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It's two events down, one to go for Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling as he pursues World gold

TWO events down, one to go. Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling's final shot at a World Championships medal in Budapest will at least come down to his best event. The post It's two events down, one to go for Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling as he pursues World gold appeared first on Asian ...

North Korea: Coach Andersen eyes World Cup return and says sport can build bridges

FORMER Norway striker Joern Andersen had long held an interest in coaching in Asia – but he never imagined he would end up working in one of the world's most secretive nations. The post North Korea: Coach Andersen eyes World Cup return and says sport can build bridges appeared first on Asian ...

Global players' union eager to help protect rights of footballers in China amid debt concerns

GLOBAL players' union FIFPro has expressed a desire to help protect the rights of footballers in China after the country's FA told clubs to sort out their finances. The post Global players' union eager to help protect rights of footballers in China amid debt concerns appeared first on Asian ...

China: Police arrest 18 members of 'female Jesus' cult

POLICE in China say they have recently arrested 18 suspected members of the "The Church of Almighty God", a religious cult linked to a widely-publicised murder of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant in 2014. The post China: Police arrest 18 members of 'female Jesus' cult appeared first on Asian ...

So what are the charges against Cardinal Pell? Mystery continues despite media storm

TO SHOUTS, jeers, a media scrum and chaotic scenes outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, Cardinal George Pell made his first appearance in what is predicted to be a drawn-out case into allegations of historical sex offences. The post So what are the charges against Cardinal Pell? Mystery ...

Philippines: 'War crime' for Duterte to threaten schools - watchdog

PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte would be committing war crimes by calling for an attack on schools in restive Mindanao, says a rights watchdog. The post Philippines: 'War crime' for Duterte to threaten schools - watchdog appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Malaysian PM thinks Malay should be the language of Asean

MALAYSIA's Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he wants Bahasa Melayu or Malay to be the official language of the Asean regional bloc by 2050. The post Malaysian PM thinks Malay should be the language of Asean appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

China 'elated' by Philippines foreign policy under Duterte – state media

CHINESE Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily Online has declared the country is elated' with Philippines foreign policy under the administration of president Rodrigo Duterte. The post China 'elated' by Philippines foreign policy under Duterte – state media appeared first on Asian ...

Hong Kong: Migrant worker women radicalised by online jihadi boyfriends – report

FEMALE Indonesian migrant workers are being drawn to extremism while residing in Hong Kong, many through online communication with jihadi men, according to the findings of new research from a leading Jakarta-based think tank. The post Hong Kong: Migrant worker women radicalised by online jihadi ...

Chinese police detain 67 after rare protest in Beijing

POLICE in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity. The post Chinese police detain 67 after rare protest in Beijing appeared first on Asian ...

Burma's lawmakers unanimous in motion denouncing UN official's remarks

BURMA'S lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously agreed on a motion to denounce the latest end-of-mission statement by a UN official during her recent visit to the country, local media reported. The post Burma's lawmakers unanimous in motion denouncing UN official's remarks appeared first on Asian ...

Philippines: As HIV cases hit record high, govt explores new drug treatment

THE PHILIPPINES has kicked off a pilot project offering anti-HIV drugs to gays and transgender women as new infection rates in the country buck global trends and hit a record high. The post Philippines: As HIV cases hit record high, govt explores new drug treatment appeared first on Asian ...

Life on tour: Ranking each Premier League club by the success of their trips to Asia

JULY is the month when England's football teams head out on tour – and Asia has this year welcomed Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion. The post Life on tour: Ranking each Premier League club by the success of their trips to Asia appeared first on ...

How ONE Championship leverages on the power of tech and Asia's cultural heritage

CHATRI SITYODTONG has had his fair share of ups-and-downs—when the Asian financial crisis hit Southeast Asia, his family became homeless and his bankrupt father left Sityodtong to care for his mother and brother.  The post How ONE Championship leverages on the power of tech and Asia's cultural ...

Record-breaking Siobhan Haughey is first Hong Kong swimmer to reach World Championships final

SIOBHAN Haughey broke her own national record twice in a day as she became the first Hong Kong swimmer to reach a World Championships final. The post Record-breaking Siobhan Haughey is first Hong Kong swimmer to reach World Championships final appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Philippines: An acknowledgment from Andray Blatche, but still no explanation

ANDRAY Blatche has taken to Instagram to issue an apology-of-sorts for not making himself available for the Philippines team for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup. The post Philippines: An acknowledgment from Andray Blatche, but still no explanation appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Cyber activists are fighting Thailand's crackdown against online dissent

ON JUNE 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts. The crime: he allegedly defamed the king. The post Cyber activists are fighting Thailand's crackdown against online dissent appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Football: AFC allows 2022 World Cup host Qatar to play in qualifiers

QATAR'S national football team will be permitted to play in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2022 World Cup despite being given an automatic berth in the finals as tournament hosts, the Asian Football Confederation has said. The post Football: AFC allows 2022 World Cup host Qatar to play in ...

