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Explainer | Thailand’s Chinese submarine deal: why is it stuck in limbo, and will it go ahead?

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government has struggled to defend the US$1.05 billion deal for three Chinese submarines at a time of economic hardship.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government has struggled to defend the US$1.05 billion deal for three Chinese submarines at a time of economic hardship.

5 May 2022 - 10:51AM
As Hong Kong battles Omicron, a look at Asia’s lockdowns: from Singapore’s ‘circuit breaker’ to Malaysia’s MCO and the Philippines’ ECQ

Asian countries imposed lockdown using a range of measures; the Philippines had one of the longest and strictest over two years, while India’s economic shutdown prompted an exodus of migrant workers.

Asian countries imposed lockdown using a range of measures; the Philippines had one of the longest and strictest over two years, while India’s economic shutdown prompted an exodus of migrant workers.

3 Mar 2022 - 8:33PM
Ukraine invasion: Biden says Putin ‘has no idea what’s coming’ as US closes its airspace to Russia

Russian forces escalated attacks on crowded urban areas in Ukraine as US President Joe Biden vowed Vladimir Putin would pay a ‘high price’ for the invasion.

Russian forces escalated attacks on crowded urban areas in Ukraine as US President Joe Biden vowed Vladimir Putin would pay a ‘high price’ for the invasion.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:08PM
Singapore wedding joy as 500 couples set to get hitched on 22.02.2022

Record numbers of couples are flocking to hold their wedding day on this auspicious date, ousting Valentine’s Day as the most romantic day of the year in 2022.

Record numbers of couples are flocking to hold their wedding day on this auspicious date, ousting Valentine’s Day as the most romantic day of the year in 2022.

9 Feb 2022 - 8:16PM
Singapore teen who fatally stabbed father had gaming addiction, sentenced to five years’ detention

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 14-years-old when he attacked his father with a fruit knife following an argument about a lost laundry detergent scoop in December 2020.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 14-years-old when he attacked his father with a fruit knife following an argument about a lost laundry detergent scoop in December 2020.

24 Jan 2022 - 6:58PM
Missing British woman’s family ‘devastated’ as body found after Tonga tsunami

Animal-lover Angela Glover was washed away by a wave when she tried to save her dogs.

Animal-lover Angela Glover was washed away by a wave when she tried to save her dogs.

17 Jan 2022 - 11:06PM
Bali’s entitled tourists, a Thai model who broke beauty standards and a Malaysian fugitive on the run: Asia’s most popular stories in 2021

The true feelings of Bali residents towards tourists, the Aukus alliance and a Philippine politician’s marriage to a beauty queen half his age were among the most well-read stories this year.

The true feelings of Bali residents towards tourists, the Aukus alliance and a Philippine politician’s marriage to a beauty queen half his age were among the most well-read stories this year.

31 Dec 2021 - 8:30AM
Asia in 2022: China’s reopening after Omicron, elections in the Philippines, inflation and climate change

US-China competition, the Communist Party’s 20th Congress, Asia elections, inflation, supply chain disruptions, decarbonisation goals and the Taiwan issue are among developments to watch.

US-China competition, the Communist Party’s 20th Congress, Asia elections, inflation, supply chain disruptions, decarbonisation goals and the Taiwan issue are among developments to watch.

29 Dec 2021 - 5:50PM
Coronavirus: Singapore eases isolation rules for Omicron cases; Australia’s New South Wales tightens rules to stem spike in cases

Singapore is changing the rules now that evidence shows Omicron is less severe than Delta. But foreigners seeking to work, study or reside in the city-state must be vaccinated.

Singapore is changing the rules now that evidence shows Omicron is less severe than Delta. But foreigners seeking to work, study or reside in the city-state must be vaccinated.

27 Dec 2021 - 2:57PM
Singer Wang Leehom deserted by brands after wife’s online tirade alleging extramarital affairs

Her nine-page post was viewed or commented on by millions of netizens; several firms quickly dropped Wang as a spokesman.

Her nine-page post was viewed or commented on by millions of netizens; several firms quickly dropped Wang as a spokesman.

22 Dec 2021 - 3:08PM
Japan’s Princess Mako finally marries university sweetheart Kei Komuro, leaves world’s oldest monarchy

For the first time in Japan’s post-war history, Mako turned down a large payment offered to royal women on their departure from the imperial family, and the nuptials were officiated on paper with no elaborate ceremony.

For the first time in Japan’s post-war history, Mako turned down a large payment offered to royal women on their departure from the imperial family, and the nuptials were officiated on paper with no elaborate ceremony.

28 Oct 2021 - 9:35AM
Will Asia accept vaccine mandates like Biden’s for the US?

For now, Thailand nudges, Singapore confers privileges, and Indians shudder from memories of forced sterilisation.

For now, Thailand nudges, Singapore confers privileges, and Indians shudder from memories of forced sterilisation.

