HONG KONG: One of Hong Kong's best-known tour operators has decided to wind up after 50 years of business and amid the worsening Omicron outbreak, with an industry leader expecting the travel sector's woes to continue for the rest of 2022 at least.
The Philippines has signed a contract with India's BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd for an 18.9 billion-peso (US$369 million) shore-based anti-ship missile system, boosting defence ties between the two nations locked in separate territorial disputes with China.
Malaysia's AirAsia Group Bhd said on Friday it had changed its name to Capital A Bhd to reflect its growing portfolio of businesses beyond the core budget airline.
HONG KONG: China is unlikely to ease pandemic-related border controls any time soon, despite mounting calls from an international community shut out by strict zero-Covid rules for nearly two years.
PHUKET: Two Indonesian fishing boats were caught fishing illegally in Thai territorial waters off Phuket on Thursday, and the 19 crew members arrested, the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre said.
LONDON: For years the BBC and its financing model have belonged to that small category of things that make no sense in theory but work well in practice. Now that model is imperiled, and the BBC will be forced to abandon its traditional role and find its place in the modern media landscape.
The Philippines will re-open to fully vaccinated tourists from most countries on Feb 10 and lift quarantine requirements, officials said Friday, nearly two years after closing its borders to contain the coronavirus.
The Finance Ministry on Friday maintained its 2022 economic growth forecast at 4.0%, driven by a recovery in domestic spending and tourism, with Covid-19 outbreaks driven by the Omicron variant yet to have a significant impact.
The Khao Yai National Park chief will be moved to allow for a fact-finding inquiry after video showing scantily dressed "coyote" girls dancing to music inside the park went viral online.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's U-turn on its mandatory three-week quarantine for arrivals follows growing scrutiny of the strict policy after a coronavirus outbreak was traced to a woman infected during her hotel stay.