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Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge leader refutes genocide charges, 'murderer' label

Khieu Samphan, the former leader of the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime on Friday denied charges of genocide and rejected the being labelled a "murderer" during the closing of a UN-backed trial. The post Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge leader refutes genocide charges, 'murderer' label appeared first on ...

Indonesia: Two Bali prison escapees recaptured in East Timor

POLICE in East Timor on Friday said they have recaptured two foreign inmates who broke out of a prison in Bali, Indonesia, less than a week after they escaped along with two other detainees. The post Indonesia: Two Bali prison escapees recaptured in East Timor appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

S. Korea: Ousted president's friend Choi Soon-sil gets three years' jail

THE friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's business and political elite, has been sentenced to three years in jail, Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday. The post S. Korea: Ousted president's friend Choi ...

Thailand: Prayuth orders end to 'parading' of suspects in high-profile cases

THAILAND'S police will no longer present criminal suspects and allow them to speak during press conferences following an order issued by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Friday. The post Thailand: Prayuth orders end to 'parading' of suspects in high-profile cases appeared first on Asian ...

The Mautes of the Philippines: from monied family to Islamic State

BEFORE they formed one of the most dreaded militant groups in the Philippines and pledged loyalty to Islamic State, the Mautes were a wealthy, political family in the southern region of Mindanao, largely influenced by the matriarch, Farhana. The post The Mautes of the Philippines: from monied family ...

Malaysia: Forex loss probe 'welcome' but have one for 1MDB too - opposition

THE Malaysian government must reopen domestic investigations into the massive 1Malaysia Development Berhad state fund scandal to prove that its latest probe implicating former Prime Minister-turned critic Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not a "diversion", the opposition said. The post Malaysia: Forex loss ...

Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world

MALAYSIA's capital has been named on one index as the best city of opportunity for renters in the world above Moscow and Johannesburg. A new study of housing affordability by US-based apartment search website RENTCafé ranked Kuala Lumpur the best city worldwide to live in terms of relative rental ...

India likely to get US nod for drones purchase ahead of Modi's visit

THE United States is expected to approve India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalize relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time. The post India likely ...

Compelling Vietnam: Foreign investors unfazed by Trump's trade deal rebuff

EVERY 45 seconds or so, a neatly wrapped VanHeusen dress shirt destined for a J C Penney store in the United States drops off a new production line at a factory north of Vietnam's capital. The post Compelling Vietnam: Foreign investors unfazed by Trump's trade deal rebuff appeared first on Asian ...

When every day is 'Refugee Day'

Mohammad Raza, a 29-year-old Hazara refugee, said his daughter was just five days old when he fled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The post When every day is 'Refugee Day' appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Thailand: Newly approved bill will prolong military rule, say critics

THAILAND'S parliament on Thursday approved national strategy legislation which critics say will ensure the military has a say in the country's politics for at least 20 years, long after a general election tentatively set for next year. The post Thailand: Newly approved bill will prolong military ...

Philippines: Group seeks Duterte's intervention on bullying of LGBT students

PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte must reiterate his stance against the bullying and discrimination against LGBT people as he did in the past, an international rights watchdog said. The post Philippines: Group seeks Duterte's intervention on bullying of LGBT students appeared first on Asian ...

Malaysia launches special court to handle child sex crimes

MALAYSIA on Thursday launched a special court to handle sexual crimes against children, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, local media reported. The post Malaysia launches special court to handle child sex crimes appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Philippines: Hundreds more displaced as new group attacks different part of Mindanao

AT LEAST 100 gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters , another Islamic State offshoot in the Philippines, tried but failed to take control of villages in another part of Mindanao on Wednesday, amid the continuing crisis in Marawi. The post Philippines: Hundreds more displaced as new ...

Australian police, Facebook launch AMBER Alert to help find missing kids

AUSTRALIAN law enforcement authorities are working with Facebook to push out a 24-hour AMBER Alert system that will amplify existing broadcast channels across the social network to help find and locate missing or abducted children. The post Australian police, Facebook launch AMBER Alert to help find ...

Malaysian govt seeks royal panel probe on decades-old forex scandal as polls loom

THE Malaysian government is forming a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe a multi-billion dollar foreign exchange scandal that took place during Dr Mahathir Mohamed's reign as prime minister in the '1980s and '1990s. The post Malaysian govt seeks royal panel probe on decades-old forex scandal as ...

Almost half of all Australians see China as military threat – poll

TERRORISM, North Korea's nuclear threat and possible invasion by China are some of the major international issues of concerns to Australians, says a new poll conducted by a leading think tank. The post Almost half of all Australians see China as military threat – poll appeared first on Asian ...

