Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace. Borrowing from US President Donald Trump’s political playbook, government heads with an authoritarian streak are using the mantra of “fake news” to ...

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Possible Trump-Kim summit venues include Singapore, Vietnam and Mongolia

Possible Trump-Kim summit venues include Singapore, Vietnam and Mongolia

US President Donald Trump says that five locations are under consideration for his expected meeting with Kim Jong Un, the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea. But he gave no clues...

EU plans to fast-track deals with Japan and Singapore in face of US ‘protectionism’

EU plans to fast-track deals with Japan and Singapore in face of US ‘protectionism’

The EU said on Wednesday it was leading the defense of free trade in the face of US “protectionism” as it unveiled plans to fast-track deals with Japan and Singapore....

Anti-gay laws are ‘wrong’, British PM tells ex-colonies, including Singapore and Malaysia

Anti-gay laws are ‘wrong’, British PM tells ex-colonies, including Singapore and Malaysia

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday told former colonies anti-gay laws once imposed by her country “were wrong then, and they are wrong now”. The premier...

Singaporeans angered by Malaysian IKEA employees given paid leave to vote in elections

Singaporeans angered by Malaysian IKEA employees given paid leave to vote in elections

Eighty or so Malaysian employees working at IKEA Singapore have been granted an extra day of paid leave on Wednesday, May 9, so that they can exercise their democratic rights...

President Trump changes mind and wants in on TPP deal; Australia sees no appetite to accommodate US

President Trump changes mind and wants in on TPP deal; Australia sees no appetite to accommodate US

There is “no appetite” among the Trans-Pacific Partnership signatories for major renegotiations to accommodate the US, Australia said Sunday after President Donald...

Grilled by ‘fake news’ panel, academics around the world back Singapore historian Thum Ping Tjin

Grilled by ‘fake news’ panel, academics around the world back Singapore historian Thum Ping Tjin

A Singaporean historian attacked for challenging the official narrative of the city-state’s history during parliamentary hearings on “fake news” has won backing...

Southeast Asia confident of growth despite trade tensions: ASEAN

Southeast Asia confident of growth despite trade tensions: ASEAN

Southeast Asia will maintain robust economic growth despite rising tensions as tit-for-tat tariffs between the US and China stoke fears of a damaging trade war, regional finance...

UN’s top court to hear Malaysia vs Singapore island row

UN’s top court to hear Malaysia vs Singapore island row

The UN’s top court said Thursday it will hold hearings in June into Malaysia’s request to overturn its ruling in a decades-old dispute with Singapore over a tiny but...

Police issue zero-tolerance warning to residing and visiting Malaysians about ‘importing politics’

Police issue zero-tolerance warning to residing and visiting Malaysians about ‘importing politics’

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has warned all resident foreigners against using their host country as a “platform to further their political causes.” In a Facebook post,...