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Gigi Wu, Taiwanese 'bikini hiker,' dies after mountain fall

Gigi Wu, a Taiwanese internet star famous for hiking mountains, was found dead on Monday after falling into a gorge 30 meters deep (100 feet), the island's state media reported. Wu fell from Taiwan's Jupen Mountain Saturday, January 19.
Tags: Asia, News, Taiwan, Wu, Gigi Wu


Chinese Marxist students appear in 'confession' video as crackdown continues

China's universities have always been a breeding ground for political activism, from the May Fourth Movement which helped lead to the Communist revolution, to the 1989 pro-democracy protests which sought to reform it.
Tags: Asia, News, China


Afghanistan: At least 12 dead in Taliban attack on military base

At least 12 members of the Afghan military were killed and another 28 injured when the Taliban carried out a suicide attack on a military base in the central province of Maidan Wardak, authorities said.
Tags: Asia, News, Afghanistan, Taliban, Maidan Wardak


Hong Kong moves to criminalize 'insulting' China's national anthem

The trumpet sounds, clear and exultant, and is greeted by a crescendo of boos.
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, News, China


Putin, Abe work towards peace treaty, Kuril Islands remain sticking point

The leaders of Russia and Japan have said they remain committed to eventually signing a peace treaty, decades after the end of World War II, but that serious differences remain over the fate of a small group of islands off the coast of Japan.
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Russia, Kuril Islands, Putin Abe


Chinese Celebrities Pay $1.7 Billion in Back Taxes Following Fan Bingbing Scandal

Chinese film and TV stars have paid some $1.7 billion (RMB11.7 billion) of additional taxes, following the mid-2018 scandal surrounding actress Fan Bingbing. The figure was announced Tuesday by China’s State Tax Administration. Chinese authorities launched a probe into the taxation affairs of the entertainment sector in October. Companies and individuals were asked to examine […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Tax, Fan Bingbing, State Tax Administration


HBO Asia and Catchplay Team up for ‘The World Between Us’

Pan-regional pay-TV group HBO Asia and Taiwan-based streaming video company Catchplay are to jointly distribute Taiwanese crime drama “The World Between Us.” The 10-part series will air from March. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lin Chun-Yang (“The Soul If Bread”) and written by the Lu Shih-Yuan (“Dear Ex”), “World” plunges into the aftermath of a mass […]
Tags: Asia, Hbo, News, Global, Taiwan, HBO Asia, Catchplay, The World Between Us, Catchplay Team, Lin Chun Yang, Lu Shih Yuan


Disney to Open ‘Zootopia’ Land at Shanghai Theme Park

The Shanghai Disneyland theme park is to be expanded with the construction of a themed land based on the “Zootopia” animated film and its characters. It will be the first “Zootopia” land at any Disney park worldwide. “The rapid rate of expansion at Shanghai Disney Resort demonstrates our confidence and commitment to the company’s future […]
Tags: Asia, News, Disney, Global, Theme Parks, Shanghai Disney Resort, Shanghai Disneyland, Shanghai Theme Park


The Moon was hit by a meteorite while you were staring at the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipse

Skywatchers had plenty to be excited about this past weekend thanks to a lunar eclipse that was visible from the Americas as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It got the nickname "Super Blood Wolf Moon" thanks to a combination of labels that may or may not have much meaning, but it was an undeniably cool sight nonetheless. As it turns out, the eclipse was even more special than most observers had noticed, as the Moon was actually struck by a meteorite while everyone was gazing in wonde...
Tags: Asia, News, Americas, Moon, Gizmodo, Europe Africa, Midas, Madiedo, Jose Madiedo


Tencent, NetEase Shut Out Again in New Batch of Games Approved by China

Chinese regulators Tuesday issued a new list of online games approved for release, but the country’s two biggest gaming companies were once again shut out, stoking concerns of prolonged troubles for the industry’s top players. Neither NetEase nor Tencent had products on the list of 93 new games granted licenses by the State Administration of […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Tencent, NetEase, Fortnite, State Administration, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds


