Rebel armies plan federation

Nay Pyi Taw’s grip on ethnically distinct Kachin State is loose. Source: YouTube Leaders from 17 rebel armies in Myanmar are meeting in Kachin State...

Junta disbands Amnesty event 

The Thai military have shown little concern for human rights since seizing power in 2014. Source: Flickr   Thailand has prevented Amnesty International from unveiling its...

Gay couple win Thai surrogate custody battle

A kathoey or transgender Thai on Soi Bangla in Phuket. Thailand is generally extremely tolerant. Source: Flickr A gay couple from the USA have won...

Israeli embassy apologises for tablecloth gaff

There’s often someone looking down on you in Singapore. Source: Wikimedia A junior security guard at the Israeli embassy in Singapore sparked a diplomatic incident...

Suu Kyi promises prisoner releases

Does Aung San Suu Kyi know the way? Photo: Asean Economist Aung San Suu Kyi says all remaining political prisoners will be freed within the...

Arroyo cleared of plunder charges

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Source: Wikimedia   Manila's Supreme Court has acquitted former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder and ordered her immediate release. She has spent...

Judges mull non-marital sex ban

Indonesia is trying to encourage young couples to tie the knot. Source: Pixabay The Indonesian supreme court is debating whether non-marital sex should be outlawed,...

Duterte plans free condom scheme 

Catholicism is the dominant religious denomination in the Philippines. Source: Wikimedia  The Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to...

Ahok weighed down by fake news

After the ethnically and religiously divisive Jakarta election this week, fake news or hoaxes appeared as a potent force during the unseemly campaign. The vote...

Yingluck flees to Dubai: reports 

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (pictured), who was facing up to 10 years behind bars if convicted on charges of negligence, has reportedly...

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