• Indonesia police arrest three suspected of links to Jakarta bombing

    Indonesia police arrest three suspected of links to Jakarta bombing

    Indonesian police on Friday arrested three people suspected of being connected to attacks that killed three police at a Jakarta bus station this week, a spokesman said. Yusri Yunus, head of public relations at West Java Police, confirmed by text message that the arrests had taken place in the West Java city of Bandung, but [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 1:40 PM
  • Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Police Officer, Injures 4 Others in Indonesia

    Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Police Officer, Injures 4 Others in Indonesia

    Police say a suspected suicide bomb blast near a bus terminal in Indonesia’s capital has killed a policeman and injured four other officers. Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed that the suspected suicide bomber had also died in the blast. The explosion occurred Wednesday evening in a [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | Time | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine Islamists beheaded local police chief, Duterte says

    Philippine Islamists beheaded local police chief, Duterte says

    Islamist militants rampaging through a southern Philippine city beheaded a local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday. He said the attack occurred near the southern city of Marawi, which is under siege by Islamic militants, as justification for imposing martial law across the southern third of the country. “The chief of police in Malabang [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by IS

    Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by IS

    Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops tried to fend off Islamist militants who took over large parts of a city, capturing Christians, seizing and torching buildings and setting free scores of prisoners. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the rampage via its Amaq news agency, and President Rodrigo Duterte defended [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines

    Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism, after Islamist militants beheaded a policeman and took Catholic hostages while rampaging through a southern city. Duterte declared martial law on Tuesday for the southern region of Mindanao which makes up roughly one third of the country [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump calls N Korea leader ‘madman’ who cannot be let on the loose transcript

    Trump calls N Korea leader ‘madman’ who cannot be let on the loose transcript

    In a call last month with the Philippines’ president, US President Donald Trump described North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “madman with nuclear weapons” who could not be let on the loose, according to a leaked Philippine transcript of their call. Trump told Duterte in the April 29 call that the United States [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • In First Under Trump, US Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

    In First Under Trump, US Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

    A US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, US officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since US President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | US News | 6:00 AM
  • President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

    President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

    Indonesia’s president ordered a thorough investigation Thursday of twin suicide bombings that targeted police, killing three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in the capital in a year. The bombings on Wednesday night also injured five other police officers and five civilians. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he ordered police to “thoroughly investigate [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine troops battle Islamist militants in city

    Philippine troops battle Islamist militants in city

    Philippine troops aboard helicopters and in armoured tanks battled Islamist militants inside a southern city on Thursday, as reports emerged of the gunmen murdering civilians. An initial rampage by the gunmen, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, through the mainly Muslim city of Marawi on Tuesday prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • The Latest: Army trucks roll deeper into Philippine city

    The Latest: Army trucks roll deeper into Philippine city

    The Latest on the siege of a Philippine city that led President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the south (all times local): 10 a.m. Army dump trucks carrying several soldiers standing up in the back are rolling toward the centre of the Philippine city that is under siege by Muslim militants. Lines of [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Korea’s new president draws ire of small businesses he’s vowed to help

    Korea’s new president draws ire of small businesses he’s vowed to help

    Small businesses in South Korea their fear profits could be cut to the bone and some could be forced to close if the country’s new president pushes ahead with plans to raise minimum wages, restrict contract staff numbers and reduce working hours. Since his election earlier this month, President Moon Jae-in has made boosting job [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • N. Korea calls S. Korea’s border firing reckless provocation

    N. Korea calls S. Korea’s border firing reckless provocation

    North Korea on Thursday accused South Korea of firing 450 machine gun rounds at a flock of birds earlier this week, dismissing as a fabrication Seoul’s claim that it had fired warning shots because of an object flying across their border. The North’s general Staff said the South’s firing is a “reckless military provocation” aimed [...]

    26-May-2017 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

Society

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan’s giant step towards allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn’t over in a region where gay sex remains illegal in some countries. Challenges to an Asia-wide embrace of same-sex unions were highlighted by this week’s caning of two Indonesian men as punishment for gay sex and [...]

Rain and Kim Tae-hee are expecting their first child

South Korean celebrity couple Kim Tae-hee and Rain are expecting their first child, according to media reports. Kim Tae-hee’s agency, Lua Entertainment, reportedly released a statement on Tuesday (23 May) saying that the 37-year-old actress is 15 weeks pregnant and will be focusing on her health for the time being. The statement added that the [...]

Baby bump: China eatery in Japan soars on pregnant panda hopes

Swelling hopes for a baby panda in Tokyo have bumped up the stock price of a Chinese restaurant chain in the area, with locals setting their sights on a flurry of tourists. Eleven-year-old Shin Shin, who was brought to Ueno Zoo from China, has been showing signs of pregnancy since last week after mating with [...]

