Asia Pacific

Malaysia's Anwar wins seat in parliament

Landslide victory sets the stage for Anwar Ibrahim's eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim wins parliamentary by-election

Asia Pacific

Australia gives drought-stricken farms billion-dollar aid package

Australia's national and state governments are supporting drought-stricken communities by subsidising transport costs, offering low-interest loans and giving cash payments to farmers.

Indonesia

Twelve school children killed in Indonesia landslide

At least 27 people killed, including 12 pupils, as mud and debris hit North Sumatra province after heavy downpours.

Indonesia: Landslide kills school children in North Sumatra

Asia Pacific

UN chief visits Indonesia as World Bank vows aid

Antonio Guterres offers condolences to victims of Palu, as thousands gather to pray two weeks after the disaster.

UN chief tours disaster-hit Indonesia as World Bank pledges aid

China

China's trade surplus with US widens to record $34bn

The record high comes despite a raft of US tariffs, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

China's trade surplus with US widens to record $34bn

Asia Pacific

Moon Jae-in urges US to declare end of war with North Korea

The South Korean president said Pyongyang has taken steps to achieve peace and the US should take similar measures.

Moon Jae-in urges US to declare end of war with North Korea

Singapore

Singaporean artist jailed after peaceful protest

Human rights groups denounce two-week sentence as an affront to free speech and call for Seelan Palay's release.

Singaporean artist jailed after peaceful protest

Cambodia

Cambodia calls EU trade threat 'extreme injustice'

The EU announced Cambodia could lose its special access to European markets over undemocratic practices.

Cambodia calls EU trade threat 'extreme injustice'

Philippines

Children go hungry as the Philippine economy grows

In Manila's largest slum, children hunt for scraps of food amid the rubbish against the backdrop of rising skyscrapers.

Children go hungry as the Philippine economy grows

North Korea

Seoul eyes lifting of some sanctions against Pyongyang

Deal between rival states calls for creation of buffer zones along the Koreas' land and sea boundaries.

Seoul may lift some sanctions against Pyongyang

China

China legalises 're-education camps' in Xinjiang

Centres tasked to teach Mandarin Chinese, legal concepts and vocational training, and carry out 'thought education'.

China legalises 're-education camps' in Xinjiang

Taiwan

Taiwan to bolster military in face of China threats

China's 'intimidation and diplomatic pressure' threatening peaceful stability in Taiwan Strait: President Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan to bolster military in face of China threats

China

China launches anti-halal campaign in Xinjiang

Communist Party leaders in Urumqi led cadres to swear an oath to 'fight a decisive battle against pan-halalisation'.

China's Urumqi takes aim at 'extremist' religious practices

Indonesia

Indonesians search for bodies of quake victims amid deadline

Recovery operations to locate remains to be halted on Thursday after twin disasters as death toll surpasses 2,000.

Indonesians search for bodies of quake victims amid deadline