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15,000 residents lose homes in Manila shantytown blaze

2017-02-09

Authorities say 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila’s port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out Wednesday morning.

Indonesia 'accepts apology' from Australia over military saga

2017-02-09

Indonesia's military chief says Australia has apologised over "offensive" training materials used at an army base in Perth.

Indonesian inmates swap cash for luxuries

2017-02-09

The Indonesian government has vowed to fire or imprison guards found guilty of taking bribes from inmates in return for special treatment.

Philippines seeks US, China help to fight pirates

2017-02-09

The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping, officials said on Wednesday.

Myanmar to investigate allegations contained in human rights report

2017-02-09

Myanmar will investigate allegations contained in a recent report of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said Myanmar Foreign Ministry in a press release Thursday.

Cambodian PM , citing"One-China" policy, bans Taiwan flag

2017-02-07

Cambodia’s prime minister says raising Taiwan’s flag is banned because Cambodia follows the “One China” policy promoted by Beijing.

Philippine military pledges to hit hard leftist rebels

2017-02-03

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed Friday to go after the leftist rebels who are engaged in criminal activities following President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to lift the unilateral ceasefire with them.

Life jackets found in search for missing of Malaysia's boat accident

2017-02-03

​ Two life jackets were found and a floating object was spotted as Malaysian authorities continued the search for the six remained missing in the boat accident off its Sabah state, officials said Friday.

Philippines' Duterte lifts gov't truce with leftist rebels

2017-02-03

​Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday that he has decided to lift the ceasefire with the communist rebels, ordering the government troops "to go back to (military) camps, clean your rifles, and be ready to fight."

UN Women report emphasizes gender equality in Laos

2017-02-02

​UN Women in Laos launched a report in Lao capital Vientiane on the importance of gender equality, women's empowerment, and advocacy for gender-responsive policies.