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Donald Trump asks who’s the ‘bigger enemy’: Federal Reserve’s Jerome Powell or Xi Jinping?

The president indicated he was planning to take an action that would affect the dollar and the Fed.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:38PM

The president indicated he was planning to take an action that would affect the dollar and the Fed.

Donald Trump asks who’s the ‘bigger enemy’: Federal Reserve’s Jerome Powell or Xi Jinping?
Russia’s Vladimir Putin vows ‘reciprocal response’ to US cruise missile test

US talk of deploying new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders, the president said.

23 Aug 2019 - 7:57PM

US talk of deploying new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders, the president said.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin vows ‘reciprocal response’ to US cruise missile test
Japan says South Korea fails to understand North Korea threat with ending of intelligence pact

Abe said Tokyo still expected Seoul to keep its promises on the issue of wartime forced labour and to work to rebuild trust.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:44PM

Abe said Tokyo still expected Seoul to keep its promises on the issue of wartime forced labour and to work to rebuild trust.

Japan says South Korea fails to understand North Korea threat with ending of intelligence pact
Malaysia’s Mahathir says ‘unfair’ to link palm oil production to deforestation, while Indonesia threatens to halt Airbus orders

The Malaysian prime minister says the industry has grown responsibly while in Indonesia, there are threats to retaliate against Airbus over curbs imposed by the European Union on use of palm biodiesel

23 Aug 2019 - 5:46PM

The Malaysian prime minister says the industry has grown responsibly while in Indonesia, there are threats to retaliate against Airbus over curbs imposed by the European Union on use of palm biodiesel

Malaysia’s Mahathir says ‘unfair’ to link palm oil production to deforestation, while Indonesia threatens to halt Airbus orders
New allies Vietnam and Australia concerned about China’s activities in South China Sea

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says he is deeply concerned about “the recent complicated developments” in the South China Sea, where Chinese and Vietnamese ships have been locked in a tense stand-off since early July.

23 Aug 2019 - 5:31PM

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says he is deeply concerned about “the recent complicated developments” in the South China Sea, where Chinese and Vietnamese ships have been locked in a tense stand-off since early July.

New allies Vietnam and Australia concerned about China’s activities in South China Sea
Israel hints at covert bombing raids against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Russian-language broadcaster that ‘of course’ the country is operating against a state ‘that wants to annihilate us’.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:42PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Russian-language broadcaster that ‘of course’ the country is operating against a state ‘that wants to annihilate us’.

Israel hints at covert bombing raids against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq
Australia’s biggest state ends Chinese education programme over fears of foreign interference

The move to end the programme, which teaches Mandarin in public schools in New South Wales, was criticised by Beijing. A foreign ministry spokesman said the state government had politicised ‘a normal exchange programme’.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:44PM

The move to end the programme, which teaches Mandarin in public schools in New South Wales, was criticised by Beijing. A foreign ministry spokesman said the state government had politicised ‘a normal exchange programme’.

Australia’s biggest state ends Chinese education programme over fears of foreign interference
South Korea terminates intelligence-sharing pact with Japan as relations hit new low

The termination of the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, is the latest product of deepening enmity between South Korea and Japan over wartime history and trade issues.

22 Aug 2019 - 9:56PM

The termination of the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, is the latest product of deepening enmity between South Korea and Japan over wartime history and trade issues.

South Korea terminates intelligence-sharing pact with Japan as relations hit new low
Australia sees rush of Hong Kong millionaires as unrest rumbles on

The New South Wales state migration department said there is a rise in applicants for the millionaires-only visa programme.

22 Aug 2019 - 5:50PM

The New South Wales state migration department said there is a rise in applicants for the millionaires-only visa programme.

Australia sees rush of Hong Kong millionaires as unrest rumbles on
Bankrupt Bohai Steel ordered by China's Tianjin government to begin restructuring by end of September: Reuters

The implementation of Bohai’s bankruptcy restructuring plan has been delayed over a power struggle between the Tianjin government, creditors and investors, as well as the local government’s fears of losing state-owned assets and jobs, sources told Reuters.

