SEOUL: Six years after inheriting power from his father, Kim Jong Un has established his authority domestically, taken North Korea to unprecedented nuclear heights, and is now looking to flex his muscles abroad.Kim's shock visit to Beijing - traditionally Pyongyang's strongest backer, although the relationship has soured during his time in power - is the first time he is known to have set foot outside the impoverished North since he assumed the leadership.But Kim, who is in his mid-thirties, has repeatedly shown an ability to stamp an outsized footprint on the global stage without ever leaving home.The third member of the Kim dynasty to rule the North, he has turned his country into a bona fide nuclear power with intercontinental ballistic missiles he says can reach across the globe, including the United States - with state media regularly picturing him overseeing launches.And he secured a major diplomatic breakthrough for his ostracised regime earlier this month when US President … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un: The princeling taking a diplomatic turn
Firstly, in an e-mail sent to its users, Grab says that "in the immediate term, nothing will change and operations will continue as normal." Uber's services will still be available in South-East Asia until April 8, but after that, passengers can only use the Grab app (available on iOS and Android) to book their rides. For existing Uber users, they can still view their past trips and ratings in the app. The account remains active and can be used when in any country outside South-East Asia where Uber operates. image: https://content.thestar.com.my/smg/count/FCID=2778/viewid=88541018958/random=13048938113/network=SMG/site=TSOL/area=TSOL.Tech.TechNews/pagetype=StoryPage/platform=desktop/size=videoinread/position=atf image: … [Read more...] about Grab is taking over Uber in South-East Asia. How will it affect you?
Azkals eye history, clash with Tajikistan for AFC berth Olmin Leyba (philstar.com) - March 26, 2018 - 4:17pm Match Tuesday (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 7:30 p.m. - Philippines vs Tajikistan MANILA, Philippines – Nearly eight years after bursting into the regional scene via the so-called "Miracle In Hanoi" performance, the Philippine Azkals set their sights on a greater milestone. The Pinoy booters, the Asean minnows who have risen to become a force to reckon with in the regional bootfest, aim to level up as they gun for a historic berth to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup tonight in their all-important group Qualifiers match against tough Tajikikistan at Rizal Memorial Stadium. "Big game tomorrow, the players understand that, the team understands that and we're looking forward to the game," Azkals skipper and top scorer Phil Younghusband said ahead of probably the most important game in their lives. The Azkals sit atop Group F with nine … [Read more...] about Azkals eye history, clash with Tajikistan for AFC berth
Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel with the inauguration on Thursday (22/03) of an Air India route between New Delhi and Tel Aviv. Air India 139 landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport after a flight of over 7-1/2 hours, marking a diplomatic shift for Riyadh that Israel says was fueled by shared concern over Iranian influence in the region. "This is a really historic day that follows two years of very, very intensive work," Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said in a radio interview, adding that using Saudi airspace cut travel time to India by around two hours and would reduce ticket prices. Saudi Arabia – birthplace of Islam and home to its holiest shrines – does not recognize Israel. Riyadh has not formally confirmed granting the Air India plane overflight rights. While the move ended a 70-year-old ban on planes flying to or from Israel through Saudi airspace, there is as yet no indication that … [Read more...] about Indian Airliner Makes History by Flying to Israel via Saudi Airspace
ILOILO -- A meal at Camiña Balay Nga Bato is like stepping into a time machine at a dinner table. Not only does one get a serving of authentic heirloom Iloilo cuisine, one is also given a peek into Iloilo’s storied past. One must try to visit the beautiful stone house when Luth Camiña, the 4th generation owner, is in residence. She is a treasure trove of information and anecdotes about the grand house made of stone. The 150-year-old house was designed by the first parish priest of Molo, Anselmo Avancena, for Don Fernando Avanceño, who died a holy man healing the sick. It was then passed on from one family to another until it came under the Camiñas family. Camiña persuaded the clan to open the house to the public. Since then the house has been awarded by the city of Iloilo for best adaptive reuse and it has been designated by the National Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as an Important Cultural Property. Camiña Balay Nga … [Read more...] about News Iloilo eats: Camiña Balay Nga Bato serves heirloom dishes amid history