There are increasing signs that Russia and North Korea – former Cold War allies – are getting closer to each other. This could change geopolitics in the region and affect the international endeavours to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear belligerence.
About half an hour in, President Duterte’s 2017 State of the Nation Address got ugly. For what must have been the first time in our history, gratuitous cusswords punctuated a presidential speech delivered to Congress.
North Korea chose July 4, America’s Independence Day, to declare it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. What is self-evident now is that Pyongyang’s weapons programmes pose a clear and present danger to the world community. Mutual blame games aside, North Korea’s nuclear threats are no longer local, but global.
Later this year – unless President Donald Trump intervenes – the world will get access to the last of thousands of secret government files about a turning point in the nation’s history: the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy.
Indonesia’s decision to disband the Muslim hardline group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) is a welcome admission of the threat which extremist groups pose to the plural society and the unitary politics of Southeast Asia’s largest nation.
The disputed Sino-Indian border, long a source of intermittent clashes, is once again the focus of a confrontation that sees Chinese and Indian troops facing off, this time in an area claimed by Bhutan.
The sentencing of two editors to one year jail terms in the southern Indian state of Karnataka for alleged breach of legislative privilege draws into focus the role of the press in reporting activities of lawmakers.