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  • 85pc say 'yes' to self-rule

    A predominantly Muslim area of the southern Philippines has returned a resounding "Yes" in this week's referendum on greater autonomy, boosting hopes for peace in one of Asia's most conflict-torn regions.

  • Malaysia scraps multi-billion dollar China-backed project

    A multi-billion dollar China-backed rail project in Malaysia has been scrapped, government officials said yesterday, adding that the cost of building it was too high.

  • 'We just ran'

    As bullets smashed into the walls, the residents of Alecheung village jolted from their sleep and fled leaving everything behind -- civilian victims of a crackdown by Myanmar's army on ethnic Rakhine militants in an area already concussed by violence.

  • Aid curbs in Myanmar's Rakhine impact 'at least 50,000 people'

    New government curbs on aid activities in Myanmar's western Rakhine State "are affecting at least 50,000 people", the United Nations has said in an internal note, highlighting the growing impact of recent fighting on the civilian population.

  • 'Destroy' opponents if govt comes under threat

    Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen yesterday called on his country's military to "destroy" opponents if the government comes under threat, in a tirade in which he described himself as the "the one who steers the wheel" of the army.

  • Malaysia picks new king after abdication

    Members of Malaysia's royal families yesterday elected Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the new king, following the unexpected abdication of the previous monarch.

  • UN envoy unable to visit conflict areas

    Myanmar did not allow the UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, to visit conflict areas in northern Rakhine State on Tuesday, citing safety concerns, reported Myanmar Times yesterday.

  • UN envoy not allowed to visit Rakhine conflict zones

    Myanmar did not allow Christine Schraner Burgener, UN special envoy for Myanmar, to visit the conflict zones in northern Rakhine State citing safety concerns, according to report.

  • Philippines holds referendum

    Minority Muslims in the Philippines casted votes yesterday in a long-awaited referendum on autonomy, the culmination of a peace process to end decades of separatist conflict in a region plagued by poverty, banditry and Islamist militancy.

  • India govt asks Facebook, Google to remove fake info on food

    The Indian government instructed Facebook and Google to take down "false and malicious" contents that spread misinformation about the food quality and safety in the country, reports The Times of India.