South-east Asia

Say cheese! New Singapore air terminal automates departures with face recognition

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When a new terminal opens in 2017 at Singapore's Changi Airport, the world's best for five years straight according to a survey, passengers will be able to, in theory, go through check-in to boarding without speaking to another person.<p>Automation is important for the city-state …

Singapore

Controversial Singaporean graphic novel wins 'Oscars' of comic world

<b>Singapore (CNN) —</b> A graphic novel about the history of Singapore stirred controversy before its publication, with a senior official in the city-state once warning that it could "potentially undermine the authority of legitimacy of the government and its public institutions."<p>But the Singaporean …

Singapore

Amazon prepares to enter Southeast Asia via Singapore launch

Amazon is continuing its international expansion push with the launch of its services in Singapore coming imminently. The arrival could happen as soon as this week, according to a source with knowledge of the plans, and it will mark Amazon’s entry into Southeast Asia.<p>The launch will see Amazon …

Singapore

Temples, Elephants And The Dhara Dhevi Kingdom: Your Guide To Chiang Mai

"<p>As Thailand's northern capital, Chiang Mai has long been popular with travellers and adventure seekers. A historic city surrounded by dense rainforest, Chiang Mai is an alluringly laidback alternative to frenetic Bangkok, and this 'Rose of the North' is the perfect place for weary travellers to …

Thailand

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday, vowing to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism. The tough-talking president also insisted he …

Philippines

This Handsome Photographer From Singapore Is Actually 50 Years Old. Can You Freakin’ Believe It?

<i>"Age is just a number, it's all about how you feel inside."</i> <i>"If your mind is fresh, you're exercising regularly and have a healthy lifestyle, you'll</i> …

Singapore

9 Ways To Eat Healthier That Won't Send You Completely Broke

Even Arnold wasn’t born with an abundance of food on his lap<p>Face it, men. ‘Forever bulking’ is something you tell friends when you can’t afford to …

Thai Food

Donald Trump risks turning America into a country more like Turkey or Venezuela

Count all the members of our club of democracies in danger of losing their right to call themselves such. Even within the European Union, Poland …

Rodrigo Duterte

Indonesia Flags Risk of Forest Fires That Triggered 2015 Haze - Bloomberg

Indonesia sees the risk of forest and land fires increasing until the peak of dry season in September, reigniting concerns of a repeat of 2015 haze …

Indonesia

Motorbike delivery and ride-sharing app Go-Jek boosts Jakarta's traffic-clogged economy

Three years ago, Ferly Aninditya's stall at a Jakarta food court was losing money.<p>Deterred by the Indonesian capital's paralysing traffic, few …

Indonesia

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime.<p>U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said …

Philippines

Soft skills important education tools for the future, says scholar

Rethy Chhem, a scholar and executive director at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute, believes soft skills and modern innovations are …

Phnom Penh

Duterte says Manila, Beijing in talks for joint exploration of South China Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that talks are already under way with China on a possible joint venture to explore for resources in …

South China Sea

Get Pampered in the Big Mango? These Are the Best Bangkok Spas

While Bangkok offers all the film-quality intrigue of steamy, crowded streets; exotic foods; and seductive shopping opportunities, it also offers a …

Thailand

Former Abu Sayyaf bandits take up farming in Basilan

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Agriculturists training former Abu Sayyaf bandits on modern farming find helping them return to mainstream society a …

Philippines

Fil-Am news show films camp of homeless Filipinos in San Francisco

“Balitang America” of ABS-CBN-The Filipino Channel produced the documentary “Box City” about an encampment of homeless Filipinos in San Francisco. TFC<p>…

Philippines

Amazon could launch in Singapore this week

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) could launch in Singapore this week, according to TechCrunch sources.<p>The Singapore launch will mark the company’s first step …

Singapore

Memories of War: A Veteran’s View of Hanoi’s Military Monuments

My wife, Iryna, once told me that as a child growing up in the Soviet Union she always had the feeling that the Great Patriotic War—which most of the …

Vietnam

Changi Airport's T4 to showcase Singapore culture and heritage

SINGAPORE: Changi Airport's newest terminal will showcase elements of local heritage and culture, a special show in collaboration with composer Dick …

Singapore

MMDA to cite Duterte’s order in cleanup drive

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) expressed confidence on Tuesday that because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for it to …

Manila

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.<p><b>1. Google's parent company Alphabet announced its second quarter earnings results, beating Wall Street's general expectations thanks to $26.01 billion (£19.9 billion) in revenue, a 21% year-over-year increase.</b> However, some investors …

Asia

We got a peek at the world's best airport's newest terminal

You don't get to be the world's best airport for five years running by resting on your laurels.<p>Singapore's Changi airport just upped its game with its newest terminal, and we got a peek inside ahead of the opening later this year.<p>Terminal 4's 225,000 square metre space is decked with high ceilings, …

Singapore

Alibaba powers ahead in retail as Amazon plays catch up | ZDNet

While Amazon remains mum over its on-off-on-again Singapore launch, Alibaba's online-offline strategy has cemented its footprint in the Chinese …

eCommerce

Mazda gives first glimpse of 2018 CX-8 SUV - Auto Industry News

Jose Altoveros / Mazda | July 25, 2017 14:26<p>Mazda releases first official image of upcoming CX-8<p>Mazda reveals the first official exterior image of …

Trucks

Is Cambodia Poised to Become the Next Thailand?

<i>PHOTO: A fishmonger eats at her food stall in the Phnom Penh Central Market. (photo via Flickr/Guillén Pérez)</i><p>Cambodia saw five million international …

Phnom Penh

The Questions to Ask Before Buying a Condo, Aside from the Price

IMAGE iStock<p>Renting or buying a place to live in is one of the most important investments in life. There is a need to carefully evaluate each factor …

Philippines

PIE viaduct collapse 'a man-made incident that could have been avoided': Lim Swee Say

SINGAPORE: The collapse of an uncompleted viaduct near the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) was a man-made incident that "could have been avoided", …

Singapore

DOF to heed Duterte order to settle with Mighty Corp.

Samples of alleged counterfeit cigarettes seized by the Bureau of Customs (File photo by JUNJIE MENDOZA / Cebu Daily News)<p>The Department of Finance …

Philippines

Taxi app investor SoftBank said to be driving at multibillion-dollar stake in Uber

Japanese firm SoftBank is reportedly aiming to take a multibillion-dollar stake in Uber, just days after it stumped up cash for Singaporean …

Uber

Dozens of Laotian elephants 'illegally sold to Chinese zoos'

Laos accused of breaching Cites treaty to protect endangered species and China of encouraging trade in live animals<p>Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl …

Wildlife