Al-Araibi | Australian PM asks Thailand to free detained soccer player

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Thailand to stop the extradition to Bahrain of a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia, his office

Malaysia | Mahathir suggests China-backed rail plan may be axed

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that proceeding with a multi-billion-dollar China-backed rail link project would “impoverish” the country, saddling the government with excess debt for

Afghanistan President Ghani assures people as US envoy reports progress

The Afghan president yesterday assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy

Nepal | Disoriented pilot, bad runway approach cited in crash

A Bangladeshi airliner was misaligned with the runway and its pilot was disoriented and tried to land in “sheer desperation” when the plane crashed last year in Nepal, an

Philippines | Duterte visits site of fatal bombings, Abu Sayyaf suspected

President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials yesterday visited a Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed

Singapore says American leaked 14,200 HIV records

Singapore’s health ministry accused an American yesterday of stealing and leaking the records of 14,200 people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, before January

20 dead as bombs target Sunday Mass in Philippine cathedral

Two bombs minutes apart tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding

Indonesia stands to gain from US-China trade war, Lembong says

Indonesia is among countries set to benefit from companies relocating factories from China because of its trade war with the U.S., according to Tom Lembong, chairman of

India displays military power, cultural life on national day

Thousands of Indians converged on a ceremonial boulevard in the Indian capital to watch a display of the country’s military power and cultural diversity amid tight

Indonesia | Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from prison

A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed yesterday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy.

North Korea | Kim orders preparations for second Trump meeting

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered preparations for a second summit with President Donald Trump, saying he’ll “wait with patience and in good faith” to

Singapore | Actor Aloysius Pang dies from military injuries

Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang died yesterday from injuries he sustained during a military training exercise in New Zealand. He was 28. Pang was injured in

Malaysia | Royals pick Pahang sultan as new king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was named Malaysia’s new king yesterday, replacing Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on

Family of slain Mongolian seeks answer as lawsuit begins

The family of a Mongolian woman murdered in Malaysia 13 years ago hopes to find answers with a lawsuit that opened in court this week, their lawyer

India | Sonia Gandhi’s daughter enters politics ahead of vote

Ascion of India’s most famous political dynasty yesterday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due

Indonesia | Landslides, flooding from dam kill eight in South Sulawesi

Torrential rains overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides that killed at least eight people and displaced more than 2,000 in central Indonesia, officials said yesterday. The

Thailand | First general election since 2014 coup in to be held

Thailand will hold a general election on March 24 for the first time since a coup in May 2014. The date was set by

Japan | Exports sink 3.8pct in Dec, hit by China slowdown

Japan’s exports fell 3.8 percent in December from a year earlier, hit by slowing demand in China, as the trade balance shifted back into deficit for

Philippines, an archipelago, imports fish to ward off inflation

The Philippines, among the top 10 producers of fish globally, is preparing to import anew to contain food prices that pushed inflation to the fastest in almost

Australia urges Indonesia to respect Bali bombing victims

Australia’s prime minister said yesterday he would be disappointed if radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir were released from prison early and urged Indonesia to show respect for

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