‘Gimmick’ Rakhine committee set up

A new commission set up by Myanmar to investigate itself over the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State has been dismissed as a gimmick by...

Filipino farm squatters ‘massacred’

Nine Filipino members of a sugar workers association, including two teenagers, were killed in a gun attack in the Philippines’ Negros Occidental at the...

Mindanao at the crossroads 

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao is increasingly being seen as Asean’s frontline in the battle against so-called Islamic State. Unfortunately the Philippines’ president, the...

Buddhists rage at US ‘Rohingya’ condolence

The waters off Sittwe are often treacherous. Source: Wikimedia Buddhist monks and several hundred other protesters have marched on the US Embassy in Yangon to...

Panglong talks set for May 24

Myanmar will hold peace talks on May 24 aimed at ending decades-long ethnic wars that have intensified since State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi...

Duterte sacks customs chiefs after meth blunder

Embattled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked all customs bosses after their agency failed to intercept more than a tonne of drugs. Duterte said Customs...

Duterte talks tough on Isis

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Source: Wikimedia The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has promised to ignore human rights if so-called Islamic State fighters flee from West Asia...

Asean called to tackle Abu Sayyaf

The Black Standard of ISIL, which was adopted by Abu Sayyaf. Source: Wikipedia Asean must work together to break the kidnapping threat of the Abu...

Rohingya ‘whitewash’ report slammed 

Human rights groups have condemned an internal investigation by Myanmar’s military into alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, branding it a "whitewash" and demanding that...

Malaysia cracks down on Isis suspects

Malaysia’s security services have been on standby since the Asean conferences at the end of last year. Source: Wikimedia Malaysia’s police have detained 15...

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Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

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...

Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...

Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters pair  

Myanmar's military-controlled Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by the two Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years under the colonial-era Official Secrets...