Stink bugs threaten New Zealand car imports
Cargo ships are being turned away in New Zealand over fears for country's biosecurity.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 6:19 am
Indians who 'abused witches' arrested by police
The two women had their hair forcibly shaved off and were stripped naked and paraded through the village.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 6:19 am
Singapore sees 2018/19 overall budget deficit of 0.1 percent of GDP
The city state's overall budget deficit for the 2018/19 fiscal year starting on April 1 is expected to be S$0.6 billion.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Feb 2018 | 4:53 am
Maldives leader seeks approval to extend state of emergency by 15 days
MALE (Reuters) - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency for 15 days in the Indian Ocean archipelago as the "the situation has not changed", parliament's Deputy Secretary General Fathmath Niusha told the legislature.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Feb 2018 | 2:45 am
Winter Olympics: Alexander Krushelnitsky subject of anti-doping case
An anti-doping case is opened against Russian medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, says the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 2:27 am
Justin Trudeau in India: Is the Canadian PM being cold-shouldered?
The normally attention-grabbing Canadian prime minister's visit has been unusually low key so far.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 2:08 am
Asia trades mostly higher as markets in Greater China remain on holiday
Most Asian markets rose while the dollar remained relatively stable against a basket of currencies.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Feb 2018 | 2:04 am
Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb
A US man took a selfie with the 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior statue before stealing its thumb.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 1:57 am
Black Panther: South Korea tops international box office
Key action shots filmed in the port city of Busan contributed to popularity among Korean audience.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 1:29 am
Trump India 'dinner and chat' property offer criticised
A newspaper advertisement offers property buyers conversation and a meal with Donald Trump Jr.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Feb 2018 | 12:31 am
Australia rugby star Karmichael Hunt avoids drug conviction
Karmichael Hunt receives a fine after prosecutors drop a charge of cocaine possession.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 18 Feb 2018 | 11:28 pm
A four-nation alliance may be rising to counter China's Belt and Road
Australia's Malcolm Turnbull may discuss the plan with President Donald Trump this week: Australian Financial Review
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 18 Feb 2018 | 11:11 pm
Two-thirds of Australians want deputy prime minister to resign over sex scandal, poll finds
A poll showed that two-thirds of Australian voters want their deputy prime minister to resign after an affair.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 18 Feb 2018 | 10:02 pm
Pakistan's Imran Khan ties knot to 'spiritual adviser' in third marriage
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a "faith healer".
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Feb 2018 | 9:56 pm
Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo
George Christensen was accused of insensitivity for posting it shortly after a US school shooting.
Source: BBC News - Asia | 18 Feb 2018 | 8:33 pm
US and China reportedly scuffled over nuclear 'football' during Trump's Beijing visit
A U.S. military aide carrying the nuclear football was reportedly blocked by Chinese security, resulting in a commotion.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 18 Feb 2018 | 8:15 pm
Japan's export growth is pointing to a continued recovery
Japan's exports grew 12.2 percent on-year in January, beating predictions for a 10.3 percent increase.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 18 Feb 2018 | 8:02 pm
Second Afghan governor defies President Ghani
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A second Afghan provincial governor defied an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to remove him on Sunday, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the Western-backed government in Kabul.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Feb 2018 | 6:59 am
Maldives police arrest 25 after protest demanding leader's arrest
MALE (Reuters) - Maldives police arrested 25 people under a state of emergency, opposition legislators said on Saturday, after thousands of protesters gathered a day earlier to call for the detention of the president and release of opposition leaders.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 17 Feb 2018 | 9:59 pm
Pakistan court sentences child killer, rapist to death
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a prosecutor said.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 17 Feb 2018 | 4:38 am
Maldives seeks foreign help to investigate arrested judges' wealth - envoy
GENEVA (Reuters) - Maldives will seek help from other countries to investigate judges suspected of taking bribes and "hijacking" the Supreme Court to drag the island nation into political crisis, a senior Maldives diplomat told Reuters in an interview.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 17 Feb 2018 | 2:49 am
Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia to train and advise
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a "training and advise mission", the military said, three years after it decided against sending soldiers to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 16 Feb 2018 | 5:25 am
Pakistan could face economic pain from return to terrorist financing 'grey list'
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - The prospect of Pakistan being placed back on a global terrorist financing watchlist could endanger its handful of remaining banking links to the outside world, causing real financial pain to the economy just as a general election looms.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 16 Feb 2018 | 3:38 am
Asian stocks rise after US gains; many markets closed for Lunar New Year
Many Asian markets are shut on Friday, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 16 Feb 2018 | 1:12 am
China's HNA Group trims stake in Deutsche Bank
"HNA will continue to be a significant investor in Deutsche Bank," said a spokesman.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 16 Feb 2018 | 12:12 am
China is creating a massive global zone to spread its influence. Here's what it looks like
It's widely seen as an attempt to build a massive, multi-national zone of economic and political influence.
