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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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