22 Aug 2019 - 4:11PM

The implementation of Bohai’s bankruptcy restructuring plan has been delayed over a power struggle between the Tianjin government, creditors and investors, as well as the local government’s fears of losing state-owned assets and jobs, sources told Reuters.

Bankrupt Bohai Steel ordered by China's Tianjin government to begin restructuring by end of September: Reuters
India’s former finance minister Chidambaram arrested on corruption charges in dramatic late-night raid

Indian authorities allege Palaniappan Chidambaram abused his official position while he was finance minister, and illegally approved the sale of a telecoms firm to a Malaysian company.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:05PM

Indian authorities allege Palaniappan Chidambaram abused his official position while he was finance minister, and illegally approved the sale of a telecoms firm to a Malaysian company.

India’s former finance minister Chidambaram arrested on corruption charges in dramatic late-night raid
US charges Kansas researcher Feng ‘Franklin’ Tao over ties to Chinese university

Feng ‘Franklin’ Tao allegedly concealed that he was working full-time for Fuzhou University while conducting research funded by US government.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:54AM

Feng ‘Franklin’ Tao allegedly concealed that he was working full-time for Fuzhou University while conducting research funded by US government.

US charges Kansas researcher Feng ‘Franklin’ Tao over ties to Chinese university
Fitbit to offer free wearable devices to one million Singaporeans in new health scheme

The wearable devices will send personalised health advice, and encourage physical activity, healthy eating and better sleep quality among users, said a health official.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:14AM

The wearable devices will send personalised health advice, and encourage physical activity, healthy eating and better sleep quality among users, said a health official.

Fitbit to offer free wearable devices to one million Singaporeans in new health scheme
Donald Trump says he’s ‘the chosen one’ to take on China over trade

US president tells reporters his life would be easier if he had not started trade war with Beijing, but says he believes deal is still possible.

22 Aug 2019 - 3:38PM

US president tells reporters his life would be easier if he had not started trade war with Beijing, but says he believes deal is still possible.

Donald Trump says he’s ‘the chosen one’ to take on China over trade
Beijing urges Philippines to ‘ban all online gambling’ to support its cross-border crackdown

Gambling is the ‘most dangerous tumour in modern society’, said a foreign ministry spokesperson, who urged closer cooperation between Chinese and Filipino law enforcement officials.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:15PM

Gambling is the ‘most dangerous tumour in modern society’, said a foreign ministry spokesperson, who urged closer cooperation between Chinese and Filipino law enforcement officials.

Beijing urges Philippines to ‘ban all online gambling’ to support its cross-border crackdown
Fresh violence erupts in Indonesia’s Papua region, as anger spreads over alleged racist abuse of students

More than 1,000 police officers and soldiers have been deployed to the region, but observers say the move may only aggravate tensions.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:43PM

More than 1,000 police officers and soldiers have been deployed to the region, but observers say the move may only aggravate tensions.

Fresh violence erupts in Indonesia’s Papua region, as anger spreads over alleged racist abuse of students
US military Reaper drone shot down over Yemen

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they shot it down with a ‘rocket’.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:49PM

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they shot it down with a ‘rocket’.

US military Reaper drone shot down over Yemen
China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

Union of a man and a woman ‘suits our country’s national condition’, says spokesman, while equality campaigner says gay rights are not a consideration for Chinese policymakers.

21 Aug 2019 - 10:43PM

Union of a man and a woman ‘suits our country’s national condition’, says spokesman, while equality campaigner says gay rights are not a consideration for Chinese policymakers.

China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage
Hongkongers’ turn to Malaysia’s second home programme as protests persist

Property consultants say applications for the “Malaysia My Second Home” initiative have surged in the last few weeks, as Hong Kong continues to be rattled by anti-government protests.

21 Aug 2019 - 3:07PM

Property consultants say applications for the “Malaysia My Second Home” initiative have surged in the last few weeks, as Hong Kong continues to be rattled by anti-government protests.

Hongkongers’ turn to Malaysia’s second home programme as protests persist
WhatsApp said to be in talks to launch mobile payments service in Indonesia amid rapid e-commerce growth

Indonesia, home to 260 million people and Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is one of the top-five markets globally for WhatsApp.

