15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking as UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

by Sam Jahan with Philippe Rater at the United Nations Agence France Presse COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AFP) — At least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, as United Nations chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s rulers to end the refugees’ “nightmare.” Witnesses and survivors said the vessel overturned just meters from the coast in rough waters, after it was lashed by torrential rain and […]

PHL closes 61st Int’l Atomic Energy Agency meeting with resolution condemning N. Korea’s nuclear tests

  (Eagle News) — The Philippines closed the 61st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria with a resolution condemning the six nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the latest on September 3. The Philippines joined 74 other Member States in co-sponsoring the resolution with Canada. Adopted by consensus, the Resolution calls on North Korea to comply with the relevant resolutions of the United […]

35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting focuses on potential energy resource for the ASEAN 

The 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting or AMEM 35 held a meeting this week and tackled, among others, the potential energy resource for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said that they envision dynamic and robust collaboration within ASEAN and dialogue partners as well as other relevant international agencies. Ensuring access to and adequate supply of resilient and sustainable energy in the ASEAN region is the main agenda of the […]

Philippine female soldiers help rehabilitate Marawi City children

LANAO DEL NORTE, Philippines (Reuters) — Wearing white hijabs to assimilate better with those in the Muslim community, about 100 Philippine female soldiers are helping to rehabilitate hundreds of children displaced or made homeless by the conflict in Marawi City. Since last week, the teams of soldiers have spent every morning between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. with over 100 children in each evacuation center around the area, encouraging them to play as well as draw as […]

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — Britain led world powers Monday in warning Myanmar of potential action if leader Aung San Suu Kyi does not move to end a campaign against the Rohingya minority. Hours before Suu Kyi delivers a national address Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called a meeting on the crisis on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Johnson, at the meeting attended by US Ambassador to […]

Rain and evictions add to Rohingya misery

by Dominique Faget and Redwan Ahmed Agence France Presse UKHIA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery Sunday on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. With food and water shortages already making life tough, torrential rain brought back swamp-like conditions to many parts of the border town of Cox’s Bazar […]

Malaysia probes foul play in deadly school fire as anger mounts

by M Jegathesan Agence France Presse KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysian authorities said Friday they had not ruled out foul play in a fire that killed 23 children and teachers in an Islamic school, as calls mounted for better safety regulations at religious study centers. The fire broke out in the boarding school in downtown Kuala Lumpur before dawn Thursday. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within an hour, but not before it had gutted the […]

China committed to boosting regional prosperity, world economic growth jointly with ASEAN

NANNING CITY, South China (CCTV) — Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Tuesday once again guaranteed his country’s readiness to cooperate with Association of Southeast Asian Nations  in boosting regional development and prosperity. Zhang made the remarks at the start of the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The vice premier also highlighted  substantial collaborative achievements in various fields over the past few […]

China-ASEAN Expo opens in south China’s Nanning

NANNING CITY, South China (CCTV) — The 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit opened in Nanning, capital of south China’ s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday. Themed “jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and boosting regional economic integration through tourism,” the four-day expo is held at the Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center. Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen were among the […]

Rohingya refugee crisis continues in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) — Rohingya refugees continued to arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar on Sunday (September 10) putting more pressure on the relief effort to keep them fed and sheltered. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on August 25. The […]

Australian Trade Minister launches AustCham ASEAN in the Philippines

  (Eagle News) — Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, officially launched the Australia-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce (AustCham ASEAN) in the Philippines at the Marriott Hotel Manila on September 9, 2017. AustCham ASEAN is a network of over 3,000 corporate members that will highlight commercial opportunities and improve coordination of Australian business interests with the registered Australian Chambers and business councils from across ASEAN as its membership base, making it […]