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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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:

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Laos farmland flood damage bill exceeds US$15 million

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

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

China trumps Japan in race for economic influence in Myanmar

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

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

Search for survivors after Italy motorway collapse kills dozens

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

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

Death toll in Lombok earthquake rises to 436

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

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

Thai athletes among early arrivals for 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta

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

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

Earthquake damage on Lombok reaches US$138 million

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

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

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

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

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

Lombok Island rocked by another tremor

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

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Death toll in Lombok earthquake rises to 347

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

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

30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle

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

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

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

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230 aftershocks jolt Lombok Island

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

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Over 1,290 foreign tourists evacuated to Bali

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

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