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Philippines says Duterte ‘alive and well’, amid health rumours

2017-06-28

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month.

Philippine gov't upholds "no negotiation" policy with IS militants

2017-06-28

The Philippine government sticks to its policy of no negotiating with extemists allied with the Islamic State (IS) that overran Marawi City in the southern Philippines in May, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

IS takes slaves as Philippines battle intensifies

2017-06-28

Five weeks ago, militants loyal to Islamic State seized large parts of Marawi City in the southern Philippines.

Brunei's royral family celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival

2017-06-27

The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Haji Hassanal Bolkiah attends the celebration of the annual Muslim festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei, June 26, 2017.

Myanmar burns 25 kinds of seized narcotic drugs

2017-06-26

Myanmar authorities ceremonially burned 25 kinds of seized narcotic drugs in Yangon on Monday to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

2017-06-26

Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime.

Myanmar uncovers terrorist training camps in western state

2017-06-22

Myanmar security forces have uncovered evidences that some training camps were secretly run by terrorists in Mayu Mountain in Buthidaung-Maungtaw area in western Rakhine state, said a statement of the State Counsellor Office on Thursday.

Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom

2017-06-22

Hulking excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted moonscape.

Defense and intelligence collaboration up in Manila meeting

2017-06-22

Foreign ministers along with top security and intelligence officials from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will meet tomorrow to intensify defense collaboration after the recent attack of the ISIS-affiliated Maute Group in Marawi City.

New Indonesia law to allow jailing of militant returnees

2017-06-22

Indonesia is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday.