Exclusive: Edmond de Rothschild to close Hong Kong operations – sources – Reuters

ReutersTwo of the people said the Hong Kong operation would close by the end of December. The closure is indicative of the broad cost pressures the private banking industry in…

Singapore Is Beating Hong Kong in Asia’s Fintech Race – Bloomberg

BloombergTax benefits, government help and easy access to regional markets led Joe Seunghyun Cho to choose Singapore as the headquarters for his six financial technology companies, rather than base them…

Thai protesters retreat but crisis ‘not over’ – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaTensions eased in Thailand’s strife-hit capital on Saturday after protesters abandoned their attempted “shutdown” of Bangkok, but the move was seen as only a temporary reprieve for the…

Killers of British soldier in London sentenced, one to life in prison – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesLONDON – Two Muslim extremists who butchered a young British soldier on a busy London street in full view of stunned passersby were sentenced Wednesday to long prison…

MWC: BlackBerry to Introduce Sub-$200 Smartphone for Southeast Asia – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalWhat’s News: BlackBerry unveils sub-$200 smartphone and plans retro device with keyboard. U.S. home prices in 2013 post biggest annual gain since 2005. Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox halts…

Honolulu Festival to offer biggest fireworks show yet – khon2.com

Honolulu Festival to offer biggest fireworks show yetkhon2.comThis year, the Honolulu Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary of promoting cultural and ethnic ties between Hawaii and Asia Pacific countries with a…

Honolulu Festival to be capped off with Waikiki fireworks show – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Honolulu Festival to be capped off with Waikiki fireworks showHonolulu Star-AdvertiserThe Honolulu Festival will cap off its 20th anniversary next month with a 20-minute Nagaoka Fireworks Show over Waikiki. The…

North Korean ship enters South Korean waters, Seoul says – Fox News

Fox NewsSEOUL – South Korea said Tuesday a North Korean warship strayed into South Korean waters late Monday, in the first reported maritime incursion of 2014. South Korean Defense Ministry…

North Korea ‘violates’ sea border with South amid drills – BBC News

BBC NewsA North Korean patrol boat violated a sea border with the South several times late on Monday, officials in Seoul say. The ship spent a few hours south of…

China media: “Mafia-style” crimes – BBC News

BBC NewsNews of “mafia-style” crimes dominate press headlines on Friday, with media asking what “protections” alleged mobsters had in the past decade. Media have reported that Liu Han, ex-head of…

In Asia, WhatsApp posts mixed message for Facebook – Reuters

ReutersSingapore Feb 21 (Reuters) – WhatsApp may be hugely popular but its forays into Asia, the world’s biggest mobile market, have had mixed success, raising questions about whether it can…

Chinese Tycoon Charged With ‘Mafia-Style’ Crimes – TIME

TIMELiu Han, one of the richest businessmen in China and ex-head of the mining giant Sichuan Hanlong Group, has been charged with murder, intentional injury, organizing a crime gang, illegal…

‘Davos Man’ is coming to Manila in May – InterAksyon

InterAksyonIn a press briefing today, Sushant Palakurthi Rao, World Economic Forum (WEF) head for Southeast Asia, said Manila will push through with hosting the East Asia meeting of the world’s…

Highlights from London Fashion Week – CNBC.com

CNBC.comThe emerging market slowdown has hit luxury fashion, with U.K. brands like Burberry and Mulberry rattling investors with warnings of slowing growth in Asia. However, all was not doom and…

Nuclear talks with Iran headed for collision in Austria – USA TODAY

USA TODAYIranian and U.S. negotiators meet Tuesday for a new round of talks over a nuclear program that Iranian leaders are vowing to keep despite a threat from the U.S.…

BBC asks: Is Seattle the next Silicon Valley? – GeekWire

GeekWireThe BBC calls Seattle a “vibrant and laid-back city” that’s a strategic seaport with strong ties to Asia, making the prerequisite shots of the Space Needle and the Monorail and…

