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Posted 02-16-2019 08:09 PM

SINGAPORE: A burning smell detected in the northeast of Singapore over the last two days was likely related to a fire at a landfill in Johor, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Saturday (Feb 16). This is the second such incident in two weeks. In response to queries from Channel ...

Posted 02-16-2019 06:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: A mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (Feb 15) introduced a new and novel way to offer rice to the needy - via a specially designed Automated Teller Machine (ATM). The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) said in a Facebook post that the “rice ATM” was the first of ...

Posted 02-16-2019 04:25 PM

SINGAPORE: Jumbo Group is set to open a seafood restaurant in Seoul by September this year, in its first foray into the South Korean market. The new restaurant will help Jumbo, which is famous for its chili crab, expand its portfolio of brands to major cities in the region, the company said on ...

Posted 02-16-2019 03:20 PM

JAKARTA: Indonesia's capital city is counting down to a transportation revolution next month, when it will have its own Mass Rapid Transit system (MRT). But as Jakarta looks towards some relief from its horrendous traffic problem, there are still residents who see other options as offering the ...

Posted 02-16-2019 12:04 PM

China must be involved in international disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, amid rising concern about Beijing's missile arsenal and the suspension of a key US-Russia arms treaty.

Posted 02-16-2019 08:32 AM

With weapons drawn camouflaged troops leapt out of amphibious assault craft while explosions sounded and parachutists glided in from above as the annual Cobra Gold war games took over a placid Thai beach Saturday.

Posted 02-16-2019 08:30 AM

Mao Zedong's former secretary Li Rui, a bold critic of China's ruling Communist Party who spent a lifetime near the centre of elite politics, died Saturday at the age of 101, his family said.

Posted 02-16-2019 07:27 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 ahead of a planned second summit with US President Donald Trump, three sources with direct knowledge of Kim's schedule told Reuters on Saturday.

Posted 02-16-2019 06:28 AM

Traffic cop Sandeep Shahi used to gift helmets to those riding motorbikes on some of the world's most dangerous streets with their head unprotected -- but on reflection, he found a better approach.

Posted 02-16-2019 05:32 AM

Japanese swimmers have vowed to step up their efforts in support of Rikako Ikee, the poster girl for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics who has announced she is suffering from leukaemia.

Posted 02-16-2019 04:45 AM

India's first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Posted 02-16-2019 03:31 AM

JAKARTA: A Lion Air passenger plane skidded off a runway outside a city on the Indonesian island of Borneo on Saturday (Feb 16) during heavy rain, the airline said, adding no one was injured. The aircraft was operating a Jakarta-Pontianak service, with 182 passengers and seven crew members onboard ...

Posted 02-15-2019 11:40 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: A 48-year-old woman suffered a brutal attack after she was punched and kicked several times during a robbery in a lift at the Taman Mutiara MRT station in Cheras on Thursday (Feb 14). Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department head SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa, in a statement on Friday ...

Posted 02-15-2019 10:03 PM

SELANGOR: It is a four-cornered contest in the Semenyih state by-election on Mar 2, among candidates from the ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH), opposition Barisan Nasional (BN), Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) and an independent. Semenyih state by-election returning officer Mohd Sayuthi Bakar ...

Posted 02-15-2019 09:11 PM

The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning journalist and frequent critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed fears for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region.

Posted 02-15-2019 07:51 PM

JAKARTA: Anyone who's visited Jakarta will know just how horrific its traffic congestion can be, with a simple journey from the airport to downtown potentially taking hours on a bad day.  While this may be no more than a temporary frustration for the occasional visitor, for many people working in ...

Posted 02-15-2019 04:12 PM

President Donald Trump said on Friday (Feb 15) the trade negotiations with China were going "extremely well" and again offered the possibility of extending the Mar 1 deadline for a sharp rise in punitive tariffs.

Posted 02-15-2019 03:40 PM

When seven ex-UMNO MPs crossed over to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s party, it altered the power balance in the ruling coalition and accelerated the end of UMNO, says James Chin.

