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Hong Kong restaurateur Alex Yeung sent home from Singapore over protests forum

Yeung is known for his pro-establishment and pro-China views, which have made him deeply unpopular within Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp.

21 Nov 2019 - 10:53PM

Yeung is known for his pro-establishment and pro-China views, which have made him deeply unpopular within Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp.

Hong Kong restaurateur Alex Yeung sent home from Singapore over protests forum
Singapore convicts nightclub owners of labour trafficking after ‘harrowing’ abuse

Two Indian nationals who ran clubs in Boat Quay were convicted of abusing their power to exploit three Bangladeshi women.

20 Nov 2019 - 4:00PM

Two Indian nationals who ran clubs in Boat Quay were convicted of abusing their power to exploit three Bangladeshi women.

Singapore convicts nightclub owners of labour trafficking after ‘harrowing’ abuse
In smog-choked New Delhi, enterprising oxygen bar soothes residents’ lungs – for a price

New Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities, but now its residents can enjoy a breath of fresh air for US$4.17 per 15-minute session.

20 Nov 2019 - 11:26PM

New Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities, but now its residents can enjoy a breath of fresh air for US$4.17 per 15-minute session.

In smog-choked New Delhi, enterprising oxygen bar soothes residents’ lungs – for a price
Australian ‘phobia’ of China’s rise has left it vulnerable, former PM Paul Keating warns

Paul Keating warned that media and security agencies had contributed to an irrational fear of China that has left Australia too reliant on the US.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:01PM

Paul Keating warned that media and security agencies had contributed to an irrational fear of China that has left Australia too reliant on the US.

Australian ‘phobia’ of China’s rise has left it vulnerable, former PM Paul Keating warns
US bid for Seoul to keep intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo stalls

Pentagon chief Mark Esper described the accord as ‘an important tool by which South Korea, the US and Japan share effective information, particularly in times of war’.

15 Nov 2019 - 10:56PM

Pentagon chief Mark Esper described the accord as ‘an important tool by which South Korea, the US and Japan share effective information, particularly in times of war’.

US bid for Seoul to keep intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo stalls
Hugh Grant and Guy Ritchie recreate 65-year-old photo of dads serving in Singapore

The pictures on Instagram depicted the pair’s fathers Captain John Ritchie and Captain James Grant, when they both served with the Seaforth Highlanders in the city state 65 years ago

13 Nov 2019 - 12:56PM

The pictures on Instagram depicted the pair’s fathers Captain John Ritchie and Captain James Grant, when they both served with the Seaforth Highlanders in the city state 65 years ago

Hugh Grant and Guy Ritchie recreate 65-year-old photo of dads serving in Singapore
Student suicide bomber in Medan police attack was 24-year-old ‘lone wolf’: Indonesian police

Police said the attacker detonated his explosives and died after being confronted by other officers, injuring at least four officers and two civilians.

13 Nov 2019 - 10:31PM

Police said the attacker detonated his explosives and died after being confronted by other officers, injuring at least four officers and two civilians.

Student suicide bomber in Medan police attack was 24-year-old ‘lone wolf’: Indonesian police
Explainer | Rainsy’s in Malaysia, Sokha’s out of jail. Is Cambodia’s Hun Sen in a pickle?

Cambodia’s strongman leader is under pressure not only from a reinvigorated opposition, but from the European Union, too.

14 Nov 2019 - 1:34PM

Cambodia’s strongman leader is under pressure not only from a reinvigorated opposition, but from the European Union, too.

Rainsy’s in Malaysia, Sokha’s out of jail. Is Cambodia’s Hun Sen in a pickle?
Philippine clerk’s US$14 million theft forces closure of 50-year-old brokerage firm

The settlement clerk at 50-year-old R&L Investments Incorporated, who has since confessed to the theft, took the money to fund a growing gambling habit, according to local media reports.

8 Nov 2019 - 7:08PM

The settlement clerk at 50-year-old R&L Investments Incorporated, who has since confessed to the theft, took the money to fund a growing gambling habit, according to local media reports.

Philippine clerk’s US$14 million theft forces closure of 50-year-old brokerage firm
Microsoft Japan reports 40 per cent sales boost after four-day work week trial, but will it catch on in overworked country?

During the August trial, the company said staff took 25 per cent less time off and there were significant declines in electricity and paper consumption

6 Nov 2019 - 11:07PM

During the August trial, the company said staff took 25 per cent less time off and there were significant declines in electricity and paper consumption

Microsoft Japan reports 40 per cent sales boost after four-day work week trial, but will it catch on in overworked country?
Cypriot bishop denies pushing for Jho Low to get EU passport

Archbishop Chrysostomos II said he was only responding to a property developer’s request to support Low naturalisation. Meanwhile, Mahathir’s media adviser referenced the Israeli intelligence arm and said authorities should ‘do a Mossad’ to get Low back.

