Southeast Asia | The Daily Star
  • India-Bangladesh Urs spl train in operation since 1902

    On the morning of 17 February, carrying 2255 pilgrims, the Indo-Bangladesh Urs Special Train arrives at Midnapore railway station in West Bengal from Rajbari in Bangladesh.

  • 'Afghan peace talks will be affected'

    Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan yesterday said that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban militants would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a deadly bombing in the Kashmir region.

  • Myanmar picks panel to reform army-scripted constitution

    Myanmar set up a committee to discuss reforming the country's military-drafted constitution yesterday, pitting Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government openly against the powerful armed forces for the first time over the incendiary issue.

  • Thai govt starts planning for smog season

    The government in Thailand has begun planning ahead for the next “smog season” in Bangkok, preparing a graduated system of emergency responses and possibly a major upgrade for the transport sector.

  • 'Be silent or you're next'

    Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was freed on bail yesterday following an arrest that sparked international censure and allegations she is being targeted over her news site's criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte.

  • Thai court to hear case against party

    Thailand's constitutional court yesterday said it would hear a case to dissolve the party which proposed a princess for prime minister, an ill-fated candidacy which threatens to sink the election strategy of the powerful Shinawatra clan.

  • Saint Martin's Island

    False Claim over St Martin's: Again, envoy of Myanmar summoned

    Amid escalating diplomatic tension between Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw, Bangladesh Foreign Ministry again summoned the Myanmar envoy here and lodged a strong protest as Myanmar continues to claim Saint Martin's island as its territory.

  • 2 Bangladeshi shot dead

    Two Bangladeshis killed in Malaysia

    Malaysian police have shot dead two Bangladeshis, suspected members of a kidnapping ring responsible for capturing at least 13 Bangladeshi migrants there, while rescuing a victim during a raid outside Kuala Lumpur.

  • Ride-hailing app drivers caught faking orders in Jakarta

    The Jakarta Police arrest four suspects for allegedly placing fake orders on ride-hailing app GoJek over the course of two months.

  • Row over divisive statue: Myanmar to drop charges against protesters

    Myanmar will drop charges against dozens of ethnic minority protesters who demonstrated against a statue of independence hero General Aung San and will hold talks with them, state media says.

  • 'I'm sorry'

    A Thai princess has apologised after her short-lived candidacy for prime minister earned a royal rebuke from her brother -- the king -- and sent jitters across the politically febrile country just weeks before elections.

  • Thai Princess

    Thai princess apologises for causing problem before polls

    The Thai king's sister, disqualified this week by the country's Election Commission from running for prime minister, apologizes for causing "problems" for the Thai people ahead of next month's election, the country’s first since a 2014 coup.

  • Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya

    Thai EC disqualifies princess as PM candidate

    Thailand's Election Commission disqualifies the sister of the king from running for prime minister, ending a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party after King Maha Vajiralongkorn called the bid "inappropriate".

  • Eating breakfast to lose weight may not work

    “The most important meal of the day” may not be helping people control their weight. There is no good evidence to support the idea that eating breakfast promotes weight loss or that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain.

  • Princess' bid for PM scuttled

    Thai Princess Ubolratana's unprecedented attempt to become the country's next prime minister was abruptly nixed yesterday after her party agreed to comply with a command from the king opposing the plan.

  • Ubolratana Rajaka

    Thai party to comply with royal order against princess' PM candidacy

    The Thai Raksa Chart party says it will obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of Princess Ubolratana for prime minister, in a dramatic reversal only a day after putting her forward for the position.

  • Delhi renews Teesta water pledge

    India would work for early signing of the long-pending Teesta water sharing agreement, the country's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday assured visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.


    Shortly after the Thai Raksa Chart party announced Ubolratana's candidacy for premier, junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha said he would also stand for the post -- for a political grouping aligned

  • Fighting could spread beyond N Rakhine: Arakan Army

    In a video message, the Arakan Army (AA)’s deputy chief, Brigadier-General Nyo Tun Aung, tells ordinary Arakanese that if the current fighting in northern Rakhine State continues to worsen, it could spread to other places in the state.

  • World must not turn away from Rohingyas: Angelina Jolie

    UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has said the world must not turn away from the nearly 1 million Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

  • Malaysia deputy PM urged to quit

    Malaysia's deputy foreign minister was urged to quit yesterday following allegations he lied about having a degree from Cambridge University, with an opposition lawmaker accusing him of "deceiving the people".

  • Malaysia ranks 1st in world's best healthcare

    With a score of 95 points out of 100, Malaysia has been ranked first as the world's best in healthcare with its world-class healthcare services and sophisticated infrastructure.

  • Rohingya refugee children

    MPs propose for all-party JS body to deal with Rohingya crisis

    Four senior MPs of the ruling alliance propose for forming of an all-party parliamentary committee to work out a solution to the Rohingya crisis and repatriate them to their country.

  • Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen

    Bangladesh-Myanmar border almost sealed off: Foreign Minister

    Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen says Bangladesh-Myanmar border has almost been sealed off to stop further influx from Myanmar amid violence there.

  • Cambodia govt launches Khmer Rouge map app

    The department of Media and Communication (DMC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh has launched a mobile app and website – Mapping Memories Cambodia (MMC) – to help the public, especially young people, learn about the important locations associated with the Khmer Rouge regime.

  • Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    Mahathir unfazed by Najib's popularity on social media

    Dr Mahathir Mohamad is unperturbed by the sudden popularity of his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on social media.

  • Abusing Workers: Malaysian firm to face 42 charges

    A Malaysian company that reportedly abused Bangladeshi and Nepali workers would face 42 charges, said the country's Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran yesterday.

  • Reuters reporters launch last appeal

    Lawyers for two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years in Myanmar on charges linked to their reporting of the Rohingya crisis lodged an appeal yesterday with the Supreme Court -- a last chance of a reprieve through the legal system.

  • Sultan Abdullah sworn in as Malaysia new king

    Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reads out the instrument of proclamation, officially signifying Sultan Abdullah's ascension to the throne as the new head of state of Malaysia, in accordance with the laws and the Federal Constitution.

  • Bangkok air pollution

    Schools shut as toxic smog chokes Bangkok

    Toxic smog forced hundreds of Bangkok schools to close yesterday, as authorities struggle to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread health fears and taken on a political edge just weeks before elections.