On Eve of State Polls, India's Modi Looks to Clean up Campaign Funding

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved to clean up political funding with limits on cash donations and new "election bonds."

02 February 2017 | 11:00 AM


Lawmakers Discusses Dutch-Born Ezra Walian's Request for Indonesian Citizenship

Ajax Amsterdam's Dutch-born footballer Ezra Walian's request to obtain an Indonesian passport has been passed to the House of Representatives.

02 February 2017 | 10:31 AM


Bangladesh Firm on Rohingya Relocation Plan, Wants Myanmar to Take Them Back

Bangladesh is determined to relocate Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar to a Bay of Bengal island.

02 February 2017 | 10:06 AM


Surveillance and Threats: Slain Myanmar Lawyer Felt 'Targeted'

A prominent Myanmar Muslim lawyer assassinated in Yangon was being closely watched by intelligence agents, according to friends and colleagues, and had received past threats over his sensitive work as an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party.

02 February 2017 | 09:00 AM


Beyonce's Surprise Twins Announcement Goes Viral

Pop superstar Beyonce said on Wednesday that she and her husband, rap star and entrepreneur Jay Z, were expecting twins, sending social media into a meltdown.

02 February 2017 | 08:52 AM


Philippine Minister Says Some Mines Need to Be Shut on Eve of Green Audit Results

Some Philippine mines need to be shut given the environmental harm they have caused, the minister in charge of sector said on Wednesday (01/02), a day before the government announces the results of a months-long review of the country's mineral producers.

02 February 2017 | 08:00 AM


Thai Banks' Bad Loans to Decline as Economy Improves: Finmin

Thai banks' non-performing loans (NPLs) are expected to fall over the next six months as the economy is improving, the finance minister said on Wednesday (01/02).

02 February 2017 | 07:00 AM


US to Apply 'Extreme Vetting' in Refugee Swap Deal With Australia

The United States will apply "extreme vetting" to up to 1,250 asylum seekers it has agreed to resettle as part of a deal with Australia, a spokesman for President Trump said in the United States on Tuesday (31/01).

02 February 2017 | 06:00 AM


Philippines Communist Rebels End Ceasefire but Still Support Peace Talks

The Maoist-led rebel group in the Philippines said on Wednesday (01/02) it was terminating a unilateral ceasefire it declared five months ago and resuming a protracted guerrilla warfare that has killed tens of thousands of people.

02 February 2017 | 05:00 AM


Japan Policymakers Reject Trump Devaluation Claims

Japanese policymakers hit back on Wednesday (01/02) at US President Donald Trump's accusation of currency manipulation, stressing that Japan was abiding by a Group of 20 agreement to refrain from competitive currency devaluation.

02 February 2017 | 04:00 AM