Why former leader Hu Jintao did not attend Jiang Zemin’s funeral

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao was among the few prominent figures absent from Tuesday’s (Dec 7) state funeral for his predecessor Jiang Zemin. The previous day he had joined Xi Jinping and dozens of other top officials in bidding farewell to Jiang. An official source said Hu and some other party elders did not attend Tuesday’s funeral...

‘Destruction of democracy itself’: Indonesian activists decry curbs to sex and free speech under new criminal code

Indonesia has passed into law a controversial criminal code that human rights activists and civil groups say could potentially send the world's third-largest democracy back to authoritarian rule. Articles viewed as problematic include bans on insulting the president, vice-president and state institutions, views that contradict the state ideology Pancasila, protests without a permit, sex outside marriage...

Morocco knock Spain out of World Cup on penalties

Morocco dumped Spain out of the World Cup in a last-16 penalty shootout on Tuesday with Spanish-born Achraf Hakimi scoring the decisive spot-kick after Spain squandered all three of their attempts, following a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes. Hakimi, a product of the Real Madrid youth system, calmly slotted his penalty past Unai Simon in...

Japan’s Doan delights in shutting up patronising Germans

Japan striker Ritsu Doan said he was particularly delighted with Wednesday's (Nov 23) stunning victory over Germany at the World Cup after being forced to endure patronising comments before he headed to Qatar. Eight members of the Japan squad play their club football in Germany and it was goals from Freiburg's Doan and VfL Bochum's Takuma Asano...

Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani's planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region's Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the way of ambitions for the country's...

‘What’s this?’ Sex education debate after China mother finds condom in teen son’s bag

A public discussion about sex education in China has been kicked off by a mother in eastern China who told the media it shocked her to find a condom in her teenage son's schoolbag. The single mother from Zhejiang province said she saw a suspicious object at the bottom of her son's schoolbag when she...

Over 78% of Singapore employees will consider changing jobs if pay rise is lower than inflation rate: Survey

More than 78 per cent of employees in Singapore will consider changing jobs in 2023 if their pay increment is lower than the inflation rate, according to a survey by recruitment firm Robert Walters. The rising cost of living and concerns over a possible recession will spur many employees to request, and expect employers to...

How ‘irrepressible optimist’ Anwar Ibrahim went from prison to becoming Malaysia’s leader

Lionised as a student leader, elevated to the forefront of Malaysian politics, then jailed and sidelined under a vengeful mentor, Anwar Ibrahim is finally leading his country after some 30 years of trying. The prime minister's office had appeared beyond the grasp of Anwar, Malaysia's perennial nearly man who looked well set for the role in 2020...

New PM Anwar Ibrahim ‘can’t afford to be distracted’ amid economic woes, US-China rivalry, analysts say

Malaysia's king on Thursday (Nov 24) appointed reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, a decision that ended a protracted post-election impasse and capped one of the most remarkable turnarounds for a politician in modern Southeast Asian history. Over three decades, Anwar had gone from the country's number two leader to a protest leader, a prisoner...

Anwar Ibrahim: Who is Malaysia’s new prime minister?

Malaysia's new prime minister, 75-year-old Anwar Ibrahim, was sworn in on Thursday (Nov 24), bringing to a close his three-decade quest for the job that had eluded him time and again and led to him spending nearly a decade in jail. How did he rise to the top? As opposition leader, Anwar led tens of thousands of Malaysians...