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Prem Tinsulanonda, power broker and royal councilor, dies at 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, the powerful head of the king’s privy council who helped weave the power dynamic between throne and barracks over six decades, died this morning due to coronary disease. He was 98. Through channels direct and indirect, Prem’s longevity in the halls of power was without equal. After a long career in civilian political ...

Chief exec ‘strongly objects’ to Germany’s decision to grant asylum to Hong Kong activists

Hong Kong’s leader lashed out at Germany Friday for granting asylum to two fugitives involved in a violent 2016...

Chief exec ‘strongly objects’ to Germany’s decision to grant asylum to Hong Kong activists

Prabowo officially challenges election results at Constitutional Court

Indonesia’s opposition candidate lodged an appeal yesterday over claims that he lost the presidential election...

Prabowo officially challenges election results at Constitutional Court

Fire, explosion at Chonburi port injures 25; area declared ‘danger zone’

A fire erupted on a cargo ship docked at a port in Thailand this morning, triggering a blast and leaving at least 25...

Fire, explosion at Chonburi port injures 25; area declared ‘danger zone’

Domestic worker stabs boss for overworking him 

A domestic worker who said he lost his mind after being overworked took out his frustrations on his boss who he...

Domestic worker stabs boss for overworking him 

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Flights to and from Bali returns to normal after latest Agung eruption; officials say no warning signs of ‘major eruption’ yet

Flights to and from Bali returns to normal after latest Agung eruption; officials say no warning signs of ‘major eruption’ yet

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has resumed normal operations following Mount Agung’s latest eruption over the weekend, which spread ash over some parts of the island.

Flights canceled as Agung erupts, sending ash hurtling thousands of meters into the air

Flights canceled as Agung erupts, sending ash hurtling thousands of meters into the air

Numerous flights into Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport were canceled last night in the wake of the latest eruption of the tourist mecca’s mercurial Mount Agung....

3 Klungkung regency residents bitten by rabies-infected dog, local animal health agency says it’s working to curb spread of disease

3 Klungkung regency residents bitten by rabies-infected dog, local animal health agency says it’s working to curb spread of disease

Three local residents at a village in Klungkung regency were bitten by a rabies-infected dog, prompting the local animal health agency to carry out efforts to curb the issue.

Bali Police arrest a gang of snatchers, police say they targeted foreign tourists

Bali Police arrest a gang of snatchers, police say they targeted foreign tourists

Bali Police have arrested a gang of snatchers, consisting of five Indonesian men, who have allegedly been stealing from foreign tourists on the island.

Would you steal for love? Sanitation worker arrested for stealing Bali villa’s fridge for his girlfriend

Would you steal for love? Sanitation worker arrested for stealing Bali villa’s fridge for his girlfriend

Some people will do anything for love. For one Balinese man, “anything” apparently includes stealing a refrigerator from a villa in Gianyar for his girlfriend.

Prem Tinsulanonda, power broker and royal councilor, dies at 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, power broker and royal councilor, dies at 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, the powerful head of the king’s privy council who helped weave the power dynamic between throne and barracks over six decades, died this morning due to...

Fire, explosion at Chonburi port injures 25; area declared ‘danger zone’

Fire, explosion at Chonburi port injures 25; area declared ‘danger zone’

A fire erupted on a cargo ship docked at a port in Thailand this morning, triggering a blast and leaving at least 25 workers suffering from smoke inhalation and other injuries,...

Thailand wants to charge all tourists for health insurance

Thailand wants to charge all tourists for health insurance

What is dead may never die but rises again, at least when it comes to bad ideas. A proposal to charge tourists – those economic burdens draining the coffers with their...

Blocked from parliament, defiant Thanathorn says Thai junta is ‘desperate’

Blocked from parliament, defiant Thanathorn says Thai junta is ‘desperate’

To a room full of cheering supporters raising three-finger salutes in defiance of military rule, the leader of a progressive party challenging said last night he disagreed with a...

Thai court blocks junta nemesis from entering parliament

Thai court blocks junta nemesis from entering parliament

Tonight Thailand’s constitutional court suspended the wildly popular leader of an anti-junta party from parliament a day before it convenes, putting the brakes on his...

