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Japan boosts defence budget to record levels

-- December 22, 2017 17:26:04

Japan’s government has approved a record defence budget, with money earmarked for costly missile defence systems. The missile defence systems, controversially, could be used in pre-emptive stri...

Australia police make largest drug haul, arrest eight

-- December 22, 2017 16:55:09

Australian police have arrested eight men over the nation's largest ever seizure of the drug methamphetamine. The haul, estimated to have a street value of A$1bn (£600m; $800m), was uncovered w...

Melbourne car attack leaves 9 foreigners injured: Turnbull

-- December 22, 2017 13:06:18

Nearly half the 19 people wounded as a driver with no known extremist links plowed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull...

Indonesia holds cabinet meeting over volcano threat

-- December 22, 2017 12:41:13

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will on Friday hold his cabinet meeting on the holiday island of Bali in a bid to reassure visitors that there is nothing to worry about from the rumbling Mount Agung...

29 die in South Korea sports centre fire

-- December 22, 2017 09:35:35

A fire at a sports centre in South Korea has killed 29 people and left many others injured. The fire, which started in the basement of an eight-storey building, occurred in the southern city of Jeche...

India allocates $25m for developing Rakhine

-- December 21, 2017 22:45:37

India will provide Myanmar with $25 million for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the area. India&rs...

4 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes with 251 on board

-- December 21, 2017 16:24:10

Four people were killed when a Philippine ferry with 251 people on board capsized during bad weather on Thursday off an island near the capital, Manila, said a coastguard spokesman. Coastguard boats...

Earthquake hits near Iran’s capital

Reuters December 21, 2017 15:30:33

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck a town near the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday night, state media reported, but there were no initial reports of casualties or significant damage. Last mont...

Kuwait orders probe into Airbus helicopter deal

Reuters December 21, 2017 15:21:46

Kuwait said on Wednesday it had ordered an investigation into a deal with aircraft maker Airbus (AIR.PA) to supply 30 Caracal military helicopters, worth one billion euros ($1.19 billion), for its air...

Philippine ferry capsizes with 251 aboard

-- December 21, 2017 14:38:39

A Philippine ferry carrying 251 people capsized on Thursday off an island south of Manila, the capital, a coast guard spokesman said, amid a storm bringing heavy downpours. Three people were killed i...

Pakistan bus crash claims 11 lives

-- December 21, 2017 14:14:44

At least 11 people have been killed and 20 others wounded as a speeding passenger bus collided with a parked long trailer on a highway in central Pakistan where heavy fog limited visibility, police sa...

Driver ploughs into Melbourne crowd, injuring 16

-- December 21, 2017 13:18:27

Australian police have arrested a driver after a car drove into a crowd in Melbourne. The car "collided with a number of pedestrians" on Flinders Street, a busy junction in the centre of the city, Vi...

Mass grave probe: Myanmar military appoints general

-- December 21, 2017 11:26:53

Myanmar army said that it had appointed a senior officer to investigate whether any members of the security forces were involved in the killing of 10 people whose bodies were uncovered in a mass grave...

N Korea rejects 'absurd' cyber attack accusation

Reuters December 21, 2017 11:15:32

A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday Pyongyang is not linked to any cyber attacks, the North’s first response since the United States publicly blamed it for a ma...

China jails 50 for telecoms fraud

-- December 21, 2017 10:12:33

A court in Beijing on Thursday handed down sentences of up to 15 years in jail to 50 people deported from Kenya for telecoms fraud, including 22 from self-ruled Taiwan, a case that infuriated Taiwan&r...

Another North Korean soldier defects

Reuters December 21, 2017 10:07:21

South Korean guards fired up to 20 warning shots at North Korean troops searching for a soldier who had defected on Thursday, Yonhap news agency said, after officials in the South confirmed the latest...

Myanmar, India ink Rakhine development MoU

-- December 20, 2017 21:25:26

Neighbouring India and Myanmar have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Rakhine State Development Programme with an objective to restore normalcy in Rakhine State and enable the repatriation...

Crime show host jailed for wife's murder!

-- December 20, 2017 20:14:38

The host of a popular TV crime series has been sentenced to life in jail a New Delhi court for murdering his wife in 2000. Suhaib Ilyasi, who fronted India's Most Wanted, was found to have stabbed hi...

Myanmar denies all access: UN Spl Rapporteur

-- December 20, 2017 15:17:39

Myanmar government has informed UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee that all access to the country has been denied and cooperation withdrawn during her tenure. Lee had been due to visit Myanmar in Janu...

Arrested Reuters journos face court case in Myanmar

-- December 20, 2017 14:02:29

A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday he had been informed that the police had almost completed their investigation of two arrested Reuters journalists, after which a court...

S Korea may delay joint drills only if 'North behaves'

-- December 20, 2017 12:48:38

Any delay in joint military drills with the United States would depend on North Korea’s behavior during the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials in Seoul said on Wednesday, while a halt to group tour...

Philippine President declares Christmas ceasefire

-- December 20, 2017 12:31:54

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a 10-day unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels to allow Filipinos to celebrate a “stress-free” Christmas season, two weeks after peac...

UN General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status

Reuters December 20, 2017 11:56:40

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognis...

Myanmar authorities recover10 bodies in mass grave: army newspaper

-- December 20, 2017 11:55:15

Myanmar authorities have found 10 bodies buried in a mass grave on the edge of a village in Rakhine State, the military-run newspaper Myawady reported on Tuesday. The bodies were found a day after th...

Taiwan probe angers Beijing

Reuters December 20, 2017 10:08:01

China has expressed its strong opposition and concern after the Taiwan government began a probe into a tiny but passionately pro-China opposition party for national security reasons, the latest flashp...

Saudi intercepts Houthi missile fired toward Riyadh

-- December 19, 2017 18:41:16

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition said “Coalition forces confirm intercepting an Iranian-Houthi missile targe...

Thai junta to lift ban on politics

-- December 19, 2017 15:49:31

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he would use a special order that gives the military sweeping powers to lift a ban on political activity that has been in place since a 2014 coup,...

Airstrikes in N Afghanistan kills six militants

-- December 19, 2017 13:16:31

At least six militants have been killed as security force aircraft targeted a hideout of Taliban group in Torgul village of Shirin Tagab district district of northern Afghanistan's Faryab province on...

Chinese air force planes fly through Tsushima Strait

-- December 19, 2017 12:38:14

Chinese air force planes flew through Tsushima Strait for the first time and conducted drills in international airspace over the Sea of Japan. An air force spokesperson said on Monday. The drills, i...

Japan strengthening missile defence amid threat

-- December 19, 2017 12:23:00

Japan's Cabinet has approved a plan to purchase a set of costly land-based US missile combat systems to step up the country's defence capability amid escalating threats from North Korea. Tuesday's ap...