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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

‘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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

‘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 … Read More

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. … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More