Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) poses for photos with garment workers during his visit to 15,000 factory employees in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018.

It’s official: Hun Sen’s party win all 125 seats in recent elections

The Cambodia’s National Election Commission on Wednesday announced the official results of the July 29 general elections that shows the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen sweeping…

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Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted by Malaysian police after a court session for her trial at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur in June this year for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader.

Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing of North Korean leader’s brother

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian court will decide on Thursday whether to continue hearing a case against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North…

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Laos farmland flood damage bill exceeds US$15 million

The impact of recent flooding in northern and southeastern provinces of Laos has cost the agricultural sector around 127 billion kip (about US$15 million), according to an initial report from…

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Vice President Henry Van Thio cuts a ribbon at a commencement ceremony at Thilawa Special Economic Zone last week. Photo from The Irrawaddy

China trumps Japan in race for economic influence in Myanmar

YANGON (The Irrawaddy) —While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met…

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The remains of the Morandi motorway bridge stands after it partially collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday. The famous bridge of highway A10 that connected the Liguria region with south Italy collapsed with many victims.

Search for survivors after Italy motorway collapse kills dozens

ROME (Reuters) — Firefighters searched into the night on Tuesday for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of a motorway bridge that collapsed in the northern Italian port city of…

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (2nd L) visits injured earthquake survivors at a temporary hospital in North Lombok on West Nusa Tenggara province on August 13, 2018.

Death toll in Lombok earthquake rises to 436

The death toll in the recent earthquakes in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, has increased to 436 as of today, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).   “The victims…

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Officials lit the 2018 Asian Games torch during the torch relay in Bandung, West Java province on August 11, 2018. Jakarta and Palembang will host some 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries for the Asian Games, which will be held from August 18 to September 2.

Thai athletes among early arrivals for 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta

Thai athletes are among as many as 20 contingents which will participate in the 2018 Asian Games and have begun to occupy the Athlete Village in Kemayoran area, Central Jakarta,…

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A mosque damaged by an earthquake at Bayan in Lombok, Indonesia.

Earthquake damage on Lombok reaches US$138 million

The damage and losses caused by last week’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and Bali have been estimated to reach more than US$138 million, according to Indonesia’s…

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Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, right, during his visit to Thailand in June this year. Photo from senior Gen Min Auang Hlaing’s Facebook

Thai-Myanmar military ties reach new heights under Min Aung Hlaing 

YANGON—Relations between the Myanmar and Thai militaries have reached new heights during the tenure of Myanmar’s military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, according to a report published by a Yangon-based…

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An Indonesian woman cries next to her childern shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island today.

Lombok Island rocked by another tremor

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok today, with witnesses reporting collapsed buildings, the latest in a series of tremors on the tropical tourist island that have killed hundreds of…

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Death toll in Lombok earthquake rises to 347

The death toll from Sunday’s devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has climbed to 347, the state-run Antara news agency reported today. It said the majority of the…

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Students and activists gathers during a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the 8888 uprising in front of city hall in Yangon on Wednesday.

30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle

By Kyaw Phyo Tha, The Irrawaddy YANGON — Prominent student leaders of the 1988 uprising stressed that Myanmar’s political achievements to date were only a partial victory and called for…

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Super yacht at centre of graft probe arrives in Malaysia from Indonesia

A US$250 million super yacht owned by a fugitive Malaysian billionaire and at the centre of a major graft inquiry arrived in Malaysia this afternoon after an approximately 20-hour journey…

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230 aftershocks jolt Lombok Island

As many as 230 aftershocks have jolted Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, since the island was rocked by a powerful earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale on…

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Over 1,290 foreign tourists evacuated to Bali

More than 1,290 tourists, mostly foreign nationals, who were evacuated from three popular islets off the northwest coast of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), have arrived at Benoa Bay…

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Foreign tourists disembark a boat coming from Gili Trawangan island, in Bangsal, North Lombok today, the day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area.

