ASEAN IN FOCUS

Super Typhoon Noru barrels towards Philippines

ATM: Mga deployable response groups (DRGs) ng @coastguardph District NCR-Central Luzon, nakahanda na sa posibleng evacuation o rescue operations sa kasagsagan ng #KardingPH sa Metro Manila at mga kalapit na probinsya! Heavy Rainfall Warning No. 2 NCR_PRSDWeather System: Super Typhoon #KardingPHIssued at: 5:00 PM,25 September 2022 pic.twitter.com/fZ2B44M6yL — PAGASA-DOST (@dost_pagasa) September 25, 2022 Heavy Rainfall Warning No. 1A NCR_PRSD Weather System: Super Typhoon #KardingPH Issued at: 3:39 PM,25 September 2022 pic.twitter.com/r2XlukDl1r — PAGASA-DOST (@dost_pagasa) September […]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge court upholds conviction in final ruling

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -(AFP) by Suy SE Cambodia’s UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes court gave its final verdict Thursday, upholding the genocide conviction and life sentence imposed on the regime’s last surviving leader. The tribunal was ruling on an appeal by Khieu Samphan, head of state for the murderous communist regime which wiped out a quarter of the Cambodian population in less than four years in the 1970s. It is the last verdict that will […]

Starbucks Singapore says customer database breached

Singapore, Singapore (AFP) Starbucks Singapore said Friday its customer database was breached online, with local media reporting that 200,000 people’s information was stolen. The coffee chain — a licensed Starbucks franchise owned by Hong Kong-based Maxim’s Caterers — said in an email to customers that it had “discovered… some unauthorized access” to details such as names, gender, dates of birth, phone numbers and home addresses. “Relevant authorities have been informed and Starbucks Singapore is assisting […]

Thai soldier charged over deadly shooting at army facility

Bangkok, Thailand (AFP) Thai police have charged a soldier with murder over a shooting at a military training facility that left two people dead and another wounded, officials said Friday. Sergeant Major Yongyuth Mungkornkim, a clerk at the Royal Thai Army War College, will stand trial in a military court on Wednesday in the north of Bangkok. He faces charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, possessing a gun in a public place and firing a […]

Indonesian gig drivers fear hardship after fuel price hike

by Agnes ANYA Agence France-Presse JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Sitting on the side of a Jakarta road anxiously waiting for his phone to ping, driver Muhammad Ridwan says it is now barely worth hurtling through thick smog every day to ferry passengers. A 30 percent hike in fuel prices spurred hundreds of drivers of the most popular ride-hailing apps to hold protests across Indonesia as they struggle to make ends meet. “I sometimes don’t eat […]

Papua New Guinea quake toll rises to seven

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (AFP) The death toll from a massive earthquake in Papua New Guinea rose to seven Monday and is expected to grow as rescuers begin to reach remote landslide-hit communities. Police Commissioner David Manning said the victims of Sunday’s 7.6-magnitude quake had been found across the central north of the country, where there is widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. The quake struck mid-morning and triggered a series of deadly landslides. […]

Five dead in ‘massive’ Papua New Guinea quake

  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (AFP) A 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Papua New Guinea Sunday, damaging buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least five people, with several others severely injured. Residents in northern towns near the epicentre reported intense shaking mid-morning that cracked roads and rattled the cladding off buildings. Local member of parliament Kessy Sawang said at least two people had died in remote mountain villages, with four others airlifted to hospital in critical […]

Series of quakes in Indonesia’s Papua jolt coastal region

  TIMIKA, Indonesia (AFP) — A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted a coastal region of Papua in eastern Indonesia Saturday morning and was followed by two weaker aftershocks minutes later, the US Geological Survey said. The first two quakes — the second a 5.8-magnitude tremor — hit at a relatively shallow depth of 15 kilometres, about 272 kilometres (169 miles) from the town of Abepura, according to the USGS. A third 5.9-magnitude quake then hit the […]

Pres. Marcos Jr, Pres. Widodo sign deals strengthening defense, border security, trade, regional cooperation

PBBM’s first state visit in Indonesia marks 75 years of PHL-Indonesia diplomatic relations   (Eagle News) – Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Indonesian president Joko Widodo both agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations as well as work towards highlighting the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote peace in the region. President Marcos Jr., is on his first state visit in Indonesia upon the invitation of President Widodo. The Philippine […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to three years for electoral fraud: source

  YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — A Myanmar junta court sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in jail on Friday for electoral fraud over 2020 polls which her party won in a landslide. Suu Kyi was “sentenced to three years’ imprisonment with hard labour”, a source with knowledge of the case said, adding that the Nobel laureate, 77, appeared to be in good health. Detained since a putsch last year, Suu Kyi […]

Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s ex-leader, convicted of corruption

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysia’s ex-premier Najib Razak, was found guilty of graft Thursday, just over a week after her husband began serving a 12-year jail term. “The accused is found guilty of all three charges,” High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said as Rosmah sat quietly in the dock. The judge added that her defence was “bare denial and unsubstantiated”. The Kuala Lumpur court began mitigation on […]

Thai police hunt YouTuber ‘Nutty’ in multimillion-dollar forex scam

Bangkok, Thailand (AFP) Thai police are hunting a YouTube dancer nicknamed “Nutty”, who swindled millions of dollars from her followers using a foreign exchange trading scam, authorities said Wednesday. Natthamon Khongchak, 29, who also uses the aliases Leah and Suchata, has a following of nearly 850,000 on the video-sharing platform. Local media reported there could be up to 6,000 victims who lost up to $55 million after being promised 35 percent investment returns. So far […]