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Thailand, Malaysia plan border wall to halt illegal flow of goods, people

Thailand and Malaysia will discuss plans to build a wall along their shared border, Thai officials said on Thursday, a day before Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is set to meet his counterpart in Bangkok…

September 9, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
Barack Obama, Rodrigo Duterte

Obama, Duterte shake hands, chat after rift over insult

US president Barack Obama and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte shook hands and had a brief chat on Wednesday, officials said, easing a standoff after…

September 8, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

China under pressure at Asia summit over sea row

Beijing came under pressure at an Asian summit Wednesday over its ‘illegal’ island building in the South China Sea, after the Philippines produced evidence it said showed fresh construction activity at a flashpoint shoal…

September 8, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
Malaysia confirms first case of Zika

Malaysia confirms first case of Zika

Malaysia on Wednesday confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a pregnant woman, a 27-year-old living in a southern city next to the city-state of Singapore…

September 7, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Global charity attacked in wave of Kabul violence

Militants attacked an international charity in Kabul Tuesday during an hours-long assault labelled a ‘war crime’ by Amnesty, as the capital reeled from a wave of violence that killed at least 41 and wounded dozens…

September 7, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

China warns new HK MPs not to back independence

Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend elections…

September 7, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
US president Barack Obama (C) is greeted with an honor guard and red carpet as he arrives aboard Air Force One, ahead of the ASEAN Summit, at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Laos September 5, 2016. – Reuters photo

Obama cancels meeting with Duterte after insult

US president Barack Obama cancelled his first meeting with Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday after the blunt-spoken Duterte described him as…

September 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Anti-China activists win in HK vote

A new generation of young Hong Kong politicians advocating a break from Beijing became lawmakers for the first time Monday in the biggest poll since mass pro-democracy rallies in 2014…

September 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, Front Page, International

Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill 24

At least 24 people were killed and 91 wounded Monday in a Taliban double suicide bombing in central Kabul during late afternoon rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital…

September 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Duterte calls Obama ‘son of a whore’

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a ‘son of a whore’ on Monday as he vowed not to be lectured by the US leader on human rights when they meet in Laos…

September 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
North Korea fires three ballistic missiles as G20 leaders meet in China

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles as G20 leaders meet in China

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said, as the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies held…

September 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

RMG exporters put pressure on govt to release cash subsidy before Eid

Readymade garment exporters have demanded release of cash subsidy before the coming Eid festival, officials said.
They put pressure on the finance division saying that they wanted release of cash incentive to clear the festival allowances of the workers…

September 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, Front Page, International

Malaysia expects more Zika cases as virus spreads in SE Asia

Malaysia is bracing for more Zika cases, officials said on Sunday, after detecting the first locally infected patient, which could further stretch a health system struggling with dengue, another mosquito-borne virus that can be fatal…

September 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
HK election highlights rising anti-China mood

HK election highlights rising anti-China mood

Hong Kongers voted Sunday in the specially administered Chinese city’s most crucial election since the handover from Britain in 1997, the outcome of which could pave the way for a fresh round of political…

September 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Philippine anti-crime crusade death toll hits 2,400

The death toll from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody anti-crime crusade has passed the 2,400 mark in the less than three months since he took office, police figures showed Sunday…

September 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

HK maids march against window-cleaning after deaths

Domestic helpers in Hong Kong marched in protest Sunday after several maids fell to their death from tower block windows as they tried to clean them…

September 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
36 dead in bus-tanker collision in Afghanistan

36 dead in bus-tanker collision in Afghanistan

An Afghan official says at least 36 passengers including women and children have been killed when their bus collided with a fuel tanker in southern Zabul province…

September 4, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
Hong Kong votes in first major poll since pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong votes in first major poll since pro-democracy protests

Voting has started in the first major elections in Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests in 2014…

September 4, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

US, China ratify Paris climate deal

China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement to cut climate-warming emissions on Saturday, marking a major step toward the enactment of the pact as early as the end of the year and setting the stage for other countries to follow suit…

September 4, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, Front Page, International

Man dies in Malaysia from Zika case

Malaysia reported its first locally transmitted Zika case on Saturday, a 61-year-old man who has died of heart-related complications, the government said…

September 4, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

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