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...

Mahathir, 92, launches unlikely comeback 

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been named the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition in this year’s general election. The 92-year-old doctor, who...

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Army tackles Java plastic crisis 

The Indonesian military has been deployed to unblock rivers and canals clogged with bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Indonesia is estimated to be the...

Manila denies foreign crackdown

A Philippine presidential spokesman has denied that there is a crackdown on foreigners, saying that the ban on their political participation is in the...

Tankers collide off Singapore 

Two oil tankers collided about 1 nautical mile south of Tuas Extension off the coast of Singapore yesterday (Tuesday), causing a liquefied butane gas...