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Florence Looi

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

Asia Pacific

Indonesian comic artist draws Muslim controversy

Marvel Comics fires Muslim artist for including political and religious references in his artwork

Asia Pacific

Cambodia bans sale of human milk

The Cambodian government has stopped mothers from selling their breast milk for fear of exploitation. This decision has left some women worse off. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Phnom Penh

Asia Pacific

Cambodia reluctant to repay US war debt

Cambodia is insisting that the US should drop a nearly 50-year-old war debt. Hun Sen, the prime minister, says the debt was incurred mostly because of extensive US bombing campaign in Cambodia in the 1960s and 70s.

Asia Pacific

Kim Jong-nam's son breaks silence in video

A video has emerged of a man said to be Kim Han-sol, son of murdered Kim Jong-nam, the first time a member of his family has spoken about his death. The video was posted by a group that says it's protecting the family.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia PM: North Korea ‘holding our citizens hostage’

Prime Minister Najib Razak has demanded the release of Malaysian citizens in North Korea, accusing Pyongyang of effectively holding them hostage.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia-North Korea relations fray after Kim Jong-nam killing

Malaysia’s government is ending a visa-free agreement with North Korea citing national security after the murder of the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un.

Asia Pacific

Women charged with killing North Korean leader's brother

Prosecutors in Malaysia have charged two female suspects with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The Indonesian and Vietnamese nationals say they believed they were involved in a prank.

Asia Pacific

Looking for China’s maritime militia

Reporting on groups involved in confrontations with foreign patrol vessels in the South China Sea is proving difficult.

Arts & Culture

Giant puppetry tradition takes on new life in Jakarta

Ondel-ondel were made to represent ancestors to ward off evil spirits, but have evolved as a valued entertainment icon.

Sport

Myanmar's Lethwei fighters bare their knuckles

Once considered the martial arts of hooligans, Myanmar’s traditional self-defence form is gaining popularity.

Asia

Myanmar seeks to regulate marriage

Controversial proposal to regulate and restrict inter-faith and inter-ethnic unions under consideration in parliament.

Asia

Thai protesters settle in for the long haul

Government unlikely to allow rallies to continue indefinitely, but questions remain over what it may do to stop them.