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  • Dr Mahathir goes horse riding

    The haze blanketing much of the Klang Valley did not stop Dr Mahathir Mohamad from taking part in one of his favourite leisure activities -- horse riding.

  • India's crackdown on Kashmir will spur global Muslim extremism: Imran

    India's crackdown on protests and dissent in Kashmir will drive more of the world's Muslims into extremism, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says during a fiery speech in the part of the disputed territory administered by Pakistan.

  • US lawmakers urge Trump to mediate between India-Pakistan

    Key US Senators and Congressmen are now urging President Donald Trump to play a constructive role in helping resolve Kashmir and other underlying disputes between India and Pakistan.

  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi

    Pak FM sees risk of ‘accidental war’ over occupied Kashmir

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warns that the situation in India-held Kashmir risks sparking an “accidental war”, and urges UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet to visit the troubled region.

  • Dengue: More than 1,000 dead in Philippines

    Much is still to be desired from the efforts of local governments to stop the dengue epidemic as the number of cases has risen to nearly 250,000 nationwide with more than 1,000 dead, over a third them children.

  • Myanmar army drops lawsuit against religious leader

    Myanmar’s army says it had dropped a criminal complaint against a religious leader who told US President Donald Trump the military was oppressing Christians, days after the United States voiced concern about the lawsuit.

  • HK tells US to stay out

    Thousands of students yesterday formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong to show solidarity to push for democratic reforms after violent weekend clashes in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

  • Malaysia turning to food crops as palm oil price falls

    Malaysia is looking to diversify into food crops, in the face of fluctuating commodity prices and Western countries' hostility towards palm oil.

  • China backs extradition bill withdrawal: HK leader

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said yesterday that China “understands, respects and supports” her government’s move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures she hoped would help the city “move forward” from months of unrest.

  • India, Pakistan fail to finalise pilgrimage corridor agreement

    India and Pakistan cannot finalise an agreement on a cross-border pilgrimage corridor owing to Islamabad’s insistence on twenty dollars service fee for Indian pilgrims during the third round of talks held in India’s Attari.

  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi

    Pakistan FM phones Momen over Kashmir issue

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has held a phone conversation with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen to discuss the current situation in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK).

  • Pakistan carries out training launch of ballistic missile

    Pakistan's military successfully carried out a training launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, at a time of heightened tension with neighbouring India over the disputed region of Kashmir, a spokesman says.

  • HK can handle crisis itself: Lam

    Violence in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests is becoming more serious but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the embattled leader of the former British colony said yesterday.

  • Hong Kong police arrest 36, youngest aged 12

    Hong Kong police say they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas.

  • Clashes return to HK streets

    Hong Kong riot police yesterday fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles, as a standoff in a working-class district descended into violence.

  • 22 people missing after Indonesia ferry fire

    Nearly two dozen people are missing from the carcass of a ferry that went up in flames off Indonesia’s Java island, a port official said

  • It’s ‘humanitarian pup’

    With interest in the Rohingya refugees fading two years after fleeing their homeland, the World Food Programme has found a new weapon to maintain awareness, one with a wet nose and a wagging tail.

  • Internet cut in Papua over unrest fears

    Indonesia has blocked internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racists posts online will spark more

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    Myanmar troops' sexual violence against Rohingyas 'genocidal intent'

    Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the military's genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations investigators concluded in a report release.

  • Indonesia deploys more troops after Papua unrest

    Indonesia’s Papua was hit by fresh unrest yesterday as more than 1,000 security personnel were sent to the restive region after violent protests that saw buildings torched and street battles between police and demonstrators.

  • Article 370 internal issue of India

    Article 370 is India’s internal issue: Bangladesh

    Bangladesh terms the Indian government’s revoking of Article 370, “an internal issue of India”.

  • Call grows in Malaysia to kick Zakir Naik out

    A controversial Indian Islamic preacher yesterday apologised for making comments about race in multi-ethnic Malaysia which sparked calls for his expulsion, a day after being questioned by police. Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher, left India in 2016 and moved to largely Muslim Malaysia,

  • Duterte to visit Beijing amid China sea row

    President Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino

  • 13 tourists killed in Laos bus accident

    At least 13 Chinese tourists were killed and dozens injured when their bus skidded off the road and plunged 30 metres into a ravine in

  • Lam sees way out of crisis

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam yesterday said she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of efforts to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide “a way out” for the Chinese-ruled city.

  • Malaysia ex-PM Najib’s 1MDB trial postponed

    A Malaysian court yesterday postponed for a week the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB and

  • Schools deserted in Indian Kashmir as parents fear more unrest

    Schools reopen in Indian Kashmir's main city but most classrooms are empty as parents keep their children home, fearing unrest over the government's decision two weeks ago to revoke the region's autonomy.

  • Muslim insurgents meet Thai govt

    The main group fighting an insurgency in Thailand’s largely Muslim south said it had held its first meeting with officials from the new

  • Seven killed in Indonesia ferry accident

    Seven people, including two children, were killed and four others missing after a ferry carrying dozens of passengers caught fire off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early yesterday, police said.

  • Beloved Thai baby dugong dies due to plastic waste

    A sick baby dugong whose fight for recovery won hearts in Thailand and cast a spotlight on ocean conservation has died from an infection exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach, officials said yesterday.