Asia

Syria talks focused on cease-fire get underway in Kazakhstan

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Syria talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran and aimed at bolstering a shaky cease-fire in place since last month opened on Monday in Kazakhstan, marking the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government representatives and rebel factions trying to …

Syria

Myanmar: India’s gateway to the east

<b>India’s commitment to bilateral relations has been questioned by those who wonder if it regards Myanmar as little more than a corridor for trade with</b> …

Myanmar

Planning for Japan: 2017

It looks like we have a bit of an itinerary for this year’s trip to Japan! To avoid overloading ourselves with too many destinations, we’ve narrowed …

Japan

Places in Singapore to snap your OOTDs this Chinese New Year

January 23, 2017 12:00 PM<br>SINGAPORE - Amid the Chinese New Year festivities, come the familiar four letters that have become a significant part of …

China Travel

2016: The Travel Year in Review

I’ve declared it already: 2016 was the best year ever. Since 2011, I’ve summarized my travel-filled years (see my posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, …

Chiang Mai

10 Outrageous Countries to Scratch Your Travel Itch

When putting together your next amazing adventure, you’ll have to decide what’s important to you. Are you the type to book the all inclusive in …

Travel

Syrian opposition will only discuss ceasefire at Kazakhstan peace talks: spokesman

-nASTANA (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition delegation attending peace talks set to open in the Kazakh capital on Monday will only discuss ways to salvage a fragile Russian-Turkish ceasefire it sees as having been mainly violated by Iranian-backed militias in Syria.<p>"We will not enter into any …

Syria

Philippines' Duterte stands by his police chief amid resignation calls

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stood by his police chief after calls for him to resign over the alleged killing of a South Korean businessman by police officers at the national police headquarters.<p>Ronald Dela Rosa, a top figure in Duterte's deadly war on drugs, has the …

Philippines

Headlines

Posted on Monday Jan 23rd at 5:00am<p>By Richmond Mercurio<p>MANILA, Philippines – Some Filipino businessmen do not see any reason to be alarmed over the …

Philippines

Nature tourism at the top of Singapore’s agenda with two new wildlife parks to add to its appeal

In Singapore, ground has been broken on a new eco-tourism hub that will build on the city’s already considerable appeal for nature tourism. The development is located in Mendai, home to the popular Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari, and will add to these attractions with two brand new …

Singapore

Hun Sen ‘Unpredictable and Easily Angered,’ CIA Files Say

F T L E W<p>U.S. intelligence agents described Prime Minister Hun Sen in 1986 as unpredictable, hotheaded and “wary of strangers,” predicting that …

Cambodia

Philippine leader tames his words for Miss Universe hopefuls

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has delivered a speech without sex jokes and expletives — telling the gathering of Miss Universe contestants that he was told to watch his language.<p>Duterte told the women at Malacanang presidential palace Monday that he had never been …

South-east Asia

Pangilinan wants Facebook execs to attend Senate hearings

Senator Francis Pangillinan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES<p>Sen. Francis Pangilinan said he wants the officers of social media giant Facebook …

Facebook

Maldives Island Living…

The best part about doing multi-island stays in the Maldives is definitely the excitement of knowing you have another amazing place ahead of you …

Travel

9 Things To Do on a Layover in Istanbul

Istanbul Atatürk Airport is Europe’s fourth busiest airport, and one of the top 40 international airports in the world. The airport is located 15 …

Travel

6 million outbound trips expected from China in Spring Festival “Golden Week”

China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) suggested in a New Year travel guidebook issued on January 21 that Chinese travelers will make around …

China Travel

Singapore to prop up Southeast Asia's muted IPO market in 2017

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is set to be 2017's hottest spot for initial public offerings (IPOs) in tropical Southeast Asia with sales of stakes in business and real estate trusts, while currency volatility and weak investor sentiment curb deals elsewhere in the region.<p>Singapore's …

Singapore

And now, here are just 6 incredible female revolutionaries to inspire you today

We’re calling it: January 21, 2017 is one for the history books. By now, you’ve probably seen the photos of the crowd sizes at the Women’s Marches. …

History

More int’l cruises set to dock in Philippine

SINGAPORE — More international cruise companies have started to express interest to dock in the Philippines, further strengthening the government’s …

South Korea is my Bucket List Dream Come True

Share the love!<p><b>Editor’s Note: Ten years ago, I made a decision which many might have called foolish. I packed my bags, quit my job, and moved halfway</b> …

Korea Travel

Murderous Manila: On the Night Shift

One night in December, I was standing in heavy rain, under an umbrella, in a dark Manila alleyway, outside a house known to be a drug den, waiting …

Philippines

PNP regional directors get narcolist

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueño has given the “go signal” for the release of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “drug watch list” to regional directors of …

Rodrigo Duterte

Moped rider rolls under 20 tonne truck in terrifying dashcam footage

This was the terrifying moment a moped rider fell underneath a 20 tonne truck.<p>A dashcam video showed the scooter crashing into the lorry after it had …

Chiang Mai

3 things that surprised me about Myanmar

<b>“This is Burma,”</b><p>wrote Rudyard Kipling.<p><b>“It will be quite unlike any land you know about.”</b><p>I travelled to Myanmar (officially known as Burma until 1989) …

Travel

Putin Faces Growing Problems over Support for Assad in Syria - ASHARQ AL

MOSCOW- What next? This is the question making the rounds in political circles in Moscow these days with reference to the Syrian conflict and …

Russia

Jokowi congratulates Trump

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has congratulated Donald Trump for his presidential election victory and has said that relations between Indonesia and …

Indonesia

Reject Simplicity and Go for Thai

One of the most tantalizing foods on the planet, Thai cuisine is one of my personal favourites. Designed to engage all of the five senses in its …

Restaurants

This Country Is The Best Place For The Unemployed to Find a New Job

Unemployed and looking for work? Maybe take your pink slip to the city-state of Singapore, which has the shortest unemployment periods in the …

Singapore

South Korean ministry apologizes for 'blacklist' of artists

| SEOUL<p>South Korea's culture ministry apologized on Monday for a blacklist of artists which excluded them from government support, admitting there was a systematic effort to sideline critics of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye.<p>The apology was the clearest admission yet of the blacklist of …

Abuse of Power

These 7 Stocks Are Added To Citi’s Asia Focus List - Asia Stocks to Watch

By Shuli Ren<p><b>Citi Research</b> reshuffled its Asia stock portfolio, adding 7 names and deleting 6. The brokerage’s portfolio has returned over 10% in the …

Stocks