Philippines

Philippines' Duterte vows to continue his drug war

In his annual address, the president calls on critics not to trivialise his drugs war by demanding human rights.

Philippines' Duterte vows to continue his drug war

Asia Pacific

Saving Harbin: Chinese city struggles to preserve Russian legacy

A campaign is underway in China to save unique monuments of Russian history. The city of Harbin, founded by colonialists during the height of the Russian empire, has a very distinct Tsarist character.

Asia Pacific

Philippines: Duterte to deliver second State of Nation address

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is due to deliver his second State of the Nation Address on Monday.

Inside Story

What happens to child soldiers when war ends?

Thousands of children struggle to adjust back into society after being recruited for armed conflicts.

Asia Pacific

Forest bathing: The latest health craze in Japan

Many of us will try anything to de-stress and unwind. Yoga, Pilates, meditation. But what about “forest bathing”? It's taking off in Japan as a surprisingly simple way to stay healthy.

Asia Pacific

Afghan asylum seekers forced to live on Jakarta's streets

Asylum seekers from Afghanistan are being forced to live on the streets of the Indonesian capital, because of a lack of humanitarian aid.

Asia Pacific

Indonesia president: Police should shoot drug dealers

Joko Widodo supports increasing use of force against suspected drug traffickers as country faces 'narcotics emergency'.

Joko Widodo: Police should shoot suspected drug dealers

Weather

Severe storms lash New Zealand’s South Island

State of emergency declared as floods and mudslides batter southeast coast of Pacific Island nation.

Severe storms lash New Zealand’s South Island

Asia Pacific

Philippines extends martial law in Mindanao until 2018

Congress backs bid by President Duterte to give army further powers in order to clear fighters from troubled region.

MPs back Duterte's bid to extend Mindanao martial law

Asia Pacific

UN envoy complains of state surveillance in Myanmar

Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee says activists and journalists continue to be followed and questioned by state agents.

UN envoy complains of state surveillance in Myanmar

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'