SE Asia should ban foreign trash imports – environmentalists

By Patpicha TanakasempipatBANGKOK, June 18 (Reuters) – Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok.Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries […]

Washington to send one thousand more troops to Middle East

The United States strengthens the military presence in the region. The US Defense Minister speaks of “credible and reliable information” about Tehran’s “hostile behavior”. Beijing asks for moderation: you are opening “a Pandora’s box”. Iran is ready to exceed the limit of uranium reserves. Tehran (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The United States will send a […]

Earthquake in Sichuan: 12 dead and 125 wounded. 100000 people affected

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Yibin area. Two wounded are in critical condition. At least 10 thousand buildings damaged. Motorway and roads blocked. An early warning system reduces damage. The memory of the 2008 earthquake with 87,000 dead. Chengdu (AsiaNews) – Twelve dead and at least 125 injured is the provisional toll of a […]

Asia stocks capped ahead of Fed, oil on defensive

Business Investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate meeting capped Asian stocks on Tuesday, while crude oil prices retreated as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns stemming from recent Middle East tensions. A man looks on in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, […]

Asia Stocks to Dip as Focus Turns to Central Banks: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it’s going next.Asian stocks looked set to start Monday on the back foot ahead of a big week for central-bank policy.Futures pointed lower in Japan and Hong Kong, though ticked higher in Australia. The S&P 500 Index […]

Smart technology lands at Beijing Daxing airport

From high-tech facial recognition to real-time baggage tracking, Beijing Daxing International Airport has embraced the latest smart technologies to improve the passenger experience, an official at the Civil Aviation Administration of China said at a news conference reported by China Daily. Self-service check-in kiosks and baggage drop machines will have 86 percent and 76 percent […]

HK leader admits govt failures amid massive street protest

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised yesterday to the city’s residents and promised to serve them better after hundreds of thousands took to the streets once more to denounce a Bill that would allow extradition to China. Her apology came after weeks of intense pressure to scrap proposed amendments to the law that many people […]

HK leader Lam says sorry, vows to do better

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised yesterday to the city’s residents and promised to serve them better after hundreds of thousands took to the streets denouncing a Bill that would allow extradition to China. The apology came after weeks of intense pressure to scrap amendments to the law as yesterday’s protest continued late into the […]

New poll shows Biden has big lead over Trump

A nationwide Fox News poll released Sunday shows President Donald Trump trailing former vice president Joe Biden and no fewer than four other Democratic contenders as early campaigning for the 2020 election begins to gain steam. A separate survey of key battleground states, by CBS, shows Democrats strongly favor Biden as the candidate most likely […]

Twitter shuts accounts in war on misinformation

Twitter has deleted thousands of accounts linked to foreign governments and archived them to a public database aiming to track state-backed misinformation, Xinhua reported. Twitter said about 4,779 accounts it believed linked with or directly backed by Iran were taken down from its platform, the report said. The San Francisco-based social media firm said these […]

We need to roll up our sleeves for South Asia's children and we need to do it now

Thease situations never cease to impress and move me: a girl who has never had the chance to go to school before, deep in concentration, learning how to bend and twist a shape drawn on paper into a word. I see another child being treated by a health worker—receiving the medicine that will allow him […]

Philippines seen from Asia Clean Energy Perspective, a critique (2019-2029)

AFP FILE PHOTO Part I. ACEF The forthcoming Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) in June at the ADB has the theme: “Partnering for Impact.” “The Asia Clean Energy Forum is one of the leading clean energy events in the Asia region, and it focuses on bringing together practitioners and implementers to identify, discuss and address the key clean energy challenges we face in […]

Some 600000 visited “The Splendor of Asia” within a month

TEHRAN – Some 600,000 people have so far toured the major exhibit “The Splendor of Asia” within less than a month from its opening ceremony at Beijing’s National Museum of China, Mehr reported on Saturday. Titled “The Splendor of Asia: An exhibit of Asian Civilizations,” the exhibit features loan works from 47 Asian countries […]

Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large,… WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks […]

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong to be released from prison on Monday: Party

HONG KONG: Joshua Wong, the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” democracy protests nearly five years ago, will be released from prison on Monday, his party said late on Sunday (Jun 16).In a statement, Demosisto – the party he co-founded – said the 22-year-old activist would be released from Lai Chi Kok […]

1Q19 Telco Roundup: Big Three have seen better days

Analysts say 2Q will be as challenging as 1Q They are generally positive on Telenor Asia-Axiata merger     THE Big Three telcos of the Malaysian mobile industry saw declines in service revenue, subscribers and average revenue per user (ARPU) during the first quarter ended April 2019. Maxis remained the revenue leader despite Digi’s leading […]

The Origins of American Hegemony in East and Southeast Asia – And Why China Challenges It …

Wen-Qing Ngoei is assistant professor of history at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He completed his PhD in U.S. foreign relations at Northwestern University and did postdoctoral stints at Northwestern and Yale University. Ngoei’s book, Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2019)examines how British decolonization intertwined with Southeast Asian […]

Singaporean motorcyclist decapitated in Johor Bahru road accident

JOHOR BAHRU: A Singaporean man was decapitated when his BMW motorcycle was involved in a freak accident with a van along Jalan Gelang Patah near Iskandar Puteri on Saturday (Jun 15).Iskandar Puteri police chief Dzulkhairi Mukhtar on Sunday said the 43-year-old motorcyclist was heading to Ulu Choh from Gelang Patah when he crashed into the Toyota Hiace van […]

HAMILTON Could Be Headed to Asia, Mexico, Paris, Germany, and on an Australian Tour!

Hamilton seems to have taken the whole world by storm but now, the show is planning to actually travel the world. According to France 24, Hamilton is planning its first non-English production, as well as tours in Europe and Asia. This news comes after the show’s recent announcement that it will launch a production in […]