Heroin smuggler freed from Bali

Convicted smuggler Renae Lawrence has flown back to Australia, more than a decade after she was caught at a Bali airport with 2.7kg of...

UN Myanmar chief dismissed 

The United Nations' regional and humanitarian coordinator for Myanmar, Renata Lok-Dessallien, has been moved for allegedly failing to prioritise human rights.  The UN’s Myanmar team...

Malaysia frees journalists as it seeks Australian support over China 

Kuching waterfront, Borneo. Source: Flickr The Australian journalists detained in Malaysia after trying to question Prime Minister Najib Razak have flown to Singapore after the...

Military poised to join drug war

A protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs at the Philippines Consulate General in New York City. Source: Wikimedia   The Philippine defence ministry says...

Militants attack Myanmar police outposts

Buddhist militants in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State have reportedly killed 13 police and injured nine others in attacks on four police posts to coincide...

Obama prepares to arm old foe

Vietnam’s once-seemingly invincible military was starved of investment for many years. Source: Wikimedia US President Barack Obama has announced an end to the US embargo...

Asean takes on Suu Kyi over Rohingya 

Thousands of Rohingya are forced to live in squalid camps. Source: Flickr Malaysia's foreign secretary has confronted Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at emergency...

Cambodia welcomes Westerdam at its port in shrewd realpolitik move

After being rejected by five other countries, Holland America Line vessel the ‘Westerdam’ has finally docked in Cambodia yesterday (Feb 14). The 2,257 passengers and...

EU pledges cash for southern Philippines

The EU wants to stop the violence in the southern Philippines. Source: Wikimedia The European Union will boost aid to the Philippines, primarily to...

UN seeks new Myanmar chief amid Rohingya crisis

Amid grindingly slow progress to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, the United Nations said it was trying to recruit a co-ordinator for Myanmar as...

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Amid surging Covid-19 cases, second gen vaccines raise hopes across the Asia-Pacific

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sounded the alarm at the beginning of this month on the rapidly deteriorating circumstances of refugees and...

Duterte admin lowers Philippine growth projection on last year in office

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