S’pore 4th most expensive city

Rents in Singapore are falling, from a high base. Source: Wikimedia April marked Singapore's 18th-straight month of negative inflation with May's data likely to show...

N Korea tyrant’s brother slain in KL

Kim Jong Nam (left) and his half-brother North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Source: YouTube The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

Trump praises ‘socialist’ Vietnam, signs deals

Donald Trump has been full of praise for his Vietnamese hosts, praising their “socialist” economic model that he says should be replicated in North...

Manila and Tokyo fear Chinese expansion

Asean leaders gather at the “28th Asean Summit (Plenary)”. As ever, Asean falls short when looking for a catchy title. Source: YouTube     The Philippines and...

City-made patrol vessel launched

The Singapore Strait is one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. Source: Wikimedia Singapore's navy has launched another littoral mission vessel (LMV), Sovereignty,...

Triumphant Suu Kyi returns to parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi returned to parliament in the capital Naypyitaw on Monday along with dozens of Union Solidarity and Development Party...

Malaysia LGBT groups at rally spark backlash

A Malaysian minister has sparked anger by criticising the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups at the weekend’s International Women's Day...

Ex-Malaysian minister slams ‘plodding’ Asean

Sri Rafidah Aziz. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Asean members have been told to buck up their ideas by former Malaysian minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz who...

18 die in Javan traffic chaos

Java has disastrous traffic problems. Source: Flickr Around 18 people died while waiting in Indonesian traffic in a 20km queue ahead of the Eid al-Fitr...

Brunei’s gay community ‘lives in fear’

The sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on his sharia law death penalty for gay sex but members of the sultanate’s LGBT...

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Philippine media trial begins of Duterte critic

In the Philippines, Rappler editor Maria Ressa's libel trial has opened in a case seen as retaliation for reports on President Rodrigo Duterte. The 55-year-old...

Drug-resistant malaria spreads across Asean

Only half of Asean’s patients with malaria are being cured because multi-drug resistant forms of the disease are spreading. The Lancet Infectious Diseases published...

Malaysia recovers 1MDB cash from Singapore and fugitive banker 

Singapore says it is returning US$40 million to Malaysia seized in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal that helped topple the corruption-laden...