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India prepares to execute Shabnam Ali, first woman since independence

Shabnam Ali and her lover were convicted and sentenced to death for killing seven members of her family in 2008. If the hanging in India’s Uttar Pradesh state goes ahead, it will be the country’s first execution of a woman since 1947.

19 Feb 2021 - 9:03PM

Shabnam Ali and her lover were convicted and sentenced to death for killing seven members of her family in 2008. If the hanging in India’s Uttar Pradesh state goes ahead, it will be the country’s first execution of a woman since 1947.

India prepares to execute Shabnam Ali, first woman since independence
Myanmar coup: US sanctions seen as no big deal without Asia’s support, say analysts

Without India, Japan and Myanmar’s fellow Asean members, Washington’s move to punish the junta for seizing power is likely to fall flat, say analysts.

11 Feb 2021 - 9:25PM

Without India, Japan and Myanmar’s fellow Asean members, Washington’s move to punish the junta for seizing power is likely to fall flat, say analysts.

Myanmar coup: US sanctions seen as no big deal without Asia’s support, say analysts
‘Tendulkar is no longer our God’: Why some Indians are apologising to Maria Sharapova about cricket legend

Netizens from Kerala state rushed to say they were sorry to Sharapova for trolling her back in 2014 after she said she did not know who Sachin Tendulkar was. The apologies came after Keralites turned against Tendulkar for his stance against farmers’ protests.

5 Feb 2021 - 5:29PM

Netizens from Kerala state rushed to say they were sorry to Sharapova for trolling her back in 2014 after she said she did not know who Sachin Tendulkar was. The apologies came after Keralites turned against Tendulkar for his stance against farmers’ protests.

‘Tendulkar is no longer our God’: Why some Indians are apologising to Maria Sharapova about cricket legend
India farmer protests: as Rihanna, Greta Thunberg voice support, New Delhi ramps up security

Iron spikes, steel barricades and hundred of riot police have been added to protest sites outside the Indian capital, following last month’s violent storming of the Red Fort.

3 Feb 2021 - 10:22PM

Iron spikes, steel barricades and hundred of riot police have been added to protest sites outside the Indian capital, following last month’s violent storming of the Red Fort.

India farmer protests: as Rihanna, Greta Thunberg voice support, New Delhi ramps up security
Malaysian boy’s drowning death sparks murder investigation amid parental abuse allegations

The seven-year-old boy, known affectionately as Adik, died on Friday. His biological mother and stepfather have been detained.

1 Feb 2021 - 1:10AM

The seven-year-old boy, known affectionately as Adik, died on Friday. His biological mother and stepfather have been detained.

Malaysian boy’s drowning death sparks murder investigation amid parental abuse allegations
Pet food: Malaysian woman’s koi soup raises eyebrows after she makes meal out of dead fish

Rather than let her pet fish go to waste after they died accidentally, Amanda Omeychua said she decided to make them into a meal using a ‘traditional recipe for a king’.

21 Jan 2021 - 8:02PM

Rather than let her pet fish go to waste after they died accidentally, Amanda Omeychua said she decided to make them into a meal using a ‘traditional recipe for a king’.

Pet food: Malaysian woman’s koi soup raises eyebrows after she makes meal out of dead fish
Indian state of Gujarat renames dragon fruit to spite China, gets roasted online

In PM Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the fruit is being renamed after the symbol of the ruling BJP because the word dragon is ‘associated with China’.

20 Jan 2021 - 10:20PM

In PM Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the fruit is being renamed after the symbol of the ruling BJP because the word dragon is ‘associated with China’.

Indian state of Gujarat renames dragon fruit to spite China, gets roasted online
What does 2021 hold for Asia, US-China relations, Hong Kong, and Australia’s trade with China?

Will Joe Biden stun the world, might Carrie Lam keep her job and can India vaccinate its most vulnerable people? Six commentators give their take on the big stories of 2021.

1 Jan 2021 - 9:47AM

Will Joe Biden stun the world, might Carrie Lam keep her job and can India vaccinate its most vulnerable people? Six commentators give their take on the big stories of 2021.

What does 2021 hold for Asia, US-China relations, Hong Kong, and Australia’s trade with China?
Recycled condoms, heroic animals, and QAnon comes to Asia: the region’s most bizarre stories from 2020

QAnon conspiracy theories made their mark in Asia but heroic animals also made the news.

30 Dec 2020 - 6:02PM

QAnon conspiracy theories made their mark in Asia but heroic animals also made the news.

Recycled condoms, heroic animals, and QAnon comes to Asia: the region’s most bizarre stories from 2020
This Year in Asia: from Thailand protests to ASMR in Singapore, here are 2020’s best stories as picked by our journalists

Through the coronavirus pandemic and including political chaos in Malaysia, we have run a vast array of stories from across the continent. Here are some of our favourites.

