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  • Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

    Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said yesterday, as farmers scrambled to save crops

  • S'pore editor faces defamation charges

    The editor of a Singaporean website was yesterday charged with defamation for publishing a letter alleging corruption among the city-state's leaders, with rights groups criticising the "heavy-handed" response from authorities.

  • Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor

    Former Malaysian PM Najib faces fresh corruption charges

    Malaysian prosecutors files new graft charges against former prime minister Najib Razak and the former chief executive of scandal-linked state fund 1MDB, in the latest cases over alleged theft of billions of dollars from the fund.

  • 'Abuse' of foreign workers: Top Glove stock down almost 6%

    Shares of Top Glove Corp Bhd takes a beating in early trade following news that it was accused of forced labour.

  • It's okay to make u-turns on promises

    It is okay for leaders to backtrack from their initial promises because even angels make mistakes some times, says Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad amidst criticisms over several “u-turns” in government policies lately.

  • Indonesia military finds 16 bodies

    Indonesian security forces yesterday stepped up the grim search for victims of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, having retrieved 16 corpses so far, the military said.

  • 'We'll fight them in court'

    Threatened with prison and closure of the news site she co-founded, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa says there is one clear response to the government onslaught she faces: fight back.

  • Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

    Thai ban on foreign polls observer an unusual step

    Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai made news in early November when he announced that he saw no need for foreign observers to monitor the country’s general elections which are expected to take place between February and May of 2019.

  • First police conviction in Philippine

    A Philippine court yesterday sentenced three police officers to up to 40 years in jail for the murder of a 17-year-old high school student, the first to be convicted in President Rodrigo Duterte's drugs war.

  • Alarm after Duterte 'death squad' plan

    Rights groups yesterday raised fears after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans to create a "death squad" targeting suspected communist rebels, saying it would worsen the "calamity" triggered by his deadly drug war.

  • Jet was 'not airworthy'

    A Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea off Indonesia last month was not in an airworthy condition on its second-to-last flight, when pilots experienced similar problems to those on its doomed last journey, investigators said yesterday.

  • Durian

    Malaysia bets on durian as China goes bananas for world's smelliest fruit

    The stinky, spiky durian is set to become Malaysia's next major export as the Southeast Asian nation rushes to develop thousands of acres to cash in on unprecedented demand for the fruit from China.

  • S'pore fires starting gun on sensitive political transition

    Singapore's ruling party yesterday set in motion a carefully orchestrated political succession that will see the founding family hand over the premiership, a crucial moment in the city-state's short history.

  • 40 killed in suicide attack on Kabul religious gathering

    At least 43 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack on a meeting of top clerics in Kabul, officials say, in one of the deadliest attacks to strike Afghanistan this year.

  • '$240b Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025'

    Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.