Myanmar sanctions too weak: UN envoy

A US travel ban on Myanmar's army chief and three other generals over the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Rakhine State is insufficient,...

Najib tries to explain huge jewellery spending 

Bank cards belonging to former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak were used to spend over US$800,000 in one day in 2014 at a luxury...

Philippine ‘misogynist-in-chief’ signs harassment law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is notorious for cracking gang rape “jokes” and making inappropriate remarks to female journalists, has signed a law against...

IMF cuts Singapore growth forecast

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NGOs condemn Cambodian security crackdown  

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Indonesia vows to fight EU over palm oil limits 

Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has vowed to fight the European Union over plans to restrict the use of palm oil in biofuels as the...

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An Indonesian woman, who is facing six months in jail for recording a graphic phone call of her boss as evidence she was being harassed,...

Deutsche Bank pulled into US 1MDB probe

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is probing Deutsche Bank as part of Malaysia’s 1MDB sovereign wealth fund investigation.  After studying the involvement Goldman Sachs,...

Amnesty demands UN probe into Philippine drug slaughter 

Amnesty International has called for the United Nations to investigate the deaths of thousands of mostly poor Filipinos.  Three years after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte...

Singapore looks to ditch cryptocurrency tax

Singapore says it is planning to table legislation to end VAT on transactions using cryptocurrencies.  The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) said the supply...

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Myanmar sanctions too weak: UN envoy

A US travel ban on Myanmar's army chief and three other generals over the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Rakhine State is insufficient,...