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THE OUTLOOK for democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia is “bleak” with the world’s largest Muslim-majority country Indonesia offering the best hope for democratic progress in the region, parliamentarians, academics and rights activists from acros...

"We do not have a lot of staff because I’m a bit difficult and crazy." Source: TripAdvisor IN A CITY renowned for its delicious street food, it’s not easy to stand out. But that’s exactly what one 70-year-old street vendor has managed to do, bagging a...

THAILAND’s Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has found himself the centre of public attention after flashing a luxurious watch and an extravagant diamond ring during a group photo session in front of the Thailand’s parliamentary bui...

"Of course, in this day and age, if you look at a person who is promoting paedophilia, you think that it is dangerous for the kids." Source: YouTubeINTERNET celebrity Amos Yee has claimed he has been evicted from his Chicago home for holding...

THE THREE global powers – China, Russia and India – condemned terrorism and reaffirmed their trilateral partnership to combat violent extremism during the 15th meeting of their respective foreign ministers on Monday.Meeting in New Delhi, Russia also...

BEGINNING next year, transactions involving bitcoin will be banned in Indonesia, an official said on Tuesday as the cryptocurrency’s value zoomed above US$13,000.Bank Indonesia said it planned to impose a regulation prohibiting bitcoin transactions...

A DRUG suspect is being hunted by Indonesian police after escaping from Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison.Local police said on Monday that 32-year-old US citizen Cristian Beasley climbed the prison wall along with a fellow American Paul Anthony...

LAST month saw a huge win for love in Australia. Sixty-two percent of Australians voted in favour of marriage equality, as Australia became the 27th country to legalise gay marriage.The country celebrated this step toward equality with rainbow-clad...

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MANILA, Philippines —Sen. Grace Poe on Monday urged the Department of Transportation to impose clearer guidelines for their planned jeepney modernization program.For Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Service, the DOTr failed to present definite guidelines for their program.Poe cited three flaws of the program which were the funding for...

MANILA, Philippines — Health experts on Monday agreed that the rollout of Dengvaxia for the government’s mass immunization program was “premature,” citing the inadequate community preparation.During the Senate probe into the questionable purchase of the P3.5-billion worth Dengvaxia, blue ribbon chair Sen. Richard Gordon asked the resource persons...

MANILA, Philippines — Divisions among justices went on full display on Monday at the House of Representatives as some members of the Supreme Court openly criticized Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for her violations of the tribunal's collegial nature.Speaking at the hearing of the House aimed at finding probable cause in moves to remove Sereno...

THE Senate and the House of Representatives will hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 13 to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas made the announcement on Monday afternoon, December 11. "Joint Session to consider the request of the President for...

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights group Karapatan on Monday denounced President Rodrigo Duterte's request to Congress to allow him to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year.   In a press statement, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said Duterte's move to extend the implementation of martial law in Mindanao despite the l...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte would be prompted to use the full force of martial law against the communists' armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), if they continue to attack government forces, Malacañang said on Monday, December 11.Speaking to Palace reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the government was expecting that members...

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