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(Photo) Filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrives at Insein court before his trial in Yangon, Myanmar May 23, 2019/Reuters

As Myanmar military takes critics to court, some want Suu Kyi to act

YANGON (Reuters) – As Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrived at a Yangon court recently to face charges of defaming Myanmar’s military in Facebook posts, the ailing filmmaker was greeted…

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(Photo) Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto speaks to his supporters after this week’s presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 19, 2019/ REUTERS

Tight security at Indonesia court as opposition pushes for fresh election

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Lawyers for Indonesia’s political opposition called on Friday for President Joko Widodo’s election victory to be annulled, telling the Constitutional Court it had been achieved through “systematic…

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(Photo) Residents and protesters hold lighted candles at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in Caloocan city, Metro Manila, Philippines August 21, 2017./ REUTERS

Philippines slams ‘unpardonable intrusions’ by U.N. rights experts

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine government attacked United Nations human rights experts on Saturday for “unpardonable intrusions”, after a call for an international investigation into killings linked to President Rodrigo…

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(Photo) In a Facebook post on June 6, 2019, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said he deeply regretted Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong’s remarks./AFP

Cambodia’s Hun Sen says Singapore supported genocide

PHNOM PENH/HANOI (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has accused Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of supporting genocide because of comments Lee made about Vietnam’s 1978 invasion of…

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Myanmar strongman pays respects to the remains of General Prem

Myanmar strongman, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has poured high praise on the late General Prem Tinsulanonda, saying he felt as if he had lost his father.     Min…

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Malaysia’s Mahathir proposes common East Asia currency pegged to gold

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday mooted the idea of a common trading currency for East Asia that would be pegged to gold, describing the…

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Malaysia to send 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to countries of origin

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will send as much as 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries it came from, the environment minister said on Tuesday, the latest…

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ASEAN parliamentarian group calls for end to judicial harassment of Thai politicians

The Jakarta-based ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) released a statement yesterday (May 27) calling on the Thai authorities to end their harassment of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit…

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Thai films steadily spread soft power across the region

“Friend Zone”, a romantic comedy about a handsome guy who has been in love with his best friend for over a decade, produced by a promising Thai director, Chayanop Boonprakop….

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Thais in Indonesia advised to avoid protest sites for their safety 

Thai citizens in Indonesia have been warned by the Thai embassy in Jakarta to exercise extreme caution when travelling around Indonesia’s capital and to avoid areas where protests are being…

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Police in Jakarta clashed with some anti-Widodo protesters

Indonesia curbs social media, blaming hoaxes for inflaming unrest

JAKARTA, May 22 (Reuters) – Indonesia has introduced curbs on social media in a bid to prevent the spread of hoaxes, some calling for violent post-election attacks, and quell two…

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(Photo) Indonesian anti-riot police take a position to disperse the mob during an overnight-violent demonstration near by the Elections Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22, 2019./AFP

Jakarta governor says six dead in Indonesia post-election unrest

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Six people died in civil unrest that gripped parts of Jakarta on Tuesday night after the election commission confirmed that President Joko Widodo won last month’s election,…

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(Photo) The signing was overseen by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, who proposed the idea together in 2013/AFP

Singapore and Malaysia suspend intercity rail project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to suspend the construction of a billion dollar train project linking the city-state to the southern Malaysian state of Johor, their transport…

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(Photo) Indonesia’s Joko Widodo (C), who has won a second term as president, spoke to reporters with his running mate Ma’ruf Amin (R) in Jakarta three days before the official results were announced/AFP

Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge after president’s re-election confirmed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month’s poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent Prabowo Subianto who has…

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(Photo) AFP: Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, paying for it with near-untraceable crypto-currency, victims and children’s charities warn

Keyboard predators: SE Asia’s kids targeted by online paedophiles

Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying for it with…

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Picture: (AFP) The festering diplomatic row is over tonnes of rubbish shipped to the Philippines from Canada in 2013 and 2014

Philippines withdraws top diplomats from Canada over trash row

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines is withdrawing top diplomats from Canada after Ottawa missed a deadline to take back 69 shipping containers full of trash, the latest move in a…

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As trade war bites, China’s Xi preaches openness

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has a glorious history of being open to the world and it will only be more open, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, in his first…

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Vietnam intensifies crackdown on online dissent: Amnesty report

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has stepped up its imprisonment of political activists, Amnesty International said in a report on Monday, intensifying a crackdown that has seen the number of prisoners…

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Thailand to export elephants after 10-year ban

After a decade long ban on the export of Thai elephants, Thailand’s Foreign Trade Department has eased restrictions to pave way for the export of the protected species for non-commercial…

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Participants of INPUT 2019 register for the reception at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel Monday night.

