Japanese golden girl Ikee becomes first female MVP

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee becomes the first Most Valuable Player at the Asian Games in Indonesia after winning six gold medals. (Reuters photo) JAKARTA: Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee became the first female athlete to be named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at an Asian Games on Sunday after the teenager scooped an unprecedented six gold medals in the Jakarta pool. […]

‘Australia‘s Guantanamo‘ looms over Pacific summit

NAURU: Pacific leaders meet in Nauru to discuss regional challenges this week, with the host nation keen to deflect attention from its Canberra-funded migration detention camp dubbed “Australia‘s Guantanamo” by critics. Australia says offshore processing is needed to stop the deaths that occur when people-smugglers cram asylum seekers into rickety boats for the treacherous sea voyage. Official talks at the […]

Korean dream jobs sour

Poowadon Leamdee: “One day, I really sick and vomitted in blood. I asked my Korean boss for a couple of days off, but he fired me instead.” (Photos by Patipat Janthong) An ex-worker in South Korea is telling Thai people to think twice if they want to be called “phi noi”, or little ghost, by working illegally and risking arrest […]

Nam Un dam discharging less water

SAKON NAKHON: Authorities have reduced water discharge from Nam Un dam in Phang Khon district of this northeastern province from 10 to 8 million cubic metres per day. The move should lessen the impact on people living along the Nam Un river, easing the flooding of roads and farmland. Withaya Chanchalong, the Sakon Nakhon governor, said that the original plan […]

U2 cancel Berlin show after Bono loses his voice

BERLIN: Irish rock group U2 were forced to cut short a concert in Berlin before thousands of fans after performing only a few songs when lead singer Bono lost his voice. U2 were performing in Berlin as part of its “Experience + Innocence” tour. “We‘re so sorry for tonight‘s cancellation,” the group said in a statement on its website about […]