Mahathir moves to ease rift

Malaysia’s new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, and his jailed ally Anwar Ibrahim (pictured) tried to ease disagreements within the ruling coalition yesterday (Sunday) between...

Myanmar to scrap expat blacklist

Nay Min Tar, a Burmese student activist in exile. Source: Flickr Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it will allow exiled citizens on...

Human Rights questions Cambodia over harassment of activists

THE United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) has hit out at Cambodia for the harassment of some 100 activists and detention of more...

Ailing king suffers ‘severe infection’

Heir to the throne, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Source: Wikimedia Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been treated for a "severe infection", his palace announced, the...

Cambodia opposition leaders vow November return 

Cambodia’s opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, has said he plans to return to the increasingly oppressive state on November 9 along with fellow government critics. National...

Thai junta snatch rare dissenter in crowded street

The military will probably be involved in politics for years to come. Source: Wikimedia A student activist was apprehended from a Bangkok street, thrown into...

Muhyiddin Yassin sworn in as 8th PM

One week of political turmoil starting with former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation on February 24 has finally culminated in a decision from...

Widodo approves death penalty for paedophiles

Joko Widodo: Source: Kremlin Media   Indonesian President Joko Widodo has approved tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including the death penalty and chemical castration,...

Singapore crowns president without vote 

Singapore is set to have its first female president this week, with only one candidate qualifying for an election limited to the Malay ethnic...

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...

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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...