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Duterte confirms Malaysia's most wanted terrorist Mahmud Ahmad dead: Reports

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military, according to local news reports.

Malaysia in talks with US firm Ocean Infinity to resume MH370 search

Malaysia is negotiating with U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

'Blast pirates out of the sea': Philippines' Duterte

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (Oct 19) said he would ask the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia to "blast" pirates out of regional waters and would refocus security efforts to solve the problem.

As battle rages, devastated Marawi starts its long cleanup

MARAWI CITY, Philippines: War might still be raging in the ruins of the Philippine city of Marawi, but the cleanup has already began.

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Singapore to give S$100,000 for humanitarian aid in Rakhine

SINGAPORE: Singapore will contribute S$100,000 towards humanitarian efforts in Myanmar's Rakhine state through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre).


'How to survive a North Korean missile' - in Japanese manga form

"Cover your head". That's the advice offered in a manga comic published by local authorities in Japan describing what to do in the event of a North Korean missile strike.


Task force formed to monitor probe into anti-corruption chief's alleged affair

KUALA LUMPUR: A task force has been formed to closely monitor the investigations on the allegation of extramarital affair against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, said the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) on Thursday…


Commentary: Vision of a new era for a strong China reflects domestic priorities, not global ambitions

At the Chinese Communist Party's 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping heralded a new era in China's development. One observer examines what this new era entails, and what it means for the rest of the world.

Cambodia to charge customers for plastic bags

PHNOM PENH: Supermarket shoppers may soon be charged for using plastic bags in Cambodia, as part of government measures to ramp up environment protection and reduce waste.

Seven dead in India firework factory blast

NEW DELHI: An explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in eastern India killed seven workers and injured nine others in the hours before Thursday's (Oct 19) Diwali festival, officials said.


Surge in Malaysia's Islamic State-linked arrests; official explains anti-terror strategy

KUALA LUMPUR: With the number of Islamic State-linked arrests in Malaysia this year already 20 times higher than what it was in 2013, the country has relied on building up its human intelligence base as well as monitoring online…

Labour newcomer Ardern set to become New Zealand PM

WELLINGTON: New Zealand's centre-left opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was poised to become prime minister Thursday (Oct 19) in a stunning rise to power, after maverick populist Winston Peters backed the charismatic 37-year-old to form a…


Fire destroys five-star hotel in Yangon; 1 dead

YANGON: One man has died and two were injured after a huge fire broke out at a luxury lakeside hotel in Yangon on Thursday (Oct 19) morning.


Trial of South Korea's Park on hold after lawyers quit

SEOUL: Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye's corruption trial was put on hold Thursday (Oct 19) after her lawyers resigned to protest what they called biased proceedings.

Hong Kong mulls making drivers report accidents involving cats and dogs

SINGAPORE: Hong Kong is considering amending its traffic laws to require drivers who run over cats and dogs to make a police report.


Thailand's Buddhist monks order reforms ahead of royal transition

Under growing pressure from Thailand's military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal.

China Q3 GDP grows 6.8% year-on-year, meets expectations

BEIJING: China's economy grew 6.8 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, official data showed on Thursday (Oct 19), in-line with expectations and below the previous quarter's growth as fixed asset investment growth slowed.


Australia spy chief warns of growing foreign meddling

Foreign powers are waging an "extensive, unrelenting" campaign of espionage and meddling in Australia, notably targeting ethnic and religious minorities, the country's spy chief warned Thursday.


Across Asia, liver cancer is linked to herbal remedies: Study

Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said Wednesday.


Commentary: Why Anies Baswedan, a new governor with big shoes to fill, is echoing hardline sentiments

The Jakarta governor’s mention of pribumi comes as a surprise for many and stirs apprehensions on his approach to pluralism, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Deasy Simandjuntak.

Wednesday, Oct 18

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence.

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signalling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term.

China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country'

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signalling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term.

Xi tells Communist Party to 'resolutely oppose' any actions that undermine its leadership

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping told the Communist Party on Wednesday (Oct 18) to "resolutely oppose" any actions that undermine its leadership, as he opened a twice-a-decade congress expected to enhance his already formidable powers.

Tuesday, Oct 17

Notorious Abu Sayyaf sub-commander touted as future emir of Islamic State in Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: A notorious Abu Sayyaf group sub-commander, Furuji Indama, is seen as a future successor to replace slain militant Isnilon Hapilon as emir of Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, according to a regional security source.

Dead or alive? Hunt is on in Marawi for Malaysia's most wanted terrorist

KUALA LUMPUR: Philippine troops in Marawi City are hunting down a Malaysian militant who helped to finance the months-long siege of the southern Philippine city by pro-Islamic State groups.

Duterte declares Marawi liberated; military says 30 militants remain in conflict zone

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (Oct 17) declared Marawi City "liberated from terrorists" after a five-month battle against militants loyal to the Islamic State group.

Explosive devices meant for beer fest and houses of worship seized in Kelantan

KUALA LUMPUR: Three improvised explosive devices and other material to create explosives were seized last week in Kelantan, Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Tuesday (Oct 17).

Monday, Oct 16

Battle for Marawi: Bitter siege that left a city in ruins

The death of top Islamist fighter Isnilon Hapilon is a rare celebratory moment for the Philippines military, which has been bogged down in a gruelling four-month battle to retake the southern city of Marawi.

Top militants in Marawi linked to Islamic State killed: Philippine officials

MANILA: Leading militant Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the United States' list of "most wanted terrorists", has been killed in the battle to reclaim the rebel-held Philippines city of Marawi, the defence minister said on Monday (Oct 16).

Vietnam braces for typhoon Khanun after floods kill 72

Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.

AirAsia flight to Bali plunges 20,000 feet in midair scare

PERTH: An AirAsia flight heading to Bali from Perth plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take-off on Sunday (Oct 15) morning, leaving passengers terrified, Australian media reports said.

Sunday, Oct 15

Indonesian goalkeeper dies after collision with teammate

JAKARTA: An Indonesian goalkeeper died during a league match on Sunday (Oct 15) after a collision with a teammate in Lamongan, East Java.

Bangladesh steps up security at India border over Rohingya fears

Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory, officials said Sunday.

Hong Kong braces for typhoon Khanun, ferries suspended

Hong Kong braced for typhoon Khanun, with authorities raising the third-highest weather warning signal early on Sunday and some transport services in the Asian financial hub shutting down because of the strong winds.

Saturday, Oct 14

Thousands rally in Malaysia to oust premier Najib

Thousands of protesters gathered at an unsanctioned rally on Saturday to demand action against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the mismanagement of billions of dollars by a state fund.

China confirms will amend party constitution, likely to include Xi's theories

China's ruling Communist Party has agreed to amend the party constitution, expected to embed President Xi Jinping's political thought, ahead of next week's five-yearly party congress in which Xi will further tighten his grip on power.

Commentary: What will Xi Jinping say about Taiwan at the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress?

The Chinese president has a huge opportunity to shape China’s statement of policy on cross-strait relations. Brookings Institute’s Richard C Bush gives his two cents on what the general secretary might say.

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohyingas who have been driven out in an army campaign.