic champion Shi Tingmao earned China's eighth diving gold of the world aquatic championships on Friday (Jul 21) with victory in the women's 3m springboard final, just ahead of team-mate Wang Han. Shi led for all five rounds and sealed victory with 383 pts, finishing 24 ahead of Wang ...

US State Dept to ban American travel to North Korea

Sat, 22 July 2017 01:20:07 +0800

The U.S. government will ban Americans from travelling to North Korea due to "the serious risk of arrest" after an American student was jailed while on a tour and later died, the State Department said on Friday.

US confirms North Korea travel ban after Warmbier death

Sat, 22 July 2017 00:50:40 +0800

Travel agencies organising trips to the isolated country had said earlier on Friday they were informed of the impending change.

Myanmar still using 'same tactics' of oppression as junta: UN envoy

Fri, 21 July 2017 23:53:12 +0800

YANGON: Myanmar is still using the same "tactics" to silence its people as the former junta, the UN's rights envoy said on Friday (Jul 21), urging the government to allow the UN to probe allegations of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. More than 70,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since ...

Blast in eastern China kills 2, dozens injured

Fri, 21 July 2017 21:55:25 +0800

A liquefied petroleum gas canister explosion tore through three restaurants in the eastern China city of Hangzhou on Friday, killing two people and injuring 55, state media reported.

Why it's good to be old in Wakabadai estate, where nearly half the residents are elderly

Fri, 21 July 2017 22:10:14 +0800

Seniors enjoy day care services, a nursing office, even grocery-shopping and spare-key services, to help them age at home with peace of mind in Wakabadai, Yokohama.

Philippines drops hosting 2019 SEA Games citing war costs from Marawi siege

Fri, 21 July 2017 21:20:40 +0800

MANILA: The Philippines has pulled out of hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the government said, Friday (Jul 20) to focus on rebuilding a city ravaged by a two-month battle between security forces and militants. The country's sports officials formally abandoned their plans to host the ...

Pakistan's top court weighs dismissal of PM over corruption report

Fri, 21 July 2017 19:55:11 +0800

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday finished hearing arguments on a scathing corruption report into the family wealth of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and will begin deliberating whether to disqualify the premier.

Philippines' Duterte says he'll never visit 'lousy' America

Fri, 21 July 2017 21:00:45 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed that he would never visit "lousy" America despite an earlier invitation extended by US President Donald Trump.

Hottest day ever in Shanghai as heat wave bakes China

Fri, 21 July 2017 19:42:15 +0800

Shanghai sweltered under a new record high of 40.9°C on Friday, authorities said as they issued a weather "red alert" over a stubborn heat wave that has plagued much of the country.

LGBT conference in China's 'gay capital' scuppered

Fri, 21 July 2017 18:35:09 +0800

BEIJING: Organizers of an LGBT conference in China's "gay capital" had to scrap the event this week, the second time in as many months a public seminar aimed at expanding awareness of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues has run into snags. The Chinese group Speak Out was due to ...

Ex-China's securities regulator assistant chairman to be prosecuted - graft watchdog

Fri, 21 July 2017 17:35:20 +0800

The former assistant chairman of China's securities regulator, Zhang Yujun, will be prosecuted for serious violations of discipline, the country's graft watchdog said on Friday.

Thai court to deliver verdict on ex-PM on Aug 25

Fri, 21 July 2017 20:01:05 +0800

BANGKOK: Thailand's Supreme Court has set Aug 25 as the date for a verdict in the trial of the country's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is accused of wasting billions of dollars on a rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck, overthrown in a 2014 military coup, faces up to 10 years in jail if ...

Tour operators say US to ban citizens from travel to North Korea

Fri, 21 July 2017 16:42:55 +0800

SEOUL: Two tourist agencies that operate tours to North Korea said on Friday the US government will soon ban its citizens from traveling to the North. Koryo Tours said the ban would be announced on July 27 and would go into effect 30 days later. It did not say how long the ban would last. Another ...

Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal

Fri, 21 July 2017 16:24:37 +0800

Nepal's healthcare sector is chronically underfunded and ill-equipped but 3D printing can reduce both the cost and time it takes to bring medical equipment to those who need it most.

Tepco spots possible nuclear fuel debris at another Fukushima reactor - Kyodo

Fri, 21 July 2017 15:50:06 +0800

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, may have found nuclear fuel debris below the damaged No. 3 reactor, one of three that had meltdowns in the 2011 disaster, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

Philippine leader to go after Maoist rebels after scrapping talks

Fri, 21 July 2017 15:25:12 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was no longer interested in peace talks with Maoist-led guerrillas and planned to hunt down the insurgents once the military has retaken a southern city from Islamist rebels.

Marawi siege to have long-term impact on extremism in Southeast Asia: IPAC

Fri, 21 July 2017 13:50:38 +0800

JAKARTA: The battle for Marawi in the southern Philippines is likely to have long-term repercussions for extremism in Southeast Asia, even after Philippines military regains control of the city, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) released on Friday ...

Thai court to deliver verdict on ex-PM on Aug. 25

Fri, 21 July 2017 17:15:15 +0800

BANGKOK: Thailand's Supreme Court has set Aug. 25 as the date for a verdict in the trial of the country's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is accused of wasting billions of dollars on a rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck, overthrown in a 2014 military coup, faces up to 10 years in jail if ...

Surviving Tiananmen "Gentlemen" mum on Chinese Nobel laureate's death

Fri, 21 July 2017 12:30:10 +0800

Liu Xiaobo was one of the "Four Gentlemen" of Tiananmen Square, the group that staged a hunger strike in the final days of the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China and tried to hold off tanks and troops moving in to crush the student-led movement.

Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with Japan on North Korea - Johnson

Fri, 21 July 2017 12:15:11 +0800

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday his country stands with Japan in efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

Blast in China's Hangzhou city kills two, injures 55

Fri, 21 July 2017 11:40:05 +0800

BEIJING: An explosion on Friday at a shop by a busy street in the Chinese city of Hanghzou killed two people and injured 55, authorities in the area said. Fire engulfed the shop sending plumes of smoke into the air, video footage circulated on social media showed. The fire had since been put out ...

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

Fri, 21 July 2017 11:00:06 +0800

South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tensions between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to take place after the North snubbed a call by the South, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hope of engaging Pyongyang in dialogue.

Rohingya still being smuggled into Malaysia despite ongoing crackdown

Fri, 21 July 2017 08:24:43 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the ongoing crackdown against human trafficking in Thailand, the people smuggling network is still very much alive. Scores from Rohingya from north west of Myanmar were still being smuggled into the Malaysia each month, seeking better lives for themselves and their families ...

Bid to ease Chile's abortion ban hits roadblock

Fri, 21 July 2017 05:30:17 +0800

Chile's Chamber of Deputies fell one vote short of passing the Senate version of a bill easing the country's strict abortion law, a surprise setback to President Michelle Bachelet and abortion rights advocates.

Indian man who played guitar during brain surgery makes recovery

Thu, 20 July 2017 23:22:52 +0800

An Indian man who strummed the guitar as surgeons operated on his brain demonstrated Thursday how the unusual procedure had cured the problem hindering his ability to play.

India says in quiet diplomacy with China to tackle border stand-off

Thu, 20 July 2017 22:00:11 +0800

NEW DELHI: When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of a regional conference last month, officials said they reached an understanding not to let the two countries' long-standing "differences become disputes". Yet within days, Chinese and Indian ...

India says it has international backing in border dispute with China

Thu, 20 July 2017 21:45:16 +0800

India's stand in its border dispute with China is supported by other countries, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday as she praised tiny Bhutan for standing up to China in the row.

