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China coronavirus: Singapore confirms first case from Wuhan; second case suspected

The 66-year-old man arrived in Singapore on January 20 with nine companions on a China Southern flight, and developed a fever and cough a day later.

23 Jan 2020 - 11:55PM

The 66-year-old man arrived in Singapore on January 20 with nine companions on a China Southern flight, and developed a fever and cough a day later.

China coronavirus: Singapore confirms first case from Wuhan; second case suspected
Is Netflix haram? Indonesia’s Islamic clerics are ready for a fatwa – if you are

A top Islamic cleric has called on Indonesians to monitor the streaming giant for ‘negative content’, promising swift action against reported transgressions.

23 Jan 2020 - 11:19PM

A top Islamic cleric has called on Indonesians to monitor the streaming giant for ‘negative content’, promising swift action against reported transgressions.

Is Netflix haram? Indonesia’s Islamic clerics are ready for a fatwa – if you are
Beyond the China coronavirus: the deadly diseases Hong Kong and Asia have beaten before

From Sars to Mers, swine flu to bird flu, the plague to the Hong Kong flu of 1968: here are the other times Asia has fought off deadly diseases.

23 Jan 2020 - 5:13PM

From Sars to Mers, swine flu to bird flu, the plague to the Hong Kong flu of 1968: here are the other times Asia has fought off deadly diseases.

Beyond the China coronavirus: the deadly diseases Hong Kong and Asia have beaten before
China coronavirus: North Korea bans tourists as Asia braces for Lunar New Year rush

As Asia reacts to the virus’ spread, Australia warns anyone showing symptoms can be forced to go to hospital, while Singapore hospitals are on ‘outbreak response mode’.

23 Jan 2020 - 10:02AM

As Asia reacts to the virus’ spread, Australia warns anyone showing symptoms can be forced to go to hospital, while Singapore hospitals are on ‘outbreak response mode’.

China coronavirus: North Korea bans tourists as Asia braces for Lunar New Year rush
Forget Megxit: here are the Asian royals who turned their backs on their titles

Not all such marriages in Asia have turned out to be happy, with one prompting scandalous claims of abduction.

20 Jan 2020 - 4:06PM

Not all such marriages in Asia have turned out to be happy, with one prompting scandalous claims of abduction.

Forget Megxit: here are the Asian royals who turned their backs on their titles
In Japan, University of Tokyo fires AI professor over ‘will not hire Chinese’ tweet

Artificial intelligence researcher Shohei Ohsawa also said ‘lower-class citizens who do not understand Japanese’ were speaking out against him.

16 Jan 2020 - 10:04PM

Artificial intelligence researcher Shohei Ohsawa also said ‘lower-class citizens who do not understand Japanese’ were speaking out against him.

In Japan, University of Tokyo fires AI professor over ‘will not hire Chinese’ tweet
Joo Ye-ji, YouTube maths tutor, warned South Koreans they’d get stuck ‘welding in Australia’ if they don’t study

The star instructor’s remark towards welders during an online teaching session evoked outrage from the viewers.

15 Jan 2020 - 8:47PM

The star instructor’s remark towards welders during an online teaching session evoked outrage from the viewers.

Joo Ye-ji, YouTube maths tutor, warned South Koreans they’d get stuck ‘welding in Australia’ if they don’t study
At Vietnam’s ‘Dong Tam Massacre’, activists claim government attacked its own citizens

A long-running land rights dispute turned deadly last week when Vietnamese police carried out a raid on a village near Hanoi.

15 Jan 2020 - 3:47PM

A long-running land rights dispute turned deadly last week when Vietnamese police carried out a raid on a village near Hanoi.

At Vietnam’s ‘Dong Tam Massacre’, activists claim government attacked its own citizens
British model Madalyn Davis falls to her death at famous Sydney selfie spot

The 21-year-old had been travelling in Southeast Asia before Australia. She had been at a party before walking to the Diamond Bay cliffs to watch the sunrise.

15 Jan 2020 - 3:45AM

The 21-year-old had been travelling in Southeast Asia before Australia. She had been at a party before walking to the Diamond Bay cliffs to watch the sunrise.

British model Madalyn Davis falls to her death at famous Sydney selfie spot
Taal Volcano eruption: Philippine government fears repeat of Pinatubo disaster that killed 847 people

Officials also sought to dissuade vendors from selling protective face masks at inflated prices after cloud of volcanic ash blew north to Manila.

15 Jan 2020 - 3:20PM

Officials also sought to dissuade vendors from selling protective face masks at inflated prices after cloud of volcanic ash blew north to Manila.

