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  • Maria Ressa’s libel trial opens in Philippines

    High-profile Philippine journalist Maria Ressa’s libel trial opened yesterday in a case that she and press freedom advocates see as government retaliation for her news site’s critical reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa, who leads online outlet Rappler and was

  • Remove ‘black hands’ from HK: China to US

    China said yesterday that US officials were behind violent chaos in Hong Kong and warned against interference, following a series of protests in the city, including bloody clashes on the weekend.

  • Internet shut down continues in Rakhine

    A sweeping internet shutdown in Myanmar’s conflict-hit Rakhine state went into its fifth week yesterday as residents called on the government to end an information blackout that rights groups say could provide cover for rights abuses. Mobile phone operators

  • Anger soars over HK mob attack

    Anger soared in Hong Kong yesterday over a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters by suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded, a dramatic escalation of the political turmoil plaguing the Chinese city.

  • 2 killed, 12 missing after China gas plant blast: state media

    A huge explosion rocks a gas plant in central China, killing at least two people and injuring another 18, state media has said.

  • Major cities face ‘unknown’ climate conditions by 2050

    A fifth of the world’s major cities will face “unknown” climate conditions by 2050, researchers warned on Wednesday, as rising temperatures heighten the risks of drought and flooding.

  • Thousands protest in Myanmar over toddler rape case

    Thousands of protesters marched in Yangon as outrage over the rape of a two-year-old spilled onto the streets following a viral online campaign in a case that has left Myanmar society reeling.

  • Malaysia ex-PM’s stepson arrested over 1MDB scam

    The Malaysian producer of the Leonardo DiCaprio-starred film “The Wolf of Wall Street” was arrested yesterday on suspicion of money

  • Top court sides with indigenous people

    Indigenous people in an Indian state must be protected from illegal mining and the pollution it causes, the country’s top court ruled, providing a “historic” victory to tribal groups fighting for better rights over land and natural resources.

  • 4 killed, 21 missing after Pakistan boat capsizes

    At least four people have been killed and 21 still missing after a boat capsized in northwest Pakistan, officials have said, with a rescue operation continuing as hopes for finding survivors fade.

  • Myanmar court drops case against journalist

    A prominent Myanmar journalist accused of defaming a hardline nationalist monk dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden” has had the case

  • Court rejects bid to overturn Widodo’s win

    Indonesia’s constitutional court yesterday rejected a bid to overturn President Joko Widodo’s re-election victory and dismissed his defeated challenger’s claims of widespread voter fraud as groundless.

  • Atrocities ‘shook me to my core’

    Myanmar must grant citizenship to stateless Rohingya with roots in the country, a senior UN investigator said on Wednesday, as she urged the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to “be the democrat she once told us she was”.

  • Malaysia calls for ‘justice’ and citizenship for Rohingyas

    Malaysia says the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar's Rohingya minority must "be brought to justice", in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit.

  • Children among 30 killed in Indonesia

    At least 30 people, including several children, were killed when a fire ripped through a private home that operated as a matchstick factory in Indonesia yesterday, authorities said.

  • Malaysian Trade Union Congress wants labour law reform

    The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) wants labour law reforms allowing freedom of associations by the foreign workers and ensure their rights equal to the local ones.

  • Trade disputes to dominate as ASEAN meets in Bangkok

    Southeast Asian leaders will dissect the impact of the US-China tariff war this weekend at a Bangkok summit, with Beijing determined to drive forward a trade pact sweeping in 40 percent of global commerce -- but excluding America.

  • HK leader sorry

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam yesterday apologised for the political unrest that has shaken Hong Kong, but the pro-Beijing chief executive refused to bow to demands for her resignation.

  • Urbanisation, farms threaten Asia’s forests

    Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday.

  • Water transport

    Water transport: Tripura CM plans to link Gumati with Meghna

    Indian Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is keen to materialise a waterway project that will connect Gumati in the state with Meghna of Bangladesh with the potentiality of changing the state’s transport system, a senior Tripura official says.

  • Foreign workers satisfied with conditions in Singapore: Survey

    Foreign workers in Singapore are generally satisfied with their working conditions, according to a survey commissioned by the country's Ministry of Manpower, and would recommend the country as a place to work to their friends and relatives.

  • Pakistan Airlines passenger mistakenly opens emergency door

    PIA passenger opens emergency exit thinking it’s toilet door

    Over three dozen passengers aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight were offloaded after one of them mistakenly opened the emergency door of the aircraft on the runway at Manchester airport, the carrier says.

  • Woman narrowly cheats death after python attack

    A 52-year-old woman was just going about her household chores in Baling in southeastern Kedah of Malaysia when she was attacked by a six-meter python last Saturday night.

  • Ninh Binh: A place for all seasons in Vietnam

    Ninh Binh is one of the most spectacular places on earth to visit.

  • Strategic support necessary to deal with Rohingya crisis: UNHCR envoy

    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and prominent South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung has laid emphasis on a 'strategic support' plan for the Rohingya people and their host community in Bangladesh amid the absence of a political solution to Rohingya crisis.

  • Imran Khan congratulates Modi

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulates India's Narendra Modi for a triumphant victory that returned him to power in New Delhi after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-armed enemies.

  • Pakistan says wants peace with India, conducts missile test

    Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to return to power in New Delhi after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-armed enemies.

  • Duterte tightens grip on power after polls

    Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte stormed to a landslide victory in midterm polls, final results showed yesterday, dissolving a last check on

  • 6 dead in Jakarta riot over polls result

    Six people died in civil unrest that gripped parts of Jakarta after the election commission confirmed that President Joko Widodo won election, the governor of the Indonesian capital say.

  • Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo to challenge poll result

    Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is to challenge the official election result in the Constitutional Court, campaign team official Sufmi Dasco said on Tuesday.

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