• Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

    Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

    Ukraine’s army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime. After explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to access the east Ukraine crash site, Kiev [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • UN Rights Chief: The Downing Of Flight MH17 Is A Possible War Crime

    UN Rights Chief: The Downing Of Flight MH17 Is A Possible War Crime

    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay, the UN’s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a part [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Some MH17 victims may ‘never be found’

    Some MH17 victims may ‘never be found’

    All remains of the 298 people who died on downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine may never be recovered, Dutch police chief Gerard Bouman said on Monday. “I would love to give a guarantee that all the remains will come back, and all possessions, but… I believe the chances are not very [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Thai protest leader denies murder charge over ‘Red Shirt’ crackdown

    Thai protest leader denies murder charge over ‘Red Shirt’ crackdown

    The firebrand leader of months-long street protests which preceded Thailand’s latest coup appeared in court on Monday to deny a murder charge over a bloody crackdown on opposition “Red Shirt” supporters four years ago. Suthep Thaugsuban was deputy prime minister of then ruling Democrat Party during the 2010 crackdown, which left more than 90 people [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid

    Philippine militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid

    Islamic militants on Monday massacred 21 people, including one child, who were travelling to a village feast in the southern Philippines to mark the end of Ramadan, the military said. About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vehicles in the remote town of Talipao on Jolo island, killing 21 people and wounding 11 [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Teens helped each other escape sinking Korean ship

    Teens helped each other escape sinking Korean ship

    Students who survived the South Korean ferry disaster testified Monday they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee after finding their cabins were flooded too much. The six girls spoke at a court session for 15 crew members responsible for the ship’s navigation who face [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Report: N Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

    Report: N Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

    A senior North Korean military official on Sunday threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon, according to Agence France-Presse. “If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival… our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon – the sources of all evil,” Hwang Pyong-So [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | The Hill | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

    Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

    Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are thought to have been factors in Wednesday’s crash of the twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways. The investigation is expected to focus on a [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AP | 7:10 AM
  • MAS hit with wave of cancellations, says report

    MAS hit with wave of cancellations, says report

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS), already reeling from the loss of two aircraft this year, has been hit by a wave of cancellations, Bloomberg reported today. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, while flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over eastern Ukraine [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | The Malaysian Insider | 6:00 AM
  • Five dead as violence rattles Thailand

    Five dead as violence rattles Thailand

    A 10-year-old girl died after a grenade blast while four others, including a soldier, were killed in a shootout only hours afterwards in Thailand’s war-torn deep south. The girl was killed when suspected Muslim rebels, who are fighting for a greater level of autonomy from the Thai state, detonated a grenade near a mosque in [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | Sky News | 7:17 AM
  • UN blacklists N Korea arms ship operator

    UN blacklists N Korea arms ship operator

    The UN Security Council has blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship seized in July 2013 near the Panama Canal with Cuban weapons on board. The move means Pyongyang-based Ocean Maritime Management is now subject to an international asset freeze and travel ban. The company operated the Chong Chon Gang, found with Soviet-era weapons [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | BBC | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan first lady resumes Japan visit after museum row

    Taiwan first lady resumes Japan visit after museum row

    Taiwan’s first lady will resume a rare visit to Japan which was postponed after a diplomatic row over posters for an exhibition of loaned treasured artefacts, officials said Monday. Chow Mei-ching, wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, was set to attend the opening of an exhibition last month of hundreds of artefacts and artworks the Taipei [...]

    30-Jul-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Society

Cambodia’s Ongoing Human Trafficking Problem

Svay Pak is an internationally known district for child sex in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh, where foreign men come to seek sex with young girls. According to a 2011 study by ECPAT Cambodia, around 75 percent of the victims of sex trafficking within Cambodia were children. The study also shows that the age of [...]

Vietnam: Cats Being ‘Drowned, Shaved, Burned and Fried with Garlic’

Cats are being drowned, shaved, burned then fried with garlic at restaurants across Vietnam, despite an official ban that makes it illegal to eat the creatures. Known as “little tiger”, cat meat is served as an accompaniment to beer in Vietnam, with dozens of restaurants in Hanoi having it on their menu. A report by [...]

