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News

Coronavirus: 2 new cases confirmed; 4 more, including private hospital doctor, discharged

 Two patients from the Grace Assembly of God cluster, cases 49 and 73, were also discharged.

News

Hong Kong govt records first deficit in 15 years amid economic slump

Budget includes US$1,200 handout to each resident aged 18 and above, low-interest loans for small firms and tax cuts.

Headline-2

869,000 sign petition calling for Moon to be impeached

Even as the government goes all out to curb the spread of the virus, such as revising an infectious disease Act to fine people up to US$2,400 for refusing a virus test, and limiting the export of face masks to 10 per cent of the output, criticism of the Moon administration has grown.

Headline-1

10 dead in Delhi in violent protests against controversial citizenship law, in the midst of Trump’s visit

Witnesses said Delhi police, who were outnumbered, did little to stop the violence, mostly standing by while groups pelted each other with stones, and vandalised vehicles and property.

News

Singapore: Grace Assembly coronavirus mystery solved

The new test works by detecting antibodies the body produces in response to an infection.

News

India, US finalise defence deals, make progress on trade pact

Mr Trump was on a 36-hour, three-city tour of India, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump as well as his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner.

Headline-2

S’pore, South Korea and Hong Kong rebound as other Asian markets bleed

STI gains on signs that the virus outbreak here seems to be largely contained.

Headline-1

Malaysia political turmoil: Search for new government continues as King meets 132 MPs in second day of interviews

The unprecedented move for the King to interview MPs individually instead of meeting party leaders appears to be in line with Dr Mahathir’s plan to form a grand coalition across the political spectrum.

Headline-2

South Korea reports 231 new cases

Health official leading fight against virus in Daegu among those infected; 2 more deaths.

Headline-1

Mahathir made caretaker PM after Malaysia’s King accepts his resignation

After his resignation, the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition saw the departure of dozens of lawmakers that left it short of a majority in Parliament.

News

Mahathir Mohamad set to replace coalition allies with ex-foes

Majority of lawmakers said to back move to include Umno and PAS; King yet to give nod.

News

Fall in new infections after China changes criteria again

Lab tests now needed to confirm infections, instead of relying on clinical diagnosis.

News

Outcry over Indonesia minister’s remark urging rich to marry poor

The minister yesterday clarified that his statement on the cross-economy class marriage was meant to be a suggestion, and was not mandatory.

Headline-1

Singdollar declines to near 3-year low on coronavirus fears

 Fall comes amid Asia-wide forex sell-off after South Korea infection spike, two deaths in Japan.

EDITORIAL: China’s foreign minister to attend special meeting with Asean on virus

China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend a special Asean-China foreign ministers’ meeting in Laos this week to discuss the coronavirus outbreak.

Headline-2

Singapore Budget 2020: 10 things to know, from cash payout for S’poreans to GST not going up in 2021

Here are 10 highlights introduced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Feb 18).

Headline-1

Coronavirus detection in Singapore ‘gold standard’ for case detection: Harvard study

The study said detection ability among “low surveillance” countries, was just 11 per cent of Singapore’s.

News

China orders self-quarantine in capital as nation returns to work

Those returning to Beijing must stay at home for 14 days; steps being taken to help firms China has ordered the thousands of people returning to its capital city Beijing to quarantine themselves, as the nation gears up to officially return to work tomorrow.

News

Coronavirus: 8 new cases in Singapore, including 5 more linked to Grace Assembly church, 1 linked to DBS case

The last new case is a 30-year-old Singaporean man who is a family member of case 50, the 62-year-old male DBS Bank employee who was confirmed to have the virus on Wednesday.

Cruise ship off Japan carries largest cluster outside China

Nearly 5per cent of crew and passengers infected; quarantine officer tests positive.

Headline-2

Singapore and Malaysia to form joint working committee on coronavirus

It is important for both countries to continue working closely together on the outbreak, especially given the high volume of travel between Singapore and Malaysia, the Republic’s Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Headline-1, News

Young party wins Delhi elections, trouncing Modi’s BJP

The Congress, once a dominant presence in Delhi, faced a total rout with a vote share of about 4 per cent following a lacklustre campaign.

Headline-1

Indonesia, Australia seek to start afresh, reboot ties

 Jokowi makes historic address in Canberra, hopes new trade deal will lift both economies Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivered a rare address to Australia’s Parliament yesterday as the two nations committed to a “new beginning” aimed at boosting trade and ending their history of strained ties.

News

Coronavirus: Chinese community in Australia complain of racism as MPs call for calm

Australia’s population of about 25 million includes more than 1.

Headline-1

Coronavirus in Singapore: Of the 43 cases so far, 26 are male, 17 female; local cases now exceed imported ones

The Straits Times outlines the details of the 43 cases of coronavirus in Singapore so far.

News

Citizenship Act key issue for voters in Delhi state polls

The fight in the election in the capital is between the BJP and the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which remains the front runner.

News

PM Mahathir gives AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tacit support in Airbus case

Malaysian PM offers his take on payments in bribery scandal AirAsia’s embattled chief Tony Fernandes has received a temporary lifeline from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who yesterday offered tacit personal approval for the business dealings of the airline’s top executives which were deemed fraudulent by British prosecutors in a bribery scandal involving Airbus.

News

Khaw: Aviation sector will be hit harder than during Sars

China now accounts for larger share of tourist numbers and retail spending here than before.

News

Safeguarding jobs, businesses primary focus in Singapore’s battle against Wuhan virus: Chan Chun Sing

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said protecting the jobs of Singaporeans and ensuring the survival of businesses will be the Government’s primary focus.

News

CapitaLand, more Singapore companies suspend some businesses in China amid Wuhan virus spread

CapitaLand has closed all four of its malls in Wuhan, where the virus outbreak originated, and both of its malls in Xi’an, as required by the respective local authorities, it said on Wednesday morning (Jan 29).

News

Wuhan virus: Outbreak expected to impact Singapore economy but support measures ready, says Chan Chun Sing

The outbreak is expected to affect Singapore’s economy, business and consumer confidence this year as the situation may persist for some time, Mr Chan said at a press conference by the multi-ministry task force on the Wuhan coronavirus.

News

Singapore confirms first Wuhan virus case: What you should do

Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 23): – Avoid contact with live animals, including poultry and birds – Avoid eating raw and undercooked meat .

Wuhan virus: China locks down five cities at epicentre of outbreak

Move to curb virus’ spread across world comes as experts race to crack its code.

News

Wuhan virus: Public hospitals in Singapore in ‘outbreak response mode’

All patients at emergency departments are screened, and those with fever and travel history are isolated.

Wuhan virus: China confirms human-to-human transmission, says medical workers infected

China’s health commission said on Monday (Jan 20)  that medical workers have been infected by the deadly coronavirus first discovered in the central city of Wuhan, confirming it can be transmitted between people.

Headline-1

Wuhan virus: 3rd death reported in China as cases soar past 200; new cases confirmed in Beijing, Shenzhen

There has been a dramatic increase of 136 cases of the mysterious Sars-like virus, including one death, in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Monday (Jan 20) as new cases were confirmed for the first time outside the city in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Politics

Rallies rage on in India over citizenship law

Thousands of students flood streets of Delhi; Assam state sees five protesters shot dead.

Diplomacy

Aung San Suu Kyi denies genocidal intent on Rohingya

She urges world court to let Myanmar justice system work.

Environment

Myanmar running out of time to cope with climate change, warns historian Thant Myint-U

Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change and is grossly unprepared to deal with the consequences.

Headline-1

Hundreds of thousands take part in massive Hong Kong march

Police seized a gun and bullets which they believed were intended to be used during the demonstration.

Politics

Thousands return to Hong Kong streets in fresh round of protests

Police fire tear gas at those outside of approved route.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Hundreds in Hong Kong hail Trump’s endorsement of Bills while pro-Beijing camp sees red

The US made into law a bill supporting pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

Current affairs, Politics

Why Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to vote

Many say events of past 5 months galvanised their desire to exercise their democratic right.

Current affairs

Nearly 1,000 China nationals nabbed in Malaysia

They are believed to be online scam workers.

Business, Headline-2

Huawei to match Google’s mobile services by Q1 2020

The company to support more Android apps on its phones.

Politics

Hong Kong dismisses curfew rumours

Hong Kongers on edge amid reports of evacuation of students from the mainland.

Economics, Politics

Continued chaos on Hong Kong roads due to strikes

All schools shut on Thursday to protect students.

Politics

Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong

The PRC has also compared voters to ISIS.

Diplomacy, Economics, Headline-1

Uncertainty persists on US – China trade deal

This despite Trump’s comments that US and China close to trade deal.

