• Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

    Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

    Australia on Sunday said it was trialling a “world first” system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. It raises the minimum tracking rate for planes flying over remote oceans to 15 minutes from current [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 8:34 AM
  • Indonesia retrieves last of crashed AirAsia jet fuselage

    Indonesia retrieves last of crashed AirAsia jet fuselage

    Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, officials said today. The mangled wreckage, the largest part of the plane retrieved, was pulled from the sea yesterday and loaded onto a ship, national search and [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | The Malaysian Insider | 8:32 AM
  • Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers

    Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers

    Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people Sunday after scuffles broke out at a protest in a border town, in the latest example of heightened tensions over the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers in the city. Police officers wielded batons and used pepper spray on the crowds after the demonstration turned unruly, as [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | AP | 8:30 AM
  • Prince William arrives in China for royal tour

    Prince William arrives in China for royal tour

    The Duke of Cambridge is in China for the highest-profile UK royal visit to the country in nearly 30 years. Prince William was met at Beijing airport by Britain’s ambassador to China Barbara Woodward and Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK. The trip will see him highlight the illegal wildlife trade, visit some of [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | BBC | 8:28 AM
  • North Korea fires two missiles into sea, South Korea says

    North Korea fires two missiles into sea, South Korea says

    North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said. The missiles were fired from North Korea’s west coast into the Sea of Japan around 6:30 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. Monday (4:30 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. ET Sunday), the official said. They were fired from an area [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | CNN | 8:26 AM
  • Those spreading rumours on MH370 ignorant, says deputy minister  –  Bernama

    Those spreading rumours on MH370 ignorant, says deputy minister – Bernama

    Those spreading wild speculations, rumours and false news on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared since March 8 last year, are ignorant and lack the knowledge, said Communication and Multimedia deputy minister Datuk Jailani Johari. As chair of the Communications and Media Relations Committee on the MH370 tragedy, he said the government did not [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | Bernama | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysia to send MH17 next-of-kin to Netherlands to view wreckage  –  Bernama

    Malaysia to send MH17 next-of-kin to Netherlands to view wreckage – Bernama

    Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia was ready to send the next-of-kin of crash victims on board Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 to the Netherlands if invited to see the plane’s wreckage. “If they invite, we welcome the move. It is good that the next-of-kin can participate,” he told reporters after launching [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | Bernama | 6:00 AM
  • US flies advanced spy plane over disputed sea: officials

    US flies advanced spy plane over disputed sea: officials

    The United States has flown its most advanced surveillance plane from a military base in the Philippines over flashpoint areas of the South China Sea, Filipino authorities said Friday. With Filipino soldiers on board, the US Navy flew the P-8A Poseidon from a former American airbase about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Manila and [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • France’s Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

    France’s Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

    French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world’s strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • UN official urges Philippines to carry out food security policies

    UN official urges Philippines to carry out food security policies

    The UN special rapporteur on the right to food urged the Philippine government Friday to carry out food security and nutrition policies, noting that despite the country’s rise to a middle-income status in recent years, millions continue to suffer hunger and malnutrition, especially among children. “There are severe implementation gaps in almost all policies related [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | CBN News | 6:00 AM
  • Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan’s prince

    Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan’s prince

    Britain’s Prince William, on his second day of his four-day trip to Japan, is having tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable. Members of the Japanese imperial family lead a highly cloistered life, guarded by the moat-surrounded stone [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea’s Nuclear Expansion

    N Korea’s Nuclear Expansion

    North Korea could be on track to have an arsenal of 100 nuclear weapons by 2020, according to a new research report. The prediction, from experts on North Korea, goes well beyond past estimates and should force renewed attention on a threat that has been eclipsed by other crises. At the moment, the United States [...]

    02-Mar-2015 Intellasia | NY Times | 6:00 AM

Society

Lenny Kravitz nixes Asia tour

Lenny Kravitz on Friday abruptly canceled a tour of Asia and Australia, with the rocker blaming unspecified scheduling issues. The singer-songwriter, whose mix of rock with soul and funk elements has won him a wide international following, had been scheduled to head in March to Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia before a series of [...]

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction – the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat – is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites. Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down at Angkor Archaeological Park, [...]

HK film festival to open with Sylvia Chang’s ‘Murmur’

Sylvia Chang’s return to the director’s chair will open the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which will screen 14 films from the veteran Taiwanese actress and director. “Murmur of the Hearts,” Chang’s first directing feature after a five-year hiatus, tells the struggles and challenges of a young boxer, a painter and a tour guide living [...]

