• China landslide death toll rises to 15, report says

    China landslide death toll rises to 15, report says

    The death toll from a landslide that destroyed a Chinese village has risen to 15, state media reported Friday. Half of a 600-metre high knoll near Fuquan city in the southwestern province of Guizhou broke free and “wiped out a majority of the village” at its base, the official Xinhua news agency said. Rescue workers [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 2:57 PM
  • Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

    Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

    Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwesternChinathat killed at least 14 people. More than 600 members of specialized search and rescue teams were working in a pair of destroyed villages inGuizhouprovinces, state media reported. They came equipped with electronic devices to detect signs of life, as well as backhoes [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AP | 2:59 PM
  • China landslide kills eight

    China landslide kills eight

    Eight people died and another 17 were left missing by a landslide in China, state media reported Thursday. The landslide engulfed a village near Fuquan city in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the Xinhua news agency said. Torrential rain complicated the rescue work, it said. Pictures showed emergency personnel levering up slabs of tiled wall. [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 8:59 AM
  • Nine more remains from MH17 to return home on September 2 – Bernama

    Nine more remains from MH17 to return home on September 2 – Bernama

    The repatriation ceremony to honour the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy scheduled for September 2 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is expected to involve nine more remains, including those of two foreign nationals. Armed Forces Chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said so far, nine remains were expected to arrive on [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Bernama | 8:56 AM
  • Pipeline Explosion Kills Three in Indonesia

    Pipeline Explosion Kills Three in Indonesia

    Two children and an adult were killed when a pipeline belonging to Indonesia’s state oil and gas company caught fire on Thursday, police said. The fire from the pipeline in West Java’s Subang district quickly spread to houses nearby, killing the residents, provincial police chief Martinus Sitompul said. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pipeline-explosion-kills-three-indonesia-n190816

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | EPA | 8:53 AM
  • China’s Xi meets Vietnam envoy amid strained ties

    China’s Xi meets Vietnam envoy amid strained ties

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday held talks with a top Vietnamese envoy and said the two countries should repair strained relations, state media reported. Xi met Le Hong Anh, a member of Vietnam’s Communist Party politburo, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. It described him as being sent by the head of the country’s [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • China, Vietnam say they’ll negotiate sea disputes

    China, Vietnam say they’ll negotiate sea disputes

    China and Vietnam said Wednesday they’re committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi. The statement followed talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese special envoy Le Hong Anh to resolve a crisis in relations dating from the [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • US Criticises Vietnam Convictions of Dissidents

    US Criticises Vietnam Convictions of Dissidents

    The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh to 3 years, 2 years and 2 1/2 years respectively on Tuesday as “bogus.” [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Japan PM Abe sent condolences to memorial for convicted war criminals

    Japan PM Abe sent condolences to memorial for convicted war criminals

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe sent a condolence message to a ceremony honouring “martyrs” convicted as war criminals after World War Two, his top spokesman said on Wednesday, news that could snarl efforts to thaw chilly ties with China. Abe sent the message in April to a Buddhist temple in western Japan housing a monument [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Burma

    Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Burma

    Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops. A wooden plaque inscribed with Chinese characters reading “The spirits of the Republic of China officers and soldiers killed” was brought to the Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • MH370 may have turned south ‘earlier’ than thought

    MH370 may have turned south ‘earlier’ than thought

    The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane’s possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet “may have turned south” earlier than thought, deputy prime minister Warren Truss said. The detail came to [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysia, Australia to share costs for latest phase of MH370 search

    Malaysia, Australia to share costs for latest phase of MH370 search

    Malaysia on Thursday said it would share with Australia the cost of the latest effort to uncover signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in the hope of unlocking modern aviation’s greatest mystery. Months of searches have failed to turn up any trace of the missing Boeing 777 aircraft, which disappeared on March 8, carrying [...]

    29-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Society

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. The effort with “4K” technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel. Experts say the chemical reactions [...]

