Rohingya refugee dies on Manus Island 5 years after Australia sent him there

Rohingya refugee dies on Manus Island 5 years after Australia sent him there

A REFUGEE from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority of Burma (Myanmar) has died on a remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea in what was an apparent suicide, officials said Tuesday. “My condolences to the immediate family,” said Manus province police commander David Yapu as quoted by the Australian national broadcaster ABC News, stating that…
‘Wealth and power are moving eastwards’: Lowy Institute unveils Asia Power Index

‘Wealth and power are moving eastwards’: Lowy Institute unveils Asia Power Index

TRUMP’S America remains the most powerful country in the Asia Pacific, but the balance of power is rapidly shifting “eastward” with the rise of China, according to Sydney-based think tank the Lowy Institute’s new Asia Power Index released earlier this month. With an overall score of 85, the United States was recognised as the most powerful…
Cambodia: Toxic substance from mine responsible for poisoning of hundreds

Cambodia: Toxic substance from mine responsible for poisoning of hundreds

THE mystery of how hundreds of Cambodians were poisoned has been solved, the country’s industry minister said on Thursday after it was found a goldmine in northeastern provinces has been releasing toxic substances into a local river. Residents of Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces have been fed conflicting reports by the government over the last week…
Junta targets Pheu Thai Party over criticisms on delayed polls

Junta targets Pheu Thai Party over criticisms on delayed polls

THAILAND’S junta government pursued legal action against opposition members for allegedly flouting a ban on political activity, among other charges, after they criticised it for reneging on promises to restore democracy and protect basic rights, police said on Friday. The military, which has ruled since a 2014 coup it said was needed to restore order…
Malaysia again named best Muslim-friendly destination in the world

Malaysia again named best Muslim-friendly destination in the world

HALAL travel is flourishing as an industry in its own right. It continues to grow, change and evolve with the needs and demands of the Muslim traveler and is expected to be worth a whopping US$300 billion by 2026. This would contribute some 156 million tourists to the travel industry globally. According to the Global Muslim…
A night of stark contrasts in Malaysia’s rough-and-tumble politics

A night of stark contrasts in Malaysia’s rough-and-tumble politics

IT was a night to be remembered for many Malaysians who toppled a party that ruled for 61 years. The events leading up to Wednesday evening was dramatic enough for an analyst with the BBC to call the removal of the Barisan Nasional coalition, led by ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, as a plot worthy of…
Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib could be charged soon – Dr Mahathir

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib could be charged soon – Dr Mahathir

MALAYSIA’S ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak could be charged soon over the foreign state fund scandal that had led to his party’s downfall in the recent elections, his successor said. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was confident that prosecutors would be able to build a strong case against Najib over the 1Malaysia Development…
What’s next for Malaysia’s fallen Umno regime?

What’s next for Malaysia’s fallen Umno regime?

AFTER the colossal defeat in the Malaysian elections last week, the once-thriving United Malays National Organisation (Umno) the lynchpin party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition is now left in shambles. To recap, Malaysia for the first time since independence (in 1957) fell to the opposition coalition, owing to a host of factors that led…
Here’s why Singapore was chosen for the Trump-Kim Summit

Here’s why Singapore was chosen for the Trump-Kim Summit

ON JUNE 12, 2018, Singapore will play host to one of the most historic events of our lifetime – the Trump-Kim summit. The news was confirmed by US President Donald Trump and later, Singapore. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both…
For Timor-Leste, another election and hopes for an end to crippling deadlock

For Timor-Leste, another election and hopes for an end to crippling deadlock

FOR the last year, the people of Timor-Leste have expected – and received – little from their government except deadlock. From a political standpoint, there’s been gridlock for nearly a year after the Fretilin party eked out a victory in parliamentary elections last July, kicking independence hero Xanana Gusmao’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT)…

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