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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.

Thailand’s ‘Ghost Tower’ a haunting reminder of the 1997 financial crisis


The 49-floor Bangkok high-rise was supposed to feature luxury condos for hundreds of newly affluent Thai families, but it was abandoned unfinished when the Asian financial crisis struck in 1997.

Gunman called ‘Meet to Kill’ admits murdering Cambodian critic for ‘unpaid debt’


An unemployed former Cambodian soldier who calls himself “Meet to Kill” admitted to the brazen murder of a renowned government critic on Wednesday, saying the hit was in revenge for an unpaid debt.

Thai beach murders: Convicted men lose death sentence appeal


Two men convicted of murdering British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand have lost their appeal against the death sentence.

Philippine president calls back police to help fight his war on drugs


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would recall some police to fight his controversial war on drugs, nearly a month after suspending the entire force from all operations in the bloody narcotics crackdown.