30 Sep 2021 - 1:52PM
Bali bombing suspects from Indonesia, Malaysia to go on trial in Guantanamo Bay

Encep Nurjaman or Riduan Isamuddin, better known by his nom de guerre Hambali, has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, alongside Malaysians Mohammed Nazir bin Lep and Mohammed Farik bin Amin.

Encep Nurjaman or Riduan Isamuddin, better known by his nom de guerre Hambali, has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, alongside Malaysians Mohammed Nazir bin Lep and Mohammed Farik bin Amin.

30 Aug 2021 - 8:58PM
Explainer | What is Havana Syndrome, the mysterious illness afflicting US diplomats from China to Vietnam?

US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ trip to Vietnam was delayed by reports of the illness, that a report commissioned by the US State Department said was most likely caused by ‘directed, pulse radio frequency energies’.

US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ trip to Vietnam was delayed by reports of the illness, that a report commissioned by the US State Department said was most likely caused by ‘directed, pulse radio frequency energies’.

25 Aug 2021 - 7:08PM
Singapore teen charged with murder of 13-year-old schoolmate, remanded for psychiatric assessment

The 16-year-old from Singapore’s River Valley High School will be remanded for psychiatric assessment and will return to court in August.

The 16-year-old from Singapore’s River Valley High School will be remanded for psychiatric assessment and will return to court in August.

20 Jul 2021 - 6:20PM
Coronavirus: Singapore’s karaoke bar cluster grows as cruise ship returns after suspected infection; Indonesia records more daily cases than India

While Singapore reported its highest daily local caseload since September, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said there would be no tightening of social measures given the country’s high vaccination rate – with more than 70 per cent of people already receiving their first dose.

While Singapore reported its highest daily local caseload since September, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said there would be no tightening of social measures given the country’s high vaccination rate – with more than 70 per cent of people already receiving their first dose.

15 Jul 2021 - 8:23AM
Singapore warns US embassy over webinar with LGBT group

The invitation-only event was held on Monday and co-hosted by the US embassy and local LGBT support group Oogachaga.

The invitation-only event was held on Monday and co-hosted by the US embassy and local LGBT support group Oogachaga.

19 May 2021 - 8:38PM
Coronavirus: Singapore reports 38 local cases, likely pushing Hong Kong travel bubble back further as travel with Taiwan tightened

The rise in locally transmitted infections brings the city state’s seven-day average of unlinked cases close to the limit agreed with Hong Kong under their quarantine-free travel agreement.

The rise in locally transmitted infections brings the city state’s seven-day average of unlinked cases close to the limit agreed with Hong Kong under their quarantine-free travel agreement.

17 May 2021 - 2:59PM
Singapore arrests couple over death of baby found dumped in Taiwan

The newborn baby was found in a Taipei recycling bin, with the placenta and umbilical cord still attached, in February 2019.

The newborn baby was found in a Taipei recycling bin, with the placenta and umbilical cord still attached, in February 2019.

12 May 2021 - 3:03PM
Coronavirus: India sets record for virus cases with 379,000 new infections in 24 hours

India has now reported more than 18.3 million cases and 204,000 deaths, behind only the United States.

India has now reported more than 18.3 million cases and 204,000 deaths, behind only the United States.

29 Apr 2021 - 11:16PM
Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble announcement delayed as Singapore quarantines hundreds of migrant workers

Sources said the announcement could happen next week with the scheme starting end-May. While no reason was given for the delay, it comes amid a rise in local cases from a migrant workers’ dormitory in Singapore.

Sources said the announcement could happen next week with the scheme starting end-May. While no reason was given for the delay, it comes amid a rise in local cases from a migrant workers’ dormitory in Singapore.

22 Apr 2021 - 5:05PM
Woman shot dead at Indonesia’s national police headquarters was ‘lone wolf’ with Isis sympathies, police say

The violence followed a bombing at an Indonesian church on Palm Sunday. Analysts that spoke to the South China Morning Post had warned of more attacks based on social media chatter.

The violence followed a bombing at an Indonesian church on Palm Sunday. Analysts that spoke to the South China Morning Post had warned of more attacks based on social media chatter.

1 Apr 2021 - 8:00AM
Prince Harry’s ex-butler tells world to eat rice with ‘knife and fork or chopsticks’, sparking online backlash in Asia

Self-proclaimed ‘etiquette expert’ Grant Harrold, who once served Britain’s Prince Charles, said in a post on Twitter that rice should only be eaten with a knife and fork or chopsticks.

Self-proclaimed ‘etiquette expert’ Grant Harrold, who once served Britain’s Prince Charles, said in a post on Twitter that rice should only be eaten with a knife and fork or chopsticks.

10 Mar 2021 - 1:47PM
Pride and prejudice: how Asia’s women have triumphed even in face of adversity

Throughout the past 12 months of trials and tribulations, Asia’s women have proved time and again that they can rise to the challenge.

Throughout the past 12 months of trials and tribulations, Asia’s women have proved time and again that they can rise to the challenge.

31 May 2021 - 11:29AM
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.

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
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.

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
‘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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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’.

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