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October 18, 2017 9:59 PM Trump White House debates presidential visit to demilitarized zone along North Korean border

It has become the ultimate symbol of American resolve against the threat of North Korea: a visit by the U.S. commander in chief to “freedom’s frontier,” the heavily guarded demilitarized zone that has separated the North and South for 64 years. Wearing bomber-style jackets, surrounded by military officers, peering through binoculars, all but one president 25

October 18, 2017 9:00 PM Ed Sheeran fans think out loud: Will he come?

Singer cancels other shows in Asia tour after suffering injuries in bike crash And now local fans have been left wondering if his concert next month will go on as planned. The British singer had announced on his Instagram account that he will postpone several Asian tour dates following a bicycle accident. Sheeran said that his shows in Taipei, Tokyo 43

October 18, 2017 8:27 PM For Clues To China's Crackdown On Public Expression, Look To Its Economy

For Clues To China's Crackdown On Public Expression, Look To Its Economy On a sunny Tuesday afternoon in September, Liang Xiaojun received a knock on the door. "There were 15 of them: national security police, regular police, justice bureau folks," he remembers. Liang is a human rights lawyer in Beijing, an endangered species since 2015, when China's 36

October 18, 2017 8:17 PM Chong Wei clears first hurdle in Denmark

World No 7 Lee Chong Wei is safely through to the second round of the Denmark Open after dispatching Spaniard Pablo Abian in straight games. The Malaysian shuttler trailed 4-9 early in the opening game but went on an eight-point winning streak to turn the tables and take the first game. The second game was evenly contested until Chong Wei pulled away midway 16

October 18, 2017 6:35 PM Pakistan premier vows to rid country of assault weapons

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has made it his personal mission to rid the country of automatic weapons in a bid to control crime. Abbasi promised to take action against “private militias” wielding automatic weapons. It means the premier is setting himself against the widespread acceptance of gun culture in a country in which 22

October 18, 2017 3:08 PM Brazil’s former Olympic chief charged in 2016 Games graft probe

A woman uses her mobile phone in a deck chair at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 31, 2016. — Reuters picRIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 18 — Brazilian prosecutors charged the former head of the national Olympics committee (COB), Carlos Nuzman, and five other people today with corruption based on an investigation of alleged bribery to have Rio de Janeiro 20

October 18, 2017 1:12 PM Xi’s Grand Vision for China Prioritizes Party Power Over Reform

President Xi Jinping laid out a sweeping vision to transform China into a strong global power while guaranteeing Communist Party rule for decades. Investors are skeptical it will lead to any major economic reforms. In a speech to party cadres that went on for more than three hours, Xi on Wednesday outlined a three-decade road map to entrench China’s 30

October 18, 2017 9:57 AM China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly 23

October 18, 2017 8:04 AM Medical team ready for deployment at field hospital in Bangladesh, says Subramaniam

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the advance team which has specialists in various fields, would be leaving for the camp once the Bangladesh government had given the go ahead. — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — Sixty Health Ministry medical specialists and officers are on standby to be deployed to the field hospital at a camp sheltering 36

October 18, 2017 6:11 AM Xi declares ‘new era’ for China

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's five-yearly Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017. — Reuters pic BEIJING, Oct 18 — President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a “new era” of challenges and opportunities this morning as he opened a Communist Party 17