Canadian pastor guilty of defying Myanmar’s coronavirus law

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the Canadian pastor of an evangelical church to three months imprisonment after finding him guilty of violating a law…

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Malaysia makes mask wearing mandatory

Starting August 1st, Malaysians will be joining their counterparts in places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Victoria in Australia where face masks are mandatory in public spaces to stem…

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Asia Today: Chinese city tightens rules, Victoria might, too

BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening travel restrictions in the Xinjiang capital amid a COVID-19 outbreak in the northwestern city. People arriving in Urumqi from regions considered to have high…

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Malaysian ex-PM Najib given 12 years in jail in 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court sentenced former Prime Minister Najib Razak to serve 12 years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty in the first of…

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Malaysia faces crucial graft test as Najib’s first 1MDB verdict looms

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian former prime minister Najib Razak, fighting dozens of charges over a multi-billion-dollar graft scandal at state fund 1MDB, faces his first verdict on Tuesday in…

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PETA warns of class action lawsuit if coconut labelling system promise not kept

PETA has welcomed the Thai Commerce Ministry’s use of a traceable labelling system, intended to ensure that Thai coconuts are not harvested by monkeys, but warned that Thai companies exporting…

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Myanmar jade mine accident: 125 killed, some 200 trapped

  At least 125 people were killed and around 200 others are trapped after a jade mine collapsed in Hpakant, northern Myanmar on Thursday, local media reported.   The incident…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Yang Xin (third from left), charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Thailand, during a ceremony at the Government House to hand over Covid-19 test kits and surgical masks on Monday.

Chinese PM Li Keqiang hails Chinese-Thai relationship

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has hailed China’s relationship with Thailand and vowed to further advance ties with Thailand and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, according to CGTN….

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Thai PM proposes three ways to reboot ASEAN economies

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has proposed three methods, which could be used to revive ASEAN economies post COVID-19, during the ASEAN Summit tele-conference on Friday morning.   He urged…

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc looks on during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, May 31, 2017. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

Vietnam PM warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

Vietnam on Friday warned the virus pandemic had swept away years of economic gains as Southeast Asian leaders met online for a summit that will also be dominated by anxiety…

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A woman wearing traditional face cosmetic has her temperature taken as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at the central railway station in Yangon on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over coronavirus error

A Myanmar news editor has been jailed for two years after his agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be false, his lawyer said Friday.   The country…

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FILE PHOTO: A woman walks outside the Royal Palace which has being closed for visitors as precaution against the coronavirus outbreak in Phnom Penh, Cambodia March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Cindy Liu

Cambodia says all COVID-19 patients recovered, no new cases for a month

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s last patient with the new coronavirus has recovered and left hospital, leaving the Southeast Asian country with zero cases, the health ministry said on Saturday,…

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Workers of ABS-CBN and members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines rally to show support for the broadcaster in Manila on May 5, 2020. – The Philippines’ top broadcaster ABS-CBN on May 5 was ordered off the air over a stalled operating licence renewal, drawing fresh charges that authorities were cracking down on press freedom. (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Philippine top TV broadcaster critical of Duterte ordered shut

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ telecoms body ordered the country’s leading broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp to cease operations on Tuesday, as a parliament dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s loyalists dragged its…

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Over 300 Thai migrant workers from Malaysia evade immigration checks

Police and immigration officials have tightened up border crossings, in the Su-ngai Kolok district of Thailand’s southern border province of Narathiwat, after more than 300 Thai migrant workers in Malaysia…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks at the ASEAN Summit this morning. — Picture from the Government House

PM Prayut urges ASEAN’s joint efforts to fight Covid-19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning called on ASEAN countries to mobilize the energies and efforts of all sectors to jointly fight the novel coronavirus which is ravaging more than…

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ASEAN needs united response to fight pandemic – Singapore PM Lee

SINGAPORE – Asean has to mount a united response to the coronavirus pandemic as the region is deeply connected and interdependent, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday. The…

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PM Prayut to join ASEAN Summit on Covid-19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will this morning join his ASEAN counterparts in a summit to discuss among other things concerted efforts by the regional grouping to fight against the novel…

