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Bangladesh coastal town a place of Rohingya hope and tragedy

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh—From a distance you can see elegantly carved wooden boats bob gently in the waters that surround this coastal town at...

UN exec: Global community must step up Rohingya aid

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh—The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said last Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is “the...

Business ties complicate Muslim states’ response to Myanmar’s Rohingya

When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest...

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Vietnam’s main malaria treatment is failing at an alarming rate because of a highly drug-resistant superbug that has spread into the southern part of...

Singapore cements China ties with Lee’s three-day visit to Chinese capital

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to China this week signals efforts on both sides to bolster relations that have showed strains over...

Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh—Bangladeshi authorities last Sunday took steps to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar into crowded border camps...

Malaysia police arrest 7 boys linked to deadly school fire

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysian police said last Saturday they have arrested seven boys suspected of intentionally starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that...

Among Asian currencies, Philippine peso is unloved

Asian emerging-market curren-cies have been having their best year since before the 2013 taper tantrum, bolstered by pace-setting growth rates and attractive yields. But the...

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42% more cases

HANOI, Vietnam—Vietnam has been battling raging dengue-fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system. The number...

Indonesia president: Spread wealth, protect diversity

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Indonesia’s president on Wednesday vowed a fairer distribution of the nation’s wealth and a renewed commitment to protecting diversity after volatile months in...

Taming of Asia’s most volatile currencies creates new danger

Policy-makers in Indonesia and Malaysia have been so successful in quashing currency volatility that this is breeding a new danger: complacency. Traders are being deprived...

Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots

CANBERRA, Australia—Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean through new...

Thailand activist gets prison for posting BBC story about king

BANGKOK—A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a student activist to 2 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the charge of...

Thailand, PHL want no part of Asia dollar-bond boom

OVER in Asia’s booming dollar-bond market, there are two notable absentees: Thailand and the Philippines. The two countries are missing out on the rush to...

Cambodia leader sees border crisis with Lao PDR averted

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who threatened last Friday to use force over a border crisis with neighboring Lao PDR, announced last...

Asean is nobody’s backyard –think tank

AS Asean foreign ministers, as well as foreign ministers from the US, China and other partners of the region meet for a series of...

China steals spotlight at Asean as Tillerson keeps low profile

For evidence of China’s burgeoning swagger on the world stage, look no further than Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s performance at an Asian security meeting...

Thai Beverage to buy KFC restaurants in fast-food push

Thai Beverage (ThaiBev), the spirits giant that makes Chang beer and SangSom rum, is expanding into the fast-food business to take advantage of the...

Vietnam seeks windfall selling $7-billion brewery in slices

Vietnam’s plan to sell its Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp. stake in tranches may help the government extract the best price after the brewer’s market...

North Korea, sea-feud issues, delay Asean communiqué

DISAGREEMENTS over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests and territorial disputes in the South China Sea prevented the region’s foreign ministers from promptly issuing...