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  • 'Example to the world'

    Human rights groups yesterday expressed alarm at Sri Lanka's leader for praising Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody war on drugs as an "example to the whole world".

  • UNHCR chief's trip postponed

    Myanmar postpones a planned visit by the UN refugee chief to Rakhine state following renewed fighting between security forces and insurgents, a spokesman says.

  • Rakhine sparking security concern

    ‘Aid groups barred in Rakhine sparking security concern’

    The Rakhine State government has banned all humanitarian assistance groups from villages in northern Rakhine State where renewed violence recently has sparked security concerns, reports Myanmar Times.

  • United Nations rights expert Yanghee Lee

    UN human rights expert to visit Cox’s Bazar

    UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee will arrive in Bangladesh on January 19 for a six-day visit to meet the Rohingya community.

  • Maia Deguito

    BB Heist: First conviction, after 3 years

    A court in the Philippines yesterday convicted a former branch manager at Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) of money laundering, in the first conviction over the Bangladesh Bank reserves heist in which $81 million was stolen nearly three years ago.

  • Oddly Enough

    Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives are more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal

  • Govt to define insult to monarchy

    Malaysia must properly define what statements are considered insulting to the royal institution, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.

  • We need to spell out what is insulting to royalty: Dr Mahathir

    Malaysia must properly define what statements are considered insulting to the royal institution, says the country's Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

  • Bhutan to continue print subsidy for pvt newspapers

    Bhutan's Information and Communications Minister Karma Donnen Wangdi says the government will provide ex-country training opportunities for about 292 media professionals during the 12th Plan as part of its media development programme.

  • Myanmar to work more closely with Bangladesh

    Myanmar President Win Myint expresses his interest to work more closely with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to address common challenges of the two countries for the mutual benefit of the people.

  • Australia mulls Saudi teen's asylum request

    Australia said yesterday it will "carefully consider" the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of the UN in Bangkok, after she fended off deportation in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal.

  • China urged to act to stem Myanmar's meth trade

    China should rein in the methamphetamine-producing militias under its influence in eastern Myanmar and stem the flow of precursor chemicals fuelling the multi-billion-dollar drug trade, a report said yesterday.

  • Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun

    'Asylum assessment of Saudi woman in Thailand to take days'

    The asylum claim of a young Saudi woman who resisted deportation from Thailand in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal will take "several days" to assess, the UN's refugee agency in Bangkok says.

  • Public holidays

    Cambodia enjoys most public holidays in the world

    Cambodia enjoys the most number of non - working days with 28 public holidays in a year among the countries of the world, according to date collected by the World Atlas.

  • Draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

    A law requiring internet companies in Vietnam to remove content communist authorities deem to be against the state came into effect yesterday, in a move critics called "a totalitarian model of information control".

  • Storm kills 68 in Philippines

    The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials says.

  • Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    Dr Mahathir named Muslim Man of the Year

    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been named The Muslim Man of the Year according to 10th Anniversary Edition of the Muslim 500.

  • Stay clear of the coast

    Indonesian search and rescue teams yesterday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400.

  • Panic persists; toll hits 429

    A small Christmas service was held near a stretch of Indonesia's tsunami-struck coastline yesterday, as panicked residents in one coastal town tried to flee after rumours spread that another deadly wave was about to smash into the coast.

  • Miracle in the rubble

    This is the moment a five-year-old boy is miraculously pulled alive from the rubble more than 12 hours after a tsunami hit Indonesian islands on Saturday evening.

  • Indonesia 'Volcano Tsunami': 222 dead, 843 more injured

    A volcano-triggered tsunami leaves at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, officials says, voicing fears that the toll would rise further.

  • Myanmar cop found killed in Rakhine state

    The bullet-riddled body of a Myanmar policeman was found in northern Rakhine state, government media said yesterday, as tensions rise in the hotspot where the Rohingya crisis erupted last year.

  • Crowd screams as band swept away

    Partygoers screamed as tsunami waves smashed into a beachside concert in Indonesia, sending band members tumbling off a collapsing stage, dramatic video footage showed yesterday.

  • Myanmar policeman found killed in northern Rakhine state

    The bullet-riddled body of a Myanmar policeman was found in northern Rakhine state, government media says, as tensions rise in the hotspot where the Rohingya crisis erupted last year.

  • Malaysia targets middlemen

    Under pressure to crack down on labor abuses, Malaysia is moving to eliminate middlemen who charge millions of foreign workers exorbitant recruitment fees, leaving them saddled with debt and vulnerable to exploitation.

  • Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

    Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said yesterday, as farmers scrambled to save crops

  • S'pore editor faces defamation charges

    The editor of a Singaporean website was yesterday charged with defamation for publishing a letter alleging corruption among the city-state's leaders, with rights groups criticising the "heavy-handed" response from authorities.

  • Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor

    Former Malaysian PM Najib faces fresh corruption charges

    Malaysian prosecutors files new graft charges against former prime minister Najib Razak and the former chief executive of scandal-linked state fund 1MDB, in the latest cases over alleged theft of billions of dollars from the fund.

  • 'Abuse' of foreign workers: Top Glove stock down almost 6%

    Shares of Top Glove Corp Bhd takes a beating in early trade following news that it was accused of forced labour.

  • It's okay to make u-turns on promises

    It is okay for leaders to backtrack from their initial promises because even angels make mistakes some times, says Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad amidst criticisms over several “u-turns” in government policies lately.