China moves to woo Bhutan

Publication date 19 October 2018 | 11:23 | ICT

A PEEP into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemons, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is making in Bhutan at rival India’s expense.



  • Freed ‘dissident’ VN blogger arrives in US

    Publication date 19 October 2018 | 10:48 | ICT

    A DISSIDENT Vietnamese blogger known by her pen name ‘Mother Mushroom’ has arrived in the United States after her surprise release from prison, telling a large crowd of supporters she will “never keep silent” in her fight for democracy in the one-party state.

  • India Hindu hardliners intensify campaign

    Publication date 19 October 2018 | 10:45 | ICT

    HINDU hardliners blocked intersections, threatened drivers and ordered a 12-hour strike on Thursday as they stepped up their campaign to bar women from one of India’s holiest temples.

  • Trump on missing journo: ‘I’m not giving cover at all’

    Publication date 19 October 2018 | 10:25 | ICT

    PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Wednesday denied covering up for ally Saudi Arabia in the suspected murder of a critical journalist and said that he expects to learn the truth about Jamal Khashoggi’s fate within days.

  • Myanmar pagoda now a nirvana for snakes

    Publication date 19 October 2018 | 10:24 | ICT

    CROSSING a bridge to the middle of a lake in Myanmar’s Yangon region, pilgrims arrive at a temple to pin their hopes on the pythons slinking across the temple’s floors and draped across windows.

  • Thai monk convicted for raping minor

    Publication date 19 October 2018 | 10:24 | ICT

    Thailand’s infamous “jet-set monk”, known after footage of him wearing designer sunglasses with a Louis Vuitton bag on a private jet circulated, was convicted of raping an underage girl Wednesday, a court official said, in a case that has rocked an already scandal-mired Buddhist clergy.

  • Police sweep Hindu hardliners

    Publication date 18 October 2018 | 10:38 | ICT

    Indian police on Wednesday cleared protesters trying to stop women accessing one of Hinduism’s most sacred sites, a hilltop temple forced by judges to open its doors to all female pilgrims for the first time.

  • Taiwan to hold rally in challenge to Beijing

    Publication date 18 October 2018 | 10:35 | ICT

    Taiwan independence campaigners will take to the streets Saturday for what they hope will be a major rally in a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island’s already embattled government.

  • UNSC asked to allow Myanmar atrocities hearing

    Publication date 18 October 2018 | 10:35 | ICT

    The US and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country’s military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.

  • Pressure up as Nauru camp doctor discharged

    Publication date 18 October 2018 | 10:14 | ICT

    The chief doctor at an Australian offshore detention centre was removed Wednesday for “breaching rules”, her employer said, as Canberra sought to stem criticism of conditions at a deeply controversial immigration camp on Nauru.

  • EU offers to extend Brexit transition period

    Publication date 18 October 2018 | 10:14 | ICT

    The EU is ready to extend Brexit’s post-divorce transition period by a year to allow more time to find a trade deal, diplomats said Wednesday ahead of a difficult summit.