Mainland Fuzzies: Rare albino panda caught on camera, state media says

Mainland Fuzzies: Rare albino panda caught on camera, state media says

A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported. The...

Several injured after taxi slams into pedestrians on traffic island in Aberdeen

Several injured after taxi slams into pedestrians on traffic island in Aberdeen

At least six people, and as many as nine, have been sent to hospital after a taxi jumped a curb, crashed through a barrier, and plowed into a group of pedestrians in Aberdeen this...

Chief exec ‘strongly objects’ to Germany’s decision to grant asylum to Hong Kong activists

Chief exec ‘strongly objects’ to Germany’s decision to grant asylum to Hong Kong activists

Hong Kong’s leader lashed out at Germany Friday for granting asylum to two fugitives involved in a violent 2016 political protest, summoning Berlin’s envoy for an...

Wrist of Fury: Auction to feature watch once owned by Bruce Lee

Wrist of Fury: Auction to feature watch once owned by Bruce Lee

A wristwatch that once belonged to martial arts superstar Bruce Lee is expected to fetch as much as US$20,000 when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong on Monday. The watch is...

Vandemonium: Man beats GOGOVAN driver in dispute over blocked street (VIDEO)

Vandemonium: Man beats GOGOVAN driver in dispute over blocked street (VIDEO)

Two men were arrested and sent to hospital last night after they were caught on camera brawling over a traffic dispute in Mong Kok. HK01 reports that the incident happened in the...

Prabowo officially challenges election results at Constitutional Court

Prabowo officially challenges election results at Constitutional Court

Indonesia’s opposition candidate lodged an appeal yesterday over claims that he lost the presidential election due to widespread cheating, allegations that spawned deadly...

Viral hoax saying Catholic woman wanted to convert to Islam before she was killed in post-election riots debunked

Viral hoax saying Catholic woman wanted to convert to Islam before she was killed in post-election riots debunked

In times of chaos and instability, like what Indonesia is experiencing following the post-election protests that descended into violent riots on Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s wise...

Hail-a-rickshaw: Grab Indonesia launches GrabBajay 3-wheel taxi service

Hail-a-rickshaw: Grab Indonesia launches GrabBajay 3-wheel taxi service

Three-wheel auto rickshaws, locally known as bajaj (named after their manufacturers, India-based Bajaj), have long been a feature of Jakarta’s public transport scene....

Police arrest man for allegedly spreading hoax about secret Chinese officers during election riots

Police arrest man for allegedly spreading hoax about secret Chinese officers during election riots

The National Police arrested a man suspected of spreading a hoax about the presence of cops from China being among the Brimob (Mobile Police Brigade) officers securing the...

AJI condemns harassment of journalists during post-election riots in Jakarta (Video)

AJI condemns harassment of journalists during post-election riots in Jakarta (Video)

At least seven Indonesian journalists were reportedly attacked during post-election protests this week in Jakarta, prompting calls on authorities to investigate alleged press...

Snatch thief leaves woman and step-daughter injured and in hospital after pushing bike

Snatch thief leaves woman and step-daughter injured and in hospital after pushing bike

A Penang-area snatch thief seriously injured a woman and her step-daughter, after attacking the two when they were riding a motorbike, forcing both along with vehicle, into a...

Wah Lau Huawei: Kuala Lumpur-area restaurant offers discount to US-banned phone users

Wah Lau Huawei: Kuala Lumpur-area restaurant offers discount to US-banned phone users

Silver-linings, Huawei users: Yes, your phone next update might not have Google, Gmail and YouTube app capabilities, but things are looking up for you at an SS2 restaurant right...

Malaysian man set to hang in Singapore gallows today granted stay of execution

Malaysian man set to hang in Singapore gallows today granted stay of execution

Malaysian prisoner Pannir Selvam Pranthaman had been scheduled to hang this morning in Singapore, having been found guilty of drug trafficking into the city state, and meted out...

Local quintet recreate ‘Game of Thrones’ music with local and classical instruments

Local quintet recreate ‘Game of Thrones’ music with local and classical instruments

Still reeling over that last episode/last season of Game of Thrones [Ed. Note: Seriously, HBO we need to talk]? Well, let a quintet of Malaysian musicians assuage your crestfallen...

