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Thai gov’t approves draft legislation to legalize medical marijuana

Legalization is so close we can almost smell the medical-grade buds. At a meeting yesterday, the Thai cabinet approved the draft legislation that would legalize the use of medical marijuana and kratom (another Thai herb with stimulant-like effects that’s becoming popular in the West.) Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, who chaired the meeting,...

Indonesian president Joko Widodo gets mobbed by fans during outing to eat fried duck in Lucky Plaza

A man of his people, indeed.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo gets mobbed by fans during outing to eat fried duck in Lucky Plaza

Filipino-Canadian kid gets message from Steph Curry after NBA shared video of his hoop skills

Dreams do come true! One Filipino-Canadian kid became an overnight sensation when a video of him playing basketball...

Filipino-Canadian kid gets message from Steph Curry after NBA shared video of his hoop skills

Unmasked: Topeng monyet may be banned in Jakarta, but dangerous monkey pet trade persists

No matter how cute they may look, monkeys simply aren’t suitable pets for humans and it is always an act of cruelty...

Unmasked: Topeng monyet may be banned in Jakarta, but dangerous monkey pet trade persists

Rosmah giving statement to anti-corruption commission ahead of expected charges

Ahead of what is anticipated to be even more charges than the 17 she is already facing, former Prime Minister Najib...

Rosmah giving statement to anti-corruption commission ahead of expected charges
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Ubud bakso seller arrested for allegedly slinging drugs

Ubud bakso seller arrested for allegedly slinging drugs

An Ubud street vendor selling bakso was arrested in Denpasar for allegedly slinging more than just the Indonesian meatball soup. A team from the South Denpasar Police Criminal...

Lombok man arrested over Facebook posts insulting police

Lombok man arrested over Facebook posts insulting police

A man from Indonesia’s Lombok island has been arrested in Bali for allegedly insulting police on Facebook. Under Indonesia’s Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU...

Indonesia to free Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence: official

Indonesia to free Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence: official

The only female member of the “Bali Nine” heroin-trafficking gang will be freed from an Indonesian prison next week, a corrections official said Monday, after serving...

Bali airport gets ready for rainy season

Bali airport gets ready for rainy season

Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is gearing up for rainy season. Airport General Manager Yanus Suprayogi says there will be an increase in ongoing inspections,...

Bangkok traffic is so bad even trains get stuck at red lights (VIDEO)

Bangkok traffic is so bad even trains get stuck at red lights (VIDEO)

How bad is Bangkok traffic? A video going viral today shows a train suffering the same fate as other vehicles on the road — stuck at the red light in an intersection. The...

Enjoy a sophisticated night overlooking Bangkok with your favorite cocktail in hand at Zook rooftop bar!

Enjoy a sophisticated night overlooking Bangkok with your favorite cocktail in hand at Zook rooftop bar!

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Australian ‘Hells Angels’ member, Thai wife sentenced to death for drug smuggling

Australian ‘Hells Angels’ member, Thai wife sentenced to death for drug smuggling

An Australian man who’s a member of the notorious “Hells Angels” motorcycle gang and his Thai wife were sentenced to death for smuggling drugs by the Thai court yesterday,...

Two Times the Talent? Michelin winners revealed for 2019 Bangkok guide, number of starred entries doubled

Two Times the Talent? Michelin winners revealed for 2019 Bangkok guide, number of starred entries doubled

The Star Reveal for the 2019 Michelin Guide covering Bangkok, Phuket, and Phang-Nga happened this morning at a press conference in Bangkok. The second edition has named 217...

Thais outraged by child boxer’s death in ring

Thais outraged by child boxer’s death in ring

Thais have reacted with shock and anger after a 13-year-old boxer died during a charity bout, reviving calls for a ban on fights between children in the brutal Muay Thai martial...

Cathay bosses hauled over the coals at LegCo for mishandling customer data leak

Cathay bosses hauled over the coals at LegCo for mishandling customer data leak

Cathay Pacific bosses took a pasting a the Legislative Council this morning, as lawmakers grilled the airline’s senior figures over the handling of a massive data leak that...

