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Protests as Myanmar parliament debates new curbs on demonstrations | Reuters

YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people marched through Myanmar’s largest city Yangon on Monday to oppose changes to a protest law being discussed in parliament which activists warn would limit free speech.<p>Activists protest against government-backed amendments to Myanmar's protest law, in Yangon, …

North Africa

Myanmar burned Rohingya villages after refugee deal, says rights group

Villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December, contradicting government assurances, says Human Rights Watch<p>Satellite images show that dozens of Rohingya villages were burned the week Myanmar signed an agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees, Human Rights …

Asia

Beijing forces migrant workers from their homes in 'savage' demolitions

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Modern Beijing was built on the backs of low-paid migrants like Zhao Guihua.<p>The 50-something cook and cleaner is one of thousands of people critics say have been forced from their homes in the past two weeks as part of a drive by the municipal government to shut down what it claims …

China

Trump's North Korea policy could trigger famine, experts warn

The Trump administration's primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country's nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts.<p>After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un's regime and the …

North Korea

Cambodian PM says main opposition party will be dissolved | Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday it was “a fact” that the main opposition party would be dissolved as he spoke on the anniversary of the peace agreement that established multiparty democracy.<p>Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a plenary session at the …

Asia

Philippines declares battle with Islamist rebels over in Marawi City | Reuters

MARAWI CITY/CLARK, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that has marked the country’s biggest security crisis in years.<p>Offensive combat …

North Africa

Indonesia's Drug Czar is Threatening a Duterte-Style War on Drug Dealers

The head of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said Thursday that police should be prepared to shoot suspected drug dealers on the spot. His …

MH370: Malaysia in talks with US firm to restart plane search

<b>Malaysia is negotiating a "no find-no fee" deal with a US company to renew the search for downed flight MH370.</b><p>The government announced in a statement that it was in talks with Texas-based salvage firm Ocean Infinity.<p>If the deal goes ahead, Ocean Infinity will foot the bill and recoup costs only if …

Airplanes

Doubts about smoking gun as Duterte lauds China role in rebel killing | Reuters

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was eager to credit new ally Beijing in the death of militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, saying it was a Chinese rifle that fired the bullet that finished off Islamic State’s “emir” in Southeast Asia.<p>FILE PHOTO: Men …

North Africa

More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says

One in five children under the age of five is estimated to be acutely malnourished, requiring medical attention<p>Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) …

Rohingya

Video of fatal attack on Kim Jong Nam shown at women's trial

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A security camera video showing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader being attacked at a Malaysian airport …

Kuala Lumpur

Rohingya crisis: Finding out the truth about Arsa militants

<b>If there was one thing almost everyone who has monitored Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine State agreed on, it was that sooner or later their plight would breed militant resistance to the authority of the state.</b><p>The attacks that started in the early hours of 25 August on around 30 police and army posts, …

Asia

Boris Johnson demands 'urgent explanation' from China after activist barred from entering Hong Kong

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has demanded an “urgent explanation” from China after a British activist who has voiced concerns over eroding freedoms in Hong Kong was barred from entering the city on Wednesday.<p>Benedict Rogers, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party's human rights …

'Braid chopping' claims in Kashmir spark mass panic and mob violence

Briton and Australians among several people briefly detained by vigilantes in unrest over alleged attacks on women’s hair<p>A British woman and three Australians have been briefly detained by vigilantes amid mass panic in Indian-administered Kashmir over a spate of alleged “braid choppings”.<p>Police in …

Pakistan

Kenya election confusion deepens as parliament passes controversial amendment

Soon after opposition head Raila Odinga dropped Kenya's election rerun, lawmakers passed a bill making it easier to name President Uhuru Kenyatta the …

Indonesian bishop resigns amid mistress, corruption allegations

Indonesian bishop Hubertus Leteng was accused of having a mistress and siphoning off more than €100,000 in church funds. Leteng has denied the …

Witness at Malaysia trial says 4 more suspects in Kim murder

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian police officer testified Thursday that the two women on trial in the murder of the estranged half brother of …

North Korea

India's Supreme Court Rules Sex With Child Brides Is Rape

India’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that sex with an underage wife constitutes rape, in a landmark ruling that campaigners say could affect …

Myanmar's Military Is Conducting a Campaign of ‘Trauma and Fear’ to Prevent Rohingya From Returning

Myanmar’s security forces conducted a “well-organized, coordinated and systematic” offensive against the Rohingya population that deliberately aimed …

Asia

China rebuffs criticism of decision to bar British activist from Hong Kong

Beijing unshakably opposed to foreign interference, says foreign ministry after Benedict Rogers turned away at border<p>China has rebuffed criticism of its decision to bar a prominent British activist from Hong Kong, declaring itself unshakably opposed to foreign interference in the former colony’s …

Hong Kong

Vietnam: Dozens killed by floods and landslides

Destructive floods and landslides have killed at least 54 people in northern and central Vietnam in one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit in …

Philippines president Duterte says he could throw out EU diplomats 'within 24 hours' in expletive-filled tirade

Firebrand Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has warned the EU and UN that he could throw out their ambassadors within 24 hours if they continue to “interfere” in his brutal war against drugs.<p>“You think that we are a bunch of morons here... The ambassadors of those countries learn a lesson now. …

Asia

There’s a way out on North Korea

The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How to get off …

North Korea

Philippine leader changes his tune with praise for U.S. 'allies' | Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced rare praise for the United States on Thursday, calling it an important security ally, and dismissing historic grievances and his slew of past tirades against Washington as “water under the bridge”.<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte …

North Africa

Dems ask Mattis: How many people would die in war with North Korea

A pair of Democratic lawmakers wants Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisAmendment to slow Space Force shot down in House defense markup …

North Korea