News, Politics

Hong Kong police shoot protester during morning clashes

The shooting is the second incident in as many months where live ammunition was used.

Business, Economics, Headline-2

Xi Jinping says China will focus on imports, further lower tariffs

China has made overtures to increase capital income in recent months.

Diplomacy, Economics, Headline-1

India rejects RCEP

15 other countries, however, will readily sign the agreement.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Asean Summit: China committed to supporting Asean centrality, says Li Keqiang

China is facing off against several ASEAN members over the South China Sea.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

Asean Summit: Modi says India ready to increase partnerships with Asean

Modi has not had the warmest reception to ASEAN after moves in Kashmir.

Politics

Six wounded as knife attack caps day of Hong Kong political chaos

Another weekend, another protest in Hong Kong with violence perpetrated by alleged triads against demonstrators.

Analysis, Culture and society

South-east Asia expects long fight against ISIS influence

They say militant group remains capable and dangerous even after death of leader.

Culture and society, Politics

Hong Kongers find new and novel ways to protest

Musicals, shopping days and paper cranes are just some of the ways Hong Kongers are fighting back.

Politics

Ruling BJP headed for mixed results in state elections in India

The voting took place on Thursday and will be officially declared Friday.

Diplomacy, Politics

China says no plan to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, dismisses report

The statement came concurrently with the Hong Kong government removing a contentious extradition bill that sparked protests.

Diplomacy

Beijing sounds warning against foreign interference at annual security forum

China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe delivers a speech at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, China.

Politics

President Joko Widodo sworn in for second term

Joko exhorts Indonesians to develop ‘new ways and values’.

Economics, Politics

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam unveils measures to ease housing crunch

Lam was forced to deliver speech via video after protests.

Diplomacy, Headline-1, Politics

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters throng Hong Kong’s Chater Garden

The protests have escalated in violence and crackdowns in recent months.

Diplomacy, Politics

Hong Kong police arrest protesters after mall rallies and skirmishes across the city

Police have stepped up campaigns across the city as protests reaches fifth month.

Curiosity

Lombardo’s The Most Expensive Burger In Singapore comes covered in gold leaf, costs $250

Profits go to The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore so you can tuck in and do good.

Singapore is world’s most competitive economy: World Economic Forum

The city-state beat the US to the top spot in the latest rankings of 141 economies.

Current affairs

Thousands take to the streets in HK to defy mask ban; tear gas fired after protests turn violent

Protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on a soggy Sunday (October 6) in defiance of the face mask ban but the largely peaceful marches descended into clashes with police later in the day.

Politics

Singapore’s fake news law to come into effect Oct 2

Critics had feared the law would be used to curb free speech, even if decisions arising from it would come under court and judicial review.

Politics

Hong Kong police defend shooting of 18-year-old, say officers were attacked

Police say they opened fire with live rounds when their lives were under threat; two, including youth, in critical condition.

Headline-1, Politics

Hong Kong on lockdown as China celebrates National Day

HONG KONG – The city is on lockdown on Tuesday (Oct 1), with 

Politics

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters marching ahead of China’s 70th birthday bash

Clashes between police and protesters continued in Hong Kong for the second day of violence this weekend.

Politics

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam faces critics at town hall amid protest outside venue

Carrie Lam has come under criticism on her handling of the protests.

Business, Environment, Headline-1

Three companies with offices in Singapore linked to forest fires causing haze

Haze has closed thousands of schools across Southeast Asia and has been responsible for several deaths.

Economics, Environment

Singapore to do its full part to tackle climate change: PM Lee

The statement comes after global climate protests.

Current affairs, Politics

Protesters disperse after mobbing Hong Kong malls

The Chinese flag was torn down in Hong Kong over the weekend.

Current affairs, Politics

Hong Kong police deploy water cannon, tear gas to disperse radical protesters

More protests erupted this week, the third month of continuous weekend protest.

Business, Economics

Carrie Lam assures investors Hong Kong can rebound from protests

Written by the Associated Press as appearing in the Straits Times.

Headline-2, Politics

Hong Kong protesters boo Chinese anthem

Leader Carrie Lam warns against interference.

Politics

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says decision to stay on is her own

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would take the “difficult path” to remain in office to lead Hong Kong out of the current political crisis.

Diplomacy, Politics

China to show off advanced weapons at 70th birthday bash

Celebrations set against sobering backdrop of deepening trade war with the US and political crisis in Hong Kong.