World’s Wooliest Sheep ‘Shaun’ Found in Australia

Two Australian farmers, Peter and Netty Hazell, claim to have found the world’s woolliest sheep, Shaun, whose fleece reportedly weighs over 20 kgs, Sky News reported today (27 August). Six-year-old Shaun has, most likely, never been sheared. Shaun was spotted wandering around on farmland owned by the Hazells near the town of Oatlands, 84 kms [...]

Chinese tourists, with Korean drama stars in mind, flock to Seoul for cosmetic surgery

All around the southern SeouP district of Gangnam – the area of conspicuous consumption made famous by the hit song “Gangnam Style” – Chinese women walk down the street with bandages over their faces and around their heads. Some, despite hoodies pulled up and parasols pulled down, are so badly bruised and swollen that they [...]

Health

China: Teenager to Undergo Surgery on Unusually Long Neck

Fifteen-year-old, Fu Wengui, from Beijing, is set to undergo a rare surgery to shorten his abnormally large neck, reported China Topix. Wengui was reportedly born with several spinal disorders, including congenital scoliosis, and diagnosed with an abnormal chest frame at the age of six. Congenital scoliosis is developed early on approximately within the first six [...]

Japanese 24yo who fathered 15 children via surrogacy will likely take them from Thailand

A 24-year-old multimillionaire who fathered 15 children via surrogacy in Thailand will likely be able to take them from the country. Japanese national Mitsutoki Shigeta used his sperm to have the children with 11 surrogate mothers. He said his motives were pure and all he wanted was a large family. Most of the children are [...]

Philippines among 8 countries with most HIV cases

Dr Eric Tayag, chief of the Department of Health (DOH) National Epidemiology Centre, said the number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases reported daily shoot up to 16 cases from only 12 cases in 2013. Philippine National Aids Council notes that because of the ongoing escalation of number of people getting infected with HIV, the [...]

FinanceAsia

Hall Plan for dmexco 2014 Is Online: More Than 800 Exhibitors in 3 Halls and a Redesigned Conference Center

In 2014 dmexco will once again break all records, featuring over 800 exhibitors on more than 60.000 square meters in three fully occupied halls. The number of trade visitors from all over the world is also expected to reach an all-time high of over 30,000. In response to this development, the plans for dmexco 2014 [...]

MEDIA ADVISORY: BMO CEO Bill Downe to Speak at Scotiabank GBM Financials Summit 2014

Bill Downe, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group (TSX: BMO)(NYSE: BMO), will participate in the Scotiabank GBM Financials Summit in Toronto on September 3, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. (EDT). Mr. Downe’s presentation will be broadcast live via webcast at www.bmo.com/investorrelations. The webcast will be archived for 30 days. About BMO Financial Group Established in 1817 [...]

New PhoCusWright Research: APAC’s Emerging Markets Pushing Region’s Online Penetration

The Asia Pacific (APAC) travel market is in the midst of a huge and rapid shift from offline to online and mobile channels. Although online travel penetration is increasing at a slower pace than in prior years, a new PhoCusWright study, “Asia Pacific Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition” (phocuswright.com/products/4396), shows that APAC’s online bookings are [...]

Regional

Burma’s Solar Ambitions Kickstarted With $480 Million ACO Pact

Myanmar will expand its sources of clean energy through an agreement with ACO Investment Group, a US-based private-equity fund focusing on Asian emerging markets, to develop two solar-energy plants. The project, consisting of two 150-megawatt solar facilities, is valued at $480 million, according to a release from the Office of the US Trade Representative. The [...]

‘Sexual Jihad’: British, Australian and Malaysian Women Going to Iraq as ‘Comfort Women’ for Isis

Women from Britain, Australia and Malaysia have reportedly travelled to Iraq and Syria to serve as ‘comfort women’ for Isis militants, a phenomenon which has become known as “sexual jihad.” Intelligence authorities in Kuala Lumpur have confirmed that at least three Malaysian females have travelled to the Islamic State, the caliphate established by the Sunni [...]

