UN body rejects Papuan appeal 

The UN’s decolonisation committee says it will not accept a petition signed by 1.8 million Papuans, calling for independence from Indonesia, saying the cause...

Mahathir triumphs in election shock 

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (pictured), 92, has said he expects to be sworn in today (Thursday) after his shock election victory ended...

Unmarried diners banned in Aceh

A district in Aceh has banned Indonesian women and men from eating together unless they are related or married. The sharia-run region on the northwest...

Thai party disbanded for princess PM nomination

The political party in Thailand that nominated the king’s sister as its candidate for prime minister in this month’s general election has been disbanded....

Amnesty demands Jakarta allow massacre discussion

Armed soldiers stand guard in Sarawak in 1965, as a group of Chinese villagers take a communal bath. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Amnesty International is calling...

Mahathir: immaturing with age

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Source: Flickr Malaysia's turbulent political scene took a peculiar twist last week, even by the federation's standards, when the former...

Najib triumphs in by-elections

Prime Minister Najib Razak is still in victorious mood. Source: Wikimedia The Malaysian ruling coalition has cruised to victory as expected in two by-elections, defying...

Annan to head Rohingya probe

Kofi Annan. Source: Wikimedia   Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is due to lead an effort to tackle ethnic tensions in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State where...

Indonesia coup suspects freed

Muslim protesters demand the removal of Jakarta’s governor this month. Source: YouTube Indonesian police said they have freed eight people who were detained for suspected...

Junta accepts monk hunt defeat 

Traditional Thai Buddhists dislike the opulence of the Dhammakaya movement. The Thai junta has ended its 23-day siege of the kingdom's largest temple, where worshippers...

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Indonesia blocks Papuan internet as riots spread

Indonesia has imposed an internet blackout on the occupied provinces of Papua and West Papua as it grapples to stop riots triggered by the...

Malaysia calls on UK to ditch EU palm-oil restrictions

Malaysia has offered the UK a post-Brexit trade deal if it abandons the European Union’s position on environmentally ruinous palm oil. Malaysia’s 94-year-old prime minister,...

Indonesia president calls for calm as Papuan mob burns parliament

Thousands of ethnic West Papuan activists have set fire to a provincial parliament in a protest sparked by accusations that the security forces arrested...