Florence Looi

Florence Looi

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

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

Politics

Japan's Abe faces challenges from new parties in snap election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was hoping to take advantage of an opposition caught off guard by a snap election. But new political parties could make this election unpredictable.

Japan's Abe faces challenges from new parties in snap election

Asia

Myanmar military accused of planting landmines as Rohingya flee

Myanmar's military has been accused of planting mines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing reported atrocities in Rakhine state. Amnesty International says at least two people have been wounded in a blast at the border.

Myanmar military accused of planting landmines as Rohingya flee

Asia Pacific

Myanmar's control of aid supplies could affect Rohingya

Aid agencies fear a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, after 290,000 Rohingya crossed the border.

Myanmar's control of aid supplies could affect Rohingya

Asia Pacific

Rohingya villagers afraid to leave their houses

The number of Rohingya refugees flooding into Bangladesh has risen sharply to 270,000 since the violence broke out in Myanmar two weeks ago. Some of the Rohingya villages look deserted because residents are afraid to leave their houses.

Rohingya villagers afraid to leave their houses

Asia Pacific

Conflicting claims over arson in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Myanmar officials have told journalists that the Rohingya set fire to their own houses before they fled from Rakhine state. On the other hand, Rohingya refugees say that the military and locals Buddhists are the ones who set their villages aflame.

Conflicting claims over arson in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Asia Pacific

Myanmar army denies reports of Rohingya atrocities

Rohingya civilians escaping violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State say the military has murdered, raped and set homes of civilians on fire - allegations denied by the government.

Myanmar army denies reports of Rohingya atrocities

Asia Pacific

Thousands of Rohingya risk their lives to escape violence

Around 60,000 Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh in the past week, the UN said. Hundreds have been killed in the fighting in Rakhine state and the government says more than 2,700 houses have been burned down.

Thousands of Rohingya risk their lives to escape violence

Asia Pacific

Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh

The United Nations says nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have into Bangladesh in the past week. That has prompted security forces there to further tighten its border and, in many cases, send them back.

Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh

Asia Pacific

Myanmar Rohingya: 'If we go back they will slice us into pieces'

The number of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya civilians seeking refuge abroad is rising as the military continues an allegedly brutal and indiscriminate crackdown in retaliation for attacks on security forces by a rebel group.

Myanmar Rohingya: 'If we go back they will slice us into pieces'

Asia

Rakhine violence pushes more Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh

Bangladeshi border guards are stepping up security to stop thousands of ethnic Rohingya refugees streaming into the country from Myanmar.

Rakhine violence pushes more Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh