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3rd Dec 2013

Thai government lifts barricades to ease tensions with protesters

Thai police have allowed opposition protesters through barricades outside the government and metropolitan police headquarters. The government has said the move was made to avoid futher violence and confrontation. Hundreds of anti-government protesters crossed fortified barriers on Tuesday reaching the … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

Thailand: Thai protest leader Suthep issues ultimatum, universities shut down

Universities in the Thai capital, Bangkok, have been closed amid anti-government demonstrations. Protest leaders issued an ultimatum to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after weekend clashes. Universities and schools were closed on Monday as anti-government protests affected large portions of the … Continued

1st Dec 2013

Thailand: More clashes in Bangkok, two killed

More gunshots have reverberated in Bangkok as opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra tried again to march on key buildings. Two people have been killed in circumstances that are still unclear.  Tensions were high in the Thai capital on Sunday … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Thailand: Tens of thousands of anti- and pro-government protesters rally

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Bangkok for massive anti- and pro-government rallies. The mass demonstrations are the largest Thailand has seen in three years. Police estimated around 100,000 people converged on three historic sites in Bangkok’s city … Continued

17th Oct 2013

Vietnam: Typhoon Nari kills 9 Vietnamese

[Picture shows a damaged road in Danang City, central Vietnam. (Xinhua/VNA)]   HANOI, (Xinhua): As of late Wednesday, Typhoon Nari killed at least nine, left six others missing, and injured 76 people in Vietnam’s central coastal provinces, reported the Central Committee … Continued

Laos: Commercial airliner crash kills all 49 on board
17th Oct 2013

Laos: Commercial airliner crash kills all 49 on board

A flight of Laos’ national airline has crashed into the Mekong River. Officials in neighboring Thailand say all 49 people on board were killed. The turboprop was approaching Pakse, a hub for tourists in southern Laos.  A Lao Airlines plane … Continued

8th Oct 2013

Indonesia: APEC regional summit highlights economic and trade issues

World leaders meeting in Bali, Indonesia have spent the first day of the APEC summit discussing regional issues. The absence of the US president has been a talking point. US President Barack Obama was kept at home by the ongoing … Continued

1st Oct 2013

Vietnam: Typhoon Wutip kills at least 3, injures 35 in central Vietnam

People take shelter beside a fallen tree as strong winds batter the coastal area in the Ky Anh district of Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province on September 30, 2013. Vietnam evacuated tens of thousands of people from high-risk coastal areas … Continued

30th Sep 2013

Cambodia’s flood kills 28, affect 73,600 families

PHNOM PENH,  (Xinhua): Floods has killed at least 28 people, including 16 children, and affected 73,600 families in Cambodia in the last two weeks, a disaster control official said Sunday. Some 7,900 families have been forced to flee their houses … Continued

19th Sep 2013

Indonesia: Nigerian wins Muslim beauty pageant rival to Miss World

[World Muslimah 2012 Nina Septiani of Indonesia,  right, crowns Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria after being named World Muslimah  2013 during the third Annual Award of World Muslimah in Jakarta, Indonesia,  Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. AP PHOTO/DITA ALANGKARA]   JAKARTA, … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Thailand: Four Thai police killed by militant in S Thailand

BANGKOK, (Xinhua): Four Thai police were killed in an ambush by suspected Muslim insurgent militants in restive southern province of Narathiwat, Thai News Agency reported on Saturday. A pickup truck carrying four police officers was attacked by a bomb and … Continued

11th Aug 2013

Indonesia: Rokatenda volcano erupts in Indonesia, killing 6

A volcano has erupted in Indonesia, killing six. Mount Rokatenda has shown increased volcanic activity since October last year, with authorities banning people from coming within 3 kilometers (2 miles) of its crater. Rokatenda, on the island of Palue, sent … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Malaysia: Two enactments adopted to curb Shi’a Muslim teachings

KUALA LUMPUR: Those spreading the Shia ideology in the country can be prosecuted under the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Enactment and the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment on Contravening Fatwa. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Indonesia: Parties’ pandering hurts Shi’a Muslims, Ahmadiyah

By Margareth S Aritonang Jakarta, (The Jakarta Post): Political pragmatism by major political parties, that have long pandered to majority Sunni voters, has prevented the parties from protecting the rights of minority Muslim groups such as the Ahmadiyah and Shia. … Continued

29th Jul 2013

Cambodia’s opposition rejects election results, calls for investigation

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has rejected the election results published by the government, speaking of massive manipulation. He has called for an international committee to investigate. On Sunday evening Cambodia’s National Election Commission had announced that the ruling Cambodian … Continued

24th Jul 2013

Indonesia: Three asylum-seekers dead, 157 saved in Indonesian boat capsize

JAKARTA, (Xinhua): Three drowned and 157 were saved as an asylum-seeker boat sank off Indonesia’s southern Java Island Tuesday night, Indonesian rescue official said Wednesday. “The boat carrying unknown number of illegal immigrants sank off west Java’s Cianjur Regency at … Continued

Indonesia: 18 killed in stampede at boxing match
15th Jul 2013

Indonesia: 18 killed in stampede at boxing match

[Police officers guard outside a stadium where more than a dozen of people were killed in a stampede after spectators rioted to protest a local boxer’s loss, in Nabire, Papua, The victims, mostly women, were trampled to death as about … Continued

29th Jun 2013

Thailand: Rape, abduction claims link officials to Rohingya trafficking

By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison A Phuketwan Special Investigation: PHUKET: Claims of rape and abduction being made by a group of Rohingya women and children have exposed for the first time a link between the human trafficking trade north … Continued

Myanmar: UN agency alarmed by deaths of displaced persons in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
29th Jun 2013

Myanmar: UN agency alarmed by deaths of displaced persons in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

[A displaced mother and her two children in Rakhine state. They originally came from the Pauktaw area. Photo: UNHCR/P. Behan]   The United Nations refugee agency Friday voiced concern about a violent incident in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that killed two … Continued

29th Jun 2013

Thailand: Muslim freedom fighters in south Thailand kill eight soldiers in bomb attack

Rebels in Thailand have killed eight soldiers. The predominately Buddhist country has seen growing resistance to central government rule in the Muslim-majority southern provinces since 2004. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb exploded as the soldiers traveled in a military truck along … Continued

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