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Australia and Indonesia restore full military ties


Australia and Indonesia have restored full military ties less than two months after Indonesia suspended co-operation over "offensive" teaching material found at an Australian base.

Malaysian airport declared "safe zone" after VX nerve agent found in dead DPRK man


Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 was declared a "safe zone" on Sunday morning, after a detection operation found no trace of VX nerve agent, a lethal chemical weapon found on the body of a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man who died on Feb. 13.

Sri Lanka 'hunting' refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong


Sri Lankan asylum seekers living in Hong Kong fear they are being illegally pursued by police after sheltering the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the city.

Leila De Lima: Top Duterte critic arrested on drug charge


A leading critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Leila de Lima, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.

BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting


A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.

Wealth gap: four richest Indonesians worth more than poorest 100 million


Chemical weapon substance identified on dead DPRK man: Malaysian police


Malaysian police said Friday that chemical weapon substance had been identified on the body of a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man who died in the country on Feb. 13.

Ahok apologises to victims of Jakarta floods


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


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’


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.