Airbnb launches petition calling on govt to reconsider stance on home sharing

Airbnb launches petition calling on govt to reconsider stance on home sharing

Airbnb is calling on Hongkongers to push the city’s government to reconsider a proposed bill targeting short-term rentals and unregistered guesthouses. In a petition launched on...

Indian domestic worker sent to mental hospital for strangling 2-year-old

Indian domestic worker sent to mental hospital for strangling 2-year-old

A domestic worker who killed a 2-year-old boy in her care has been committed to a mental hospital, with a judge agreeing she suffered from a serious mental illness when she...

Escort ‘imprisoned’ by 2 men rescued after attempting to escape from bathroom on the 19th floor

Escort ‘imprisoned’ by 2 men rescued after attempting to escape from bathroom on the 19th floor

There was high drama in Tai Tam yesterday morning after a woman believed to be a female escort was spotted sitting on the ledge of a 19th floor luxury apartment block in an...

Pretty bride, pretty penny: Cost of HK weddings jumps by almost 10 percent

Pretty bride, pretty penny: Cost of HK weddings jumps by almost 10 percent

What’s the price of official, government-certified, family witnessed, full-banquet wedding love? A lot in Hong Kong, it seems. Like many other things here by the so-called...

Lion Air-affiliated Wings Air plane returns to Makassar airport 1 hour after take-off due to ‘technical issue’

Lion Air-affiliated Wings Air plane returns to Makassar airport 1 hour after take-off due to ‘technical issue’

The statement from Lion Air Group did not specify what the “technical issue” that caused the plane to turn around was.

VP candidate Ma’ruf protested by disabled activist group over negative use of the words ‘deaf’ and ‘blind’

VP candidate Ma’ruf protested by disabled activist group over negative use of the words ‘deaf’ and ‘blind’

The activists were protesting over a speech Ma’ruf had given on Saturday in which he called those who always criticized President Joko Widodo’s work as "budek" (deaf) and...

Alumnus burns own diploma in protest over alleged victim blaming by Universitas Gadjah Mada in student rape case

Alumnus burns own diploma in protest over alleged victim blaming by Universitas Gadjah Mada in student rape case

The alleged rape of a student at Yogyakarta’s prestigious Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and the alleged lack of a speedy and appropriate action by the university has caused...

Indonesian boy breaks down in tears after cop stops his motorcycle, police later gifts him bicycle

Indonesian boy breaks down in tears after cop stops his motorcycle, police later gifts him bicycle

Underage driving, particularly using motorcycles, has long been and continues to be common in Indonesia.

Accused of Islamophobia, PSI argues rejecting religion-based laws doesn’t equal rejecting religion

Accused of Islamophobia, PSI argues rejecting religion-based laws doesn’t equal rejecting religion

After PSI founder Grace Natalie reiterated that her party would reject any laws based on sharia, politicians accused PSI of promoting Islamophobia (despite many PSI members being...

Malaysian businesswoman makes it to the Forbes 30 under 30 2019 list

Malaysian businesswoman makes it to the Forbes 30 under 30 2019 list

Alert, alert: Twenty-eight-year-old Malaysian Kimberley Ho, founder of Evereden, a brand that produces non-toxic skincare products for children, has just made it to the annual...

Rosmah giving statement to anti-corruption commission ahead of expected charges

Rosmah giving statement to anti-corruption commission ahead of expected charges

Ahead of what is anticipated to be even more charges than the 17 she is already facing, former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, appeared at the Malaysian...

PJ City Council: Business operators only have rented parking bays from until 6:30pm

PJ City Council: Business operators only have rented parking bays from until 6:30pm

Searching for street parking in heavily-trafficked areas is akin to somewhat of a hobby here in Kuala Lumpur, and if you – like us – like to do several rounds before you give...

Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs ‘cheated’ Malaysia: PM Mahathir

Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs ‘cheated’ Malaysia: PM Mahathir

Goldman Sachs “cheated” Malaysia, its leader Mahathir Mohamad said, after two former bankers from the Wall Street titan were charged over a scandal that allegedly saw...

Package containing live python en route to uni student intercepted by post office

Package containing live python en route to uni student intercepted by post office

Malaysia’s postal service has issued strong words of warning to the person responsible for mailing a live python via mail parcel, calling the act “cruel.” A Pos Malaysia Bhd...

