HomeArchive by Category "Asia"
Posted in Asia

Hong Kong teen who ‘received $8,600’ from financial supporter of anti-government protesters arrested for money laundering, drug trafficking

An 18-year-old man who police said received HK$48,000 (S$8,600) from activists raising money for anti-government protesters facing Hong Kong’s justice system has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and drug trafficking, the force announced on Wednesday. An insider said officers believed the young man used his bank account to collect the cash on behalf […]

Posted in Asia

Thai police swoop on ‘transnational’ surrogacy ring

BANGKOK – A Chinese couple and seven Thais were arrested in Thailand on Thursday (Feb 13) charged with violating a law banning surrogacy for foreigners, Thai police said. The former military junta outlawed the practice in 2015 after a string of scandals in a country that was once a hub for international surrogacy. Thai police made […]

Posted in Asia

Taiwan confirms first coronavirus death on island, cases at 20

TAIPEI – A taxi driver has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global supply chains. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased person was […]

Posted in Asia

Philippine airport syndicate has sweet deal for Chinese nationals looking to work illegally

A syndicate at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport is providing priority entry into the Philippines for Chinese nationals who bribe immigration officials with wads of cash, a senator revealed on Monday. The group operates with such impunity that it uses tabulated payrolls to track income and how much should go to individual immigration agents. The […]

Posted in Asia

Superfan prays to Trump idol ahead of US President’s India visit

JANGAON, India – Die-hard Donald Trump fan Bussa Krishna is celebrating the visit of his hero to India next week the only way he knows how – offering prayers to a life-sized idol of the US President in his home. The 33-year-old has built the statue – where he performs the Hindu prayer ritual “pooja” usually […]

Posted in Asia

How South Korea’s first female anchor is breaking news – and barriers

SEOUL – Under gleamingly bright studio lights, Lee So-jeong reads straight from a teleprompter, rehearsing her lines ahead of the primetime newscast for South Korea’s national public broadcaster, KBS. Five times a week, she is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its “News 9” bulletin, after she broke into a decades-old boys’ club […]

Posted in Asia

Pounded by critics, Japan defends handling of coronavirus outbreak

TOKYO – Japan faces mounting criticism for its handling of a coronavirus-afflicted cruise ship, with questions over a patchy quarantine, incremental testing and the decision to let people walk away after 14 days. The 3,711 people on the Diamond Princess went into quarantine off Japan on Feb 5, after it emerged that a former passenger had […]

Posted in Asia

Coronavirus: Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s disabled residents and their carers say they feel increasingly trapped in their apartments and abandoned by the authorities as the coronavirus-struck city is engulfed with panic-buying and face mask shortages. For the last fortnight, queues have sprung up across the densely packed business hub as Hong Kongers jostle for the latest […]

Close [X]
Close [X]