Sixty years after fleeing Tibet, refugees in India get passports, not property

EVENT organiser Lobsang Wangyal has to travel overseas often, but as a Tibetan refugee born in India, he did not have a passport and sometimes had to wait days to get the mandatory permits every time he went abroad. The post Sixty years after fleeing Tibet, refugees in India get passports, not ...

China: United States pushes for action on North Korea

THE UNITED STATES pressed China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programs during a round of high-level talks in Washington on Wednesday. The post China: United States pushes for action on North Korea appeared first on Asian ...

Thai king shot in the back with BB guns while cycling in Germany

PROSECUTORS in Germany on Wednesday said two teenagers shot the Thailand's king with toy guns as the monarch was riding on a bicycle earlier this month. The post Thai king shot in the back with BB guns while cycling in Germany appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

New Indonesian law to allow 15 years' jail for returning militants

INDONESIA is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The post New Indonesian law to allow 15 years' jail for returning militants appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

China: Activists rescue 1,000 dogs, cats ahead of Yulin festival

ANIMAL rights activists in China rescued up to 1,000 dogs and cats on the eve of the annual Yulin dog meat festival in what has been described as the country's biggest rescue effort to date. The post China: Activists rescue 1,000 dogs, cats ahead of Yulin festival appeared first on Asian ...

Indonesia: Police beef up security amid Eid al-Fitr exodus

POLICE in Indonesia on Tuesday said they have ramped up security measures ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festivities this weekend to thwart possible terrorist attacks by militants vying to cause mass fatalities in the world most populous Muslim nation. The post Indonesia: Police beef up security amid Eid ...

A passion for Physics can find global applications at UQ

Do you have a passion for how things work and enjoy scientific experiments? Do you want to learn more with one of the most innovative physics research groups in Australia? Head of the University of Queensland's School of Mathematics and Physics, Professor Joseph Grotowski, said the School welcomes ...

With stronger economy, Asia firms more confident on brighter global outlook - survey

BUSINESS confidence in Asia rose to a three-year-high in the second quarter of the year, propelled by a slew of favourable economic data across the region and easing concerns over the health of China's economy, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed. The post With stronger economy, Asia firms more ...

Watchdog urges Malaysians to seek royal pardon for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

AN international human rights watchdog has called on the public to urge Malaysia's monarch to lift prominent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's prison sentence. The post Watchdog urges Malaysians to seek royal pardon for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Shanghai – a global hospitality hub extraordinaire

New York may be the city that never sleeps but Shanghai doesn't even sit down…' – Patricia Marx Characterised by a neon skyline that delicately touches the clouds, Shanghai is a city that conjures notions of tradition, glamour, excess, mystery and promise. Long gone are the days of Shanghai as a ...

What killed Otto Warmbier?

THE cause of death of American student Otto Warmbier has not been specified after he passed away on Monday just days upon his returned to the United States in a coma following captivity in North Korea. The post What killed Otto Warmbier? appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death shocks fellow ex-detainees

THE death this week of an American university student held prisoner for 17 months by North Korea left Ohio municipal worker Jeffrey Fowle shaken. The post North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death shocks fellow ex-detainees appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Indonesia: US members of Congress slam growing radicalisation, LGBT persecution

A GROUP of 37 Members of United States Congress has issued a letter to Indonesia's ambassador in Washington raising serious concern over what it calls growing radicalisation' and the persecution of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBTQI community. The post Indonesia: US members of ...

Nearly half a million refugees have fled Burma - UN

NEARLY half a million people have fled Burma as of 2016, making the Southeast Asian nation the eighth among the top 10 countries of origin for the world's 65 million refugees. The post Nearly half a million refugees have fled Burma - UN appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Philippines: Govt troops aim to 'clear' Marawi by end of Ramadan

PHILIPPINE aircraft and troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants in a southern city on Tuesday. A military spokesman said the aim was to clear the area by the weekend Eid festival, although there was no deadline. The post Philippines: Govt troops aim to 'clear' Marawi by end of ...

Thai students warned against working in Singapore's entertainment outlets

THAILAND'S Labour Ministry has warned the country's students against working in Singapore as "singers" and "models" in entertainment venues during school breaks or risk hefty fines and possible jail time. The post Thai students warned against working in Singapore's entertainment outlets appeared ...

Number of wealthy Chinese has grown 9 times in a decade - survey

THE number of high net worth individuals in China has risen nearly 9 times since a decade ago, a private survey released on Tuesday showed, as strong growth in the world's second-largest economy has spurred wealth creation. The post Number of wealthy Chinese has grown 9 times in a decade - survey ...

