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Kolkata metro: A British engineer's unrealised India underwater train
Sir Harley Dalrymple-Hays's plan to build an underground rail in Kolkata did not take off because of lack of funds.
Agutaya archipelago doctor who cared for 13,000 people on her own
The pandemic was far from Dr Alena's only challenge on a far-flung archipelago in the Philippines.
Alive and well: 5 new luxury hotel brands for a new generation of wellness travellers
A statement spa isn’t enough anymore – the industry’s biggest players are creating standalone hotel concepts that are all about wellness.
Blinken to travel to China next week: Reports
US Secretary of State had canceled February trip over alleged Chinese spy balloon
Is China challenging the US in Its own back yard?
Is the Monroe Doctrine about to meet Xi Jinping Thought? Cuba, the Caribbean Sea island and Cold War remnant isolated from its northern neighbor for most of the past 60 years, has agreed to let China construct an electronic spy base on its territory, according to the Wall
Inside China’s zero-COVID world: How it changed some residents forever
What was it like living in lockdown under China’s zero-COVID policy? CNA correspondent Wei Du writes about her experience speaking to people who were at the frontlines of the struggle for freedom and why she decided to make the podcast series Red Wall: Inside China’s zero-COVID
Kedah chief minister divides opinion as he leads Perikatan Nasional's bid to strengthen hold at state polls
PAS’ Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has sparked several controversies as Kedah chief minister, but observers feel the state is still PN’s to lose.
Commentary: Rough seas ahead for Malaysia’s economy
Politics aside, economic headwinds remain Malaysia Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's most serious challenge, says CNA's Leslie Lopez.
Malaysia’s ‘green wave’: A threat to the country’s politics and religious restraint?
Since the country’s general election, Islamic party PAS has stoked controversy and concern. The programme Insight looks at how the political pendulum may swing and what impact religious populism might have.
Hun Sen threatens to arrest backers of exiled opposition figure
Cambodia’s prime minister also offered pardons to any Sam Rainsy supporters who repudiate him.
Anti-junta groups align at Myanmar’s Sagaing Forum, minus shadow government
Observers question whether the NUG’s absence points to a schism within the opposition.
China, US move closer to high-level official talks
The China and the United States governments are getting closer to resuming high-level dialogue as media reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Beijing within several weeks, or as soon as next week. CNN reported on Tuesday that Blinken will travel to China
US lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to give priority refugee status to Uyghurs
'The United States cannot turn our back to those fleeing this persecution,'one sponsor says.
Ukraine plays “Light Brigade” with British advice
American and European military observers in Ukraine described the Ukraine Army’s efforts of the past two days as a “suicide mission” that violated the basic rules of military tactics. “If you want to conduct an offensive and you have a dozen brigades and a few dozen tanks, you
Facing bankruptcy, pro-democracy Hong Kong news channel calls for financial support
Channel C struggles to cover costs after trying to fill a void left by strict government censorship
Big development in Ukraine?
There appears to be a potentially big development in Ukraine focused on a negotiated deal with Russia. “Ukraine is ready for negotiations and a peace agreement,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said – “if Russia changes the previously declared goals of the special
Hong Kong opposition party activists protest account closures at HSBC head office
The League of Social Democrats say the move has hampered their ability to raise funds from supporters.
China braces for yet another ‘furnace’ summer
Experts say the country may face higher temperatures than last year’s records.
The metaverse won’t save Tuvalu from higher seas, but land reclamation might
Half of the country's principle coral atoll could be inundated by tidal waters by 2050.
China’s new cultural enforcers get into uniform
Dark-blue uniformed officials are unleashed to crack down on ‘uncivilized’ behavior in film, TV, culture.
Asia Pacific airlines cheer strong recovery, increasing demand for luxury air travel
CNA spoke to the chiefs of Japan Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Air New Zealand, Thai Airways, and SriLankan Airlines, at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual summit in Istanbul this week.
Malaysia to auction off 1MDB-linked luxury handbags worth 'hundreds of thousands of ringgit'
China says 'hacker empire' US is 'spreading rumours' with talk of Cuba spy station
Russia slowly shifting toward a total war economy
As Russia’s progress in Ukraine has stalled, with enormous losses in material and people, the frustrated head of the Wagner mercenary force Yevgeny Prigozhin has called for Russia to shift to a total war economy: The Kremlin must declare a new wave of mobilization to call up
UMNO youth chief calls on government to ban comedian Jocelyn Chia from entering Malaysia
The US-based comedian made headlines after a video clip of her performing at a comedy club in New York City went viral and stirred controversy for a joke that referenced the lost MH370 plane.
Does China really have the chops to end the Ukraine war?
The Russia–Ukraine conflict is like a complex and multi-dimensional chess game, and China’s emergence as a potential peacemaker has incited much debate. China’s diplomatic turnaround, from its tacit non-involvement to an assertive diplomatic role, raises questions about China
Sequoia split anticipates new China sanctions
Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley’s oldest and most successful venture capital funds, is dividing itself into three independent regional businesses to simplify management and reduce political risk. The company’s operations in the US and Europe will continue to use the name
Unknown group kills brother of National Unity Government human rights adviser
The ethnic Rohingya was stabbed near a mosque in Myanmar’s Yangon city.
As haze beckons, Malaysia wants its plantation firms in Indonesia to formally report forest fire measures
Malaysia’s Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was in Singapore after meeting representatives from four other ASEAN countries to discuss the issue of transboundary haze.
UMNO has not wavered in its stance to defend Malay, Islam issues: Party president Ahmad Zahid
Lancet study: More than 100 million people in India diabetic
Researchers found more Indians were living with diabetes than previously estimated.
Myall Creek: Newspaper makes historic apology for Aboriginal massacre reports
The Sydney Morning Herald says it spread racist views in a campaign for the killers' freedom in the 1830s.
China’s fastest yet quantum computer still way behind US
China’s fastest quantum computer is set for launch but the machine won’t be anywhere near the world’s fastest, underscoring China’s quantum laggardness vis-a-vis the US. Known as Wukong, Chinese mythology’s Monkey King, the locally-made 72-qubit computer has now in its final
Mekong politicians should separate economy from politics
Concerns have been raised by migrant workers that the Thai government will expel Cambodian and Laotian migrant workers. Although there is no explicit policy as such, the concerns are not groundless, because Thailand did in face expel some 200,000 Cambodian workers in June 2014