• Philippine troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

    Philippine troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major step forward in a crisis [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

    Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

    Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis that has triggered the biggest challenge yet to his authority. At least three people were killed and nearly 400 admitted to hospitals in [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Pakistan army calls on government, protesters to end crisis

    Pakistan army calls on government, protesters to end crisis

    Pakistan’s powerful army called on the government and protesters to resolve their differences peacefully Sunday night but ominously warned it was “committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state”, after clashes left three dead. The meeting of top generals, brought forward a day, came after violence broke out Saturday night when thousands [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Australia to join multinational weapons drop into Iraq

    Australia to join multinational weapons drop into Iraq

    Australia will drop military equipment and aid to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq in response to a request from the United States, prime minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday. Australia will join Canada, Italy, France, Britain and the United States in providing arms and humanitarian relief as part of a multinational [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Thai PM stacks cabinet with soldiers

    Thai PM stacks cabinet with soldiers

    Thailand’s coup leader and newly appointed premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Sunday received royal endorsement for a cabinet stacked with soldiers, as the military extended its reach into the kingdom’s politics. Nearly a third of the 32-strong cabinet are senior military officers. Among them are Prayut’s close allies and key players in the recent years of [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • China: No open nominations for HK leader

    China: No open nominations for HK leader

    China’s legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong’s leader, saying they would create a “chaotic society.” Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city “will definitely happen.” In setting tight limits on how far [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Japan holds nationwide disaster drill

    Japan holds nationwide disaster drill

    About 2.35 million people took part in a government disaster drill in Japan on Monday, hoping to prevent a catastrophe when the quake-prone country is hit by another natural disaster. Dry runs of evacuations, rescue operations and fire fighting were carried out across the nation to simulate an emergency response to an imaginary quake with [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Top Chinese official heckled by HK protesters

    Top Chinese official heckled by HK protesters

    Hong Kong activists launched their fightback Monday against Beijing’s landmark decision to limit voting reforms, heckling a senior Chinese official in angry scenes after hopes for full democracy were crushed. Li Fei, a member of the top committee of China’s rubber stamp parliament, was forced to speak over the cries of pro-democracy lawmakers and protesters [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • India, Japan PMs’ summit to build on warming relations

    India, Japan PMs’ summit to build on warming relations

    Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will hold formal talks in Tokyo Monday to cement a blossoming relationship between India and Japan, on a visit that began with a bear hug and a tour of Kyoto. Modi, who is hoping his market-focused policies will give a boost to India’s floundering economy, could walk away [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Japan confirms more dengue infections: officials

    Japan confirms more dengue infections: officials

    An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan – the first since World War II – could have affected up to 20 people, media reported Monday, as officials confirmed three more cases. The new cases, who are in their teens or 20s, are all believed to have visited Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, one of the major green [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

    Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

    Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday. The defence ministry aims to purchase the locally-made Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow 3) surface-to-air missile system between 2015 and 2024 to replace the ageing [...]

    02-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

    N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

    North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said. It was launched at 10:30 am (0130 GMT) from a site northeast of Pyongyang towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and flew [...]

    01-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 1:59 PM

Society

Indonesian student could be jailed after calling Yogyakarta city ‘stupid’ on social media

An Indonesian university student could be jailed for inciting hatred and defaming an entire city, after calling Yogyakarta “stupid” in a social media post. Postgraduate law student Florence Sihombing, 26, was arrested after previously complaining about being refused service at a petrol station. Ms Sihombing’s lawyer, Widodo Malik, said his client had driven past a [...]

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten “ideological” control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies. The comments came from the Communist Party committees of Peking University, Shanghai’s Fudan University, and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, which each wrote a statement in the Communist Party theoretical [...]

Chinese Father ‘Kills Students Over Daughter’s Summer Homework Controversy’

A man killed three children and stabbed another six people at a school in central China, before leaping to his death, in what detectives believe was a revenge attack against the school board’s decision to not register his daughter for the new academic year. The 40 year-old man, with the family name ‘Chen’, entered the [...]

Health

Japan confirms 22 people affected by first dengue fever outbreak since 1945

New cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported today involve suffers believed to have fallen ill after visiting Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, which is popular with residents and tourists. An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever in Japan – the first since the second world war – has affected 22 people, the nation’s health ministry confirmed on Monday. [...]

