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Shares of Ichiban Sushi's owner rally 41% in trading debut
SINGAPORE: Shares in Japanese restaurant group RE&S Holdings, which runs Ichiban Sushi, soared 41 per cent on its trading debut on the Catalist board on Wednesday (Nov 22). The counter closed at 31 Singapore cents, compared with its initial public offering price of 22 cents. RE&S had opened at 35 ...

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:48 am

Pakistan court orders Hafiz Saeed to be freed from house arrest
A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered an end to the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial hub of Mumbai that killed 166 people, a public prosecutor said.

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:45 am

China slams 'wrong' US sanctions on North Korea-tied Chinese firms
BEIJING: China on Wednesday rejected new United States sanctions targeting Chinese traders doing business with North Korea as "wrong", and urged the US to share any "solid" evidence. "We consistently oppose any country adopting unilateral sanctions based on its own domestic laws and regulations ...

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:40 am

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic faces verdict in genocide trial
THE HAGUE: The U.N. tribunal on war crimes in former Yugoslavia hands down its verdict on Wednesday in the genocide trial of Ratko Mladic, the ex-Bosnian Serb general accused of ordering the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Prosecutors demanded a life sentence for Mladic, 74 ...

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:40 am

Howe backs Wilson to earn England call-up for World Cup
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson can earn selection to the England squad for the 2018 World Cup if he continues his blistering form, manager Eddie Howe has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Swansea City.

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:35 am

How different types of alcohol affect your mood
SINGAPORE: If you feel relaxed after a beer, but aggressive after some whiskey on the rocks, you're not alone. A new study found that certain alcoholic drinks are associated with particular moods more than others. For instance, spirits are more often associated with negative moods, while wines and ...

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:30 am

Eel-airplane hybrid named Japan's best mascot
Hundreds of thousands vote airport's mascot as Japan's favourite.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:28 am

Software firm Sage sees faster growth after 10 percent profit rise
LONDON: British software firm Sage reported a 10 percent rise in organic operating profit to 475 million pounds (US$630 million) and said its top-line growth would accelerate to 8 percent this year from 6.6 percent a year earlier. The company, which supplies software to millions of small ...

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:10 am

US Navy aircraft crash: Eight rescued off Japanese coast
Rescuers raced to get to the plane which ditched in seas off the remote Japanese reef of Okinotori.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:09 am

UK regulator says Uber data breach concealment raises 'huge concerns'
Uber's secret US$100,000 pay-off to hackers to cover up a massive breach of customer and driver data at the ride-hailing firm raises "huge concerns" about its data policies and ethics, Britain's data protection regulator said on Wednesday.

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 5:00 am

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit
HARARE: Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was to return to the country Wednesday (Nov 22) to take power after Robert Mugabe's resignation brought a sudden end to 37 years of authoritarian rule. Ahead of his arrival, state media said he would be sworn in as president at a ceremony ...

Source: Latest News | 22 Nov 2017 | 4:58 am

Stocks may have soared this year, but it's not too late to join Asia's 'party,' BlackRock says
Stock prices in Asia still have room to run even though the increase may not match that seen in 2017, BlackRock says.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 22 Nov 2017 | 4:27 am

Asia markets trade higher as Hong Kong's Hang Seng index tops 30,000
Asia markets rose in morning trade, and the dollar fell against a basket of currencies.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 22 Nov 2017 | 3:40 am

China is pumping a lot of cash into its economy to calm investors
China has been injecting a lot of cash into the market recently.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 22 Nov 2017 | 3:36 am

Remarkable escape
It seems extraordinary a defector could survive such an escape, but the footage provides rare insight.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 3:27 am

Australian school apologises for 'suggestive' saint statue
The Catholic school apologises for the sculpture of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 2:40 am

Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores
Apple says it removed the call and messaging app because it does not comply with local laws.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 2:35 am

Mystery of soldier's missing organs
The Thai army says a young cadet died of heart failure - but his family found that his organs were missing.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 2:32 am

Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as PM
Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as prime minister.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 22 Nov 2017 | 1:44 am

US soldiers 'were improper in Asia'
Three service members are reportedly being reassigned following the incident in Asia.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 22 Nov 2017 | 12:13 am

North Korea defection: Footage of moment soldier flees
He raced across the border on foot, closely pursued by North Korean troops who shot at him several times.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 21 Nov 2017 | 11:45 pm

Two Boeing 747 jumbo jets sold in China Taobao auction
The jumbo jets ended up on an e-shopping website after a court failed to sell them offline.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 21 Nov 2017 | 10:53 pm