Father-son duo arrested in connection with shooting of caged monkey who ‘wouldn’t talk’

Father-son duo arrested in connection with shooting of caged monkey who ‘wouldn’t talk’

Following a widely circulated video of a young man firing a shot at, and subsequently killing, a caged monkey for not repeating the catch-phrase “baby sayang,” investigators...

Mistaken Identity: That viral photo is not Cameron Diaz in Palawan 

Mistaken Identity: That viral photo is not Cameron Diaz in Palawan 

Filipinos love it when international celebrities visit our shores so many immediately jumped in on last week’s news that Cameron Diaz was spotted in a restaurant in tourist...

In-N-Out hosting pop-up event in Taguig City today

In-N-Out hosting pop-up event in Taguig City today

Californian cult favorite burger chain In-N-Out is setting up a pop-up store in Taguig City for a one day-only event today. The brand is notoriously restrictive about expanding...

Domestic worker stabs boss for overworking him 

Domestic worker stabs boss for overworking him 

A domestic worker who said he lost his mind after being overworked took out his frustrations on his boss who he allegedly stabbed in the village of Ma-a in Talomo, Davao City on...

That sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing ‘slow-motion disaster’

That sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing ‘slow-motion disaster’

When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim. The main culprit is catastrophic...

Elephant Grounds: Cult favorite HK cafe brings specialty coffee, artisanal ice cream, and Asian-inspired brunch to BGC

Elephant Grounds: Cult favorite HK cafe brings specialty coffee, artisanal ice cream, and Asian-inspired brunch to BGC

Bonifacio Global City has become the go-to location for international brands coming to Manila for the first time, and the latest to set up shop in the business district is Hong...

Yangon underwater by 2100? A real possibility, says climate change NGO

Yangon underwater by 2100? A real possibility, says climate change NGO

Record-breaking floods, stronger storms, unpredictable rainfall — none of it should come as a particular surprise considering Myanmar’s standing as one of the most...

#WhiteRose4Peace campaign goes national (PICTURES)

#WhiteRose4Peace campaign goes national (PICTURES)

Since prominent Buddhist monk, U Bandatta Seindita, passed the first white rose in solidarity with the Muslim community in Yangon’s South Dagon township after an armed mob...

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Burrowing deep underground, thousands of informal miners risk their lives to find gleaming red gems as a law change spurs opportunity in Myanmar’s “land of...

Out of Fashion: NYT Style slammed for pairing Myanmar feature, glam photo shoot

Out of Fashion: NYT Style slammed for pairing Myanmar feature, glam photo shoot

A decision by New York Times Style Magazine editors to pair an article on Myanmar’s struggles with its “brutal history and violent present” with a high-end fashion shoot has...

‘Make Yangon Accessible,’ says disability rights NGO

‘Make Yangon Accessible,’ says disability rights NGO

What good are escalators if you have to walk up stairs to even access them? Not a whole lot as a group of disabled rights activists found out in Yangon this weekend. In a bid to...

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Shanti Dope’s team calls out PDEA for ‘brazen use of power’ in pushing for the banning of song ‘Amatz’

Shanti Dope’s team calls out PDEA for ‘brazen use of power’ in pushing for the banning of song ‘Amatz’

The management of teen rapper Shanti Dope called out the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) yesterday for what they said was its “brazen use of power” in...

New art and music festival with 70+ DJs taking over Chang Chui next week

New art and music festival with 70+ DJs taking over Chang Chui next week

Chang Chui, the large-scale art and creative space in Bangkok’s western outskirts, will host a new art and music spectacle called Dontri Festival (dontri being “music” in...

‘Heritage Feast’: Philippine art, music, and design at Escolta’s Pista ng Pamana

‘Heritage Feast’: Philippine art, music, and design at Escolta’s Pista ng Pamana

Escolta Street in Manila was once known as the Philippine capital’s Fifth Avenue. Like other parts of the city, only a few colonial buildings remain there today, so it has...

Weekend Warrior: May 24-26

Weekend Warrior: May 24-26

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.

PH drug enforcement agency urges ban on rap song ‘Amatz’ for allegedly promoting pot smoking

PH drug enforcement agency urges ban on rap song ‘Amatz’ for allegedly promoting pot smoking

Can a rap song influence people to smoke pot? The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) believes that it could. That’s why today, the PDEA announced that it has...

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