Asean

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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Aung San Suu Kyi has taken as Myanmar’s civilian leader are “regrettable” but her Nobel Peace Prize will not be withdrawn, the head…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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….

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More
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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
The sentencing of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in jail early this month is seen as part of the campaign to silence independent media in Myanmar.
The sentencing of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in jail early this month is seen as part of the campaign to silence independent media in Myanmar.

Myanmar army, government bent on silencing independent media: UN

GENEVA (Reuters) — Military and government officials in Myanmar have waged a “political campaign” to quash independent journalism, arresting and prosecuting many through the use of vague and overly broad…

Read More

From jail to house arrest for Cambodian opposition leader

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Hundreds of supporters of the leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party Kem Sokha gathered outside his house on Monday after he was released on bail after…

Read More

Duterte blames Trump for record-high inflation in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has blamed tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump on certain products for record-high inflation in the Philippines, the Manila Times Online reported on…

Read More

Mahathir describes Malays as lazy and untrustworthy

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia has chided Malays’ attitude of being untrustworthy and lazy, according to the New Straits Times Malaysia Online on Sunday. “We accuse others. We accuse…

Read More

Najib did a string of wrongdoings:  Mahathir

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has accused his predecessor, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, of accumulating a string of wrongdoings which require the authorities to sift through all of them in stages,…

Read More
Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018.

Myanmar rejects International Criminal Court’s  jurisdiction in Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) — Myanmar’s government said on Friday it “resolutely rejects” a ruling from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that said the body has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya…

Read More

A look behind first caning of  LGBT persons  in Terengganu, Malaysia

Two women were caned in front of an audience in a Malaysian court for trying to have sex early this week.  The caning drew condemnation from human rights groups and calls…

Read More

Ruling against Reuters reporters a severe blow to Myanmar press freedom: CAJ president

The seven-year jail sentence handed down on two Reuters journalists in Myanmar on Monday is a big step backward for press freedom and a travesty of justice in the country,…

Read More
The sentencing of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in jail early this month is seen as part of the campaign to silence independent media in Myanmar.
The sentencing of two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in jail early this month is seen as part of the campaign to silence independent media in Myanmar.

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar judge today found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen…

Read More
Indonesian President Joko Widodo watches the live broadcast of the 2018 Asian Games closing ceremony from the Lombok earthquake victim displacement centre in Gunung Sari Village, Gunung Sari District, West Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday night. /Photo: www.antaranews.com

President Jokowi says Asian Games bring  “energy of Asia” to the world

President Joko Widodo, in a recording played during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in the Jakarta last night, said that the positive energy exuded by Asia can…

Read More

Mahathir to keep promise to hand reins to Anwar after 2 years

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he will honour his promise to be prime minister for only two years before handing over the reins to his former political adversary Anwar Ibrahim,…

Read More

Mahathir fears Malays will lose out if more Chinese businessmen are allowed in

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad voiced fears that Malays and the Bumiputera would be out-competed if Malaysia welcomes a flood of traders and entrepreneurs from China, the New Straits Times Malaysia…

Read More

4 confirmed dead and 3 missing in spillway breach in Myanmar

Four people died and three others, including a boy, went missing after runoffs from a collapsed dam spillway on Swar Creek in Taungoo district in Bago region swept into four…

Read More

Trump to skip summits in Singapore, Papua New Guinea; Pence to attend

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will skip summits with Asian leaders in Singapore and Papua New Guinea in November, sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place, the White…

Read More
Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018.

Fake photos in Myanmar army’s ‘True News’ book on the Rohingya crisis

YANGON (Reuters) – The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar’s army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming…

Read More

Over 50,000 people forced to flee  homes after collapse of dam spillway in Myanmar

More than 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes, five people went missing and 27 villages went under floodwater on Wednesday night after a dam spillway collapsed in Bago…

Read More

Suu Kyi will not be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize

STAVANGER, Norway (Reuters)  — The Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried…

Read More
The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the situation in Myanmar at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

Myanmar rejects UN report on genocide against Rohingya

The government of Myanmar this morning rejected the findings of a UN investigation accusing its armed forces of genocide against the Rohingya. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week…

Read More

Anwar believes Mahathir will keep promise of power transfer

KUALA LUMPUR —  Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim says he believes Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will keep his promise to hand over the reins to him. In…

Read More
Photo from malaysiakini.com

New Malaysian peace talks facilitator hopeful of peace agreement

The new Malaysian facilitator for peace talks in southern Thailand said today he sees the possibility of an agreement to end the violence that has plagued the Thai region for…

Read More
Cambodian opposition member Meach Sovannara gestures as he speaks with media representatives while posing with other members and activists at their house in Phnom Penh early Tuesday after they were released by Royal Pardon.

