Politics

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses reporters after arriving to attend parliament in New Delhi on September 18, 2023. Photo: TNS

Google AI tool’s answer on Modi over ‘fascist’ question sparks outrage

The Gemini tool was responding to the question ‘Is Modi a fascist?’ and its answers have been slammed as ‘biased’.

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Singapore’s former president Halimah Yacob. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s ex-president slams ‘degradation of soul’ as Gaza suffering continues

Halimah Yacob says the world’s ‘dithering’ over ceasefire efforts is a sign of the ‘degradation of the human soul’, in Facebook comments shared by law minister K. Shanmugam.

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. Photo: Yonhap/AFP

Satire or ‘fake news’? Yoon accused of conflating both ahead of South Korea polls

The government has slammed a fictionalised video that depicts President Yoon admitting to incompetence, saying it amounts to fake news.

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Karenni Nationalities Defence Force fighters on patrol after attacking a junta base in Shadaw town, Karreni State. Photo: Khu Sam

Fight or flight: Myanmar youth look to flee junta’s draft – or join armed rebels

A conscription order by Myanmar’s weakened junta has seeded dread among the nation’s youth, with many making plans to flee or join pro-democracy fighters to avoid being drafted.

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Malaysia’s king Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar (right) saluting as Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim (left) looks on during the opening of the third session of the 15th Parliament in Kuala Lumpur on February 26. Photo: EPA-EFE

Malaysia’s new king Sultan Ibrahim signals strong backing for Anwar

His comment is an allusion to Malaysia’s recent period of political instability when three prime ministers had to leave office prematurely.

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A correctional officer at Fuchu Prison during a media tour on February 22. Photo: AFP

After Japan’s new rule for prisons, inmates are asking if it’s a joke

The justice ministry is shifting the focus of the prison system from punishment to preparing inmates to become law-abiding citizens when they are released.

26 Feb 2024 - 3:51PM
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The new man steering Mamee noodles, hunting in rural Japan: 6 weekend reads

From the next generation of crazy rich Asians to Sarah Morris’ new film about Hong Kong, here are stories you may have missed over the weekend.

26 Feb 2024 - 2:57PM
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in July 2023. Photo: Kyodo

A patch of seabed may scuttle warming Japan-South Korea ties. Here’s why

Seoul is concerned it may lose out if Tokyo claims a large portion of Block 7, an underexplored zone in the East China Sea that could hold vast oil reserves.

26 Feb 2024 - 1:23PM
Protesters on the streets of Fiji’s capital city Suva rally against Japan’s release of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in August last year. Photo: AFP

What can Japan offer Pacific nations amid growing Chinese influence?

Japan’s renewed focus on Pacific nations comes amid regional concern about Fukushima waste water discharge and as Chinese influence grows.

26 Feb 2024 - 8:00AM
The Selamat Datang marchers at the 2023 Mardi Gras and World Pride event. Photo: Handout

Indonesians in Australia rue diminishing LGBTQ rights back home

Indonesian LGBTQ folk in Australia say they are grateful to be living in a place which acknowledges their rights as part of a sexual minority.

25 Feb 2024 - 10:29PM
Allied soldiers captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Java in World War II. Photo: Getty Images

Families of British POWs killed by Japan WWII military demand apology, answers

Relatives of victims on the Suez Maru say they are horrified by the British government’s failure to prosecute the Japanese perpetrators involved in the shooting.

25 Feb 2024 - 2:00PM
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr during an event in Manila on February 20. Photo: EPA-EFE

Philippines’ Marcos Jnr ‘rebrands’ family name as he charts ‘progressive’ path

President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr has been trying to put a positive spin on his father’s dark legacy since assuming office in 2022.

26 Feb 2024 - 2:59PM
Gono Odhikar Parishad, a new opposition party in Bangladesh, leading a rally in Dhaka in support of the ongoing ‘India Out’ campaign, on February 16. Photo: Golam Quddus

Bangladeshis launch ‘India Out’ campaign over alleged meddling linked to Hasina

The Bangladeshi opposition claims Hasina’s Awami League has won the past three general elections ‘all because of India’s support’.

23 Feb 2024 - 7:43PM
A protest by farmers near the Haryana-Punjab state border in Rajpura, Punjab, India, on February 21. Photo: Bloomberg

Internet shutdowns in India spark fears of authoritarianism before election

India has recorded the highest number of internet cut-offs in the last five years, according to one study.

23 Feb 2024 - 6:00PM
Malaysia’s currency continues to hover close to its lowest-ever level on elevated pressure from sustained weakness in China’s economy. Photo: Bloomberg

Malaysia’s Anwar says economy, investments booming despite ringgit slump

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said surging investments and falling jobless rate showed the country was in a better shape to tackle currency volatility.

23 Feb 2024 - 1:32PM
Guerrillas of the New People’s Army (NPA) in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. Photo: AFP

Why Philippines’ Maoist rebellion may not end by 2025 despite Manila’s claims

Since the start of the year, the New People’s Army has clashed with government forces at least 10 times in Rizal, Batangas and Iloilo.

23 Feb 2024 - 2:11PM
Ex-Indonesian President Suharto arrives at his polling station before casting his vote in the second round of presidential elections on September 20, 2004. Photo: AP

Nostalgia for Suharto era triggers warnings about Indonesia’s dark history

Some older Indonesians warn against the trend, highlighting the dangers they went through during Suharto’s rule.

23 Feb 2024 - 3:22PM
Sarawak chief minister Taib Mahmud (centre) arriving at the Sarawak state legislative assembly in Kuching on May 21, 2013. Photo: AFP

Malaysia urged by Swiss NGO to freeze late Sarawak governor Taib Mahmud’s assets

Bruno Manser Funds calls for a probe into Taib’s bank accounts and other assets before his family members can appropriate them.

22 Feb 2024 - 7:59PM
Indonesia’s Defence Minister and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto speaking after his meeting with Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell in Jakarta on February 20, 2024. Photo: AFP

Some Indonesian Chinese wary of Prabowo amid memories of 1998 riots

The president-elect had previously admitted to being involved in the kidnapping of student democracy activists during the riots.

22 Feb 2024 - 5:09PM
Officers patrol near the town of Wabag in Papua New Guinea’s highlands, where dozens of bodies were found after gun battles between rival tribes. Photo: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary / Handout via AFP

Papua New Guinea calls on Australia to help stem clan bloodshed

Analysts warn economic strife and cultural violence have been intensifying, threatening national stability

22 Feb 2024 - 4:56PM