Philippines' Duterte makes surprise visit to Marawi warzone

Thu, 20 July 2017 20:54:07 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a surprise visit to the wartorn city of Marawi on Thursday where troops are still engaged in a brutal fight to crush Islamic State group-inspired militants.

Pakistani taxi app Careem offers ride with a marriage matchmaker

Thu, 20 July 2017 20:34:44 +0800

The "rishta" service - which has only been rolled out for two days in two cities in Pakistan - quickly had the country's vocal Twitterati on overdrive.

Wind-chime festival: Cooling sounds drive away heat in Japan

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:59:58 +0800

A Japanese traditional wind-chime festival has opened at a Buddhist temple near Tokyo, just in time for the official arrival of summer.

India gets new president from bottom of Hindu caste system

Thu, 20 July 2017 21:22:34 +0800

Ram Nath Kovind was elected India's new president Thursday, the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the bottom of the Hindu caste system.

Angolan president returns from second trip to Spain, condition unclear

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:15:09 +0800

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned from Barcelona after a "private visit" that came a month after the 74-year-old leader spent several weeks in the Spanish city receiving medical treatment.

China's banned books fade from Hong Kong

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:10:35 +0800

The annual Hong Kong book fair has always been a source of politically sensitive titles banned in China, but this year fewer were on display as the city faces growing pressure under an increasingly assertive Beijing.

As tide turns, AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016: UN

Thu, 20 July 2017 22:55:41 +0800

AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming "the scales have tipped".

Young people trust less, but still happy: Study

Thu, 20 July 2017 18:05:01 +0800

Young people's trust in key figures such as politicians and religious leaders has fallen sharply over the past five years but they remain largely happy, a global study said Thursday.

Malaysia detains Bangladeshi activist

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:50:39 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has detained a prominent Bangladesh activist, civil groups said Thursday (Jul 20), describing the government action as "harassment" against human rights defenders. Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, was detained after arriving at Kuala Lumpur ...

Audi pulls 'sexist' China ad after public outcry

Thu, 20 July 2017 16:42:11 +0800

German automaker Audi apologised on Thursday over an advertisement it aired in China that was slammed as sexist for showing a bride-to-be being roughly examined like a piece of livestock.

Riots, strikes as India rape accused killed in custody

Thu, 20 July 2017 16:11:19 +0800

A man accused of the gang rape and murder of a girl in northern India has been killed in police custody, an official said Thursday, sparking angry riots in the usually tranquil Himalayan region.

Tiny East Timor addresses its economic future in parliamentary poll

Thu, 20 July 2017 16:00:12 +0800

Thousands of East Timorese ended weeks of political rallies and entered a campaign blackout on Thursday before parliamentary elections at the weekend, with fears for the economic future of Asia's youngest democracy the primary concern for voters.

Thai opposition "red shirt" leader jailed for defaming former PM

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:50:08 +0800

Thailand's Supreme Court jailed a firebrand opposition leader for a year on Thursday for defaming a former prime minister, overturning two previous court rulings, in 2012 and 2014, that dismissed the charge against him.

Guangdong leader strengthened in China leadership stakes as rival party boss ousted

Thu, 20 July 2017 16:34:24 +0800

Hu Chunhua, the Communist Party boss of China's southern economic powerhouse of Guangdong has long been considered a rising political star. Now, the surprise dismissal of a key regional rival may well have bolstered that image.

Spotlight on Japan's 'Macron', son of former premier Koizumi, ahead of cabinet reshuffle

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:30:12 +0800

He's young, good-looking and media call him "Japan's Macron", so it is little surprise that lawmakers say Shinjiro Koizumi may be offered a post when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles his cabinet next month in a bid to revive sagging public support.

Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:15:21 +0800

Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.

Big Bang's TOP gets suspended sentence for drug use

Thu, 20 July 2017 22:41:29 +0800

South Korean pop star TOP received Thursday a 10-month suspended jail sentence for smoking marijuana multiple times last year, weeks after being hospitalised for a drugs overdose.

