• China big-budget fantasy epic pulled after box office flop

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese blockbuster hopeful backed by Alibaba Pictures Group and with a reported budget of over $100 million, was abruptly pulled from cinemas after a lacklustre opening weekend at the box office. The move highlights the challenges facing China as it seeks to promote home-grown productions to rival imported Hollywood films. The latest disappointment "Asura" was billed as China's next big-budget film after 2016's "The Great Wall", a $150 million U.S.-China co-production starring Matt Damon.

  • Only runners stung by King's 'don't run' joke, PM says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 - Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V's remark to lawmakers to “not run” before his royal address was a “joke,” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. The prime...

  • Indonesian authorities burn carcasses of hundreds of crocodiles

    Indonesian authorities have burnt the carcasses of nearly 300 crocodiles slaughtered by villagers retaliating for the death of a man attacked by a reptile from a breeding farm, a government official said on Tuesday. After the victim's burial, an angry mob armed with knives, hammers and clubs burst into the farm area and bludgeoned to death 292 of the protected reptiles. "The dead crocodiles have been burnt and buried around the farming area," Basar Manullang, a conservation official in the province of West Papua, said in a text message.

  • Soaked but smiling, Croatian president wins admirers at World Cup final

    Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has won many admirers for own performance at the World Cup final in Moscow, where she stood in driving rain at the closing ceremony, smiled and hugged every player from both teams. Croatia lost to France 4-2 in a thrilling final on Sunday. Grabar Kitarovic, clad in a red-and white Croatia football shirt, stood on the podium with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron when the medals were given to the players.

  • N. Korea's Kim lambasts officials during 'field guidance' visits

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated officials during inspections of a factory, power station and holiday camp, state media reported Tuesday, with analysts saying the reports show nuclear-armed Pyongyang's desire to focus on economic development. "Field guidance" visits by the leader are the mainstay of the North's state media output, with Kim regularly shown giving "on-the-spot guidance" to attentive officials, their notebooks in hand. After his latest tour to North Hamgyong province, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper doubled its pagination to 12 and devoted nine of them to the trip.

  • Taiwan's Apache fleet goes into service amid China tensions

    Taiwan on Tuesday put into service its fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters, upgrading its defences against a growing military threat from China. The US sold 30 Apache AH-64E -- also known as the "tank killer" -- to Taiwan as part of a $6.5 billion arms deal announced in 2008 that angered Beijing. China sees the self-ruled island as part of its own territory to be reunified, by force if necessary, and opposes any weapons sales to Taiwan.

  • Meteotsunami: Footage shows tourist beaches in Mallorca and Menorca hit by massive waves

    “Tsunami-like” waves have hit the coasts of Spanish tourist hotspots Mallorca and Menorca. A freak wave was seen smashing into the boardwalk at Puerto de Alcudia in Mallorca, flooding restaurants and covering beachside roads. A wall of water hit the port city of Cituadella in Menorca on Monday, causing widespread flooding.