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Myanmar cites illegal immigration

Burmese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said that the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism, as her country faces accusations of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. TheFULL STORY

Indonesian party leader held in corruption probe

Indonesian People’s Representative Council Speaker Setya Novanto has been taken into custody by the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after being arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of US$170 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme. Novanto, wearing an orange vestFULL STORY

Philippine top judge warns as Duterte’s allies close in

Supreme Court of the Philippines Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno yesterday said that an attempt by allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to impeach her could threaten the country’s democracy. Lourdes Sereno gave the warning as legislators in the Philippine House of Representatives prepared to beginFULL STORY

Ever more Hong Kongers live under the poverty line as prices continue to rise

A record number of Hong Kong residents live in poverty, with one-fifth of the population falling below the poverty line despite economic growth, according to new government data. The number of people living below the poverty line rose to 1.35 million last year, or about 20FULL STORY

Deadline passes without resignation by Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday faced the prospect of impeachment after going on Zimbabwe TV on Sunday night to assert his control despite the military takeover and his party’s vow to force him out. In a televised address, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations heFULL STORY

Israel has covert contacts with Saudis, minister says

An Israeli Cabinet minister on Sunday said that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumored secret dealings. The Saudi government had no immediate response to Israeli Minister ofFULL STORY

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain target Iran, Hezbollah at special Arab League meet

The Arab League on Sunday classified Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization after an emergency meeting at its Cairo headquarters. Arab foreign ministers in a final resolution condemned what it called the Iranian interference to destabilize the region, but the league will not declare war againstFULL STORY

Kenya’s top court upholds president’s election

The Kenyan Supreme Court yesterday upheld Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made. The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political drama never before seen in Africa thatFULL STORY

Saudi settlements could recover up to US$100 billion

Saudi authorities estimate they might be able to recover between US$50 billion and US$100 billion from settlement agreements with suspects detained in an anti-corruption crackdown that has implicated prominent princes, officials and billionaires, a senior official said. Suspects are being offered settlements to avoid trial, theFULL STORY

EU votes to move London agencies

The fight for some of the most prized spoils of Brexit was to come to a climax yesterday when 27 EU states were set to pick the new host cities for two London-based regulatory agencies. In a process only half-jokingly compared to the Eurovision Song Contest,FULL STORY

Trump voices doubt about ‘horror show’ policy

US President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported, appearing to question whether “this horror show” would actually aid in the conservation of any animal. The trophy policy was among issuesFULL STORY

Killer cult leader Manson dies at 83

Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in southern California by his “family” of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. He was 83. Manson died of natural causes on SundayFULL STORY

FEATURE: For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic’s side has won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take 10 steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. However, his vision for aFULL STORY

Queen Elizabeth, husband celebrate 70 years together

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, yesterday marked their platinum wedding anniversary with a small family get-together, a far cry from the pomp and celebration which greeted their marriage 70 years ago. The couple married at London’s Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, justFULL STORY

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CAMBODIA CNRP handing over posts Elected officials from the now banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have begun handing over their duties after a court last week ordered the party dissolved, the government said yesterday. Among those told to give up their positions were councilors elected toFULL STORY

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