India begins presidential vote count, BJP candidate Kovind frontrunner

Thu, 20 July 2017 14:30:09 +0800

India began counting votes for its next president on Thursday with the ruling coalition's candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, clear favourite to win the largely ceremonial post, extending the government's control of top jobs.

Thailand should leave 'no stone unturned' after 62 found guilty of trafficking

Thu, 20 July 2017 14:00:13 +0800

More needs to be done to ensure that human traffickers are brought to justice and Rohingya migrants are protected, rights groups said on Thursday, after a trial in which 62 people were convicted of crimes including trafficking and murder.

China's air quality deteriorates due to winter pollution: Official

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:16:13 +0800

Air quality in China worsened in the first half of 2017, with 338 cities including the capital Beijing on average reporting fewer clean air days due to winter pollution in January and February, an official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

Strong export demand to lift Asian economies: ADB

Thu, 20 July 2017 13:20:57 +0800

Surging global demand for Asian exports and low oil prices will help China and the region's developing economies grow faster than expected this year and next, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.

Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:24:21 +0800

BANGKOK: A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk on Thursday (Jul 20) with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset ...

Chongqing leadership shake-up signals Xi power play

Thu, 20 July 2017 10:57:44 +0800

A sudden leadership change in one of China's biggest cities has highlighted President Xi Jinping's ambition to consolidate his grip on power at an upcoming major political gathering, analysts say.

Singaporean woman kidnapped in Manila rescued; 43 foreigners arrested

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:25:32 +0800

MANILA: A 48-year-old Singaporean woman who was kidnapped at the lobby of a casino in Manila was rescued by Philippine authorities on Tuesday (Jul 18). Ms Wu Yan was kidnapped at the Solaire casino on Monday, and taken to a nearby hotel where she was beaten and threatened by her captors who ...

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits off Japan's Honshu

Thu, 20 July 2017 09:28:21 +0800

SYDNEY: An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.8 hit northeast of Tokyo off Japan's main island of Honshu on Thursday (Jul 20), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) and the USGS reported. The quake, which struck at 9.11am (8.11am, Singapore time), was measured at a depth of 33km about ...

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die

Thu, 20 July 2017 03:00:11 +0800

Australia announced programmes on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first half of this year.

Aborigines in Australia longer than previously thought: Study

Thu, 20 July 2017 03:18:16 +0800

SYDNEY: Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years, longer than previously thought, roaming the area alongside giant megafauna, scientists said in a finding that sheds fresh light on when modern humans left Africa. Australian Aborigines are believed to be custodians of the ...

Chile's senate passes bill to ease strict abortion ban

Thu, 20 July 2017 01:20:21 +0800

Chile's senate narrowly passed a bill on Wednesday to legalize abortion in certain cases, in a win for President Michelle Bachelet's centre-left coalition and for rights groups that have campaigned for years against the country's strict ban.

Football: Arsenal stun Bayern on penalties in Shanghai

Thu, 20 July 2017 04:00:31 +0800

SHANGHAI: Arsenal were outplayed for long periods by Bayern Munich before salvaging a last-gasp draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties in a Shanghai friendly on Wednesday (Jul 19). Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the unlikely hero for the Premier League side, saving Juan Bernat's soft ...

New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:25:12 +0800

A Japanese campaign group whose members include lawyers and academics called on Wednesday for a change in psychiatric hospitals' practice of putting patients under prolonged restraint after the death of a New Zealand man.

Hong Kong holds memorial for Chinese Nobel laureate Liu

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:13:37 +0800

Hundreds turned out in Hong Kong Wednesday night to pay their respects to late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the pro-democracy Chinese dissident whose death in custody shocked the world.

Malaysia's public broadcaster RTM to stop airing Despacito

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:33:06 +0800

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's public broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will cease broadcasting the global hit song Despacito through all its radio and television stations immediately, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said on Wednesday (Jul 19). Minister Salleh said an ...