Source: Asia-Pacific News | 15 Feb 2018 | 11:11 pm
Moderate Nepali communist Oli to 'balance China, India' as new PM
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday appointed moderate communist K.P. Sharma Oli, who led an alliance with former Maoist rebels to a sweeping victory in recent elections, as prime minister.
Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 15 Feb 2018 | 6:23 am
Winter Olympics open with ceremony and momentous encounter
South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as tjhe 2018 Winter Olympics began in spectacular fashion.
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 9 Feb 2018 | 11:38 am
The Koreas: Divided by war, united by a flag?
North and South Korea have marched under one flag no fewer than seven times since 1991. Will the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang be any different?
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 9 Feb 2018 | 10:36 am
Pence meets North Korean defectors
US Vice President Mike Pence worked to deny North Korea a propaganda victory Friday, contrasting the growing excitement over Pyongyang's participation at the Olympic Games with powerful reminders of what he has called the most "tyrannical regime on the planet."
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 9 Feb 2018 | 5:45 am
India's balancing act as Modi heads to Ramallah
There was a hug on the tarmac, a visit to the Taj Mahal and even a selfie with some of Bollywood's finest.
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 9 Feb 2018 | 5:17 am
ICC may probe Duterte war on drugs
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is looking into Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs, his spokesman said.
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 9 Feb 2018 | 3:29 am
North Korea shows off tanks and troops
Troops, missiles and tanks rolled into North Korea's historic Kim Il Sung Square Thursday in a highly-anticipated display of military might on the eve of South Korea's Winter Olympics.
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 8 Feb 2018 | 7:49 am
7 dead, hundreds injured in Taiwan earthquake
Dozens of people are missing following a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, with more than 40 feared trapped in a multistory building tilting perilously in the northeastern city of Hualien.
Source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Asia | 8 Feb 2018 | 3:26 am
AmEx to post fourth-quarter loss on US$2.4 billion hit from tax legislation
American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a US$2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm
Hezbollah - Syrian war will be over in 1-2 years
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war, now in its seventh year, will be finished in one or two years at most.
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm
Trump admin to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan - sources
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said, after warning Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid.
Aides in ...
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm
Costa back with a bang as Atletico thrash Lleida in Cup
BARCELONA: Diego Costa enjoyed a typically eventful return to action for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, scoring within six minutes of coming off the bench in his side's 4-0 King's Cup win at Lleida Esportiu but appearing to injure his knee in the process.
Costa turned Juanfran's low cross into the ...
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:30 pm
UN chief welcomes reopened Korean hotline
South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North on Jan 9 to discuss "matters of mutual interest" including the North's Olympic participation.
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:23 pm
Tennis: Cilic cruises into Maharashtra Open quarter-finals
PUNE, India: Grand Slam winner Marin Cilic's preparation for the Australian Open got off to the perfect start on Wednesday (Jan 3) with an easy victory in the last 16 of the ATP Maharashtra Open.
The world number six breezed into the quarter finals of the US$550,000 tournament, held in the Indian ...
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:08 pm
Israel implements plan to expel African migrants
JERUSALEM: Israel on Wednesday (Jan 3) began implementing a plan to force tens of thousands of African migrants out of the country by April, threatening to arrest those who stay.
"This plan will get under way today," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:00 pm
Dembele returns to Barca squad
Barcelona's record signing Ousmane Dembele has been named in the squad for Thursday's King's Cup last-16 first-leg game at Celta Vigo after over three months out with a hamstring injury.
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 2:50 pm
Two US Senate Democrats sworn in, bolstering opposition ranks
WASHINGTON: Two Democrats were sworn in on Wednesday (Jan 3) as the US Senate's newest members, trimming the Republican Party's already slim majority in the chamber as President Donald Trump seeks to press his legislative agenda.
Vice President Mike Pence presided in the Senate as Doug Jones of ...
Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 2:30 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.
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