Taal Volcano eruption: Philippine government fears repeat of Pinatubo disaster that killed 847 people
Chinese student’s expulsion from New Zealand university over mental health issues sparks outrage

The 21-year-old Chinese woman’s enrolment at the University of Auckland was terminated after she made a suicide attempt triggered by an alleged rape.

10 Jan 2020 - 12:09AM

The 21-year-old Chinese woman’s enrolment at the University of Auckland was terminated after she made a suicide attempt triggered by an alleged rape.

Chinese student’s expulsion from New Zealand university over mental health issues sparks outrage
Sex trainers, Kim Kardashian, yetis and Photoshop fails: the year’s best offbeat stories

Meanwhile, rare oarfish sightings in Japan heralded disaster and DNA dating took off.

1 Jan 2020 - 4:35PM

Meanwhile, rare oarfish sightings in Japan heralded disaster and DNA dating took off.

Sex trainers, Kim Kardashian, yetis and Photoshop fails: the year’s best offbeat stories
Divorce in Malaysia, Thai consort no more and new emperor in Japan: 2019 for Asia’s royals

Asia’s revered monarchies have a lasting cultural impact, while the political ramifications from their decisions are real. Here is a look at an eventful year for royal families across the continent.

30 Dec 2019 - 9:58PM

Asia’s revered monarchies have a lasting cultural impact, while the political ramifications from their decisions are real. Here is a look at an eventful year for royal families across the continent.

Divorce in Malaysia, Thai consort no more and new emperor in Japan: 2019 for Asia’s royals
Looking to 2020 for China’s relations with the US, Japan, Taiwan and more: the expert view

Following our earlier look ahead to 2020, four more commentators, including the editor of This Week in Asia, offer their predictions for the trends likely to impact the region in the year ahead.

29 Dec 2019 - 10:34PM

Following our earlier look ahead to 2020, four more commentators, including the editor of This Week in Asia, offer their predictions for the trends likely to impact the region in the year ahead.

Looking to 2020 for China’s relations with the US, Japan, Taiwan and more: the expert view
Looking to 2020 for India, Indonesia, the Koreas and US-China tensions: the expert view

After the conflict and volatility that marked 2019, four commentators offer their predictions for the trends likely to impact Asia in the year ahead.

28 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM

After the conflict and volatility that marked 2019, four commentators offer their predictions for the trends likely to impact Asia in the year ahead.

Looking to 2020 for India, Indonesia, the Koreas and US-China tensions: the expert view
This Year in Asia: Huawei, Hong Kong protests, domestic workers and toxic masculinity in K-pop are our most-read stories from 2019

From Huawei to the Hong Kong protests, via toxic masculinity in K-pop and the continued mistreatment of domestic workers, here are the most-read stories of the year.

26 Dec 2019 - 4:20PM

From Huawei to the Hong Kong protests, via toxic masculinity in K-pop and the continued mistreatment of domestic workers, here are the most-read stories of the year.

This Year in Asia: Huawei, Hong Kong protests, domestic workers and toxic masculinity in K-pop are our most-read stories from 2019
‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse sweeps across India, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines

The phenomenon – which occurs when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun – was visible on Thursday along a path 118 kilometres wide, covering Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

26 Dec 2019 - 9:26PM

The phenomenon – which occurs when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun – was visible on Thursday along a path 118 kilometres wide, covering Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse sweeps across India, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines
This Year in Asia: from Huawei to the Hong Kong protests, here are 2019’s best stories as picked by our journalists

Over the course of 2019, we have run a smorgasbord of stories from across the continent. Here are some of our favourites from the year – we hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

25 Dec 2019 - 11:27AM

Over the course of 2019, we have run a smorgasbord of stories from across the continent. Here are some of our favourites from the year – we hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

This Year in Asia: from Huawei to the Hong Kong protests, here are 2019’s best stories as picked by our journalists
How the Hong Kong protests affected overseas Chinese in Asia and beyond

The anti-government demonstrations have been felt by Chinese communities everywhere from New Zealand to Canada. And protesters in Indonesia and India also said they learned lessons from Hong Kong demonstrators.

25 Dec 2019 - 5:35AM

The anti-government demonstrations have been felt by Chinese communities everywhere from New Zealand to Canada. And protesters in Indonesia and India also said they learned lessons from Hong Kong demonstrators.

How the Hong Kong protests affected overseas Chinese in Asia and beyond
Jay-Z, Serena Williams invest in Indonesian coffee chain Kopi Kenangan

The rapper and the US tennis star have injected an undisclosed amount into the Jakarta-based grab-and-go coffee chain.

24 Dec 2019 - 12:49AM

The rapper and the US tennis star have injected an undisclosed amount into the Jakarta-based grab-and-go coffee chain.