China Issues Tax Breaks for Green Cars to Tackle Air Pollution

China has introduced tax breaks on sales of electric cars, in an attempt to reduce pollution in the world’s most populous country. The measure is targeted at sales of energy efficient cars made by Chinese manufacturers. The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reported that 17 vehicles from 11 manufacturers would be affected by [...]

Japan confirms more dengue infections: officials

Japan confirms more dengue infections: officials

An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan – the first since World War II – could have affected up to 20 people, media reported Monday, as officials confirmed three more cases. The new cases, who are in their teens or 20s, are all believed to have visited Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, one of the major green [...]

FinanceAsia

MARKET REPORT: Asian stocks gain, European markets drift lower

European shares drifted lower Monday as tensions over Ukraine simmered while Asian stock markets mostly rose on expectations of stimulus in China after manufacturing growth slowed in August. KEEPING SCORE: In morning trading, France’s CAC-40 was down 0.3 per cent at 4,369.03 and Germany’s DAX was off 0.1 per cent at 9,463.43. Britain’s FTSE 100 [...]

Markets drift as Wall Street has day off

Ahead of a raft of economic developments this week, financial markets started the week on a lackluster note Monday as Wall Street was closed for the Labour Day holiday. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.1 percent at 6,825.31 while Germany’s DAX rose the same rate to [...]

Deloitte Business Consulting Partners With Appian

Appian today announced its partnership with Deloitte Business Consulting to enable customers with the combination of Appian’s industry-leading business process management (BPM) and Case Managementsoftware with Deloitte’s multi-disciplinary business consulting expertise. Appian’s modern Work Platform enables organizations to integrate and optimize IT systems, data, processes and people for smarter business decisions and faster business action. [...]

Regional

Mining protester blacklisted and refused entry to Malaysia

A Sydney-based New Zealand activist has been refused entry to Malaysia after being blacklisted by police, believed to be because of her involvement in protests against an Australian-owned rare earth mining company. Natalie Lowrey was returning to Malaysia to act as an observer to the trials of 15 Malaysians who were arrested alongside her at [...]

Australia child-relocation hearing opens in N.Ireland

A hearing into the historic transportation of children from Northern Ireland institutions to Australia opened on Monday, sparking calls for a nationwide inquiry into what campaigners called “the largest child abuse scandal in Britain’s history”. Around 50 former residents of institutions in Northern Ireland were set to give evidence in a series of hearings in [...]

New Zealand PM still upbeat as corruption claims swirl

New Zealand prime minister John Key insisted his bid for re-election remained on track on Monday, as the opposition demanded a corruption probe into a scandal that brought down a senior minister. Campaigning for the September 20 vote has been dominated by allegations, based on emails hacked from a right-wing blogger’s computer, that members of [...]

China

Chinese buy-out of Singapore firm would not hit Taiwan IC packaging

The possible buy-out of Singapore-based integrated circuit packaging and testing provider STATS ChipPAC by a Chinese competitor is unlikely to affect Taiwanese firms’ competitive edge in the global market for the services, analysts said Saturday. The top two local IC packaging and testing firms – Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries – have [...]

Top Chinese university warns against criticising Communist Party – journal

One of China’s top universities has urged students and teachers to “fight against” criticism of the ruling Communist Party, an influential party journal said, in the latest curbs on free expression. The move by Peking University, which at one time was a bastion of free speech in China, underscores increasing anxiety of criticism among party [...]

Jack Ma Times Market Selling Second Alibaba IPO in Rally

Jack Ma knows how to time an initial public offering. The 49-year-old former school teacher preparing to list Alibaba Group Holding Ltd during a record rally for US stocks did the same thing seven years ago, when Alibaba.com Ltd went public in Hong Kong a week after the Hang Seng Index hit an all-time high. [...]

Malaysia

FT blog explains Malaysia’s post-colonial middle-income blues

Fifty-seven years after independence, Malaysia remains a middle-income income nation due to a lack of quality in political and financial institutions, Financial Times (FT) said in its recent beyondbrics blog. Comparing the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of seven countries which achieved independence from their European colonisers, the international business paper judged two other [...]

Malaysia refuses New Zealand activist entry

Malaysia on Monday refused entry to a New Zealand anti-mining activist who had previously been arrested for joining a protest against a rare earths processing plant, rights groups said. Natalie Lowrey arrived from Bali Sunday night to observe the court hearing scheduled for Tuesday of 15 Malaysians who were arrested along with her in June [...]

