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...

Hun Sen’s youngest son reveals PM ambitions

Hun Sen, 64, cannot rule Cambodia forever. Source: Flickr Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s youngest son, Hun Many, has revealed his desire to succeed his father,...

Israeli embassy apologises for tablecloth gaff

There’s often someone looking down on you in Singapore. Source: Wikimedia A junior security guard at the Israeli embassy in Singapore sparked a diplomatic incident...

Junta claims 99% support 

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha: military dictator and songwriter. Source: Wikimedia  Thailand’s military junta has conducted a poll that found more than 99 per cent of...

Muslim pact could dominate Malaysian politics

Muslims make up the bulk of multicultural Malaysia's population. Source Wikimedia A Muslim Malaysian political party that split from the opposition bloc has declared its intention to make...

Thai man in court for insulting king’s dog

Thailand is not renowned for its treatment of dogs.  Source: Wikimedia Thailand’s strict laws making it a crime to insult the royal family took a...

Umno chiefs welcome olive branch to opposition

Umno President Najib Razak’s willingness to work with his PAS opponents is being seen as an important move towards national unity. Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid...

Does Thailand need another coup?

The coup was the easy part. Source: Wikimedia Incompetent economic policies and repression of any form of protest appear to be dominating the Thai news...

Thais probe US ambassador for royal defamation

US President Barack Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2012. Source: Wikimedia The US ambassador to Thailand is...

Indonesia quiet ahead of elections

Politics in Depok is being dominated by coalition deals. Source: Wikimedia Indonesians will vote in the country's first simultaneous local elections on Wednesday (December 9)....

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Indonesia mass vaccination begins; younger generation first in line

Indonesia began with its mass vaccination program on Wednesday which focused on the younger working-age population and not the elderly. According to reports, Indonesian President...

Indonesia frees militant leader Abu Bakar Bashir

Indonesia freed from prison the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) after serving two-thirds of his 15-year sentence. Abu Bakar Bashir, 82, was...

Filipino domestic worker found with new virus strain

Hong Kong health officials announced on Tuesday they have detected the new variant of the coronavirus disease in a passenger returning from Manila, sparking...