Manila defies Pope on death penalty

The Philippine government says it will continue in its push to legalise the death penalty, despite Pope Francis’ recent declaration that capital punishment was...

Raped child jailed for abortion

Calls to decriminalise abortion grew louder in Indonesia after a teenager who was raped by her brother was jailed for six months for having...

Hun Sen wins ‘sham’ election 

The Cambodian People’s Party has surprised no one by winning yesterday’s general election after the main opposition was banned.   Prime Minister Hun Sen, 65,...

Back to the dark ages 

Thailand is currently experiencing an uneasy peace but this might not last if Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delays his promised general election again as...

Hun Sen flexes muscles ahead of poll

Cambodia’s security forces have paraded in riot gear with assault rifles at a sports stadium in Phnom Penh ahead of Sunday’s general election which...

Mahathir to axe arrest powers

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says his government will repeal the 2012 Security Offences Special Measures Act (Sosma), which allowed the authorities to make...

Thai death sentence strains EU ties

Thailand’s Appeals Court yesterday (Friday) upheld a death sentence for a Spanish man, Artur Segarra Princep, who was convicted of killing a fellow Spaniard,...

Generals campaign for Hun Sen: HRW

Cambodia’s security forces have been accused of illegally campaigning for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) ahead of this month’s general election. Military...

HK asked to arrest Low: S’pore 

Singapore says its request to Hong Kong in 2016 to arrest Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho for alleged money laundering and dealing with stolen...

Hun Sen starts ‘election’ campaign 

Cambodia’s ruling party starts campaigning today ahead of the July 29 election and it can be confident of victory after removing the opposition.  The abolition...

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China’s Li signs Singapore trade deals 

China and Singapore have agreed to upgrade their bilateral free-trade pact, allowing greater market access for Singaporean employers to the giant northern market. Chinese Premier...

Isis extends Mindanao grip: analysts 

Islamic State appears to be on the rise on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with up to 100 foreign fighters and a growing...

Papua rebels killed in ambush 

Two independence insurgents and a civilian have reportedly been killed during a week of fighting in the impoverished Indonesian region of Papua.  The authorities are...