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- Japan PM Abe avoids visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine. But will he upset...
16 Oct 2017 at 11:19pm
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine on Tuesday, risking protest from China and South Korea which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo’s warring past.
The conservative premier – who has been criticised for what some see as a revisionist take on Japan’s wartime record – sent a sacred “masakaki” tree bearing his name to Yasukuni Shrine as it starts a four-day festival.
No prominent political figures were...
- Beijing may relax some foreign investment caps during Trump?s visit
16 Oct 2017 at 10:00pm
China could loosen foreign ownership caps for joint ventures in certain industry sectors where Chinese companies already possess a competitive edge as part of a wider opening up of the world’s second-largest economy during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing next month, experts say.
“This is an area that the US and others have raised with China again and again, and it’s possible that China may be open to concessions” when Trump visits, Scott Kennedy, a...
- Crippled by sanctions, North Korea may not last a year, defector says
16 Oct 2017 at 8:45pm
A former North Korean government official who defected to the US says North Korea is struggling against tough sanctions – and doubts the hermit state can last a year.
“The sanctions that the White House has imposed on North Korea are of a historic level,” said Ri Jong-ho, who ran the international network of North Korean businesses that funnels hard currency to Pyongyang before leaving North Korea for the US last year.
“Never before has the country faced such tough...
- Hong Kong cheaper than Beijing, Tokyo when it comes to cost of setting up off...
16 Oct 2017 at 8:02pm
While Hong Kong has made headlines for having the most expensive prime office rents in the world, it is wrong to assume that it is the costliest location for businesses to set up their offices. Recent research by CBRE sets the record straight by uncovering that leasing costs account for less than half of a business’ all-in office investment.
By analysing leasing costs, operating costs and the capital expenditure incurred in office investments across 25 major cities in Asia Pacific, Hong...
- North Korean envoy tells UN ?a nuclear war may break out any moment?
16 Oct 2017 at 7:47pm
North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”
Kim In-ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s – and said the country has the right to possess nuclear...
- 12 drown as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh
16 Oct 2017 at 1:57pm
An overcrowded boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar capsized on Monday in the Bay of Bengal near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six children, police said.
Survivors told local officials that up to 65 people were on board and almost half of them were children, local police official Sheikh Ashrafuzzaman said. The accident occurred as the boat was approaching Shah Porir Dwip in Teknaf in the Cox’s Bazar district bordering Myanmar’s Rakhine state....
- Trump?s Asian trip through China, Japan, and other countries to be dominated ...
16 Oct 2017 at 1:30pm
US President Donald Trump will meet several key Asian leaders next month, including controversial Philippines strongman Rodrigo Duterte, on a tour otherwise dominated by efforts to isolate North Korea.
Trump’s first Asian tour as president will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where he will attend the summit of Asean, the southeast Asian bloc.
The United States has important trade ties in the region, but his economic agenda will be overshadowed...
- European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea i...
16 Oct 2017 at 10:45am
The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes.
Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg signed off a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on EU exports of oil to Pyongyang.
They also tightened the restrictions on North Korean workers in the EU to try to stop money being sent home that could be used to fund the disputed...
- ?He left the room and came back naked?: Australian model joins long list of w...
16 Oct 2017 at 10:07am
An Australian model said she was “played” by Harvey Weinstein and his colleagues who engineered a hotel room meeting where he stripped naked and demanded a massage, in the latest accusation against the Hollywood mogul.
Zoe Brock said she met Weinstein at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival when she was 23 and was seated next to him at a dinner, not realising who he was.
Brock told Australia’s Channel Nine she went back to his hotel room with a group of his colleagues and they were...
- Polls show Japan PM Abe set for landslide win as support for Tokyo Governor K...
16 Oct 2017 at 8:51am
Recent polls suggest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track for a landslide victory in Japan’s upcoming election as a new party founded by Tokyo’s popular governor loses momentum.
Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is projected to win as many as 303 of the 465 seats up for grabs in the October 22 election, according to survey results released on Monday by the Mainichi newspaper.
The LDP’s junior coalition partner Komeito is expected to gain more than 30...
- North Korean propaganda leaflets found at South's presidential complex
16 Oct 2017 at 7:12am
North Korean propaganda has been found at the South’s presidential compound, officials said on Monday, with the discovery of leaflets praising Pyongyang, which once sent commandos to attack the complex.
Authorities in the nuclear-armed North and activists in the South regularly use balloons to carry leaflets across the demilitarised zone that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean war.
Seoul is only 35 miles from the DMZ, within artillery range, and the leaflets are...
- Nine out of 10 Filipinos support Duterte?s drugs war
16 Oct 2017 at 6:27am
An opinion poll released on Monday found that nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and almost three quarters believe extrajudicial killings are taking place in the bloody crackdown.
Duterte’s signature campaign has killed thousands of people and caused international alarm, amid widespread claims by activists that police are executing suspected drug users and dealers.
Police reject that and say every one of the more than 3,900...
- Ousted South Korean president Park?s lawyers quit, saying defence is ?meaning...
16 Oct 2017 at 6:16am
Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s defence lawyers resigned en masse on Monday in protest against what they called a biased corruption trial, as the ex-leader described the proceedings as “political revenge”.
Park faces multiple charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power for offering governmental favours to tycoons, and is being held in custody.
She was impeached by parliament after months of mass protests against her over a sprawling graft scandal, and...
- Man in Thailand picks up woman online, then steals her pickup truck
16 Oct 2017 at 4:00am
By Soonthorn Phongpao
A romance that started with an internet pickup line ended when her new boyfriend stole her real-life pickup truck - on the way to ‘meet his parents’.
Police captured Apichart Kaewmanee, 28, in Uthai district after an assistant nurse from Chiang Mai lodged a complaint about her missing vehicle on Saturday.
The woman, whose name was withheld, chatted with Mr Apichart for about a week on the Badoo website, according to Uthai police chief Pol Col Anusorn...
- Malaysia rolls out red carpet for embattled Qatar?s emir
16 Oct 2017 at 2:32am
Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who is on his first trip abroad since a diplomatic crisis erupted in June between his nation and four Arab countries.
Sheikh Tamim, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur late on Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute at a state welcoming ceremony in parliament. He also inspected a guard-of-honour during the ceremony attended by Malaysia’s king, Prime Minister Najib Razak and cabinet ministers.