Posted 02-15-2019 03:25 PM

BEIJING/WASHINGTON: The United States and China will resume trade talks next week in Washington with time running short to ease their bruising trade war, but U.S. President Donald Trump repeated on Friday that he may extend a March 1 deadline for a deal and keep tariffs on Chinese goods from rising ...

Posted 02-15-2019 11:56 AM

President Donald Trump on Friday praised China's use of capital punishment for drug dealers, suggesting that the United States would deal better with narcotics trafficking if it put offenders to death.

Posted 02-15-2019 10:43 AM

Donald Trump on Friday hailed Pyongyang's "tremendous" economic potential and his "great relationship" with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un ahead of a second scheduled summit between the two leaders.

Posted 02-15-2019 10:13 AM

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha's grip on power was tossed into doubt by the political cameo of a princess, but a week later his ambitions to rebrand as a civilian leader appear back on track, a survivor - for now - of Thailand's treacherous politics.

Posted 02-15-2019 09:40 AM

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations of judicial misconduct and interference made by a sitting judge, it announced on Friday (Feb 15). In a 63-page affidavit submitted on Thursday, Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer claimed numerous incidences ...

Posted 02-15-2019 09:01 AM

Twelve North Korean officials - including Kim Jong Un's de-facto chief of staff - have arrived in Beijing en-route to Vietnam ahead of a second scheduled summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Friday.

Posted 02-15-2019 08:31 AM

The United Nations on Friday called for US$920 million in aid for around a million Rohingya taking shelter in Bangladesh after bloodshed in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Posted 02-15-2019 07:21 AM

SRINAGAR: A suicide bomber who killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Indian-controlled Kashmir joined a militant group after having been beaten by troops three years ago, his parents told Reuters on Friday (Feb 15). Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed ...

Posted 02-15-2019 07:21 AM

MADRID: Hundreds of Chinese citizens staged a rare protest on Friday (Feb 15) at an office of Spain's BBVA bank in Madrid, angrily denouncing that their personal accounts had been frozen without prior warning. Waving Chinese and Spanish flags, the protesters shouted "racist BBVA" and "we want ...

Posted 02-15-2019 06:39 AM

BEIJING: China and the United States have reached a consensus in principle on some key issues during trade talks in Beijing, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday (Feb 15). Officials of different levels held talks in Beijing all week to try and resolve a festering trade dispute that has ...

Posted 02-15-2019 06:30 AM

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE: Malaysia's Axiata Group the largest shareholder in Singapore mobile operator M1 Ltd has accepted a bid from Singapore investors that valued M1 at S$1.9 billion (US$1.4 billion). In a statement late on Friday, the telecoms group said it would book an estimated gain of 126.5 ...

Posted 02-15-2019 05:47 AM

SEOUL: A South Korean poet, once tipped for the Nobel Prize for Literature, lost a defamation suit on Friday (Feb 15) against a fellow writer. Ko Un, an 85-year-old former Buddhist monk, was one of the country's most respected contemporary poets until allegations of sexual misconduct towards ...

Posted 02-15-2019 05:45 AM

India and Pakistan's troubled ties risked taking a dangerous new turn on Friday as New Delhi accused Islamabad of harbouring militants behind the deadliest bombing in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Posted 02-15-2019 05:24 AM

China has banned tourists from accessing its Mount Everest base camp in Tibet amid an ongoing campaign to clean up trash in the mountainous region, said state media Friday.

Posted 02-15-2019 04:52 AM

TOKYO: Myanmar's army chief, who is facing international calls to be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, has denied any systematic army persecution and said such accusations were an insult to his country's honour. In his first detailed interview since the Myanmar military ...

Posted 02-15-2019 04:22 AM

SINGAPORE: Two Singaporean men have been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for their involvement in terrorism-related activities, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday (Feb 15). Mohamed Kazali Salleh and Hazim Syahmi Mahfoot were both detained in January. Kazali, a 48-year-old ...

Posted 02-15-2019 04:20 AM

BEIJING: Top US trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday (Feb 15) that "very difficult issues" remained after two days of US-China trade talks wrapped up in Beijing. "We have had two very good days of negotiations," US Trade Representative Lighthizer told Xi ...

