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Indian weddings: Curb sought on excessive spending


The worst excesses of the Indian wedding industry may soon be curbed if a new bill is approved.

Thai forces besiege temple in standoff over monk


Thai forces surrounded the country's biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday (Feb 16) and the junta leader declared he was imposing control after it failed to hand over an influential monk wanted for money laundering.

Malaysia arrests another suspect in connection with the death of DPRK man


Malaysian police have arrested another suspect in connection with the death of DPRK man, state news agency Bernama reported here Thursday.

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.