Japan, India to ink rare earths deal: report

Tokyo and New Delhi will next week sign an agreement that will see around 2,000 tonnes of rare earths imported from India, a report said Thursday, as Japan looks to diversify supply away from China. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are expected to agree on the deal at their [...]

China

Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwesternChinathat killed at least 14 people. More than 600 members of specialized search and rescue teams were working in a pair of destroyed villages inGuizhouprovinces, state media reported. They came equipped with electronic devices to detect signs of life, as well as backhoes [...]

China landslide death toll rises to 15, report says

China landslide death toll rises to 15, report says

The death toll from a landslide that destroyed a Chinese village has risen to 15, state media reported Friday. Half of a 600-metre high knoll near Fuquan city in the southwestern province of Guizhou broke free and “wiped out a majority of the village” at its base, the official Xinhua news agency said. Rescue workers [...]

China landslide kills eight

China landslide kills eight

Eight people died and another 17 were left missing by a landslide in China, state media reported Thursday. The landslide engulfed a village near Fuquan city in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the Xinhua news agency said. Torrential rain complicated the rescue work, it said. Pictures showed emergency personnel levering up slabs of tiled wall. [...]

Malaysia

Nine more remains from MH17 to return home on September 2 – Bernama

Nine more remains from MH17 to return home on September 2 – Bernama

The repatriation ceremony to honour the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy scheduled for September 2 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is expected to involve nine more remains, including those of two foreign nationals. Armed Forces Chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said so far, nine remains were expected to arrive on [...]

Malaysian sex blogger Alvin Tan ‘not in Singapore’

The hunt is on for Malaysian sex blogger Alvin Tan after he jumped bail. But contrary to media reports, The Straits Times understands that he is currently not in Singapore. Tan’s lawyer Chong Joo Tian said his client was supposed to have returned his passport to the Malaysian police on June 3, after a trip [...]

More join queue for Malaysian ‘second home’ scheme

The number of Bangladeshis enrolling on the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme has been on the rise since 2011 after a decline during 2007-10, meaning more money is flying off the country. The Bangladeshis started to take up the offer in 2003 when 32 citizens chose to settle in Malaysia under the programme. The [...]

Indonesia

Pipeline Explosion Kills Three in Indonesia

Pipeline Explosion Kills Three in Indonesia

Two children and an adult were killed when a pipeline belonging to Indonesia’s state oil and gas company caught fire on Thursday, police said. The fire from the pipeline in West Java’s Subang district quickly spread to houses nearby, killing the residents, provincial police chief Martinus Sitompul said. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pipeline-explosion-kills-three-indonesia-n190816

Four more cleaners on trial in Indonesia school abuse case

Four cleaners were charged in court Wednesday over the sexual assault of a young boy at one of Indonesia’s most prestigious international schools, on the second day of trials in a high-profile scandal. The crisis at the Jakarta International School, which began in April with allegations that cleaning staff raped the nursery school boy, has [...]

Ichitan upbeat on new venture in Indonesia

MAJOR ready-to-drink tea producer Ichitan Group has set itself an annual sales target of Bt10 billion in the Indonesian market within the next five years from all its beverage products, president and CEO Tan Passakornnatee said yesterday. This follows its newly signed partnership with PT Sigmantara Alfindo and Mitsubishi Corp to form a joint venture, [...]

Singapore

Najib returns after one-day working visit to Singapore – Bernama

Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak returned to Kuala Lumpur today after a one-day working visit to Singapore where he opened Malaysia’s first overseas agrobazaar outlet. Najib, who was accompanied by wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, flew back from Singapore at 10.30am. The Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob and his [...]

Singaporeans, animal welfare groups react in anger to HDB debarking notice

Dog welfare groups in Singapore are responding in anger to a notice issued by a government board advising dog owners to “debark” their pets if they are having difficulty keeping them quiet. “We strongly CONDEMN debarking, even as a last resort, to stop a dog from barking,” wrote non-profit Exclusively Mongrels Limited in a post [...]