China activists fight gay ‘conversion therapy’

Gay rights activists in China are preparing for what they say could be a legal milestone in their fight to stop homosexuality being treated as an illness. Later this month, a Chinese court will hear the first case of its kind brought against a clinic that offers so-called “gay conversion therapy”. A long campaign in [...]

Health

China begins vaccine devolopment with a BANG!

The vaccine is intended to protect children in those poor countries from the deadly virus. “So far, we’ve received an application for JE vaccine support from Laos, and we are still open to applications from other… eligible countries also burdened by the disease,” said Seth Berkley, CEO of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation [...]

Prevention for H7N9 being carried out not to enter Burma

As Myanmar and China has trade between livestock breeding animals, prevention measures have been taken for H7N9 according to Dr Wah Wah Han of “Prevent Myanmar Project” media workshop for the awareness of the virus. “H5N1 has been broke out in Myanmar since 2006. In 2013, China suffered H7N9. These can transmit into Myanmar as [...]

Indonesia to continue anti-rabies dog cull

Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, a official confirmed Sunday. Despite a stomach-churning 16-minute video posted on YouTube of a mass slaughter that has prompted outrage from animal welfare groups, Bali Animal Husbandry Department [...]

FinanceAsia

Brocade Ethernet Fabric Underpins International Expansion of Micromax

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) Micromax Informatics, India’s leading mobile handset manufacturer, has deployed innovative Brocade® Ethernet fabric technology in a new virtualized data center designed to support the next several years of operational growth. According to IDC, the Indian smartphone market surge in 2013 — over 44 million units shipped, up from 16.2 million in 2012 [...]

New Roxio(R) Toast(R) 12 Delivers Ultimate Digital Media Power for Mac

Editors Note: There are three photos associated with this press release. Roxio today introduces two new additions to its Roxio® Toast® product family - Roxio® Toast® 12 Titanium and Roxio® Toast® 12 Pro. With support for popular social media platforms and devices, renowned capture, copy, convert and share capabilities, enhanced HD burning options and new Live Screen Capture, Roxio Toast 12 [...]

WestJet Encore Orders Five New Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Calgary-based WestJet Encore Ltd. has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen airliners. This transaction is a conversion of a batch of five options booked by the carrier’s parent company WestJet and follows the first conversion of five option aircraft announced on March 27, 2014, bringing the number of [...]

Regional

Smith & Wesson fined for Indonesia, Pakistan bribes

US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused the company, whose handguns are popular in law enforcement and military services, of facilitating bribes of $11,000 worth of cash and free [...]

UN, Chinese observers attend NCCT Summit in Burma

Vijay Nambiar, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Tand Ying on behalf of Wang Yingfan, special envoy on Asian Affairs (China), attended the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team Members’ Summit held in Kachin State’s Laisa on July 28 as international observers. They both said they will assist the ceasefire deal as much [...]

Burma to reduce red tape for business, says presidential advisor

Myanmar will endeavour to improve its rating in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’, presidential advisor on economic affairs Dr Zaw Oo said in Yangon on July 27. The government will try to identify and remove red tape that that creates obstacles to doing business, Dr Zaw Oo told a news conference at the Union [...]

China

Indonesia’s PT PLN orders world’s first CNG carrier in China

In another breakthrough in natural gas shipping Indonesian power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN) has ordered the first ever CNG carrier at Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry shipyard in China. The world’s first CNG carrier will be 110 m in length and have a capacity of 2,200 cu m, will be dual-classed by ABS and [...]

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

Hundreds of police took down a church’s cross Monday in a city known as “China’s Jerusalem” for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo said he and about 200 others had rushed to the Longgang Huai En [...]

China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq

Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed concern about the upsurge in violence in Iraq and [...]

Malaysia

MH17 ‘Blown Up by Missile Shrapnel’ Says Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council

Data evidence from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 showed it crashed after it was hit by shrapnel from a missile, according to Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Council, said an analysis of the Boeing 777 black boxes showed the aircraft experienced “massive explosive decompression” after it was punctured multiple [...]

Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

Ukraine’s army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime. After explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to access the east Ukraine crash site, Kiev [...]

Russia hopes for ‘impartial’ Malaysia jet crash investigation

Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday dug his heels in on the war in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged involvement in the conflict, saying that Kiev had overstepped its bounds in fighting the insurgency. “The Ukrainian authorities think they can use any means in order to defend their territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Lavrov said. Speaking [...]

