Florence Looi

Florence Looi

Florence Looi is based in Kuala Lumpur and reports from Asia-Pacific region.

North Korea

'Diplomatic breakthrough' in North-South Korea talks

Officials from the two sides met for 11 hours and eventually agreed Seoul would lift sanctions temporarily, so North Korean athletes could visit the South for next month's Winter Olympics.

'Diplomatic breakthrough' in North-South Korea talks

North Korea

North and South Korea to hold high-level talks

While the talks are being greeted enthusiastically by Seoul, many doubt they will lead to a significant curb in tensions between the neighbouring governments that have been in a state of conflict for decades.

North and South Korea to hold high-level talks

Asia Pacific

Pyeongchang 2018: Hope games will thaw inter-Korean relations

Relations, if not the weather, on the Korean Peninsula appear to be warming as South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Pyeongchang 2018: Hope games will thaw inter-Korean relations

Asia Pacific

North-South Korea talks set for Tuesday

After two years of silence, North Korea and South Korea are set to re-open lines of communication. Tuesday's talks will initially focus on the North's participation in the Winter Olympics in the South next month.

North-South Korea talks set for Tuesday

South Korea

Korean Air abduction: Family separated for 48 years

Hwang In-cheol's father was among the 46 passengers and crew aboard Korean Air YS-11 that was hijacked into North Korea in 1969.

Korean Air abduction: Family separated for 48 years

Rohingya

Al Jazeera's exclusive footage of stranded Rohingya refugees

Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage of thousands of displaced Rohingya waiting to cross over into Bangladesh. Since August, more than 600,000 have fled the violence, which the UN says amounts to “ethnic cleansing”.

Al Jazeera's exclusive footage of stranded Rohingya refugees

Rohingya

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fear repatriation to Myanmar

Many Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh dream of going home, but they are afraid for their security upon their return.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fear repatriation to Myanmar

Rohingya

Rohingya crisis: Inter-faith events push for peace

Multi-religious gatherings have been held in Myanmar calling for peace and harmony as the Rohingya crackdown continues.

Rohingya crisis: Inter-faith events push for peace

Rohingya

Despite Rohingya crisis, thousands march in support of military

Thousands of people have marched in support of Myanmar's military in the city of Yangon, although it has come under criticism from the international community for its ongoing crackdown against the Muslim-majority Rohingya.

Despite Rohingya crisis, thousands march in support of military

Rohingya

Myanmar signs deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to cooperate on the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has described as 'textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State.

Myanmar signs deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya repatriation

Elections

Japan elections: Vote scheduled for October 22

Japan will go to the polls in a week, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an early election.

Japan elections: Vote scheduled for October 22

Business & Economy

Japan steel giant's shares melt as misconduct scandal grows

The impact of the Kobe Steel scandal is starting to be felt. One of Japan's largest steelmakers has lost more than a third of its stock market value in a record two-day slide after admitting it falsified product data on its products.

Japan steel giant's shares melt as misconduct scandal grows