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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.