Mines accused of funding Maoists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) says he will shut down any mine helping Maoist rebels waging a prolonged insurgency.  Duterte’s administration has held stuttering peace...

Islamism set to dominate summit

The Petronas Towers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. US President Barack Obama said Islamist militancy and the South China Sea disputes would dominate Kuala Lumpur’s summits this weekend. After...

Philippine SEC to probe into P700-M stock theft

The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to probe into the multi-million theft by a stock trader which led to the closure...

Reuters pair jailed for 7 years

Two Reuters correspondents have been jailed in Myanmar after being found guilty of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act while reporting on the murder...

Indonesia agency targets fake news 

Indonesia has launched a cyber security watchdog, the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), to tackle online religious extremism, fake news and internet hoaxes...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...

Myanmar frees Reuters journalists

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for reporting on the Rohingya murders carried out by Burmese soldiers have been freed on a presidential amnesty....

EU and Asean talk human rights

Image: Asean. The EU and Asean have held their first policy dialogue on human rights in Brussels. “The first policy dialogue allowed for open and constructive...

Duterte pledges communist talks

  The New People's Army has been in the field for decades. Source: YouTube Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has promised to resume stalled peace talks with...

Another gay raid in Jakarta 

Indonesian police have arrested 58 people, including eight foreigners, at a Jakarta sauna popular with gay men, pointing to a further erosion of tolerance...

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Pangolin critically endangered , wildlife watchdog warns

Shy, scaly and highly elusive, pangolins exist primarily in Asia and Africa. Today, they are also currently the most heavily trafficked mammal in the...

Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western...

Indonesia counters coronavirus with interest rates cuts

Bank Indonesia (BI) has cut its benchmark interest rate to address the economic impact of the coronavirus.  The Indonesian central bank cut its benchmark interest...