Category: Asia

Sri Lanka leader pledges to consult Buddhist leaders over new constitution

Sri Lanka leader pledges to consult Buddhist leaders over new constitution

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday pledged to consult the country’s Buddhist leaders over his plans for constitutional reform, which he promised in his 2015 election campaign to bring about reconciliation among all ethnic groups. Sri Lanka in January last year proposed plans for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the kind of ethnic tensions that […]

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Chinese aircraft carrier sails into Hong Kong on maiden visit

Chinese aircraft carrier sails into Hong Kong on maiden visit

China’s first aircraft carrier sailed into Hong Kong waters on Friday in the latest show of the country’s growing military might at a time of heightened regional tensions. Tourists and residents gathered early to catch a glimpse of the massive carrier on its maiden visit to Hong Kong, part of celebrations marking 20 years since the handover of the city […]

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Japan rescuers dig through rubble as rain goes on, at least six dead

Japan rescuers dig through rubble as rain goes on, at least six dead

Thousands of Japanese rescuers dug through twisted wood and mud on Friday in the wake of freak rains that killed six people and forced nearly 80,000 from their homes, with more rain falling amid warnings of further landslides. Parts of Fukuoka, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, were hit by 593 mm (23 inches) of rain in the 48 hours […]

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Hundreds show support for former Thai PM as rice scheme trial nears an end

Hundreds show support for former Thai PM as rice scheme trial nears an end

Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived at a Bangkok court to shouts of encouragement from her supporters on Friday, two weeks before the final stages of a case about her involvement in a ruinously expensive state rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck, whose government was ousted in a 2014 military coup, faces up to 10 years in prison if she is […]

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South Korea police raid Korean Air headquarters in embezzlement probe

South Korea police raid Korean Air headquarters in embezzlement probe

South Korean police said on Friday it raided the headquarters of Korean Air Lines Co Ltd as part of an investigation into embezzlement and breach of trust. A police official said it was a probe into allegations that company funds were used to pay for construction work at the home of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho. But he added that […]

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Hong Kong student leaders say they won’t contest Occupy protest charge

Hong Kong student leaders say they won’t contest Occupy protest charge

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong, who helped lead the months-long “Umbrella Movement” in 2014 demanding full democracy, said on Thursday he would not fight a charge related to the protests in the spirit of civil disobedience. The Hong Kong protests that Wong and others helped drive represented one of the biggest populist challenges in decades to the leaders of […]

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Singapore PM’s siblings say ready to settle dispute privately, or go to court

Singapore PM’s siblings say ready to settle dispute privately, or go to court

The siblings of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong issued a seven-page rejoinder on Thursday to his statement to parliament earlier this week, reiterating accusations that he had abused his power in a dispute over their late father’s home. Singaporeans have been riveted since mid-June by a public battle between the heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s long-serving first prime […]

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At least 123 Venezuelan soldiers detained since protests – documents

At least 123 Venezuelan soldiers detained since protests – documents

At least 123 members of Venezuela’s armed forces have been detained since anti-government unrest began in April on charges ranging from treason and rebellion to theft and desertion, according to military documents seen by Reuters. The list of detainees, which includes officers as well as servicemen from the lower ranks of the army, navy, air force and National Guard, provided […]

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At least three hurt, 11 missing as heavy rain pounds Japan

At least three hurt, 11 missing as heavy rain pounds Japan

One man was dug out of a landslide without any signs of life and two women were injured as record rains battered southwestern Japan for a second day on Thursday, with flooded rivers forcing 400,000 from their homes, officials and media said. At least 11 people were missing or could not be reached, including a child. Parts of Fukuoka prefecture […]

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Mahathir’s comeback renews Malaysia’s opposition in looming polls

Mahathir’s comeback renews Malaysia’s opposition in looming polls

Prime Minister Najib Razak won Malaysia’s last general election, despite losing the popular vote. Since then, he has been embroiled in a corruption scandal that has been investigated in a half-dozen countries. Yet the avuncular leader with an aristocratic pedigree was still expecting to cruise to another election victory in polls due by mid-2018, maintaining his coalition’s record of unbroken […]

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