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Update: Tue, Sep 19 2017    

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar     

Geneva - UN human rights investigators on Tuesday said they needed "full and unfettered" access to Myanmar to probe a grave and ongoing crisis, urging the government to rethink its rejection of the probe.

Laos prevails in Hongsa power plant court case

The government has won a long-running legal battle with a former investor, Thai-Lao Lignite Co., Ltd., over the Hongsa thermal power project.

Suu Kyi appeals to global community over Rohingya crisis

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi reached out to the global community Tuesday in a broad appeal for support over a refugee crisis the UN has decried as "ethnic cleansing", urging outsiders to help her nation unite across religious and ethnic lines and offering a pathway back to the country for some of the Rohingya Muslims forced to flee by army operations.

North Korea foreign minister to address UN General Assembly

SEOUL - North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will be delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly meeting Tuesday, defending his country's stance with regards to the current nuclear programme.

Trump, Xi agree on 'maximizing pressure' on N. Korea: White House

UNITED NATIONS- US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping committed to "maximizing pressure on North Korea", the White House said Monday, amid an escalating crisis over Pyongyang's ballistic and nuclear weapons programs.

All eyes on Suu Kyi as Myanmar leader breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

YANGON - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is poised Tuesday to break her near-silence on communal violence scorching through Rakhine state, in a televised speech on a Rohingya refugee crisis that has shocked the world and prompted the UN to accuse the country's army of ethnic cleansing.

Historic Shanghai temple’s slow odyssey complete

SHANGHAI - Work to move the Grand Hall of Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple 31 metres north and raise it 1 metre from the place it has stood for almost century was completed on Sunday.

Number of elderly folk on the rise in Japan

TOKYO - Those aged 65 and above make up 27.7 per cent of population - a new high and are set to hit 35.3 per cent by 2040.

At UN, countries launch push to end trade in torture goods

UNITED NATIONS - About 60 countries led by the European Union on Monday launched a bid at the United Nations to end the trade in goods like electro-shock batons and lethal drugs used to carry out torture and death sentences.

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

UNITED NATIONS, United States - Britain led world powers Monday in warning Myanmar of potential action if leader Aung San Suu Kyi does not move to end a campaign against the Rohingya minority.

Alibaba testing technology for face recognition

TWO UNITS under the Internet giant, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, are working in tandem to test facial recognition technology that would allow users to unlock delivery drop-boxes.

Samsung to increase investment in autonomous driving

SOUTH KOREAN tech giant Samsung Electronics will create a US$300 million (Bt9.9 billion) fund to strengthen its autonomous driving and related start-ups and technologies.

E-payment operators race to be the sole unifying platform in Singapore

IN HIS National Day Rally speech on August 20, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong fired the starting gun for a race in which e-payment firms battle it out to be the sole unifying platform, the survivor that reaches all strata of society, including hawkers and heartland shops, where cash is king.

Go digital to prosper, smaller companies in the region told

EXPERTS at an Apec workshop in Ho Chi Minh City discussed the need for small firms to embrace the digital economy to ensure sustainable growth in the future.

Chinese man investigated for cutting 'noisy' dogs' vocal cords

A Chinese man is being investigated for running a "veterinary" clinic on the street that cut the vocal cords of "noisy" dogs for a fee, local authorities announced Monday.

Youths started fire after being insulted by tahfiz students : police

Kuala Lumpur - Mocking between students of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school and a group of local teenagers in Jalan Datuk Keramat led to the revenge arson attack which killed 23 students and teachers of the school.

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Yangon - Pressure tightened on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the country's military, which is accused of driving out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign.

Politics centre stage as 'Handmaid's Tale' sweeps Emmys

Los Angeles - Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and centre on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America.

China planning nationwide use of biofuel by 2020

BEIJING - China has for the first time set a targeted timeline to roll out the use of ethanol in gasoline nationwide for cars by 2020, part of its efforts to clean up pollution and optimise the country’s energy mix.

Celebs build safety net in cafe, restaurant business

SEOUL - Many South Korean celebrities are starting to jump into the cafe, restaurant business following their unsteady employment and fluctuating income in the entertainment field.