Earthquake death toll on Lombok island rises to 98

Rescuers used diggers and heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 98 people on Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok, prompting…

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Tourists flee Indonesia’s Lombok island after quake kills 91

Rescue workers found chaos and destruction across the Indonesian resort island of Lombok today  after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 91 people and prompted an exodus of tourists…

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Don dismisses article against Thailand’s ASEAN chairmanship 

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has denounced an Indonesian newspaper columnist’s proposal to deny Thailand the ASEAN rotating chairmanship, saying the article was senseless, according to The Nation “The author misunderstood…

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Debris is seen at a shop in Denpasar on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on August 6, 2018, after it was damaged in an earthquake that struck Lombok. A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early on August 6, with thousands of buildings left damaged. The 6.9 magnitude tremor, which triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening, was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, one of Southeast Asia’s leading tourist destinations.

At least 82 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia’s Lombok, Bali

At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday evening. The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and…

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Foreign tourist and residents wait outside a hotel in Bali’s capital Denpasar on Sunday night after a major earthquake rocked neighbouring Lombok island.

Bali affected by quake, but airport operation normal

The resort island of Bali was affected by a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck neighboring province West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday evening, leading to a tsunami warning, the Jakarta Post…

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Hospital staff treat patients outside a hospital after an earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok island, in Mataram this evening.

Tsunami warning after Bali, Lombok hit by earthquake

Indonesia’s resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake this evening, prompting a tsunami warning and panic among holidaymakers and residents. The quake, which struck…

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Screengrab taken from a handout video released by Venezuelan Television (VTV) showing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro his wife Cilia Flores and military authorities reacting to the sound of an explosion.

7 injured in murder attempt against Venezuelan President Maduro

Seven people were injured in an assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said. “President Maduro was not injured in the murder attempt,” the minister…

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Russia appoints movie star Seagal US envoy

Celebrated action movie star Steven Seagal, who is a Russian citizen, has been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of the Russian-US humanitarian ties,…

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Laos Energy Ministry to join investigation into dam failure

The Ministry of Energy and Mines is ready to join with all stakeholders in a government mission to investigate the cause of the damage to saddle dam D at the…

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PM shuns media members

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha refused to talk to the media when he presided over the opening of Thailand Social Expo 2018 at Impact Exhibition Centre on Friday morning. The prime…

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Hun Sen slams the opposition CNRP’s election boycott a “stupid act”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party’s election boycott a “stupid act” and a miscalculation”. Days after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party claimed landslide victory…

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi stands with Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan (right) and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh during the ASEAN-China meeting in Singapore yesterday.

ASEAN, China reach milestone in Code of Conduct talks

ASEAN and China have made a major breakthrough by agreeing to have a single text that would serve as the basis for negotiations toward establishing the Code of Conduct in…

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Hun Sen takes selfie with admirers

A garment worker kisses Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen  as they pose for a selfie during a visit to a garment factory in Phnom Penh today. The premier’s party says…

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Residents make their way in floodwaters in Shwegyin, Bago region on Wednesday. Fears that embankments could burst under fresh rains have mounted in flooded southeastern Myanmar, where more than 130,000 people have been forced from their homes and a dozen people killed.

ASEAN offers help over floods to Myanmar

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has said the regional group is ready to provide relief and humanitarian assistance to Myanmar amid the massive floods that swept through several…

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(From left-right) Philippines’ foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister Pham Binh Minh, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand’s foreign minister Don Pramudwinai, and Brunei’s second minister of foreign affairs and trade Erywan Yusof gesture onstage for a family photo during the opening ceremony of the 51st ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Singapore.

ASEAN seeks cybersecurity deal with Russia after series of hacks

SINGAPORE/MANILA (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations hope to strike a joint agreement on cybersecurity in coming days with Russia, accused by the United States of meddling in its elections, after…

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Foundation stone laid for museum in memory of Tham Luang rescue operation

A foundation stone laying ceremony was held at the entrance of Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district today for the construction of a gallery-cum-museum in memory of…

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Thai rescuers return home for new challenges after ending mission in Laos 

Thai rescue volunteers have ended their mission in the flood-ravaged Sanamxay district of Attapeu in southern Laos and are headed back to Thailand where their service will be needed in…

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More Thai rescuers in Attapeu to help find missing villagers

More Thai rescue teams have arrived in Laos to help with the efforts to search for 120 people still missing in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province after the partial collapse…