21 Aug 2019 - 12:38PM

Indonesia, home to 260 million people and Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is one of the top-five markets globally for WhatsApp.

WhatsApp said to be in talks to launch mobile payments service in Indonesia amid rapid e-commerce growth
China hopeful US will return to the table at Chile climate talks

Beijing’s climate change envoy Xie Zhenhua acknowledges the countries’ differences but stresses their ‘common ground on climate change issues’.

21 Aug 2019 - 3:07PM

Beijing’s climate change envoy Xie Zhenhua acknowledges the countries’ differences but stresses their ‘common ground on climate change issues’.

China hopeful US will return to the table at Chile climate talks
After 10-hour grilling, controversial preacher Zakir Naik apologises to Malaysians for race remarks

Malaysian police grilled Naik for 10 hours about a speech earlier this month in which he made comments about race and religion in the country.

20 Aug 2019 - 3:23PM

Malaysian police grilled Naik for 10 hours about a speech earlier this month in which he made comments about race and religion in the country.

After 10-hour grilling, controversial preacher Zakir Naik apologises to Malaysians for race remarks
In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child

The Supreme Court ordered Hernandez released and retried, saying the original judge’s decision was based on prejudice and insufficient evidence

20 Aug 2019 - 9:40PM

The Supreme Court ordered Hernandez released and retried, saying the original judge’s decision was based on prejudice and insufficient evidence

In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child
Elton John blasts ‘relentless character assassination’ of Prince Harry and Meghan

He was responding to criticism over the royals’ holidays with three-month-old baby Archie to Spain and France, where they stayed at his villa

20 Aug 2019 - 9:03AM

He was responding to criticism over the royals’ holidays with three-month-old baby Archie to Spain and France, where they stayed at his villa

Elton John blasts ‘relentless character assassination’ of Prince Harry and Meghan
Global network’s nuclear sensors in Russia went offline after suspected Skyfall missile blast, raising suspicions of tampering

The radioactive-particle sensors of at least one of the stations in Russia that went offline after a mysterious blast in the country’s far north are transmitting again.

20 Aug 2019 - 9:14PM

The radioactive-particle sensors of at least one of the stations in Russia that went offline after a mysterious blast in the country’s far north are transmitting again.

Global network’s nuclear sensors in Russia went offline after suspected Skyfall missile blast, raising suspicions of tampering
Mike Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protests

US vice-president repeats Trump’s warning that it will be harder for United States to reach trade deal with Beijing if there is violence in city.

20 Aug 2019 - 6:01PM

US vice-president repeats Trump’s warning that it will be harder for United States to reach trade deal with Beijing if there is violence in city.

Mike Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protests
Man claiming to be Chinese arrested for vandalising area at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine

The man threw an ink-like liquid on a curtain at one of the buildings of Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine that honours Japanese war criminals, police said.

20 Aug 2019 - 12:17AM

The man threw an ink-like liquid on a curtain at one of the buildings of Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine that honours Japanese war criminals, police said.

Man claiming to be Chinese arrested for vandalising area at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine
Pakistan accuses India of waging ‘fifth-generation warfare’ in Kashmir by using water as weapon

Islamabad said the unexpected release of water into the River Sutlej that flows from India to Pakistan was part of an attempt by New Delhi to flout a long-standing treaty between the countries

19 Aug 2019 - 11:32PM

Islamabad said the unexpected release of water into the River Sutlej that flows from India to Pakistan was part of an attempt by New Delhi to flout a long-standing treaty between the countries

Pakistan accuses India of waging ‘fifth-generation warfare’ in Kashmir by using water as weapon
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
US President Donald Trump does not want to do business with China’s Huawei for national security reasons

Trump said there were small parts of Huawei’s business that could be exempted from a broader ban, but that it would be ‘very complicated’.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:30AM

Trump said there were small parts of Huawei’s business that could be exempted from a broader ban, but that it would be ‘very complicated’.

US President Donald Trump does not want to do business with China’s Huawei for national security reasons