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Tolls cause 'heartache and traffic jams', should be abolished: Malaysian PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday (Feb 22) said that tolls were not good for Malaysians and should be abolished, local media reported.

Australian deputy prime minister resigns from Cabinet, remains in parliament

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

North Korea calls UN chief 'henchman' of the US

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea on Thursday (Feb 22) accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of being a "kind of henchman who is representing the United States" after the UN chief said sanctions were essential to pressure Pyongyang.

Commentary: China’s tech darlings have a fundamental value problem

Difficult to decide what some high-flyers are actually worth, yet bankers and investors shouldn't let them get away with easy billion-dollar valuations, says one observer from the Financial Times.

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Chinese paper says US should learn from China, restrict guns, protect rights

SHANGHAI: The United States should learn from China and "genuinely" protect human rights by restricting gun ownership, an editorial in a widely read state-run Chinese newspaper said on Friday.


Japan wins WTO dispute over Fukushima-related food

TOKYO/SEOUL: The World Trade Organization largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korean import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.


Indian surgeons remove 'heaviest recorded' brain tumour

Indian surgeons who removed a massive brain tumour in a marathon seven-hour procedure said Thursday it could be the heaviest ever recorded.

Barisan Nasional's move to reintroduce plastic bags bad for the future: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (Feb 22) said that Barisan Nasional's (BN) plan to "reintroduce plastic bags" in shops in Selangor is "bad for the future" because of the amount of rubbish it will…


Oil from sunken Iran tanker reached Japan shores: Coast Guard

TOKYO: Oil that reached islands in southern Japan earlier this month is highly likely to have come from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, the Japan Coast Guard said on Thursday (Feb 22).

Taiwan to ban plastic straws, cups by 2030

TAIPEI: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday (Feb 22), with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year.


Rapper Namewee remanded over controversial Chinese New Year video clip: Report

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia: Rapper Namewee has been remanded by the police over his controversial Chinese New Year video, according to the Star.


Philippines' Duterte says may expand ban on outbound workers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he would extend his ban on sending workers to Kuwait to include other countries if investigations showed Filipinos were being seriously abused by employers elsewhere.


Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'visited Cambodia for TV pranks'

An Indonesian woman charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited Cambodia to take part in what she believed were pranks for a TV show with suspected Pyongyang agents, a court heard Thursday.

German and British nationals arrested for alleged Bali drug smuggling

DENPASAR, Indonesia: A German man and a British man have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials said Thursday (Feb 22), with one of them possibly facing the death penalty.

China denies racism, says hyping up TV blackface skit 'futile'

China said on Thursday it was "futile" to try to hype up a show on state television in which a Chinese actress was made up to appear African, which has provoked accusations of racism online.


Five dead, 15 missing in Indonesia landslide

JAKARTA: At least five people have been killed and 15 are still missing after a landslide cascaded down the terraced slopes of a rice field on the Indonesian island of Java on Thursday (Feb 22), officials said.


Indonesian president puts off signing law protecting parliament

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has delayed signing a draft law that would allow parliament to crack down on criticism aimed at its members or the legislature, suggesting it could undermine the quality of the country's democracy.

Amnesty says Rohingya crisis consequence of society 'encouraged to hate'

LONDON: The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday (Feb 22).

North Korea to send delegation to Olympics closing ceremony, meet South Korea's Moon

SEOUL: North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea in time for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the South's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday (Feb 22).


China rules out arson in Tibetan temple fire

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of a recent fire at Tibetan Buddhism's holiest temple, state media reported Thursday (Feb 22), adding an important Buddha statue had emerged "intact" from the blaze.

Thursday, Feb 22

Cambodia media freedom in decline, journalists harassed: Report

PHNOM PENH: A new independent report has found that most Cambodian journalists believe media freedom is declining in the country - and that recent closures of several media outlets is politically motivated.

Woman gang-raped, brutalised with iron rods in West Bengal

WEST BENGAL: A woman in India was found with her intestine "coming out from her private parts", after she was allegedly raped by two men and brutalised with iron rods, local reports said.

South Korea splurges on sister of Kim Jong Un; drops his name from border broadcasts

SEOUL: South Korea spent around 240 million won (159,380 pounds) on the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and her entourage during their three-day visit for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a government official said on…

South Korea's Moon says relations with US are 'rock solid'

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said relations with the United States are "rock solid" and "as strong and robust as ever" in a media interview, as his administration gears up for a possible summit with North Korean leader Kim…

Wednesday, Feb 21

Malaysia arrests 10 suspects for helping militants enter southern Philippines from Sabah

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's counter-terrorism police have arrested 10 people - seven Filipinos and three Malaysians – for smuggling militants into the southern Philippines, via Sabah, to join Islamic State groups over there.

Four Indonesian provinces declare disaster alerts for forest, land fires

JAKARTA: Four Indonesian provinces have declared disaster alerts as threats of forest and land fires continue to rise at the start of the dry season in the country.

Philippines 'concerned' as US intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Tourists stranded as cyclone's tail hits New Zealand

Authorities said they were considering sending ferries to ship the holiday-makers out of the remote South Island region after huge landslips closed the main highway.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Indonesia police seize more than a tonne of crystal meth from ship

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities early Tuesday (Feb 20) seized 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine hidden on a ship in their second major drug bust this month, officials said.

Malaysian court jails, fines artist for clown caricature of PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian artist and prominent opposition activist was jailed for a month on Tuesday (Feb 20) for publishing a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Razak looking like a clown.

Malaysia to hold talks with Thailand, consider human rights in Uighur issue

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi says the country will hold further talks with Thailand on the future of 11 Uighurs who escaped detention in Songkhla province and are now wanted for extradition by China.

36 suspected underworld gang members arrested in Malaysia

IPOH: A total of 36 suspected members of a notorious secret society were recently arrested, crippling the group known as Gang 04, Malaysian police said on Monday (Feb 19) .

Monday, Feb 19

Philippines' Duterte plays down China military facilities in disputed sea

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought on Monday (Feb 19) to allay fears about China's construction of military bases on manmade islands in the South China Sea, saying these were built to defend against America rather than…

Philippines says suspect Islamist militant recruiter arrested

MANILA: Philippine security forces have arrested a foreigner suspected of recruiting domestic fighters for pro-Islamic State militant groups, including an alliance that occupied a southern city for five months last year, police said on…

Tillerson to North Korea on talks: 'I'm listening'

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview to air on Sunday (Feb 18) that he is "listening" for signs that North Korea is ready to engage in direct talks.

Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to establish alternative to China's Belt and Road initiative

SYDNEY: Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, in an attempt to counter Beijing's…

Sunday, Feb 18

Hundreds rescued, five hours after Langkawi cable car disruption

Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd, the operator of the Langkawi SkyCab cable car system, said it brought down a total of 960 tourists and 78 staff from the 708-metre Mount Machinchang summit to the base station.

Wan Azizah ready to be first woman DPM under 'changed' Mahathir if opposition wins

KUALA LUMPUR: In January 2018, at the Malaysian opposition's annual convention, the wife of their incarcerated leader Anwar Ibrahim was on stage.