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‘Shoot them dead’ – Philippine President Duterte to lockdown violators

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned violators of coronavirus lockdown measures they could be shot for causing trouble and said abuse of medical workers was a serious…

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Malaysia’s king, queen quarantined after staff test Covid-19 positive

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s King and Queen are currently under quarantine after seven staff members of the palace tested positive for coronavirus, national news agency Bernama reported Thursday. Sultan Abdullah…

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In this image taken from video on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 48-year old COVID-19 survivor Carlo Navarro smiles during a Skype interview with The Associated Press from Lipa, Philippines, where he continues to be on self-quarantine. Days after he was cleared and discharged from hospital, Navarro shared his COVID-19 experience on a Facebook public post. (AP Photo)

Filipino shares his experiences as coronavirus survivor

BANGKOK (AP) — When Carlo Navarro, his wife and 15-year-old daughter visited Japan from the Philippines in February, they knew they were taking a chance with the coronavirus, but thought…

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Tourists wearing masks take photos at Jewel Changi Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 5, 2020. — Reuters pic

Singapore reports first two coronavirus deaths

Two patients in Singapore died from COVID-19 on Saturday morning  due to complications, the first deaths the republic has seen, the Straits Times reported. It said a 75-year-old Singaporean woman…

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Jakarta declares emergency over coronavirus outbreak

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – The governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Friday declared a state of emergency for the next two weeks in the city, the centre of Indonesia’s coronavirus outbreak,…

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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in self-quarantine 

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is observing self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a member of parliament who tested positive for Covid-19, Malaysian media reported. “He is under…

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In this March 14, 2020, photo, a security personnel views a thermal screening monitor as visitors enter Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. As the virus outbreak spreads ever further, it’s becoming clear that some strategies are more likely to succeed in containing it: pro-active efforts to track down and isolate cases, access to basic, affordable public health and clear, reassuring messaging from leaders. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

Best strategies against virus: Track, isolate, communicate

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore, a tiny city-state of less than 6 million people, had one of the earliest and biggest clusters of cases of the coronavirus in early February, before…

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Malaysia to ban citizens from travel abroad, foreign arrivals: PM

Malaysia will ban its citizens from travelling overseas and foreigners from entering the country in drastic measures announced by the prime minister Monday aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly…

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How Malaysia’s ruling coalition created its own mess

People outside Malaysia must have been caught by surprise by the recent political developments in Malaysia. One key question is why all of a sudden Mahathir Mohamad decided to step…

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Tourists look towards Mount Merapi volcano as it erupts, at Cangkringan district in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia March 3, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Rizky Tulus/ via REUTERS

Indonesia shuts airport after Java volcano erupts

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Tuesday morning, sending a 6-km (3.7 mile) column of ash into the air and triggering the closure of the airport in…

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Gunman surrenders, releases hostages after Manila mall stand-off

MANILA – After hours of negotiation, a disgruntled former security guard has released his 30 hostages and walked out of a Philippine shopping mall, ending a day-long hostage crisis in…

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Mahathir apologizes to allies for resigning

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia apologized to his allies on Sunday as his former ally Muhyiddin Yassin was about to be sworn in as the new prime minister….

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A group of armed police arrive at the Greenhills Shopping Center Monday, March 2, 2002, in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police on Monday surrounded a shopping mall in an upscale district in the Manila metropolis after gunshots rang out inside and sent shoppers rushing out in panic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Sacked security guard holds dozens hostage at Philippine mall, one wounded

MANILA (Reuters) – A man was shot and about 30 people taken hostage on Monday by a gunman at a mall in the Philippine capital Manila, where armed police and…

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Huhyiddin sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as prime minister on Sunday by the king, after a week of political chaos sparked by the resignation of veteran…

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This handout photo taken and released on February 25, 2020 by the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia shows interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad working in his office in Putrajaya. – Mahathir, 94, the world’s oldest leader, has been appointed interim leader while intense political jockeying is underway to form a new government. (Photo by Khairul Ariffin / Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia / Khairul Ariffin” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mahathir loses out in PM bid, but refuses to give up

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad lost out in a battle to become prime minister on Saturday as the king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin after a…

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Malaysian PM Mahathir sends resignation letter to king

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted a letter of resignation to Malaysia’s king, his office said on Monday, amid talk of forming a new governing coalition….

