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Around 35 tourists believed trapped after landslides in Indonesia’s Lombok, says...

About 40 Malaysian and domestic tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall when two earthquakes triggered landslides.

Risk of political disarray stalks Thai economy as vote nears

The lack of a stable democracy in Thailand has long held back its competitiveness on the global economy.

Thais flock to early voting in first election since 2014 coup

52 million Thais aged 18 and above are eligible to vote for either incumbent Prayuth Chan-ocha or for populist and anti-junta parties.

Myanmar to repatriate remains of suspected WWII US airmen

The remains of US airmen linked to the crashed B-25G aircraft in February 1944 will be sent to a forensics laboratory in Hawaii.

Indonesians get first chance to ride subway in traffic-clogged capital

The MRT, developed with Japanese expertise and funding, is the centrepiece of President Jokowi's infrastructure boom.

Distressed rubber lands could upend Thailand’s electoral map

Voters in the country’s two main rubber-growing areas are looking for fresh ideas, no matter which party comes up with them.

Thai junta-aligned party reaches out in opposition heartland

Hundreds of supporters in the northeastern 'Isan' region were rooting for General Prayut Chan-O-Cha or 'Uncle Tu' who was in born in the province itself.

6.0-magnitude quake hits off Philippines coast

The earthquake struck at 11:06 pm (1506 GMT) and its epicentre is about 41km (25 miles) north of Santa Monica in the province of Surigao del Norte.

Thousands march against Duterte on International Women’s Day

President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly made jokes about rape and said last year that when he was a teen he indecently 'touched' the family maid.

Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

Marijuana has been used as a traditional herb for centuries in Thailand but was banned decades ago.

Philippines survey shows ‘shocking’ plastic waste’

The Philippines is frequently cited as one of the worst offenders when it comes to plastic pollution.

Satire rips into chaotic Thai politics as polls near

In his latest exhibition, Headache Stencil, known as 'Thailand's Banksy', takes potshots at self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Two dead, hundreds evacuated amid severe Indonesia floods

Flooding is common during Indonesia's rainy season, which runs roughly from October to April.

Thai court disbands Thaksin-linked party that chose princess

The court said its ruling was unanimous and also banned executives of the party from politics for 10 years.

Vietnam jails 15 over anti-China protests

A number of people have been jailed in the months following nationwide demonstrations in Vietnam in June last year.

Judgement day for Thai party that nominated princess for PM

The disqualification of the Thai Raksa Chart party will be a blow to the opposition coalition of parties loyal to the exiled Thaksin Shinawatra.

Singtel to buy US$525 million of India’s Bharti Airtel stock

Singtel reported a 14% drop in third-quarter net profit last month, hurt partly by intense competition in India that hit Airtel. 

State-sponsored espionage group Whitefly behind Singapore cyberattack, says report

Authorities say the attack illegally accessed and copied personal details of clinical patients including high-ranking politicians.

International Criminal Court probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

The ICC team will visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh where 740,000 Rohingya refugees fled to after persecution in Myanmar.

Ageing Singapore: 90-year-old noodle vendor helps keep foodie culture alive

As Singapore attempts to get Unesco to recognise its hawker culture as unique, hawkers are growing older with few willing to replace them.