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AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 3:06 AM

Media groups slam arrest, ask for charges against Maria Ressa to be dropped

PETALING JAYA: International and local media groups have criticised the arrest of veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, and are urging that the cyber libel case against her news site Rappler be dropped.

World 14 Feb 2019 | 2:14 AM

U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

WARSAW (Reuters) - A U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday.

Metro News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Wildlife NGO names new executive director

NON-profit organisation WWF-Malaysia has announced the appointment of Sophia Lim as its new executive director and chief executive officer.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Protest vigil held for man held over trafficking film

PHNOM PENH: The wife of a jailed Cambodian translator who helped make a controversial sex trafficking documentary marked two months since her spouse was detained with a protest vigil calling for his release.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Thai princess apologises after ill-fated run for PM

BANGKOK: A Thai princess has apologised after her short-lived candidacy for prime minister earned a royal rebuke from her brother – the king – and sent jitters across the politically febrile country just weeks before elections.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Rain spells trouble for ballots boxes in West Java

JAKARTA: Thousands of ballot boxes were damaged in Cirebon, West Java, after water submerged the room they were stored in, marking the latest logistical problem ahead of legislative and presidential elections to be held in April.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Chinese national held for bad behaviour

MANILA: Another Chinese national has landed in the news, this time for allegedly sexually harassing three teenage girls at a theme park in Pasay City.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Bad news for Shinawatras

BANGKOK: Thailand’s election commission asked the constitutional court to dissolve a party that proposed a princess as candidate for prime minister, a potentially serious blow to the political aspirations of the kingdom’s powerful Shinawatra clan.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jokowi saves forests, but fails to resolve land conflicts

JAKARTA: While praised for its progressive efforts in preserving forests and stopping forest fires, the administration of President Joko Widodo still faces criticism for doing less in preventing the harmful practices of mining.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Gay comic strip removed after outcry

JAKARTA: Instagram has removed an account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia following a frenzy of moral outrage online in the world’s biggest Muslim nation.