Philippine militants claim Isis alliance

Tulay Mosque in Sulu province. Source: Flickr Four Islamist extremist groups in the southern Philippines have reportedly merged to form a detachment of Islamic State...

HRW calls for 1965-66 massacre reconciliation

Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch. Source: Wikimedia Increasing demands are being made for Indonesia to hold truth and reconciliation hearings to...

What China forgets to remember

Victims of earlier Sino-Vietnamese tensions. Ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam are confined to a dockyard camp in Hong Kong in 1979. Source: Flickr   As Beijing...

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...

Retno hits out at Papua flag protest 

The West Papua flag. Source: Flickr   Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has urged Australia to “immediately investigate and legally process” those displaying the controversial Papuan...

Solomans defends Indonesia police deal

The Solomon Islands claims there is no relation between its support for West Papua (pictured) and its proposed policing co-operation with Indonesia. Vanuatu and the...

Isis claims Singapore: analyst

Members of so-called Islamic State allegedly say they regard Singapore as part of its proposed Asean caliphate or region, which has been interpreted as...

Jakarta snub shakes US relations 

Washington has apologised to the chief of Indonesia's military after he was denied entry to the country at the weekend, despite having an invitation...

Three bombs rock Sittwe

Three pre-dawn bombs exploded in Rakhine State’s troubled capital Sittwe, including one in the compound of the state government secretary's home, although no deaths...

Jews rage at Mahathir nose comment 

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has reignited accusations of anti-Semitism, blaming Jews for conflicts in West Asia and calling them “hook-nosed”. The 93-year-old has been...

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