US “concerned” about Shan conflict

Myanmar’s 22 large, powerful rebel armies present a considerable challenge to the new government. Source: Wikimedia The US embassy in Myanmar has said it is...

Suu Kyi tries to win over China

Myitsone dam site near Myitkyina, Kachin State. Source: Wikimedia Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is in China for presumably her most challenging diplomatic...

Indonesia set to execute 15 inmates

The island of Nusakambangan, dubbed the "Alcatraz of Indonesia". Source: Wikimedia   Amnesty International has condemned Indonesia's decision to execute death-row inmates, following reports of prisoners being moved...

Jakarta defiant over Natunas

An Indonesian frigate on patrol. Source: Wikimedia Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has rejected China's claim that it had competing claims in the South China...

Islamism set to dominate summit

The Petronas Towers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. US President Barack Obama said Islamist militancy and the South China Sea disputes would dominate Kuala Lumpur’s summits this weekend. After...

Probe launched into Indonesia terror funding

Indonesia's uniformed forces have been on alert. Source: Wikimedia A militant financing probe has uncovered about US$500,000 in Australian cash transferred to Indonesia to arm...

Bomb kills 14 in Duterte’s hometown

People’s Park in Davao. The city was known as one of the Philippines’ safest. Source: Flickr At least 14 people have been killed and many...

Air-defence missiles deployed in South China Sea: US

A Chinese HQ-9 launcher on display on the Chinese mainland. Source: Wikimedia Satellite imagery, confirmed by the USA and Taiwan, suggests two batteries of...

Myanmar’s use of child soldiers under fire

The poverty of rural Myanmar makes children vulnerable to enforced recruitment. Source: Asean Economist Washington has downgraded Myanmar in its annual human trafficking report, citing...

Sailors freed by Abu Sayyaf 

Philippine marines claim credit for forcing the release of hostages. Source: Wikimedia Three Indonesian men have been freed in the southern Philippines after being held...

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