Ben O'Rourke

Ben O'Rourke has spent the past two decades making videos and writing news.
Ben O'Rourke
Ben O'Rourke has spent the past two decades making videos and writing news.

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Checkmate Manila: pawns, paws and a grand chess game in the Philippine capital

At historic Rizal Park, a Hong Kong journalist takes on one of the local chess legends in a venue that’s played host to some of the world’s best players and is also home to some stray cats.

21 Apr 2019 - 2:05PM

At historic Rizal Park, a Hong Kong journalist takes on one of the local chess legends in a venue that’s played host to some of the world’s best players and is also home to some stray cats.

Checkmate Manila: pawns, paws and a grand chess game in the Philippine capital
Philippines plans to run jeepneys off the road. Drivers say their livelihoods will be ‘massacred’

The government claims jeepneys need to go because they are old, dirty and unsafe

31 Jan 2019 - 9:36PM

The government claims jeepneys need to go because they are old, dirty and unsafe

Philippines plans to run jeepneys off the road. Drivers say their livelihoods will be ‘massacred’
Philippines in Focus: Jeepneys in Jeopardy

The Philippine government claims the nation's unique jeepneys need to go because they are old, dirty and unsafe. But President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the country's most popular form of transportation is being criticised as "bogus and big business modernisation".

31 Jan 2019 - 4:24PM

The Philippine government claims the nation's unique jeepneys need to go because they are old, dirty and unsafe. But President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the country's most popular form of transportation is being criticised as "bogus and big business modernisation".

Philippines in Focus: Jeepneys in Jeopardy
Big brother Huawei kitted out this Philippine city. Is China watching?

Huawei’s state of the art surveillance systems at a Philippine ‘safe city’ spark paranoia that a Chinese big brother is watching. But the driving force behind the use of Chinese technology could be private sector greed rather than a sinister, snooping state

28 Jan 2019 - 7:23PM

Huawei’s state of the art surveillance systems at a Philippine ‘safe city’ spark paranoia that a Chinese big brother is watching. But the driving force behind the use of Chinese technology could be private sector greed rather than a sinister, snooping state

Big brother Huawei kitted out this Philippine city. Is China watching?
Asia in 3 minutes: suicide surge in Singapore, goat rapists on the run in India

New attraction near Da Nang must be seen first-hand; gang of goat violators on the lam; and Beijing mandates toilet upgrades.

3 Aug 2018 - 8:26PM

New attraction near Da Nang must be seen first-hand; gang of goat violators on the lam; and Beijing mandates toilet upgrades.

Asia in 3 minutes: suicide surge in Singapore, goat rapists on the run in India
Asia in 3 minutes: Elon Musk’s apology doesn’t go far enough; Japan’s obsession with otters goes too far

WhatsApp launches campaign in Pakistan to quell spread of fake news; Indonesians slaughter crocodiles in revenge killings and India orders investigation into orphanages run by Mother Teresa’s charity

20 Jul 2018 - 8:10PM

WhatsApp launches campaign in Pakistan to quell spread of fake news; Indonesians slaughter crocodiles in revenge killings and India orders investigation into orphanages run by Mother Teresa’s charity

Asia in 3 minutes: Elon Musk’s apology doesn’t go far enough; Japan’s obsession with otters goes too far
Asia in 3 minutes: Dispute expert killed in dispute; Malaysia mosque bans tourists after sexy dance

Meanwhile, what happened to the anti-American sentiment in North Korea?

29 Jun 2018 - 6:45PM

Meanwhile, what happened to the anti-American sentiment in North Korea?

Asia in 3 minutes: Dispute expert killed in dispute; Malaysia mosque bans tourists after sexy dance
Asia in 3 minutes: Japan finds dead man walking, Australians dress to repress

Rescuers stay out all night in wetlands to capture stork with a plastic-sealed beak; US Secretary of State posts that Singapore is part of Malaysia; and university students eager to get into ‘politically incorrect’ trouble succeed.

15 Jun 2018 - 7:59PM

Rescuers stay out all night in wetlands to capture stork with a plastic-sealed beak; US Secretary of State posts that Singapore is part of Malaysia; and university students eager to get into ‘politically incorrect’ trouble succeed.

Asia in 3 minutes: Japan finds dead man walking, Australians dress to repress
Asia in 3 minutes: Korea summit dessert leaves sour taste in Japanese mouths

Indonesia considers child marriage ban; Leeds United owner defends tour of Myanmar; Indian doctor drills hole in leg of wrong patient.

