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Myanmar reopens border gate with Bangladesh as peace restores


Myanmar has reopened No. 1 border gate with Bangladesh which was temporarily closed following terrorist attacks on some three border posts on Oct. 9 last year, according to the State Counselor's Office Thursday.

Jakarta governor election a ‘litmus test’ of Indonesian Islam


Millions of Jakarta residents will go to the polls on Wednesday in a vote that is being seen as a “litmus test” of Indonesian Islam.

Fatal Singapore tree fall prompts questions


The death of a woman in Singapore after a 270-year-old tree fell on her in the Botanic Gardens has left many shocked and saddened. With the authorities still investigating, many in the "garden city" are asking how this could have happened.

Sold into marriage: how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia


The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her.

Myanmar to probe police over Rohingya abuse allegations


Myanmar is to investigate whether police have committed abuses against Rohingya Muslims, the government has said, after officials promised that allegations of atrocities against members of the Muslim minority would be looked into.

Philippine law that could jail children as young as nine is ‘wrong from every angle’, Unicef says


A law proposing children as young as nine be jailed for crimes is “wrong from every angle”, the head of the United Nations children’s agency in the Philippines has warned.

Saint Valentine’s Day massacre: Australia, Malaysia, Singapore on love scam alert


Love may be in the air on Saint Valentine’s Day but authorities in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore warned on Monday of a growth in online scams cheating lonely people out of their savings.

Indonesian Muslim school students protest Valentine’s Day


Indonesian Muslim school students on Monday staged a protest against Valentine’s Day, denouncing what they said was a Western celebration that encourages casual sex.

Malaysian ship with aid for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar docks in S. Bangladesh


A Malaysian ship carrying 2,100 tons of aid for tens of thousands of persecuted Rohingya refugees from Myanmar arrived in southeastern Bangladesh on Monday.

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy resigns


Cambodia's charismatic opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, says he will step down "for the sake of his party".