Imran recalls Bangladesh liberation to slam Pak army

Former Pakistan prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan while addressing the nation on Saturday night said people should understand atrocities committed in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Thailand opposition crushes military parties in election rout

Thailand's opposition secured a stunning election win on Sunday after trouncing parties allied with the military, setting the stage for a flurry of deal-making over forming a government in a bid to end nearly a decade of conservative, army-backed rule

Myanmar military used ‘vacuum bomb’ in village strike: HRW

Myanmar's military used a "vacuum bomb" in an air strike on an opposition village that killed dozens of people in a likely war crime last month, Human Rights Watch said today.

Landslide in Pakistan buries trucks, kills at least 2 people

A landslide during a thunder and lightning storm on the main road through northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pass buried more than 20 trucks on Tuesday, killing at least two people, with dozens more feared trapped, officials said.

‘DIFFICULT’ CLIMATE TALKS / G7 foreign ministers meet in Japan

G7 allies met yesterday for two days of “difficult” climate talks in northern Japan, facing pressure to show progress on key fossil fuel commitments in an example to other major economies including China.

Thailand polls / Thaksin’s daughter named PM candidate

Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai party yesterday confirmed the daughter of billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra as one of its candidates to be prime minister in the kingdom’s upcoming election.

Myanmar junta pardons over 2,000 prisoners jailed for dissent against military

Myanmar's junta on Wednesday announced it had pardoned more than 2,000 prisoners jailed under a law used widely in its crackdown on dissent since seizing power more than two years ago

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Singapore hangs man over 1 kg of cannabis

Singapore hanged a prisoner yesterday after he was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle one kilogram of cannabis, despite rights groups decrying “many flaws” in the case.

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Myanmar crisis: Neighbours, some Asean members hold secretive talks

Government and think-tank representatives from Myanmar and its neighbours, including India and China, held talks in New Delhi on Tuesday as part of a secretive effort to de-escalate a bloody crisis in the army-run Southeast Asian nation, two sources said

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UN urges Singapore to halt execution over drug offence

The United Nations Human Rights Office pressed Singapore yesterday to “urgently reconsider” its scheduled execution of a man over one kilogram of cannabis.

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Japan supports industrial use of AI: Kishida

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said yesterday the country supports the development of industrial uses of generative artificial intelligence technologies such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

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34m Afghans in poverty under Taliban rule: UN

The number of Afghans in poverty nearly doubled to 34 million as the nation was racked by the collapse of the US-backed government and the Taliban takeover, the UN said yesterday.

North Korea unveils new nuclear warheads

North Korea unveiled new, smaller nuclear warheads and vowed to produce more weapons-grade nuclear material to expand the country’s arsenal, state media KCNA said yesterday, as a US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea for military drills.

Act against ex-PM Imran

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday appealed to parliament to act against predecessor Imran Khan over accusations that his party was involved in violence that erupted when police tried to arrest him for alleged corruption.

Girls’ education activist arrested by Taliban

The founder of a project that campaigned for girls’ education in Afghanistan has been detained by Taliban authorities in Kabul, his brother and the United Nations said yesterday.

Nearly 200 land in Indonesia’s Aceh

At least 184 Rohingya refugees, including many women and children, landed in Indonesia’s westernmost province yesterday, officials said, after they were dropped at sea by boat and made to swim ashore.