Diplomacy, Economics

Japan urges private sector investment in Africa amid rivalry with China for influence

Japan is hosting an African summit to discuss development and investment.

Current affairs, Politics

Fresh clashes in Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protesters clash with police, angry at lack of prosecutions after July subway mob attack.

Politics

Nearly two million rally peacefully in Hong Kong

Government says while rally is generally peaceful, traffic disrupted.

Diplomacy

China will quell Hong Kong protests that show signs of terrorism: Chinese ambassador to UK

China has previously said that the protests have bordered on terrorism.

Diplomacy, Politics

Hong Kong suspends all departing flights for 2nd day

Plans to reopen the airport were disrupted by sit-in protests.

Diplomacy

First signs of terrorism emerging in Hong Kong protests, says government

The statement was made Monday by Beijing’s HK administration.

Current affairs, Politics

Police fire tear gas in at least five areas to disperse demonstrators

Hong Kong protesters kept up the pressure on the government this past weekend with fresh protests.

Business, Politics

Ex-Garuda CEO arrested in corruption case that may also implicate politicians

He is suspected of violating money-laundering laws and will be detained for 20 days.

Politics

Hundreds of Hong Kong lawyers join silent march to demand inquiry into protests

China has labeled this the most challenging circumstance that Hong Kong has faced since the handover.

Headline-1, Politics

Chaos in Hong Kong as strikes paralyse city

Protesters battle with mob swinging wooden poles.

Politics

Hong Kong protesters take over key roads

Police fire tear gas near Causeway Bay, Beijing’s Liaison Office as protests continue.

Analysis, Politics

Hong Kong’s unprecedented protests

Hong Kong’s ‘open source’ protests where everyone has a say in what to do is unprecedented.

Politics

Hong Kong protesters face 10 years in jail for rioting charges

A 16-year-old girl is among those charged with rioting.

Politics

Hong Kong police charge 44 people with rioting

Clashes erupt outside police station.

Politics

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam condemn Sunday violence by protesters

Protesters were also attacked by a mob in a department store.

Headline-2, Politics

Hong Kong government blasts riots

Hong Kong police chief blasts Sha Tin violence which leaves six people seriously injured.

Economics

Chinese economy grows at slowest rate in decades

Growth slumps to 27-year low in China, with talk of more aggressive stimulus measures.

Diplomacy, Politics

Hong Kong protests: Chaos speads to Sha Tin mall after rally ends

Protests continue, this time against Chinese vendors.

Economics

Singapore growth lowest in decade

Singapore economy grows just 0,1%, is worse than expected.

Diplomacy

Myanmar insurgents arrested in Singapore

MHA arrests at least six supporters of Myanmar insurgent group in Singapore.

Diplomacy, Economics, Headline-1

Trade war looming between S Korea and Japan

Moon Jae-in urges South Korean companies to brace for all possibilities in trade row with Japan.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

China urges US to cancel $3b arms sale to Taiwan

Beijing says Washington violating ‘one China’ principle; experts warn of Chinese retaliation.

Current affairs, Headline-2, Politics

Anti-extradition protest in Hong Kong ends peacefully

The protests ended at West Kowloon station that connects city to mainland.

Diplomacy

China and UK deepen spat over Hong Kong

China and Britain locked in war of words over Hong Kong after protests in the city.

Current affairs, Politics

Fast facts about the Hong Kong protests

What you need to know about the extradition Bill protests in Hong Kong.

Diplomacy, Politics

China strongly condemns Hong Kong protests

China says LegCo storming a ‘blatant challenge’.

Current affairs, Politics

Mayhem in HK after protesters storm Legco complex

The government slams move as ‘extreme violence’.

Diplomacy, Economics

US, China must compromise to reach deal: Chinese official

Both sides must come together in good faith for any progress to be made.

Current affairs, Headline-2, Politics

Hong Kong set for more protest

Hong Kong gears up for more protests over extradition Bill as hundreds gather.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

China’s Xi Jinping starts North Korea visit

Economy and nuclear weapons will be top issues.

Current affairs, Politics

Hong Kong leader apologises for protest response

I offer my most sincere apology to all the people of Hong Kong: Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Diplomacy, Politics

Millions take to streets of Hong Kong against extradition bill.

Hong Kong government offices remain closed on Monday amid call for strikes.

