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...

Key editor held in Myanmar 

Myanmar’s police have arrested a journalist, accusing him of trying to leave the country ahead of his trial for allegedly defaming firebrand, anti-Muslim Buddhist...

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...

Smugglers given death sentence

Eight Taiwanese drug smugglers have been sentenced to death by an Indonesian court after being arrested with around a tonne of crystal methamphetamine, known...

Khmer Rouge bosses convicted of genocide

An international tribunal in Phnom Penh has convicted two elderly Cambodians of genocide over their role in the Khmer Rouge regime. Nuon Chea, known as...

Myanmar’s democratic deficit 

The hopes that surrounded the November 2015 general election in Myanmar now seem a distant memory as democratic rights are systematically crushed in the...

Indonesian mass murderer dies

Anwar Congo, the former leader of an Indonesian death squad that killed thousands of suspected communists in the Sumatran city of Medan during the...

Philippines: no travel ban yet versus countries with new virus strain

The Philippine government was not keen on imposing a travel ban on other countries despite the more deadly strain of coronavirus, a Cabinet official...

US fails to unify Asean on South China Sea

The South China Sea dispute is concentrating minds in Washington. Source: Flickr US President Barack Obama announced that he and Asean leaders had discussed the...

KL airport security disabled: security chief

Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Source: Wikimedia Around 15 Malaysian immigration officers have been sacked and dozens more have been suspended or redeployed after they appear to...

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