Health

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infection

China will shut poultry markets in certain districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected, state media reported on Sunday, the latest incidents in this year’s more severe outbreak of the virus. A 44-year-old man who sold poultry at a farmers market in southwestern Sichuan province’s Zigong city was diagnosed with H7N9, [...]

China reports 23 more H7N9 cases, 7 fatal

Reports of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China continued at a steady pace last week, with 23 more cases reported. Many of the new cases are in the north, which has reported a late-season surge, according to an update today from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP). China is in its fifth and [...]

China H7N9 bird flu death toll fell to 24 in April – health authority

China reported 24 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in April, the national health authority said on Friday, compared with 47 deaths in March. It also reported 81 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission. [...]

FinanceAsia

League of Angels – Paradise Land Endorsed by Gal Gadot Launches on Mobile

League of Angels – Paradise Land Endorsed by Gal Gadot Launches on Mobile

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DianaPrince–GTarcade is proud to announce that League of Angels – Paradise Land, the company’s latest turn-based fantasy RPG endorsed by Hollywood superstar Gal Gadot, was launched on iOS and Android today. Gal Gadot, known for her role as “Wonder Woman” Diana Prince in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the upcoming Wonder [...]

Hytera Communications Completes Acquisition of Sepura

Hytera Communications Completes Acquisition of Sepura

Global Leader in Professional Mobile Radio Solutions Sees Further Opportunity to Grow in TETRA, DMR and LTE SHENZHEN, China & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EventManagement–Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (002583.SZ), the leading global provider of innovative professional mobile radio (PMR) communications solutions that improve organizational efficiency and make the world safer, announced that as of 24 May 2017 it [...]

Time Inc. and DesignSingapore Council Announce Leadership and Global Advisory Council for Brainstorm Design, Singapore, March 6-8, 2018

Time Inc. and DesignSingapore Council Announce Leadership and Global Advisory Council for Brainstorm Design, Singapore, March 6-8, 2018

NEW YORK & SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) and DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) announce the editorial leadership and the formation of a Global Advisory Council of business leaders and design experts to give counsel, propose the format, and recommend content for Brainstorm Design 2018. The conference is scheduled to occur during Singapore Design Week on March [...]

Regional

6 convicted in City Harvest trial barred from holding office in charities

Six former City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders who were convicted of misappropriating $50 million in church funds have been permanently barred from holding key posts in charity organisations, said a statement from the Commissioner of Charities (COC) released on Wednesday (24 May). CHC’s founder and senior pastor Kong Hee, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, [...]

Logan Property turns to Singapore in its bid to diversify

Drawn by the city-state’s stable operating environment and low tax system, Logan Property Holdings marked its maiden foray into Singapore with a record $1.003 billion bid for a prime residential site in Stirling Road with Nanshan Group, reported The Straits Times. Logan Property investor relations director Derek Lee revealed that the Hong Kong-listed developer “has [...]

Pedra Branca judgment: Singapore files written observations to ICJ

Singapore has filed its written observations on the admissibility of Malaysia’s application to revise the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment in the case concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday (May 25) in a media release. “Singapore’s written observations are a comprehensive rebuttal [...]

China

China’s Addiction to Debt Now Threatens Its Growth

China has gone on a spending spree, borrowing money to build cities, create manufacturing giants and nurture financial markets money that has helped drive the economic powerhouse in recent years. But the debt-fueled binge now threatens to sap growth in the world’s second largest economy. With its economy maturing, China has had to pile on [...]

Moody’s Cuts China’s Credit Rating: ETFs in Focus

Chinese stocks traded lower as Moody’s Investors Service cut the country’s credit rating from Aa3 to A1. However, it also changed the outlook to stable from negative. The rating agency supported its argument by saying that China’s financial strength is expected to worsen due to poor economic growth and increasing debt levels. China’s total outstanding [...]

Downgrade will not burst China’s bubble, says analyst

Moves to downgrade China’s credit rating do not indicate imminent trouble for the world’s second-largest economy but instead point to the country’s “worrisome” long-term direction of travel, global economic analysts have said. Markets saw an initial sell-off in early Asian trading Wednesday after Moody’s Investor Services downgraded China’s credit rating one notch to A1 from [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia police to tighten security at borders after martial law in Mindanao

The police will tighten security at the nation’s borders, especially in waters adjacent to the Philippines following the declaration of martial law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the Mindanao region. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said, however, the department will not increase the number of personnel required for the task. “We [...]

IGP: Cops probing group for linking authorities in cases of missing activists

Police are investigating a group for alleging that the authorities are involved in several cases of missing activists, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today. Khalid said the matter is being investigated under Section 504 (b) of the Penal Code, which deals with the intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach [...]

