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Anwar's lawyers ask 'concerned' Malaysian PM to grant his release from prison

The Malaysian opposition figure is due to be released in six months on good behaviour after being sentenced to prison on a sodomy conviction he claimed was politically motivated in 2015.

US, South Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill

The US, South Korea and Japan started joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul's military said, following the nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date.

Philippines' Duterte seeks martial law extension for south

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend martial law across the southern third of the country until the end of next year to combat Islamist militants and communists.

China says 8 northern cities failed air quality targets in Oct, Nov

Eight northern Chinese cities failed to meet air quality targets in October and November, even as local authorities launched rigorous steps to cut emissions during the winter, the government said on Monday.

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Five elephants killed by train in India

NEW DELHI: A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday (Dec 11).

US citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison

DENPASAR, Indonesia: Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail's second breakout of foreign inmates…


Hardline Indonesian Muslim groups burn US, Israeli flags over Trump's Jerusalem move

Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia burned photos of U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as U.S. and Israeli flags, on Monday during a protest outside the U.S. embassy against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of…


Indian police file sexual assault case against airline passenger for allegedly molesting Bollywood actress

MUMBAI: Indian police have filed a sexual assault case against an airline passenger after a 17-year-old Bollywood actress said the male passenger had molested her during a late New Delhi-Mumbai flight, police said on Monday.


US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said.

Fake infant formula in Johor: Be cautious when buying food overseas, says AVA

SINGAPORE: Shopping for food overseas or online may be convenient, but consumers should be cautious, Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Monday (Dec 11).


China starts formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician

China's prosecutor began on Monday formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes.


Hedonist hounds escape the dog's life on India's mean streets

GURGAON: Velvet beds, a relaxing spa, 24-hour medical care and non-alcoholic beers imported from Belgium: The life of a pampered pooch in India would leave many humans envious.


3 siblings killed in 5-vehicle crash in Malaysia

IPOH: Three siblings were killed and their parents as well as another sibling were injured on Sunday (Dec 10) after an accident involving five vehicles near Gerik in Perak, Malaysia.


North Korea threats spark South Korea arms sales: Study

STOCKHOLM: Faced with constant missile and nuclear threats from its belligerent northern neighbour, South Korea is boosting its arms sales and aims to become a major exporter, a study said on Monday (Dec 11).


Commentary: A page from a playbook on China’s online consumer market

The Chinese consumer market presents an enormous opportunity for businesses in Singapore. Stripe’s Piruze Sabuncu shares lessons learnt from her experience working with businesses and partners selling to this market.

Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunisation programme

As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunise one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's "expertise"…


Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunisation programme

MANILA: As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunise one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's …


Communist parties win majority in Nepal vote

KATHMANDU: An alliance of Nepal's former Maoist rebels and the main Communist party have won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections and are expected to form the next government, according to preliminary results from the election…


Philippines' Duterte to seek one-year extension of Mindanao martial law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will ask Congress to extend martial law in the volatile southern island of Mindanao to quell an insurgency, cabinet officials said on Sunday.


Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid North Korea threat

Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea.

Sunday, Dec 10

210 boxes of suspected fake infant formula seized in Johor Baru

JOHOR BARU: Malaysian authorities have seized 210 boxes of suspected fake infant formula in five raids in Johor Baru.

Commentary: Great expectations for ASEAN will meet internal contradictions in 2018

The most important goal for ASEAN in 2018 is arguably reforms to ensure its relevance, says one observer from RSIS.

McDonald's Malaysia denies Israel link after boycott call

McDonald's Malaysia said on Saturday (Dec 9) it is "disappointed" with renewed calls for a boycott of the American fast food chain in the wake of US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Saturday, Dec 9

India's Modi faces test in home state as Gujarat votes

AHMEDABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat went to the polls on Saturday (Dec 9), in a key electoral test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms.

Najib to voice Malaysia's protest over Jerusalem at OIC, postpones Singapore-Malaysia leaders' retreat

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday (Dec 9) said he would attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul next week to voice Malaysia's protest about the United States'…

Aid groups vow to boycott new Myanmar camps for Rohingya returnees

YANGON: Global aid groups on Saturday (Dec 9) warned Myanmar they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state, saying refugees must be allowed to settle in their original homes.

North Korea says UN envoy expressed willingness to ease tensions

The U.N. political affairs chief expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean peninsula during a visit to North Korea this week, state media said on Saturday, amid a rising war of words over the North's missile and nuclear…

Friday, Dec 8

No contest against Najib, Zahid in upcoming UMNO polls

KUALA LUMPUR: Delegates from Malaysia's ruling party UMNO voted unanimously on Friday (Dec 8) for Prime Minister Najib Razak and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's posts to go uncontested in the next party polls.

KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail to run 4 trains per hour

SEREMBAN: The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) will be served by four trains every hour once it starts operations in 2026.

Thousands of Muslims in Asia protest against Trump's Jerusalem plan

Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies on Friday to condemn Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies.

Three dead in samurai sword attack at Tokyo shrine

TOKYO: A former priest wielding a samurai sword killed his Shinto priestess sister and another woman in an apparent family vendetta at a historic Tokyo shrine, before turning the blade on himself, police told AFP Friday (Dec 8).

Thursday, Dec 7

North Korea says US threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

North Korea's foreign ministry blamed the drills and "confrontational warmongering" by US officials for making war inevitable.

At AGM, Malaysian PM Najib puts UMNO on war footing before polls

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak put his party on a war footing Thursday (Dec 7) as polls loom, vowing to "fight till the end" despite a massive financial scandal that has rocked his government.

Malaysia says US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will have 'grave repercussions'

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Thursday (Dec 7) said in a statement that the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would have grave repercussions across the wider world.

US restricts entry to Cambodians over opposition crackdown

WASHINGTON: The United States said Wednesday (Dec 6) it will bar entry to Cambodians who undermine their country's democracy and called on the government to reverse a crackdown on the opposition.

Wednesday, Dec 6

Nepal's restive south votes in historic polls

The polls will elect the country's first provincial assemblies, devolving power away from a top-heavy central government that has cycled through 10 leaders in the last 11 years.

1 dead, 14 hurt after bus from Singapore collides with 2 lorries on Malaysia highway

IPOH: A passenger was killed and 14 other people were injured after a Five Stars express bus travelling from Singapore was involved in a collision with two lorries on Malaysia's North-South Expressway near Gopeng, Perak.

B-1B bomber joins US-South Korea drills as tensions escalate

SEOUL: A U.S. B-1B bomber on Wednesday joined large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises that North Korea has denounced as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, as tension mounts between the North and the United States.

North Korea missile test raises flight safety concerns

A North Korean ballistic missile was seen by the crew of several airliners last week, aviation authorities said Wednesday, raising concerns about the threat to civilian flights posed by Pyongyang's unannounced tests.