September 4, 2022
September 4, 2022

Myanmar junta chief to visit Russia

The leader of Myanmar’s military junta will travel to Russia next week for economic talks, state media in the Southeast Asian nation reported yesterday.

September 3, 2022
September 3, 2022

Gotabaya ‘to return home’

Bankrupt Sri Lanka’s deposed former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to end his self-imposed exile in Thailand and return home early today, a top defence official told AFP yesterday.

September 3, 2022
September 3, 2022

Suu Kyi gets jail with hard labour

A Myanmar junta court yesterday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in jail “with hard labour”, for electoral fraud in the 2020 polls that her party won in a landslide, a source said.

August 31, 2022
August 31, 2022

‘Pakistan is awash in suffering’

The United Nations yesterday appealed for $160 million to help Pakistan as army helicopters rescued stranded families and dropped food packages into inaccessible areas following “epochal” rains and flooding.z

August 30, 2022
August 30, 2022

Tens of millions battle Pakistan floods

Tens of millions of people across swathes of Pakistan were battling the worst monsoon floods in a decade yesterday, with countless homes washed away, vital farmland destroyed, and the country’s main river threatening to burst its banks.

August 29, 2022
August 29, 2022

Pakistan providing airspace for US drones: Kabul

Afghan defence minister Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid yesterday accused Pakistan of providing airspace for US drones to enter his country, characterising the incursions as a continuation of Washington’s “invasion”. Mujahid’s comments came less than a month after US President Joe Biden announced the killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Kabul.

August 28, 2022
August 28, 2022

Japan pledges $30b in African aid

Japan pledged $30 billion in aid for development in Africa yesterday, saying it wants to work more closely with the continent, with the rules-based international order under threat after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

August 27, 2022
August 27, 2022

Children ‘going to bed hungry’

The UN yesterday said that children in Sri Lanka are “going to bed hungry” because of the island nation’s economic crisis, warning other South Asian countries could be approaching similar situations.

August 24, 2022
August 24, 2022

Ex-PM loses final appeal, sent to jail

Malaysia’s top court ordered former prime minister Najib Razak to begin a 12-year prison sentence yesterday after upholding a guilty conviction on charges related to a multi-billion dollar graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022

Malaysia's ex-PM Najib fails to overturn conviction, to serve 12 years in jail

Malaysia's former premier Najib Razak on Tuesday (Aug 23) failed in his final appeal against a graft conviction, which is set to see him serve 12 years in jail for misappropriating millions of funds from a company linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).