Singapore’s new high commissioner to Australia is Burhan Gafoor

A veteran in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will be Singapore’s high commissioner to Australia. Burhan Gafoor, 48, will take up his new post on September 8, the MFA said on Wednesday. Gafoor, who joined the ministry in 1988, was Singapore’s chief negotiator for climate change from May 2010 to July 2014. Between 2007 [...]

Thailand

European food companies call foul over Thailand fruit company

Business joins the international outcry over Thai company’s lawsuits against human rights investigator Andy Hall. He faces civil and criminal charges over his work for rights group Finnwatch. A group of major European firms has joined the growing international outcry against the trial of a British activist in Thailand. Andy Hall was investigating migrant labour [...]

THAILAND/INDONESIA: Ichitan Group lines up $37m JV

Thailand’s Ichitan Group is to build a plant in Indonesia after agreeing to set up a THB1.18bn (US$37m) joint-venture with PT Atri Pasifix. Ichitan, which manufactures a range of RTD green tea beverages, said the deal will help it expand into Indonesia’s modern trade and convenience channels, where Atri has a strong distribution network. It [...]

Military government extends tourist length of stay in Thailand to 48 nationalities

The Thai military government wants to speed up Thailand’s tourism recovery. The new military government formed under the commandment of general Prayuth Cha-Ochan – who is now prime minister of the transition government – recognises the extreme importance of tourism’s contribution to the Kingdom’s economy. After deciding to waive visa fees for the Chinese market [...]

Philippines

Philippines arrests suspect in deadly Malaysian raid

Philippine police said Wednesday, August 27, they had arrested a Filipino Islamic militant suspected of taking part in at least one deadly kidnapping raid on a Malaysian diving resort island. Hundreds of members of a police special force unit were deployed to arrest Abu Sayyaf member Mobin Hailil at a remote village in the Tawi-Tawi [...]

UPDATE 2-Philippines eyes re-tender, govt-to-govt deal for 500,000 T rice imports

The Philippines is considering re-issuing a buy tender or doing a government-to-government deal for its rice import requirement of up to 500,000 tonnes, after rejecting all offers in a tender that closed on Wednesday because the prices were too high. The imports, originally for arrival between September and November, were meant to beef up state [...]

Philippines: ICRC president stresses need to resolve plight of Zamboanga displaced

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), concluded his first official visit to the Philippines today. During his three-day stay, Maurer met with the Philippine president, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, and other high-level officials to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country, notably the challenges faced by the thousands of [...]

Japan

Japanese Public Seen as Biggest Obstacle to Nuke Restart

Japan is facing the toughest test yet in its effort to restore nuclear energy more than three years after the Fukushima disaster: scrutiny from a skeptical population. The Nuclear Regulation Authority vouched last month for the safety of two reactors in Sendai, the first to pass inspections. Still, with Japan going through its first summer [...]

Sea of Japan Quake Could Cause 23 Metre Tsunami

A large-scale earthquake in the Sea of Japan has the potential to generate a tsunami that could reach as high as 23 meters, a Japanese government commission predicts. Despite its massive scale, such a tsunami would still pale in comparison to the 38.9 metre tsunami that hit Japan’s northeast coast on March 11, 2011, killing [...]

Police proceed with probe on Japanese father and surrogate children

Police are coordinating with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security as well as other related agencies to probe the living conditions of the Japanese man at the centre of a surrogacy scandal before concluding the investigation. Police have contacted Japanese authorities to extradite Mitsutoki Shigeta to Thailand for further investigations. Officers believe Shigeta [...]

