In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. While the planned U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq from 3,000 to 2,500 by mid-January is unlikely to have an immediate impact on the campaign against IS remnants, there are concerns that further withdrawals could set the stage for another resurgence of the extremist group. Although Iraqi forces have become more independent in combat missions, the country is reeling from ongoing anti-government protests, rampant corruption and political divisions that reach into the security apparatus.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — Preacher, Ustaz Ebit Lew who is known for his charity work has said that politics is not his strong suit after the hashtag #EbitLewForPM emerged on social media platforms with...
Industry veteran Cathy Payne, former CEO of Endemol Shine, and currently CEO of Banijay Rights, is optimistic about production returning to normal in 2021. But she says the restart should have a pragmatic, COVID-safe approach. Speaking at the Asian Television Forum, part of the Singapore Media Festival, on Tuesday, Payne said that the Indian version […]
* The European Union criticized Britain's rapid approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine, saying its own procedure was more thorough. * U.S. health experts welcomed British emergency approval of Pfizer's vaccine, while Canadian health authorities should soon complete their regulatory review of the shot.
Vasco (Goa) [India], December 3 (ANI): Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Jamshedpur FC, Hyderabad FC assistant coach Thangboi Singto said he is "very proud" of his team's performance.
China on Thursday announced selection of Hong Kong director Peter Chan’s sports drama “Leap” as its contender for the Academy Awards’ best international feature film competition this year. The film tells the fact-based story of the Chinese women’s national volleyball team and their travails over the course of decades, from their world championship win in […]
Prosecutors have asked Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to report for voluntary questioning in a case they are building against his secretary over unreported political funds involving as much as 40 million yen ($382,848), media said on Thursday. Ex-premier Abe, who stepped down due to ill-health in September, is under fire after sources told media his office helped cover the costs of dinner parties for supporters, a possible violation of funding laws that conflicts with Abe's vehement denials in parliament last year. The scandal also threatens to embroil Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who was widely seen as Abe's right-hand man during his tenure and has defended him in parliament.
Mumbai airport will play a pivotal role in storing and distributing the Covid-19 vaccine in India as it is home to Asia’s largest Pharma-dedicated import cold zone.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has declared its satisfaction over the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry’s (Medac) decision to focus on...
Instead of cars, the normally busy highway on the outskirts of New Delhi that connects most northern Indian towns to the capital is filled with tens of thousands of protesting farmers, many wearing colorful turbans. Inside, they have hunkered down, supplied with enough food and fuel to last weeks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, rattled by the growing rebellion, insists the reforms will benefit them.
They’re flooding the trending #StandWithDaiSyed hashtag with BTS, Mamamoo’s Hwasa and EXO instead. This article, Malaysia’s K-pop fans drown out online movement supporting accused evangelist with idol fancams, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It's hot, so he forgoes the traditional heavy jacket for a lightweight vest and grabs his Santa hat. "Getting paid is nice, but to get your battery recharged and to really get something lasting out of it requires interacting with the kids — you don’t get a lot of that this year,” said Six, who first portrayed Santa 35 years ago.
With Korean-language content all the vogue in Asia, Chinese streaming platform iQIYI has announced production of its first Korean original series, “My Roommate is a Gumiho.” Adapted from a popular webtoon, “Living Together” the show is written, directed and produced by industry heavyweights Baek Sun-woo (“What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”), Choi Bo-rim, and Nam Sung-woo […]
KUCHING, Dec 3 — The state government has reached an agreement with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for their commercial arrangement here, Sarawak Consultative Committee chairman Datuk Amar...
The Burevi tropical cyclone is headed towards southern India, authorities said on Thursday, after it slammed Sri Lanka's east coast earlier this week but caused little damage. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a "red" warning to parts of the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and said the cyclone is expected to hit on Thursday or early on Friday. "Very to heavy rainfall is expected in southern Kerala and southern Tamil Nadu," the IMD said.
Cyclone Burevi hit Sri Lanka overnight, rattling the island nation but leaving it relatively unscathed on its way to southern India, officials said Thursday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — The National Security Council (NSC) has disavowed posters circulating online that claimed the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in several states and federal...
Manchester [UK], December 3 (ANI): Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager Thomas Tuchel said his side never gave up and showed "excellent spirit" during the match against Manchester United following the victory.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — The last remaining suspect in the robbery and murder case of the former director of the Information Technology Division, Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development...
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on December 2 that a full review into the response to Fraser Island’s significant bushfire damage had been approved.The fire, which has been burning for over six weeks has “destroyed almost half of the world-heritage-listed national park,” according to Australian media.Palaszczuk stated: “It’s understandable that those who love the island want to be assured that everything that could be done to protect it has and is being done. That is why I can confirm the inspector-general emergency management has been instructed to conduct a full review.”Visitors have been barred from the island since November 27. Dr Gabriel Conroy, a conservation biologist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, told the Guardian that the scale of fire damage represented a “catastrophe,” for the area.Queensland Fire and Emergency Services told the Guardian on December 1 that the fire was encroaching on the Valley of the Giants, a region on the island that is home to trees more than a millennium old.This footage was shot from waters off the eastern side of Fraser Island on November 29. Credit: Jodi Alexander via Storyful