KL police vow to bust protest

A Bersih protest last year. Source: Wikimedia Malaysia’s police have pledged to break up ongoing candlelit vigils demanding the release of Bersih movement’s Maria Chin...

Manila slashes contraceptive budget

Manila Cathedral. The Catholic church wields considerable power in the Philippines. Source: Wikimedia The parliament in Manila has slashed the government’s contraceptives budget, despite legislation...

Lee Kuan Yew children in public feud

The wax figure Lee Kuan Yew and his wife, Kwa Geok Choo, at the Madame Tussauds Singapore on Sentosa. Source: Flickr A family feud between...

Power behind Thailand’s throne dies, aged 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, a former Thai military chief, prime minister and key adviser to the royal family, who has been one of Thailand's key political...

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...

Thailand’s fragrant rice falls behind peers’

Failure to win the World’s Best Rice award for two consecutive years has jolted Thailand—the home of the Hom Mali (jasmine) rice—to overhaul its...

Malaysia gets public holiday for election

Malaysia’s May 9 general election will be a public holiday, after the decision to hold it on a Wednesday sparked allegations that the embattled...

3,000 Thai police raid temple

  The vast Wat Dhammakaya. Source: Max Pixel Thailand’s police have raided a vast temple complex on the outskirts of Bangkok where a divisive Buddhist sect...

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...

EU and HRW slam Cambodia clampdown

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Cambodia should drop all charges against the opposition leader Kem Sokha (pictured) and allow exiled critics to return to...

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Malaysia seeks reopening of border with Singapore anew

The Malaysian government was planning to reopen its shared border with Singapore as it sought to generate more revenues for the economy that was...

Vietnam approves ExxonMobil’s plan to build a $5.09-billion LNG in Hai Phong

Vietnam has given the green light for US-based ExxonMobil to develop a $5.09-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the port city of Hai Phong. A...

Laos-China railway now in advanced stages of construction

Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd. is now in the advanced stages of construction for the 422-kilometer Vientiane-Boten railway. This as drilling of the tunnels across the...