Ultra-rich Asians and Chinese citizens eye Singapore luxury homes amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the latest big-ticket property deals in Singapore, a sea-facing bungalow in the exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove was reportedly bought in recent weeks for more than $39 million by a Chinese national from Fujian Province. Closer to the city, This Week In Asia understands that a 5,070 sq ft luxury penthouse at South [...]

‘What is wrong with Indonesia’: Trolls flood Thai couple’s gay wedding photos with death threats in cross-cultural flame war

Suriya Koedsang pictured with his husband Bas at their wedding, in a photo that was uploaded to Facebook.Facebook When Suriya Koedsang uploaded photos of his wedding to Facebook on April 4, the 28-year-old Thai never could have imagined the hate his heartwarming post would soon receive from online trolls in Indonesia. Within days, the pictures of [...]

Fukushima surfer, shop owner alarmed at water release plan, fears ‘contaminated sea’

Koji Suzuki, 66, a surfer and a surf shop owner, holds his surfboard at Karasuzaki beach, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, April 16, 2021.Reuters Koji Suzuki's surf shop, which he first opened in 1989, was washed away by the devastating tsunami [...]

China’s Ant explores ways for Jack Ma to exit

A sign of Ant Group is seen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on Nov 23, 2020.Reuters Ant Group is exploring options for founder Jack Ma to divest his stake in the financial technology giant and give up control, as meetings with Chinese regulators signaled to the company that the [...]

Cyclone destroys houses, cuts power on Australia’s west coast

Photos on social media and local broadcasts showed downed powerlines, debris and houses stripped of roofs and walls.Facebook/Andrew Marshall A tropical cyclone off Australia's west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening in power on Monday (April 12) morning. Officials said around 70 per cent of the [...]

Malaysia defends Myanmar envoy’s meeting with junta after backlash

Demonstrators gesture as they protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar, on April 8, 2021 in this still image obtained from a video.Reuters via Dawei Watch Malaysia on Thursday defended a meeting between its ambassador to Myanmar and a representative from the military government, after criticism that it was recognition of the junta amid [...]

‘Hunger Games-style’ fight for flights for Hongkongers stranded by coronavirus travel ban to get home from Britain

  Travellers walk through Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak on Feb 14, 2021.Reuters Hundreds of seats on two special flights intended to bring stranded Hongkongers home from Britain after the end of a coronavirus travel ban were snapped up in two hours on Thursday, in a process marred by a [...]

South Korea orders closure of nightclubs, karaoke bars amid concern over fourth Covid-19 wave

People walk past closed pubs and restaurants as tougher social distancing rules to prevent the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that have been announced on the last Friday (April 2) continue, in Seoul, South Korea, Aug 31, 2020.Reuters South Korea will reimpose a ban on nightclubs, karaoke bars and other nightly entertainment facilities, authorities said on Friday [...]

Joe Biden unveils steps to tackle America’s rampant gun violence

US President Joe Biden is already facing resistance from political opponents and the National Rifle Association.Reuters US President Joe Biden and his Attorney General Merrick Garland announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States on Thursday (April ), in what the White House described as a first step to curb mass shootings, [...]