India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:14:10 +0800

India has added solar panels to the roof of a train in a national first as it tries to reduce its massive carbon footprint and modernise its vast colonial-era rail network.

Australian man detained after causing chaos at Bali airport

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:37:59 +0800

Gregory Butler was seen shouting and screaming while on the edge of a balcony ledge at Bali's international airport

Thai general, provincial politicians held guilty in major trafficking trial

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:18:27 +0800

BANGKOK: An army general, two provincial politicians and police officers were among the 46 people held guilty on Wednesday by a judge in Thailand's biggest human trafficking trial, from a total of 103 defendants, with judgments expected to run late into the day. Some of those found guilty of ...

Vietnam to rescue 1,000 bears in bid to end bile trade

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:34:10 +0800

Vietnam agreed Wednesday to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures' bile.

Gunmen in Pakistan kill four Shi'ites in suspected sectarian attack

Wed, 19 July 2017 17:35:17 +0800

QUETTA, Pakistan: Gunmen on Wednesday shot dead four members of the Shi'ite Muslim minority in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said, in what police suspect was a sectarian attack. Recent violence in Baluchistan has fuelled concern about security for projects in the US$57 ...

North Korean tourism agency launches website to woo foreigners

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:40:40 +0800

The website also provides basic travel information like air and train routes and ways to get around Pyongyang using public transport such as cabs and buses.

Chinese activist questions arrest in Ivanka Trump factory probe

Wed, 19 July 2017 15:47:19 +0800

Labour activist Hua Haifeng had avoided legal trouble in his 14 years investigating companies in China, but that changed after he looked into a factory that made shoes for Ivanka Trump's brand.

Park refuses order to testify in Samsung heirs trial

Wed, 19 July 2017 15:40:38 +0800

SEOUL: South Korea's disgraced former president Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday (Jul 19) again refused to testify in the corruption trial of the heir to the Samsung business empire, citing poor health. For the second time in a fortnight Park rejected a court order to give evidence in the case of Lee ...

In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy

Wed, 19 July 2017 15:30:13 +0800

Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humour.

Philippines' Duterte threatens to end peace talks after attack

Wed, 19 July 2017 14:48:37 +0800

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to end peace talks with communist rebels on Wednesday, hours after suspected guerrillas wounded four of his military bodyguards in an ambush.

India's top court to decide on right to privacy, but much more at stake

Wed, 19 July 2017 14:45:10 +0800

India's Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday to determine whether individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the constitution, in a ruling legal scholars say will have far-reaching consequences.

South Korea probes alleged abduction of North Korea celebrity defector

Thu, 20 July 2017 11:58:15 +0800

SEOUL: South Korea is investigating the case of a North Korean defector who became a celebrity refugee in Seoul, but recently appeared on Pyongyang television to claim she had returned home from the "hell" of the capitalist South. Lim Ji-Hyun, a female defector in her 20s, arrived in Seoul in 2014 ...

Singapore offers SAF assistance to help Philippines fight terrorism

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:12:59 +0800

Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana expressed his appreciation for the offer and has accepted it in principle, MINDEF says.

Indonesia revokes legal status of Hizb ut-Tahrir, officially dissolves group

Wed, 19 July 2017 13:00:38 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Wednesday (19 July) revoked the legal status of hardline Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), officially dissolving the organisation. Directorate General for the Administration of General Law at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Freddy Harris said at a press ...

Philippines cancels talks with rebels after attack on presidential guards

Wed, 19 July 2017 18:15:52 +0800

MANILA: The Philippines on Wednesday cancelled talks with Maoist-led rebels due on the weekend in the Netherlands after guerrillas attacked a convoy of President Rodrigo Duterte's security men, killing a paramilitary guard and wounding six. Duterte was not in the area on the southern island of ...

MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

Wed, 19 July 2017 17:35:19 +0800

SYDNEY: Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents. The Indian Ocean search ended in ...

