Asia Pacific

30 passengers missing after Indonesia ferry fire

Vessel was carrying 277 people from Tanjung Perak port in East Java's Surabaya when it caught fire late on Thursday.

30 passengers missing after Indonesia ferry fire

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Hong Kong unions urge Cathay Pacific to end staff intimidation

Hong Kong unions accuse Chinese aviation officials of dismissing airline staff over involvement in anti-gov't protests.

Hong Kong unions urge Cathay Pacific to end staff intimidation

Asia Pacific

Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Tokyo summons Seoul's top envoy to protest against decision as two Asian neighbours and US allies continue to squabble.

Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Hong Kong

Canada bars consulate staff from travelling outside Hong Kong

Advisory comes days after China confirmed it has arrested British consulate worker Simon Cheng.

Canada bars consulate staff from travelling outside Hong Kong

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Turmoil in Hong Kong’s streets and markets worries investors

Hong Kong's protests are forcing analysts to lower their growth projections for the Chinese territory.

Turmoil in Hong Kong’s streets and markets worries investors

Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as activists target airport

Court extends order prohibiting demonstrations at the Hong Kong airport as multiple protests are expected on Friday.

Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as activists target airport

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China's coal demand to peak around 2025, global usage to follow

A report by a state-owned think-tank says China's coal usage will drop as renewables and nuclear energy rise.

China's coal demand to peak around 2025, global usage to follow

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Malaysia's Mahathir: Linking palm oil to deforestation 'baseless'

Malaysian PM says gov't working on making palm oil sustainable, more productive as accusations against industry grow.

Malaysia's Mahathir: Linking palm oil to deforestation 'baseless'

Malaysia

Drugs worth $161m seized in Malaysia's biggest haul

The seized drugs - 3,200kg cocaine and 467kg ketamine - came from Ecuador and Pakistan, respectively.

Drugs worth $161m seized in Malaysia's biggest haul

North Korea

North Korea calls Mike Pompeo 'poisonous' to diplomacy

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says US counterpart casting 'dark shadows' on progress of talks.

North Korea calls Mike Pompeo 'poisonous' to diplomacy

Myanmar

UN panel condemns Myanmar army's sexual violence against Rohingya

UN investigators say the scale of sexual violence against the Rohingya shows 'genocidal intent'.

UN panel condemns Myanmar army's sexual violence against Rohingya

Indonesia

Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Indonesia's information ministry says 'temporary' shutdown is meant 'to accelerate government effort to restore order'.

Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Weather

Tropical Storm Bailu takes aim at Taiwan

The Western Pacific remains active, with multiple areas monitored for new tropical development.

Tropical Storm Bailu takes aim at Taiwan

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong protests: Youth try to define city's future

Carrie Lam says she wants to open a dialogue with the pro-democracy demonstrators but many of the youth do not trust her.

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China says it hopes US stops wrong tariff action

China's commerce ministry says Beijing will retaliate if the US places new import levies on Chinese goods.

China says it hopes US stops wrong tariff action