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Ahok apologises to victims of Jakarta floods

2017-02-23

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has apologised to victims affected by flooding in the capital this week and promised to continue a project aimed at preventing it from happening again.

Hope for peace as Thai army claims breakthrough pact with Muslim separatists in south

2017-02-23

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups.

Thai junta urged to drop case against anti-torture activists who reported ‘grave abuses’

2017-02-22

Rights groups on Tuesday urged the Thai army to drop defamation charges against three activists over a landmark report on torture in the conflict-hit south, decrying the prosecution as an effort to silence critics.

Philippines’ President Duterte is a ‘sociopathic serial killer’ who should be forced out of office, senator says

2017-02-22

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a “serial killer” who should be forced out of office, one of his chief critics said on Tuesday, as she faced arrest on drug charges she insisted were meant to silence her.

Bridge collapses on highway in Thailand when hit by truck

2017-02-22

A pedestrian bridge across Highway 334 in Ang Thong in central Thailand collapsed after it was hit by a truck carrying a load that was too big to pass under the bridge, on Tuesday.

Children's sex book causes stir in Indonesia

2017-02-22

A children's book is at the centre of a controversy in Indonesia because it teaches children about masturbation.

Study reveals effects of ‘poorly run wildlife trade’ on Singapore’s bird species

2017-02-21

Seven in 10 birds offered for sale in shops in Singapore are species not native or previously native to Singapore, raising concerns over the dangers of a poorly run trade and overharvesting, a study has found.

More than three quarters of Malaysian parents provide financial support to adult children

2017-02-21

More than three quarters (76 per cent) of Malaysian parents with children over 18 years old continue to support them financially, a new survey by Prudential revealed.

Singaporean prime minister tells Netanyahu that he endorses ‘two-state solution’

2017-02-21

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Monday his country believes in a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

‘It is paid for by mayor Duterte’: former Philippine cop recalls working in Davao deaths squads

2017-02-21

Police carried out killings in the Philippine city of Davao under the instruction of then mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the current president, according to a former policeman who said he was part of a “Davao death squad” tasked with eliminating criminals.