Korea

N Korea developing missile-capable submarine, report suggests

N Korea developing missile-capable submarine, report suggests

Pyongyang enhancing its naval capabilities in tandem with nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, a new report claims North Korea has reportedly modified at least one of its fleet of ageing submarines to enable the vessel to launch ballistic missiles. The Washington Free Beacon website claims US intelligence agencies have identified a North Korean submarine equipped [...]

Korea’s Kia to invest $1 billion in Mexico

South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. said Wednesday it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico that is expected to begin production in 2016. The company said the new plant in Nuevo Leon state, across the border from Texas, will have the capacity to make 300,000 cars a year. [...]

Korean War veterans honored in Milledgeville

The deputy Consul general of the Republic of Korea visited the Georgia War Veterans Home Tuesday to thank the veterans for all they did for her nation. In appreciation, she presented them with a book called ‘Korea Reborn.’ For some of the veterans, it was an emotional moment. Dan Holtz with the Georgia Department of [...]

Hong Kong

China moves to limit HK election could stir protests

China moves to limit HK election could stir protests

China moved on Wednesday to limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong’s leader to a handful of candidates loyal to Beijing, local media reported, a move likely to escalate plans by pro-democracy activists to blockade the city’s Central business district. Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule from British colonial administration in 1997, has been deeply [...]

Beijing scholar admits error and omissions in white paper on HK

Beijing scholar admits error and omissions in white paper on HK

A Beijing legal scholar acknowledged an “inaccuracy” and “omissions” in the English version of the white paper on Hong Kong, which many in the city have interpreted as a threat to judicial independence. Wang Zhenmin, a former member of the Basic Law Committee, said the white paper issued by the State Council in June was [...]

Airline HK Express criticised after scrapping Kota Kinabalu flights

Low-cost airline Hong Kong Express has come under fire over its handling of inquiries about its decision to scrap services to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia – a year after it started flying there. The airline announced a week ago that flights 791 and 792, to and from the tourist destination in Borneo, would cease to [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Burma

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Burma

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops. A wooden plaque inscribed with Chinese characters reading “The spirits of the Republic of China officers and soldiers killed” was brought to the Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei [...]

Buzzing Taiwan’s Airspace, China Stages a New High-Risk Stunt

Buzzing Taiwan’s Airspace, China Stages a New High-Risk Stunt

Fresh after nearly hitting a US plane off the coast of China last week, the Chinese air force has staged an additional high-risk stunt. Two aircraft from the mainland twice entered Taiwan’s airspace on Tuesday, Taiwan’s defense minister told Bloomberg News. China, which continues to harbor ambitions of reuniting the island with the mainland, has [...]

Taiwanese official under probe for spying for China

Taiwanese official under probe for spying for China

TAIWAN’S No. 2 official in charge of cross-strait relations is being investigated for allegedly leaking state secrets to China – the most senior official ever thus accused. Analysts say the case will test the beleaguered cross-strait relationship, with negotiations for new pacts already proceeding at a glacial pace due to political gridlock in Taiwan and [...]

Vietnam

Business briefs Aug 29

* Jetstar Pacific is selling promotional one-way fares from 199,000 dong for its HCM City-Bangkok flights and from 299,000 dong for HCM City-Singapore services until tomorrow. The low-cost carrier is also promoting single fares from 180,000 dong for its domestic flights. * Big C is running promotion programs with discounts of 5-40 percent on over [...]

HCM City steps up efforts to foster tourism industry

HCM City have been implementing a range of measures to boost tourism, from improving the quality of services and increasing network linkages to offering attractive promotions. HCM City – Vietnam’s tourism hub – is the first city to effectively develop attractive tourism products through creating links with other localities. Recently, the city diversified its products [...]

PM calls for greater efforts to keep 5.8pct economic growth

It is imperative to focus on alleviating business difficulties and stimulating agricultural and industrial and service growth in order to achieve a 5.8 percent economic growth rate set for this year. Prime minister Nguyen Ta Dung stressed the need at a regular cabinet meeting in Hanoi on August 27 which reviewed the socio-economic performance for [...]