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When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

Jun 11, 2019

Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, but over the past decade and a half has repurposed its militia into a force that's often first to help in times of disaster

Challenge to Indonesia vote makes big claims, weak on proof

May 29, 2019

The court challenge to Indonesia's presidential election from the losing candidate claims the police, intelligence agency and other state institutions were biased in favor of the incumbent, but its evidence for fraud is mainly printouts of news articles

6 die in Indonesia riots; Widodo says he won't allow unrest

May 22, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election

Boeing 737 Max 8 woes crimp Asian airlines' growth plans

May 7, 2019

Boeing 737 Max 8 woes crimp Asian airlines' growth plans

Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

May 6, 2019

Brunei's sultan says a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an outcry

Thai king celebrates coronation with spectacular parade

May 5, 2019

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May 4, 2019

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned in an elaborate centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago

Fire hits 21-story Manila building; 1 dead and 5 injured

Apr 29, 2019

A fire raged through the top floors of a 21-story residential building in the Philippine capital, killing an elderly woman and injuring five other people

Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

Apr 23, 2019

Myanmar's Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr 19, 2019

Several Roman Catholic devotees have been nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering

Health

Worsening air pollution reducing lifespans in...

Mar 29, 2019

Researchers say Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to...

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles...

Feb 18, 2019

The Philippine health secretary says 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400...

Bangkok flies drones as PM warns of costs in...

Feb 1, 2019

Drones are spraying water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok while the governor invited...

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

Jan 30, 2019

More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut due to increasing concern over...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm...

Jan 14, 2019

Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia

UN finds 486 million in Asia still hungry,...

Nov 2, 2018

A United Nations report says some 486 million people are malnourished in Asia and the Pacific and...

Religion

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, but over the past decade and a half has repurposed its militia into a force...

Jun 11, 2019

Challenge to Indonesia vote makes big claims, weak on proof

The court challenge to Indonesia's presidential election from the losing candidate claims the police, intelligence agency and other state institutions were biased in favor of the incumbent, but its...

May 29, 2019

6 die in Indonesia riots; Widodo says he won't allow unrest

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last...

May 22, 2019

Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

Brunei's sultan says a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an outcry

May 6, 2019

Thai king celebrates coronation with spectacular parade

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a...

May 5, 2019

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned in an elaborate centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago

May 4, 2019