Malaysia | 400 kilograms of pangolin scales from Ghana seized

Malaysian customs officials said Friday they have seized nearly 400 kilograms of pangolin scales worth 5 million ringgit (USD1.2 million) from Ghana. The seizure brings the

Thai PM gives order to fast-track Chinese-backed railway

 The head of Thailand’s military government has used his special powers to cut through regulations and launch work on a much-delayed 179 billion baht (USD5.27 billion)

Feature | Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: football 

The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick

North Korea | Rodman brings gifts to Kim, including President’s book ‘The Art of the Deal’

Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Donald Trump to North Korea — sort of. Yesterday, the former NBA player gave the country’s sports minister a copy of

Australia | Laws would make aspiring citizens pledge to share values

Aspiring Australian citizens will have to make a pledge to share Australian values under proposed new laws introduced to Parliament yesterday. The law would give Immigration and Border Protection

Singapore| Feud heats up between prime minister, siblings

A lengthy tussle heated up yesterday between Singapore’s prime minister and his siblings over the last wishes of their father, the founding leader of the city-state. The feud offers a

Philippines | Gov’t says it learned of Marawi siege plans in advance

The Philippine government learned days in advance of a plan by militants aligned with the Islamic State group to lay siege to a southern city and

Australia reaches settlement with suing asylum seekers

The Australian government has reached a settlement of around 90 million Australian dollars (USD68 million) with more than 1,900 asylum seekers who sued over their treatment at

Netflix theater debate hits South Korea as ‘Okja’ boycott looms

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has an answer to where the controversy over the theatrical releases of Netflix movies started: his cinematic ambition. Bong said yesterday

North Korea | Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang

Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew back to Pyongyang yesterday for the

Bangladesh | Rain-triggered landslides kill at least 68

Heavy rain triggered landslides that killed at least 68 people in southeast Bangladesh, officials said yesterday, as police and soldiers struggled to reach the remote districts

Terrorism | Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to join forces vs militants

Indonesia says it’s looking to set up joint patrols with the Philippines and Malaysia to prevent Islamic militants who have laid siege to a city in

Korea | Suspected North Korea drone photographed US missile defense site

A suspected North Korean drone photographed a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea before it crashed near the border where it was found last week, Seoul’s Defense

The Buzz | Thai police raid ‘click farm,’ find 347,200 SIM cards 

Thai police have arrested three Chinese men who they say operated a so-called “click farm,” using hundreds of cellphones and several hundred thousand SIM cards to run up “likes” and

Philippines | Flag raised on Independence Day in war-torn city

Filipinos marked their country’s Independence Day by raising the national flag yesterday in a southern city where troops pressed assaults to quell a three-week siege by

Singapore | Police arrest female Islamic State suspect

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen

Bangladesh arrests six suspected Islamist militants

Security officials in Bangladesh’s capital have arrested six members of a banned militant group and accused them of planning to kill an outspoken Islamic scholar for his stand against

Indonesia | Quake rattles Jakarta, but no damage apparent 

A strong earthquake rocked western parts of Indonesia’s main island early yesterday, causing panic but no immediate reports of damages or casualties. The National Disaster Management Agency said the earthquake shook