Remains of MH17 pilots, young family coming home tomorrow – Bernama

The remains of pilots Captain Wan Amran Wan Hussin and Captain Eugene Choo Jin Leong, as well as of a young Dutch-Malaysian couple and their baby girl, are among the nine Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims to arrive in Malaysia tomorrow. Defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said two of the seven Malaysian victims, comprising [...]

Indonesia

Indonesian student could be jailed after calling Yogyakarta city ‘stupid’ on social media

An Indonesian university student could be jailed for inciting hatred and defaming an entire city, after calling Yogyakarta “stupid” in a social media post. Postgraduate law student Florence Sihombing, 26, was arrested after previously complaining about being refused service at a petrol station. Ms Sihombing’s lawyer, Widodo Malik, said his client had driven past a [...]

Indonesian female governor jailed for corruption

Indonesia’s first female provincial leader, and head of one of the country’s most powerful political dynasties, was jailed for four years Monday for bribing a top judge over an election dispute. The case of Ratu Atut Chosiyah has transfixed even graft-weary Indonesia since her arrest last year for giving kickbacks to the constitutional court’s then [...]

Indonesia trade picture brightens after Ramadan slump

Indonesia posted a slim trade surplus in July, bouncing back from a deficit the previous month caused by increased imports before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the Eid holiday, data showed on Monday. Meanwhile inflation eased further to 3.99 percent year-on-year in August from 4.53 percent in July, continuing a downward trend after [...]

Singapore

S’pore’s Angel’s Gate: Helping Startups, Says No To Predatory Incubation

If you stay or work in Singapore, you would have noticed that Singapore’s startup scene is booming. According to data from Hong Kong-based Asian Venture Capital Journal, venture capital invested in Singaporean tech firms by funds in 2013 totalled $1.71 billion, bringing local investments ahead of big players such as Japan, South Korea, and Hong [...]

CRXzone Launches as Singapore’s First Bitcoin and Litecoin Exchange

Singapore’s latest exchange, CRXzone, has become the first platform to offer both litecoin and bitcoin trading in the country. Like others in the Asian region, the exchange aims to attract an international customer base by offering additional bitcoin services beyond trading. CEO Pawan Kumar spoke to CoinDesk about the exchange’s unique funding and payment options, [...]

Japanese team in Singapore to study social impact of casinos

Singapore’s experience with casinos has drawn visitors from Japan as the East Asian state looks to legalise casinos this month. Some members of the Japanese Federation of Bar Association (JFBA) came here recently to study how the Republic has been preventing and managing the social fallout from gambling. The association, which represents all 35,000 lawyers [...]

Thailand

Australian charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with Thai surrogate

An Australian who fathered surrogate twins with a Thai woman has been charged with sexually abusing the children. The man, who cannot be identified, has been charged with indecent dealings of a sexual nature with the children while they were under 10. Court documents reveal he has also been charged with possessing child abuse material [...]

British activist set for Thai defamation trial

A British activist is set to face a defamation charge in a Bangkok court Tuesday stemming from a report he co-authored on alleged labour abuses in Thailand’s food industry. Andy Hall, 34, faces civil and criminal lawsuits submitted by Thai fruit processor Natural Fruit, after his report levelled accusations of forced and child labour, unlawfully [...]

Thailand introduces new visa regulations

Thai authorities have implemented new visa regulations aimed at boosting tourism and tightening loopholes often abused by those who want to extend their stay. Previously, tourists from 48 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore, could stay in Thailand for 30 days with a visa-exemption stamp from the Thai immigration. Now, for [...]

Philippines

Philippines foils car-bomb plot at airport, shopping mall

The Philippines on Monday foiled a bid to plant car-bombs at its main airport and a nearby shopping mall, authorities said. The motive for the bomb plot was not immediately clear but in the past such attacks in Manila, the capital, and other parts of the largely Christian Philippines have been blamed on al Qaeda-linked [...]

Car bomb found at Philippines’ main airport: authorities

Three people were arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila’s international airport, but there was no ongoing safety threat to travellers, authorities said Monday. A utility vehicle containing an “improvised explosive device” was found at the airport’s terminal three car park about 1:45 am (1745 GMT) Monday, said a short [...]

Taiwanese officials assisting Philippines in fisherman case

Three Taiwanese judicial officials attended a preliminary conference Monday in the Philippines to assist Filipino prosecutors in a court case on the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard officers last year. Hung Pei-chi, who represents Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice; Chief Prosecutor Lin Yen-liang; and Prosecutor Tseng Shih-che attended the court proceedings [...]

