ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:16PM UTC

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos government has consistently denied involvement or refused to provide real information about the missing civil society leader, and his case has come to represent one of the most egregious human rights offenses still committed in the ASEAN countries.

ASEAN makes vital push in banking integration

By Sun, Mar 22, 2015 12:09PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian nations have finalized a key agreement allowing qualified banks to operate freely in each other’s countries in a push toward greater financial and economic integration.

Thailand arrests Malaysian, Thai men after seizing ivory

By Fri, Mar 20, 2015 1:29PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested two men they say are behind a transnational ivory trade network after seizing more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of African ivory in the biggest bust in recent years.

Beijing police detain Malaysian over robbery with toy gun

By Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:40PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing police have detained a Malaysian man they say robbed a luxury shop in downtown Beijing with a black toy gun. Police said Tuesday that Moi Kit Leng, 38, has been detained on the charge of robbery after he grabbed several watches from a shopping center. The

Daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrested in Malaysia

By Mon, Mar 16, 2015 6:30PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have arrested the eldest daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent.

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