British actor trapped for 3 days in Thai jungle after slipping off waterfall: Report

Wed, 19 July 2017 11:50:41 +0800

LONDON: A British actor was rescued after he was trapped in the jungles of Koh Samui for three days following a fall from a waterfall, British media reported on Tuesday (Jul 18). Paul Nicholls, who is best known for his role in the soap EastEnders, broke his leg and seriously injured his knee ...

Bad weather brought down Myanmar army plane, say investigators

Wed, 19 July 2017 11:25:10 +0800

Investigators have concluded that a Myanmar military plane that crashed last month with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board stalled and nosedived into the Andaman Sea due to bad weather, state media said on Wednesday.

Thai judge hands down 21 guilty verdicts in major trafficking trial

Wed, 19 July 2017 14:55:11 +0800

A judge handing down verdicts in Thailand's biggest human trafficking trial on Wednesday had announced 21 guilty verdicts by mid-morning from 103 defendants, with judgements expected to last late into the day.

North Korea conducts public executions for theft, watching South Korea media: Report

Wed, 19 July 2017 09:24:26 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea carries out public executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing media from South Korea and prostitution, a report issued on Wednesday (Jul 19) said. The report, by a Seoul-based non ...

Japan pledges US$1b aid for world's children, youth

Wed, 19 July 2017 09:10:38 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: Japan on Monday (Jul 17) pledged it will provide US$1 billion in aid for children and the youth around the world over the next two years as part of efforts to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "I am pleased to announce that the government of Japan ...

Verdict due in major Thai human trafficking trial

Wed, 19 July 2017 06:50:38 +0800

BANGKOK: A Thai general is among more than 100 defendants facing a verdict on Wednesday (Jul 19) in a sprawling 2015 human trafficking case which saw thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned at sea and in jungle death camps. Thailand's junta launched a crackdown in May that year on ...

France indicts 2 former bosses in Malaysia submarine graft case

Wed, 19 July 2017 08:45:43 +0800

The two are Philippe Japiot, former chairman of the French naval dockyards unit DCNI, and Jean-Paul Perrier, former chief executive of the French defence and electronics giant Thales.

Family of Australian killed by US police demands answers

Wed, 19 July 2017 07:52:56 +0800

CHICAGO: The family of an Australian woman killed by US police after making an emergency call is complaining that authorities have left them in the dark about how the shooting happened. Scrutiny intensified on Tuesday (Jul 18) into the death of Justine Damond, who was killed late Saturday by a ...

Seven killed as India floods death toll rises to 83

Wed, 19 July 2017 02:10:38 +0800

AHMEDABAD, India: The death toll from severe monsoon flooding across India rose to at least 83 with seven more fatalities confirmed in western Gujarat state in the last twenty-four hours, officials said on Tuesday (Jul 18). Gujarat and northeastern Assam state have been hardest hit by the deluge ...

Viral video of 'kidnapped child in ice box' shows drowned boy: Reports

Wed, 19 July 2017 09:38:33 +0800

The video, which was shared more than 7,500 times on one Facebook page, shows a woman sobbing as she unpacks a Styrofoam box containing the body of a young child lying atop ice.

Bad weather caused crash of Myanmar military plane, black box data shows

Tue, 18 July 2017 22:50:38 +0800

YANGON: Bad weather caused the crash of a Myanmar military plane resulting in the death of all 122 people on board, authorities said on Tuesday (Jul 18).  The military aircraft plunged into the sea during a routine flight from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon on Jun 7. Most of its passengers ...

Rohingya man accused of Myanmar insurgent ties bailed in Bangladesh

Tue, 18 July 2017 21:21:39 +0800

DHAKA: Bangladesh's interior minister said a Rohingya Muslim man the country's police arrested late last year, for suspected links with an insurgent group that attacked Myanmar security forces, has been bailed and is living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. The presence of suspected insurgents in ...