• China economic growth slows in second quarter, warns on trade war

    China economic growth slows in second quarter, warns on trade war

    China said on Monday its economic growth slowed slightly in the second quarter as a trade war with the United States gained pace, while it warned of the global damage that could be caused if the row persists. The world’s second-biggest economy expanded 6.7 percent in April-June, down from 6.8 percent in the first quarter […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:32 AM
  • N. Korea, US hold talks on war dead repatriation

    N. Korea, US hold talks on war dead repatriation

    North Korean and US military officials met Sunday to discuss repatriation of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Returning the remains of the US soldiers who perished during the 1950-53 conflict was part of a deal signed by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:32 AM
  • US, N Korea to resume search for remains from Korean War

    US, N Korea to resume search for remains from Korean War

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that talks on Sunday between US and North Korean officials to discuss the return of remains of US service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War “resulted in firm commitments” and that there would be a follow-up meeting on Monday. It was the first time in nine years […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:32 AM
  • Jailed Reuters journalists to testify in Burma court

    Jailed Reuters journalists to testify in Burma court

    Two jailed Reuters reporters on trial in Myanmar accused of obtaining secret state documents will testify in court from Monday, in a case that is seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy. Journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were last week charged with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:32 AM
  • Insight: In Japan’s flood-ravaged Mabi, delays and lack of awareness magnified death toll

    Insight: In Japan’s flood-ravaged Mabi, delays and lack of awareness magnified death toll

    When Isao Akutagawa moved to the sleepy riverside town of Mabi in western Japan 45 years ago, it seemed like the perfect suburb to raise his children. Land was cheap and he could drive to his job in nearby Kurashiki City. As he built his home next to rice paddies 2 kilometres from the Odagawa […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:32 AM
  • China, US and Russia must act jointly on trade to maintain global order, says Europe’s Donald Tusk

    China, US and Russia must act jointly on trade to maintain global order, says Europe’s Donald Tusk

    European Council President Donald Tusk called for joint efforts from China, the United States and Russia to avoid trade wars and to reform the World Trade Organisation to maintain the global order. Tusk issued the call on Monday when he and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrived in Beijing to hold talks with Chinese counterparts […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:32 AM
  • N Korean claims he was duped into defecting by Korean intelligence

    N Korean claims he was duped into defecting by Korean intelligence

    The North Korean restaurant manager who defected from China with 12 female staff in 2016 has claimed that he was tricked into fleeing to South Korea and later blackmailed by Seoul’s intelligence services. The claims by Ho Kang-il, made in an interview with Yonhap News Agency, add weight to suggestions that the 13 North Koreans […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | The Telegraph | 6:32 AM
  • At least 15 dead in Burma jade mine landslide

    At least 15 dead in Burma jade mine landslide

    At least 15 people have been killed and dozens injured in a landslide at an old jade mine in northern Myanmar, state media reported on Sunday, as rains complicate the search for more victims. The accident is the latest to strike the multibillion dollar industry centred in Kachin state, the source of most of the […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:32 AM
  • Russia must ‘account for role’ in MH17 tragedy: G7

    Russia must ‘account for role’ in MH17 tragedy: G7

    Russia must “account for its role” in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ministers of the world’s industrial democracies said on Sunday. The statement by the G7 ministers came on the eve of a summit between US President Donald Trump and […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:32 AM
  • At least six dead, 1,500 hospitalised as heat wave hits Japan

    At least six dead, 1,500 hospitalised as heat wave hits Japan

    A heat wave had killed at least six people and hospitalised more than 1,500 others across the nation Saturday as a three-day weekend got underway, a Kyodo News tally showed.A heat wave had killed at least six people and hospitalised more than 1,500 others across the nation Saturday as a three-day weekend got underway, a […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Japan Times | 6:32 AM
  • Japan, France to set up framework for maritime issue amid China’s rise

    Japan, France to set up framework for maritime issue amid China’s rise

    Japan and France agreed Saturday to establish a new framework designed to discuss maritime issues and strengthen coordination, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said. Foreign minister Taro Kono and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian reached agreement on the launch amid China’s growing influence at sea. The ministers confirmed they will work closely to ensure the rule […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Mainichi | 6:32 AM
  • China looks to get cozy with the EU in annual talks as Trump tariffs bite

    China looks to get cozy with the EU in annual talks as Trump tariffs bite

    * Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will host European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Beijing, where the two sides could reinvigorate long-running investment treaty talks with the expected exchange of markets access offers for the first time. * This year’s talks come with the United States and China increasingly mired […]