China’s Maoyan Tweaks Terms of $350 Million IPO

Maoyan Entertainment, the Chinese ticketing giant, has updated the terms of its share offer in order to keep its IPO on course. It aims to raise up to $350 million of new cash by floating on the Hong Kong stock market. In a new draft prospectus published Tuesday, the company revealed that it had brought […]
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, News, Finance, China, Ipo, Global, Tencent, Imax China, Maoyan


Ex-Diplomats and scholars warn detention of Canadians will leave China 'worse off'

More than a hundred former diplomats, academics and activists have written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for the immediate release of two Canadians detained in China.
Tags: Asia, News, China, Xi Jinping


Russia and Japan at odds over seven-decade-old Kuril Islands dispute

On Tuesday, the leaders of Japan and Russia will hold talks on what remains one of the world's longest-running unresolved international disputes.
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Russia, Kuril Islands


Philippine vote could finally bring peace to restive region

Some 2.8 million people in the Philippine region of Mindanao are taking part in a historic referendum that could see peace come to the island group after 50 years of unrest.
Tags: Asia, News, Mindanao, Philippine


Worldwide: High-Yield Bonds In Asia - What Every Issuer Needs To Know (Video) - Mayer Brown

Since the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, the region's high-yield debt capital markets have expanded dramatically.
Tags: Asia, News, Mayer Brown


Worldwide: Asia Tax Bulletin - Winter 2018/2019 - Mayer Brown

The winter months have seen a range of significant measures in tax legislation, from tax incentives for foreign investment and various measures to promote the technology sector to building on earlier measures to increase tax collections.
Tags: Asia, News, Mayer Brown


Open letter to Xi demands China release detained Canadians

A group of 143 former diplomats and scholars from 19 countries have penned an open letter to Xi Jinping, China’s president, demanding Beijing to “immediately release” two Canadians detained in China.  Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a prominent consultant on North Korean business issues, have been held for six weeks in Beijing. In their respective roles, the two frequently met with Chinese officials, researchers and scholars, the letter noted. The “detentions send a messag...
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Mexico, China, US, Iran, Beijing, Canada, Vancouver, Huawei, Malcolm Rifkind, Ottawa, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Darryl Dyck, Vancouver British Columbia


Open letter to Xi demands China to release detained Canadians

A group of 143 former diplomats and scholars from 19 countries have penned an open letter to Xi Jinping, China’s president, demanding Beijing to “immediately release” two Canadians detained in China.  Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a prominent consultant on North Korean business issues, have been held for six weeks in Beijing. In their respective roles, the two frequently met with Chinese officials, researchers and scholars, the letter noted. The “detentions send a messag...
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Mexico, China, US, Iran, Beijing, Canada, Vancouver, Huawei, Malcolm Rifkind, Ottawa, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Darryl Dyck, Vancouver British Columbia


‘Captain Marvel’ Lands Day-And-Date China Release

Marvel Studios’ hotly-anticipated Brie Larson-starring blockbuster “Captain Marvel” will hit Chinese theaters on the same day as it debuts in North America. The female-led picture will release on March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film tells the story of Carol Danvers, a former fighter pilot who joins […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, North America, Marvel Studios, Brie Larson, Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Avenger: Infinity War


Australia Box Office Recovers, Grows 3.8% in 2018

Gross theatrical box office in Australia grew by 3.6% in 2018, to $890 million (A$1.25 billion). The score was propelled by a rebound in the performance of the top local films. Data from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia published Tuesday showed aggregate cinema revenues recovering after a dip in 2017. While the 2018 […]
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Global, Box Office, Peter Rabbit, MPDAA, Australia Box Office Recovers Grows


Australia Box Office Recovers, Grows 3.6% in 2018

Gross theatrical box office in Australia grew by 3.6% in 2018, to $890 million (A$1.25 billion). The score was propelled by a rebound in the performance of the top local films. Data from the Motion Picture Distributors Assn. of Australia published Tuesday showed aggregate cinema revenues recovering after a dip in 2017. While the 2018 […]
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Global, Box Office, Peter Rabbit, MPDAA, Australia Box Office Recovers Grows, Motion Picture Distributors Assn of Australia