Health

Tetrandrine: Compound from Japanese, Chinese Herbs Shows Promise for Blocking Ebola Virus

In a new study published in the journal Science, tetrandrine – an alkaloid found in Stephania tetrandra (commonly known as stephania root or ‘han fang ji’) and other Japanese and Chinese herbs – inhibited infection of human white blood cells in petri dish experiments and also showed therapeutic efficacy in lab mice. Colorised scanning electron [...]

China bans Canadian beef in wake of Alberta mad cow case

Officials confirmed Friday that China has joined a growing list of countries that have suspended Canadian beef imports after inspectors found an animal suffering mad cow disease on a farm outside Edmonton. China is the fifth-largest importer of Alberta beef, accounting for $39 million of the province’s $1.43 billion in annual beef exports. The Chinese [...]

Drug Resistant Malaria Detected In Burma

Artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites have emerged in Myanmar, with 39 percent of the samples testing positive for the K13 mutation. A study published in the Lancet highlights the worrying spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar close to the border with India. The spread of malaria parasites that are resistant to the drug artemisinin – the frontline [...]

FinanceAsia

Bombardier CS300 Aircraft Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

Another major milestone in Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft program was reached today with the maiden flight of theCS300 airliner. The technologically advanced CSeries aircraft will provide operators with an all-new family of single-aisle mainline jets specifically designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment. The CS300 airliner – bearing Canadian registration markings C-FFDK – departed Montréal-Mirabel International Airport at 11:00 EST and returned [...]

Asian markets end week mixed, Tokyo in new 15-year high

Asian markets were mixed Friday February 27 after US inflation data renewed speculation of an interest rate hike, as Tokyo advanced to a fresh high despite disappointing figures challenging Japan’s war on deflation. Official data showed Japanese inflation slowed for a sixth straight month in January, dampened by weak consumer spending and falling energy prices [...]

Asian markets largely flat in morning trade

Asian markets were largely stronger Friday after US inflation data renewed speculation of an interest rate hike, advancing despite disappointing Japanese figures that challenged Tokyo’s war on falling prices. Official data showed Japan’s inflation slowed for a sixth straight month in January – dampened by weak consumer spending and falling energy prices – its lowest [...]

Regional

Burma wins, Thailand loses tourism growth race in Asean

Myanmar took the crown for the steepest growth in tourism arrivals in 2014 within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), recording 3.08mn visitor arrivals last year, which is a surge of more than 50 percent compared to the 2mn visitors in the previous year, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Hotels and [...]

India unveils budget under pressure to deliver reforms

India unveils budget under pressure to deliver reforms

India’s finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure on Saturday, saying it was time for the economy to “fly”, as he unveiled the new right-wing government’s first full budget. Arun Jaitley said his government had inherited an economy dominated by “doom and gloom” when it took power last year, trumpeting its achievements in conquering inflation [...]

India looks for economic magic in new budget

The government of prime minister Narendra Modi is set to reveal its second budget, an event so highly anticipated that TV news channels have doubled their advertising rates around Saturday’s presentation. The budget launch itself will not be scintillating television – there are no flashy special effects. What you get instead is India’s finance minister [...]

China

Prince William arrives in China for royal tour

Prince William arrives in China for royal tour

The Duke of Cambridge is in China for the highest-profile UK royal visit to the country in nearly 30 years. Prince William was met at Beijing airport by Britain’s ambassador to China Barbara Woodward and Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK. The trip will see him highlight the illegal wildlife trade, visit some of [...]

China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts

China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts

Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc, Sina Corp affiliate Weibo Corp and other companies deleted the accounts in a cull aimed [...]

China draft counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms

China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security “backdoors”, a potential escalation of what some firms view as the increasingly onerous terms of doing business in the world’s second largest economy. A parliamentary body read a second draft of the country’s first anti-terrorism [...]

Malaysia

Najib’s approval rating slips to 44pct, says Merdeka Centre

Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s approval rating dropped to 44 percent in January from 48 percent in October 2014 as more people felt his government was headed in the wrong direction in economic matters, according to the latest Merdeka centre poll. The independent pollster said Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s approval rating remains at [...]