Indonesia

Smith & Wesson fined for Indonesia, Pakistan bribes

US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused the company, whose handguns are popular in law enforcement and military services, of facilitating bribes of $11,000 worth of cash and free [...]

The limits of Indonesia’s anti-corruption campaign

Indonesia’s reputation for corruption in not in doubt: it comes 114th out of 177 in Transparency International’s ranking. For more than a decade, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been putting high-level officials away for long jail terms. But any judicial body which boasts of having a 100 percent conviction rate is likely to have [...]

Gunmaker caught in bribery scandal

SMITH & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Monday with the firearms maker, which fired its entire international sales staff after the alleged violations came to [...]

Singapore

Singapore’s Keppel Land Makes First Property Investment in US

Keppel Land Ltd (KPLD), Singapore’s third-biggest developer by value, made its maiden investment in the US with a prime residential development in New York City. The project is valued at about $70 million, the company said in a statement to the Singapore stock exchange. The property, located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, will [...]

Singapore to match Malaysia’s toll charges at Causeway – Bernama

If there is a new toll, or an increase in toll charges by Malaysia at the Causeway, the Singapore government will match the new toll and increase in toll charges in due course, says the island republic’s Land Transport Authority (LTA). This is because it has been the Singapore government’s practice to peg Singapore’s tolls [...]

Singapore to match any Causeway toll hikes: LTA

Singapore will match any new or increased toll charges by Malaysia on vehicles entering Johor, said the Land Transport Authority on Monday in the escalating tit-for-tat issue. This comes after recent reports that Kuala Lumpur intends to increase toll charges as well as introduce new ones at the Sultan Iskandar CIQ complex checkpoint. Currently, vehicles [...]

Thailand

Five dead as violence rattles Thailand

Five dead as violence rattles Thailand

A 10-year-old girl died after a grenade blast while four others, including a soldier, were killed in a shootout only hours afterwards in Thailand’s war-torn deep south. The girl was killed when suspected Muslim rebels, who are fighting for a greater level of autonomy from the Thai state, detonated a grenade near a mosque in [...]

Thai protest leader denies murder charge over ‘Red Shirt’ crackdown

Thai protest leader denies murder charge over ‘Red Shirt’ crackdown

The firebrand leader of months-long street protests which preceded Thailand’s latest coup appeared in court on Monday to deny a murder charge over a bloody crackdown on opposition “Red Shirt” supporters four years ago. Suthep Thaugsuban was deputy prime minister of then ruling Democrat Party during the 2010 crackdown, which left more than 90 people [...]

Thailand’s Asia Aviation cuts 2014 passenger target

Thailand’s Asia Aviation Pcl has lowered the year’s passenger target for budget carrier Thai AirAsia to 12.6 million from 13.3 million due to the impact of the country’s political crisis. Thai AirAsia, like other domestic carriers, suffered a slowdown in inbound tourists since the onset of anti-government protests late last year. Advanced booking numbers have [...]

Philippines

Philippine militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid

Philippine militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid

Islamic militants on Monday massacred 21 people, including one child, who were travelling to a village feast in the southern Philippines to mark the end of Ramadan, the military said. About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vehicles in the remote town of Talipao on Jolo island, killing 21 people and wounding 11 [...]

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Gunmen Kill 18 Muslims Travelling to Celebrate Eid with Relatives

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Gunmen Kill 18 Muslims Travelling to Celebrate Eid with Relatives

Gunmen from Filipino terror group Abu Sayyaf have killed at least 18 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack in the southern Philippines. The civilians were travelling to meet their relatives and celebrate Eid, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Military officials told AP that around 50 Abu Sayyaf militants, [...]

Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb. Aquino said in his annual state of the nation address before Congress that he could not avoid thinking somebody may make an attempt on [...]

Japan

Taiwan first lady resumes Japan visit after museum row

Taiwan first lady resumes Japan visit after museum row

Taiwan’s first lady will resume a rare visit to Japan which was postponed after a diplomatic row over posters for an exhibition of loaned treasured artefacts, officials said Monday. Chow Mei-ching, wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, was set to attend the opening of an exhibition last month of hundreds of artefacts and artworks the Taipei [...]

Japan’s consumption continues to decline in June

A flurry of economic data out of Japan on Tuesday showed an improving labour market and an encouraging household spending picture, alleviating fears over the impact of an increase in the national sales tax. Household spending fell 3 percent from the year ago period, better than with the 3.8 percent drop forecast by Reuters and [...]

