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  • China to suspend extra tariffs on US cars, parts

    China yesterday announced it will suspend extra tariffs added to US-made cars and auto parts for three months starting on January 1 as

  • N Korea food production down in 2018: FAO

    Food production has fallen this year in isolated, nuclear-armed North Korea, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.

  • High court hammer sign

    No room for graft

    Two forklift drivers were charged in Singapore yesterday with accepting Sg$1 (72 US cent) bribes and are facing fines of up to Sg$100,000 and jail time, highlighting the city-state's tough anti-corruption stance.

  • Najib arrested for tampering 1MDB report

    Najib Tun Razak has been arrested by graft investigators over the “tampering” of the 1MDB final audit report.

  • Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    It’s okay to make u-turns: Dr Mahathir

    It is okay for leaders to backtrack from their initial promises because even angels make mistakes some times, says the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad amidst criticisms over several “u-turns” in government policies lately.

  • Huawei CFO faces US fraud charges linked to Iran

    Chinese telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with

  • Mexican model Miss World

    A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan yesterday.

  • Myanmar activists jailed over anti-war protests

    A court in Myanmar's restive Kachin state has jailed three activists for defaming the military, their lawyer said yesterday, as campaigners

  • Kashmir bus plunges into gorge; 13 killed

    Thirteen people were killed yesterday when a passenger bus fell 70 metres down a gorge in southern Indian-administered Kashmir,

  • Myanmar court to hear Reuters reporters appeal this month

    A Myanmar court will hear the appeal later this month of two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, a

  • US accuses Huawei CFO of Iran sanctions cover-up

    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer faces US accusations that she covered up her company's links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions, a Canadian prosecutor says.

  • A 'despicable rogue' action

    Chinese state-run media yesterday condemned the arrest in Canada of a top executive of telecoms giant Huawei on a US extradition request as a "despicable rogue's approach" to contain Chinese high-tech ambitions.

  • India on track to achieve 2030 goal

    India is firmly on track to meet its target on power generation from non-fossil sources and reduce greenhouse gases well ahead of the deadline, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday at a climate summit in Poland.

  • 4,122 criminal cases pending against MPs

    A total of 4,122 criminal cases are pending against the present and former members of parliament and state legislatures across India,

  • New Delhi's govt fined over smog

    India's environmental watchdog has slapped New Delhi's government with a $3.5 million fine for failing to enforce rules to reduce smog

  • Don't act like Hitler

    Sri Lanka's toppled premier yesterday likened the president to Hitler as he demanded to be reinstated, almost six weeks into a

  • Trump asks Pak PM for help: ministry

    Pakistan's foreign ministry said yesterday that US President Donald Trump has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking

  • Cop among 2 killed in Indian state

    At least two persons -- a police inspector and a youth -- were killed yesterday as violence broke out in a town on northern Indian state

  • Court reins in Rajapaksa

    A court in Sri Lanka yesterday suspended Mahinda Rajapaksa's powers as prime minister and ruled his disputed cabinet could not

  • Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

    Thai ban on foreign polls observer an unusual step

    Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai made news in early November when he announced that he saw no need for foreign observers to monitor the country’s general elections which are expected to take place between February and May of 2019.

  • Singers Lata Mangeshkar and Salil Chowdhury

    Salil Chowdhury: Belated reflections on a splendid legacy

    While the audience shared the intensity with which many of his contemporaries and admirers expressed their admiration for the music legend Salil Chowdhury on his 93rd birth anniversary, there was a depressing footnote when his daughter, Antara, confessed that it had become quite difficult to arrange a celebration even on a small scale.

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport is now a 'silent' airport

    The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will be reducing the number of public announcements it will make at its terminals, in its efforts to join the global "silent airport" movement.

  • China orders halt to human gene-editing after outcry

    The Chinese government yesterday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involve in the editing human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies.

  • Moon's approval below 50% in poll first time

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time, a poll showed yesterday, as

  • Australian spies eye licence to use force

    Australian spies operating overseas will have more leeway to use force, including lethal force, under legal reforms put forward by the

  • China vexed by US Navy ships sailing

    China yesterday expressed concern after two US Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the third such operation this year.

  • China green lights first underwater high-speed railway

    China green lights a project to build the first underwater bullet train route, reports CNN.

  • 2 Bhutan hotels awarded Best Hotels in Asia

    Bhutan has continually been ranked as the “happiest place on Earth”, and now the country located in the Himalayas has made it into Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Nepal should raise Rohingya issue with Suu Kyi: Rights groups

    As Myanmar State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi commences her two-day Nepal visit, the Nepalese government should draw her attention to ensure safe return of the Rohingya Muslim minorities and have a fair investigation into the alleged abuses, said human rights agencies.

  • Blast kills 23 outside China factory

    A truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded yesterday at the entrance of a chemical factory in a northern Chinese city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, leaving 23 people dead and 22 others injured, state media and authorities said.