Malaysia’s 1MDB faces fresh debt payment test

Malaysia’s debt-laden state fund 1MDB faces a fresh test of market confidence in coming weeks when a bond coupon payment falls due. Failure to pay could trigger a sovereign downgrade. 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a property-to-energy fund whose advisory board is chaired by prime minister Najib Razak, has built debt of nearly 42 billion ringgit [...]

Malaysia receives two patrol vessels from Australia

Malaysia receives two patrol vessels from Australia

Malaysia officially received two vessels from the Australian government that will be used to conduct security patrols in the Straits of Malacca. The Bay-class vessels were handed over during a ceremony attended by minister in the prime minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection minister Peter Dutton at the National [...]

Indonesia

Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

Australia on Sunday said it was trialling a “world first” system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. It raises the minimum tracking rate for planes flying over remote oceans to 15 minutes from current [...]

Indonesia retrieves last of crashed AirAsia jet fuselage

Indonesia retrieves last of crashed AirAsia jet fuselage

Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, officials said today. The mangled wreckage, the largest part of the plane retrieved, was pulled from the sea yesterday and loaded onto a ship, national search and [...]

7.0 Magnitude Rocks Indonesian Coast

7.0 Magnitude Rocks Indonesian Coast

A strong earthquake shook the Flores Sea off the coast of Indonesia Friday morning. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 7.0 and struck at a depth of 553 kilometers at 5:45 a.m. PST. The quake was centered under the ocean 113 kilometers north of Nebe, Indonesia. People from as Dili, Dili and [...]

Singapore

McDonald’s named ‘Best Employer’ in Singapore

Aon Hewitt lauds McDonald’s as “Best of the Best” in its Best Employer – Singapore 2015 awards. Other companies that made the cut include Microsoft Singapore and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Fast food giant McDonald’s has been declared “Best of the Best” in human resource consultancy Aon Hewitt’s list of Best Employers – Singapore 2015. [...]

Lee Kuan Yew in stable condition: Yaacob Ibrahim

Lee Kuan Yew’s condition has improved slightly and he remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation, said a statement from the prime minister’s Office on Saturday night. He is continuing with his antibiotics and remains in the ICU. Doctors at Singapore general Hospital (SGH) are monitoring him closely, said minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim [...]

Singapore LionGold exploring listing to junior bourse

LionGold Corp Ltd, one of the companies at the centre of a penny stock crash in late 2013, is exploring a move to shift its listing from Singapore Exchange’s main board to the junior bourse known as Catalist. The company said its board believes that the proposed transfer will provide it with a more suitable [...]

Thailand

Somali pirates release 4 Thai sailors held nearly 5 years

Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a UN official said Friday. The four released on Wednesday were sailors of the MV Prantalay 12 vessel, a Taiwanese flagged fishing vessel seized by Somali pirates on April [...]

Parents of former Thai princess confess to insulting monarchy

Parents of former Thai princess confess to insulting monarchy

The elderly parents of a former Thai princess were taken into police custody Friday after confessing to defaming the kingdom’s royal family, an institution protected by one of the world’s toughest lese majeste laws. The pair are the latest close relatives of fallen former Princess Srirasmi to face legal proceedings after a corruption scandal involving [...]

Upmarket bug snacks to creep into Thai stores

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his HiSo, short for high-society, brand of seasoned insect snacks in March and plans to stock them at gourmet food markets around the Thai [...]

Philippines

US flies advanced spy plane over disputed sea: officials

US flies advanced spy plane over disputed sea: officials

The United States has flown its most advanced surveillance plane from a military base in the Philippines over flashpoint areas of the South China Sea, Filipino authorities said Friday. With Filipino soldiers on board, the US Navy flew the P-8A Poseidon from a former American airbase about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Manila and [...]

France’s Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

France’s Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world’s strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle [...]

UN official urges Philippines to carry out food security policies

UN official urges Philippines to carry out food security policies

The UN special rapporteur on the right to food urged the Philippine government Friday to carry out food security and nutrition policies, noting that despite the country’s rise to a middle-income status in recent years, millions continue to suffer hunger and malnutrition, especially among children. “There are severe implementation gaps in almost all policies related [...]

Japan

Prince William Honors Fallen Troops in Japan – Just as Princess Diana Did 20 Years Ago

Rows of small, unassuming gray headstones make up much of the tranquil Yokohama War Cemetery in remembrance of more than 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen who died in Japan as prisoners of war during World War II, or as part of the occupation afterward. Twenty years ago this month, the late Princess Diana visited the site to [...]