Coming soon: 14 Asia hotels we can't wait to check into in 2019

From Bangkok to Beijing, here are some of the hottest new spots around the region due to open for business in 2019.
Tags: Asia, Cnn, Beijing, Bangkok


Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote ‘Deadpool 2’ in China

Ryan Reynolds canceled surgery on his arm to fly to China and charm “Deadpool” fans in Beijing on Sunday ahead of the franchise’s unexpected China theatrical debut. Just last week, Fox suddenly announced that a re-cut, PG-13 “Deadpool 2” would hit Chinese theaters starting this Friday – the first time the notoriously blood-splattered and foul-mouthed […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Fox, Beijing, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2, Once Upon a Deadpool, Deadpool 2: I Love My Family


Li Na, Mary Pierce, Kafelnikov head to Tennis Hall of Fame

Li Na becomes 1st player from Asia elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame            [Author: AP]
Tags: Asia, News, Ap, Li, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis Hall of Fame, Li Na Mary Pierce Kafelnikov


Elon Musk gets green light to deliver Tesla Model 3 cars in Europe

Tesla has secured approval from regulators to sell its Model 3 cars in Europe, in a move that will bring it in direct competition with the likes of BMW, Volkswagen and Peugeot in their home market. Dutch vehicle authority RDW approved Tesla's request to sell the most affordable of its electric cars on Monday, meaning that British customers can order the car from next month. Production of right hand driving vehicles, the standard in the UK, is not due to start until mid 2019. The announcement...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, News, Tesla, Workers, Peugeot, Musk, BMW Volkswagen


China’s CGTN Boards ‘Drowning in Plastic’ Documentary

China Global Television Network, the English-language news channel that is part of China Central Television, has come on board high profile environmental documentary “Drowning in Plastic.” The show is represented by all3media international, and the agreement is the first between the two companies. CGTN comes on board as co-producer alongside Raw, and BBC One. The […]
Tags: Asia, News, Documentary, China, Global, Bbc, China Central Television, CGTN, all3media International, China Global Television Network, Drowning in Plastic


Chinese Entertainment Industry Braces for a ‘Cold Winter’ in 2019

Winter is here for the Chinese entertainment industry, a half-dozen top-tier industry professionals concurred in Beijing at the launch last week of Tencent Entertainment’s annual data-filled white paper. China’s box office hit new heights in 2018, raking in about $9 billion, but it was also a year of drastic regulatory changes and a government tax […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Beijing, Tencent, QQ, Bona Film Group, Angelababy, Yu Dong, Operation Red Sea


Korea Box Office: ‘MAL·MO·E’ and ‘Inside Me’ Remain on Top

There was no change at the top of the Korean box office, as local titles “MAL·MO·E: The Secret Mission” and “Inside Me (a.k.a. The Dude in Me)” dominated a second weekend. Lotte’s “MAL·MO·E” earned $4.79 million from 618,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $16.7 million from 2.23 million admissions after two […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Korea, Box Office, Lotte, Mal-Mo-E


World's oldest man dies in Japan at age 113

A 113-year-old Japanese man, Masazo Nonaka, recognized in April 2018 by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest male, died on Sunday, according to Japanese public service broadcaster NHK.
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Guinness World Records, Masazo Nonaka


China Box Office: ‘Bumblebee’ Flies on to $138 Million Total

“Bumblebee” flew to its third weekend of dominance in China. But the Chinese box office remains in lackluster mode at the start of 2019. The spinoff from Paramount’s “Transformers” franchise earned $16.1 million in Chinese theaters between Friday and Sunday, according to date from exhibition and distribution consultancy Artisan Gateway. That was a 38% drop […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Box Office, Paramount, Escape Room, China Box Office, Bumblebee, Light Chaser Animation



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