14 Cambodian opposition members granted royal pardon

Fourteen former officials of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who were serving jail terms from seven to 20 years were Monday night released from prison in Phnom Penh…

Read More
Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, is among senior Myanmar government officials banned by Facebook.

Facebook bans Myanmar army chief, others in unprecedented move

YANGON (Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday it was removing several Myanmar military officials, including military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, from the social media website and an Instagram…

Read More
Nurul Izzah, daughter of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim opposes appointment of Malaysia’ new facilitator for peace talks in southern Thailand.

Appointment of Malaysia’s new South peace talks facilitator opposed

The appointment of a former senior police officer as Malaysia’s new facilitator for peace talks in southern Thailand has been strongly opposed by Nurul Izzah Anwar, a prominent politician and…

Read More

“Under Najib, everyone under him became a thief “:  Dr Mahathir

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said there was so much rot in the previous Najib government that everyone under him “became a thief”, The New Straits Times Malaysia reported…

Read More
Australia’s incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaves a press conference with his grandchildren after a party meeting in Canberra today during which Treasurer Scott Morrison was voted as Australia’s seventh prime minister in 11 years.

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison to become new prime minister

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will become Australia’s new prime minister after winning a Liberal party leadership vote today, ending an internecine battle that has scarred the conservative…

Read More
Former journalists of Radio Free Asia (RFA) Oun Chhin (left) and Yeang Sothearin walk out of Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on August 21.

Radio Free Asia reporters on espionage charges in Cambodia released on bail

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday freed on bail two former Radio Free Asia reporters who were charged with espionage, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday. 49-year…

Read More

Long-awaited reunion ends with a tearful farewell

South Korean Lee Geum-Sum, 92,  waves to her North Korean son Lee Sung-Chul, 71, as she is leaving on a bus after a three-day family reunion meeting at the Mount…

Read More
Representatives of the member countries of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ) link arms for a photo session to demonstrate their commitment to fight against fake news at a forum held in Bangkok on Tuesday.

ASEAN journalists call for joint efforts to battle fake news

Recognizing fake news as a global challenge, media representatives of ASEAN countries have agreed  that the fight against falsehoods and disinformation must be a joint effort of all stake-holders in…

Read More

Former Trump campaign chairman Manafort found guilty of tax and bank fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on Tuesday of eight counts of financial wrongdoing, giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller a victory in the first…

Read More
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana presidential palace during a working visit in Singapore on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi defends Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters)  – Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended the steps her government has made in handling the Rohingya crisis, amid global criticism on the…

Read More
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad shake hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 20 August 2018.

Mahathir asks China for help with Malaysia’s fiscal problems

BEIJING (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday he has asked China for help with his country’s “internal fiscal problems” as he seeks to renegotiate, or possibly…

Read More

At least five killed in latest quake in Lombok on Sunday

At least five people were killed in multiple earthquakes – including a powerful and a shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor – which rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, according…

Read More

Fresh tremor hit Lombok Sunday morning

A fresh tremor measured at 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey said on Sunday. USGS estimated…

Read More

Duterte hits out at China over “nasty” words

President Rodrigo Duterte has called out China for shooing away a Philippine military aircraft over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to the Manila Times Online report…

Read More
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo carries a torch of the 2018 Asian Games as he runs with Sport and Youth Minister Imam Nahrawi (L) during the torch relay at the presidential palace in Jakarta on August 17, 2018.

President Jokowi declares Asian Games 2018 open

The Asian Games 2018 torch relay has finally completed its one-month-long journey covering a total distance of 18 thousand kilometers and touring 53 cities and districts in 18 provinces across…

Read More
A Rohingya refugee boy runs at Kutupalong camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh last week.

Facebook admits it was ‘too slow’ to fight hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) – Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology…

Read More
Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong escorted by armed Malaysian police leaves after facing trial at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur today.

Malaysia court to continue trial of murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Two women charged with murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must answer for their role in a well-planned conspiracy, a Malaysian…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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,…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
Photo from TASS news agency

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
(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…

Read More

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…

Read More
Photo from Vientiane Times website

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…

Read More

Page 1 of 2

Login

Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Lost Password