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Indonesia draft proposals aim to ban extramarital sex

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s parliament is drafting proposed revisions to the national criminal code that could ban all consensual sex outside marriage, sparking alarm among activists who it would breach basic rights…

Philippine police return to war on drugs; case filed

MANILA: Police in the Philippines yesterday resumed President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, making visits to the homes of users and dealers to convince them to surrender, but the national…

Deadly mudflows threaten residents as volcano erupts

LEGAZPI: Millions of tons of ash and rock from an erupting Philippine volcano could bury nearby communities due to heavy rain, authorities said yesterday, as tens of thousands flee over…

Thousands flee erupting volcano in the Philippines

LEGAZPI: Tens of thousands more people have fled an erupting volcano in the Philippines, relief workers said yesterday, as foreign tourists arrived to watch the flaming lava and giant clouds…

Video of dogs butchered at Indonesian market sparks outrage

Snake blood, flaming bricks: Mattis gets bizarre send off JAKARTA: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis saw Indonesian troops drink snake blood, roll in glass, break bricks with their heads, walk…

Vaping, e-cigs under threat In tobacco-loving Indonesia

Key growth market for global tobacco firms JAKARTA: Chain-smoking Indonesia is moving to stub out its booming e-cigarette sector, sparking criticism that the government is siding with giant tobacco firms…

Looted cash, gold helps Islamic State recruit in the Philippines

Militants offering joining fee, salaries to new recruits – Marawi banks, businesses and homes looted MARAWI CITY: Islamist insurgents looted cash, gold and jewelry worth tens of millions of dollars…

Indonesia gay sex video

JAKARTA: Two Indonesian men have been arrested for allegedly uploading a video of themselves having sex to social media, police said yesterday, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community in…

Philippine volcano rains ash, violent eruption feared

LEGAZPI: A giant mushroom-shaped cloud shot up from the Philippines’ most active volcano yesterday, turning day into night as it rained ash on communities where tens of thousands have fled…

Islamists in brothel hunt

JAKARTA: A hardline Indonesian Islamist group crashed a child’s birthday party as it rampaged through a community on the hunt for clandestine brothels, police said yesterday. The drama unfolded on…

100 in Indonesia’s Papua feared dead from malnutrition

JAKARTA: A measles outbreak is feared to have killed about 100 malnourished people in Indonesia’s Papua, an official said yesterday, highlighting a health crisis in the country’s easternmost province. A…

China accuses US of violating ‘South China Sea sovereignty’

Philippines staying out of US-China ‘intramural’   SHANGHAI: A US Navy destroyer this week sailed near the Scarborough Shoal, a disputed lagoon claimed by China in the South China Sea,…