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Anwar cries foul as Malaysian parties plan sweeping coalition change

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s would-be leader Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday accused 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s party and “traitors” in his own camp of plotting a wholesale change in…

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Prime Minister Mahathir has the support of his would-be successor Anwar Ibrahim to stay on until after November. – Photo from Malaysiakini

Mahathir given mandate to stay on until after November

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad has been given the mandate by the ruling coalition to stay on as the country’s leader until after the APEC summit in…

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Activists in Jakarta protest against the 2014 shootings of four teenagers in Indonesia’s insurgency-wracked Papua province

Indonesia military to blame for 2014 Papua killings: rights commission

Indonesia’s military shot dead four students in the country’s restive Papua region during 2014 protests and carried out “gross human rights violations”, a commission investigating the uprising concluded Monday.  …

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ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers to discuss COVID-19 in Vientiane

The current COVID-19 outbreak in China will be discussed at the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation meeting in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao Republic, on February 20th, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai…

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The MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, sails off a port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Holland America Line said the ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Preparations made for transit passengers from Westerdam cruise ship

The Thai Public Health Ministry is coordinating with relevant agencies to prepare for the arrival in Thailand of passengers and crew members from the MS Westerdam cruise ship, connecting with…

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The MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, sails off a port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Holland America Line said the ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cruise ship turned away in other ports anchors off Cambodia

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — A cruise ship turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears anchored Thursday off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its…

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Children used to smuggle un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand

Eight people were arrested Thursday night for hiring children to smuggle sacks of un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand in the eastern border province of Sa Kaew.   Acting on…

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Passengers wearing face masks walk to a departure gate at Sukarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang on February 5, 2020. – Indonesia on February 3 temporarily banned flights to and from mainland China and will not allow those who have been there in recent weeks to enter or transit, in an attempt to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities said February 5 has already killed nearly 500 people. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesia imposes travel ban to and from China

Indonesia on Wednesday night went ahead with its plan to impose a travel ban to and from China as an effort to prevent a deadly coronavirus from spreading into the…

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In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, photo, a government worker in a protective suit checks the temperature of a person under home quarantine in Zouping in eastern China’s Shandong Province. China’s death toll from a new virus has increased to 304 with more than 14,000 cases, amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to be prepared in the event the disease spreads among their populations. (Chinatopix via AP)

Philippines reports 1st virus death outside of China

BEIJING (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from a new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and…

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, a British Airways plane, at left, is towed past other planes sitting parked at Heathrow Airport in London. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

More airlines drop flights to China as virus spreads

BANGKOK (AP) — British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus…

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Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, said after the UN’s highest court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide.

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Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou says the decision by the UN’s highest court to order Myanmar to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, is ‘historic’ for international law and the Rohingya.

Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

The UN’s highest court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, as international justice stepped into the crisis for…

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Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, a member of the Independent Commission of Enquiry for Rakhine State, at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. An independent commission established by Myanmar’s government and led by Manalo has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that drove more than 700,000 members of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar panel: Security forces likely committed war crimes

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — An independent commission established by Myanmar’s government has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that led more…

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Malaysia’s Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin, third from left, inspects a container with plastic waste at a port in Butterworth, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minster warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.” (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia sends back trash, says won’t be world’s waste bin

PENANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minster warning on…

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Facebook says technical error caused vulgar translation of Chinese leader’s name

YANGON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Saturday blamed a technical error for Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appearing as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English…

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Myanmar protestors hold a rally in Yangon to protest against any reinstatement of a controversial Chinese-backed mega-dam on January 18, 2020 during the final day of Chinese President Xi Jinping visit in Naypyidaw.