BOJ’s Nakaso says commitment to price goal ‘unshakable’

The Bank of Japan’s commitment to achieving its 2 percent price target is “unshakable,” its deputy governor said on Friday, signalling that he has no intention of watering down the goal despite a slowdown in inflation driven by slumping oil prices. BOJ deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso said Japan now has a good chance of witnessing [...]

Three teenagers arrested on suspicion of copying ISIS execution videos after murdered 13-year-old is found nearly decapitated in Japan

Japanese police on Friday arrested three teenagers on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by Isis executions such as those by Jihadi John. The brutalised and naked body of Ryota Uemura was found in undergrowth near a river last Friday. His neck had been repeatedly [...]

Korea

North Korea fires two missiles into sea, South Korea says

North Korea fires two missiles into sea, South Korea says

North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said. The missiles were fired from North Korea’s west coast into the Sea of Japan around 6:30 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. Monday (4:30 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. ET Sunday), the official said. They were fired from an area [...]

N Korea infiltrates UN with father-and-son team of spies

The father worked for Unesco and his son for the World Food Programme – until both spies were unmasked North Korea’s version of MI6 managed to infiltrate two United Nations agencies with a father-and-son team of spies. The World Food Programme confirmed that Kim Su Gwang, 38, is no longer in his position at its [...]

N Korea’s Nuclear Expansion

N Korea’s Nuclear Expansion

North Korea could be on track to have an arsenal of 100 nuclear weapons by 2020, according to a new research report. The prediction, from experts on North Korea, goes well beyond past estimates and should force renewed attention on a threat that has been eclipsed by other crises. At the moment, the United States [...]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers

Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers

Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people Sunday after scuffles broke out at a protest in a border town, in the latest example of heightened tensions over the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers in the city. Police officers wielded batons and used pepper spray on the crowds after the demonstration turned unruly, as [...]

US bill links HK economic privileges to autonomy

A bipartisan group of US legislators reintroduced a bill on Friday aimed at putting pressure on China to ensure autonomy and human rights in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would update a 1992 law that has afforded Hong Kong trade and economic privileges not enjoyed by mainland China. It would [...]

UPDATE 2-HK steps up efforts to cool red-hot property market

Hong Kong took fresh measures to cool one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets on Friday, reducing the amount of money home buyers can borrow and capping the amount of debt they can take after house prices hit a record high last year. The central bank’s steps come ahead of an expected US [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan to train doctors from 3 allies in liver transplantation

The Kaohsiung branch of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) said Friday it will provide training to doctors from three of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the field of liver diseases and transplantation. Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay have accepted an invitation to send medical teams to the hospital in southern Taiwan, where they will be [...]

Taiwan’s military strength ranked 15th in global poll

Taiwan’s military strength ranks 15th in the world and ninth in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of conventional war-making capability across land, sea and air, according to a survey conducted by military Web site Global Firepower. The nation’s ranking has fluctuated between 14th and 18th since 2009, peaking at 14th in 2011 and 2012 and [...]

Indonesia to gradually stop sending domestic workers to Taiwan

Indonesia plans to begin measures to stop sending domestic workers to Taiwan in 2017, as the Southeast Asian country is moving forward with a plan to stop sending domestic workers abroad in an effort to protect the country’s dignity, according to an Indonesian official. To move forward with President Joko Widodo’s policy of preventing any [...]

Vietnam

EIU: Inflation in Vietnam continues falling due to efforts to stabilise prices

According to the department for forecast, analysis and risk consulting of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the measures to stabilise consumer prices related to the Lunar New Year implemented by the government of Vietnam will contribute to reduce the 2015 average inflation rate. EIU accessed that household spending usually surge during the Lunar New Year [...]

Marketing in Vietnam – It’s changing

The government has a long-term economic plan for Vietnam – and an improved international and domestic marketing campaign is at the centre of it, deputy minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai recently affirmed. At the conference, Hai added that the economic success the country has had over the past few years has largely [...]

Investment to health infrastructure effective: minister

Investment in health care infrastructure has proven effective, positively changing the face of the hospital system at central and local levels, stated Health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien. Looking forward, five new central hospitals are scheduled to become operational while a number of health care facilities are to be constructed. A project to transfer technology [...]