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  • Rakhine State

    Six dead in fire at Rohingya camp in Myanmar

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

  • 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,

  • Mattis seeks resilient US ties with China

    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told his Chinese counterpart yesterday that the world's two largest economies needed to deepen high-level ties so as to navigate tension and rein in the risk of inadvertent conflict.

  • Malaysia's ex-deputy PM detained

    Malaysia's anti-graft agency arrested a former deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, yesterday in connection with an investigation into suspected misappropriation of funds from a charity foundation, the agency said.

  • Maldives leader accepts defeat

    Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen told the nation Wednesday he accepted defeat in last month's elections, even as the strongman ruler lobbies the Supreme Court to call a fresh poll.

  • Blast kills candidate and three more

    A bomb placed under a sofa killed four Afghans including an election candidate yesterday, officials said, as deadly violence escalates ahead of the October 20 parliamentary ballot.

  • Pakistan Zainab murder case

    Pakistan hangs 6-year-old Zainab's killer

    Imran Ali, who was convicted for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur, is hanged to death in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Central Jail.

  • In a blow to Yameen, court rejects his secret witnesses

    The Maldives' top court yesterday rejected three "secret" witnesses offered by President Abdulla Yameen in his petition to have his September election defeat annulled, in what is likely a major blow to his case.

  • Anwar makes political comeback

    Anwar Ibrahim won an overwhelming mandate in a parliamentary by-election yesterday, officials said, setting the stage for his return to frontline Malaysian politics and sealing the once-jailed opposition figure's remarkable resurrection.

  • Malaysia frees Uighurs, defying China request

    Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who escaped from immigration detention in Thailand, their lawyer said yesterday, ignoring

  • World Bank's Human Capital Index

    Human Capital Index: Bangladesh outshines India, Pakistan

    A child born today in Bangladesh would be more productive than his peers in India and Pakistan, as the country fared better than its larger regional competitors in a new World Bank ranking.

  • Malaysia to abolish death penalty

    Malaysia has decided to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said yesterday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.

  • Indonesia extends quake, tsunami search operation

    Indonesia yesterday extended for a day the search for victims of a 7.5 magnitude quake and tsunami on Sulawesi island at the request of relatives of the many still missing, the national disaster mitigation agency said.

  • Myanmar arrests three journalists over report on Suu Kyi protege

    Myanmar police arrest three journalists after their paper criticised the financial management of Yangon's government, which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the latest case to spark concern over press freedom.

  • Rescue workers step up search to beat deadline

    Rescue workers in Indonesia stepped up their search for victims of an earthquake and tsunami yesterday, hoping to find as many bodies as they can before this week's deadline for their work to halt, as the official death toll rose to 2,010.

  • Bangladesh among top internet using country in 2017

    Internet Use in Asia: Bangladesh in top 5

    In a rapidly growing world of internet users, Bangladesh has been ranked fifth largest internet using country in Asia.

  • Missing toll soars to 5,000

    The number of people believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia's Palu city has soared to 5,000, an official said yesterday, an indication that far more may have perished in the twin disaster than the current toll.

  • Fears grow for 'more than 1,000 missing'

    More than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia's devastating quake-tsunami, officials said yesterday, drastically upping the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster.

  • Pakistan tells 18 international NGOs to leave: ActionAid

    Pakistan orders 18 international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the country, the ActionAid charity says, in what would be Islamabad's latest move against foreign-funded groups.

  • Thousands fate still unknown

    Electricity was restored and shops began reopening in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu yesterday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts remained unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck.

  • Wife of Malaysia's ex-PM charged with 17 offences

    The wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged with 17 money laundering offences yesterday, as anti-graft agents investigate billions of dollars missing from state coffers.

  • Insults don't faze me: Mahathir

    Malaysia Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said he does not mind being insulted by anyone.

  • Myanmar torches $1.3m of illegal wildlife parts

    Elephant skins, clouded leopard remains and tiger bones were among a $1.3 million haul of illegal wildlife incinerated yesterday in

  • Hope fades for survivors

    The death toll in Indonesia's twin quake-tsunami disaster passed 1,400 yesterday, with time running out to rescue survivors and the UN warning of "vast" unmet needs that have fuelled looting.

  • Indonesia quake: ‘34 Bible study students killed at church, 52 missing’

    Indonesian rescue workers have discovered the bodies of 34 students killed when a mudslide caused by Friday's quake on Sulawesi island engulfed their church, a local rescue official says.

  • Rohingya refugee atrocities

    Plan to shift Rohingyas to Bhashan Char postponed

    Government has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said yesterday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border.

  • Indonesia earthquake

    How you can help Indonesia earthquake victims

    The 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Central Sulawesi of Indonesia on Friday evening has claimed 832 lives, at the time of writing, and injured many others. The earthquake destroyed infrastructure and homes, leaving survivors without shelter.

  • Malaysia won't support Suu Kyi anymore

    Malaysia will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.

  • Malaysia's Anwar starts election campaign

    Malaysian leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim started campaigning yesterday for a poll set to return him to frontline politics -- but faced a

  • Release Reuters reporters

    Prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney appealed to Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday over a pardon for two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, saying the Nobel laureate held the key to their release.