Posted 02-15-2019 04:18 AM

WASHINGTON: Vietnamese airlines will be able to fly to the United States and codeshare with American carriers after the US Federal Aviation Administration declared the Southeast Asian country complies with international safety standards. The U.S. aviation safety agency said in a statement late on ...

Posted 02-15-2019 04:00 AM

NEW DELHI: A hotel that caught fire in the Indian capital on Tuesday, killing 17 people, passed safety checks 14 months ago, but an investigation has revealed breaches of regulations, such as faulty alarms, prompting a mass reinspection of other hotels. Poorly enforced regulations lead to ...

Posted 02-15-2019 03:42 AM

They served the French army on the frontlines in Afghanistan, sometimes bearing arms during operations by international forces against the Taliban.

Posted 02-15-2019 03:34 AM

HONG KONG: A veteran former Hong Kong lawmaker known for his long hair, Che Guevara t-shirts and colourful protest stunts failed on Friday (Feb 15) to overturn a ban on him standing for the city's legislature. Leung Kwok-hung - known by the nickname Long Hair - was one of four lawmakers ...

Posted 02-15-2019 03:18 AM

So many parents themselves don’t read these days, laments Man Asian Literary Award winner Tan Twan Eng, who says a house without books is not a complete home.

Posted 02-15-2019 03:00 AM

BANGKOK: A 59-year-old Thai woman with dementia who left home eight months ago to see her son nearby, only to apparently walk 640km, arrived back in the kingdom Friday (Feb 15). Kaeomanee Arjaw, who is from the ethnic Akha hill-tribe, was reported missing on Jun 12 from her house in the Thai ...

Posted 02-15-2019 02:56 AM

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit China next week, Beijing's foreign ministry said on Friday (Feb 15), as part of a swing through Asia in which the monarch is expected to sign an investment package with cash-strapped Pakistan. The Saudi Arabian leader, who has come under ...

Posted 02-15-2019 02:56 AM

Hong Kong telecoms company HKT apologised after a Valentine's day deal it sent to HSBC staff offering discounted laptops "for him" but vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances "for her" angered employees over its sexist implications.

Posted 02-15-2019 02:38 AM

YANGON: A Myanmar court Friday (Feb 15) sentenced two people to death for the murder of Aung San Suu Kyi's legal advisor, after a drawn-out trial backlit by allegations of impunity with a main suspect still at large. Ko Ni, whose work and Muslim faith made him a target of hate speech online by ...

Posted 02-15-2019 02:37 AM

JAKARTA: Indonesian firms owe at least US$1.3 billion in unpaid fines for environmental damage caused by widespread forest clearing and deadly fires linked to tens of thousands of premature deaths, a Greenpeace study said Friday (Feb 15). Citing government data, the environmental group said it ...

Posted 02-15-2019 02:22 AM

PYONGYANG: At the climax of a festival on ice to celebrate late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday (Feb 15), Olympic skaters from the host nation and neighbouring China swapped partners to dance together. The moment symbolised the markedly improved relations between Beijing and nuclear ...

Posted 02-15-2019 02:10 AM

MALE: Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih suspended two government ministers over financial transactions conducted with a company implicated in a US$90 million corruption scandal. The investigation relates to a deal to lease tropical islands for hotel development, that has already implicated ...

Posted 02-15-2019 01:55 AM

In 1966, Ahn Hak-soo was one of more than 300,000 South Korean soldiers fighting alongside U.S. forces during the Vietnam War when he was captured by the North Vietnamese army and handed over to Hanoi's key ally, North Korea.

Posted 02-15-2019 01:40 AM

SINGAPORE: Team Singapore will be led by former athletes Juliana Seow, Valerie Teo and Chung Pei Ming at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, said the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) on Friday (Feb 15).  The three athletes were appointed by SNOC, said the sports organisation in a news ...

Posted 02-15-2019 01:36 AM

BEIJING: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a tweet on Friday (Feb 15) that he and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had "productive meetings" with China's Vice Premier Liu He. Mnuchin made the comment on Twitter after two days of high-level trade talks in Beijing aimed at ...

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