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Posted 12-18-2018 12:20 PM

Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League unveiled its election manifesto on Tuesday, making sweeping promises to eradicate poverty and boost the economy as it seeks to retain power for a third straight term.

Posted 12-18-2018 10:45 AM

Three lawmakers from Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's party defected to the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday after a dispute between the two leaders.

Posted 12-18-2018 10:30 AM

SANTIAGO: A month-long worker's strike and protests in Chile's flagship port of Valparaiso turned increasingly violent and spread to other ports along the nation's Pacific coast early on Tuesday, complicating fruit exports at the start of summer. Workers in Valparaiso, a key port for fruit ...

Posted 12-18-2018 09:18 AM

China on Tuesday honoured Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in recognition of his and Singapore's "long-standing support" of China's development.

Posted 12-18-2018 08:57 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Tuesday (Dec 18) announced that his deputy Mohamad Hasan will be assuming the duties of the president in the wake of the crisis that has befallen the party. He said that he hoped all polemics on the ...

Posted 12-18-2018 08:30 AM

ISLAMABAD: British Airways (BA) will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence that followed a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian nation. BA halted flights following one of the most high-profile attacks in Pakistan's ...

Posted 12-18-2018 08:18 AM

The former fishing village of Shenzhen was where Deng Xiaoping first decided to embrace market mechanisms and to integrate China into the global economy. Today, the city is referred to as China’s answer to Silicon Valley.

Posted 12-18-2018 08:05 AM

A toxic pesticide that a U.N. agency wanted India to ban a decade ago contaminated food that killed at least 15 people at a temple last week, police said on Tuesday.

Posted 12-18-2018 08:00 AM

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan: U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a six-month ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day, Taliban sources said. The three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi is at ...

Posted 12-18-2018 07:50 AM

BOGOTA: Six men were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a Colombian area known for cocaine trafficking, in an apparent confrontation between groups dedicated to the illegal drugs trade, an army official said on Tuesday. The massacre took place on Monday in a rural area of Mapiripan, in ...

Posted 12-18-2018 07:47 AM

Russia says it has built four new military barracks in the Kuril islands, angering Tokyo on Tuesday with whom it has been locked in a decades-long row over the archipelago in the Sea of Japan.

Posted 12-18-2018 07:20 AM

SINGAPORE: HMV music retail chain is set to shut down its stores in Hong Kong after 25 years, after the rise of streaming services and digital products drowned out its music. HMV Digital China Group, the owner of HMV Retail, announced on Tuesday (Dec 18) that it is voluntary winding up the unit ...

Posted 12-18-2018 07:05 AM

SEOUL: North Korea's main state newspaper warned on Tuesday (Dec 18) of the "negative impact" from mobile phones use around the world, as both legal and illicit communications devices proliferate in the isolated country. Rodong Sinmun published an article citing a ban on phones in classrooms in ...

Posted 12-18-2018 06:30 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, will be setting up an office in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019, it announced on Tuesday (Dec 18). The move will help the company better serve its 4 million Malaysian users and scale up its business in the Asia Pacific region ...

Posted 12-18-2018 05:40 AM

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi pressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to write off farm loans to help growers reeling from lower food prices, ratcheting up demands for debt write-offs ahead of a general election that must be held by May.

Posted 12-18-2018 05:20 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian authorities have called for calm and urged the public not to take matters into their own hands, amid growing worries of racial tension after a firefighter died from injuries from an alleged attack during last month's riots at a Hindu temple. “The people must not act on ...

Posted 12-18-2018 05:19 AM

SINGAPORE: Two Malaysian ships remain in Singapore’s territorial waters, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Monday (Dec 17), reiterating that this is not conducive to next month’s discussions between the two countries. Mr Khaw had said in a previous update last Wednesday that one ship was in ...

Posted 12-18-2018 05:16 AM

Huawei defended its global ambitions and network security on Tuesday in the face of Western fears that the Chinese telecom giant could serve as a Trojan horse for Beijing's security apparatus.

Posted 12-18-2018 05:10 AM

SINGAPORE: A Taiwanese delivery man who crashed his van into four Ferraris could face a six-figure repair bill, local media reported. The 20-year-old, surnamed Lin, was delivering joss paper early on Sunday morning (Dec 16) in New Taipei's Shiding District when the accident happened, said Taiwan's ...

Posted 12-18-2018 04:30 AM

The headless body of a three-year-old boy snatched from his home by a leopard in India was handed over to his parents on Tuesday (Dec 18), wildlife officials said.

Posted 12-18-2018 04:00 AM

ISLAMABAD: British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence that followed a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian nation. BA halted flights following one of the most high-profile attacks in Pakistan's history ...

Posted 12-18-2018 03:56 AM

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan: Asyla Alymkulova fights back tears in her home in Kyrgyzstan as she recalls the first time she heard her husband was whisked away to one of the notorious internment camps in neighbouring China's troubled Xinjiang region. Shairbek Doolotkhan, a Chinese-born Muslim and mining ...

Posted 12-18-2018 03:50 AM

HONG KONG: Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said it would spend US$2 billion over the next 5 years to focus on cybersecurity by adding more people and upgrading lab facilities, as it battles global concerns about risks associated with its network gear.The typically secretive Chinese technology giant ...

Posted 12-18-2018 03:45 AM

BEIJING: China has launched a campaign to crack down on illegal hog slaughtering, and build more large-scale slaughterhouses, to control the spread of deadly African swine fever, the country's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. The campaign will last from December to May next year, ...

Posted 12-18-2018 03:36 AM

The Malaysian government on Tuesday (Dec 18) gave a posthumous promotion to the firefighter who died from his injuries after he was allegedly attacked during last month’s riots at a Selangor Hindu temple.