Australia: Dual citizenship of parliamentarians wreaks havoc in Senate

A THIRD Australian Senator has resigned from their post over revelations that they are a citizen of a foreign country, amid a Senate inquiry into proposed toughening of the country's citizenship laws. The post Australia: Dual citizenship of parliamentarians wreaks havoc in Senate appeared first on ...

Thailand: Chinese tourist claims jewellery 'missing' after hugging ladyboys

A CHINESE tourist got more than he bargained for on Wednesday morning after hugging ladyboys in Pattaya, a city known as the sex capital of Thailand. The post Thailand: Chinese tourist claims jewellery 'missing' after hugging ladyboys appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Is Thailand ready to tackle child sex trafficking?

THE CONVICTION of 62 individuals in Thailand largest human-trafficking trial, including an army general, police officers, local politicians and other influential individuals, indicates that Thailand has the systems, procedures and willingness to tackle human trafficking. The post Is Thailand ready ...

South Korea: Fairy tales overcome nightmares at militarised border town

A HALF-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarized border. The post South Korea: Fairy tales overcome nightmares at militarised border town appeared first on Asian ...

Thais release 1,066 turtles to celebrate new king's birthday

HUNDREDS of people gathered at a beach in Thailand on Wednesday to release 1,066 turtles into the sea as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week. The post Thais release 1,066 turtles to celebrate new king's birthday appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Fears grow as China, India remain locked in bitter dispute over Doklam Plateau

THE month-long standoff between China and India in a disputed border region near a three-way junction between Bhutan, Tibet and Sikkim shows no signs of de-escalating anytime soon. The post Fears grow as China, India remain locked in bitter dispute over Doklam Plateau appeared first on Asian ...

Chelsea send Kenedy home following offensive posts he made in China

CHELSEA manager Antonio Conte has confirmed the club sent midfielder Kenedy home from their tour of Asia following offensive social media posts he made while in China. The post Chelsea send Kenedy home following offensive posts he made in China appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Andray Blatche's absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon

PHILIPPINES will head to Lebanon and the FIBA Asia Cup next month without Andray Blatche – but the big man's absence presents an opportunity for Gilas. The post Andray Blatche's absence presents an opportunity for Philippines in Lebanon appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Singapore's Joseph Schooling misses out on medal as Malaysia-educated Ben Proud wins gold

SINGAPORE'S Joseph Schooling missed out on a podium finish as Malaysia-schooled Brit Ben Proud won a surprise gold in the 50m butterfly at the World Aquatics Championships. The post Singapore's Joseph Schooling misses out on medal as Malaysia-educated Ben Proud wins gold appeared first on Asian ...

Philippines: Thailand or Indonesia ready to take over hosting 2019 Southeast Asian Games

THAILAND or Indonesia could step forward to host the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019 following the Philippine government's decision to give up the event. The post Philippines: Thailand or Indonesia ready to take over hosting 2019 Southeast Asian Games appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Malaysian-born woman wins Masterchef Australia, netizens claim result 'rigged'

MELBOURNE resident of Malaysian descent Diana Chan edged out her opponent on Monday to win the hit reality TV series Masterchef Australia, but many took to social media to claim the result was rigged.' The post Malaysian-born woman wins Masterchef Australia, netizens claim result 'rigged' appeared ...

Indonesian navy refutes claim it shot, wounded 4 Vietnamese fishermen

THE Indonesian navy has denied Hanoi's claim that it shot and wounded four Vietnamese fisherman in the South China Sea last weekend, a report said. The post Indonesian navy refutes claim it shot, wounded 4 Vietnamese fishermen appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Inter Milan owner Suning leads China's $2b football rights frenzy

IN THE high-stakes race to control football TV rights in China, with a potential market of hundreds of millions of fans, an electronics retailer is betting up to US$2 billion that could give it a near monopoly on broadcasting the sport at home. The post Inter Milan owner Suning leads China's ...

Indonesia: Forest fire threat to escalate as dry season looms - agency

INDONESIA'S disaster mitigation agency has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke. The post Indonesia: Forest fire threat to escalate as dry season ...

Thailand: Yingluck questions junta move to freeze bank accounts

FORMER Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday questioned a move by Thailand's military government to freeze her assets in relation to a US$1 billion fine it imposed over her government's rice buying scheme. The post Thailand: Yingluck questions junta move to freeze bank accounts appeared ...

River health solutions in China a focus for UQ students

Visiting the world's largest hydropower dam will be a highlight for three University of Queensland Bachelor of Environmental Management students who are undertaking three months industry placement in Wuhan, China this semester. School of Earth and Environmental Sciences academic supervisor, ...