INPUT 2019 documentary event starts in Bangkok

INPUT 2019, one of the world’s leading events for public broadcasters and documentary film producers,  starts today in Bangkok with a documentary on the dramatic cave rescue at Tham Luang in…

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Indonesia plans to move capital city out of crowded Java island

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president has decided to move the capital of the world’s fourth most populous country away from the crowded main island of Java, but has yet to…

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Man arrested for picking anemone from the sea

A tour guide has been arrested on charges of hunting protected marine species after he allegedly picked a bunch of anemone, along with anemonefish, from the sea for display to…

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Over 270 died from overwork-related illnesses in Indonesia elections

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work…

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15 dead in Sri Lanka after gun battle with suspected Islamist militants

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a…

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Indonesia President Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential race

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared victory on Thursday in the race to lead the world’s third-largest democracy, saying unofficial results showed his ticket had got 54 percent…

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Indonesia’s Widodo set for 2nd term as president

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his…

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In world’s biggest one-day election, Indonesia votes for its president

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesians began voting in the world’s biggest single-day election today as polling stations opened across the sprawling equatorial archipelago following a six-month campaign to choose a new…

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Vietnam woman in Kim brother murder to be freed on May 3

Subsequently, the 30-year-old former hair salon worker pleaded guilty to “causing injury” and was handed a three year and four month jail term effective from the date of her arrest…

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Incumbent President Joko Widodo (C-L in white) and his running mate for the upcoming election Ma’ruf Amin (C-R in white) parade during a campaign in Tangerang, in the Banten province on April 7

Indonesia president leads in polls, ballot tampering charges probed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Four days ahead of Indonesia’s general election, President Joko Widodo retains a double-digit lead over his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto, three opinion polls published this week…

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Nationwide sacred water drawing ceremony proceeds smoothly

Officials and members of the public in Thailand’s 76 provinces today took part in a nationwide ceremony to draw sacred water from 108 water sources to be used during the Coronation of HisMajesty…

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Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong smiles as she is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on Monday.

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination to walk free next month

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) — A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said….

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Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities said, under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid…

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Trump promises North Korea ‘AWESOME’ future ahead of summit

Hanoi (AFP) — US President Donald Trump touted North Korea’s “AWESOME” future if his “friend” Kim Jong Un, whom he meets for a high-stakes dinner later tonight, agrees to give…

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Mahathir urges ASEAN to be vigilant against big power involvement in region

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said today  big power rivalry and foreign interference swirling around the Middle East is yet another reminder why Malaysia and ASEAN must…

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US and China extend trade talks; Xi-Trump meeting may follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators agreed Friday to extend high-level trade talks through the weekend, and President Donald Trump said he hoped to meet next month at his…

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Democrats unveil ten policies to make Bangkok livable, clean, safe

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva today presented ten policies to upgrade the livelihood of the people in Bangkok by making the city “livable, beautiful, clean, safe and with opportunities”. He…

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Most undecided yet which parties to vote for

Poll finds most people undecided about which parties to vote for About 76 percent of respondents in the latest opinion poll admitted that they have not yet decided which parties…

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Suu Kyi’s NLD party clashes with military over proposal to change army-drafted charter

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ruling party clashed with military lawmakers on Tuesday as it proposed steps towards changing the constitution, its biggest challenge in nearly three years to the army’s…

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This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows an Indonesian woman breaking down as she discovers her family members were killed in a landslide in Gowa, after heavy rains and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island.

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll rises to 70

JAKARTA (AFP) – Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia’s Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, the authorities said on Tuesday, as aerial footage underscored the scale of the…

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This handout photo released today by Malaysia’s Department of Information shows Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah of Pahang after a recent meeting at Malaysia’s National Palace in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian royals elect new king after surprise abdication

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Members of Malaysia’s royal families today elected Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah of the central state of Pahang as the new king, following the unexpected abdication of…

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Indonesia recovers second black box from Lion Air crash

The cockpit voice recorder from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October has been recovered, officials said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to explaining why a…

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Malaysia’s king abdicates after two years on throne

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday, the palace said, after two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing…

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Photo from ASEAN Secretariat

Surin Pitsuwan Foundation to promote education, diplomacy and human security

The eldest son of Surin Pitsuwan is setting up a foundation named after the late former ASEAN secretary general to help promote education, diplomacy and human security. Speaking at a…

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Raisa Rifani, 2, and her mother Rika Jayanti pose for pictures with Raisa’s doll “macha” at a relief centre in Kalianda, Lampung province on Thursday after they were evacuated from Sebesi island following the December 22 tsunami that was caused by activity at a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa.

Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

Indonesia on Thursday raised the danger alert level for an erupting volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend, after previously warning that fresh activity at the crater threatened…

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Fierce competition from Vietnam and Cambodia dampens export of Thai Hom Mali rice

Export of Thai Hom Mali (fragrant) rice for the year 2019 is expected to fall by about 20 percent to roughly one million tonnes from this year’s 1.2-1.3 million tonnes…

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Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages

SUMUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian rescue teams on Wednesday struggled to reach remote areas on the western coast of Java amid an “extreme weather” rain warning after a tsunami killed…

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A number of buildings and vehicles are seen damaged due to being hit by a tsunami wave that hit the Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung and Tanggamus Regencies in Banten, Indonesia on Sunday.

Indonesian rescuers use drones, sniffer dogs as tsunami death toll tops 400

LABUAN, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday used drones and sniffer dogs to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of Java hit by a tsunami that killed…

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Rangsit University President Arthit Ourairat during the convocation ceremony on Sunday. – Picture from Rangsit University Facebook

Malaysian PM Mahathir awarded honorary doctorate by Rangsit University

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said today that ASEAN has yet to get its due credit as the only regional organization that has been sustainable and with tremendous potential. In…

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This photo taken on September 3, 2018 shows Myanmar journalist Wa Lone being escorted by police after sentenced by a court to jail in Yangon.

“Thumbs up” pics for Myanmar Reuters reporters as they mark year in jail

Messages of solidarity poured in Wednesday from around the world on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of two Myanmar Reuters journalists who exposed a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in…

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Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim promised a more active contribution from Malaysia to help Thailand find a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the South

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim promised a more active contribution from Malaysia to help Thailand find a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the South.

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Did the Malaysian military ever have the idea of taking a leaf from the book of Thai military and intervene to end the political monopoly of the UMNO-led government of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak? Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim didn’t think so

Did the Malaysian military ever have the idea of taking a leaf from the book of Thai military and intervene to end the political monopoly of the UMNO-led government of…

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Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was in Bangkok recently and recounted in an interview how he kept his sanity during his years-long solitary confinement.

Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was in Bangkok recently and recounted in an interview how he kept his sanity during his years-long solitary confinement.

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hands over the symbolic gavel to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha to transfer ASEAN chairmanship at the closing ceremony of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 15.

Thailand takes over ASEAN chairmanship from Singapore

SINGAPORE – Thailand took over the chairmanship of ASEAN from Singapore this afternoon at the end of the two-day ASEAN summit on this nation island.   Prime Minister Gen Prayut…

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Pence says ’empire and aggression’ have no place in Indo-Pacific

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of Southeast Asian nations on Thursday that there is no place for “empire and aggression” in the Indo-Pacific region, a…

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US VP Pence rebukes Myanmar’s Suu Kyi over ‘persecution’ of Rohingya

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – US Vice President Mike Pence expressed the Trump administration’s strongest condemnation yet of Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims on Wednesday, telling leader Aung San Suu Kyi that…

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi join other leaders as they pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony during the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 13.

“Defending the indefensible”: Mahathir slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was trying to “defend the indefensible” over alleged atrocities committed by…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to pose for a family photo during the 33rd ASEAN Summit opening ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday.

Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbors to call for ‘accountability’ in Rakhine crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be held “fully accountable”, according to a statement prepared for a regional…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on Tuesday.

PM Prayut vows to push for greater ASEAN connectivity

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today pledged to push for greater connectivity to strengthen business and investments in ASEAN when Thailand assumes the chairmanship of the regional grouping next year. Speaking…

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Investigators examine engine parts from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at a port in Jakarta on November 7, after they were recovered from the bottom of the Java sea.

FAA issues emergency directive on Boeing 737 Max after Lion Air crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued an emergency airworthiness directive on about 250 Boeing 737 Max aircraft after the US aircraft manufacturer sent a…

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Malaysians still visiting Pattani mosque where 32 were killed 14 years ago

The Kresek mosque in Pattani, where 32 suspected Muslim insurgents were  killed in a stand-off 14 years ago, continues to receive visitors from Malaysia, the News Straits Times of Malaysia…

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Members of a rescue team carry the remains of victims from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered during search operations, as they arrive at a port in Jakarta on October 31.

