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Posted 12-04-2021 07:28 PM

As a child, Wishma Rathnayake was fascinated with "Oshin," a popular 1980s' television drama about a young girl who rises from poverty to head a Japanese supermarket chain.

Posted 12-03-2021 09:01 AM

Here is a look at the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Posted 12-02-2021 07:19 PM

• She was sold to a stranger so her family could eat as Afghanistan crumbles

Posted 12-02-2021 12:00 AM

India has formally repealed three contentious farm laws that sparked more than a year of protests, nearly two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was pushed into a rare policy reversal that saw the legislation withdrawn.

Posted 12-01-2021 08:24 PM

The superapp’s listing has larger implications for many potential unicorns looking to similarly list in New York, says investment research firm CrossASEAN founder Angus Mackinstosh.

Posted 12-01-2021 05:10 PM

The state poll elevates Malaysia’s newest multi-party coalition, Perikatan Nasional, from a non-contender to a third force, and will be key if no coalition gets an outright majority in the next general election, says two ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute researchers.

Posted 12-01-2021 05:10 PM

Singapore remains a key destination for medical tourism and leisure travel for Indonesians, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s A’an Suryana.

Posted 12-01-2021 12:45 PM

If you're planning a trip to Japan, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Posted 12-01-2021 10:01 AM

Short-term visitors to South Korea will have to serve the 10-day quarantine at a temporary facility designated by the government.

Posted 12-01-2021 02:22 AM

CNA tagged along on a CNB raid targeting people suspected to have done drug transactions over Telegram.

Posted 11-30-2021 10:36 AM

Tropical cyclones in Asia could have double the destructive power by the end of the century, according to new research, as scientists say the human-made climate crisis is already making them stronger.

Posted 11-29-2021 04:25 AM

CNA's Amir Yusof encountered teething issues in the implementation of the land VTL. In spite of this, he thinks the travel scheme has promise.   

Posted 11-28-2021 05:36 PM

CNA journalists tracked what happened on the ground and in the air on the first day of the Singapore-Malaysia vaccinated travel lanes.

Posted 11-28-2021 01:17 AM

Japan plans to add $6.75 billion to its already record annual military spending in a rush to bolster air and maritime defenses as it becomes more concerned about threats posed by China and North Korea.

Posted 11-27-2021 05:01 PM

Malaysia is facing its own agricultural workforce crisis and plans to replace foreign plantation workers with local labour, and Australia's schemes complicates things, says this observer.

Posted 11-26-2021 05:15 PM

The country’s economic energy, powered by youth since the 1980s, is on the line as birth rates fall to record lows and its population is about to age the fastest in the world. The programme Insight explores whether the one-child family is as good as it gets for China.

Posted 11-26-2021 05:15 PM

The country’s economic energy, powered by youth since the 1980s, is on the line as birth rates fall to record lows and its population is about to age the fastest in the world. The programme Insight explores whether the one-child family is as good as it gets for China.

Posted 11-26-2021 05:01 PM

Better handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason why Asia has not seen such sharp price rises worrying Europe and the Americas, says the Financial Times' Robin Harding.

Posted 11-26-2021 05:00 PM

Thailand has amended its law to allow abortion in the first trimester. But with the social stigma against it, termination of pregnancy remains challenging.

Posted 11-26-2021 06:44 AM

The Solomon Islands government has advised all public servants to stay at home as violent protests continued for a third day on Friday, with crowds gathering at the Prime Minister's residence.

Posted 11-26-2021 02:00 AM

Five of these countries have already reopened their borders to vaccinated travellers from Singapore.

Posted 11-25-2021 10:38 AM

The Solomon Islands imposed a 36-hour lockdown in the capital, Honiara, after protesters calling for the Prime Minister to resign looted stores and set fire to buildings, including in the Pacific nation's Parliament.

Posted 11-24-2021 05:18 PM

Luxury brands have unsurprisingly tried to tap into the lucrative Chinese social media industry by recruiting celebrities to promote products, leading to unforeseen consequences, says an observer.

Posted 11-24-2021 03:00 AM

Travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country that they are entering.

Posted 11-23-2021 12:12 AM

Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, whose iron-fisted rule of the country following a 1979 military coup sparked massive democracy protests, died on Tuesday at the age of 90, his former press aide said.