Jay-Z, Serena Williams invest in Indonesian coffee chain Kopi Kenangan
Chinese bogeymen, Facebook fails: a year in Asian fake news

It was a bad year for China, which was (falsely) blamed for fixing Indonesia’s election and fanning the post-vote violence. But Singapore led a fake news fightback.

23 Dec 2019 - 5:00PM

It was a bad year for China, which was (falsely) blamed for fixing Indonesia’s election and fanning the post-vote violence. But Singapore led a fake news fightback.

Chinese bogeymen, Facebook fails: a year in Asian fake news
Explainer | The murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu: scandal that haunts Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak

The translator was killed in 2006 but her case remains a source of intrigue due to her alleged links to a submarine deal and a former prime minister.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:16AM

The translator was killed in 2006 but her case remains a source of intrigue due to her alleged links to a submarine deal and a former prime minister.

The murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu: scandal that haunts Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak
Explainer | Explained: Asia’s deadliest eruptions – and four volcanoes to watch

Volcanoes are an unpredictable, ever-present hazard that can sometimes erupt without warning, as explosion in New Zealand’s White Island. Here we list seven of the region’s biggest and most recent notable eruptions – and four volcanoes to watch.

12 Dec 2019 - 5:46PM

Volcanoes are an unpredictable, ever-present hazard that can sometimes erupt without warning, as explosion in New Zealand’s White Island. Here we list seven of the region’s biggest and most recent notable eruptions – and four volcanoes to watch.

Explained: Asia’s deadliest eruptions – and four volcanoes to watch
Malaysia’s Najib Najib bought wife Rosmah Mansor US$130,000 Chanel watch to make up for shortened holiday, court hears

The luxury watch was among a series of purchases made from a bank account of ex-Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s that allegedly held funds siphoned from the 1MDB state fund.

17 Dec 2019 - 6:04PM

The luxury watch was among a series of purchases made from a bank account of ex-Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s that allegedly held funds siphoned from the 1MDB state fund.

Malaysia’s Najib Najib bought wife Rosmah Mansor US$130,000 Chanel watch to make up for shortened holiday, court hears
Indonesian province bans eating dog meat: report

More than 13,000 dogs are slaughtered every month in Central Java, according to animal welfare groups. Now, its governor wants people to eat beef or chicken instead.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:44PM

More than 13,000 dogs are slaughtered every month in Central Java, according to animal welfare groups. Now, its governor wants people to eat beef or chicken instead.

Indonesian province bans eating dog meat: report
Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts to visit Vietnam and Malaysia to empower young women

The star of hit movie Pretty Woman and the former first lady will take part in a summit convened by the Obama Foundation to promote education in the Asia-Pacific.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:45PM

The star of hit movie Pretty Woman and the former first lady will take part in a summit convened by the Obama Foundation to promote education in the Asia-Pacific.

Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts to visit Vietnam and Malaysia to empower young women
New China envoy to Philippines Huang Xilian upbeat on Beijing-Manila ties

New envoy ‘honoured and grateful’ but flashpoints such as South China Sea and Chinese casino workers in Philippines may prove challenging.

6 Dec 2019 - 9:41AM

New envoy ‘honoured and grateful’ but flashpoints such as South China Sea and Chinese casino workers in Philippines may prove challenging.

New China envoy to Philippines Huang Xilian upbeat on Beijing-Manila ties
Rodrigo Duterte offers to lead Philippine police force himself if he cannot find an ‘honest man’

President’s brutal war on drugs again under scrutiny after director general Oscar Albayalde stepped down last month, embroiled in ‘ninja cops’ scandal.

29 Nov 2019 - 8:08PM

President’s brutal war on drugs again under scrutiny after director general Oscar Albayalde stepped down last month, embroiled in ‘ninja cops’ scandal.

Rodrigo Duterte offers to lead Philippine police force himself if he cannot find an ‘honest man’
Singapore’s culture of intolerance towards wildlife ‘shocking’, says Jane Goodall

The renowned conservationist told a conference that more education was required to counter a prevailing mindset in the city state that wild animals ‘belong in the zoo’.

27 Nov 2019 - 5:36PM

The renowned conservationist told a conference that more education was required to counter a prevailing mindset in the city state that wild animals ‘belong in the zoo’.

Singapore’s culture of intolerance towards wildlife ‘shocking’, says Jane Goodall
SEA Games: How the Philippines scored an own goal before the start

Teams have complained about long delays at the airport, being unable to check into hotels.

27 Nov 2019 - 10:13AM

Teams have complained about long delays at the airport, being unable to check into hotels.

SEA Games: How the Philippines scored an own goal before the start