Singapore | Office rent to gain most in four years

  Singapore’s prime office rents are set to post their biggest increase in at least four years in 2014, and may extend gains this year in a supply-constrained market. The office rent

Myanmar | Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

  Church colleagues yesterday welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar’s first Roman Catholic cardinal. Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, was one of

Plane engine dies just before takeoff from Surabaya

In the latest incident to hit an AirAsia flight departing from Surabaya, the engine of a plane failed just before it took off from Juanda International Airport in the Indonesian city,

Australia | Wildfire threat eases as cool front moves in

Cooler conditions yesterday were helping hundreds of firefighters working to contain a massive wildfire that had forced thousands of people to flee their homes in southern Australia. A dozen homes have been destroyed

Indonesia | Prayers held as divers thwarted from AirAsia site

Around 100 family members of AirAsia Flight 8501 crash victims sought strength yesterday, one week after the disaster, while bad weather again prevented searchers from reaching a large object on

US warns about threat against banks, hotels in Surabaya

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued a warning to Americans about a potential threat against U.S. associated banks and hotels in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya. An embassy spokesperson said yesterday

N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

North Korea yesterday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting

Vietnam | Ship sinks off Vietnam, only 1 of 19 crew rescued

A Norwegian cargo ship with 19 Filipino crew members sank off the coast of southern Vietnam with only one man known to have survived, officials said yesterday. Two bodies have been

THE BUZZ: New Year’s card sheep completes knitting scarf

Tradition in Japan calls for people to send post cards — often hundreds of them — to friends, colleagues and relatives, decked with pine trees, cranes and other symbols of

Australian teen killed in shark attack

Australian officials were hunting for a shark yesterday that killed a teenager off Australia’s southwest coast in the nation’s second deadly attack in as many weeks. Jay Muscat, 17, was spearfishing

Philippines | AirAsia plane with 159 aboard overshoots runway

  An AirAsia Zest plane carrying 159 people overshot the runway and got stuck in a muddy field yesterday at an international airport in the central Philippines after landing from Manila

Flight 8501 | Wreckage, bodies reveal AirAsia jet’s fate days after it disappeared

  Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony yesterday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed

Report: Korea becomes third most popular destination for Chinese tourists

South Korea has become the third most popular destination for mainland Chinese tourists after Hong Kong and Macau, The Korea Herald reported, highlighting that the number of Chinese tourists to

Flight 8501 |Differences between MH370 and AirAsia incidents

  The disappearance of an AirAsia passenger jet soon after takeoff inevitably brings back memories of the mystery behind Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared nearly 10 months ago and is yet to be found. But while it is still not known what happened

Flight 8501 | Unclear whether oil, objects found in sea linked to lost jet

An Indonesian helicopter searching for the missing AirAsia jetliner saw two oily spots in the water yesterday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects elsewhere in the Java Sea, but

Flight 8501 | Q&A : What might have happened to the plane

  Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and

Asian tsunami 10th anniversary marked with tears and hope

  A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland.

Philippines | Strong earthquake shakes south

A strong earthquake shook parts of the southern and central Philippines yesterday, frightening people but causing no serious damage or injuries, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured

Korea | South offers talks with North over unification

  South Korea yesterday proposed talks with North Korea to discuss what it calls a range of issues needed to prepare for the unification of the divided countries. It’s unclear if Pyongyang

Search for AirAsia aircraft called off after day-long hunt

  Indonesian authorities looking for an AirAsia Bhd. flight with 155 passengers and seven crew on board called off the search as darkness fell over the seas after a day of

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