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  • Bangladesh Bank -Rizal Commercial Banking Corp

    RCBC accuses Bangladesh of heist ‘cover-up’

    The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank was channelled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka’s monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the bank a “scapegoat.”

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    Dr Mahathir returns Selangor royal awards

    Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad returns the two awards he received from the Selangor Palace, a move believed to be related to the palace’s outrage over his remark on the Bugis, an ethnic group.

  • UN warns against hasty returns of Rohingya

    The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says that peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation.

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

    PM for boosting connectivity among Asian nations

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on increasing connectivity and cooperation among the Asian nations for the interest of the people of this region.

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

    PM accorded red carpet reception in Cambodia

    Cambodia rolls out a red carpet as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived Phnom Penh on a three-day official visit to Cambodia at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

  • Pope calls refugees 'Rohingya' after emotional meeting in Dhaka

    Pope Francis refers to refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh as "Rohingya", using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on an Asia tour dominated by their plight after meeting some of them in Dhaka.

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    Bangladesh to Malaysia: A new way to student trafficking

    In this second part video of a documentary series, Malaysian journalists go undercover to experience the desperate living conditions of migrant workers mostly from Bangladesh in Malaysia. It shows how an international human trafficking ring uses private colleges in Malaysia to exploit young Bangladeshis.

  • fly public health surveillance

    Flies can help in public health surveillance: Study

    Science could soon unleash a most incongruous army in the war against disease - one composed of filthy flies.

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    Govt for solving Rohingya crisis keeping ties unharmed: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says the government wants to solve the Rohingya crisis keeping the 'good relations' with neighbouring Myanmar unharmed.

  • sexual harassment in Asia

    Violated and shamed: Sexual misconduct in Asia

    As more victims step out to tell of sexual harassment in the United States and Europe, The Straits Times Asian bureaus look at how the region perceives this rarely publicly-discussed issue.

  • Pakistan orders TV channels to go off air

    Pakistani authorities order private television channels to go off air during a police and paramilitary crackdown on Islamist protesters in the capital.

  • Rohingya Children

    ‘Many hurdles there to cross before repatriation’

    Though Bangladesh and Myanmar sign a repatriation arrangement document to start a process in next two months, there are too many hurdles to get over before any repatriation to commence, says an international analyst.

  • Rohingya repatriation

    MoU on Rohingya repatriation likely Thursday

    Bangladesh and Myanmar are expected to sign an 'Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State' in Naypyitaw on Thursday as some vital points are still to agree on.

  • diabetes

    How to keep blood sugar levels normal and stable

    Diabetic patients will be relieved to know that they need not totally remove their favourite foods from their to-eat list. There are a few ways to achieve normal and stable blood sugar ­levels. Dietitian Poh Kai Ling explains how.

  • malaysia rohingya

    Rohingyas send what little they can to fleeing relatives

    Among many shops in the Malaysian capital that Rohingyas use to send money to the two vast refugee camps in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in August prompted over 600,000 members of the ethnic group to flee Myanmar.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    ‘Rohingya repatriation after signing MoU with Bangladesh’

    Widely criticised for her stance over Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi now tells her fellow Southeast Asian leaders that her country will take back Rohingya refugees after it signs an agreement with its neighbour Bangladesh.

  • S'pore housewife held for planning to join IS

    A Singaporean housewife who planned to join the Islamic State (IS) group in the Middle East has been detained without trial under the

  • Duterte laments SE Asia brain drain

    Globalisation has pressed the brightest workers from poor Southeast Asian countries to move overseas in a brain drain that must be

  • Zakir Naik finds refuge in Malaysia

    Zakir Naik, who has been banned in UK, has been given permanent residency in Malaysia, and embraced by top government officials.

  • Passports of ousted Thai PM revoked

    Thailand has revoked the passports of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who has yet to be seen in public since she slipped out of

  • Rohingya problem world’s fastest-growing crisis: EU

    European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides describes the Rohingya crisis as the fastest-growing crisis in the world saying the EU has decisively stepped up its aid to Rohingya communities.

  • Don't treat us as heroes

    Ten weeks in jail has had an effect on Joshua Wong; he is pensive, reflective and thinner. It is an experience that has forced him to

  • fake news jharkhand

    Asia's fight against fake news

    Fake news has made Asians amused, bewildered and in some cases deeply anguished about the turn of events. A growing number of such instances, coupled with the lack of adequate regulation, damaging consequences for legacy media and repercussions on efforts to build informed societies, is stoking debate anew on tackling the issue.

  • Fireworks factory blaze kill 47

    Two explosions and a fire at a fireworks factory on the western outskirts of Indonesia's capital killed 47 people and injured dozens

  • Sea of black in Bangkok

    A solemn but colour-splashed procession streamed through Bangkok's historic heart yesterday as Thailand bade farewell to King

  • Myanmar seizes $4.6m of crystal meth

    Myanmar said yesterday it had seized $4.6 million worth of crystal methamphetamine in the heart of the drug-producing 'Golden

  • Rohingya repatriation depends on term of reference: Home minister

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan says the repatriation of Rohingya people, who took refuge in Bangladesh, would depend on the term of reference (TR) as the Joint Working Group would be constituted by Bangladesh and Myanmar before November 30.

  • Singapore passport

    Singapore passport world’s ‘most powerful’

    With Paraguay removing visa requirements for Singaporeans, the Singapore passport is now the "most powerful" in the world, with a visa-free score of 159.

  • Five-month battle ends in Marawi

    A five-month battle against Islamic State supporters in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,100 lives has ended following a

  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis

    ‘Condition of Rohingya refugees grim’

    Conditions at the Rohingya refugee camp at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border continue to be grim, says the Malaysian team helping out there.