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  • 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).

  • Banani Fire victim

    World News Day: How newsrooms made an impact in society

    Editors and journalists in newsrooms around the world have come together to showcase some of the work they do and the effort that goes into producing stories that make a difference to the lives of people in their communities.

  • Eat the straw after finishing your drink

    It’s time to ditch the plastic straws for go-green tubes for the sake of mother nature.

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing the 74th UNGA in New York

    PM places 4 proposals before UNGA, dubs Rohingya crisis a regional threat

    With a pleading that Myanmar must manifest a clear political will for sustainable return and reintegration of Rohingyas to their homeland, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has placed a four-point proposal before the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to resolve the protracted Rohingya crisis.

  • Indonesia quake toll rises to 23

    The death toll from a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands has risen to 23, the disaster agency said yesterday, as more than 15,000 people were evacuated to shelters. More than 100 people were also injured. Hundreds of houses, offices,

  • Malaysian cops arrest 15 over links to IS

    Malaysia has arrested 15 people, mostly foreigners from neighbouring Indonesia, on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State militant group, police said yesterday. Malaysia has been on high alert since January 2016, when gunmen allied with Islamic State carried

  • 10m kids at risk: UN

    Air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk, the United Nations warned yesterday, as scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.

  • Philippines orders shutdown of 11 illegal lending apps

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines has issued a cease and desist order against 11 more illegal mobile lending applications, heeding complaints of unreasonable and abusive lending and collection practices.

  • HK mops up after violence

    Hong Kong cleaned up and train services in the city resumed yesterday, after another weekend of sometimes violent protests that saw pro-democracy activists vandalise a railway station and a shopping mall.