Former China internet regulator probed for suspected graft
The former head of China's internet regulator is under investigation for suspected graft, the ruling party said Tuesday.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:55 pm

U.S. Congress members decry 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar; Suu Kyi doubts allegations
YANGON/NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Congress said on Tuesday operations carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar had "all the hallmarks" of ethnic cleansing, while the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed doubts about allegations of rights abuses.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:35 am

Apple iPhone X is reportedly assembled with illegal high-school student labor
Apple supplier Foxconn has been illegally employing students to work overtime to assemble the iPhone X, the FT reports.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:04 am

China to fend off bubble risk with tighter property rules
Beijing says it will stop illegal capital from moving into real estate.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:35 am

Iran President Hassan Rouhani declares the end of Islamic State
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of the so-called Islamic State militant group Tuesday.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:21 am

Afghanistan's economy slowly on rise, to grow 2.6 percent this year - World Bank
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's economy is expected to grow 2.6 percent this year, up slightly from the previous year despite deteriorating security, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 21 Nov 2017 | 4:27 am

Trump puts Pyongyang back on list of state sponsors of terrorism for first time since 2008
President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:46 am

Asia markets trade higher, following US gains overnight
Asia rose on Tuesday, following a lead from Wall Street, while the dollar slipped against a basket of currencies.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:25 am

SoftBank funding may spur Uber to re-think tough Southeast Asian market
SINGAPORE(Reuters) - SoftBank Group's multi-billion dollar investment in Uber Technologies Inc opens up the possibility of combining it with other ride-hailing assets the Japanese group owns in a consolidation of a rapidly growing business across Asia, industry sources say.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:25 pm

Tillerson on NK: It's a peaceful pressure campaign
President Trump is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, a move that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says is the latest in the "ongoing steps to increase the pressure."

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:55 pm

U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:02 pm

U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:13 pm

Pakistan PM says first LNG cargo for new import terminal due on Nov. 24
KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan expects the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its new terminal to be delivered on Friday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday, outlining huge growth plans for Pakistan's use of LNG.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:27 am

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis
NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:08 am

Afghans rescue 15 from Taliban prison
Fifteen people were freed from a Taliban prison in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand on Sunday, the international coalition said in a statement.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 19 Nov 2017 | 5:44 pm

Bangladesh says it's in talks with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation deal
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar aimed at a deal to repatriate displaced Rohingya and Dhaka's foreign minister will address the matter at talks in Myanmar this week, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Nov 2017 | 9:21 am

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Nov 2017 | 6:58 am

Zimbabwe chief's Beijing visit under scrutiny
A visit by Zimbabwean army commander Constantino Chiwenga to China would not normally be seen as unusual, given Beijing's status as Zimbabwe's largest foreign investor and longtime ally.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 17 Nov 2017 | 11:41 pm

Hong Kong football fans take a stand as Chinese anthem law looms
Dressed in red and armed with flags, fans of Hong Kong's national football team politely applauded the Lebanese anthem while they waited to seize their moment.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 17 Nov 2017 | 9:10 pm

'It would be good if I too died': Rape as weapon of war against Rohingya
The slash marks on Rashida Begum's neck have turned into dark, red scars.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 17 Nov 2017 | 12:35 pm

Cambodia court orders main opposition party to dissolve in blow to democracy
Cambodia's Supreme Court court ordered the dissolution of the country's main opposition party Thursday, a move observers say marks another disturbing blow to democracy.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 17 Nov 2017 | 3:23 am

Trump hails China's North Korea envoy-- but experts are doubtful
US President Donald Trump has hailed the Chinese government sending an envoy to North Korea Friday as a "big move" in the wake of his five-country trip to Asia.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 16 Nov 2017 | 9:15 pm

Earprints, tail therapy and calorie scanners: Japan's latest inventions
Located in the industrial city of Chiba, just outside of Tokyo, CEATEC is the biggest electronics show in Japan.

Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 16 Nov 2017 | 8:34 pm

On North Korea, Trump declares ‘talking is not the answer’ - but his defence chief Mattis quickly disagrees
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared “talking is not the answer” to the tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that diplomatic options remain and Russia demanded US restraint. Trump’s comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew UN and other international condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea....