Diplomacy, Politics

Beijing slams unrest and backs HK govt’s use of lawful means to tackle it

Protests have shut down Hong Kong for the past several days before a government crackdown.

Current affairs, Politics

Hong Kong protests turn violent

At least 72 people taken to hospital during clashes with police.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

China accuses US of meddling for voicing concerns over Bill

Hong Kong has been the site of several mass protest over the previous days.

Diplomacy, Politics

Hong Kong leader defiant despite protest over extradition bill.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says extradition Bill has to be passed as opponents call for fresh protests.

Diplomacy, Politics

Mass protest in Hong Kong over extradition law

Proposed changes to extradition law in Hong Kong draws record number to the streets.

Culture and society, Headline-1

Tiananmen 30 years on: How far has China come?

Straits Times collection on its Tiananmen coverage.

Diplomacy

Chinese Defence Minister Wei says China ready to fight US on trade but door open for talks

The Chinese Defense Minister was speaking at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore.

Politics

India’s Modi begins second term as PM, Cabinet ministers sworn in

Indian PM sworn in after landslide win; BJP president Amit Shah among new faces in Cabinet.

Current affairs, Politics

Indonesian police uncover plot to kill government leaders

They name three hired killers among six new suspects linked to Jakarta violence last week.

Diplomacy, Politics

Modi’s election win signals closer India-US ties

Modi has tried to cultivate a relationship with US President Donald Trump.

Current affairs, Politics

Jokowi issues stern warning as riots rock Jakarta for second night

Jokowi issues stern warning as riots rock Jakarta for second night.

Business, Diplomacy

Google blocks Huawei from Android updates

The move leaves one of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer without an operating system.

Politics

Jakarta on edge ahead of protests against election results

The opposition has yet to yield and admit defeat.

Politics

Exit polls show Narendra Modi’s coalition set to return to power

Most pre-election surveys had suggested that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi would return to power.

Business, Diplomacy, Headline-1

China vows action as US moves to blacklist Huawei

Hopes of a trade deal recede as experts fear American companies could face a backlash.

Economics, Headline-1, Politics

Malaysian PM Mahathir unveils economic plan for all races

The plan was unveiled at the first anniversary of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Opinion, Politics

In Indonesia, a nation of voters won’t be swayed

Change no longer the rallying cry in Indonesia.

Headline-2, Politics

Prabowo is unlikely to go down without a fight

Jokowi calls on voters to unite as opposition claims victory.

Headline-2, Politics

Indonesia steps up cyber patrols, security preparations ahead of elections

Security is an important issue as Indonesia heads to polls.

Headline-1, Politics

What to expect on Indonesia’s election day

Indonesians go to the polls on Wednesday (April 17) to elect their President, Members of Parliament as well as local leaders at district levels.

Headline-2, News, Politics

Modi’s party unveils manifesto with something for everyone

BJP’s key pledges include housing for all by 2022 and the doubling of farmers’ incomes.

Headline-1, Politics

India on high security alert as voting begins

Fears of election bloodshed rise after attack in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday kills lawmaker, 4 others.

Politics

Pro-democracy protesters convicted in Hong Kong

Occupy Central leaders in Hong Kong convicted, await sentencing for their role in mass protests.

Current affairs, Politics

Debate rages on in Malaysia over U-turn from signing Rome Statute

The Southeast Asian nation had chosen to withdraw from the ICC statute.

Headline-2, Politics

Incumbent Jokowi woos voters in rival Prabowo’s stronghold

Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin join the carnival parade in Tangerang Banten.

Headline-1, Politics

Malaysia’s world court withdrawal due to risk of coup attempt

According to Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, the decision to withdraw from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was a political move made to avoid a coup attempt.

Politics

Former Malaysia PM Najib pleads not guilty

Najib said he was not guilty as the 1mdb corruption trial got underway.

Politics

Prabowo Subianto edging closer to Joko Widodo: Survey

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s lead over his election rival Prabowo Subianto has narrowed slightly, a new survey of more than 1,000 eligible voters has shown.

Culture and society, Headline-2

New Emperor, new era

Japan to unveil name of new era under Naruhito’s reign on Monday.

Business

Malaysia’s Proton revs up revival with hot-selling SUV

The X70, a fully imported version of Geely’s Boyue, makes up over half of national carmaker’s sales.

Politics

Thaksin-linked Pheu Thai leads pro-junta party in initial tally

Counting not done after Election Commission says its systems experienced technical failure.

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.