UN to 'urgently' probe crimes against Rohingya Muslims

UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar.

Asia Pacific

South Korea raises sunken ferry after three years

More than 300 people, most schoolchildren, were killed when the vessel capsized and sunk almost three years ago.

Asia Pacific

Myanmar dam project raises environmental concerns

A commission set up by Myanmar's government is due to report on a controversial dam project that has been suspended for several years.

Asia Pacific

Indonesia Crisis: Clean water scarcity in Jakarta

People living in the capital of Indonesia still rely on river water and wells for washing and drinking due to a lack of infrastructure. The ground water in Jakarta is contaminated by unclean septic tanks

Asia Pacific

Japan rolls out new military vessel

The second of Japan's largest military ships is now officially on duty. A commissioning ceremony has been held in Yokohama dockyards near Tokyo.

Asia Pacific

New Zealand makes efforts to curb meth use

The supply of methamphetamine to New Zealand is decreasing, but it's still leaving a stain on the country. People are being encouraged to test for drug contamination before renting or buying a home.

Asia Pacific

North Korea's latest missile test 'ends in failure'

South Korean and US officials say they have detected a failed missile launch attempt by North Korea.

Asia Pacific

Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

Diplomatic protest planned against Beijing as President Duterte calls for regional guidelines to resolve sea disputes.

War & Conflict

Cambodia rejects paying 'dirty debt' to the US

Cambodia-US relations will further deteriorate if Trump insists on collecting debt incurred by an illegitimate regime.

by Vannarith Chheang

South Korea

Prosecutors question S Korea's Park on multiple charges

Park apologises to public as she arrives at prosecutors' office after months of avoiding scrutiny on corruption scandal.

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists hold mock election

Pro-democracy activists are holding a mock ballot to get people to 'vote' for Hong Kong's next chief executive. The real vote will be cast by a committee of pro-Beijing loyalists this Sunday.

Asia Pacific

North Korea says it's not afraid of US military strike

Pyongyang reacts with disdain after US Secretary of State Tillerson warned 'all options are on the table'.


Trump says Kim Jong-un 'acting very, very badly'

US president criticises North Korean leader hours after Pyongyang says it tested new type of high-thrust rocket engine.

Asia Pacific

Myanmar's ancient city crumbling away

Myanmar's ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mrauk U used to be an example of religious harmony. But since violence broke out five years ago between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, the city has banned Muslims from entering the town.

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: International Criminal Court 'cannot stop me'

Philippine president vows anti-drug war campaign will continue and will be 'brutal' as death toll passes 8,000 mark.