Indonesia removes Lion Air director after crash, fuselage believed found

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s transport minister removed on Wednesday the technical director of the Lion Air airline and several of its technicians after the crash of one of its jets…

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Myanmar says 2,000 Rohingya to arrive in November despite doubts

A top Myanmar official said Wednesday that his country would take back a first group of 2,000 Rohingya refugees from camps in Bangladesh in November despite widespread doubts over the…

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Indonesian police officers and SAR members identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port on October 30.

Indonesia searches for victims, wreckage of air crash; survivors seen unlikely

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia on Tuesday stepped up a search for the Lion Air  airliner that plunged into the sea with all 189 aboard feared dead, deploying underwater beacons to…

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Saudi crown prince vows to bring Khashoggi killers to justice

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed on Wednesday that the killers of Jamal Khashoggi would be brought to justice, in his first public comments…

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Ex-Malaysia PM Najib to face 4 more charges linked to 1MDB scandal

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak is expected to face four more charges related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal this week, the New Straits Times Online reported on Tuesday….

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Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing “grave mistake,” insists crown prince not aware

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a “huge and grave mistake,” but sought to shield its powerful crown…

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U Wirathu talks to the public at a pro-military campaign in Yangon on Sunday. Photo from The Irrawaddy

Myanmar nationalist monk Wirathu threatens to ‘take up arms’

YANGON (The Irrawaddy)  — Myanmar’s ultranationalist firebrand Buddhist monk U Wirathu said he would take up arms if Myanmar’s military leadership is charged at the International Criminal Court (ICC), showing…

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Buddhist monk Wirathu delivers a speech during a rally to show the support to the Myanmar military in Yangon on October 14.

Myanmar’s nationalist Buddhist monk lashes out at UN, international community

An ultra-nationalist monk – dubbed the ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ – on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar’s generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis. AFP…

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Similan-Surin islands to reopen for visitors from Monday 

The Similan-Surin islands, popular tourist attractions in the Andaman sea, will be reopened to visitors as of Monday October 15, but the number of visitors will be capped at 3,325…

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HM King endorses 20-year National Strategy

A Royal Command has been issued by His Majesty the King to endorse the government’s 20-year National Strategy effective as of its publication in the Royal Gazette. The National Strategy…

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ASEAN leaders during a photo session at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Thursday.

ASEAN leaders gathering agrees to reduce disparity

ASEAN leaders have agreed to reduce disparity in development in the member countries during an informal gathering held on the sidelines of the IMF-WB annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia. Ananta…

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PM Prayut in Bali to attend ASEAN informal gathering despite new quake

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ASEAN leaders have arrived in Bali today for an informal gathering of the regional leaders. The inaugural ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering (ALG) ALG is a…

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Grace, the wife of the missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei, with her back to the camera to avoid having her face shown, talks to journalists on Sunday at a press conference in Lyon on Sunday.

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

BEIJING/PARIS (REUTERS) – China said on Sunday it was investigating Meng Hongwei for suspected wrongdoing after the head of the global law enforcement organisation Interpol and Chinese vice minister for…

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A couple make their way past a damaged mosque in Palu in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on October 4, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28.

PM Prayut donates 5 million baht as foreign aid picks up for Indonesia’s quake survivors

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning made a donation of 5 million baht to help victims of Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami as international efforts to assist the Indonesian government…

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was questioned for four hours before being arrested. — Picture from Malaysiakini

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor arrested by anti-graft commission

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly receiving and transferring funds related to money-laundering activities. The 66-year-old former first lady…

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s actions ‘regrettable’ but she will keep peace prize: Nobel chief

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) – Some of the actions Aung San Suu Kyi has taken as Myanmar’s civilian leader are “regrettable” but her Nobel Peace Prize will not be withdrawn, the head…

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Malaysia no longer supports Aung San Suu Kyi, says Mahathir

Malaysia will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir…

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People queue for gasoline in Palu, Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on Monday, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28.

Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclear

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia scrambled on Monday to get help into quake-hit Sulawesi island as survivors streamed away from their ruined homes and accounts of devastation filtered out of…

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China’s President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as they attend the welcome ceremony at Yanqi Lake during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15, 2017

“Debt trap” alert arises in Myanmar as more “Belt and Road” projects scrapped

YANGON (The Irrawaddy)  — Pakistan has recently halted agreements reached under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, including the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor seeking to connect Asia and Europe along the same route…

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Family members carry the body of a relative to the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on Sunday, following a strong earthquake in the area

Death toll from Indonesian quake, tsunami rises to 832, Thai military ready to help

JAKARTA – The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi rose to 832 on Sunday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, adding it assessed…

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Big crowds expected at Dusit Zoo on its last day today 

Large crowds of people are expected at the Dusit Zoo today as the final curtain is brought down on the country’s oldest zoo and one of Bangkok’s most prominent landmarks….