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All Thais trapped in Lombok rescued to safety

All the Thai tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani on Lombok island of Indonesia which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday have been brought out to safety,  Thai Ambassador…

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Water discharged from Lao dams pushes up water level in Mekong

Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute and other water-related agencies have expressed concern that the increased discharge of water from Nam Ngum 5 dam in Laos will accelerate rising water in…

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Thais stranded in Lombok being brought out to safety

At least 216 Thai tourists who were stranded on Mount Rinjani on Lombok island of Indonesia which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday have been brought down to…

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Hun Sen’s party claims clean sweep of election

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party claimed today it has won all the 125 seats in the general election held yesterday. Party spokesman Sok Eysan said  that based on…

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Monsoon floods ravaging southern Myanmar

Monsoon floods have affected nearly 100,000 people and killed at least 10 across Karen and Mon states and Bago Region in southern Myanmar, according to government media reports today. According…

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This handout photograph taken and released on July 30, 2018 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C in white) visiting earthquake-affected people at a shelter in Lombok. More than 500 hikers and their guides remain stranded by landslides on an active volcano on Lombok, a day after a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian holiday island, a national park official said on July 30. / AFP PHOTO / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AGUS SUPARTO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / AGUS SUPARTO / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Over 500 people stranded on mountain on Lombok waiting for rescue

Indonesian rescuers are racing against time to evacuate more than 560 people, including many Thai tourists, from Mount Rinjani on Lombok after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the island in West…

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Cash donations for Lao dam victims now top B32m

The amount of cash donations made through government’s bank account for victims of the dam disaster in Attapeu and Champassak provinces of southern Laos has surpassed 32 million baht, Prime…

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304 Thais stranded in Indonesia’s Lombok

The Thai embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been instructed to expedite its coordination with Indonesian authorities to help the 304 Thai people trapped at the camping site near Lake Rinjani…

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Hun Sen’s party claims election victory

Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) claimed on Sunday that it had won a general election that rights groups said was neither free nor fair due to voter intimidation and…

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Laos to work with Thailand, South Korea to probe dam collapse

The Laotian Government will work with Thailand and South Korea whose companies are stakeholders in the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project to investigate the cause of the collapse of its saddle…

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Indonesian rescue workers meet 4 groups of Thai tourists

Indonesian rescue workers have reached Thai tourists trapped at four locations around Mount Rinjani volcano on Lombok island, according to a report from the Thai Embassy in Jakarta. The embassy…

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Cambodia poll sees 80 per cent turnout

Despite calls for a boycott, the just-concluded general election in Cambodia saw a turnout as high as 80.49 per cent, the National Election Commission (NEC) said. It said the turnout…

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Help sought for Thais trapped in Lombok landslide

A Thai female tourist who claimed to be among 150-200 Thai tourists trapped at a lake in the Gunung Rinjani national park of Indonesia has asked for help to get…

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At least 3 killed in Lombok’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake

At least three were confirmed dead after a powerful  6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia this morning, according to Reuters. The quake which was…

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1 killed after relief supplies truck falls into stream in Attapeu

One person was killed and the other injured when a six-wheel truck loaded with relief supplies to be sent to flood victims in Attapue province of Laos fell from the…

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Cambodia goes to poll, Hun Sen looks set to extend power

Cambodians have begun casting their votes in an election designed to extend strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 33 years in power. The country’s only credible opposition party is not contesting…

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Hun Sen assured of victory as Cambodia goes to poll tomorrow

Cambodians on Sunday go to the poll the opposition parties have slammed as a “sham” and designed only to pave the way for Prime Minister Hun Seen to extend his…

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Lao dam disaster donations top 25 million baht

Cash donations made by the people through a government bank account to help Lao people affected by the collapse of a saddle dam of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project…

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SK Group of South Korea to donate US$10 million to Laos

SK Group of South Korea, a major partner in the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam project whose partial collapse triggered a devastating flood that ravaged several villages in southeastern Laos, has…

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Victims recall moments of horror as floods hit villages

Many victims of the floods that devastated several villages in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province in southern Laos have returned to their villages only to see what was left of…