Posted 12-18-2018 03:31 AM

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: The trial of an Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother was put on hold Tuesday (Dec 18) due to a row over witness statements, the latest delay in the case. Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam have been on trial ...

Posted 12-18-2018 03:28 AM

A British man arrested in Bali for drug smuggling has admitted being "stupid" after he was found with cannabis oil. "So I'm in a rehab centre/prison in Bali," tweeted Pip Holmes on Monday (Dec 17). "I was arrested with a small amount of THC (a psychoactive compound in cannabis) oil about two weeks ...

Posted 12-18-2018 03:05 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Tuesday for the unswerving implementation of reforms on Beijing's terms, saying no one could boss it around, but offered no new measures in a speech marking 40 years of market liberalisation.

Posted 12-18-2018 02:50 AM

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang: The Penang chapter of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has urged Permatang Pauh lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar to withdraw her decision to quit as party vice president and state chairman, a day after she announced her resignation.  Her decision had sent shockwaves throughout the ...

Posted 12-18-2018 02:30 AM

SEOUL: Korean Air Lines said on Tuesday (Dec 18) it will raise refund penalties after K-pop fans got on a plane only to take pictures of a boyband on the flight, then demanded to get off before it departed and got refunds on their tickets. The three fans of K-pop band Wanna One boarded the Seoul ...

Posted 12-18-2018 02:25 AM

British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence following an Islamist militant truck bomb that killed more than 50 people at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the carrier and a British official said on Tuesday.

Posted 12-18-2018 02:16 AM

HONG KONG: Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said it has secured more than 25 commercial contracts for 5G, slightly above the 22 the Chinese technology giant had announced in November. Huawei has shipped more than 10,000 base stations for the fifth generation of mobile communications, its rotating ...

Posted 12-18-2018 02:02 AM

SEOUL: South Korean boyband BTS are worth more than US$3.6 billion to the country's economy every year - equivalent to the contribution of 26 mid-sized companies - a research institute said Tuesday (Dec 18). The floppy-haired songsters were also the reason that one in every 13 foreign tourists ...

Posted 12-18-2018 01:50 AM

MUMBAI: A three-month-old baby was among eight people killed in a fire at a Mumbai hospital, officials said Tuesday (Dec 18), in the latest disaster to highlight lax safety standards in India. The blaze broke out around 4pm (1030 GMT) on Monday on the fourth floor of a government-run hospital in ...

Posted 12-18-2018 01:31 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for support of the state economy while also guiding the development of the private sector, and said China will expand efforts at opening up and ensure the implementation of major reform measures.

Posted 12-18-2018 01:22 AM

An Afghan peace negotiations team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, an official said Tuesday, a day after talks attended by US and Taliban representatives were held in the city aimed at ending the 17-year conflict.

Posted 12-18-2018 01:15 AM

Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support U.S. forces facing China's military in the Western Pacific, two new government defence papers said.

Posted 12-18-2018 01:05 AM

When JAL was state-owned, it had picked up some bad habits. After privatisation, it lacked the instinct for survival. Inside the Storm looks at how a man with no aviation experience broke the mould.

Posted 12-18-2018 01:01 AM

China's richest man Jack Ma, NBA star Yao Ming and foreign guests were among 110 people recognised by the Communist Party on Tuesday for their "outstanding contributions" to the country's 40-year economic rise.

Posted 12-18-2018 12:40 AM

Hatred whipped up by "unscrupulous politicians" has contributed to the shocking rise in the number of journalists murdered in 2018, a media watchdog said Tuesday.

Posted 12-17-2018 11:30 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for support of the state economy while also guiding the development of the private sector, and said China will expand efforts at opening up and ensure the implementation of major reform measures.

Posted 12-17-2018 11:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police were out in force at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Selangor on Tuesday (Dec 18), amid fears of racial and religious tension following the death of a firefighter who was seriously injured in last month’s riots. Selangor deputy police chief Abdul Rashid ...

Posted 12-17-2018 10:28 PM

Double Olympic gold medallist Shim Suk-hee broke down in tears as she told a South Korean court of the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her coach.

Posted 12-17-2018 10:20 PM

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said he is "stronger and faster" than ever ahead of his world title defence as he threw a lavish party with thousands of guests and a mass giveaway to mark his 40th birthday.

Posted 12-17-2018 10:15 PM

One of South Korean largest human rights groups will strip Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its 2004 prize because of her "indifference" to the atrocities against the Rohingya minority, organisers said Tuesday.

Posted 12-17-2018 10:00 PM

Ready for a Starry Night? These Korean "beagles" are coming to town.

Posted 12-17-2018 09:50 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for support of the state economy while also guiding the development of the private sector, and said China will expand efforts at opening up and ensure the implementation of major reform measures.

Posted 12-17-2018 09:20 PM

SYDNEY: An Australian government minister who resigned over allegations of improper behaviour with a younger woman will not stand for re-election - a new hit to a conservative coalition reeling from a series of resignations ahead of a tough 2019 election. Andrew Broad, who resigned on Monday, said ...

Posted 12-17-2018 09:12 PM

After nearly half a century navigating Bangladesh's thousands of miles of rivers, the country's most celebrated swimmer has hung up his trunks -- but not before one final, arduous paddle upstream.

Posted 12-17-2018 09:03 PM

SEOUL: When Ashley Park started her marketing job at a Seoul drugmaker she had a near-perfect college record, flawless English, and got on well with her colleagues - none of which mattered to her employer once she fell pregnant. Nine months after she joined, Park said, "They said to my face that ...

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