Greater Asia

Straits Herald May 27, 2020

ADDS Somalia by Anuj Chopra with AFP bureaus Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offered respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections. The three-day festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated with […]

Straits Herald April 16, 2020

A former South Korean coast guard chief was indicted in mid-February 2020 for allegedly bungling rescue operations at one of the country’s deadliest maritime disasters, when more than 300 people were killed, most of them schoolchildren. The 6,825-tonne Sewol capsized off the south coast on 16th April 2014, and many of the students — who were […]

Straits Herald January 28, 2020

Qatar’s ruler appointed a new prime minister on Tuesday, the state news agency reported, replacing veteran regime insider Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.  No reason was given for the change and it is unclear if Sheikh Abdullah remains the interior minister after stepping down as prime minister. New Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin […]

Straits Herald January 11, 2020

Taiwan, which holds presidential elections on January 11, has been politically separated from China for the last seven decades but faces the threat of attack by Beijing should it ever declare independence. Here are some key facts about the self-ruled democratic island, which has its own currency, flag, military and government but is not recognised […]

Straits Herald January 3, 2020

Oil prices soared more than four percent Friday following claims that the US had killed a top Iranian general, ratcheting up tensions between the foes and fuelling fears of a conflict in the crude-rich region. The head of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, was hit in an attack on Baghdad international airport early Friday, according […]

Straits Herald November 14, 2019

by Danny Kemp Investigators looking into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine released intercepted phone calls on Thursday showing close links between “high-ranking” Russian officials and rebel suspects facing trial over the crash. The international probe said the communications raised questions about the possible involvement of top officials in Moscow in the deployment of […]

Straits Herald October 19, 2019

by Patrick Lee A scene in the film “Abominable” featuring a map with Beijing’s disputed South China Sea claims sparked a growing regional backlash Friday, with Malaysia cutting the segment just days after Vietnam pulled the movie entirely. The animated film about a Chinese teenager helping a yeti return to his home shows a chart […]

Straits Herald September 20, 2019

by Sebastien BERGER / AFP Like a scene from an epic film, thousands of workers swarm over the building sites of Samjiyon, a monumental construction project in the far reaches of North Korea ordered by leader Kim Jong Un. They clamber over wooden scaffolding and dangle from window frames, and whether they are carrying loads, sifting […]

Straits Herald September 15, 2019

Qatar has turned a busy stretch of road in the capital Doha bright blue as part of an experiment to cool the tarmac surface and reduce the temperature of surrounding areas. Temperatures in the desert emirate sometimes reach 50 degrees celsius (122 Fahrenheit) and heat was a major concern when the country was named as […]

Straits Herald September 4, 2019

by Jerome TAYLOR / Yan ZHAO – AFP Hong Kong’s leader on Wednesday bowed to a key demand of pro-democracy protesters following three months of unrest, announcing the withdrawal of a loathed extradition bill, but activists vowed to press on with their campaign. Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong’s streets since June in […]

Straits Herald August 25, 2019

The US and 10 Southeast Asian states will hold their first-ever joint maritime exercises in September, aimed at preventing “wrongdoing” as Washington and Beijing jostle for influence in the region. Washington has traditionally been the dominant naval power in Southeast Asia and its re-engagement with the area comes as a deteriorating trade war with China […]

Straits Herald August 23, 2019

Weaker trade and investment weigh on GDP growth, despite stable private and public consumption. Leading Moody’s to make downward changes to full-year GDP forecasts for 2019-2020.Moody’s Investors Service has — in a newly released report — revised downwards its GDP growth forecast for 16 economies in Asia Pacific. Of the 16, Hong Kong and Singapore have shown particularly […]

Straits Herald August 16, 2019

A Singaporean firm was charged Thursday with supplying large amounts of alcohol to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions, the latest case of illicit trade between the countries. SINSMS Pte Ltd, an affiliate of a Chinese company, illicitly shipped wines and spirits worth about Sg$665,000 ($480,000) to the North four times in 2016 and […]