Things to do this weekend (Nov. 16 – 18): PETA play, QC International Pink Film Festival, UST screenwriting workshop, Escolta Block Party, Komikon 2018

Things to do this weekend (Nov. 16 – 18): PETA play, QC International Pink Film Festival, UST screenwriting workshop, Escolta Block Party, Komikon 2018

True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things...

Kelsey Merritt shows off her beauty routine on ‘Vogue’

Kelsey Merritt shows off her beauty routine on ‘Vogue’

Filipino-American model Kelsey Merritt is having a moment. After walking the runway for Victoria’s Secret last week, Merritt was featured yesterday on the...

Couple gets in car crash while allegedly having sex inside pickup truck

Couple gets in car crash while allegedly having sex inside pickup truck

Getting kinky should have its limits, especially if it endangers your life or that of others, as this couple learned the hard way. An unidentified couple got into a car accident...

Filipino-Canadian kid gets message from Steph Curry after NBA shared video of his hoop skills

Filipino-Canadian kid gets message from Steph Curry after NBA shared video of his hoop skills

Dreams do come true! One Filipino-Canadian kid became an overnight sensation when a video of him playing basketball was posted yesterday by the National Basketball Association...

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Walking around Manila, you don’t get a sense of the city’s rich and layered history from the street level. Destruction from World War II and the severe lack of...

UN urges Dhaka against Rohingya return as plan sows ‘terror’ in camps

UN urges Dhaka against Rohingya return as plan sows ‘terror’ in camps

TEKNAF, BANGLADESH — The UN rights chief on Tuesday urged Bangladesh to halt imminent plans to start returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, warning doing so risked further...

Weather Update: Monsoon’s Not Over

Weather Update: Monsoon’s Not Over

Don’t put away those umbrellas just yet. The rest of November in Yangon is going to stay wetter than usual thanks to expected tropical depressions, the Department of Meteorology...

Another one bites the dust: Amnesty International only the latest to strip Suu Kyi of honor

Another one bites the dust: Amnesty International only the latest to strip Suu Kyi of honor

A little over a year after Myanmar troops launched internationally condemned “clearance operations” that have displaced more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty...

Former journalist describes night of intimidation, abuse at police hands

Former journalist describes night of intimidation, abuse at police hands

A former Democratic Voice of Burma reporter has decided not to pursue charges over what he says was a night of physical abuse and intimidation at the hands of Yangon police, but...

Myanmar denies border shooting as Rohingya repatriation date nears

Myanmar denies border shooting as Rohingya repatriation date nears

Myanmar on Saturday denied allegations of a cross-border shooting that raised tensions with Bangladesh ahead of a scheduled start date for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees....

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Things to do this weekend (Nov. 16 – 18): PETA play, QC International Pink Film Festival, UST screenwriting workshop, Escolta Block Party, Komikon 2018

Things to do this weekend (Nov. 16 – 18): PETA play, QC International Pink Film Festival, UST screenwriting workshop, Escolta Block Party, Komikon 2018

True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things...

Kelsey Merritt shows off her beauty routine on ‘Vogue’

Kelsey Merritt shows off her beauty routine on ‘Vogue’

Filipino-American model Kelsey Merritt is having a moment. After walking the runway for Victoria’s Secret last week, Merritt was featured yesterday on the...

Dance Till You Drop: Djakarta Warehouse Project is back this Dec. 7 – 9 and you’re invited!

Dance Till You Drop: Djakarta Warehouse Project is back this Dec. 7 – 9 and you’re invited!

| Coconuts Bali x DWPX | This party is lit.

Miss International Bea Santiago opens up about the sexual harassment that comes with being a beauty queen

Miss International Bea Santiago opens up about the sexual harassment that comes with being a beauty queen

Despite what TV and social media would have us believe, beauty pageants aren’t all smiles and crowns. In a Facebook post from Monday, Miss International 2013 winner Bea...

The OG ‘Meteor Garden’ is coming to Netflix Philippines tomorrow

The OG ‘Meteor Garden’ is coming to Netflix Philippines tomorrow

WE ARE NOT PREPARED. Filipino fans of the OG 2001 Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden can rejoice because it is coming to Netflix Philippines — wait for it —...

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