Dzulkifli: Foreign investors’ perception of Malaysia will improve

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is confident that the country’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score will improve following the blitz on corruption among government servants. MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said he was confident that the graft-buster’s efforts will bear fruit. He noted that it has been less than a year since he assumed [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia police arrest three suspected of links to Jakarta bombing

Indonesia police arrest three suspected of links to Jakarta bombing

Indonesian police on Friday arrested three people suspected of being connected to attacks that killed three police at a Jakarta bus station this week, a spokesman said. Yusri Yunus, head of public relations at West Java Police, confirmed by text message that the arrests had taken place in the West Java city of Bandung, but [...]

Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Police Officer, Injures 4 Others in Indonesia

Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Police Officer, Injures 4 Others in Indonesia

Police say a suspected suicide bomb blast near a bus terminal in Indonesia’s capital has killed a policeman and injured four other officers. Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed that the suspected suicide bomber had also died in the blast. The explosion occurred Wednesday evening in a [...]

Indonesian president threatens to ‘clobber’ those who threaten pluralism

President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday that authorities would “clobber” any group threatening to destroy Indonesia’s tradition of pluralism and moderate Islam, and called for unity ahead of presidential elections in 2019. Religious and political tensions have spiralled in the last six months with Islamist-led rallies against Jakarta’s former governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic [...]

Singapore

Logan Property turns to Singapore in its bid to diversify

Drawn by the city-state’s stable operating environment and low tax system, Logan Property Holdings marked its maiden foray into Singapore with a record $1.003 billion bid for a prime residential site in Stirling Road with Nanshan Group, reported The Straits Times. Logan Property investor relations director Derek Lee revealed that the Hong Kong-listed developer “has [...]

6 convicted in City Harvest trial barred from holding office in charities

Six former City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders who were convicted of misappropriating $50 million in church funds have been permanently barred from holding key posts in charity organisations, said a statement from the Commissioner of Charities (COC) released on Wednesday (24 May). CHC’s founder and senior pastor Kong Hee, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, [...]

Pedra Branca judgment: Singapore files written observations to ICJ

Singapore has filed its written observations on the admissibility of Malaysia’s application to revise the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment in the case concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday (May 25) in a media release. “Singapore’s written observations are a comprehensive rebuttal [...]

Thailand

Thailand to boost security after hospital blast

Thailand has reassured the international community that it would increase security at sensitive locations after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital, Bangkok, wounding 24 people. Thailand has been ruled by a junta since a May 2014 coup. The attack on Monday coincided with the third anniversary of the takeover and the army [...]

Thailand Holds Benchmark Rate as Economy Faces Lackluster Growth

Thailand’s central bank held its key interest rate near a record low to support economic growth that’s lagging peers in Southeast Asia. The one-day bond repurchase rate was left at 1.5 percent, with monetary policy committee members voting unanimously in favour, the Bank of Thailand said in Bangkok on Wednesday. All 23 economists surveyed by [...]

Bangkok bombings undermine military-imposed ‘stability’

Mercenaries likely to have mounted hospital attack but who gave the order? Coming after two earlier explosions in Bangkok in recent weeks, a bomb blast in a hospital on May 22 has further undermined assurances by Thailand’s ruling junta that stability has been restored following a military coup in May 2014. It is now clear [...]

Philippines

EU defends grants, seeks Philippines’ clarification on aid rejection

The European Union’s (EU) ambassador to the Philippines said he will seek clarification from the Duterte administration regarding its recent decision to reject assistance from the EU. Last week, the Philippine government announced that it has stopped accepting aid “with conditions” from the EU as part of affirming its foreign independence policy. According to Malacanang, [...]

Philippine Islamists beheaded local police chief, Duterte says

Philippine Islamists beheaded local police chief, Duterte says

Islamist militants rampaging through a southern Philippine city beheaded a local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday. He said the attack occurred near the southern city of Marawi, which is under siege by Islamic militants, as justification for imposing martial law across the southern third of the country. “The chief of police in Malabang [...]

Philippines needs modern arms to fight ISIS, Duterte tells Putin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the Philippines needs modern arms to fight Islamic State and that he expected Russian support. Duterte also said he had to halt his visit to Moscow and return home as there was still fighting with ISIS’s militants there. This article is courtesy of Reuters. https://sofrep.com/81982/philippines-needs-modern-arms-fight-isis-duterte-tells-putin/

Japan

Jica keen to establish sisterhood pact between Japanese towns and Sabah villages

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) is keen to establish a sisterhood pact with rural villages in Sabah to allow greater people-to-people interaction and cooperation. Jica chief representative in Malaysia Kojiro Matsumoto said the proposal, which was mooted by Sabah Tourism Board chair Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, is worth looking into. “We are always ready to [...]

Tokyo stocks open flat after Fed minutes released

Tokyo stocks opened flat on Thursday as investors focused on prospects for US interest rates after a widely expected June hike. US central bankers say it will “soon” be time to raise the key lending rate again, according to minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting released Wednesday. Monetary policymakers say they may wait, [...]

