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U.S. Navy fires two commanders after Asia sea accidents

U.S. Navy fires two commanders after Asia sea accidents

Published 18/09/2017

The U.S. Navy dismissed two senior officers on Monday after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command. [more…]

ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

Published 07/08/2017

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended an impasse on Sunday over how to address disputes with China in the South China Sea, issuing a communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building. [more…]

U.S., Japan, Australia urge world to pressure North Korea

U.S., Japan, Australia urge world to pressure North Korea

Published 07/08/2017

The United States, Australia and Japan on Monday urged the international community to pressure North Korea to abandon its "threatening and provocative path" and apply additional diplomatic and economic measures on Pyongyang over its missile tests. [more…]

EU capitalizing on free-trade interest amid gloom over Trump policies

EU capitalizing on free-trade interest amid gloom over Trump policies

Published 10/03/2017

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom talks to reporters in Pasay city, Metro Manila, in the Philippines March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The European Union is seeing increased impetus around the world to move forward with Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the bloc, which will make the most of uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. trade policy, the EU's trade envoy said on Friday.

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ASEAN unsettled by China`s weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

ASEAN unsettled by China`s weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

Published 21/02/2017

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers link arms during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, central Philippines February 21, 2017. L-R: Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos- Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs...

Southeast Asian countries see China's installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to prevent militarization and urge dialogue to stop "recent developments" from escalating, the Philippines said on Tuesday.

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Increasing opposition in Philippines to war on drugs: U.N. official

Increasing opposition in Philippines to war on drugs: U.N. official

Published 09/02/2017

Agnes Callamard, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions, speaks with reporters in Bangkok February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Marshall

A United Nations human rights investigator says there are signs of mounting opposition within the Philippines to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, with police operations on hold and the Church getting critical of the campaign.

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Pope issues stinging criticism of Myanmar`s treatment of Rohingya

Pope issues stinging criticism of Myanmar`s treatment of Rohingya

Published 08/02/2017

Pope Francis leads his Wednesday general audience at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican City February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis issued a stinging criticism of atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya minority on Wednesday, saying they had been tortured and killed simply because they wanted to live their culture and Muslim faith.

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Rights group, thinktank urge Myanmar to unravel truth of lawyer`s murder

Rights group, thinktank urge Myanmar to unravel truth of lawyer`s murder

Published 30/01/2017

A policeman stands guard at the forensic department of a hospital where the body of Ko Ni is kept, a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority and legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy, in Yangon, Myanmar, January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Aung Kyaw Htet

Human rights group Amnesty International and a thinktank have urged Myanmar to investigate the apparent assassination of prominent Muslim lawyer Ko Ni, whose shooting at Yangon airport shocked the Southeast Asian nation.

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Malaysia calls for ASEAN to coordinate aid for Myanmar`s Rohingya

Malaysia calls for ASEAN to coordinate aid for Myanmar`s Rohingya

Published 19/12/2016

Malaysia Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (L) arrives to attend ASEAN Foreign Minister Meeting for Rohingya issue in Sedona hotel at Yangon, Myanmar December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Malaysia said on Monday the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was a regional concern and called for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to coordinate humanitarian aid and investigate alleged atrocities committed against them.

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China, New Zealand launch talks to upgrade free trade pact

China, New Zealand launch talks to upgrade free trade pact

Published 21/11/2016

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (L) gestures as he shares a laugh with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Parker Song/Pool

China and New Zealand have agreed to start formal negotiations to upgrade the pair's free trade agreement (FTA), the Pacific nation's Prime minister said on Monday.

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