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Diplomacy, Economics, Headline-2

Opinion: Japan must return to being South-east Asia’s top trade partner

Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh called on Japan to return to Asean as its top investor, as it was in the 1970s and 1980s.

Diplomacy, Politics

Malaysia detains 13 suspected militants

Six of them were involved in the Marawi siege in the Philippines.

Headline-2, Politics

Wife of militant detonates bomb in Indonesia

Security officials around the region are wary of returning militants from the middle east.

Culture and society, Headline-1

ISIS plans to use Malaysia as safe haven

Kuala Lumpur says foreign militants eyeing Malaysia as safe haven.

Politics

India going to polls over five weeks from April 11

The world’s largest democracy prepares to go to polls with select issues in mind.

Business, Economics

Foreign firms to get access to more sectors in China

Agriculture, mining, manufacturing, service sectors to be opened up, says state planner.

Business, Economics

China to boost consumption to stimulate a slowing economy

China will boost the incomes of urban and rural residents, and domestic consumption is expected to continue to expand and to upgrade.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

Experts weigh in on collapse of talks

Experts in South Korea and beyond offer their take on the breakdown of negotiations.

Culture and society, Curiosity

Hanoi gridlocked for Trump-Kim summit

The city is pulling out all the stops for the international summit.

Current affairs, Diplomacy

Indian fighter jets strike Pakistan terror camp, Islamabad vows response

It was the worst escalation in tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals since 2001.

Politics

Thai Princess Ubolratana disqualified from election next month

The Election Commission said that members of the royal family should be “above politics” and therefore cannot “hold any political office”.

Current affairs

Eight militants killed in Philippine assault on Mindanao

The armed forces were targeting a Singaporean born protest leader.

Politics

Malaysia launches ambitious anti-corruption plan

Mahathir’s new proposal is ambitious but after his 1MDB crackdown, anything is possible.

Politics

Singapore rises to third place in annual ranking of least corrupt countries

The city-state lags behind to only Denmark and New Zealand.

Culture and society

Malaysia stripped of hosting after Israeli athlete ban

The world para-swimming championships will be hosted elsewhere.

Politics

Thailand to hold general election on March 24

King Rama X signs decree signalling elections in March.

Diplomacy

Singapore-Malaysia relations still ‘good’, says Malaysian Foreign Minister

Ties between Malaysia and Singapore are still “good” despite ongoing air and maritime disputes between the two countries.

Diplomacy

No breakthrough in South Korea-Japan military talks

Talks stem from a radar incident involving a Japanese aircraft in December.

Business, Politics

Fugitive Jho Low says no connection between 1Mdb and China

Jho Low rubbishes Wall Street Journal report about China’s alleged role in 1MDB probe.

Business

Ghosn declares innocence in 1st appearance in court

He may stay six months in jail while awaiting trial.

Current affairs

Myanmar’s Shan state runs on meth – and exports are thriving

A look at the behind the scenes picture behind the global methamphetamine crisis.

Culture and society, Headline-1, Politics

Malaysian rulers to pick new king by the month’s end

Previous king stepped down in unprecedented move on Sunday.

Analysis, Current affairs

Seat belt warning as storm clouds loom in 2019

A look at potential headlines in 2019 by the Straits Times’ Warren Fernandez.

Diplomacy, Politics

Taiwan’s ruling party DPP elects moderate as new chairman

The by-election comes after a disastrous local election cycle where the pro-independence party lost heavily.

Culture and society, Current affairs

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia’s King

The council of 9 kings which rule Malaysia on a rotational basis has accepted the resignation.

Current affairs, Politics

Look ahead 2019: 3 things to watch out for in South-east Asia

The Straits Times takes a look at three headlines that will shape Southeast Asia in 2019.

Culture and society, Curiosity, Current affairs

Japanese emperor turns 85, glad for war-free reign

The emperor made his last speech before his pending abdication.