Myanmar, China sign dozens of BRI-related projects, cooperation deals

YANGON—Myanmar and China signed a total of 33 memorandums of understanding (MOUs), agreements, exchange letters and protocols during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar—probably the most Myanmar has signed…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi hold talks during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

China and Myanmar ‘stand together’ despite Rohingya backlash

China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

Embassy protest plan banned as President Xi meets Myanmar leaders

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities have rejected a plan by a group of protestors to rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Yangon to oppose “exploitation of natural resources”…

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In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 photo, newly constructed buildings stand on Bhasan Char, or floating island, in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. The island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country’s border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday. The island is built to accommodate 100,000 people, just a fraction of the million Rohingya Muslims who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar. (AP Photo/Saleh Noman) “Bhasan Char is ready for habitation. Everything has been put in place,” Bangladesh refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder told The Associated Press.

Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the…

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Agoncillo town in the Philippines’ Batangas province has been blanketed with ash from the Taal volcano

Philippines struggles to keep evacuees away from volcano

Philippine authorities were struggling Wednesday to keep thousands of evacuees from returning to homes in areas threatened by a feared massive eruption of Taal volcano.   Some 40,000 people have…

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The crater of the volcano exploded to life with towering clouds of ash and jets of red-hot lava, forcing those living around the mountain south of Manila to rush to safety

Tens of thousands face uncertainty as Philippine volcano spews lava

Taal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption….

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Philippine authorities have raised an alert for a possible ‘explosive eruption’ of the Taal volcano near Manila

Philippines on alert as volcano spews ash, lava

Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on Monday, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible…

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Plumes of smoke and ash rise from as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Volcano erupts near Manila; airport shut, villagers flee

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — A small volcano south of the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash…

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Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (C) attends the 72nd Kachin State day ceremony in Myitkyina, upper Myanmar on January 10, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar as Suu Kyi tours China border state

MYITKYINA, MYANMAR (AFP) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a rare trip to a region bordering China days before President Xi Jinping is expected to push for controversial…

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FILE PHOTO: Workers repair electric grid in Hanoi December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Kham

Vietnam in deals to buy Laos electricity from 2021

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s electricity firm EVN has signed five new deals to buy electricity from Laos starting from next year, the state-run company said.   The southeast Asian nation…

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Members of a rescue team prepare an inflatable boat to evacuate locals as floods hit the Jatinegara area after heavy rains in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Flood death toll rises to 21 in Indonesian capital

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The death toll from flash floods and landslides in and around Indonesia’s capital Jakarta reached at least 21 on Thursday, with more heavy rain forecast, authorities said….

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FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno points at the location of North Natuna Sea on a new map of Indonesia during talks with reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis”, after two days earlier protesting…

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Vietnamese former Minister of information and communication Nguyen Bac Son, left, valuer Hoang Duy Quang, second left, former Mobifone Chairman Le Nam Tra, second right, former Minister of information and communication Truong Minh Tuan, right, stand as judge reads the verdicts at their trial in Hanoi, Vietnam Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Hanoi court on Saturday sentenced Son to life imprisonment in a multi-million dollar corruption case that also saw another minister and a dozen executives receive lengthy prison terms. (Nguyen Van Diep/VNA via AP)

Vietnam sends ex-ministers, executives, to prison for graft

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court on Saturday sentenced an ex-minister to life imprisonment in a multimillion-dollar corruption case that also saw another minister and a dozen executives receive…

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Dec. 10, 2019 file photo, Members of Myanmar Muslims community hold portraits of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to pray as they gather in front of City Hall in Yangon, Myanmar. The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

UN condemns human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and…

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Residents walks beside an outrigger and playground equipment that were damaged by Typhoon Phanfone along a coastline in Ormoc city, central Philippines on Thursday Dec. 26, 2019. The typhoon left over a dozen dead and many homeless. (AP Photo)

Christmas typhoon leaves 28 dead, 12 missing in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing, and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas…

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Typhoon Phanfone swept across the central Philippines on Christmas Day, tearing roofs off houses

Typhoon Phanfone kills at least 16 in Philippines

A typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas Day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said Thursday.   Typhoon Phanfone, with…

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Buddhist child nuns from the Mingalar Thaikti nunnery in Myanmar were born in an area of eastern Shan state plagued by conflict between local rebel groups and the military