29 Dec 2020 - 2:30PM

Through the coronavirus pandemic and including political chaos in Malaysia, we have run a vast array of stories from across the continent. Here are some of our favourites.

This Year in Asia: from Thailand protests to ASMR in Singapore, here are 2020’s best stories as picked by our journalists
Late Indian-American preacher Ravi Zacharias committed sex abuse, his ministry confirms

US-based Christian organisation RZIM says a preliminary investigation has revealed its founder Ravi Zacharias sexually assaulted spa workers in Atlanta.

26 Dec 2020 - 1:53PM

US-based Christian organisation RZIM says a preliminary investigation has revealed its founder Ravi Zacharias sexually assaulted spa workers in Atlanta.

Late Indian-American preacher Ravi Zacharias committed sex abuse, his ministry confirms
Two Singaporeans sentenced to death for drug trafficking in China, foreign ministry providing assistance

Siti Aslina Junaidi and Mohd Yusri Mohd Yussof were arrested in 2015 for allegedly smuggling 11kg of methamphetamine.

25 Dec 2020 - 9:49PM

Siti Aslina Junaidi and Mohd Yusri Mohd Yussof were arrested in 2015 for allegedly smuggling 11kg of methamphetamine.

Two Singaporeans sentenced to death for drug trafficking in China, foreign ministry providing assistance
Singapore to allow travellers from Taiwan to enter from December 18

Singapore will permit visitors from Taiwan to enter as long as they test negative for Covid-19 at the border.

11 Dec 2020 - 2:59PM

Singapore will permit visitors from Taiwan to enter as long as they test negative for Covid-19 at the border.

Singapore to allow travellers from Taiwan to enter from December 18
Coronavirus vaccine: from Australia to Malaysia, here’s where Asia stands on the Pfizer shot

Britain’s emergency approval of Pfizer’s vaccine isn’t likely to accelerate the availability of the shot in Asia, as countries work to complete local safety tests.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:42PM

Britain’s emergency approval of Pfizer’s vaccine isn’t likely to accelerate the availability of the shot in Asia, as countries work to complete local safety tests.

Coronavirus vaccine: from Australia to Malaysia, here’s where Asia stands on the Pfizer shot
Coronavirus: Vietnam, Thailand on alert for outbreaks, Malaysia to charge Top Glove

Vietnam reported its first Covid-19 cases in three months, while Thailand called for calm after four women tested positive after visiting Myanmar.

1 Dec 2020 - 9:55PM

Vietnam reported its first Covid-19 cases in three months, while Thailand called for calm after four women tested positive after visiting Myanmar.

Coronavirus: Vietnam, Thailand on alert for outbreaks, Malaysia to charge Top Glove
Coronavirus: Malaysia secures 12.8 million Pfizer vaccines as China assures Muhyiddin of ‘priority status’

Pfizer will deliver one million doses in the first quarter of 2021, and the deal is expected to cover 6.4 million Malaysians.

27 Nov 2020 - 7:52PM

Pfizer will deliver one million doses in the first quarter of 2021, and the deal is expected to cover 6.4 million Malaysians.

Coronavirus: Malaysia secures 12.8 million Pfizer vaccines as China assures Muhyiddin of ‘priority status’
In the Philippines, K-pop lovers unite against beauty queen who accused them of ‘losing their identity’

Imelda Schweighart, who was Miss Earth Philippines 2016, claims Filipino K-pop fans are ‘losing their identity trying to be like Koreans’.

25 Nov 2020 - 8:44PM

Imelda Schweighart, who was Miss Earth Philippines 2016, claims Filipino K-pop fans are ‘losing their identity trying to be like Koreans’.

In the Philippines, K-pop lovers unite against beauty queen who accused them of ‘losing their identity’
Indian-American doctor in Joe Biden’s Covid-19 team cops flak over caste name

Celine Gounder has attracted a storm of criticism on Twitter for retaining her surname, which is the name of a powerful caste in southern India.

14 Nov 2020 - 6:01AM

Celine Gounder has attracted a storm of criticism on Twitter for retaining her surname, which is the name of a powerful caste in southern India.

Indian-American doctor in Joe Biden’s Covid-19 team cops flak over caste name
Japan officials find 164 dogs living with family of three in 300 sq ft home

The Japanese family said they could not afford to spay and neuter the dogs, so the number kept multiplying.

5 Nov 2020 - 9:51AM

The Japanese family said they could not afford to spay and neuter the dogs, so the number kept multiplying.

Japan officials find 164 dogs living with family of three in 300 sq ft home
Typhoon Goni: ‘strongest storm’ this year heads for Vietnam after tearing across Philippines

Super Typhoon Goni, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, killed at least 20, but 1.07 million tonnes of rice was saved thanks to an early warning.

