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Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS

The website of embattled Malaysia Airlines has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed on Monday, at first with a message saying “404 - Plane Not Found” and that it was “Hacked by Cyber Caliphate.” The browser tab for the webs...

Updated : 2015.01.26 13:24

IS claims it executed Japanese hostage

The Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world.The claim, made Sunday, came a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yuka...

Updated : 2015.01.26 11:44

Hollande congratulates Tspiras on Greek election victory

France's President Francois Hollande congratulated Alexis Tsipras on his radical left party Syriza's victory in Greek elections Sunday, the French presidency said in an statement.The French president recalled "the friendship that unites France and Greece and expressed his desire to Mr Tsip...

Updated : 2015.01.26 11:39

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors ...

Updated : 2015.01.26 09:59

S. Korea asks China to invest in industrial complex in N. Korea

South Korea's state trade agency asked Chinese firms Friday to invest in an inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea as Seoul and Beijing reached a bilateral free trade agreement last November.The industrial complex in North Korea's border city of Kaesong opened in 2004 as a landmark...

Updated : 2015.01.23 16:03

S. Korea to open consulate in Cebu

South Korea plans to open a consulate on Cebu, the Philippines, around next month to better provide consular services for a growing number of Korean visitors there, the foreign ministry said Friday.The South Korean Embassy in the Southeast Asian country "plans to open a branch office on Ce...

Updated : 2015.01.23 13:27

Euro under pressure in Asia ahead of ECB meet

The euro struggled against the dollar in Asia on Thursday as traders await a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are widely expected to launch a huge bond-buying programme to kickstart the ailing eurozone economy.The single European currency fetched $1.1604 and 137.22 yen at m...

Updated : 2015.01.22 13:49

Texas executes man who killed elderly with screwdriver

A death-row inmate in Texas who confessed to murdering three elderly people with a screwdriver for just $100 was executed on Wednesday, US prison authorities said.Arnold Prieto, 41, was declared dead at 6:31 pm (0031 GMT) at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, said Texas Department of Cr...

Updated : 2015.01.22 10:24

British government seeks vote on plain cigarette packaging

The British government said Wednesday it would seek a vote on forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packaging before the current parliament ends ahead of a May election."This government is completely committed to protecting children from the harm that tobacco causes," said Jane...

Updated : 2015.01.22 09:37

S. Korean missing in Turkey entered Syria voluntarily: police

A South Korean teenager who vanished in Turkey crossed the border into Syria voluntarily, Seoul police said Wednesday, amid mounting suspicions that he may have joined the Islamic State militant group.The 18-year-old, identified only by his surname Kim, disappeared on Jan. 10 during a trip...

Updated : 2015.01.21 15:33

Europe, France to unveil anti-terror plans after Paris attacks

French and European officials will unveil details of anti-terror measures Wednesday to counter threats of new attacks and strengthen cooperation in the wake of deadly shootings in Paris.In the French capital, on high alert since jihadist attacks left 17 dead two weeks ago, Prime Minister M...

Updated : 2015.01.21 14:43

West's defence of Charlie Hebdo worries moderate Asia Muslims

The West's defence of Charlie Hebdo's right to offend is testing the patience of Muslims even in moderate Indonesia and Malaysia, who fear it could fuel radical sentiment kindled by the Islamic State group.Publicly, the issue has stirred barely a ripple in the Southeast Asian neighbours, u...

Updated : 2015.01.21 13:55

Syrian group hacks French newspaper's Twitter account

A group of pro-Syrian regime hackers briefly took over the Twitter account of France's Le Monde newspaper early Wednesday, tweeting several messages including one reading "Je ne suis pas Charlie".The tweet was a negative reference to the "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) hashtag that became...

Updated : 2015.01.21 13:29

Disillusioned Hong Kongers press UK for escape route

With Hong Kong increasingly polarised on political reforms and fears growing over the influence of Beijing, frustrated residents are pressing former colonial power Britain to offer them an escape route.Their push for a new status that would allow them right of abode in Britain reflects the...

Updated : 2015.01.21 13:24

Oil prices rebound in Asian trade

Oil rebounded in Asia Wednesday as traders bought the commodity at cheaper prices following a slide to near six-year lows, analysts said.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for March, which dived $2.20 Tuesday, was up 34 cents at $46.81 in late-morning trade.Brent North Sea crude for Marc...

Updated : 2015.01.21 13:20