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  • Suu Kyi, her army commanders must be held accountable: Nobel laureates

    Seven Nobel Peace laureates have asked Aung San Suu Kyi to publicly acknowledge crimes including genocide committed against Rohingya people in Myanmar.

  • Rohingya call for Myanmar's Suu Kyi to acknowledge atrocities

    From squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, Rohingya who fled a brutal Myanmar military crackdown are calling on Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge the mass atrocities as she defends her country against genocide charges at the UN's top court.

  • Genocide still going on: Gambia to UN court

    Payam Akhavan, a lawyer for The Gambia, tells the International Court of Justice that the Rohingya genocide is still going on in Myanmar.

  • Canada, Netherlands to assist Gambia against Myanmar

    Canada and the Netherlands express their intention to jointly assist Gambia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the alleged acts of genocide committed against Rohingyas by Myanmar.

  • Rights groups launch Myanmar boycott ahead of Hague genocide hearings

    Human rights campaigners supporting Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority call for a global boycott of the country, a day before genocide hearings begin at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

  • Singapore invokes 'fake news' law for first time

    Singapore political figure Brad Bowyer corrects a Facebook post questioning the independence of state investment firms following a government request, in the first use of the country's new "fake news" law.

  • Attendance will be factor in cabinet reshuffle: Dr Mahathir

    Malaysian MPs who do not attend enough Dewan Rakyat sittings will get a talking to by the country's Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself.

  • Pakistan's ailing ex-PM Sharif flown by air ambulance to London

    Pakistan's ailing ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif left by air ambulance for London, where he is due to receive medical treatment after battling the government for permission to travel, his doctor and close aides say.

  • South Korea President Moon Jae-In

    Moon writes about ASEAN before ‘Commemorative Summit’

    South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in writes about Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Korea following a three-day long “2019 ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit” which will be held in Busan of Korea next week.

  • 'Attacker' killed in 'suicide' bombing in Indonesia's regional police HQ

    A suspected suicide bombing outside police headquarters in Indonesia's city of Medan in North Sumatra killed the perpetrator and wounded some officers on Wednesday, police say.

  • Hundreds of Indian Sikhs to make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan

    Hundreds of Indian Sikhs are set to make a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, travelling visa-free to one of their religion's holiest sites under a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.

  • Toll in Philippine quakes climbs to 21

    The death toll in two powerful quakes that struck the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 21, authorities say, as survivors struggled to access food and water.

  • Fire sweeps Pakistani train, killing 73, after cooking fire

    A fire swept through a Pakistani train, killing 73 people and injuring nearly 40 after a gas canister that passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, the minister of railways says.

  • Rohingya relocation to Dhaka's Bhashan Char

    US wants postponement of Rohingya relocation to Bhashan Char

    Appreciating the country for opening its borders to huge Rohingya refugees, the United States has urged Bangladesh to "postpone" its Rohingya relocation plan to Bhashan char until independent experts can determine it a suitable location, though Bangladesh is looking for a voluntary nature of relocation.

  • ‘We speak our minds’

    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said he would not retract his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in the disputed region of Kashmir even though Indian traders have urged a boycott of Malaysian palm oil.

  • Lam backs police’s use of force in HK

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam took to the airwaves yesterday to back the use of force by police ahead of a major anti-government march planned this weekend in the Chinese-ruled city, which has been battered by months of violent protests.

  • HK assembly in chaos

    Hong Kong’s parliament descended into chaos yesterday, with lawmakers dragged out by security guards for heckling leader Carrie Lam as they demanded an inquiry into a brutal attack on a prominent human rights activist ahead of a major rally.

  • Philippines’ leader Duterte hurt in motorycle crash

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hurt his hip and suffered scratches in a motorcycle accident, senior aides of the 74-year-old leader said yesterday.

  • Thai king postpones royal barge procession

    Thailand’s newly crowned king has postponed next week’s final event marking his historic coronation -- a royal barge procession down Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river -- by almost two months

  • Five people killed in Philippine quake

    Five people were killed and dozens were injured after a powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippines, authorities said yesterday. The 6.4-magnitude quake struck the Mindanao region on Wednesday night

  • HK leader abandons key speech amid heckles

    Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech yesterday after she was shouted down by opposition lawmakers on a day that also saw a prominent protest leader left bloodied by hammer-wielding thugs.

  • Philippine drug war chief quits

    The Philippines’ top policeman, who leads the nation’s deadly drugs crackdown, yesterday quit as he faces allegations of protecting officers accused of selling a huge haul of seized narcotics.

  • In a first, Singapore to ban ads for very sugary drinks

    Singapore will become the first country in the world to ban ads for the most unhealthy sugary drinks in its latest move to combat rising diabetes rates

  • HK faces more protests

    Hong Kong police fired tear gas as a few hundred protesters gather outside Prince Edward metro station in the Mongkok district, a focal point for demonstrations, a Reuters witness said yesterday.

  • Malaysia seeking $100m in fines in 1MDB probe

    Malaysian authorities have imposed fines of around $100 million on 80 entities, intensifying their pursuit of people allegedly linked to

  • Very hygienic

    President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman yesterday defended the Philippine leader as “very hygienic” and nice-smelling after he was mocked on social media for looking dishevelled in a meeting with the Russian prime minister.

  • HK cops get more powers

    Hong Kong has loosened guidelines on the use of force by police as it struggles to stamp out anti-government protests that have rocked the Asian financial hub for nearly four months, according to documents seen by Reuters yesterday.

  • Concerns grow as Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law takes effect

    Singapore’s new law to combat “fake news” came into effect yesterday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a “chilling” attempt to stifle dissent. The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings

  • Imran Khan phones Sheikh Hasina

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan phones Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina and exchanges pleasantries and inquired about the recent treatment of her eye in London.

  • Bangkok enshrouded in toxic air

    An unhealthy level of air pollution covers 14 areas of Greater Bangkok, according to the country's Pollution Control Department due to particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5).