While Beijing spends heavily training elite athletes to win gold medals, its young people remain unable – or reluctant – to exercise owing to a lack of facilities, a shortage of qualified teachers and safety concerns
Third-alarm blaze broke out in Emerald Green residential estate building just after 5.20pm on Sunday
MANILA (Bernama): The death toll from the two major landslides that struck the Philippines last week has climbed to 95, authorities have said.
Hanoi: Vietnam has announced a state funeral and two days of national mourning for President Tran Dai Quang, who died on Friday aged 61.
Jakarta: Campaigning for Indonesia’s presidential election in April has kicked off, pitting incumbent Joko Widodo against a former military general in the race to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s controversial bullet train got off to a smooth start, as hundreds of passengers whistled north across the border at speeds of up to 200 kph, deepening integration of the former British colony with mainland China.
SHANGHAI: China summoned the US ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a US decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system.
LA GUAIRA (Venezuela): A Chinese navy hospital ship docked near Venezuela’s capital as the Opec nation’s deepening economic crisis garners the attention of the United States and other world powers.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, had one of the loneliest jobs in the world: He was a lamp keeper for a floating fish trap, 125km out at sea, with weekly brief human contact and a walkie-talkie.
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/Asia News Network): An elderly woman helped her granddaughter avoid falling victim to a voice-phishing scam, police said Wednesday.