Philippines: Duterte vows to crush drugs, terrorism in second SONA

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte tackled the government's drug war and the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis in Marawi in the southern Philippines, among other issues, during his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, amid anti-government protests across the country. The post Philippines: ...

Japan: New images likely show melted nuclear fuel under Fukushima waters

TOKYO Electric Power Company has released new images they believe likely to show melted nuclear fuel inside Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was destroyed during the 2011 tsunami. The post Japan: New images likely show melted nuclear fuel under Fukushima waters appeared first on Asian ...

Thailand: Transgender boxer winning the fight for acceptance

CLAD in a pink tank top and shorts, her face made up with rouge and red lipstick, transgender Muay Thai fighter Nong Rose Baan Charoensuk is a formidable opponent. The post Thailand: Transgender boxer winning the fight for acceptance appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Philippines: Star player Andray Blatche could pull out of FIBA Asia Cup over safety concerns

PHILIPPINES may have to get by without star player Andray Blatche at the FIBA Asia Cup as the former NBA big man reportedly has security concerns over the Lebanon trip. The post Philippines: Star player Andray Blatche could pull out of FIBA Asia Cup over safety concerns appeared first on Asian ...

Asia's wait for a second major winner continues but Li Haotong becomes overnight sensation

LI Haotong became an overnight sensation as he registered China's best performance at a golf major with a final-round 63 to finish third in The Open at Royal Birkdale. The post Asia's wait for a second major winner continues but Li Haotong becomes overnight sensation appeared first on Asian ...

South Korea prepares for arrival of 30 Burmese refugees next week

SOUTH KOREA is expecting to take in a total of 30 Burmese refugees next week as part of a resettlement programme led by the United Nations, according to a local report. The post South Korea prepares for arrival of 30 Burmese refugees next week appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Four fishermen wounded in Indonesian navy shooting, says Vietnam

INDONESIA'S navy shot and wounded four Vietnamese fishermen aboard a fishing boat in the South China Sea at the weekend, Vietnamese authorities said. The post Four fishermen wounded in Indonesian navy shooting, says Vietnam appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Malaysians are breaking world records in the international sporting arena

MALAYSIA has always had a bit of an inferiority complex when it came to our performance in sports. We're just not good at it on an international level yet we think we should be. So when our athletes don't perform, we harp on and on about it when we should already be expecting it. The post Malaysians ...

Group urges Vietnam's foreign donors to pressure govt into releasing Tran Thi Nga

A HUMAN rights watchdog on Monday called on Vietnam's foreign donours to pressure the government into releasing Tran Thi Nga, a blogger who faces a trial tomorrow for criticising the administration. The post Group urges Vietnam's foreign donors to pressure govt into releasing Tran Thi Nga appeared ...

Philippines: Duterte ally pushes for same-sex unions, divorce

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte's top ally in Congress proposed new bills to legalise divorce and same-sex unions on Monday, a move almost certain to meet fierce resistance from bishops in the mainly Catholic country. The post Philippines: Duterte ally pushes for same-sex unions, divorce ...

Golf: Season's second LPGA victory for South Korean Kim In-kyung

KIM IN-KYUNG recorded her second win of the season in style with an emphatic four-stroke victory at the Marathon Classic in Ohio on Sunday. The post Golf: Season's second LPGA victory for South Korean Kim In-kyung appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

India should not 'harbour illusions' in border stand-off, says China

CHINA'S defence ministry on Monday warned India not to harbour any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The post India should not 'harbour illusions' in border stand-off, says China appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Malaysia: A growing Hybrid rebrands, relocates Kuala Lumpur home

DIGITAL publisher Hybrid has launched a major rebrand and is relocating its Kuala Lumpur editorial headquarters today to facilitate a growing team of writers and journalists. The post Malaysia: A growing Hybrid rebrands, relocates Kuala Lumpur home appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Japan: PM Abe denies cronyism amid falling support

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, said on Monday he had never instructed that preferential treatment be given to a long-time friend and that his friend had never lobbied for favours. The post Japan: PM Abe denies cronyism amid falling support ...

Chelsea forced to apologise to Chinese fans after Kenedy offends on social media

ENGLISH champions Chelsea look in great shape on the field in China – but their Brazilian player Kenedy has caused them huge embarrassment off it. The post Chelsea forced to apologise to Chinese fans after Kenedy offends on social media appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Philippines: Nationwide smoking ban starts today, Govt urges public support

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte's office is encouraging the public to get behind the nationwide smoking ban that was implemented across the country today, July 23. The post Philippines: Nationwide smoking ban starts today, Govt urges public support appeared first on Asian Correspondent.