Panglong talks set for May 24

Myanmar will hold peace talks on May 24 aimed at ending decades-long ethnic wars that have intensified since State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi...

Junta signs $1bn China subs deal

  Chinese submarines are seen as more threatening elsewhere in Asean, where they reinforce Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea. Source: Wikimedia Thailand’s military junta...

Myanmar’s Rohingya talks fail to find deal

Myanmar held repatriation talks with Rohingya representatives in a Bangladesh refugee camp, amid speculation that it is only an attempt to ease international pressure...

Obama to be first US president to visit Laos

President Barack Obama will be the first US head of state to visit Laos when he attends an Asean summit in the landlocked country...

Gay crackdown boosts HIV: HRW

A crackdown against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups in Indonesia is leading to a rise in HIV infections and causing a public...

Pope called to say ‘Rohingya’

As Pope Francis (pictured) begins an official visit to Myanmar tomorrow (Monday), he is facing scrutiny as to whether he will use the word...

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...

Chinese-Thai military exercise unveiled

China and Thailand will conduct their first joint military air exercise with 180 Chinese officers and top pilots starting on November 12 at a...

Indonesia denies Papua chemical weapons attack

Indonesia has denied allegations in Australia’s Saturday Paper that illegal chemical weapons were used in a military operation in remote Nduga regency in Papua...

US hands over Filipino trophies from 1901 massacre 

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has handed (pictured) over three church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies in 1901 after...

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Tesco gets offer for Thai, Malaysian stores

Retail giant Tesco could gain around US$9 billion by selling off its Asean businesses, according to a former supermarket chief. Shares in the supermarket...

Indonesia called to release Papua prisoners

At least 110 political prisoners are being held in Indonesian-controlled Papua after numerous arrests for raising the outlawed Papuan national flag, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).  Police...

Goldman 1MDB fine could be below US$2 billion

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. could pay under US$2 billion to settle US probes over its role in raising money for scandal-plagued Malaysian investment fund...