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US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea

Singapore - The top US commander in the Pacific warned Tuesday he must "imagine the unimaginable" in responding to the threat posed by the North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Ed Sheeran Asia tour dates in doubt after cycling injury

London - Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran said Monday that some upcoming shows could be cancelled after he suffered a cycling accident, posting an image of his arm in a cast and a sling.

IMF raises China growth forecast for 2017 to 6.8 pct

Bejing - The International Monetary Fund raised its growth forecast for China on Tuesday but again warned of risks stemming from the build-up of debt in the world's second largest economy.

Urban inequality a growing risk in Asia: World Bank

Singapore - Widening inequality in Asia's teeming cities could lead to potentially risky social divisions, the World Bank warned Tuesday, urging governments to do more to help the urban poor.

Interview: The use of agDrones in Asia Special

Hong Kong - The adoption of commercial drones in Asia is happening at an accelerated rate, presenting challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the region. To find out more Digital Journal spoke with representatives of Ipsos Business Consulting.

Chop and change? Turkmenistan stages Asian martial arts

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's image-conscious strongman Gurbanguly Berymukhamedov on Sunday kicked off a 10-day regional sporting event the isolated country is hosting despite a slew of economic and rights concerns.

AFP launches 2017 Kate Webb Prize for Asian journalists

Hong Kong - Agence France-Presse on Friday launched the 2017 Kate Webb Prize to recognise exceptional Asian journalists doing difficult and dangerous work across the region.

Ageing populations will drag on growth in Asia: IMF chief

Seoul - The chief of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that ageing populations in key Asian economies will drag on their growth, urging policymakers to step up their response to shifting demographics.

Formula One: F1 eyeing two more street races in Asia

Shanghai - Formula One is looking to stage two more street races in Asia as part of a drive to win new fans, one of the sport's most senior officials told AFP on Tuesday.

Japanese who helped save Angkor Wat awarded 'Asia's Nobel'

Manila - A Japanese historian who helped save Cambodia's renowned Angkor Wat temple complex was among the winners of this year's Magsaysay Awards, widely regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel prize, organisers said Thursday.

Strong export demand to lift Asian economies: ADB

Manila - Surging global demand for Asian exports and low oil prices will help China and the region's developing economies grow faster than expected this year and next, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.The region should now grow by 5.

Asia facing dire future because of climate change without help

Bangkok - A report released on Friday paints a dire picture of the Asia-Pacific region's future as the globe warms, affecting the economic growth, health, development, food sustainability and security of hundreds of millions of the world's population.

Thailand leads the pack for Asia's abused tourist elephants

Bangkok - Twice as many elephants work in Thailand's tourism industry as the rest of Asia combined, with the vast majority kept in "severely inadequate conditions", a new report revealed Thursday.

Heroin smugglers among suspects caught in global airport checks

Den Haag - An international crackdown on airline ticket fraud netted 153 people including suspected heroin smugglers, Europe's policing agency said on Tuesday.

Mattis reassures allies as US turns to China on N. Korea

Singapore - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis moved to reassure Asian allies Saturday that the United States can work with China on reining in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme without compromising its opposition to Beijing's continued "militarisation" of the South ...

Mattis arrives in Singapore as N. Korea tensions swirl

Singapore - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrived in Singapore on Friday ahead of a key defence summit where longstanding US allies will look for clear messages about America's regional security goals under President Donald Trump.

Pacific Rim nations fight to save TPP trade pact

Hanoi - Asia-Pacific trade ministers agreed Sunday to attempt to resuscitate a massive free trade pact thrown into doubt by a Donald Trump-inspired US pullout, as fears rumble of a new global era of protectionism.

TPP members aim to revive deal after US pullout: source

Hanoi - Asia-Pacific nations will try to rescue a massive trade deal scuppered by the pullout of the United States, a source involved in discussions told AFP Friday, as delegates meet in Hanoi for key talks this weekend.

TPP members aim to revive deal after US pullout: source

Hanoi - Asia-Pacific nations will try to rescue a massive trade deal scuppered by the pullout of the United States, a source involved in discussions told AFP Friday, as delegates meet in Hanoi for key talks this weekend.

TPP members aim to revive deal after US pullout: source

Hanoi - Asia-Pacific nations will try to rescue a massive trade deal scuppered by the pullout of the United States, a source involved in discussions told AFP Friday, as delegates meet in Hanoi for key talks this weekend.

Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of China PCs: firm

Shanghai - "Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at nearly 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been re...

Guam chief pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

New York - The US prosecution of the massive corruption scandal rocking world soccer scalped a new head on Thursday: the football chief on the tiny Pacific island of Guam.

Central Asia link to metro attack poses problem for Russia

Bichkek - The deadly bombing of the metro in Russia's Saint Petersburg has shone a fresh spotlight on extremism coming from ex-Soviet Central Asia after authorities said the attacker was from the region.

US diplomat Solomon, who helped normalize China relations, dies

Washington - Top US diplomat and China scholar Richard Solomon, who played a leading role in the opening of relations with Beijing under Richard Nixon in the 1970s, has died at the age of 79, the State Department said on Wednesday.

900 mn in Asia had to pay bribes in last year: report

Bangkok - More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

What now for the TPP?

Toukyo - After Donald Trump vowed to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership, here are some key questions about a huge trade pact that supporters said would write the rules for 21st century commerce -- but which might now be doomed.- What is the TPP?

Five key moments for China's Evergrande

Bejing - Key moments in the history of Guangzhou Evergrande, who won their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title last week and are touted as Asia's first superclub:Relegated for match-fixingIf ever there was a cloud that had a silver lining.
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