Myanmar child nuns dream of conflict-free lives

Teenager Dhama Theingi dreams of becoming an engineer and playing football, but for now she must rise for dawn prayers before pounding Yangon’s streets to collect alms as one of…

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This photo taken during the interview with Timor Leste Foreign Minister Dionisio Babo Soares

Timor Leste optimistic it will join ASEAN soon, no burden to the grouping

Timor Leste’s Foreign Minister Dionisio Babo Soares has expressed confidence that the country will soon be accepted as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and it’s…

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Myanmar seizes boat carrying 173 Rohingya Muslims – military spokesman

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities detained 173 ethnic Rohingya aboard a boat off the southern coast, authorities said on Tuesday, amid signs that more members of the Muslim minority group…

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Laos to improve quality of labor data collection

VIENTIANE, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — Laos hopes to increase the quality of data both of local and foreign laborers in the country, as well as Lao laborers working abroad.  …

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Thai PBS World Border Tour: Rong Kluea Market

Rong Kluea Market is one of the most famous shopping destinations in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province, on the border with Cambodia. To get there, you used to take a train…

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Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Gambia’s Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou, left, listen to judges in the court room of the International Court of Justice for the first day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Aung San Suu Kyi will represent Myanmar in a case filed by Gambia at the ICJ, the United Nations’ highest court, accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Suu Kyi in court to refute Myanmar genocide allegations

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former pro-democracy symbol Aung San Suu Kyi takes center-stage Wednesday at the U.N.’s top court as she seeks to defend Myanmar’s armed forces against genocide…

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Mahathir pledges to step down for Anwar after next November

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest prime minister, promised on Tuesday to hand over power to anointed successor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in spite…

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Gambia details mass rapes, killings in Myanmar at World Court

THE HAGUE (Reuters) —The Gambia’s legal team described mass rapes, the burning of families in their homes and the killing of dozens of Muslim Rohingya children with knives as it…

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Suu Kyi to face scrutiny over genocide charges in the Hague

YANGON (Reuters) – The last time Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to western Europe, she was feted as the freshly elected civilian ruler of a fledgling democracy who…

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/ Lim Huey Teng

Former Malaysian PM Najib takes stand in 1MDB scandal-linked trial

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took to the witness box for the first time on Tuesday to defend himself on criminal charges linked to a…

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Prime Minister Mahathir and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali during a rest over coffee at a café in Kuala Lumpur. Photo from Mahathir’s Facebook post

Malaysian PM Mahathir takes wife on a date around KL

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took the weekend off for a date with his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali around the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, according to…

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Thailand’s ranking among 20 top marine polluters improves from 6th to 10th place

Thailand’s ranking among the 20 biggest international contributors to marine plastic waste has improved by four places from sixth to tenth, thanks to the government’s initiatives and the voluntary efforts…

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70 aftershocks followed Thursday’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Laos

About 70 aftershocks were recorded after the 6.4ML earthquake struck Xayaboury province in the Laos PDR yesterday. The quake damaged 65 houses in the Chalerm Phrakiat district of Thailand’s northern…

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Thai-owned power plant in Hongsa intact, but homes damaged by earthquakes

Houses in many villages in the Hongsa district of Xayaboury province in the Laos PDR were damaged by two strong earthquakes this morning, according to the Vientiane Times. Xayaboury deputy…

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Cambodia’s opposition leader in-exile Sam Rainsy, who leads the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), speaks to members of the media as he arrives at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on November 9, 2019. – Cambodia’s exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia on November 9 as he sought to return home to rally his supporters against strongman Hun Sen, while security was beefed up at the kingdom’s borders and in Phnom Penh. (Photo by SADIQ ASYRAF / AFP)

Sam Rainsy: Malaysian MPs support democracy in Cambodia

KUALA LUMPUR —  Malaysian lawmakers have shown their support for democracy in Cambodia, said  Sam Rainsy, the acting president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). The self-exiled politician, whose…

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Exiled Cambodian opposition figurehead arrives in Malaysia

Cambodia’s exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia Saturday as he sought to return home to rally his supporters against strongman Hun Sen, while security was beefed up at the kingdom’s…

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Cambodia tightens security at Thai border with additional troops

