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  • 'US can't crush us'

    The founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei has hit back at US efforts to blacklist the company, saying defiantly that the world cannot do without Huawei and its "more advanced" technology.

  • Support for bigger families fresh priority in China

    More measures should be employed to encourage couples to give birth to a second child, while existing family planning policy should be further relaxed, population experts suggested amid expectations of further declines in the number of births in China.

  • Thai govt starts planning for smog season

    The government in Thailand has begun planning ahead for the next “smog season” in Bangkok, preparing a graduated system of emergency responses and possibly a major upgrade for the transport sector.

  • SKorean subsidies encourage foreign ‘bride buying’

    Raising a rural population that has been declining for come 30 years has long been near the top of the government agenda, with some municipal governments resorting to helping pay for foreign brides.

  • Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

    Saudi Arabia signs $20 bln Pakistan investment pledge

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India.

  • Disarmament efforts must include China

    China must be involved in international disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday, amid rising concern

  • India, Pakistan in UN court for death row 'spy' case

    India will ask the UN's top court Monday to order Pakistan to take an alleged Indian spy off death row, in a case that could stoke fresh

  • Saudi crown prince postpones Malaysia trip

    The pending working visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Malaysia has been postponed one day before he was due to arrive, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah confirms.

  • Week of talks make progress: Xi Jinping

    Talks between China and the United States this week made important progress, President Xi Jinping told top US trade negotiators

  • Pilot grounded for allowing flight attendant to sit in his seat

    AN airline captain in Singapore has been suspended from flying temporarily after he allowed a flight attendant to sit in the pilot’s seat and helped her to take a picture, reports say.

  • What 5G office looks like: No more desktops or cables

    They have no entrance pass for security or card to swipe through a reader. All they need is their smartphones connected to the fifth-generation network. They enter through a door with face recognition and immediately start working at reserved desks after connecting their phones on a docking pad to a cloud computing system. No desktops or heavy desktop computers and cables are needed with the 5G virtual desktop infrastructure system.

  • Row over divisive statue: Myanmar to drop charges against protesters

    Myanmar will drop charges against dozens of ethnic minority protesters who demonstrated against a statue of independence hero General Aung San and will hold talks with them, state media says.

  • Bangladesh and Bhutan's bilateral trade

    Bangladesh, Bhutan to explore new areas in trade

    Despite good relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan, the bilateral trade volume is relatively small and limited to few goods.

  • 12 children injured in blast at Kashmir school

    At least 12 students were injured in an explosion at a school in Indian-controlled Kashmir yesterday, police said, though the cause of the

  • Maldives seeks whistleblowers

    The Maldivian government yesterday urged its citizens to support its anti-corruption drive after it launched a website to help trace

  • proof of life videos

    Families of missing Uighurs demand 'proof of life'

    Ethnic Uighurs launch a global campaign to press China for video proof that their missing relatives are alive, turning the tables on Beijing's use of video to counter claims that a renowned Uighur had died in custody.

  • Thai EC moves to dissolve party linked to princess

    Thailand's Election Commission says it will ask the constitutional court to dissolve a party that put forward a princess as a prime ministerial candidate, days after the king rebuked the move in a stern royal command.

  • Thai Princess

    Thai princess apologises for causing problem before polls

    The Thai king's sister, disqualified this week by the country's Election Commission from running for prime minister, apologizes for causing "problems" for the Thai people ahead of next month's election, the country’s first since a 2014 coup.

  • Japan demands apology from South Korea

    Japan said yesterday it had lodged a complaint with South Korea and after a Korean lawmaker said the Japanese emperor should apologise to "comfort women" forced to serve in Japanese military brothels in World War Two.

  • A 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace

    The agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a "remarkable breakthrough" for peace negotiations on

  • Thai junta quashes coup rumour as 'fake news'

    Thailand's junta chief yesterday dismissed rumours of an impending coup as "fake news", as speculation ricocheted across a kingdom

  • China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs

    China yesterday hit back at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara's claim that a renowned poet from the

  • India toxic alcohol toll rises to 99

    At least 99 people have died and scores have been hospitalised in northern India after drinking toxic alcohol, triggering a crackdown

  • Malaysia court delays Najib's trial

    Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak's trial over a massive financial scandal that contributed to his government's downfall was

  • Myanmar cops arrest French national

    Myanmar police have arrested a French national in the capital, Naypyitaw, police and France's embassy said yesterday, after the man

  • Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role

    Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan yesterday and said it was important the Afghan government is

  • Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya

    Thai EC disqualifies princess as PM candidate

    Thailand's Election Commission disqualifies the sister of the king from running for prime minister, ending a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party after King Maha Vajiralongkorn called the bid "inappropriate".

  • Frenchman arrested for flying drone over Myanmar parliament

    A French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar's parliament in the capital Naypyidaw, the French embassy and local police confirms, under a law that could see him imprisoned for up to three years.

  • Rohingya refugee children

    Child Marriage of Rohingya girl stopped in Malaysia

    The wedding dinner is being prepared for about 100 guests. But the police knocked on the door as the bride was an 11-year-old girl who was about to be married off to a man 10 years older than her.

  • Ubolratana Rajaka

    Thai party to comply with royal order against princess' PM candidacy

    The Thai Raksa Chart party says it will obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of Princess Ubolratana for prime minister, in a dramatic reversal only a day after putting her forward for the position.