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Floods from Laos force 1,200 families in Cambodia to be evacuated

More than 1,200 families in Cambodia’s northern Strung Treng province affected by flooding from a collapse of Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos on Monday have been moved…

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Win for CPP is win for kingdom – Hun Sen

As Cambodia gears up for a general election this Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen told Cambodians that a victory for his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is a victory for the…

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Friend in Need (of PA) Volunteers Foundation donates B2m to Lao flood victims

Princess Soamsawali and her daughter HRH Princess Bajarakitiyabha have instructed the Friend in Need (of PA) Volunteers Foundation of the Thai Red Cross to donate 2 million baht and 1,000…

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Air force to deliver more aid items to Laos

The Royal Thai Air Force will make two more flights today to deliver additional relief items donated by His Majesty the King to victims of massive flooding from water dischaged…

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Supreme Patriarch urges all temples to pray for Lao victims

The Supreme Patriarch has ordered all temples in the Northeast to gather food and other necessities to be delivered to Buddhism offices in their respective provinces so they can be…

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S. Korea to send rescue unit to Laos “within 24 hours”

The South Korean government said today it will soon send a disaster relief team to the area of Laos affected by the massive flooding that has claimed scores of lives,…

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Thai rescue team arrives in Laos to help victims of dam collapse

A forward team of about 30 rescuers and life-saving experts of a private relief organization known as “Hook 31 Foundation” in Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat is waiting to cross the…

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Philippines ranks world’s 2nd most dangerous country for environmentalists

The Philippines has become the world’s second most dangerous place for environmental activists after Brazil, with 48 green advocates killed last year, The Manila Times Online reported. According to watchdog…

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Prayut expresses deep concern for Lao dam disaster victims

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning expressed deep concerns over the plights of  thousands of  Lao people affected by the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos…

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Hydropower dam collapses in Laos, hundreds missing

Hundreds of people went missing with many believed drowned after a hydropower dam in Attapeu province of Laos collapsed late Monday, unleashing about five billion cubic metres of water downstream,…

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Duterte vows “chilling” and “relentless” war on drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to pursue a “relentless” and “chilling” war against illegal drugs as he laid out plans for the second half of his six-year term in his…

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Surakiart defends panel on Rohingya after Kobsak quits

Former foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai who chairs an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has rebutted criticism by the body’s former secretary Kobsak Chutikul,…

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Mahathir government ponders reducing voting age to 18 from 21

Malaysia’s youngest ever minister, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, said the government plans to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18 before the next elections…

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Malaysian government promises more press freedom

The new Malaysian government led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has given an assurance that press freedom in the country would be given more space to grow, national news agency…

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S Korea wants ASEAN to play role in peace process

Asean can continue to play a constructive role in helping to usher in peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in today. “It is necessary…

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UN ready to send teams to Rakhine for repatriation of Rohingyas

The United Nations is preparing to send teams to Rakhine state of Myanmar to begin work aimed at repatriating Rohinya Muslims from Bangladesh to Myanmar, The Irrawaddy News reported today,…

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Monk Who Predicted Thai Cave Rescue Hailed for ‘Intervention’

YANGON — Monday night’s successful location of a youth soccer team and their coach who had been missing in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand has put the spotlight…

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Najib slapped with three counts of charges

Former prime minister of Malaysia Najib Razak was this morning charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power for graft, Malaysian media…

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Ex-PM Najib taken to court to face charges

Former prime minister of Malaysia Najib Razak arrived at the Jalan Duta Courts Complex in Kuala Lumpur this morning to face corruption charges related to the scandal in the state…

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Najib arrested, to spend Tuesday night in detention

Former prime minister Najib Razak of Malaysia was arrested by Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency today. According to a statement from the task force probing corruption in the state fund 1MDB, Najib…

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Malaysia’s political star becomes youngest minister

Malaysia’s political rising star Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, who will turn 26 in December, has become the youngest-ever cabinet member in the country after he was sworn in today, Malaysian…

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Malaysian authorities probing marriage of 11-year-old Thai girl

Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Malaysia has expressed concerns over a report that an 11-year-old Thai girl has been taken as a wife by a Malaysian man  30…

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