ASEAN Summit

Is Cambodia an autocratic state now?

The recent dissolution of Cambodia’s main opposition party has cast a dark shadow over the country’s political future, with critics saying it dealt a …

Asia

De Lima, bishops slam PH ‘no’ vote on Rohingya

Sen. Leila de Lima and two Catholic bishops have blasted the government for voting against a UN draft resolution calling for full and free access to …

Philippines

ASEAN, the UN and Sec. Cayetano’s sophistry

Reports on the 31st ASEAN Summit held recently in Manila were mixed, even conflicted. The White House confirmed that President Donald Trump "briefly" …

Philippines

Commentary: How others stole the show from the ASEAN Summit

MANILA: It may have been the twice yearly ASEAN summit, but much of the attention and focus in the Philippines and all across Asia Pacific was on …

South China Sea

Exclusive - State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents …

News

Commentary: Nothing but an impasse and lip service left for the plight of the Rohingya

NEW DELHI: On Thursday (Nov 16), the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee adopted a resolution urging Myanmar authorities to end its military …

Asia

Fact check: Trump continues to oversell results of 'tremendous' trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past week, President Donald Trump told a made-up story about his predecessor and revived a distorted claim about NATO …

Montana

Russia probe: Trump's tweets could be used against him, experts say

Russia probe: Trump's tweets could be evidence against him, legal experts say<p>Erin Kelly | USA TODAY<p>WASHINGTON — President Trump's Twitter habit may become a legal liability for him, as his latest tweets about the Russia investigation could help build a potential case against him for obstruction of …

News (U.S.)

Singapore PM takes jabs at Malaysia, Indonesia

SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday launched criticisms of its larger neighbouring countries Malaysia and Indonesia.<p>Speaking about …

Singapore

Khairy lambasts Hsien Loong over 'irresponsible' Batu Puteh accusations

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth today vehemently condemned Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s statement that Malaysia’s application to revise the …

Malaysia

Gov’t troops, NPA rebels clash in Batangas

SAN PEDRO CITY --- Government troops and communist rebels clashed in Nasugbu town in Batangas province on Monday morning, military reports said. …

War

OPINION: ASEAN COC framework affirms Duterte’s policy shift in PH dealing with China

The Philippines' major shift in foreign policy, which is to talk with China bilaterally on the territorial dispute over Scarborough Shoal, has gotten …

South China Sea

Who’s behind Trump’s effigy at the ASEAN Summit?

On a Saturday afternoon, in an 80-square-meter garage in a residential area in Quezon City, several men in their early 20s are cutting wood and …

Philippines

'Nationalism' a challenge to business in Southeast Asia: AirAsia CEO

MANILA - Nationalism is a challenge to businessmen who seek to expand on the regional level in Southeast Asia, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes …

South-east Asia

The week in politics

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event in Jackson, Alabama, on Tuesday. Moore has been accused by multiple women of pursuing sexual relationships with them as teenagers when he was in his early 30s. Moore has denied the mounting allegations.<p>Beverly …

Photography

For Asean gala, it was organic materials, human talent over techno gimmicks

The set design is simple—a halo of 5,000 pulp discs with metallic leafing.<p>The production design was straightforward: native baskets, kraft paper, …

Philippines

‘Philippines should have abstained from Rohingya vote’

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Rakhine State

A South China Sea Code of Conduct: Is Real Progress Possible?

A closer look at steps toward finalizing a long-anticipated Code of Conduct.

South China Sea

Post Mortem: The ASEAN Summit and Trump’s Visit to the Philippines

The fiftieth anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in the Philippines with a four-day summit ending on the 14th. It also marked by the arrival of Donald Trump to cap off his Asian tour. One of the main thrusts of the event was tackling the various issues between …

Taiwan

Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton hold a 2017 50-subject uncut sheet of $1 dollar notes bearing Mnuchin's name for a …

Business

Trump describes PM Najib as his good friend, says Anifah

PUTRAJAYA: United States President Donald Trump has acknowledged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as his reliable friend whom he would pay …

Donald Trump

Bomb plot foiled ahead of ASEAN summit in Philippines: Police

MANILA: An Islamist plot to bomb a Manila shopping mall as US President Donald Trump and other world leaders arrived in the city for a summit has …

Terrorism

Palace hails capture of 3 Abu Sayyaf suspects in Quezon City

Malacañang lauded law enforcers on Saturday for arresting three suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), thus foiling an attempt to disrupt …

Philippines

After hectic Apec, Asean summits, Duterte goes home to rest

DAVAO CITY---After presiding over marathon meetings in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit this week, and hosting Chinese …

Li Keqiang

ANALYSIS: When Leaders meet

The occasion has always been fun especially if one is fond of pantomime like a kabuki drama of Japan or Wayang shadow play of Indonesia. The actors …

South China Sea

Democratic Governments Criticize Deathblow To Cambodia's Opposition Party, But Few Yet Take Action

While the Cambodian government rushed into dismantling the only viable threat to its long-serving prime minister’s gain, the international community has been sending mixed messages, fraternizing with top government officials while dishing threats to the country’s economy.<p>In a sweeping blow to …

Asia

U.S. urges African nations to press North Korea over nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged African leaders on Friday to take further actions to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs, including downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling North Korean laborers.<p>"All nations must act to implement U.N. …

North Korea

ASEAN avoids mention of China's construction in South China Sea; Rodrigo Duterte shuns talks of human rights concerns

<b>Manila:</b> Southeast Asian nations on Thursday avoided mention of China's construction of islands in the South China Sea and a UN-linked arbitration …

South China Sea

Ted Alcuitas: Duterte gets mad at Trudeau's "interference"

Guest<b>By Ted Alcuitas</b>Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte must have been following what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father said when asked if he …

Justin Trudeau

Abu Sayyaf's ASEAN terror plot foiled, PNP says

Watch also in iWantv or TFC.tv<p>Authorities foiled an alleged terror plot by the Abu Sayyaf group while Manila was hosting the ASEAN Summit. Raffy …

Abu Sayyaf