Thaksin supporters brace for Thai court ruling

Thai political parties bankrolled by the wealthy Shinawatra clan staged major rallies this weekend ahead of a court ruling on Thursday that could exclude...

Yangon protest condemns military dominance

Yangon has seen a large protest to demand constitutional reform, amid rising tension between State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy...

Widodo makes $28bn rural election promise

Indonesia’s president, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, who is trying to win re-election on April 17, has promised to boost agricultural funding to more than US$28.5...

Singapore’s cost of living vital: Heng

Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Keat says that reducing the cost of living for struggling households is one of his main priorities. He told...

Thai princess withdraws PM bid

Thailand’s junta has been given a boost in its attempts to win power democratically after a princess' bid to become prime minister was outlawed...

Thai king condemns sister’s PM bid

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn says his elder sister's attempt to run for prime minister in the March general election is "inappropriate" and unconstitutional. The...

Russia denies Indonesia election meddling

Russia has denied any involvement in the Indonesian presidential election, scheduled for April 17, after President Joko Widodo claimed his opponents were using "Russian...

Malaysia loses Paralympic event over Israeli ban

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has prevented Malaysia from hosting the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships after it banned Israeli competitors from attending. The championships, a...

Murdered model’s father testifies in Malaysia

Shaariibuu Setev, the father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, has told the Malaysian High Court that his daughter travelled to Malaysia in October...

Jakarta governor completes blasphemy term

Jakarta’s Christian former governor has been released from prison, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction reinforced an image of Indonesia as an increasingly...

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Cambodia and Thailand have reconnected a cross-border railway after 46 years as Asean’s rail links gradually improve. The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and...

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