A year of elections for Southeast Asia

Publication date 16 January 2019 | 16:33 | ICT

After a 2018 that saw historic poll results in Cambodia, where the ruling party won an unprecedented landslide, and Malaysia, where there was a change of government for the first time since independence from Britain in 1963, the Asean



  • Rising discontent over divisive temple as India election looms

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 16:32 | ICT

    Young and unemployed, Som Shekhar pines less for a job than the construction of a controversial Hindu temple – and, as India’s election approaches, says he will vote for the only man he believes can deliver it.

  • Chilean Patagonia: an open-air lab for study of climate change

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 16:32 | ICT

    IN ONE of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile’s Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world’s oceans.

  • Antarctica ice loss soars six fold since 1979

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 16:29 | ICT

    Global warming is melting ice in Antarctica faster than ever before – about six times more per year now than 40 years ago – leading to increasingly high sea levels worldwide, scientists warned on Monday.

  • US’ Mike Pompeo faces tough balancing act amid Saudi talks

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:42 | ICT

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a tough balancing act on Monday as he pressed Saudi Arabia’s crown prince over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in October while shoring up strategic ties with Riyadh.

  • Myanmar delays UN refugee chief’s visit to Rakhine

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:39 | ICT

    Myanmar has postponed a planned visit by the UN refugee chief to Rakhine state following renewed fighting between security forces and insurgents, a spokesman said on Monday.

  • ‘Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian’

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:38 | ICT

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after meeting his Japanese counterpart that Tokyo must recognise Moscow’s sovereignty over all of the disputed south Kuril islands in order for peace talks to continue.

  • British Jews are taking German path to Europe following Brexit

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:00 | ICT

    Two of British opera singer Simon Wallfisch’s great-grandparents were shot in mass graves by the Nazis and another died in a concentration camp.

  • Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 14:59 | ICT

    A Belarusian model who sensationally claimed she had proof of Russian efforts to help US President Donald Trump win office appeared in court on Tuesday for the expected start of her trial over running a “sex training course” in Thailand.

  • Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 13:47 | ICT

    THAILAND is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks.

  • India temple trailblazers braving threats, family anger live on the run

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 13:15 | ICT

    Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga are living on the run since infuriating Hindu traditionalists by entering one of India’s holiest temples that for generations banned nearly all women.