27 Apr 2018 - 5:43PM

Indonesia considers child marriage ban; Leeds United owner defends tour of Myanmar; Indian doctor drills hole in leg of wrong patient.

Asia in 3 minutes: Korea summit dessert leaves sour taste in Japanese mouths
‘Say hello to my little friend’: is there a Hollywood ending to Duterte’s drug war?

The bloody national campaign may be popular with the public, but there are some people getting addicts off the streets without firing a shot 

28 Mar 2018 - 3:55AM

The bloody national campaign may be popular with the public, but there are some people getting addicts off the streets without firing a shot 

‘Say hello to my little friend’: is there a Hollywood ending to Duterte’s drug war?
Asia in 3 minutes: Japan is scandalised by ‘free boobs’ on YouTube, India by a missing leg in hospital

Cambodian PM Hun Sen has an eye for Japanese contact lenses, murderers could soon lose their heads in Indonesian province Aceh

16 Mar 2018 - 5:20PM

Cambodian PM Hun Sen has an eye for Japanese contact lenses, murderers could soon lose their heads in Indonesian province Aceh

Asia in 3 minutes: Japan is scandalised by ‘free boobs’ on YouTube, India by a missing leg in hospital
Asia in 3 minutes: bad week for Genghis Khan, Thailand’s reputation, shape-shifting Sumatran tigers

It was one to forget for Vladimir Lenin fans in India and trendy beards in Pakistan, too.

9 Mar 2018 - 5:01PM

It was one to forget for Vladimir Lenin fans in India and trendy beards in Pakistan, too.

Asia in 3 minutes: bad week for Genghis Khan, Thailand’s reputation, shape-shifting Sumatran tigers
Asia in 3 minutes: Tycoon runs afoul of law in Thailand; new law protects king of Cambodia from slander

Ethnic Chinese rapper arrested in Malaysia; Singaporean fraudster attempts to flee Lion City on boat; and Moomins are forever in our hearts

23 Feb 2018 - 11:06PM

Ethnic Chinese rapper arrested in Malaysia; Singaporean fraudster attempts to flee Lion City on boat; and Moomins are forever in our hearts

Asia in 3 minutes: Tycoon runs afoul of law in Thailand; new law protects king of Cambodia from slander
Watch: inside the meth lab Chinese criminals set up before being gunned down by Philippine police

In exclusive video Philippine officials give SCMP reporter access to drug lab that could have produced more than one tonne of crystal methamphetamine a month.

4 Mar 2018 - 6:18PM

In exclusive video Philippine officials give SCMP reporter access to drug lab that could have produced more than one tonne of crystal methamphetamine a month.

Watch: inside the meth lab Chinese criminals set up before being gunned down by Philippine police
Filipino traffic controller Ramon brings awesome dance moves to the streets of Manila
Philippine traffic controllers bust moves in Quezon City

Traffic controllers in the Philippines put on a dance routine to control traffic in Quezon City.

10 Jan 2018 - 3:21PM

Traffic controllers in the Philippines put on a dance routine to control traffic in Quezon City.

Philippine traffic controllers bust moves in Quezon City
Twisted tales from 2017: viral weirdness from around the world
Asia in 3 minutes: No rest for the weary in North Korea, no sympathy for US tourists in Thailand
Asia in 3 minutes: Don’t go boozing with a sumo in Japan, or begging before Ivanka in India
Asia in 3 minutes: If Kim dies, don’t ask CIA; if he fires a missile, read manga
Asia in 3 minutes: watch where you sit on Singapore buses ... and did you hear the one about the Indonesian bishop and his ‘mistress’?
Asia in 3 minutes: from a polygamy dating app in Indonesia to death by selfie (again) in India
Asia in 3 minutes: University in China that looks like a toilet to condoms in Malaysia that smell like nasi lemak
Asia in 3 minutes: death sentence for Korean book critics, free rein for Japanese whalers
Asia in 3 minutes: India bemused by ‘racist’ Chinese video, not amused by Game of Thrones leak
Asia in 3 minutes: Kim Jong-un a fool: Duterte; sex-slave charity unacceptable: Hun Sen
Asia in 3 minutes: ‘Despacito’ loses to prudes in Malaysia, ‘Lipstick Under My Burka’ wins in India
Asia in 3 minutes: Indonesians turn on pro-gay Starbucks, Duterte turns cannibal, and Malaysian men turn frisky over petrol station advert
Asia in 3 minutes: India’s Trump-themed village goes down pan, ‘drinking’ kangaroo outrages Australia
Asia in 3 minutes: animal-sex suspect heads to China and a plague of rats in Myanmar