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Musk to resign as Tesla chairman, pay US$20 million fine in settlement

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla and Elon Musk have agreed to pay $20 million each to financial regulators and the billionaire will step down as the company’s chairman but remain…

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President Jokowi of Indonesia emphasizes media role in building democracy

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, while highlighting the role of the media in building democracy, said yesterday that criticisms are beneficial for the government in order to fix its deficiencies,…

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Mahathir predicts Umno is going to collapse

Malaysian Prime Minisrer Mahathir Mohamad has predicted the collapse of Umno which is the backbone of the Barisan Nasional coalition that had ruled the country for almost six decades before…

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Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and National Security and Intelligence of New Zealand kisses her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as her husband Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Monday.

New Zealand prime minister makes history with her baby at UN assembly

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made history by bringing her three-month-old daughter into the United Nations assembly hall in New York.   Ardern, 38, was photographed kissing and…

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Vietnam’s president dies after viral illness

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, a former chief of internal security who became one of the most high-profile leaders in the communist-ruled country, died on Friday after…

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Indonesia urged to use its role in UNSC to end Rohingya crisis

A coalition of Indonesian civil society groups has urged the government of Indonesia to utilize its position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to help put…

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Democratic Transition in Myanmar ‘at standstill’: UN Rights Panel

GENEVA (Reuters)  — Myanmar’s democratic transition has ground to a standstill as authorities seek to silence critics while allowing hate speech, particularly against Muslim Rohingya, the head of the UN human…

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Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village, Myanmar on September 2, 2017. (Reuters)

UN reiterates call for Myanmar generals to face genocide charges

The UN says Rohingya Muslims have faced four of five prohibited acts defined as genocide at the hands of Myanmar’s military. The findings were part of a final report released…

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A lady vanishes: In China, a movie star disappears amid culture crackdown

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China…

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Trump ‘likely’ to announce new China tariffs as early as Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump is likely to announce new tariffs on about $200 billion on Chinese imports as early as Monday, a senior administration official told Reuters…

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Thai firm faces US sanctions for providing service to an Iranian airline

The US government has imposed sanctions on a Thailand-based company it accuses of providing service to an Iranian airline that is suspected of Thai terrorist activities directed by Iranian government,…

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A father carries his sick child as it is transferred to another car after their ambulance is stuck on a highway by toppled electric posts caused by strong winds after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila today.

At least 3 dead as powerful Typhoon Mangkhut slams Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – Typhoon Mangkhut tore through the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday packing winds of more than 200 kph (124 mph) along with torrential rain, killing at…

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Residents reinforce the roof of their houses by putting heavy tires at a slum area in Manila on Friday as preparations were in high gear in the Philippines with super Typhoon Mangkhut set to make a direct hit in less than 24 hours.

Philippines braces for impact of ‘very destructive’ Typhoon Mangkhut

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine authorities evacuated more areas on Friday and warned an estimated 5.2 million people in the path of a “very destructive” typhoon to stay indoors, as the…

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First warning of super typhoon Mangkhut from Weatherman

The Meteorological Department issued its first warning today of impacts from super   typhoon Mangkhut which was predicted to blow through Luzon of the Philippines and into the upper part of…

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Thailand, Malaysia agree to push for around-the-clock border trade

Thailand and Malaysia have agreed on a proposal to push for a Thai-Malaysian border check-point to be open around the clock to facilitate transport of goods between the two countries,…

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This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken on September 13 shows Typhoon Mangkhut off the Philippines east coast in the Philippine Sea.

Philippines starts evacuations along coast as super typhoon “Mangkhut” nears

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine authorities started to evacuate thousands of people from coastal areas on Thursday as a super typhoon with winds of more than 205 km per hour bore…

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EU-Asean seamless open sky policy to be launched this year: Arkhom

The EU-South East Asia Aviation Partnership Project, a new aviation partnership between the European Union (EU) and Asean is expected to be formally launched by the end of this year,…

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Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters journalists

HANOI (Reuters) – Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi said today two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentence, and that their jailing had nothing to do with…

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Hun Sen tells the world to leave the region alone

HANOI (Reuters) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday that countries outside Indochina are too critical of politics in the region and that it should be left to…

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