Asean waters down China statement 

The Asean chairman's statement at the end of the Manila summit has again failed to condemn Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.  The communique...

Soldier beheaded on Sulu

A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf has been found beheaded hours after the military claimed to have...

Police braced for Manila summit

Around 26,000 police officers will be deployed for the 30th Asean summit and its spin-off meetings between April 26 and 29 in Pasay, according...

Abu Sayyaf attacks top resort

The killing of a Muslim militant leader on a resort island in the central Philippines this week was heralded as a triumph for the...

Duterte retreats from tough China stance 

The Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has watered down his order to the military to reinforce areas in the South China Sea controlled by the...

S’pore couple jailed for starving maid

Singapore is largely dependent on migrant labour. A Singaporean couple, both 47, have been jailed for starving their Filipina maid over a period of...

Duterte and junta vow to tackle drugs

Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy. Drug and human trafficking remains a huge issue in Thailand. Thailand’s prime minister and the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte have agreed...

Duterte faces impeachment attempt

President Rodrigo Duterte with former US secretary of state John Kerry, who habitually towered over Asean’s leaders. A Philippine parliamentarian has filed an impeachment complaint...

Manila eyes Beijing ties 

US naval operations in the South China Sea. Source: Flickr   The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs' think tank has said Manila and Beijing are concentrating...

Abu Sayyaf behead German hostage

A video of Jurgen Kantner with Abu Sayyaf. Source: YouTube   A video has been released in the Philippines reportedly showing the beheading of a German...

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