• Tue
  • Nov 25, 2014
  • Updated: 3:38am

South Korea looks like being the consolation prize as Japan's US$15 billion casino dream fades, a setback for companies such as Las Vegas Sands that envisioned a new gaming hub rivalling Las Vegas...

Updated 25 Nov 2014 - 2:53am

Japanese voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now and unimpressed by opposition alternatives, may shun a December 14 election in record numbers.

Updated 25 Nov 2014 - 2:57am

A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen US$102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.

24 Nov 2014 - 6:57pm

When a village in the conflict-torn hills of eastern Myanmar was asked to pay authorities more than US$10,000 to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash.

Updated 25 Nov 2014 - 2:56am

South Korea's education minister apologised and the head of the national exam board resigned yesterday after accepting that there were errors in two questions in the country's cut-throat college...

24 Nov 2014 - 10:46pm

Helicopter surveys yesterday showed more extensive damage than previously thought from an earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:58pm

With her camera in her hand, Zhang Yan is strolling the willow-lined lanes of Kyoto's geisha district looking for a restaurant. She says she can't make her mind up between tempura or sushi.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:32pm


Today's Poll

  • Yes: 76%
  • No: 24%
8 Nov 2014
  • Yes
  • No
Total number of votes recorded: 198

A strong earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroyed more than half a dozen homes in a ski resort town and injured at least 30 people,...

23 Nov 2014 - 11:07am

The health ministers of China, Japan and South Korea said yesterday they would collaborate closely in preventing Ebola and other deadly diseases from entering their borders.

24 Nov 2014 - 8:25pm

For more than 15 years the Islamic Defenders' Front terrorised moderate Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities in Jakarta, with authorities doing little to stop the growing violence....

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am

Refugees and asylum seekers from Myanmar are paying up to US$1,000 for UNHCR cards granting them official refugee status in Malaysia, an Al-Jazeera investigation has found.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am

Two German men were charged yesterday with breaking into a Singapore metro depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:52am

A North Korean student with family ties to the regime escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source familiar with the case said.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am

US President Barack Obama will visit India in January to attend Republic Day celebrations and meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said Friday.

22 Nov 2014 - 10:14am

The number of people applying to join the Japanese military has declined more than 10 per cent at a time when they are more likely to end up fighting a conflict after the government's revision of...

22 Nov 2014 - 6:39am

Sri Lanka’s ruling party was set for a purge on Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa in snap elections called for January.

22 Nov 2014 - 6:28pm

Former Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong is recovering after successfully undergoing cancer surgery at a local hospital, his office said on Saturday.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:02pm

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old’s...

22 Nov 2014 - 2:37pm

Military exercises involving a massive flotilla of two dozen destroyers, described as the most complex war games ever overseen by the Japanese navy, took place this week as the country steps up...

22 Nov 2014 - 2:59am

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament’s lower house on Friday for a snap election on December 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling “Abenomics” revival strategy.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:30pm

Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet convicted and the alleged masterminds still...

22 Nov 2014 - 2:52am

A Japanese woman dubbed the black widow by media was on the hunt for an "unattached elderly man with assets" immediately after her fourth husband was poisoned with cyanide, reports said yesterday...

22 Nov 2014 - 2:53am

In the ever constant struggle to keep a press pack happy, politicians will try a whole host of tactics from charm and charisma to cajoling and cowing.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:02am

Japanese police have carried out a series of coordinated raids across the country, arresting at least two Chinese nationals on suspicion of illegally providing internet proxy services to...

21 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

An eclectic mix of women from around the world were yesterday competing in a beauty pageant in Indonesia exclusively for Muslims, seen as a riposte to Western contests.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:48pm

The first word that Mr En learned when he started his new job on a construction site in Japan after moving from China was baka - "idiot".

21 Nov 2014 - 3:50am

The head of the company that operated South Korea's ill-fated Sewol ferry was sentenced to 10 years in prison, after being convicted of manslaughter over the disaster that killed more than 300...

21 Nov 2014 - 4:15am


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