South-east Asia

Vietnam's PM Is Set to Meet With President Trump

Vietnamese Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc discusses trade and talks about regional tensions in the South China Sea. He speaks with Bloomberg's …

South China Sea

11 Best Trips to Take After You Retire | Food & Wine

Getty Images/iStockphoto<p>Billed as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the spectacular 469-mile drive joins Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great …

Halong Bay

China isn't the only country propping up North Korea

From illicit drug networks to coal exports to cyber-crime, North Korea has several ways to bankroll its nuclear weapons program.<p>Much of the effort to …

North Korea

Credit Suisse Faces 1MDB Fine -- WSJ

SINGAPORE – Singapore's financial regulator imposed fines on two large banks including Credit Suisse AG as it concluded a two-year investigation into widespread antimoney-laundering failures throughout its financial system related to alleged misappropriations from Malaysian state fund 1MDB.<p>The …

Singapore

Indonesia names Islamist leader a suspect in pornography case

<b>Jakarta:</b> Indonesian police on Monday named an Islamist leader as a suspect in the exchange of pornographic messages and photos, a new legal threat to …

Indonesia

Table tennis - China suspends coach over gambling debt

Double Olympic table tennis champion Kong Linghui has been suspended as head coach of the Chinese women's team, the country's table tennis association said on its website, after it emerged he faces a lawsuit over a gambling debt.<p>According to a Hong Kong court writ, Kong, who won gold at the 1996 …

Marina Bay Sands

This Thai Island Paradise Has Been Hiding a Dark Secret for Decades

Thailand’s vast coastline is decorated with thousands of islands, and millions of bikini-wearing tourists swarm there every year in search of …

Thailand Travel

A dark day for gay rights in Indonesia

By Katie Stallard, Asia Correspondent<p>In 2017, in a public square, the two men were led out to receive their punishment.<p>Their humiliation was …

Indonesia

Goldman-Backed Games Startup Aims for Vietnam's First IPO Abroad - Bloomberg

Communist-led Vietnam may soon have its first technology company go public in the U.S.<p>VNG Corp., a game developer whose investors include Goldman …

Ho Chi Minh City

15 out of 23 senators support martial law declaration in Mindanao

<b>Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30)</b> — Majority of the senators have expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law …

Philippines

U.N. names team to investigate crimes against Myanmar Rohingya

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations named a trio of independent experts on Tuesday to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.<p>The international fact-finding mission will be chaired by Indira Jaising, an …

Myanmar

Duterte call for assistance from rebel forces 'strategic' - Santiago

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's appeal to rebel forces to join his government's fight against terrorists in Mindanao could be strategic in his …

Philippines

Australia Wants to Ban Pedophiles from Traveling Overseas

(CANBERRA, Australia) — Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas in what the government said Tuesday is a world-first move …

Children's Rights

3 Weeks in Romania: A Potential Digital Nomad Destination?

Our 3 months in Thailand flew by faster than normal this time. Before we knew it, we were packing up again and saying goodbye to all of our favorite …

Chiang Mai

Vietnam's spirit mediums revive once forbidden ritual

| HANOI<p>Dressed in the bright silk garments of a woman and dancing with candles between his fingers, Nguyen Duy Nam leads a temple of worshippers in a ceremony honouring mystical goddesses of forest, water and heaven.<p>Nam, 24, is one of a growing number of spirit mediums who perform the Hau Dong …

Vietnam

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Indonesia's Sulawesi island, causing panic

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck an area southeast of the Indonesian city of Palu and nearest to the town of Poso on the island of Sulawesi on Monday, prompting people to flee from their homes though there was no tsunami warning issued, officials said.<p>Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for …

Indonesia

The Not So Glamorous Life of A Female DJ in Manila

When I tell people that I DJ, I get mixed reactions from “Oh that’s so cool!” to “Really? You don’t look like one.” Not a lot of people understand …

Manila

Marina Bay Sands unveils all-new light and water show

SINGAPORE: Come Jun 2, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will unveil an all new light and water show titled Spectra.<p>Pegged as a world-first, this mainstay …

Marina Bay Sands

As foreigners fight in the Philippines, a new hub for Islamic State

| MARAWI CITY, Philippines<p>Dozens of foreign jihadis have fought side-by-side with Islamic State sympathisers against security forces in the southern Philippines over the past week, evidence that the restive region is fast becoming an Asian hub for the ultra-radical group.<p>A Philippines intelligence …

World News

Indonesia's hijab-wearing Muslim metal group challenges stereotypes

With their heads covered with Islamic headscarves, the three members of the Indonesian band VoB ("Voice of Baceprot" or "Noisy Voice") do not look …

Indonesia

South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats

DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as …

Wildlife

China says Philippines' 600-kg drug seizure was largest in shared crackdown

Philippine authorities last week seized more than 600 kg of methamphetamines in the largest such bust since China launched a crackdown on drug-smuggling in cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation, Chinese customs said on Monday.<p>China is the main source of methamphetamine consumed in the …

South China Sea

Vietnam online gaming firm VNG says eyeing U.S. IPO

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese online gaming and messaging firm VNG Corp said on Tuesday it has signed a preliminary agreement with U.S. bourse operator Nasdaq Inc to explore an IPO, in what could be the first overseas listing by a firm of the Southeast Asian nation.<p>The agreement, which could see …

Vietnam

Singapore govt donates $138,490 to support Sri Lanka disaster relief

May 29, 2017 10:30 PM<br>The Singapore government will make a US$100,000 (S$138,490) contribution to support disaster relief efforts in Sri Lanka …

Lee Hsien Loong

Thailand GP Gold Badminton: Saina, Praneeth eye titles

<b>Bangkok:</b> Saina Nehwal and B. Sai Praneeth will start favourites at the $120,000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold on Tuesday.<p>After missing the Sudirman Cup …

Sports (India)

Thai Style Beef Kebabs Recipe

Place meat in a large zip-top plastic bag. Combine marinade ingredients and pour on top of meat. Make sure meat is well coated. Seal bag and allow to …

BeEF

Philippines military says close to defeating Islamist rebels

The Philippines military said on Monday it was close to retaking a southern city held for a seventh day by Islamist militants, as helicopters …

Rodrigo Duterte

Thai parties concerned PM could push back 2018 vote, retain power

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's main political parties on Monday voiced concern that a general election expected next year could be delayed yet again following comments made by the junta chief that they say shows he intends to hold on to power.<p>During his weekly televised speech on Friday, junta …

Thailand

Indonesia police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings

<b>By Niniek Karmini</b>, <i>The Associated Press</i>JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants on Monday following suicide …

Indonesia

Gardens by the Bay celebrates turning 5 with multimedia show

SINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay is turning five this year, and will celebrate with a line-up of activities including a multimedia show called the …

Singapore