Is the Land of the Rising Sun Finally Rising Again?

Japan isn’t exactly the most obvious place to open a family theme park. Over the past six years, as the country’s epic demographic crisis has intensified, the number of children has plunged by 1 million. Yet on April 1 hundreds of fidgety kids and their dutiful parents withstood spring showers to attend the grand opening [...]

Korea

China runs out of reasons to support Kim Jong-un’s N Korea

Cary Huang believes a diplomatic shift is in order as Beijing weighs the costs and benefits of standing up for a belligerent and ungrateful nuclear-armed neighbour that now poses a threat to China’s national security For decades, China, as the sole benefactor and supporter of North Korea, has been standing steadfastly between the world’s most [...]

Trump calls N Korea leader ‘madman’ who cannot be let on the loose transcript

Trump calls N Korea leader ‘madman’ who cannot be let on the loose transcript

In a call last month with the Philippines’ president, US President Donald Trump described North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “madman with nuclear weapons” who could not be let on the loose, according to a leaked Philippine transcript of their call. Trump told Duterte in the April 29 call that the United States [...]

Korea’s new president draws ire of small businesses he’s vowed to help

Korea’s new president draws ire of small businesses he’s vowed to help

Small businesses in South Korea their fear profits could be cut to the bone and some could be forced to close if the country’s new president pushes ahead with plans to raise minimum wages, restrict contract staff numbers and reduce working hours. Since his election earlier this month, President Moon Jae-in has made boosting job [...]

Hong Kong

WuXi Biologics to launch $513 million HK IPO on Thursday -IFR

WuXi Biologics (Cayman) Inc, a Chinese contract drug research and development company, plans to launch on Thursday an initial public offering of up to $513 million in Hong Kong, IFR reported, citing people close to the deal. The company is offering 193 million shares in an indicative range of HK$18.60 to HK$20.60 each, valuing the [...]

Moody’s downgrades HK after China ratings cut

Moody’s has cut Hong Kong’s local and foreign currency ratings by a notch to A1 on Wednesday just hours after it downgraded its rating on China amid concerns over the country’s rising debt and slow pace of economic reforms. In a statement, the US ratings agency cites Hong Kong’s exposure to the mainland for the [...]

Moody’s downgrades HK’s rating to reflect close ties to China

Alibaba’s Ant Financial is rolling out Alipay in Hong Kong, the maiden version of the payment-by-smartphone app in a local currency. Alipay and competitor WeixinPay, part of tech giant Tencent, are massively popular in China, where the $5.5tn mobile payments sector is 50 times bigger than that of the US. Ant has stakes in local [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan Just Made LGBTQ History

Taiwan’s highest court delivered a history-making ruling on Wednesday, opening up the country’s laws to allow same-sex marriages. Judges deemed current laws preventing same-sex unions from happening as unconstitutional and allotted Taiwanese parliament two years to correct existing legislation or come up with entirely new laws, BBC reports. As the first Asian country to rule [...]

Taiwanese Court Delivers Landmark Ruling In Favour Of Marriage Equality

Taiwan’s top court has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in a landmark decision for LGBT rights in Asia. The Constitutional Court ruling, handed down Wednesday, said the part of the Taiwanese Civil Code that banned two people of the same sex from marrying was in violation of the constitution. “The [...]

Magnitude 5 earthquake rattles central Taiwan

Magnitude 5 earthquake jolts central Taiwan including Chiayi City, Chiayi County and Yunlin County A magnitude 5 earthquake struck central Taiwan at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a Central Weather Bureau (CWB) report. The epicenter of Wednesday’s tremor was located 9.5 kilometers southeast of Chiayi City Hall, at a depth of 18.3 kilometers, according [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs May 26, 2017

* MSCI has recently announced review results on its MSCI Frontier Market 100 Index after upgradingPakistanto Emerging from Frontier. The weight of Vietnamese equities in the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 Index will rise to 12.63 percent from 7.79 percent. The new list of Vietnamese stocks will increase to 15, including the current six stocks (VNO, [...]

Capital aims for 4.5pct export growth in 2017

The capital aims to generate $11.1 billion from exports this year, 4.5 per cent higher than 2016, the municipal Department of Industry and Trade has said. To achieve this goal, Ha N?i will continue work on accelerating administrative reforms with special focus on customs, tax and business licencing procedures, as well as draw up effective [...]

Upbeat signs for Vietnamese rice exports

Encouraging signs for rice exports after a down-period have boosted the Vietnamese rice market. According to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), the country earned free-on-board (FOB) export value of more than 701 million USD from shipping 1.6 million tonnes of rice to foreign countries in the first four months of the year, down 14.2 percent [...]