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Myanmar uncovers terrorist training camps in western state


Myanmar security forces have uncovered evidences that some training camps were secretly run by terrorists in Mayu Mountain in Buthidaung-Maungtaw area in western Rakhine state, said a statement of the State Counsellor Office on Thursday.

Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom


Hulking excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted moonscape.

Defense and intelligence collaboration up in Manila meeting


Foreign ministers along with top security and intelligence officials from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will meet tomorrow to intensify defense collaboration after the recent attack of the ISIS-affiliated Maute Group in Marawi City.

New Indonesia law to allow jailing of militant returnees


Indonesia is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

Philippines' Duterte warns of more bombings in Mindanao


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of more bombings because of the inroads of ISIL into the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law


The UN said that since the military coup in 2014 the number of people investigated for violating the lese-majeste laws has risen to more than double the number investigated in the previous 12 years, and that only 4% of those charged were acquitted.

Indonesia explores more potentialities from spiritual tourism


Indonesia is keen to explore further potentialities from spiritual-related tourism, highly expected to contribute the nation’s efforts in complying with targets already set in tourism sector which has been set as the nation’s core industry at present.

Philippine troops rescued Vietnamese crew member from Abu Sayyaf


A Vietnamese crewman was rescued after combat operations conducted by the Joint Task Force Basilan under one Colonel Juvymax Uy.

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings


The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power.

Philippine police arrest bomb-maker of IS-link militants


Philippines police on Thursday arrested an alleged member of an extremist group allied with the Islamic State (IS), a police report said.