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  • Russia says Idlib deal on despite setback

    The Kremlin yesterday said a deal to create a buffer zone in Syria's Idlib was going ahead, despite jihadists missing a deadline to leave the area the day before. The accord is a last-ditch effort to stave off a regime onslaught on Idlib, the largest rebel stronghold left in war-ravaged Syria.

  • Vaccine scandal China slaps $1.3b fines on pharma firm

    Chinese authorities yesterday slapped penalties totalling a whopping $1.3 billion on a pharmaceutical company over a vaccine scandal that fuelled public fears of domestically-made medicine.

  • China rolls out PR push

    China yesterday issued an ardent defence of the alleged mass internment of minorities in its far west Xinjiang region, with a regional official insisting that authorities are preventing terrorism through "vocational education" centres.

  • North, S Korea agree to open roads, rail

    North and South Korea yesterday agreed to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised US concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear programme.

  • owaraji straw sandals

    500-kg sandals headed for Tokyo’s Sensoji temple

    Giant owaraji straw sandals have been newly made and will be dedicated to Sensoji temple in Taito Ward, Tokyo.

  • Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu

    Rohingya crisis: Myanmar monk hits back at international community

    An ultra-nationalist monk -- dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" -- condemns the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar's generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.

  • Asia’s most visited countries

    China attracts the highest number of tourists in the region with a record number of inflow of 59.27 million people in the year 2016.

  • Snowstorm kills 9 climbers on Nepal peak

    All nine members of a South Korean climbing expedition are confirmed dead after a violent snowstorm devastated their camp on Nepal's Mount Gurja, one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents to hit the Himalayan nation in recent years.

  • extra strong train cars

    Bangladesh orders 250 train cars from Indonesian firm

    Indonesian state-owned train maker PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) says Bangladesh orders 250 extra strong train cars from the company.

  • Japan PM to visit China

    Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced yesterday, in the

  • Moon urges US move

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday called on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North's demands for a declaration the Korean War is over, as the allies pursue increasingly different approaches towards Pyongyang.

  • Indonesia's double disaster exposes earthquake lessons not learned

    Critics say that, despite improvements at a national level in disaster management since a devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, local authorities often lack know-how and equipment, and so rescue efforts are delayed until the military can reach the area.

  • Leading priest turns on Japan's emperor

    The chief priest at Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo will quit after "highly inappropriate language" criticising the emperor was leaked to a magazine, the shrine said yesterday. The shrine has frequently been at the centre of rows with Asian neighbours that suffered from Japan's wartime atrocities.

  • No Chinese military base at port: Lanka

    Sri Lanka rejected on Wednesday US claims that China might establish a "forward military base" at a strategic port leased to Beijing by the indebted Indian Ocean island nation. Sri Lanka last year granted a 99-year lease on the Hambantota deep-sea port to Beijing, after it was unable to repay Chinese loans for the $1.4-billion project.

  • Malaysia

    Malaysia to abolish death penalty

    Malaysia's cabinet agrees to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister says, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.

  • 3 killed after magnitude 6.3 quake off Java and Bali

    Three people are killed and houses are damaged after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off East Java province and Bali at around 2:00.

  • China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang

    Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.

  • 'Carbon sink' Bhutan counts cost of plans for green future

    The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes of Bhutan's record as the world's only carbon negative country, but major challenges stand in the way of the Himalayan kingdom's decision to follow a green path over rampant economic expansion.


    The landmark UN report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius was released in South Korea yesterday after a week-long meeting of the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Here are key findings, grounded in some 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies:

  • North to allow nuke checks

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ready to allow international inspectors into the North's nuclear and missile testing sites, one of the main sticking points over an earlier denuclearisation pledge.

  • Interpol's missing Chinese chief resigns amid Beijing probe

    The Chinese head of Interpol resigns as Beijing announces he is under investigation for allegedly breaking domestic law, while his wife voicesconcern for his life following his disappearance.

  • Bangladesh among top internet using country in 2017

    Internet Use in Asia: Bangladesh in top 5

    In a rapidly growing world of internet users, Bangladesh has been ranked fifth largest internet using country in Asia.

  • 2nd Kim-Trump summit agreed

    Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said yesterday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

  • India EC sets polls dates for 5 states

    Poll dates were announced for five Indian states by the country's election commission yesterday, opening a long election season that

  • India suspends bus driver for letting a monkey 'drive'

    An Indian bus driver who let a monkey behind the wheel of his vehicle was suspended yesterday after a video of the incident went

  • Shahbaz Sharif jailed for 10 days ahead of by-elections

    Pakistani opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was ordered jailed for 10 days yesterday after being arrested in a corruption case, his

  • Japan 'invades' foreign land for first time since WWII

    Japanese troops stormed a beach in the Philippines yesterday in joint exercises with US and Filipino troops that officials said marked

  • Pompeo starts Asia tour

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to make progress on denuclearisation and a second US-North Korean summit as he

  • Beijing tight-lipped on missing Interpol chief

    Interpol demanded an official "clarification" from China on the whereabouts of its missing police chief yesterday, after reports said he

  • Malaysia cops detain 8 foreigners with Salafi Jihadi links

    Eight men with suspected terrorist links are rounded up in Malaysia for suspected activities that threatened national security.