Firebrand Burmese monk on run for insulting Suu Kyi

A member of Myanmar’s government has told a court that the extremist Buddhist monk, Wirathu, “incited hatred” against State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi....

Jakarta approves tough ‘terror’ law

The Indonesian parliament has unanimously approved a contentious"anti-terror" law that grants the military direct involvement in so-called counter-terror operations and security decisions. After several suicide...

Indonesia to beef up security for Christmas holidays

The Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. More than 80 per cent of Indonesians are Muslims, but the government official recognises five other religions. Photo: Michael J. Lowe/Wikimedia...

Suu Kyi defends Myanmar’s generals in genocide case

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has denied that the military acted with “genocidal intent” against the Rohingya in late 2017 in her...

Thailand fails to address rights abuse: HRW

Thailand’s government is failing to restore human rights after five years of military dictatorship, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha...

Abu Sayyaf attacks top resort

The killing of a Muslim militant leader on a resort island in the central Philippines this week was heralded as a triumph for the...

Papua rocked by killings, mass arrests 

Indonesia has released most of the 44 students and activists arrested last week at a Papuan university amid claims of large numbers of deaths...

Indonesia steps up boat sinkings 

On Sunday Indonesia sunk another 17 foreign vessels alleged to have been fishing in its waters as part of the archipelago’s war on illegal...

China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...

Vietnam woos old foes to offset China

It might appear curious in the west that Vietnam is courting old foes in Paris and Washington. The Communist-controlled, one-party state has little in...

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Flag carrier Thai Airways International Pte. Ltd. was confident that it will secure the nod of the bankruptcy court for its request to restructure...

Vietnam back on high alert as new virus case confirmed

Vietnam was back on a high alert status over the coronavirus disease, three months after reporting zero local transmission. This came after a 57-year-old man...

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