Mines accused of funding Maoists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) says he will shut down any mine helping Maoist rebels waging a prolonged insurgency.  Duterte’s administration has held stuttering peace...

Another Papua police death 

An Indonesian police officer was reportedly shot dead in the latest alleged attack by militants near the vast gold and copper Grasberg mine in...

Rohingya ‘whitewash’ report slammed 

Human rights groups have condemned an internal investigation by Myanmar’s military into alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, branding it a "whitewash" and demanding that...

Trump praises fellow populist 

Donald Trump has hailed his relationship with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, ignoring media questions about human rights and the thousands killed during his host’s bloody...

No Grasberg hostages: rebel

A militant separatist group in Indonesian Papua has disputed police claims that it is holding villagers hostage during an armed standoff near the giant...

US axes bomb clearance fund

Cambodia has marked 64 years since it gained independence as the US announced it would withdraw funding for de-mining operations. The country, which was under...

Mindanao at the crossroads 

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao is increasingly being seen as Asean’s frontline in the battle against so-called Islamic State. Unfortunately the Philippines’ president, the...

Study points to Java’s Islamist youth

One in five students in further and higher education in Java support the establishment of an Indonesian caliphate instead of a secular government, according...

Suu Kyi visits Rakhine

Myanmar’s embattled state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, has visited Rakhine State to inspect the sites of atrocities against the displaced Rohingya community. The international...

Indonesia steps up boat sinkings 

On Sunday Indonesia sunk another 17 foreign vessels alleged to have been fishing in its waters as part of the archipelago’s war on illegal...

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Quake hits Java

A strong earthquake rocked the crowded Indonesian island of Java on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging several buildings.  The magnitude 6.5 quake...

Malaysian parties fail to inspire

Malaysians go to the polls next year as the complacent Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition eyes another five-year term. But voters are understandably uninspired as they...

Duterte defends dengue decision

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the previous administration acted in good faith in launching its ill-fated dengue immunisation drive. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi’s Dengvaxia vaccine...