Rohingya ethnic cleansing ongoing: UN

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh cannot be safely returned to Myanmar because ethnic cleansing is continuing, a UN rights chief has warned. Assistant secretary general for...

US carrier to arrive in Vietnam 

A US aircraft carrier is due to dock in Vietnam today (Monday) for the first time since the Vietnam War in a sign of...

Three bombs rock Sittwe

Three pre-dawn bombs exploded in Rakhine State’s troubled capital Sittwe, including one in the compound of the state government secretary's home, although no deaths...

Maoists face terror label

The Philippine judiciary has moved to formally label the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist...

China ‘demands’ return of Uyghurs 

China has reportedly asked Malaysia to send back 11 Uyghur Muslims detained after they escaped from detention in Thailand last year, amid calls from...

Indonesia set to ban gay sex 

Under pressure from religious conservatives, Indonesia is moving toward outlawing gay sex and possibly premarital relations, further undermining traditions of tolerance in the Muslim-majority...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

Myanmar ‘buying’ N Korean arms

Myanmar is facing criticism over reports it has been receiving ballistic missile technology and weapons from North Korea. A spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Foreign...

Suu Kyi’s house firebombed

A petrol bomb has been thrown at the famous lakeside home of Myanmar’s State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi. Rumours apparently spread in the multicultural...

Philippines deploys Japanese plane

The Philippine military says it has deployed a Japanese patrol plane to a disputed Chinese-controlled shoal in the South China Sea or West Philippine...

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Duterte defies China over threats

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said China’s claim to airspace above its occupied South China Sea islands was wrong and could become a “flashpoint” for...

Jakarta drops 25cm per year: study

Jakarta has 10 million residents and the Indonesian capital is the fastest-sinking city in the world with parts expected to be underwater by 2050,...

US U-turns on seized bells

The Philippines has welcomed the announcement by the US Department of Defence to return the colonial-era Balangiga bells, seized after a 1901 massacre by...