Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

PAKISTAN SC / Proceedings shown live on TV for first time

Proceedings from Pakistan’s Supreme Court were broadcast live yesterday by state television for the first time, giving an unprecedented view into the workings of an institution that has historically had a huge impact on the country’s politics.

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US women among NGO staff detained in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities have arrested at least 18 staff of an international NGO, including an American woman, accusing them of carrying out Christian missionary work, the country’s leaders said yesterday.

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Suu Kyi party says Myanmar junta depriving her of medical care

Myanmar's junta is endangering the life of jailed democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi, her political party said on Thursday, accusing the generals of depriving her of medical care and food during her incarceration

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Taiwan detects 39 Chinese warplanes, carrier

Taiwan said yesterday it had detected 39 Chinese warplanes and an aircraft carrier near the island after a US destroyer and a Canadian frigate transited through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend.

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Asean summit note uses ‘PM of Bharat’

After the row over the use of ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the traditional ‘President of India’ in the official dinner invitations sent to guests attending this week’s G20 summit, a note on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Indonesia visit to attend the

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Cyclone report: Myanmar court jails journalist for 20 years

A court in military-ruled Myanmar yesterday sentenced a photojournalist to 20 years in prison, his employer said, the longest known prison term handed down to a media professional since the 2021 army coup.

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Myanmar junta ‘likely’ to hold polls in 2025

Myanmar’s junta will likely hold elections in 2025, party officials told AFP yesterday, even as the military struggles to crush resistance to its rule.

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Myanmar junta refuses to allow outside doctor to see ailing Suu Kyi

Myanmar's detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi is ailing and a request for an outside physician to see her has been denied by the country's military rulers, a source familiar with the matter and the shadow government loyal to her said on Tuesday

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Christian priest shot, injured

A man shot and wounded a Christian priest in eastern Pakistan, according to a police complaint released yesterday, just weeks after vigilante mobs in the area attacked churches and burnt down homes, displacing hundreds in the small religious minority community.

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Bomb attack on Myanmar border hub kills 5 officials, wounds 11

A bomb attack on a government compound in the Myanmar border hub of Myawady killed five government and security officials and wounded 11 policemen, sources told AFP on Monday

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Nine soldiers killed in Pakistan

Nine soldiers were killed in a restive western region of Pakistan on Thursday after a suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into their military convoy and detonated, army and officials said.

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Suspects back in court over Singapore's swoop on major money laundering ring

Ten foreigners accused of involvement in a major money laundering operation in Singapore were set to appear in court on Wednesday, some facing new charges as the city-state seek to widen its net in one of its most high-profile crime cases

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Myanmar expels top E Timor diplomat

Myanmar’s junta yesterday ordered the expulsion of East Timor’s top diplomat in the country over a meeting his government held with a banned shadow administration.

3w ago

Myanmar plans to curb rice exports

Myanmar is planning to temporarily restrict rice exports to control rising domestic prices, an official of its rice industry body said yesterday, joining India, the world’s biggest shipper of the staple amid tightening world supplies.

4w ago

Myanmar plans to curb rice exports to control domestic prices

"We will temporarily limit rice exports for about 45 days from the end of this month," says a senior member of the Myanmar Rice Federation

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New Thai PM sworn in

Thailand’s new prime minister vowed to bring four years of change to the kingdom as he took office yesterday.

Thailand's Thaksin moved to hospital after exile return

Thailand's former premier Thaksin Shinawatra was moved from prison to a police hospital on Wednesday, officials said, a day after he was jailed on his return from 15 years in exile

Thaksin Shinawatra: Thailand's divisive former PM

He was ousted in a coup 17 years ago and spent the last 15 of them in self-imposed exile, but Thailand's billionaire former premier Thaksin Shinawatra still casts a remarkable shadow over the kingdom's politics