5 Nov 2019 - 9:55PM

Archbishop Chrysostomos II said he was only responding to a property developer’s request to support Low naturalisation. Meanwhile, Mahathir’s media adviser referenced the Israeli intelligence arm and said authorities should ‘do a Mossad’ to get Low back.

Cypriot bishop denies pushing for Jho Low to get EU passport
Jho Low has a radical new look, a home in Cyprus and an EU passport. Are the rumours true, or just ‘bear-faced’ lies?

The fugitive financier, who turned 38 on Monday, ‘now resembles a bear’ and walks like a wild ox, according to authorities in the country harbouring him.

5 Nov 2019 - 12:17PM

The fugitive financier, who turned 38 on Monday, ‘now resembles a bear’ and walks like a wild ox, according to authorities in the country harbouring him.

Jho Low has a radical new look, a home in Cyprus and an EU passport. Are the rumours true, or just ‘bear-faced’ lies?
Did Singapore copy its landmark airport rainforest and mall complex from Qatar’s designs?

That’s what Hamad International Airport CEO Akbar al-Baker seemed to suggest when he unveiled ambitious expansion plans in Doha last month.

4 Nov 2019 - 6:35PM

That’s what Hamad International Airport CEO Akbar al-Baker seemed to suggest when he unveiled ambitious expansion plans in Doha last month.

Did Singapore copy its landmark airport rainforest and mall complex from Qatar’s designs?
Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to use ‘extraordinary powers’ to push through China-funded Kaliwa dam

The Philippine president vows to push through the long-stalled project, saying chronic water shortages in Manila must be put above the concerns of environmental activists and local communities

29 Oct 2019 - 9:22PM

The Philippine president vows to push through the long-stalled project, saying chronic water shortages in Manila must be put above the concerns of environmental activists and local communities

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to use ‘extraordinary powers’ to push through China-funded Kaliwa dam
Singapore PM’s wife Ho Ching responds to Bloomberg report on city state gaining from Hong Kong’s ongoing unrest

Ho Ching, who is CEO of state investor Temasek, remarked on the ‘obsession’ with pitting Singapore against Hong Kong.

28 Oct 2019 - 12:41PM

Ho Ching, who is CEO of state investor Temasek, remarked on the ‘obsession’ with pitting Singapore against Hong Kong.

Singapore PM’s wife Ho Ching responds to Bloomberg report on city state gaining from Hong Kong’s ongoing unrest
Duterte pictured riding a quad bike days after ‘unbearable pain’ caused him to cut short Japan trip

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went for a late night ATV ride in the early hours of Friday morning, according to former aide Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, days after suffering ‘unbearable’ pain during his trip to attend Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement.

25 Oct 2019 - 9:29AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went for a late night ATV ride in the early hours of Friday morning, according to former aide Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, days after suffering ‘unbearable’ pain during his trip to attend Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement.

Duterte pictured riding a quad bike days after ‘unbearable pain’ caused him to cut short Japan trip
From Thai king’s consort Koi to Meghan Markle, why is royal life so hard?

The Thai consort has become the latest in a list of commoners who have struggled to adapt to royal life, from Japan’s Empress Masako, to Meghan Markle and a former Miss Moscow who married a Malaysian sultan

18 Nov 2019 - 9:24AM

The Thai consort has become the latest in a list of commoners who have struggled to adapt to royal life, from Japan’s Empress Masako, to Meghan Markle and a former Miss Moscow who married a Malaysian sultan

From Thai king’s consort Koi to Meghan Markle, why is royal life so hard?
India transfixed by Kerala killer Jolly who murdered husband and family with cyanide

Police say Jolly Joseph has confessed to six killings carried out between 2002 and 2016. She is said to have wanted to take control of her victims’ property and remarry a man in the family.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:54PM

Police say Jolly Joseph has confessed to six killings carried out between 2002 and 2016. She is said to have wanted to take control of her victims’ property and remarry a man in the family.

India transfixed by Kerala killer Jolly who murdered husband and family with cyanide
Runaway ‘billionaire’ groom leaves Thai bride with massive wedding debt

The groom, who claimed he was a billionaire with business dealings in Hong Kong, disappeared soon after the lavish wedding reception, leaving his jilted wife to pick up the costs.

8 Oct 2019 - 8:22AM

The groom, who claimed he was a billionaire with business dealings in Hong Kong, disappeared soon after the lavish wedding reception, leaving his jilted wife to pick up the costs.

Runaway ‘billionaire’ groom leaves Thai bride with massive wedding debt
Taiwanese singers David Tao and Shin promise free concert in Malaysia

Both were scheduled to perform in Penang last weekend but their management company said they had not been paid by the organiser.