Culture and society, Environment

Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia, more than 800 injured

The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach remote areas.

Current affairs

Sapporo blast due to fumes from 120 emptied spray cans

The owner has since apologised and claimed responsibility.

Diplomacy, Environment

Global climate action plan adopted by almost 200 nations

Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Russia being notable exceptions to the plan.

Diplomacy

Beijing summons US ambassador over Huawei arrest

China adds that it rejects US extradition claims.

Diplomacy, Economics

Huawei exec’s arrest: Who is Meng Wanzhou?

Huawei CFO arrest threatens fragile trade war truce.

Curiosity

Dolce & Gabbana ‘racist’ ad leads to Chinese boycott

A racist ad and Instagram post has prompted massive backlash at luxury brand Dolce and Gabbana in China.

Economics

No let-up in China’s unfair trade practices, says US

Washington takes hardline stance ahead of Trump-Xi meeting; Beijing’s response muted.

Politics

Malaysia Cabinet agrees to scrap death penalty

If approved by lawmakers, capital punishment will be replaced with minimum 30 years in jail.

Diplomacy

India watchful amid developments in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s political crisis has a regional power closely watching developments.

Economics

Thailand’s KBank to launch e-wallet, invests $50 million US in Grab Taxi

Grab on Thursday announced a partnership with Thailand’s Kasikornbank to launch 

Diplomacy

China and US need to adjust to avoid disaster: Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger said that US and Chinese trade negotiators should avoid getting bogged down in details and first explain to each other what objectives they are seeking to achieve.

Analysis

Lion Air crash details revealed

Even the strongest body part of plane broke apart, says Indonesian official.

Analysis, News

Air crash investigation could take up to six months

Preliminary report to be out in about a month, as search for black boxes continues.

News

Indonesia orders checks on all Boeing 737 Max planes after Lion Air crash

Search and rescue crews are still searching the area using sonar to recover debris and material.

Analysis, News

Grieving company pays tribute to founder Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Thai billionaire who built duty-free empire lauded for his kindness, good heart.

Curiosity

Anwar Ibrahim calls for Malay children to learn Chinese

Anwar Ibrahim said that as long as the position of the Malay language as the national language is accepted without question, mastery of other languages should be supported.

Politics

Daughter of Ferdinand Marcos begins Senate bid

Marcos family seeks to strengthen political clout.

Analysis, Politics

China defends and legalizes its internment camp for Uighurs

China amended laws to ‘legitimise’ crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, say experts.

Politics

Anwar says no plans for Cabinet post

The former opposition leader stresses need for Mahathir to be unaffected by constraints of time or pressure.

Economics

Singapore refutes Oxfam report on its performance in tackling inequality

The Oxfam report criticised Singapore for spending “well below countries such as South Korea and Thailand” on healthcare, education and social protection.

Analysis, Environment

Unprecedented cooperation needed to fight climate change

Limiting global warming to 1,5 degrees Celcius possible but will need unprecedented societal changes: UN panel.

Politics

Former Malaysian first lady in court to face corruption charges

The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Rosmah Mansor, is arrested on corruption charges.

Analysis, Environment

Sulawesi quake: Tens of thousands of children among survivors

Tens of thousands of children are in an “extremely precarious” condition after last Friday’s earthquake in eastern Indonesia.

Analysis, Economics

China hits back with tariffs on US$60b of US goods in trade war

China has hit back with reciprocal tariffs after President Trump imposed tariffs on over $200 billion of Chinese goods.

Economics

Trump targets China with more tariffs

Trump slaps tariffs on US$200b of Chinese goods in sharp escalation of trade war.

News

I am not impatient to become Prime Minister, says Anwar Ibrahim

Parti Keadilan Rakyat president says relationship with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad amicable.

Opinion

The future is female

​Asia is a powerhouse of growth in the global economy.

Economics, News

Intra-Asean trade needs to be increased: Vietnam PM

He also says grouping should maintain its consensus-based system, step up integration.

