Politics

S Korea urges North to accept military talks offer

North Korea has not replied to calls for talks and separate offers to negotiate the reunification of divided families.

S Korea urges N Korea to accept military talks offer

Asia Pacific

China punishes 210,000 officials for corruption

Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog says it has punished 210,000 officials for corruption in first half of 2017.

China punishes 210,000 officials for corruption

Asia Pacific

South Korea ‘blind hiring’ to combat appearance-obsessed culture

Getting a job can be a challenging for young people in South Korea, where youth unemployment is over 10 percent.

Asia Pacific

Thai general convicted for Rohingya trafficking deaths

Many of the victims found in mass graves were Rohingya Muslims – a persecuted minority from Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Asia Pacific

Indonesia bans Islamic group 'to protect unity'

Move against Hizb ut-Tahrir follows controversial decree allowing officials to disband groups threatening national unity

Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia banned 'to protect unity'

Asia Pacific

Asylum seeker limbo as Manus Island refugee prison set to close

The Manus Island detention centre is set close by the end of October, but it is not clear where the men living there will go.

Asia Pacific

Duterte seeks to extend martial law amid ISIL threat

Philippine leader seeks congress approval to keep military rule in Mindanao region until end of 2017 amid ISIL threat.

Duterte seeks to extend martial law amid ISIL threat

Myanmar

Myanmar: UN probe 'can only aggravate' Rohingya issue

Aung San Suu Kyi's security adviser dismisses UN investigation into alleged rape and killings of Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar: UN probe 'can only aggravate' Rakhine tension

Asia Pacific

Thailand: Verdict for 103 who buried Rohingya in mass graves

At least 103 people charged with abandoning Rohingya refugees at sea and burying dozens more in mass graves are about to receive their verdicts in Thailand.

Philippines

Filipino Muslim rebels pin hope on new peace deal

Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels back new draft law establishing a more powerful autonomous region in Mindanao.

Filipino Muslim rebels pin hope on new peace deal

Asia Pacific

South Korea offers direct talks with the North

South Korea has proposed talks with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume family reunions.

Asia Pacific

Australia to boost military's power in 'terror' attacks

Prime minister unveils proposed changes to laws in wake of recent attacks, including the deadly 2014 siege in Sydney.

Boost for military's powers in 'terrorist incidents'

Asia Pacific

App blocks 'terror' content after Indonesia warning

Encrypted messaging service Telegram bows to pressure after ministry warning of ban on app used by suspected fighters.

Telegram blocks 'terror' content after Indonesia threat

Inside Story

How scared is China's government of political dissent?

China's most prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer but many hold the Chinese government responsible.

Asia Pacific

Duterte draws criticism for 'Miss Universe' rape joke

Philippine president makes quip before Filipino diplomats, the latest in a string of incidents critics call sexist.

Duterte draws criticism for 'Miss Universe' rape joke