Asia

Indonesia says rise of One Nation party in Australia a 'concern'

Statement comes amid calls from party leader Pauline Hanson for a ban on Muslim immigration, surveillance in mosques and a royal commission into Islam<p>The rise of political parties with challenging views on Islam such as Australia’s One Nation are a “concern”, the Indonesian foreign ministry …

Indonesia

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City in three days

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City<p>Walking (very fast) across a pedestrian crossing on an enormous roundabout, pulling all my luggage and dodging a …

Travel

9 Reasons Thailand Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination

A couple of years ago, I visited Thailand and ended up having the time of my life. Currently, I am planning to take another trip to the gorgeous land …

Thailand

Stunning Photographs of Singapore Architecture

Photographer Yik Keat is based in Singapore. Through mesmerizing pictures, he offers us a beautiful overview on this South-Asian territory. Mostly …

Singapore

A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Visiting New Destinations

Traveling alone allows you to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things at your own pace. Yes, it may be a bit scary at first …

Marina Bay Sands

Indonesian president gives forest management back to indigenous communities

After decades of conflict over the power to oversee Indonesia’s forests, President Joko Widodo gave management rights back to nine indigenous …

Indonesia

Philippine court orders arrest of President Duterte's leading critic

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's most outspoken political opponent could soon find herself behind bars. A Manila court issued a warrant for her arrest as part of Duterte's so-called war on drugs.<p>A regional court in Muntinlupa, a suburb of Manila, issued a warrant for the arrest against Leila …

Philippines

Thai police file new charges against fugitive monk

| BANGKOK<p>Thai police filed two new arrest warrants against an influential former abbot of Thailand's biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday after a week-long standoff there between security forces and monks.<p>Phra Dhammachayo, the former abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, is accused by police of money …

Thailand

India minister's lavish temple offering causes anger

<b>Indian social media users are criticising the chief minister of southern Telangana state for using $750,000 (£610,790) of public funds to offer gold at a famous temple.</b><p>K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday offered gold to "thank the gods" for the success of his decade-long campaign to create India's …

South Asia

Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

TOKYO —<p>Japan’s shinkansen high-speed rail network has become world-famous for the speed and efficiency with which it carries travelers across the …

Japan Travel

UFC: Singapore set, ‘premier’ Chinese star close to signing

As officials have announced, the UFC is returning to Singapore on June 17. This will mark the promotion’s first event in Asia in 2017.<p>No bouts have …

Marina Bay Sands

Indonesia’s Printerous raises $1.4M to digitize traditional printing

Printerous, an Indonesia startup that is bringing the country’s printing industry into the digital era, has raised $1.4 million. The round was led by Golden Gate Ventures with participation from U.S. firm Sovereign’s Capital and Indonesian conglomerate Gunung Sewu Kencana.<p>The two-year-old company …

Indonesia

An hour from packed Kyoto, Nara is an enlightening overnight, including cordial deer

For nearly two decades, I have eagerly collected Japanese tea and sake sets, woodblock prints and geisha figurines. They delight me with their …

Japan Travel

BBC journalist faces defamation charge in Thailand

Jonathan Head would face up to five years in jail if convicted in case that rights groups say exposes problem with Thai law<p>A British journalist with the BBC could face up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a …

Thailand

India-China strategic dialogue: Combative and indignant, New Delhi is making same mistakes again

At the end of the almost seven-hour India-China strategic dialogue in Beijing, we are nowhere close to solving the issues that have driven a wedge …

South China Sea

SG Weekend: 29 awesome things to do in Singapore this weekend (Feb 24-26)

It’s going to be another packed weekend as we head towards the end of February. Get ready for non-stop, back-to-back fun with events like an annual …

Singapore

Disrupting the disruptors: Singapore rattles sharing economy with rule change

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore, a keen early adopter of the sharing economy, has fired a warning shot across the bow of Airbnb and Uber with tighter rules that could shake up their business models and growth ambitions in Asia.<p>The rules, some say, are a sign that even governments sympathetic to …

Indonesia

China military says aware of U.S. carrier in South China Sea

China's defence ministry said on Thursday it was aware of the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea and China respected freedom of navigation for all countries in the waters there.<p>The U.S. navy said the strike group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier the …

South China Sea

The Return of Pakistan’s Taliban

The Trump administration has not talked much about terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the threat is there, it’s real, and it’s growing.<p>ISLAMABAD—Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, Gen. H. R. McMaster, will be seeing some familiar names and some familiar problems coming across his …

South Asia

Violent protests and blasphemy charges: What do the Jakarta elections mean for Indonesia?

As Jakarta holds elections to decide its next governor, the Indonesian capital has been rocked by religious tensions.<p>The incumbent governor, Basuki …

Indonesia

Four richest Indonesian men have more wealth than 100 million poor people

The number of dollar billionaires in the country rose from one in 2002 to 20 in 2016, says an Oxfam report.<p>The jarring wealth gap between the rich …

Indonesia

12 Photographers in the Philippines Reveal the Drug War Images That Moved Them Most

Local photographers on the frontline of Duterte’s drug war reflect on the images that moved them most<p>By Andrew Katz<p>A teenage “John Doe” lies on a …

Philippines

Why Duterte won't be prosecuted for crimes against humanity

Philippine President Duterte has waged a brutal drug war - but do his extreme tactics also make him a criminal? The Philippines' human rights chief Chito Gascon tells DW about why Duterte continues to act with impunity.<p>Chito Gascon has personally encountered Rodrigo Duterte only once. It was in …

Philippines

Fire breaks out at Tuas View Circuit; SCDF at scene as public advised to avoid area

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:48<p>Fire engines and police cars assess the situation at the scene of the fire at 23 Tuas View Circuit.<p>ST PHOTO: CHEW …

Waste Management

China cautious in mulling response to Kim Jong-nam’s killing

Situation could be complicated if Kim’s family decide to transport his body through China, or bury him there<p>The announcement on Feb. 22 by Malaysian investigators that a diplomat in the North Korean embassy was implicated in the killing of Kim Jong-nam has prompted some to suspect that China, which …

Korean Peninsula

BJP sweeps Maharashtra civic polls, giving Devendra Fadnavis the last laugh

Saffron party wins eight of ten municipal bodies. In Mumbai, the Shiv Sena comes out ahead – but just barely, while the Congress falls far behind.<p>A …

South Asia

Duterte Relies on His Childhood Hunting Buddy to Fund Drugs War - Bloomberg

Before his childhood friend Rodrigo Duterte decided to run for president of the Philippines, Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez used to spend his days hunting …

South-east Asia

6 Things You Need To Get Rid Of ASAP If You Want To Succeed In Life

IMAGE iStock<p>Every woman has probably felt stuck at some point in her life, and it’s not easy getting over a rut especially if you don’t know what to …

Success

China again dismisses reports of military patrols in Afghanistan

China's defence ministry on Thursday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, saying the two countries were only carrying out counter-terrorism operations along their common border.<p>This month, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst think-tank said in a report on …

China

All-Around Barbecue Sauce Recipe | Recipe

Baste pork, chicken, and beef with this basic barbecue sauce while grilling, or serve it on the side for dipping. It's an easy and versatile …

BBQ