    17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:32 AM

Society

‘Kong: Skull Island’ director ‘almost killed’ in Vietnam nightclub brawl

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director of Kong: Skull Island, has revealed that he was ‘almost killed’ in a violent attack at a nightclub in Vietnam. He suffered sustained contusions, a fractured skull, a cerebral air pocket, and haemorrhaging, spending 10 days in hospital following the attack, and says that he may still face the possibility of […]

Soon-to-Open Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Stirs Sicilian Chef Into Mix

Soon-to-Open Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Stirs Sicilian Chef Into Mix

A 47-year-old Sicilian who has worked in Southeast Asia for 16 years is now the Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage at the first Hyatt Regency in Bangkok. Frederik Farina assumed both roles last month at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, which is scheduled to open this fall not far from where he started […]

Vietnam’s flood death toll rises to 15, more rains forecast

Vietnam’s flood death toll rises to 15, more rains forecast

The death toll from floods and landslides in Vietnam rose to 15 on Tuesday with authorities warning the toll could go higher with more torrential rains forecast for the worst hit province in the mountainous north. Lai Chau province, 470 kms (290 miles) northwest of Hanoi, has been the worst hit with at least 12 […]

Health

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on […]

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

The Zika virus is back in Singapore, almost four months after the last reported case. The latest case was reported last Thursday (18 January), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an update on its website published on Tuesday (23 January). The website does not list any Zika cluster. It is the first Zika infection […]

New bird flu case discovered in Korea

South Korea culled 197,000 chickens at a farm close to the capital city after a new case of avian influenza was discovered, the government said on Wednesday. The government has imposed a 48-hour ban on transporting poultry products in the north of the country, Efe news reported. The affected farm is located in Pocheon, 45 […]

FinanceAsia

Asian markets in retreat as data shows China growth slowing

Asian markets mostly fell Monday as data showed that China’s economic growth slowed in the second quarter on the brink of a potential trade war with the United States. After a positive end to last week’s roller-coaster ride for equities, investors shifted back into defensive mode in early business, with concerns about the impact of […]

Asian shares drift lower as China data, trade cast shadows

Shares edged lower in Asia early Monday after China reported lackluster growth data in line with expectations. Geopolitical and trade tensions were weighing on sentiment despite gains last week on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.4 percent to 2,820.52 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng edged less than 0.1 percent lower to […]

Dascoin Blockchain Speed Improved By 100%

Twice As Fast – Among the World&aposs Fastest Blockchains LONDON, July 14, 2018 – (Media OutReach) – DasCoin, the Currency of Trust and the store of value within DasEcosystem, has achieved a remarkable milestone by implementing Graphene technology to provide the DasCoin Blockchain with a 50% blocktime speed reduction. This incredibly fast new speed of […]

Regional

At least 15 dead in Burma jade mine landslide

At least 15 dead in Burma jade mine landslide

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens injured in a landslide at an old jade mine in northern Myanmar, state media reported on Sunday, as rains complicate the search for more victims. The accident is the latest to strike the multibillion dollar industry centred in Kachin state, the source of most of the […]

Jailed Reuters journalists to testify in Burma court

Jailed Reuters journalists to testify in Burma court

Two jailed Reuters reporters on trial in Myanmar accused of obtaining secret state documents will testify in court from Monday, in a case that is seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy. Journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were last week charged with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets […]

Corrected: Burma arrests government critic under sedition law

Myanmar police have arrested a prominent government critic on suspicion of violating sedition laws, the critic and media said on Friday, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Ngar Min Swe was arrested at his home late on Thursday, news website Eleven Media, which belongs to one of Myanmar’s largest media groups, […]

China

Canada faces ‘collateral damage’ in escalating US-China trade war

Grim scenarios of collateral damage for Canadian consumers and businesses are emerging in response to escalating the US-China trade war. The Trump administration has taken aim at China by imposing a 25 per cent tariff on goods worth US $34 billion, but the worst is still on the horizon. The US has announced a further […]

Trump calls the European Union, Russia, and China ‘foes’ of the US

* President Donald Trump named the European Union as a “foe”, along with Russia and China. * When CBS News host Jeff Glor asked him to identify his “biggest foe globally right now”, Trump said the European Union, as well as Russia “in certain respects” and China “economically”. * Trump’s comments double down on his […]

China economic growth slows in second quarter, warns on trade war

China economic growth slows in second quarter, warns on trade war

China said on Monday its economic growth slowed slightly in the second quarter as a trade war with the United States gained pace, while it warned of the global damage that could be caused if the row persists. The world’s second-biggest economy expanded 6.7 percent in April-June, down from 6.8 percent in the first quarter […]

Malaysia

Pacquiao donates training camp equipment to Malaysia

The newly crowned World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, is donating the training camp equipment he used for his “Fight of the Champions” to the government of Malaysia. During his post-fight press conference after knocking out Argentinian Lucas Matthysse at the Axiata Arena, the 39-year-old Philippine senator said the reason behind his gesture […]

