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Kim Jong Nam death: How the arrest of a North Korean suspect went down in Malaysia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:20:38 GMT

The wife of Ri Jong Chol slashed her neck as police tried to take her husband away, neighbours tell Channel NewsAsia.

Myanmar probing police 'cover-up' of deaths of two Rohingya Muslims

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:15 GMT

Myanmar's army-controlled home ministry is investigating a cover-up by the country's border force of the deaths in custody of two Rohingya Muslims in troubled Rakhine State, according to a police report reviewed by Reuters and interviews with two senior security officials.

'Urgent homework' to be done on South China Sea Code of Conduct: Vivian Balakrishnan

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:40:38 GMT

ASEAN has set a deadline for completing a framework for a Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea by June this year, says Singapore's Foreign Minister.

Rogue Philippine police defy Duterte's order of punishment posting

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:05:54 GMT

More than 250 rogue police reassigned by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to an island stronghold of Islamist militants failed to show up at their punishment posting on Tuesday, and faced expulsion from the force.

Worker loses leg after crocodile attack in Sabah farm

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:40 GMT

The 35-year-old employee of Sandakan Crocodile Farm was trying to pet the crocodile when it snapped at his leg and crushed his forearm. 

For over three years, Kim murder suspect lived mystery life in Malaysia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:55:29 GMT

Ri Jong Chol, a North Korean arrested in the probe into last week's murder of the half-brother of the isolated state's leader, lived in Malaysia for more than three years without working at the company registered on his employment permit or receiving a salary.

Philippine senator urges Cabinet to stop 'sociopathic serial killer' Duterte

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:25:33 GMT

A staunch critic of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged the Cabinet to declare the president unfit to rule, describing him as a "sociopathic serial killer" because of his war on drugs and allegations he once ran a hit squad.

Myanmar probes murder of 4 people in Rakhine

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:20:39 GMT

Myanmar police are investigating the murder of four people in northern Rakhine state, the government said Tuesday, days after ending a military campaign in the area the UN has compared to ethnic cleansing.

China revises food, drug safety targets for 2020

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:05:17 GMT

China has revised 2020 regulatory targets for food and drug safety in a bid to crack down on illegal activity and lax regulation.

India arrests heads of adoption centre over trafficking

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00:39 GMT

Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested the heads of an adoption centre suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples, the latest trafficking scandal to hit the country.

China says Northern Korean coal ban shows its sincerity on UN resolutions

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:40:22 GMT

China's suspension of imports of North Korean coal shows it is sincere about implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions punishing North Korea over its nuclear weapons and missile programmes, it said on Tuesday.

China jails former head of safety watchdog for 15 years for graft

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:08:49 GMT

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced the former head of the country's safety watchdog, Yang Dongliang, to 15 years in prison for graft, the state broadcaster said.

China opposes US naval patrols in South China Sea

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:25:16 GMT

China said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its sovereignty, after a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the contested South China Sea.

Indonesia, Vietnam urge consular access to suspects held for Kim Jong Nam death

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:38 GMT

Consular access has to given quickly according to the Vienna Convention, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has told her Malaysian counterpart Anifah Aman. 

Malaysian PM says North Korean envoy was 'diplomatically rude'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:45:30 GMT

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday that comments by the North Korean ambassador casting doubt over a Malaysian investigation into the killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader were "diplomatically rude".

Candidate vying to lead Indonesian capital denies pandering to Islamists

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:45:24 GMT

A former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor, on Tuesday denied pandering to Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election.

Kim Jong Nam 'assassination': Cause of death yet to be established, says Malaysia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:44:37 GMT

Malaysian officials said on Tuesday (Feb 21) that they have still not determined the cause of death of the man thought to be Kim Jong Nam, but added that he did not appear to have died of a heart attack as claimed by the North Korean embassy. 

Suicide bombers in Pakistan kill five in attack on court

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:50:37 GMT

Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of Islamist violence.

Japan kindergarten apologises after possible hate-speech comment

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:28 GMT

A Japanese kindergarten that has ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie, has apologised over online comments that domestic media described as possible hate speech against Koreans and Chinese people.

Explosion hits town in northwestern Pakistan - media

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:14 GMT

At least one explosion hit Pakistan's northwestern town of Charsadda on Tuesday, Pakistani television reported, but the cause and the extent of any casualties was not clear.

Widespread flooding hits Jakarta, 1 dead

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:34:06 GMT

Widespread flooding hit Jakarta on Tuesday after hours of torrential rain, with thousands of homes inundated and at least one person killed.

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:10:24 GMT

A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said.

Region in China's restive Xinjiang to track vehicles as anti-terror measure

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:35:18 GMT

Chinese authorities have ordered all motor vehicles in Bayingol prefecture in far-western Xinjiang to be installed with mandatory satellite tracking devices, the latest tough anti-terror measure targeting the ethnically divided region.

Kim Jong Nam family's arrival will be undisclosed and protected: Malaysian police

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:30:39 GMT

Amid rumors that Kim Jong Nam's son is in Malaysia to claim his body, Selangor police chief Abd Samah Mat told Channel NewsAsia any family member coming here would be protected by police. 

5 killed after light plane crashes into shopping centre in Australia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:25:17 GMT

A small plane crashed into the roof of a shopping mall near the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday morning (Feb 21), killing the pilot and all four American passengers.

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years - minister

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:23 GMT

Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in May, a minister said on Monday, an important milestone in its long and difficult transition to democracy that the government hopes will culminate in a general election.

Bangladesh calls for efforts to curb Rohingya influx

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:16 GMT

Bangladesh's foreign minister called on the international community on Monday to address Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its mainly Buddhist neighbour.

Suggestion of collusion in Kim Jong Nam probe 'deeply insulting': Malaysia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:44:53 GMT

North Korea's ambassador said earlier on Monday that Malaysia's investigation into last week's murder was politically motivated and that the country was conspiring with "hostile forces".

Pakistan cracks down in PM's heartland after series of attacks

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:20:36 GMT

Pakistan will seek the help of a paramilitary border-security force to crack down on Islamist militants in Punjab province, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's power base, after attacks that killed more than 100 people last week, a government spokesman said on Monday.

Philippine bus crash kills 13 students on camping trip, driver

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:45 GMT

Thirteen Philippine college students on a camping holiday and a bus driver were killed and dozens injured on Monday when their bus slammed into an electricity post in a mountainous region, police said.