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  • Samsung posts first annual profit decline in three years

    29 Jan 2015 : Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years on Thursday, days after arch-rival Apple reported the biggest corporate profit in history.

  • Asean ministers rap China land grabs

    29 Jan 2015 : KOTA KINABALU - Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, as the Philippines urged them to stand up to Beijing.

  • US: China press curbs increasing

    29 Jan 2015 : BEIJING - Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.

  • Jordan offers to free militant

    28 Jan 2015 : AMMAN - Jordan is willing to free an Iraqi female jihadist from prison in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held hostage by the Islamic State group, state television said Wednesday.

  • Israel buries soldiers, says Hezbollah doesn't want conflict

    28 Jan 2015 : Israel on Thursday buried two soldiers killed in a Hezbollah missile strike that triggered Israeli fire on southern Lebanon, raising tensions between the bitter enemies to their highest in years.

  • JAL is Asia's top on-time airline

    28 Jan 2015 : Japan Airlines (JAL) has been named the most punctual carrier in the Asia-Pacific region last year by information service FlightStats.

  • China defends aid role in Africa

    28 Jan 2015 : BEIJING - China on Wednesday offered a spirited defence of its aid to Africa, rejecting charges of "concrete diplomacy" following a major infrastructure deal with the continent.

  • Break-out Asian Cup star Luongo surprises himself

    28 Jan 2015 : NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA) - No one is more surprised at Massimo Luongo's stand-out Asian Cup performances than, well, the player himself as he prepares for the match of his life in Saturday's final.

  • Japan teen axe murderer 'just wanted to kill someone': report

    28 Jan 2015 : TOKYO - A 19-year-old college girl murdered an elderly woman with an axe and a scarf because she "just wanted to kill someone" news reports in Japan said Wednesday.

  • Aquino to address Philippines in bid to salvage peace pact

    28 Jan 2015 : Philippine President Benigno Aquino will address the nation later Wednesday to try to shore up a Muslim rebel peace deal threatened by a bungled anti-terror raid that killed 44 police commandos.

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