Aegis plans to enter call centre markets in Japan and Korea

Aegis is looking at a strategy known as ‘cross-shoring,’ as well as acquisitions, as it looks to become the first Indian BPO company to crack the call centre business in the unpenetrated and insular call-centre markets of Japan and Korea. The ‘cross-shoring’ plan involves the Mumbai-based company basing native speakers of Japanese and Korean at [...]

Korea

Aegis plans to enter call centre markets in Japan and Korea

Aegis is looking at a strategy known as ‘cross-shoring,’ as well as acquisitions, as it looks to become the first Indian BPO company to crack the call centre business in the unpenetrated and insular call-centre markets of Japan and Korea. The ‘cross-shoring’ plan involves the Mumbai-based company basing native speakers of Japanese and Korean at [...]

House passes bill to toughen N Korea sanctions

The House on Monday passed a bill by voice vote to enhance US sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear proliferation programme. The measure would prevent sanctioned North Korean officials from entering the US or its financial system. It would also block any assets with connections to North Korea’s proliferation activities or human rights violations. [...]

N Korea Refutes Arms-to-Hamas Report

North Korea pushed back on a report that it is working on a missile supply deal for Hamas and a separate US court ruling that it provided arms and other assistance for Hezbollah, calling the assertions “sheer fiction.” The UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported over the weekend, citing unnamed Western security officials, that Hamas already [...]

Hong Kong

HKMA and Bank of Thailand launch linked clearing system

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Thai central bank yesterday launched a new cross-border clearing system, in the latest move to connect the city with other regional and global market centres. Traders and bankers in the two markets will now be able to settle foreign-exchange transactions in US dollars versus Thai baht in [...]

HK Democracy Protests May Hurt Tourism, Groups Say

Hong Kong business associations said a threatened pro-democracy protest in the city’s financial district will dent tourism, hurting retail sales. Consumer spending in the first quarter has dropped 4.4 percent from the previous three months, and any protests will have a “significant negative impact” in the third quarter, the five groups including the Hong Kong [...]

Quite wrong to dismiss apprehensions over HK White Paper

Sir, Tim Summers, in his letter “Beijing is just reiterating China’s stance on Hong Kong” (July 19), contends that concerns reflected in the Financial Times, in relation to the Chinese government’s recently published White Paper on the practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong, are based on a misinterpretation of the original Chinese [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan Seeks Tighter Air Safety Rules After Crash

Taiwan Seeks Tighter Air Safety Rules After Crash

TaiwanPresident Ma Ying-jeou has asked his cabinet to strengthen commercial flight safety after a twin-engine prop jet crashed last Wednesday near the main airport in the outlyingPenghuislands, killing 48 people. It wasTaiwan’s worst aviation disaster in a decade. The plane, operated by Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways, crashed and caught fire on its second attempt to land. [...]

Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are thought to have been factors in Wednesday’s crash of the twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways. The investigation is expected to focus on a [...]

Taiwan to publish yearly report on cross-strait risks: official

Taiwan’s top economic planning official said Monday that his council will issue a report on cross-Taiwan Strait risks every year amid public concerns about Taiwan’s excessive reliance on trade with China. Kuan Chung-ming, head of the National Development Council, said at the end of a three-day national economic meeting that Taiwan will also establish a [...]

Vietnam

Business Brief July 30

* Dat Xanh Mien Bac Real Estate and Services Joint Stock Company will launch the final apartment sale of Van Phu Victoria project in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District with prices starting from 15 million dong per square metre. * Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group exploited 8.48 million tonnes of crude oil and 5.39 billion [...]

Reliability of Vietnam’s public debt figures low

While worries about the public debts are piling up, thematic audit of public debts is still in the planning. At a press conference taken place last weekend, the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) gave some information about the public debts, which is not new but still remains topical. SAV said the Ministry of Finance (MoF) [...]

Consumption of goods, services up

The general Statistical Office (GSO) yesterday reported that the total retail sale of goods and services in the first seven months achieved a year-on-year increase of 11.4 per cent to $78.8 billion. Excluding inflation, the growth was 6.15 per cent since early this year against the growth rate at 5.1 per cent in the first [...]