Mahathir’s opposition party suspended 

Malaysia has ordered former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's year-old party to halt its activities ahead of this year’s general election. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM)'s...

Annual Thai road carnage looms 

As Thailand prepares for its new year holiday this month, almost 200 hospitals are asking for more blood to cope with the inevitable road...

Suu Kyi loyalist named president 

One of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's loyalists, Win Myint, has been voted in as the troubled state’s new president, amid hopes...

Malaysia unveils ‘fake news’ bill 

Malaysia is threatening 10-year prison sentences for publishing “fake news” in legislation that critics fear will be used to crack down on dissent ahead...

Myanmar Speaker tipped for presidency 

Myanmar’s Lower House Speaker Win Myint has resigned after President President Htin Kyaw Kyaw (pictured) quit yesterday (Wednesday), prompting speculation that he will be the next...

Philippines moves to end divorce ban

The Philippines, the only country apart from the Vatican to ban divorce, moved towards legalisation when the lower house passed legislation which would allow...

UN envoy criticises Hun Sen 

With political and media freedoms being curtailed ahead of a general election scheduled for July, the UN’s human rights envoy in Cambodia criticised Prime...

Mahathir promises reform ahead of ‘rigged’ vote

Malaysia’s opposition has said it will axe a goods-and-services tax introduced in 2015 if it wins the next general election that must be held...

Thai junta faces graft scandal 

Thailand’s ruling junta is facing growing anger over the deputy prime minister’s array of luxury watches after it again postponed a promised general election.  General...

Papuan trial delayed again 

The trial of a West Papuan independence activist, jailed for over six months without facing charges, has been delayed for a fourth time, this...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

Asean’s leaders will gather in Singapore from today (Wednesday) until Saturday for the 32nd Asean summit with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chairing.  Singapore says...

Suu Kyi to skip Asean summit 

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will skip this weekend’s Asean summit in Singapore and President Win Myint, who was sworn in last...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...