Suspected US missile strike kills 5 in Pakistan

MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. missile strike at the home of a Taliban commander in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday killed at least five militants, officials said.

Aid distribution: Red Cross, India differ with Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: India on Thursday formally handed over 1,680 tonnes of relief material to the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) for distribution to civilians in northern Sri Lanka.

India sends more ships to fight pirates

Pepped up by its resounding success in tackling piracy in the crucial Gulf of Eden, the Indian Navy is keen on strengthening operations in the region, reports suggested on Thursday. India hopes to take the lead role in guarding the Indian Ocean an...

Navy action makes India a key power in Gulf of Aden

Sudhi Ranjan Sen 20.11.2008
Navy action makes India a key power in Gulf of Aden

The Indian Navy's action in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday night has opened up the possibility of more nations actively patrolling the troubled waters of Gulf of Aden where maximum highjacking of ship has taken place reports.

Indian warship sinks Somali pirate vessel, navy says

An Indian warship was able to fight off and destroy a suspected Somali pirate vessel, the navy said on Wednesday, the same day two other ships were hijacked off the coast of Somalia.

Desperate search for 18 missing in subway collapse

Rescuers are searching for 18 workers missing after a subway tunnel they were building in eastern China caved in, killing at least three people.

Lanka ready to receive relief material from India

New Delhi: Sri Lanka on Thursday said it was ready to receive a consignment of relief material from India to help civilians caught in the military conflict in the island nation, but underlined that there will be no let-up in military offensive aga...


Alfred Liu The Standard 14.11.2008

As companies around the world initiate layoff plans in response to the financial crisis, up to 11,000 construction workers are to lose their jobs as US gaming giant Las Vegas Sands Corp cuts back its development in Macau.

Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian shows his handcuffed hands while being taken from the prosecutors' office in Taipei. Photo: Reuters.

The former president of Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian, has been taken into custody after a court approved a request by prosecutors to detain him. He is facing charges of corruption.

City prepares for less spins of the wheel

Timothy Chui and Mandy Lo The Standard 12.11.2008
City prepares for less spins of the wheel

The Macau government will meet with casino executives as it moves to rein in gambling in terms of revenue.

Food relief for needy may begin in weeks

Beatrice Siu The Standard 11.11.2008
Food relief for needy may begin in weeks

The HK$100 million short-term food assistance scheme may begin early next year if the Legislative Council's Finance Committee approves the proposal next month, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said.

Taipei turmoil

Bonnie Chen and agencies The Standard 07.11.2008
Taipei turmoil

Anger turned to violence on the streets of Taipei late last night as riot police tried to disperse protesters following a historic meeting between the island's president and a top mainland envoy.

Taiwan's SEF Chairman Chiang pours water for Chen, Chairman of China's ARATS during a cross straits negotiations meeting at the Grand Hotel in Taipei. REUTERS

The first talks in 60-years, aimed at forging closer economic links between Beijing and Taipei, have started in Taiwan.

Photo: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian shares rose Monday on hopes of fresh stability in the markets but fears of recession loomed large, with South Korea unveiling a stimulus package to cushion the blow of the financial crisis.

Taiwan's top negotiator on China policy P.K. Chiang (L) shakes hands with Chen Yunlin at the Grand Hotel in Taipei. Photo: Reuters.

The highest-ranking mainland official to visit Taiwan in 60 years has called for dialogue with the island to help improve relations.

Abdul Razak Baginda leaves court after being acquitted. Photo: Reuters.

A court in Malaysia has cleared a former adviser to the country's deputy prime minister, Najib Razak, of ordering the murder of a Mongolian model. The court decided that Abdul Razak Baginda should not face charges of having the woman, Altantuya Sh...

Mega-tsunami hit southeast Asia 700 years ago

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A mega-tsunami struck southeast Asia 700 years ago rivalling the deadly one in 2004, two teams of geologists said after finding sedimentary evidence in coastal marshes.

Vietnam might ban small-chested from driving

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is considering banning small-chested drivers from its roads — a proposal that has provoked widespread disbelief in this nation of slight people.

Most Asian markets rebound after recent slides

SEOUL, South Korea - Most Asian stock markets rebounded Tuesday after several days of steep declines as investors snapped up beaten down shares like Honda and Samsung.

China condemns attacks on its envoy

China has condemned an attack on one of its envoys visiting Taiwan, and demanded the island severely punish those who manhandled him.

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