2 Nov 2020 - 10:42PM

Super Typhoon Goni, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, killed at least 20, but 1.07 million tonnes of rice was saved thanks to an early warning.

Typhoon Goni: ‘strongest storm’ this year heads for Vietnam after tearing across Philippines
Explainer | Yoshihide Suga: who is Japan’s new prime minister?

Yoshihide Suga, 71, is a farmer’s son who was described as a ‘shadow prime minister’ during his career as Shinzo Abe’s top spokesman.

5 Oct 2020 - 10:40PM

Yoshihide Suga, 71, is a farmer’s son who was described as a ‘shadow prime minister’ during his career as Shinzo Abe’s top spokesman.

Yoshihide Suga: who is Japan’s new prime minister?
Coronavirus latest: Singapore, Japan to resume business travel; India orders retests

Singapore already has arrangements in place for business and official travel with Brunei, Malaysia, South Korea and six Chinese provinces and municipalities.

11 Sep 2020 - 11:21PM

Singapore already has arrangements in place for business and official travel with Brunei, Malaysia, South Korea and six Chinese provinces and municipalities.

Coronavirus latest: Singapore, Japan to resume business travel; India orders retests
Thai king reinstates titles for royal consort, says she was ‘never a tarnished person’

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi initially became royal consort last year before being removed from the position just months later.

2 Sep 2020 - 10:03PM

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi initially became royal consort last year before being removed from the position just months later.

Thai king reinstates titles for royal consort, says she was ‘never a tarnished person’
Widodo, Xi look to strengthen China-Indonesia ties in trade and tackling coronavirus

The presidents discussed the co-production of a Covid-19 vaccine as well as economic cooperation as they marked 70 years of bilateral relations.

3 Sep 2020 - 2:36PM

The presidents discussed the co-production of a Covid-19 vaccine as well as economic cooperation as they marked 70 years of bilateral relations.

Widodo, Xi look to strengthen China-Indonesia ties in trade and tackling coronavirus
Explainer | Who is India PM Narendra Modi and why is he so popular?

The bearded 69-year-old is by far the most powerful politician in India for a generation. But how did he get there? What does he believe in? And will he win again?

18 Aug 2020 - 8:02PM

The bearded 69-year-old is by far the most powerful politician in India for a generation. But how did he get there? What does he believe in? And will he win again?

Who is India PM Narendra Modi and why is he so popular?
India PM breaks ground on Ayodhya temple as militants mark Kashmir anniversary with attack

Narendra Modi took centre stage to lay the foundations of a new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site, on the anniversary of the government scrapping the special status of its only Muslim-majority state.

6 Aug 2020 - 2:47PM

Narendra Modi took centre stage to lay the foundations of a new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site, on the anniversary of the government scrapping the special status of its only Muslim-majority state.

India PM breaks ground on Ayodhya temple as militants mark Kashmir anniversary with attack
Jailed in Iran for spying, Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘well’ after consular visit, officials say

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is serving a 10 year sentence for espionage. She is often held in solitary confinement and has frequently attempted suicide, according to reports.

4 Aug 2020 - 5:13PM

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is serving a 10 year sentence for espionage. She is often held in solitary confinement and has frequently attempted suicide, according to reports.

Jailed in Iran for spying, Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘well’ after consular visit, officials say
Coronavirus latest: Vietnam records second death; India reports biggest single-day spike

Vietnam has logged 546 infections since its first cases were detected in January.Meanwhile, Australia’s troubles raise questions over lockdowns’ effectiveness.

1 Aug 2020 - 12:14AM

Vietnam has logged 546 infections since its first cases were detected in January.Meanwhile, Australia’s troubles raise questions over lockdowns’ effectiveness.

Coronavirus latest: Vietnam records second death; India reports biggest single-day spike
1MDB scandal: Macau disputes Malaysia’s claim Jho Low is hiding out in city

Malaysia’s ‘unilateral’ disclosure of information about the fugitive financier wanted for his role in the 1MDB corruption scandal ‘is not in line with facts and rules’, Macau said.

31 Jul 2020 - 2:55PM

Malaysia’s ‘unilateral’ disclosure of information about the fugitive financier wanted for his role in the 1MDB corruption scandal ‘is not in line with facts and rules’, Macau said.

1MDB scandal: Macau disputes Malaysia’s claim Jho Low is hiding out in city
Huge Chinese ‘dark fleets’ accused of fishing illegally in North Korean waters

Researchers tracked hundreds of ships that do not appear in public monitoring systems fishing in violation of UN sanctions.

23 Jul 2020 - 1:50PM

Researchers tracked hundreds of ships that do not appear in public monitoring systems fishing in violation of UN sanctions.

Huge Chinese ‘dark fleets’ accused of  fishing illegally in North Korean waters