Asia Pacific

Tonga facing 'absolute disaster' after internet cable blackout

Pacific island kingdom cut off from almost all mobile phone and Internet services after undersea cable failure.

Tonga facing 'absolute disaster' after internet cable blackout

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's Widodo sets conditions for release of jailed leader

After criticism, president says Abu Bakar Bashir will only be freed if he pledges loyalty to the state and its ideology.

Indonesia's Widodo sets conditions for release of jailed leader

Malaysia

Why Malaysia's monarchy is like no other

Sultan of Pahang expected to be chosen as next head of state following the unprecedented departure of Sultan Muhammad V.

Malaysia's royals to select new king in unique rotational system

Philippines

Philippines moves to lower criminal liability age to nine

Senators and rights groups call the proposal a threat to children's welfare and a 'race to the bottom'.

Philippines moves to lower criminal liability age to nine

Asia Pacific

China: Youth feel brunt of economic slowdown

A record number of new graduates will be looking for work this year, while those who have jobs say they are working longer hours for less pay.

Asia Pacific

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia

Tremor followed by weaker quake, but tsunami warning is not issued. No immediate reports of damage.

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesia reviewing Abu Bakar Bashir's early release

Decision to release 81-year-old cleric for humanitarian reasons criticised at home and abroad.

Indonesia reviewing Abu Bakar Bashir's early release

Business & Economy

Tokyo court rejects ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's bail request

Rejection comes despite last-ditch personal appeal by 64-year-old to give up passport, submit to electronic tracking.

Tokyo court rejects ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's bail request

Russia

The strategic islands at heart of Russia-Japan feud

The decades-old dispute has prevented the two countries from concluding a peace treaty to formally end World War II.

All you need to know about islands at heart of Russia-Japan feud

Russia

Putin hosting Abe for talks to break 70-year island deadlock

Tokyo and Moscow are locked in territorial dispute over four islands taken by Soviet army in last days of World War II.

Putin hosting Abe for talks to break 70-year island deadlock

Cambodia

15 years on, question remains: Who killed Chea Vichea?

Charismatic union leader Chea Vichea was shot dead in Phnom Penh on January 22, 2004, but his killers remain at large.

15 years on, justice elusive in Cambodia union leader's murder

Witness

Taiwan School Bank Experiment: Money Lessons for Life

A school in Taiwan uses a controversial social experiment to teach students the value of money.

Business & Economy

China's balancing act: A slowing economy, debts and a trade war

Latest figures show GDP rose in 2018 at the slowest pace in 28 years.

China's balancing act: A slowing economy, debts and a trade war

Weather

Australia's record heatwave worsened by delay in monsoon

Finally, the wet season is in sight in northern Australia, but the southern heatwave waxes and wanes.

Australia's record heatwave worsened by delay in monsoon

Asia Pacific

Attacks in Thailand's deep south: Who, why and what's next?

Burst of violence deepens concerns the situation in the conflict-hit region could deteriorate in the coming months.

Attacks in Thailand's deep south: Who, why and what's next?