Duterte backtracks on apparent media threat

President Benigno Aquino and then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in 2013. Duterte’s outbursts are best not taken too seriously. Source: Wikimedia After saying that journalists...

Giant statues cast shadow over Thai military

The statues of Thai kings dwarf modern-day subjects. Source: ABC The Thai military has opened a second investigation into allegations of graft surrounding seven huge...

Suu Kyi enforces ruler on unstable Rakhine

Mrauk U, Rakhine State. The enchanting destination is extremely difficult to reach because of the isolated state's poor infrastructure. Source: Wikimedia More than half of the cabinet...

Students mark Letpadan crackdown anniversary

No probe has been launched into the police’s use of force on March 10, 2015, in Letpadan. Source: Flickr Myanmar’s students are marking a year...

Najib rival unseated

Zahir Masjid, Kedah's state mosque. The northerly state needs a new chief minister. Source: Flickr Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak tightened his grip on power...

Tearful Ahok asks for mercy 

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok. Source: Flickr The ethnically Chinese, Christian governor of one of the world’s largest Muslim-majority cities delivered a tearful defence at...

Polls give Duterte solid lead

Rodrigo Duterte is offering simple solutions to the Philippines’ many problems. Source: Wikimedia Rodrigo Duterte, the outspoken mayor running for the presidency of the Philippines,...

Rohingya demand Suu Kyi’s attention

A police checkpoint at a Rohingya area of Sittwe, Rakhine State’s capital. Source: Wikimedia   Now Aung San Suu Kyi, as Myanmar's de facto prime...

Judges mull non-marital sex ban

Indonesia is trying to encourage young couples to tie the knot. Source: Pixabay The Indonesian supreme court is debating whether non-marital sex should be outlawed,...

Refugee crisis grips Myanmar 

It was hoped that Myanmar's refugees would start returning home. Source: Wikimedia Up to 15,000 Burmese refugees have fled into China in the last month...

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