17 Apr '18, 8am

In new sign of trade war, China slaps US sorghum producers with 179% deposit

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines is set to deploy hundreds of riot police to top holiday island Boracay to keep travellers out and head off potential protests ahead of its six-month closure to tourists , the government said on Tuesday (April 17). President Rodrigo Duterte has branded the tiny central island and its world-famous white-sand beach a "cesspool" . He has ordered visitors be kept away from April 26 so facilities to treat raw sewage can be set up and illegal structures torn down. On Tuesday, authorities laid out a lockdown plan to keep out all foreign and Filipino tourists using more than 600 police, including a 138-member "crowd dispersal unit". "In any transition, especially for a drastic action such as this, there is always confusion, uncertainties, and low morale," the regional police director, Chief Superintendent Cesar Binag said at a public forum on the isla...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-to-d...

Tweets

Philippines shelves Galaxy's planned US$500m ca...

straitstimes.com 12 Apr '18, 3am

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Wednesday (April 11) shelved a plan by Macau's Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd to bui...

Malaysia police hunt for four ISIS militants st...

straitstimes.com 16 Apr '18, 10am

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police are hunting for four militants suspected of planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worsh...

Analysis: Trade war or not, China is closing th...

channelnewsasia.com 13 Apr '18, 10am

HONG KONG: China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing...

Mass layoffs start on Philippines' #Boracay Island

Mass layoffs start on Philippines' #Boracay Island

straitstimes.com 09 Apr '18, 3am

ILOILO CITY (THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Workers are feeling the pain even before Boracay Island is...

Chinese urged to boycott US firms amid trade te...

straitstimes.com 14 Apr '18, 5am

BEIJING (AFP) - The messages began to pop up on Chinese social media as the trade spat with the United States sizzled, urg...

Asean firms fear fallout of global giants' trad...

straitstimes.com 10 Apr '18, 9pm

As the world's biggest economies threaten a trade war, most economists and business leaders are optimistic cooler heads wi...

After #China's massive drill, US patrols disputed South China Sea

After #China's massive drill, US patrols disput...

straitstimes.com 11 Apr '18, 5am

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea (REUTERS) - In a span of 20 minutes, 20 F-18 fighter jets took off and ...

Philippines to close Boracay to tourists for si...

straitstimes.com 04 Apr '18, 3pm

MANILA - The resort island of Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months from April 26 to fix sewage and environmen...

X Japan to make US debut at Coachella - The Str...

straitstimes.com 13 Apr '18, 10pm

NEW YORK • Japanese rock icon X Japan will make their debut today at the prestigious Coachella music festival in Californi...

Beach destinations better than Boracay

channelnewsasia.com 18 Apr '18, 7am

That may sound alarming to lovers of beach vacations – after all, Boracay, located in the Western Visayas region of the Ph...

Singapore and China sign deal to boost cooperat...

straitstimes.com 08 Apr '18, 10am

BEIJING - Singapore and China have inked a deal that paves the way for closer partnerships between their companies in othe...

Stage set for prolonged US-China battle on trade

Stage set for prolonged US-China battle on trade

straitstimes.com 07 Apr '18, 12am

The tit-for-tat tariffs that we are witnessing between the United States and China are not merely unpleasant trade measure...

42-year-old woman pretends to be 28, cheats lov...

straitstimes.com 14 Apr '18, 6am

A 42-year-old woman in China allegedly passed off as a 28-year-old and cheated her boyfriend out of 6 million yuan (S$1.2 ...

China 'opposed to the use of force' against Syr...

straitstimes.com 14 Apr '18, 11am

"We consistently oppose the use of force in international relations, and advocate respect for the sovereignty, independenc...

170 academics sign open letter expressing concern about academic freedom in Singapore

170 academics sign open letter expressing conce...

straitstimes.com 13 Apr '18, 7am

SINGAPORE - At least 170 academics have voiced concern about academic freedom in Singapore, with several saying that diver...