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  • UN condemns rights abuses in Myanmar

    A key United Nations committee endorsed a resolution on Friday expressing "grave concern" and "strongly condemning" all violations and abuses of human rights against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

  • No place for 'empire and aggression' in Indo-Pacific

    US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday told leaders of Southeast Asian nations that there was no place for "empire and aggression" in the Indo-Pacific region, a comment that could be interpreted as a reference to China's rise.

  • Kimberley Ho

    28-year-old Malaysian listed on Forbes 30 under 30

    A 28-year-old Malaysian entrepreneur has been listed under the Forbes 30 under 30 for her achievements in developing a non-toxic skincare line for children.

  • Myanmar Refugees Repatriation

    Rohingya return starts tomorrow

    Bangladesh and Myanmar are set to begin the long-awaited repatriation of Rohingyas tomorrow. In the first batch, 2,260 refugees are expected to go home.

  • Asean warns of 'domino effect' of protectionism

    Asian leaders yesterday gathered for a summit amid warnings that the post-World War Two international order is in jeopardy and trade tensions between Washington and Beijing could trigger a "domino effect" of protectionist measures by other countries.

  • Indonesia calls off search for victims

    Indonesia yesterday called off the search for passengers of a Lion Air plane, almost two weeks after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea killing 189 people on board.

  • Imelda Marcos gets lengthy prison term

    Imelda Marcos was found guilty of corruption yesterday and handed a lengthy prison term in a rare conviction for the former Philippines first lady accused with her late dictator husband of embezzling billions of dollars from state coffers.

  • Lanka crisis takes new turn

    Sri Lanka's main Tamil parties have turned down a call from President Maithripala Sirisena to support his newly appointed prime minister in a likely floor test in parliament this month, the parties said yesterday.

  • Jet had damaged airspeed indicator

    Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said yesterday an airspeed indicator of a Boeing Co. 737 MAX plane that crashed last week killing all 189 people on board was damaged for its last four flights.

  • Myanmar by-election results 'a lesson' for Suu Kyi's party

    Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said yesterday, conceding that Myanmar's ruling party needed to do more for voters from ethnic minorities.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    'Accountability crucial for voluntary return of Rohingyas'

    Bangladesh says accountability would serve as an important confidence building measure for the Rohingyas' to return voluntarily without which the repatriation would not be sustainable.

  • Myanmar by-election rare local test for Aung San Suu Kyi

    Myanmar voters cast their ballots in a small but key by-election, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party more than halfway through her time in office.

  • Indonesia finds faults in two 737-MAX jets

    Indonesia's transport ministry yesterday said it had found "minor" faults in two other Boeing 737-MAX 8 jets, including a cockpit indicator display problem which an analyst said may be

  • BLASPHEMY ROW: Don't test our patience

    Pakistan's powerful military warned yesterday that its patience had been thoroughly tested after being threatened by Islamist hardliners enraged at the acquittal of a Christian woman for blasphemy, as thousands joined mass protests.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    US for voluntary return of Rohingyas

    The United States has laid emphasis on voluntary return of Rohingyas as Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees in mid-November.

  • 'I should be dead now'

    Leaning back in his chair and admitting he is feeling every one of his 93 years, the world's oldest leader Mahathir Mohamad says his second stint as Malaysian premier is taking its toll as he grapples with everything from fending off China to paying down a mammoth national debt.

  • Divers close in on location of black box

    Indonesian investigators said they were homing in on the black box from a crashed jetliner after locating its "pings" yesterday, two days after the jet crashed shortly after take-off with 189 people on board.

  • Blasphemy Case: Pakistan SC acquits Christian woman

    Pakistan's Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy, in a landmark case which incites deadly violence and reaches as far as the Vatican.

  • Gloves off

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party has been turning up the heat on some controversial and potentially highly divisive religious issues in recent days, with crucial state elections only weeks away and a general election due by next May.

  • Traffic saved man from doomed flight

    An Indonesian man has described how Jakarta's notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life yesterday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into the sea minutes after taking off.

  • 'India helped in restoration of democracy in Maldives'

    India played a "positive" role in restoration of democracy in Maldives by "exerting pressure" on the ruling regime, and the new government in the island nation would be "sensitive" towards New Delhi's "concerns", former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said yesterday.

  • President Abdul Hamid

    An acid test for global community

    President Abdul Hamid yesterday called for mounting pressure on Myanmar from across the world to take back the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

  • Malaysia ex-PM, allies charged in new cases

    Malaysia's toppled leader, an ex-finance ministry official and a former spy chief were yesterday charged with misusing public funds, the latest corruption cases against figures from the scandal-plagued old regime.

  • Tagore Award

    Chhayanaut named for Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony

    Bangladesh’s leading cultural outfit Chhayanaut is named as one of the three winners of Indian government’s prestigious Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony.

  • I can quit if you want: Mahathir

    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, seeing a group of disruptive taxi drivers walk out over their dissatisfaction with the Grab e-hailing service, says it would be “no problem for him if he were to resign today as Prime Minister”.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    8000 Rohingyas to return to Myanmar soon, FM tells ASEM Summit

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali expresses hope that the first batch of eight thousand Rohingya people would be able to return to their original villages in Rakhine State of Myanmar soon.

  • Thai drivers ignoring 11million traffic tickets

    With drivers in Thailand currently ignoring more than 11 million traffic tickets, police are hastening efforts to link their online database with the Land Transport Department’s vehicle registration system.

  • Rakhine State

    Fire kills six at Rohingya camp in Myanmar

    Six Rohingyas were killed early yesterday after a blaze tore through an overcrowded camp for the persecuted minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the local fire service said.

  • Malaysian ex-deputy PM hit with charges

    Malaysia's opposition leader was yesterday hit with 45 charges in a $26 million corruption case, a new blow to his beleaguered party which lost power in landmark elections this year.

  • Indonesia copters drop disinfectant on Palu

    Indonesian authorities yesterday used helicopters to drop disinfectant on parts of the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged city of Palu,