Japan

India and Japan will shape 21st century, says Modi

Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared Monday ties between India and Japan were moving to a “new level”, during a summit signalling promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterweight to China. Modi’s first foreign visit outside the Indian sub-continent has been a relaxed display of personal chemistry between the leaders [...]

Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji cove

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP. The annual catch, in which people from the southwestern town corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay and butcher them, was thrust into the global spotlight in [...]

Modi goes to Japan, takes an indirect swipe at China

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi loves all things Japanese. The bonhomie between Modi and his “old friend” Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, was evident during his five-day visit that began Saturday. The two inked business deals and pledged to upgrade defense cooperation. Modi played flute with schoolchildren, attended the traditional tea ceremony and prayed [...]

Korea

Family worries about detained missionary’s health

The sister of an American missionary held for nearly two years in North Korea said Monday that she is worried about the health and well-being of Kenneth Bae, who’s isolated in a labour camp and suffers from severe back pain. In a statement released Monday after Bae, 46, gave a brief news conference with other [...]

Americans detained in N Korea call for US help

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and – watched by officials as they spoke – called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial [...]

Why Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

South Korea may be doomed. A recent study, conducted by the National Assembly Research Service in Seoul, predicts that the country will reach zero inhabitants by 2750. The report makes it clear where the country’s problem lies: A remarkably low birth rate of 1.9 children per woman. But what’s really striking is the speed at [...]

Hong Kong

Protesters clash with police over HK election rules

Protesters clashed with Hong Kong police Monday at a heated news conference about limits imposed by mainland Chinese authorities on the territory’s 2017 election. Demonstrators have promised a wave of civil disobedience in the semi-autonomous Chinese region, although it remains unclear whether they can sustain the momentum against tremendous pressure from Beijing. Monday’s fracas broke [...]

China accuses MPs of HK ‘interference’

The Chinese authorities have accused British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs, Newsnight has learned. They are trying to block an influential Westminster committee from carrying out an inquiry into the ongoing tensions in Hong Kong. The Chinese ambassador to the UK has also tried to warn the MPs off. It comes as thousands [...]

Democracy Protests Divide HK, China

On Sunday, China’s National People’s Congress announced that Beijing intends to pre-screen candidates in the election of Hong Kong’s next chief executive. Thousands of democracy activists took to the streets of Hong Kong upon hearing the news. With those activists threatening to shut down the city’s central business district, reaction in both Hong Kong and [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan’s first budget airline set for maiden flight

Taiwan’s first budget airline said Monday it was scheduled to launch its maiden flight later this month, tapping into the robust demand for cheap travel in Asia. Tigerair Taiwan – a joint venture by China Airlines, the island’s leading air carrier by fleet size, and Singapore’s low-cost carrier Tigerair – is slated to start its [...]

3 Reasons Intel Is A More Compelling Investment Than Taiwan Semiconductor

Intel’s R&D spending is 7x that of Taiwan Semiconductor while Intel’s gross margins are 23 percent higher. Intel offers shareholders a history of increasing dividends plus has a higher yield than Taiwan Semiconductor. Intel has a generous $20B share buyback programme in place. Recently I decided to add additional semiconductor exposure to my investment portfolio. [...]

China currently incapable of launching full attack on Taiwan proper: MND

China’s military is capable of seizing Taiwan-held islands near the mainland and taking over islets in the disputed South China Sea area, but cannot yet launch a full scale attack on Taiwan proper, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday. In a report on China’s military might in 2014 and another report on Taiwan’s [...]

Vietnam

US firms prefer Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, survey shows

Indonesia remains the most preferred destination in the Asean region of American companies for their future expansion despite the many challenges they encounter in doing business in the country, a recent regional survey has found. The Asean Business Survey Outlook 2015, carried out by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Singapore and the US Chamber [...]

TPP nations kick off fresh officials meeting in Vietnam

Senior officials from 12 countries involved in the Pacific Rim free trade initiative began a fresh round of negotiations in Hanoi on Monday, aiming to clear a path for a broad agreement within this year. But it is uncertain how much closer they can move over contentious issues, official sources say, as not a few [...]

Vietnam’s Dung Quat refinery wraps maintenance

State-owned PetroVietnam has completed the second planned maintenance turnaround since 2011 at its 140,000-b/d Dung Quat refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam (OGJ Online, May 20, 2014). The scheduled turnaround, which shuttered the refinery for 2 months beginning on May 19, lasted 57 days and included the completion of nearly 7,000 maintenance items, PetroVietnam said. [...]