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On 30th anniversary, China says Tiananmen crackdown was 'correct' policy

Fpo - China on Sunday defended the bloody Tiananmen crackdown on student protesters in a rare public acknowledgement of the event, days before its 30th anniversary, saying it was the "correct" policy.

US warns China on behaviour towards its Asian neighbours

Fpo - The United States warned China on Saturday against threatening its neighbours' sovereignty and said Washington is investing in new military technology to defend its Asian allies.

Huawei 'too close' to Chinese government to be trusted: US

Fpo - Telecommunications giant Huawei is "too close" to the Chinese government, making it difficult to trust the company at the heart of an escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing, the US defence chief said Saturday.

China must stop eroding neighbours' sovereignty: US

Fpo - The United States warned China on Saturday against threatening its neighbours' sovereignty and said Washington was investing in new military technology in the next five years to keep Asia stable.

Beijing warns US not to underestimate Chinese military

Fpo - Beijing warned Friday that the US should not underestimate China's military as the top defence officials from both countries met on the sidelines of a security forum.

In Asia, Trump finds more than ever he's among friends

Washington - In Europe, Donald Trump's relationships with leaders range from lukewarm to hostile. But in Asia, more than ever, the US president is finding that he's among friends.

We do: Taiwan's gay newlyweds urge Asia to follow their lead

Taipei - As they celebrated tying the knot at an outdoor party, many of the first same-sex couples to marry in Taiwan on Friday urged Asian governments to follow their island's lead.

We do: Taiwan's gay newlyweds urge Asia to follow their lead

Taipei - As they celebrated tying the knot at an outdoor party, many of the first same-sex couples to marry in Taiwan on Friday urged Asian governments to follow their island's lead.

Xi says 'no clash' of civilisations amid US trade war

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping declared Wednesday there was "no clash" of civilisations and denounced racial supremacy as "stupid" amid tensions with the United States and concerns over Beijing's rising global power.

Sri Lanka blasts show Asia is fertile ground for IS ideology

Kuala Lumpur - The Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" may have collapsed in the Middle East but Asia provides fertile territory for a resurrection, analysts say, as last month's bloody Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka have shown.

Brexit chaos stirs bafflement in UK ex-colonies

Fpo - Across much of Britain's former Asian colonies, many are greeting the UK's impending departure from the European Union with a mixture of bafflement, apathy, amusement -- and a touch of schadenfreude.

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

New Delhi - Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.

Australia slammed for backing Asian football boss's new term

Sydney - Australia's football body announced its support for the re-election of under-fire Asian soccer chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa on Monday, drawing criticism from a prominent campaigner who called it "sickening".

Remote Cape with 'world's cleanest air' offers smog respite

As much of Asia wheezes, coughs and sniffles its way through another smog season, one isolated and windswept corner of Australia is serving as the global standard for clean air.

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

- In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar's air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice...

Swastikas and statues, SE Asia's fixation with Nazi iconography

Bangkok - Thai teen idol Namsai feared being booted from her band after a photo of her wearing a t-shirt with a Nazi swastika went viral, but without the uproar she says she would have remained ignorant about the offensive implications of her fashion choices.

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Fpo - Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of the Pig on Tuesday, ushering in the Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.

Activists slam Asian Cup 'gagging' over torture-risk footballer

Al Ain - Activists for the detained Bahraini footballer who fears torture and even death if he is extradited from Thailand have criticised the "gagging" of talk about the case at the Asian Cup, warning it is harming his cause.

Arabian knights send Korea, Australia crashing out of Asian Cup

Al Ain - Asian Cup hosts UAE and Gulf rivals Qatar pulled off titanic upsets as they sent defending champions Australia and Son Heung-min's South Korea crashing out in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Pakistan journalist wins AFP's Kate Webb Prize

Islamabad - Freelance reporter Asad Hashim was named as winner of the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize on Monday for his coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan.

Syria take field in Asian Cup with fans divided by war

Damascus - Syria take the field this weekend for their first international football tournament in eight years of war, but not all fans are happy.

With help from diaspora, Palestinians hope for Asian Cup surprise

Ramallah - The Palestinian football team are taking part in their second-ever Asian Cup in the coming days, and team members born in various parts of the world are hoping to spring a few surprises.

Britain can punch above its weight even after Brexit: Hunt

Fpo - Britain can still punch above its weight globally even after it exits the European Union (EU), Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Wednesday ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote at home.

French restaurants often 'lamentable' says top French guide

Paris - The standard of French cuisine is on the slide, the head of the authoritative La Liste ranking warned Thursday despite a Paris restaurant being declared the best in the world for the third year running.

'Substantial progress' made on massive China trade deal that excludes US

Fpo - Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapore's leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the world's largest commercial pact which the United States is excluded from.

Europe, Asia back free trade in face of Trump's 'America first'

Apo - More than 50 European and Asian leaders backed free trade and the fight against climate change on Friday in a veiled swipe at US President Donald Trump and his increasingly protectionist approach.

EU builds ties with Asia in face of US protectionism

Apo - European leaders sought to build support from Asia Thursday in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America.

'Not about football anymore': Indonesia hit by hooligan violence

Jakarta - From deadly fan beatings to teams being transported to matches in armoured personnel carriers, Indonesia is fast gaining a reputation as Asia's most violent football nation.

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Paris - Girls are the primary victims of humanitarian crises, suffering abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are "14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict," the Plan International NGO said Sunday.

China-backed trade pact talks at 'critical stage': Singapore PM

Fpo - Talks on a China-backed free-trade pact have reached a "critical stage", Singapore's leader said Wednesday as he urged regional economic ministers to seal the deal by the end of the year.
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