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

Asia Pacific

Fear of property market crash looms in Hong Kong

Home prices in Hong Kong are the highest in the world but people are still desperate to get their own piece of real estate.

Indonesia

Indonesia blocks app full of 'terrorist propaganda'

Indonesia says armed groups use Telegram's channels for recruitment and to spread methods for carrying out attacks.

Telegram app 'full of terrorist propaganda' blocked

Asia Pacific

India top court orders inquiry into Manipur killings

India’s highest court has ordered federal investigators to look into more than 1,500 extra-judicial killings in the northeastern state of Manipur.

Asia Pacific

Philippine ex-president faces charges over botched raid

Benigno Aquino to face criminal charges for botched anti-terrorism operation that left 44 police officers dead in 2015.

Philippine ex-president faces charges over botched raid

Asia Pacific

Japan leads TPP talks to keep trade deal alive

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was supposed to be the world’s biggest trade agreement until President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it. The remaining 11 nations are moving forward with the deal, with negotiations in Japan this week.