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- Explainer: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?s meeting could take place in one of ...
19 Apr 2018 at 12:50pm
US President Donald Trump says that five locations are under consideration for his expected meeting with Kim Jong-un, the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea.
But he gave no clues as to what they might be, and speculation is rife as to the possibilities – with many contenders suggested. Here are some of the options - and details on why they may or may not be chosen.
The truce village in the demilitarised zone that divides the two Koreas will host a summit between Kim and South...
- What will happen to the Japanese abducted by North Korea in the 1970s, and wh...
19 Apr 2018 at 9:51am
The recent whirlwind of diplomacy over North Korea has sparked hopes in Japan of a breakthrough in the painful decades-long issue of citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang.
US President Donald Trump pledged after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to work “very, very hard” to “try and bring these folks back.”
Trump also met relatives of the abductees during his last visit to Tokyo, the emotional high point of his trip as grieving families clutched pictures of...
- Trump-Abe summit: US could bail on meeting with North Korea?s Kim while Japan...
19 Apr 2018 at 9:09am
President Donald Trump pledged to go through with a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but said he could still pull out if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful”.
Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, amid stormy negotiations on US-Japan trade where both expressed opposition to China’s steel overproduction and alleged intellectual property theft, Trump said CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim had “got along really well”...
- Alibaba backs free trade with smart digital hub in Thailand
19 Apr 2018 at 9:02am
Alibaba’s plans for a new digital free-trade zone in Thailand signal it will press on in championing global free trade despite the looming threat of a US-China trade war, the Chinese e-commerce giant’s founder Jack Ma said on Thursday.
Speaking in Bangkok at a signing ceremony for the new Alibaba-led “smart digital hub” in Thailand – the second such initiative in Southeast Asia – Ma once again warned all parties to step back from the precipice of an all-out...
- South Korean leader Moon says peace treaty with the North ?must be pursued?
19 Apr 2018 at 7:10am
A peace treaty to formally end the Korean war “must be pursued”, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, ahead of a summit next week with Kim Jong-un, leader of the nuclear-armed North.
“The armistice that has dragged on for 65 years must come to an end,” Moon told media company representatives at the presidential Blue House, adding: “The signing of a peace treaty must be pursued after an end to the war is declared.”
The 1950-53 Korean war ended in...
- North Korean leader Kim?s wife gets a status boost as country?s new ?first lady?
19 Apr 2018 at 5:45am
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has given his young, stylish wife the title of first lady in what analysts say is a major boost to her status ahead of back-to-back summits with South Korea and the United States.
Ri Sol-ju has often accompanied Kim to official events but made her first solo public appearance last weekend at a ballet performance by a visiting Chinese troupe.
The North’s state media reported the outing, referring to her as the “respected first lady” – the...
- Google Home can understand Singaporean English, but does it know Singlish?
19 Apr 2018 at 5:19am
By Jonathan Loh
Finally, the Google Home and Home Mini have officially landed in Singapore, priced at S$189 (US$144.38) and S$79 respectively on the Google Store.
Singaporeans will be glad to know that Google Home and Home Mini devices sold here are fitted with the tech giant’s “Singaporean English” voice command support, which was first introduced in November last year.
According to Google, this means that made-in-Singapore terms such as “kopitiam”, Paya Lebar and...
- Japanese PM Shinzo Abe?s days may be numbered as popularity dips and politica...
19 Apr 2018 at 5:07am
Rivals are jockeying to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the embattled Japanese leader struggles with sinking support, but so far none have offered detailed policy alternatives to his “strong defence, strong economy” platform.
Battered by scandals involving suspected cronyism, Abe’s ratings have slid near or below 30 per cent, dampening his chances of gaining a third three-year term as Liberal Democratic Party leader in a September vote, and sparking talk he might step...
- South Korea?s government embraces insects to feed on mountain of food waste
19 Apr 2018 at 4:37am
By Ko Dong-hwan
The South Korean government has embraced a rare yet effective, eco-friendly method of disposing of food waste, vowing to expand infrastructure for “ptecticus tenebrifer,” a flying insect that feeds on waste when in a larva state.
The Rural Development Administration set up new policies to introduce technological and legal bases for breeding the insects’ larvae, the arm of the Ministry of Environment.
So far the policies’ absence has limited the...
- ?Lesbianism? diagnosis bewilders New Zealand woman
19 Apr 2018 at 2:57am
By Melissa Nightingale
A woman in the New Zealand capital of Wellington is bemused after discovering her doctor had listed “lesbianism” as a diagnosed condition in her medical records.
Charlotte, who is in a relationship with another woman, has laughed off the diagnosis, saying she is not the type of person to “get up in arms” about such things.
“I’ve never heard the term ‘lesbianism’ used before,” she said.
“If I were sensitive about...
- Joint Security Area?s ?Peace House? is spruced up as hopes rise for North and...
19 Apr 2018 at 2:45am
The building that sits at the fortified border between the two Koreas is being renovated for a landmark summit that may pave the way for an end to the nations’ hostility.
It remains unknown how North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will travel to the Peace House – on the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area (JSA), in the border village of Panmunjom – for the talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
But officials are making preparations for him to walk across the border...
- When Trump met Abe ... China was ?on everyone?s minds?
19 Apr 2018 at 2:12am
China’s steel overproduction and alleged intellectual property theft were discussed at the just concluded US-Japan summit, though bilateral trade and North Korea’s nuclear threat dominated the agenda, Washington’s envoy in Tokyo said on Thursday.
Joint concerns about these issues showed the strengthening “alignment” between US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, ambassador William Hagerty said.
“I think the role of China is on...
- One third of Great Barrier Reef corals killed in marine heatwave in 2016
19 Apr 2018 at 1:20am
High water temperatures off the east Australian coast in 2016 bleached and “cooked” large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, according to a new scientific study released on Thursday.
The study, published in the journal Nature, showed 29 per cent of the almost 4,000 reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef lost at least two-thirds of their corals over a nine-month period, affecting their ability to support diverse ecosystems.
“When corals bleach from a heatwave, they can...
- ?Regrettable and mortifying?: Japanese mayor vows to overhaul men-only rule i...
18 Apr 2018 at 11:32pm
A female mayor at the centre of a fierce debate over allowing women into the sumo ring vowed on Thursday never to back down as she prepared to lodge a formal protest.
“I won’t give up this time around … I’m determined to make a petition every six months,” Tomoko Nakagawa said before taking her case to the sumo authorities in Tokyo.
“I want them never to leave this issue vague. I want the association to hear this voice clearly and start a debate on a review...
- ?Ninja work?: three former US soldiers convicted of contract killing in Phili...
18 Apr 2018 at 10:28pm
A former US Army sniper and two other former American soldiers were convicted Wednesday in the contract killing of a real estate agent in the Philippines for an international crime boss who thought the woman had cheated him on a land deal.
Joseph Hunter, a one-time sergeant from Kentucky with a Special Forces background, Adam Samia and Carl David Stillwell were found guilty of murder-for-hire and other charges.
All three had denied they planned the 2012 execution-style hit – a case that...