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Dengvaxia vaccine given to a million kids in Philippines


The Dengvaxia vaccine has been tested on a million children in the Philippines, in a 3.5-billion-peso (S$98 million) state-sponsored immunisation programme that began in April last year.

Viral video shows Malaysian pastor's abduction took just under a minute


The abduction of Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo happened in just under a minute. Footage of a viral video, supposedly of the abduction, showed at least seven vehicles - including two motorcycles - were involved in the operation.

MH370 families refuse to give up hope, instead launch campaign to fund search for the missing jet


Families of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have launched a campaign to privately fund a search for the aircraft.

Philippine army finds body of beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner


The body of a German hostage beheaded by Islamist militants in the Philippines this week has been recovered, military officials say.

Hanging, firing squad or injection: Philippines takes big step towards bringing back death penalty for drug crimes


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to bring back the death penalty for drug-related crimes has cleared a major hurdle, with supporters backing it in congress but critics denouncing the plans as “inhumane”.

Saudi king calls for a united fight against terrorism during landmark visit to Indonesia


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called Thursday for a united fight against terrorism in a speech to Indonesia’s parliament during a landmark state visit to the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

‘Cruel, inhumane and degrading’: mass strip search at Philippine prison causes uproar


Photos showing hundreds of prisoners in a Philippine jail sitting naked while being searched for contraband have triggered accusations of further rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

Japanese Emperor Akihito meets children of Tokyo’s second world war soldiers during Vietnam visit


Japan’s royal couple on Thursday listened to the tearful stories of Vietnamese children who were abandoned by their Japanese soldier fathers after the second world war, a symbolic meeting in Hanoi aimed at healing wounds between the former war foes.

Malaysia vows to bring perpetrators of VX nerve agent attack to justice


Malaysia said on Friday that it will cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to bring the perpetrators of the VX nerve agent attack at the Kuala Lumpur airport to justice.

Philippines moves closer to reinstating death penalty


The Philippine House of Representatives approved a proposal on Wednesday (March 1) to reinstate the death penalty, paving the way for capital punishment to be restored more than a decade after it was abolished.