Curiosity, Opinion

Battered by disasters, Japanese remain stoic as ever

Despite typhoons and earthquakes, regular citizens attempt to go about their everyday lives.

Diplomacy

Nuclear impasse keeps Xi Jinping away from Pyongyang

A visit without Xi is now unlikely to achieve any positive results on the nuclear issue, say analysts.

Diplomacy, Politics

Singapore, Malaysia to defer high speed rail project

Singapore, Malaysia to ink agreement today to defer a high-speed rail project.

Analysis

Myanmar reporters jailed for breaching official secrets act

Two Myanmar journalists were jailed for seven years each on Monday (Sept 3) for breaching the country’s official secrets act.

Politics

Recommended by Delhi’s refusal of foreign aid in flood crisis sparks debate

Flood-struck Kerala politicians say national pride should not be at expense of rehabilitation funds.

Diplomacy, Politics

Suu Kyi defends response to Rohingya crisis

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi defended the steps her government has made in handling the Rohingya crisis, amid global criticism on the issue.

Diplomacy, Politics

Lee calls for Malaysia – Singapore cooperation in address

Singapore and Malaysia can pursue win-win cooperation and focus on their respective domestic priorities if bilateral relations are kept stable and close, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Analysis

Kerala flood rescue operation picks up

Rescue operations continue in India’s flood-stricken Kerala, with over 200,000 people displaced and over 300 people killed.

Curiosity

Thousands evacuated as Typhoon Yagi hits Philippines

Transport services disrupted amid flash floods; China braces itself for approaching typhoon.

Politics

Stampede, tears as Tamil Nadu leader Karunanidhi is buried

The popular leader was buried on Wednesday amidst tears and tributes.

Analysis

At least 82 people have died in 7.0 quake in Indonesia

Indonesia’s resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a magnitude 7 earthquake on Sunday with scores dead and widespread property damage reported.

Diplomacy, Economics

Lee: ASEAN must continue economic integration

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told visiting ASEAN foreign ministers that the bloc must continue its program of economic integration.

Diplomacy

ASEAN and China hail breakthrough in South China Sea negotiations

The two sides have agreed to formal texts to negotiate a long sought after code of conduct in the South China Sea.

Analysis

SPECIAL REPORT: How much of a threat is ISIS to the region?

The growing influence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has meant that the threat of transnational terrorism erupting in the region has grown significantly.

Curiosity, Politics

Death toll in western Japan rain deluge tops 120

Tens of thousands displaced; heatstroke advisories out as mercury soars to 35 degrees Celcius.

Curiosity

Singapore spent $16.3m on Kim-Trump summit

The total cost of the summit is down from an earlier estimate of $20 million.

Curiosity, Economics

Japan’s government ready to bet the house on casinos

Locals and foreign residents to pay $74 admission fee; Visits capped at 10 per month.

Analysis, Politics

Malaysia’s most powerful Islamic body faces scrutiny

Malaysia’s new government intends to rein in the country’s most powerful Islamic agency and its huge financial budget.

Curiosity

Kim Jong-un takes night time tour of Singapore

Kim Jong Un learnt about Singapore’s development during night tour: North Korean media.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Uncertainty ahead as US walks out of Iran deal

Pullout may have negative consequences like strengthening hardliners in Iran, say analysts.

Economics, Opinion

Grab-Uber deal: Merger or market-sharing agreement?

The Grab-Uber merger has implications for competition law and long-term commuting behaviour, and deserve careful scrutiny.

Politics

Malaysia court rules no proof of US$3.7 billion loss by 1MDB

Malaysia court rules no wrongdoing by ruling party.

Politics

Harvested Facebook data ‘used to elect Duterte’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s political party was known to have hired hired strategists who helped him transform his modest online presence.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Mystery shrouds North Korean leader’s likely Beijing trip

Kim is rumoured to have met Xi, even as China risks being sidelined in denuclearisation talks.