Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people. Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public. The restriction will take effect from Monday,...
Floods sparked by torrential rains have killed nearly 40 in Indonesia with a dozen more still missing, officials said Monday, marking the latest calamity for a disaster-prone nation. Landslides and floods are common during the monsoon season between October and April when rains lash the vast Southeast Asian archipelago. On Monday,...
Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates overstate their oil capacities, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Friday. The comments were in reaction to expectations the two countries would fill any supply gap caused by a tightening of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Washington has...
Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday, vowing to seek closer ties as they look to counter US influence. The summit in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok came with Kim locked in a nuclear stand-off with Washington and Putin...
A new Indonesian election survey shows President Joko Widodo’s big lead over his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto, is narrowing just weeks ahead of next month’s vote in the world’s third-largest democracy. The April 17 election will be a rerun of the 2014 race, in which Widodo beat out Prabowo...
Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) has temporarily suspended all Boeing 737 Max models from flying into and out of the country. The decision comes after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 8 crashed on Sunday, killing 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving that model in less than...
Indonesia said Monday it was grounding its Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after the Ethiopian Airlines crash and another deadly accident involving the same model near Jakarta in October. “The Director General of Air Transport will take steps to carry out inspections and temporarily prohibit Boeing 737 Max 8 from...
An Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed Monday after Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her, in a shock decision a year and a half after she went on trial. Siti Aisyah smiled as she was ushered through a group of journalists and...
China’s Premier Li Keqiang, on Tuesday, delivered a work report to the national parliament, detailing the country’s economic and social development plans for 2019. At the opening of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature in Beijing, Premier Li said the government is targeting GDP growth of 6.0...
South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged the US and North Korea to quickly resume denuclearisation talks after their Hanoi summit last week ended without a deal. Moon, who has adopted a dovish approach to Pyongyang and brokered the US-North Korea talks process, urged his officials to find out...