Cambodia has beefed up security along its border with Thailand, with troop and police reinforcements being deployed at strategic areas to prevent former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his men…

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A woman reads a local newspaper with a headline on Cambodia’s oppositon leader Sam Rainsy attempt to return at a newsstand in Phnom Penh on November 7, 2019. – Thailand will not allow Sam Rainsy to transit through the kingdom in a bid to return to Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said on November 6. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Sam Rainsy insists he will return to Cambodia

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has vowed to try to return to Cambodia from self-imposed exile on Saturday despite Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s refusal to grant him entry into Thailand…

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PM refuses ex-Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy entry into Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be refused entry to Thailand on his way to the Cambodian border town of…

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ASEAN believes RCEP makes tremendous progress despite India’s absence

Even though India is not yet on board the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN leaders believe that they have made a breakthrough to make one of the world’s most…

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Russia is ready to assist ASEAN to develop digital economy

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has pledged to cooperate with ASEAN in the exchange of knowledge and technology to help move the regional grouping towards a digital economy. He said…

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PM Mahathir opposes separatism in Thailand’s deep South

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad is supportive of Thailand’s efforts to resolve unrest in the deep South of the country through peaceful means and opposes any desires for separatism. Mahathir…

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“Build ASEAN brands” – AirAsia CEO Fernandes

Tony Fernandes, the Group CEO of AirAsia, appealed to ASEAN governments to help create and strengthen what he called “ASEAN brands” as part of the efforts to harness economic and…

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Leaders told to create a truly child-friendly ASEAN

Thailand’s Minister of Social Development and Human Security Chuti Krairiksh today (Friday) urged all ASEAN member countries to make a child-friendly ASEAN a reality. In his address on the 30th…

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Vietnamese turn to traffickers to help chase fortunes abroad

DIEN THINH, Vietnam (AP) — For many Vietnamese, a job in a Western European country is seen as a path to prosperity worth breaking the law. But the risks of…

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The Latest: Lion Air report says various issues led to crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the final report by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee on the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air flight that killed 189 people….

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Foreigners offer prayers at the reopened Erawan shrine in Bangkok on August 19, 2015. Thai monks led prayers on August 19 for the reopening of Bangkok shrine where a blast killed 20 people, as police hunted a man shown on security footage calmly planting what is believed to be the bomb. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Long-stay foreigners in Thailand to be required to have health insurance when applying for non-immigrant visas

Effective from October 31st, foreigners who apply for a non-immigrant visa will be required to have health insurance to ensure that they are covered for medical treatment while in Thailand…

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Thailand and Germany push global knowledge exchange to rethink Circular Economy

from 25- 27  September 2019 –The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) organised the “Reduce! Rethinking the Circular Economy: A…

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Indonesian couple fear sex-ban changes will make them criminals

TANGERANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – After 13 years of happily unmarried life that has brought them three children, one middle-aged Indonesian couple is worried.   Their relationship is neither legal nor…

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Cambodian judge orders new probe in reporters’ spying case

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Thursday ordered a new investigation and postponed a verdict in the espionage trial of two journalists who had worked for…

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Mahathir says he will stay in power 3 years at the most

NEW YORK (Agencies) – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said he expects to stay as leader for three years, just a week after his political heir apparent Anwar Ibrahim…

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Thais warned to avoid protest sites in Indonesia

The Thai Embassy in Jakarta has warned Thai people travelling in the Indonesian capital and other cities to avoid sites where Indonesians have been protesting since Monday. The embassy said…

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Thai PBS forges cooperation with Timor-Leste’s Press Council

In 1998, a contingent of The Royal Thai Army joined the multi-national peacekeeping force set up by the United Nations in Timor-Leste (East Timor). It was tasked with restoring peace…

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Prime Minister Prayut addressing the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. – Photo from Government House

PM Prayut reaffirms ASEAN’s active role in tackling climate change

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said the 10 countries of ASEAN are committed to working with the international community to tackle the challenge of climate change.   Addressing the…

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20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia’s Papua province

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted…

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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

(AFP) Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and IndonesiaThursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic hazefrom rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia — including nearly 300 in the smog-hit…

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