Refrain from posting photos of ailing children online to avoid abuse, parents urged

Parents with children suffering from chronic illnesses have been advised not to share photos of their ailing children on social media as the images could be abused by irresponsible parties. Parents Group and Cancer Child Support (KIDS) advisor Dr Nor Azisah Mohd Taib said photographs of a child in a chronic condition should not be […]

Niosh to aid health ministry strengthen mental health development

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is prepared to assist the health ministry in improving various aspects of workers’ health, including those in the health industry. Its chair Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said in a meeting with Health minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad recently, several matters were discussed. He said this was […]

Indonesia

Pope appoints new bishops in Indonesia

Pope Francis on July 14 appointed new bishops in the Dioceses of Purwokerto and Maumere in Indonesia. Pope Francis on Saturday appointed new bishops in two dioceses of Indonesia and accepted the resignation of a bishop in India. Purwokerto The Holy father appointed Father Christophorus Tri Harsono, the Vicar general of Bogor Diocese, as the […]

PHL-Indonesia joint sea patrols continuing

COORDINATED SEA patrols are continuing between the Philippines and Indonesia, according to Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom). In an interview, Madrigal said most of the joint exercises, which also include Philippine naval reserves, are undertaken at the boundaries of Indonesia and the areas covered by the Western Mindanao […]

3 terrorists killed after police chase in Indonesia

Fourth terrorist escapes in Yogyakarta raid; couple arrested for trying to bomb police HQ Three terrorists were killed and one escaped following an anti-terror police raid in Yogyakarta as Indonesia intensified its crackdown on militant activities. In the dramatic Saturday afternoon raid in Central Java, police were tailing four terrorists riding two motorcycles when two […]

Singapore

Singapore’s water supply will ‘never be threatened’: DPM Teo

Singaporeans can rest assured that the nation’s water supply will remain secure, deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean emphasized on Sunday (July 15). Speaking at the 14th Punggol North Racial and Religious Harmony Street Parade, DPM Teo said it is important for Singapore to hold on to values such as self-reliance to build a strong, […]

New official scheme to help overstretched borrowers restructure loans

A formalised approach to help borrowers repay moneylender debts is set to be introduced by the end of this year. The Moneylenders Debt Restructuring Scheme is the first of its kind to carry out an official structure to aid borrowers who overstretch themselves and the Credit Association of Singapore (CAS) hopes to get all licensed […]

The Straits Times launches project to find Singapore’s fastest-growing companies

TO celebrate the spirit of innovation that enables companies to expand and grow, The Straits Times is inviting companies to take part in its maiden project to honour corporate successes. All companies, regardless of size, which have their headquarters in Singapore are eligible to join the project to determine if they are able to make […]

Thailand

Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital Thursday

Twelve young footballers and their coach rescued from a Thai cave will be released from hospital on Thursday, a health official said, offering psychological support and urging the group to avoid media interviews despite huge interest in their against-the-odds survival story. The group, called the “Wild Boars” after their football academy, went into the Tham […]

23 human traffickers arrested in Thailand crackdown

Twenty-three human trafficking “agents” were arrested during a major operation conducted by the Thai police to prevent southern Thailand from becoming a transit destination for migrants trying to cross illegally into Malaysia. The operation, which began in May, also uncovered major trafficking routes used by the human trafficking syndicates to smuggle illegals from Myanmar to […]

Thai soccer players crave food, wait to go home next week

The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are recovering well and are eager to eat their favourite comfort foods after their expected discharge from a hospital next week. In video messages of the boys shown at a news conference on Saturday, they are seen wearing surgical masks, […]

Philippines

Philippines gives former rebels houses

The Philippine government has handed over houses to hundreds of former communist rebels and their families, in a community they can call their own, in Davao Oriental, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani. The government’s Task Force “Balik Loob” (Rebel Returnee) provided the houses to the initial batch of former insurgents who gave up arms under the […]

Police investigates former cop linked to Tawi-Tawi vice mayor’s slay

The Philippine National Police (PNP) now has leads to the suspects in the killing of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi vice Mayor Alrashid Mohammad Ali in Zamboanga City last Wednesday (July 11). Authorities are now investigating two of the suspects, one of which was a former cop who had gone absent without leave (AWOL) status, according to Zamboanga […]

Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

Millions of boxing fans across the Philippines erupted in cheers and tears of joy on Sunday (July 15) after national icon Manny Pacquiao beat Argentine Lucas Matthysse in a world title bout. In the run-up to the fight 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts he would be […]

