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Taliban detain Afghan educator

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities have “beaten and detained” an academic who voiced outrage on live television against their ban on women’s university education, his aide said yesterday.

2d ago| Southeast Asia

Myanmar extends state of emergency by six months

Myanmar's National Defence and Security Council has agreed to extend the country's state of emergency by six months, state media said Wednesday, likely delaying elections the junta had pledged to hold by August..Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing's request to prolong the state of emergency declar

2d ago| Southeast Asia

6.0-magnitude quake rocks southern Philippines

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, with local authorities warning of aftershocks and possible damage.

2w ago| Southeast Asia

Pak PM makes conditional talks offer to India

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has made a conditional offer to his Indian counterpart to open talks on all outstanding issues between them, including disputed Kashmir, which he believes could be facilitated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Deadly plane crash: Nepal finds all but 1 missing person

Rescuers used drones and abseiled down a deep gorge yesterday looking for the last missing person from Nepal’s worst air disaster in 30 years, in which at least 71 people died including small children.

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Vietnam president resigns amid major anti-graft purge

Vietnam President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has resigned, state media said Tuesday, after days of rumours he was about to be sacked amid a major anti-corruption drive that has seen several ministers fired.

February 4, 2023
February 4, 2023

Taliban detain Afghan educator

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities have “beaten and detained” an academic who voiced outrage on live television against their ban on women’s university education, his aide said yesterday.

February 1, 2023
February 1, 2023

Myanmar extends state of emergency by six months

Myanmar's National Defence and Security Council has agreed to extend the country's state of emergency by six months, state media said Wednesday, likely delaying elections the junta had pledged to hold by August..Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing's request to prolong the state of emergency declar

February 1, 2023
February 1, 2023

6.0-magnitude quake rocks southern Philippines

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, with local authorities warning of aftershocks and possible damage.

January 31, 2023
January 31, 2023

Two years on, Myanmar coup takes a 'catastrophic toll'

Two years after Myanmar's military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter mourns the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family in four years.

January 31, 2023
January 31, 2023

Myanmar slapped with fresh sanctions on eve of coup anniversary

The United States and its allies will impose further sanctions on Myanmar on Tuesday, marking the two-year anniversary of the coup with curbs on energy officials and members of the junta, among others..Washington will impose sanctions on the Union Election Commission, mining enterprises, e

January 30, 2023
January 30, 2023

51 killed in Pakistan transport tragedies

At least 51 people were killed in two separate transport accidents in western Pakistan yesterday, when a bus plunged off a bridge and a boat carrying a class of children capsized.

January 25, 2023
January 25, 2023

UN aid chief raises concerns with Taliban

The United Nations’ aid chief visited Kabul on Monday and raised concerns over women’s education and work with the Taliban administration’s acting minister of foreign affairs, an Afghan ministry statement said.

January 25, 2023
January 25, 2023

Power returns to Pakistan after outage

The national power grid was restored in Pakistan, the energy minister said yesterday, a day after a nationwide breakdown left most of the country’s 220 million people without electricity and caused tens of millions of dollars in industry losses.

January 24, 2023
January 24, 2023

Fighting flares between junta and rebels in Myanmar’s Karen state

Fighting has flared in recent days between Myanmar junta forces and rebels opposed to their rule, officials and locals said today, with reports that large numbers of civilians have fled the violence.

January 24, 2023
January 24, 2023

Tackling birth rate crisis ‘cannot wait’

Japan’s low birth rate and ageing population pose an urgent risk to society, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said yesterday, pledging to address the issue by establishing a new government agency.