China ‘demands’ return of Uyghurs 

China has reportedly asked Malaysia to send back 11 Uyghur Muslims detained after they escaped from detention in Thailand last year, amid calls from...

Indonesia set to ban gay sex 

Under pressure from religious conservatives, Indonesia is moving toward outlawing gay sex and possibly premarital relations, further undermining traditions of tolerance in the Muslim-majority...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

Myanmar ‘buying’ N Korean arms

Myanmar is facing criticism over reports it has been receiving ballistic missile technology and weapons from North Korea. A spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Foreign...

Suu Kyi’s house firebombed

A petrol bomb has been thrown at the famous lakeside home of Myanmar’s State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi. Rumours apparently spread in the multicultural...

Philippines deploys Japanese plane

The Philippine military says it has deployed a Japanese patrol plane to a disputed Chinese-controlled shoal in the South China Sea or West Philippine...

Aceh trans-women freed 

Twelve transgender women or waria arrested in shariah-run Aceh have been released from jail on the condition they act and dress as men and...

Asean woos Indian hosts

Asean is pressurising India to sign a liberalised pact in goods and services along with six East Asian economies, as the bloc looks for...

We sacked US envoy: Myanmar

Myanmar says it kicked US diplomat Bill Richardson off an advisory panel on the Rohingya crisis, accusing him of making a "personal attack" on...

Manila rejects EU aid 

The Philippine government has formally rejected at least 380 million pesos (€6.1 million) in aid from the European Union amid allegations that it carries...

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Swiss move to ban palm-oil exports 

The regional parliament of Geneva in Switzerland has passed a resolution to exclude palm oil from free-trade talks with Indonesia and Malaysia. Five other...

Three bombs rock Sittwe

Three pre-dawn bombs exploded in Rakhine State’s troubled capital Sittwe, including one in the compound of the state government secretary's home, although no deaths...

Tourism survives Rohingya crisis 

Myanmar received 3.44 million visitors last year, according to its Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, up 18 per cent from the 2.9 million arrivals...