Posted 11-22-2021 05:23 PM

There are huge economic pressures for the kingdom to reopen after COVID-19-induced travel restrictions have had crushing effects on Cambodia’s tourism industry, says a Cambodia researcher.

Posted 11-21-2021 11:01 PM

The Philippines' defense chief said on Sunday a military resupply mission for the country's troops stationed on an atoll in the South China Sea will resume this week, after it was aborted last week when it was blocked by Chinese coast guard.

Posted 11-19-2021 10:28 PM

In Shanghai's sprawling Jiangnan Shipyard, workers are fitting the catapults that will separate China's latest and most advanced aircraft carrier from its two outdated sister ships.

Posted 11-19-2021 05:02 PM

Burberry shades, LV bags and Macbooks may be the solution for the 7 million single women in Urban China to fight the social stigma of shaming "leftover women", says researchers.

Posted 11-19-2021 05:02 PM

Jakarta’s poor air quality prompted a group of residents to sue the government and they won. CNA explores the root causes and impacts of the smog which regularly blankets the city.

Posted 11-18-2021 10:41 PM

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte declared on Thursday in a televised speech that an unnamed candidate for next year's presidential election was a cocaine user.

Posted 11-18-2021 06:45 PM

What documents should you print out? When do you schedule the PCR tests? And what can you expect when you arrive? CNA Lifestyle answers your travel questions.

Posted 11-18-2021 05:15 PM

They were poor but on track to beat the odds. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The programme Insight meets young Indians whose once-promising futures, like graduating from a top university, are slipping out of reach.

Posted 11-18-2021 05:01 PM

Peluang endorsement meroket tinggi, tetapi segala tuntutan yang menyertainya bisa sangat memberatkan.

Posted 11-18-2021 05:34 AM

There will be a deficit of RM286.47 million for the southern state’s budget next year.  

Posted 11-17-2021 11:21 PM

A comedian's powerful monologue addressing some of India's most sensitive issues including rape and farmers' protests has split opinion in the country, with right-wing activists calling for his arrest while supporters rally to his defense.

Posted 11-17-2021 05:00 PM

As polar ice caps continue to melt, rising sea levels will swallow up islands in the Indonesian archipelago, says researchers.

Posted 11-17-2021 05:00 PM

The call between Biden and Xi reinforced the new reality for Sino-US relations, with selective collaboration and broad competition, says Christian Le Miere.

Posted 11-17-2021 12:26 AM

The meeting has been dismissed as lacking in breakthroughs. But both sides had significant domestic priorities to square off and could have taken a strident tone, says East Asian Institute director Bert Hofman.

Posted 11-16-2021 10:57 PM

Former boxing champion turned senator, Manny Pacquiao says he will seek corruption charges against some of his former political allies within the Duterte government if he wins the Philippine presidential election next year.

Posted 11-15-2021 06:00 AM

The Malaysian authorities have just issued the health protocols for the pilot project and industry players are hoping that more tourists will come next month.

Posted 11-15-2021 12:40 AM

Cambodia will stop requiring quarantine for travelers who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 starting on November 15, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday.

Posted 11-13-2021 11:57 PM

Former Japanese Princess Mako moved to the United States on Sunday with her newlywed husband, commoner Kei Kumuro, after Mako exited Japan's royal family, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

Posted 11-13-2021 05:02 PM

China’s heavy infrastructure involvement in developing economies has been widely criticised as debt-traps for foreign influence, but the reality is that Chinese aid genuinely helps, says economist.

Posted 11-13-2021 05:01 PM

Hong Kong is becoming more Chinese, and as a result may become less of a draw for multinational corporations, says Christian Le Miere.

Posted 11-13-2021 05:01 PM

Endorsement opportunities are growing exponentially, but the demands of the job can sometimes be overwhelming.

Posted 11-13-2021 05:01 PM

Hong Kong is becoming more Chinese, and as a result may become less of a draw for multinational corporations, says Christian Le Miere.

Posted 11-12-2021 05:15 PM

They have suffered during the pandemic, from grief over losing their parents to setbacks in learning. But grit and stoicism are not in short supply among Malaysia’s youth, the programme Insight finds out.

Posted 11-12-2021 05:01 PM

Kim Jong Un's initiatives have stalled after floods, food shortages and a pandemic-induced lockdown, and time is not on his side, says a former CIA analyst.

Posted 11-12-2021 05:01 PM

While international tourists are again visiting Thailand, places that rely on nightlife to draw people have yet to reap the benefits.

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