Malaysian man jailed a day, fined for insulting PM Najib on Facebook

A COURT in Malaysia sentenced a man to one day in jail and a RM4,000 fine for posting 'insulting' words against Prime Minister Najib Razak on Facebook. The post Malaysian man jailed a day, fined for insulting PM Najib on Facebook appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Taming a 'giant': Expert says Asean must flex muscles to rein in China

ASEAN needs a reality check – the best way to handle China as it races for control over the South China Sea is by matching Beijing's assertiveness with bold moves, a regional expert has suggested. The post Taming a 'giant': Expert says Asean must flex muscles to rein in China appeared first on ...

Otto Warmbier, US student held by North Korea, dies days after release

AN AMERICAN university student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months died at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after he was released from captivity in a coma, his parent said. The post Otto Warmbier, US student held by North Korea, dies days after release appeared first on ...

Singapore: PM Lee apologises for 'impact' of family feud

SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologised on Monday a dispute with his siblings over their late father Lee Kuan Yew's will has had an impact on citizens' confidence in the governmen The post Singapore: PM Lee apologises for 'impact' of family feud appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Japan: Coast guard probing half-hour delay in report of US Navy collision

AUTHORITIES in Japan are investigating a purported half an hour lapse in the reporting of the deadly collision between a US Navy Destroyer and a container ship. The post Japan: Coast guard probing half-hour delay in report of US Navy collision appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Malaysia: 5 clues the General Election is coming soon

THE rumour mill in Malaysia has been on overdrive of late. Everywhere around us, people are saying this could very well be the year of the 14th General Election. Everyone's talking about it; from the uncles and aunties in the coffee shop to the students in universities and colleges. The post ...

Indonesia: Four foreigners escape from Bali prison using tunnel

INDONESIAN authorities said four foreign inmates on Monday have escaped from Kerobokan prison on the resort island of Bali using a tunnel. The post Indonesia: Four foreigners escape from Bali prison using tunnel appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Philippines: Tent city for displaced locals to rise in Marawi as crisis wears on

A TENT city will rise in embattled Marawi City on Mindanao island to give decent shelter to residents whose houses were destroyed by the clashes between government forces and local terrorist groups, officials said Monday, Day 28 of the crisis. The post Philippines: Tent city for displaced locals to ...

In the face of worsening floods, Bangkok struggles to protect slum dwellers

IN Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum's elected leader. The post In ...

Vietnam: Bloggers and activists being beaten, intimidated - watchdog

VIETNAMESE human rights bloggers and activists are being beaten and intimidated, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday, as it urged the Communist government to end attacks and hold those responsible accountable. The post Vietnam: Bloggers and activists being beaten, intimidated - ...

More than 26 hurt as flight by Chinese airline hits turbulence

AT LEAST 26 people were injured when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris to the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming hit turbulence on Sunday, state news agency Xinhua reported. The post More than 26 hurt as flight by Chinese airline hits turbulence appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

Burma: Religious tensions simmer as madrassas shuttered

CHIT TIN, a 55-year-old Muslim man has prayed at the same madrassa in eastern Yangon his whole adult life, most of it spent under a junta that crushed opposition, ruined Burma's economy and turned it into an international pariah state. The post Burma: Religious tensions simmer as madrassas shuttered ...

Duterte's readiness to recall Marawi troops shows respect for rule of law - palace

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte's willingness to pull troops out from Marawi City if the Supreme Court orders him to indicates his respect for the rule of law, the Malacañang Palace said on Sunday. The post Duterte's readiness to recall Marawi troops shows respect for rule of law - palace ...

North Korea claims diplomats 'mugged' by US officials at NY airport

NORTH Korea accused US authorities on Sunday of "mugging" its diplomats at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York, forcibly confiscating a diplomatic package which it said raised questions about the city as the seat of the United Nations. The post North Korea claims diplomats 'mugged' by US ...

Japan: PM Abe's support slumps amid doubts about school scandal

SUPPORT for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9 percent in a public opinion poll published on Sunday, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a business. The post Japan: PM Abe's support slumps amid doubts about ...

Singapore: Leaders urge Lee Kuan Yew's children to end feud

SINGAPOREAN political leaders have called for an end to the public feud among the late Lee Kuan Yew's children as the squabble, which shows no sign of letting up, could hurt his legacy. The post Singapore: Leaders urge Lee Kuan Yew's children to end feud appeared first on Asian Correspondent.