Rebel armies plan federation

Nay Pyi Taw’s grip on ethnically distinct Kachin State is loose. Source: YouTube Leaders from 17 rebel armies in Myanmar are meeting in Kachin State...

Junta disbands Amnesty event 

The Thai military have shown little concern for human rights since seizing power in 2014. Source: Flickr   Thailand has prevented Amnesty International from unveiling its...

Gay couple win Thai surrogate custody battle

A kathoey or transgender Thai on Soi Bangla in Phuket. Thailand is generally extremely tolerant. Source: Flickr A gay couple from the USA have won...

Myanmar election ‘fundamentally flawed’: Human Rights Watch

Myanmar’s general election, due on November 8, has been condemned as “fundamentally flawed, depriving Burmese of their right to freely elect their government”, by...

Mahathir quits UMNO, again

Mahathir Mohamad has been ridiculed for quitting Malaysia’s ruling party UMNO for the second time and joining forces with his long-time political opponents who he...

Najib triumphs in by-elections

Prime Minister Najib Razak is still in victorious mood. Source: Wikimedia The Malaysian ruling coalition has cruised to victory as expected in two by-elections, defying...

Vietnam border talks fail

The neglected Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh, built to commemorate the war to drive the Khmer Rouge from power, is symbolic of their...

Manila’s troops killed in Sulu fighting 

Sabah has been targeted by Abu Sayyaf. Source: Wikimedia Three Philippine soldiers were killed and 17 injured during around two hours of fighting with about...

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...

Lee moves to end feud  

Singapore’s most famous family’s Facebook feud is showing no sign of ending. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and two younger brother and sister are battling...

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1MDB charges expected in months: PM

Malaysia is hoping to make its first arrest linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund within months and is looking to...

500 car chargers planned for Singapore 

Singaporean energy provider SP Group has announced plans to open 500 electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2020, filling a “critical gap in scaling...

Thai king takes control of vast fund 

The Thai government agency that managed the vast wealth of the royal family for the past 80 years has formally handed control of its...