UN documents North Korean torture chambers, prison camps … and luxury goods – Reuters

ReutersGENEVA Feb 17(Reuters) – United Nations human rights investigators on Monday issued a damning report cataloguing massive human rights violations in North Korea that they said amount to crimes of…

Plane carrying 18 people missing in Nepal – The Nation

The NationKATHMANDU : Rescuers in Nepal scrambled on Sunday to find a Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people that went missing in the country’s mountainous west, officials said. The plane…

Plane with 18 people missing in Nepal’s mountains – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal Airlines plane with 18 people on board flying in bad weather is missing in Nepal’s mountainous west. Ram Hari Sharma of the Civil…

Kerry warns on catastrophic climate change – Financial Times

Financial TimesJohn Kerry, US secretary of state, has called on industrialised and developing nations to work together “urgently” to reduce carbon emissions if the world is to avoid the catastrophic…

Film starring Taiwan actress wins Berlin festival’s top prize – Focus Taiwan News Channel

Focus Taiwan News ChannelTaipei, Feb. 16 (CNA) Chinese film “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” which stars Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei, on Saturday (Germany time) won the Berlin International Film Festival’s top…

A big win for Asia at the Berlinale film festival – euronews

euronewsFilms from Asia are the clear winners at the 2014 Berlinale film festival in the German capital. Chinese thriller “Black Coal, Thin Ice”, scooped the top Golden Bear prize, while…

Kerry Burnishes His Green Badge in Asia Ahead of Keystone Call – Businessweek

BusinessweekU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will highlight the impact of global warming on Asian nations in a speech today in the world’s largest exporter of coal for power plants,…

Ukraine protesters offer goodwill gesture after detainees freed – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaProtesters occupying Kiev city hall said on Saturday they stood “ready” to vacate the premises, in a gesture of goodwill after authorities released all those detained in the…

‘Jelly Doughnut’ Rock Mystery Solved: NASA Says Opportunity Did Not Witness … – University Herald

University HeraldJelly Donut Rock (Photo : Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA) The scientist who filed the lawsuit against NASA argues the rock was there the whole time and…

US, China promise closer cooperation on climate change – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIJING – The United States and China promised Saturday to cooperate more closely in combatting climate change following a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.…

Venezuela frees some student protesters, unrest continues – Reuters

ReutersCARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities freed 25 student protesters on Friday pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this week’s deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.…

Muscat won over by ACL appeal – SBS

SBSMelbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat (Getty). Melbourne Victory’s outspoken coach Kevin Muscat, who was never a huge fan of the AFC Champions League, has acknowledged the importance and prestige attached…

Two Koreas to Go Ahead With Reunions of Families Split by War – New York Times

New York TimesSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea agreed Friday to honor its earlier agreement to allow hundreds of elderly people separated by the Korean War six decades ago to…

Protests in Venezuela continue as dozens remain jailed – Washington Post

Washington PostCARACAS — President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars Friday as unrest continued across Venezuela after this week’s deadly political violence. Student demonstrators gathered again…

China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit…

China media: Kerry’s visit – BBC News

BBC NewsMedia are analysing Beijing-Washington ties as US Secretary of State John Kerry begins his China visit. Mr Kerry arrived in Beijing on Friday for a two-day visit “to reaffirm…

Kerry meets China’s Xi amid heightened Asia tensions – AFP

AFPBeijing — US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, as Washington’s security allies Tokyo and Manila fret over China’s far-reaching territorial claims. Kerry started…

Thai Vote Fails to Ease Tensions as Protests Disrupt Poll – Bloomberg

BloombergAngry residents yell at police and officials protesting against not being able to cast… Read More. Angry residents yell at police and officials protesting against not being able to cast…

Ukraine unrest: Rival politicians face off at summit – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko have clashed face to face at a security summit in Munich. The two men appeared in a discussion, during…