'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee; Asia Argento tears into Weinstein at Cannes

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee; Asia Argento tears into Weinstein at Cannes

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d’Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters,” a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators. At the closing ceremony for the 71st edition of the French Riviera extravaganza, the Cate […]

Alibaba out to dominate mobile pay in Southeast Asia

Alibaba out to dominate mobile pay in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK/SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI — The Southeast Asian market for mobile payment services is undergoing an upheaval, with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding at the center of the tumult. The group is backing Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand’s TrueMoney payment service, which will expand to subway trains in Bangkok as early as September. Passengers will be able to pay […]

The Missing Piece in Macron's Asia Vision: Japan

The Missing Piece in Macron's Asia Vision: Japan

A few weeks before a historical meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, with major developments going on around the Korean Peninsula, the future of Northeast Asia is the focus of the world’s attention. Despite this, while visiting Australia in early May, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared oblivious of the close strategic connections between the […]

NEC signed to build Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable

NEC signed to build Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable

(Image: SJC2) The consortium behind the 144Tbps Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable (SJC2) has signed NEC to construct the 10,500km cable. SJC2 will have 11 landing stations — located in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea, with a pair of landings in Taiwan and Japan — and be made up of […]

The elderly backpacker who’s inspiring young Chinese

The elderly backpacker who’s inspiring young Chinese

Image copyright Pear Video Image caption Retired teacher Ms Qi has got China talking about the choices they have in their old age An elderly woman who has chosen a life of backpacking in her retirement has won millions of fans on Chinese social media. The 73-year-old retired teacher, identified by Pear Video as Ms […]

Amazon Japan offices raided over anti-trust suspicions

Amazon Japan offices raided over anti-trust suspicions

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon Japan said its offices have been raided by the country’s fair trade regulator on suspicion of anti-trust violations. The online retailer is suspected of asking suppliers to shoulder costs incurred for selling their products at a discount, according to media reports. The firm said it is cooperating with the investigation […]

Quolls back from brink and out in the wild

Quolls back from brink and out in the wild

Image copyright WWF Australia Image caption The eastern quolls have been fitted with GPS tracking devices A species of marsupial, the eastern quoll, has returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in about half a century. The native animals were once found along Australia’s east coast until they were devastated by […]

Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak

Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak

Image copyright Taylor Weidman Image caption A bite from an infected dog can pass rabies on to humans Thailand is rushing to contain the spread of rabies after a spike in cases across the country. The virus has been detected in 40 provinces including popular tourist areas Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Three infected people have […]

Australia considers visas for white South African farmers

Australia considers visas for white South African farmers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was considering fast track visas for SA white farmers South Africa has dismissed allegations its white farmers are “persecuted” after an Australian minister said they needed help from a “civilised” country. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was exploring giving South […]

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of the Rohingya interviewed by the UN said a family member had been killed The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with […]

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