Brunei defends gay-stoning laws

Brunei is defending its new anti-gay sharia laws, which make sodomy and adultery punishable by death by stoning, claiming there was an international "misconception"....

US vessel sails close to Scarborough Shoal

The US has sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault vessel (pictured) near a strategic reef claimed by the Philippines but occupied by China around...

Malaysia called to probe police over disappearances

The Malaysian human rights commission has called for a probe into the disappearances of a Christian priest and a Muslim Shiite activist after a...

Thailand’s generals poised to retain power

Thailand’s military party appeared to have won enough seats in the general election for General Prayut Chan-ocha to remain prime minister in an electoral...

Rakhine violence batters historic gem Mrauk U

Fighting between Myanmar's military and ethnic Rakhine rebels in Mrauk U, the 15th-century capital of the Arakan kingdom, has left at least eight residents...

UN seeks new Myanmar chief amid Rohingya crisis

Amid grindingly slow progress to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, the United Nations said it was trying to recruit a co-ordinator for Myanmar as...

Indonesia to send ‘600’ soldiers to protect Papua road project

Hundreds of Indonesian troops are due to be deployed to protect workers on the trans-Papua highway after civilian employees fled the project with as...

Vietnam marks 40 years since it defeated China

The 40th anniversary of the short, decisive Sino-Vietnamese War was not marked in China but the Vietnamese media ran features and commentaries of the...

Rohingya refugees arrive on Malaysia shore

A total of 34 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have been found on a beach in Malaysia, the first such incident since April last year. The...

Indonesia promises action in Papua after calls for UN probe

Indonesia has promised action against officers who abused a Papuan suspect with a live snake after a United Nations panel called for a probe...

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China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...

Meth trade extends its web 

Intrepid visitors to Yangon should not miss the military’s bizarre Drug Elimination Museum.  Its gory mannequins depict the dangers of drug abuse and the military’s...

Indonesia poised to cut interest rate

The Bank Indonesia is set to ease monetary policy to counter the global economic slowdown sparked by the US-China trade war, according to Indonesia’s...