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The International Olympic Committee has “extended the deadline” for North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics, it announced on Monday.
“We will be as flexible as we can be,” an IOC spokesman said over North Korea sending a team to the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.
On Tuesday North and South Korea will hold their first official dialogue in more than two years to discuss the North’s participation at the 2018 Games in the truce village of Panmunjom...
A US military helicopter with two crew members aboard made an emergency landing in Okinawa Prefecture, local police said on Monday, just two days after a similar incident in the southern Japanese island prefecture.
No one was believed to be injured after the helicopter landed at a waste disposal site, about 250 metres away from a hotel in the village of Yomitan.
The US military said the AH-1 attack helicopter belonging to US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the prefecture made a...
Dazzling in colourful kimonos and wafting clouds of hairspray in their wake, thousands of young Japanese women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday – before hitting a bar to celebrate.
Formal “Coming of Age” ceremonies, which began as a rite of ancient samurai families, were held across Japan for its 20-year-olds, reminding them of their responsibilities after becoming old enough to legally drink and smoke.
Their male counterparts looked more like they were attending...
The Philippines’ vice-president has joined a chorus of opposition to a possible cancellation of midterm elections and extensions to terms in office, including the president’s, amid a renewed push for a shift to federalism.
President Rodrigo Duterte is keen to follow through on his election campaign promise to introduce federalism, saying it would be more equitable for Filipinos and would bring peace and development, especially in the country’s restive south.
House Speaker and...
By Rahmat Khairulrijal
The magistrate’s court complex in Malaysia was instantly abuzz when a dog was brought into the premise as its abuser faced sentencing today.
The light-coloured canine, known as ‘Furby’, was beaten up by a man near Puchong in April last year.
The video of the incident went viral on social media and enraged animal lovers. In the video, a man was seen violently beating a dog after he fell off his bicycle after the dog broke free of its leash and barked at...
A Japanese public health campaign that channelled the influence of anime superhero Sailor Moon has failed to stem a sharp increase in syphilis cases across the country.
According to statistics released by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, 5,534 people were treated for the sexually transmitted disease between January 1 and December 17 last year. That figure is up from 4,518 cases treated in the same period of the previous year.
Worryingly, the institute pointed out that the increase...
A video has emerged of a man who was caught on camera in Auckland allegedly trying to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex.
The video is one in a series of recordings made by a vigilante justice group who have taken to social media to reportedly “catch and expose paedophiles”.
A member of the group told the Herald that he and a friend decided to expose paedophiles after reading a report by Greg Hallett alleging that top figures in the Government and the judiciary had been linked to child...
By R.S.N. Murali
This is the 21st century. Yet, Malaysian police have to deal with complaints of the supernatural type.
Besides fighting crime and dealing with traffic and commercial cases, the police are bogged down with reports about bomoh (mediums) and spells.
Sources told The Star that a raft of reports were received nationwide last year relating to supposedly paranormal cases including witchcraft spells being sent through social media.
These bomoh-related cases include being fleeced for...
Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet has lived at the mercy of the Mekong: a massive river that feeds tens of millions but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing’s physical – and diplomatic – control over its Southeast Asian neighbours.
The 32-year-old, whose ethnic Cham Muslim community live on rickety houseboats that bob along a river in Kandal province, said the size of his daily catch has been shrinking by the year.
“We don’t know why there are less...
The International Hydrographic Organisation has accepted Japanese proposals for names for 34 seabed features south of the Okinawa archipelago, a move that reinforces Tokyo’s control over the waters and frustrates Chinese efforts to label the features.
The undersea mountains and ridges were named after famous Japanese writers. They include Basho Seamount, in honour of poet Matsuo Basho, and Soseki Ridge, after novelist Natsume Soseki.
The features are to the east of Taiwan and are within...
By Jessica Lin
Japan has its eyes set on bidding for the rights to construct the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR), Japan’s ambassador to Malaysia said in a recent interview with national news agency Bernama.
Mr Makio Miyagawa was quoted by Bernama as saying that Japan would offer “best-suited technologies to Malaysians and Singaporeans as well as full-fledged training for the officials, operators and engineers of both countries so that they can start the operations by...
Vietnam began the trial on Monday of 22 executives charged over losses at the state oil firm, including a businessman Germany accuses Hanoi of kidnapping from a Berlin park and the communist state’s first politburo member to face trial in decades.
The most serious offences could carry the death penalty for the executives accused over losses at state oil firm PetroVietnam.
A widespread crackdown on fraud and mismanagement in the energy and banking sectors has gathered pace since the...
South Korea will seek discussions on resuming reunions of separated families at this week’s inter-Korean talks, Seoul’s top delegate said Monday, as the North trumpeted the importance of achieving reunification.
The two Koreas agreed last week to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years and will meet Tuesday at the truce village of Panmunjeom.
The talks will largely focus on the North’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, but the...
Hackers have already begun targeting the Pyeongchang Olympic Games with malware-infected emails which may be aimed at stealing passwords or financial information, researchers said.
The security firm McAfee said in a report that several organisations associated with the Olympics had received the malicious email with the primary target being groups affiliated with ice hockey.
“The majority of these organisations (targeted) had some association with the Olympics, either in providing...
In the final week of 2017, US President Donald Trump made crystal clear what his approach to China would be in the new year.
First, he tweeted that China was caught “red handed” allowing ships to sell oil to North Korea in the Yellow Sea – in violation of Beijing’s own approval of UN resolution banning such activities.
Then, in a television interview, he said he would honour his campaign promise to punish China on trade, indicating that he believed a quid pro quo was in...
The world’s financial markets have begun 2018 in the same bullish fashion that they ended 2017. In the United States, stock markets celebrated the new year by promptly advancing to new record highs. And this performance was echoed in Asia. In Hong Kong the benchmark Hang Seng index gained 2.7 per cent in the first three trading days of 2018, adding to the 36 per cent run-up recorded in 2017.
Investors are largely confident this upward trend will continue through the coming year....
Dangerous heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that haven’t been seen in decades.
The temperature in Sydney hit an almost 80-year high of 47.3 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) on Sunday – a sharp contrast to the bitter cold that has gripped much of North America.
The temperature was just shy of the city’s all-time high of 47.8 degrees Celsius, set in 1939.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney was the hottest place in the world on Sunday.
Nothing is a bigger threat to world peace since the defeat of Nazism in the second world war than North Korea’s missile and nuclear programme.
And nothing would be a bigger failure of post-war global diplomacy than if a seemingly united world failed to stop a rogue state from making trouble.
This became evident when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un declared his ambitious nuclear force was complete, after a decade-long cat-and-mouse game with the world. The defiant leader brought in the...
North Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks.
The two Koreas agreed on Friday to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years and are expected to discuss the North’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The North Korean delegation for Tuesday’s meeting in the border truce village...
Malaysia’s opposition coalition on Sunday named 92-year old former premier Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate for a general election that must be called by August.
With the country’s most popular opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in jail, Mahathir is seen as the biggest threat for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal.
Mahathir, who earned a reputation during his 22-year tenure as prime minister of being a no-nonsense authoritarian with...