23 Sep 2019 - 6:49PM

Both were scheduled to perform in Penang last weekend but their management company said they had not been paid by the organiser.

Taiwanese singers David Tao and Shin promise free concert in Malaysia
Indian man, 32, tried to sneak into the US – by pretending to be 80

Jayesh Patel’s elaborate attempt to enter the US under a fake identity was thwarted after his youthful voice and wrinkle-free skin gave him away.

17 Sep 2019 - 6:51PM

Jayesh Patel’s elaborate attempt to enter the US under a fake identity was thwarted after his youthful voice and wrinkle-free skin gave him away.

Indian man, 32, tried to sneak into the US – by pretending to be 80
Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo has Australian assets frozen over US$96 million tax bill

Huang was last year stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country. He has been at the centre of a series of political interference concerns, having donated millions to Australia’s two main political parties.

17 Sep 2019 - 9:33PM

Huang was last year stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country. He has been at the centre of a series of political interference concerns, having donated millions to Australia’s two main political parties.

Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo has Australian assets frozen over US$96 million tax bill
Singapore couple charged with murdering baby girl, 2

Police discovered remains of girl, thought to have died in 2014, after neighbours reported smelling ‘something rotting’.

17 Sep 2019 - 11:37AM

Police discovered remains of girl, thought to have died in 2014, after neighbours reported smelling ‘something rotting’.

Singapore couple charged with murdering baby girl, 2
Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie remembered for sweeping changes, after his death at age 83

The aeronautical engineer stepped in as Indonesia’s leader after the fall of strongman Suharto and ruled the country briefly in 1998 and 1999.

12 Sep 2019 - 1:52PM

The aeronautical engineer stepped in as Indonesia’s leader after the fall of strongman Suharto and ruled the country briefly in 1998 and 1999.

Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie remembered for sweeping changes, after his death at age 83
Is Shinjiro Koizumi being fast-tracked as Japan’s next leader, following in his father’s footsteps?

The 38-year-old rising political star is the son of a former prime minister and his appointment as Japan’s environment minister could bolster his chances of being a future leader himself.

11 Sep 2019 - 4:52PM

The 38-year-old rising political star is the son of a former prime minister and his appointment as Japan’s environment minister could bolster his chances of being a future leader himself.

Is Shinjiro Koizumi being fast-tracked as Japan’s next leader, following in his father’s footsteps?
New Zealand MP Simon Bridges defends Beijing visit, interview with Chinese state media as criticism mounts

Simon Bridges has been criticised for looking ‘sycophantic’ in praising the Communist Party and meeting Politburo member Guo Shengkun, whose current responsibilities include law and order.

10 Sep 2019 - 5:26PM

Simon Bridges has been criticised for looking ‘sycophantic’ in praising the Communist Party and meeting Politburo member Guo Shengkun, whose current responsibilities include law and order.

New Zealand MP Simon Bridges defends Beijing visit, interview with Chinese state media as criticism mounts
Thai minister Thammanat Prompao’s apparent Australian criminal past revealed

The deputy agriculture minister spent four years in a Sydney jail in the 1990s after pleading guilty to conspiring to import heroin.

9 Sep 2019 - 9:48PM

The deputy agriculture minister spent four years in a Sydney jail in the 1990s after pleading guilty to conspiring to import heroin.

Thai minister Thammanat Prompao’s apparent Australian criminal past revealed
Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo offered to deliver ‘big bag’ of cash to Australian party HQ, inquiry hears

Huang Xiangmo was in February stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country after his Communist Party ties came under scrutiny.

2 Sep 2019 - 10:43PM

Huang Xiangmo was in February stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country after his Communist Party ties came under scrutiny.

Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo offered to deliver ‘big bag’ of cash to Australian party HQ, inquiry hears
Malaysia dangles post-Brexit trade deal in front of Britain if it breaks with EU on palm oil ban

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Britain can expect better trade terms with Southeast Asian countries if it breaks with the European Union’s move to phase out and eventually ban palm oils.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:18PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Britain can expect better trade terms with Southeast Asian countries if it breaks with the European Union’s move to phase out and eventually ban palm oils.

Malaysia dangles post-Brexit trade deal in front of Britain if it breaks with EU on palm oil ban
New Zealand to review laws after second letter sent from jail by Christchurch mosque attacker Brenton Tarrant emerges

The man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques will now be blocked from sending or receiving mail pending a review, says the chief of New Zealand’s Corrections Department.

16 Aug 2019 - 12:39AM

The man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques will now be blocked from sending or receiving mail pending a review, says the chief of New Zealand’s Corrections Department.

New Zealand to review laws after second letter sent from jail by Christchurch mosque attacker Brenton Tarrant emerges