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 7:06 pm

Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar as Rakhine unrest rages
At least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday. Plumes of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the state, according to a reporter on a government-led trip to the area, as the violence showed little sign of abating despite security sweeps by Myanmar’s police and troops. The streets of Maungdaw –...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 11:21 am

South Korea’s former spy chief jailed for election meddling
A former spy chief for South Korea was jailed for four years on Wednesday for leading an online campaign against the man who is now president, Moon Jae-in, during the 2012 election. Won Sei-hoon, who led the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2009 to 2013, orchestrated an illicit smear campaign to sway voters in favour of the conservative party, led at the time by Park Geun-hye, Seoul High Court said. South Korea only fully embraced democracy in the 1990s and its intelligence services...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 10:03 am

May in Japan seeking ‘model’ trade deal for post-Brexit UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May held her first talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Kyoto, at the start of an intensive three-day visit intended to reassure the country that Britain can swiftly replicate the trade benefits of EU membership after Brexit. Before meeting Abe, May reiterated her intention to kick-start post-Brexit trade by replicating existing deals signed by the EU, to be amended later as needed, saying this would provide confidence for businesses. May, who...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 8:15 am

US faces risk of war or humiliation if it attempts to shoot down a North Korean missile
North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and US officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. Such a decision would not be taken lightly...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 6:11 am

Why sanctions will only fuel North Korea’s missile tests
An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) travels at six and a half kilometres per second. Or, in other words, twenty times the speed of sound. The North Korean missile that crossed over Hokkaido in Japan before landing in the Pacific wasn’t an ICBM. It was a mid-range missile travelling about half as fast. Given the missile’s trajectory and flight path, it’s fair to see its launch as an open challenge by North Korea to Japan – but not as a challenge to US bases in...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 4:14 am

Postman who survived Nagasaki atomic bomb spent life campaigning for disarmament
Prominent nuclear disarmament campaigner Sumiteru Taniguchi, who was delivering mail in Nagasaki when the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, died Wednesday at the age of 88. Taniguchi, once considered a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize, died of cancer at a hospital in the southwestern Japanese city, according to Nihon Hidankyo, a group that represents survivors of the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The then-postman, aged only 16 when the attack happened in the...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 4:09 am

More time the key to getting pregnant, New Zealand study shows
By Amy Wiggins Young couples who fear they are infertile may just need more time rather than costly treatments, new research shows. A University of Otago study found almost 62 per cent of the 1386 couples gave birth to a child in the 13 years of the study and just under half of those fell pregnant naturally. Difficulty conceiving is a common problem, with up to one in every four couples taking longer than 12 months or needing medical help. Lead author Dr Antoinette Righarts, of the...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 4:00 am

South Korea names new ambassador to China amid rift over THAAD missile deployment
South Korea has named a former lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party as its new ambassador to China. Noh Young-min was named top envoy to Beijing while foreign policy expert Lee Su-hoon was named ambassador to Japan. Cho Yoon-je, an international trade expert who had previously served as South Korea’s ambassador to Britain, will become South Korea’s new envoy to the United States, the Blue House said in a statement. Noh, the new ambassador to China, served as chief of staff for...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 2:50 am

31 October 2015
The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, China Daily quotes experts as saying

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 2:48 am

Nepal to India: Fulfil supply commitment
Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently made two separate communications to the Indian government to fulfil its commitment made at the political level to ease and increase the supplies of fuel and other essential commodities to Nepal

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 2:02 am

10kg cocaine seized on Indo-Bangla border
In the biggest ever seizure of drugs in terms of monetary value along the India-Bangladesh border, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday seized 10 kg cocaine worth 400 million Indian rupees (US$6

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 1:31 am

Taiwan to pursue MH-60R Seahawk sale from the US
Taiwan's military yesterday confirmed that it is seeking to buy 10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter from the US to replace its existing aging chopper fleet

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 1:31 am

Japan's MSDF, US Navy in joint S. China Sea drill
Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force is holding a joint drill with the US Navy in the South China Sea, it has been learned

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 1:15 am

China, Japan and S. Korea summit to improve trust, relations
The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, experts said

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 12:45 am

Couples must wait for law to catch up with China's ‘second-child’ policy
The launch of the new policy needs to be in accordance with regional population and family planning laws, and the birth of a second child before such regulations are passed into law will be deemed illegal

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 12:45 am

Breakthroughs possible under Asean agreement
In early September, when the forest fires began to show signs of rage, the newly appointed head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Willem Rampangilei, promised that the fires would be brought under control within 14 days from September 10 in Riau province, within 30 days from September 11 in South Sumatra and within 30 days from September 14 in Jambi

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 12:14 am

Beijing dismisses South China Sea ruling
China's foreign ministry on Friday, October 30, dismissed a ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea issue, saying it is null and void

Source: Asianewsnet.net - Breaking News | 31 Oct 2015 | 12:14 am