Japan

65pct of Japan’s medical institutions demand patients have guarantor: survey

A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has revealed that about two-thirds of medical institutions in Japan demanded patients provide a guarantor in order to be hospitalised, and of those facilities, a little under 10 percent declined the admittance of patients without guarantorsa practice that may be illegal. The study was conducted […]

Elderly account for 70pct of victims of torrential rains in west Japan

People aged 60 or over accounted for about 70 percent of the victims of torrential rains that triggered massive flooding and landslides in western Japan, Kyodo News tallies showed Sunday.Of 171 identified fatalities from Japan’s worst weather disaster in decades, those aged 60 or older totalled 118 as of Sunday evening since the downpours began […]

EU takes anti-Trump trade show to China and Japan

The European Union’s top officials will meet the leaders of China and Japan next week to boost ties in the face of fears that US President Donald Trump will spark an all-out global trade war. The trip by EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker includes the signing of a free trade […]

Korea

Trump hoping for media hype around Putin meeting to match N Korea summit

A face-to-face sitdown with a long-feared foe. Endless media hype. Huge ratings. Although President Donald Trump has met with Russia’s Vladimir Putin twice before, he is eager to recreate in Finland the heady experience that he had last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore: a summit that became a mass media […]

Huawei could beat Samsung to 5G in Korea

While Samsung Electronics Co. has become synonymous with technology in South Korea, a controversial rival could upstage it in the race to build fifth-generation wireless networks in its own backyard. Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese company slammed in the US Congress as a security threat, is in the running to supply equipment to all three […]

N. Korea, US hold talks on war dead repatriation

N. Korea, US hold talks on war dead repatriation

North Korean and US military officials met Sunday to discuss repatriation of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Returning the remains of the US soldiers who perished during the 1950-53 conflict was part of a deal signed by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un […]

Hong Kong

STX Targeting August IPO in HK (Report)

Hollywood mini-studio, STX Entertainment is looking at going ahead with its planned IPO in Hong Kong as soon as next month. Hong Kong finance industry sources Monday echoed a report in the South China Morning Post, quoting John Zhao of investor Hony Capital. A significant STX investor, Zhao pointed to August as a likely date […]

HK engineering body concerned profession’s integrity has been compromised by MTR Corp construction scandal at HK$97.1 billion rail line stations

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has expressed concern that the profession’s integrity may have been compromised during the construction scandals that have engulfed Hong Kong’s most expensive rail link. The Britain-based body told the Post it was worried shoddy work at the HK$97.1 billion (US$12.4 billion) Sha Tin to Central line would affect the […]

HK’s Snowden refugees, facing deportation, hope of new life in Canada

The seven men and women who sheltered the whistleblower in 2013 are awaiting the result of their final appeal For the past few years, Supun Kellapatha and his wife Nadeeka Dilrukshi, Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Hong Kong, have tried to make themselves invisible. They go out as little as possible and hardly socialise. He […]

Taiwan

Taiwan’s Daxi Daxi Festival evening art party revolutionised

Contemporary met traditional then rocked the night away at the Daxi Daxi kickoff party After a day of fun activities to kick off the Daxi Daxi Festival, the three-week celebration of Lord Guan’s birthday, an evening of chromatic art and loud music inside of Lee Teng-fan’s Ancient Residence in Taoyuan drew a hipper crowd than […]

Taiwan lawmakers to visit US

A group of lawmakers will visit the United States on a six-day trip starting Monday to meet with US government officials and members of Congress, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Liu Shih-fang said Sunday. During the visit, the group will call on House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce, members of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus and […]

Taiwanese academic believes Taiwan should plan for US withdrawal from first island chain

US will withdraw from Taiwan’s immediate surroundings, accommodate China according to Kung Chia-cheng Former head of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Kung Chia-cheng said that the US will withdraw from the first island chain and Taiwan should begin to plan for a new strategic context at a conference in Taipei on July […]

Vietnam

Inflation pressure not too large

In the first six months of 2018, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) applied new approach in the foreign currency purchase to increase reserves, along with the ability to neutralise the amount of money in circulation in a flexible way. Earlier, spot forex trading was the major form of transaction in foreign currency purchase, then […]

Credit Suisse AG allocates credit package of $200 million to FLC Group

Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch, has allocated a senior secured term loan facility worth up to $200 million to FLC Group under a credit agreement signed by the two parties. According to FLC Group, this facility, with a term of 2.5-3 years, is secured by shares in some of its subsidiaries and will be used […]

Washington's Lottery Agribank aims to maintain top commercial bank status

The Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) aims to maintain its status as the leading commercial bank in Vietnam in its strategic business orientation to 2025. Chair of the Agribank’s Member Council Trinh Ngoc Khanh said one of the important tasks for the bank in the near future is to offer services based […]