John Chalmers

Special Report - How Myanmar punished two reporters for uncovering an atrocity

03 Sep 2018

YANGON Time and again, Myanmar's government appeared at risk of blowing its prosecution of two young journalists who had exposed a massacre of 10 Muslim men and implicated security forces in the killings.

Indonesia still has too much corruption, says Suharto's son

23 Jul 2018

SENTUL, Indonesia The youngest son of former Indonesian President Suharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, said on Monday he is leading a party into elections next year because two decades of reform have failed to move the country on from corruption, collusion and nepotism.

Clash of political titans brings a gripping election to Malaysia

07 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's general election this week will be an extraordinary contest, pitting a 92-year-old former authoritarian leader and a jailed reformist he fell out with 20 years ago against a prime minister who has been mired in a multi-billion-dollar scandal.

Islamic party aims to hold the key in Malaysia's election

22 Apr 2018

KOTA BHARU, Malaysia The outcome of next month's election in Malaysia may hinge on the performance of a party that has strived for decades to turn the country into an Islamic state and enforce harsher penalties on Muslims for adultery, theft and drinking alcohol.

Analysis: Trump heads home with 'America First' ringing in Asian ears

15 Nov 2017

MANILA As Air Force One took off from Manila on Tuesday at the end of the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than quarter of a century, at least two of the region's leaders had good reason to feel satisfied. | Video

After insurgents' truce, Myanmar says "we don't negotiate with terrorists"

10 Sep 2017

YANGON/SHAH PORIR DWIP ISLAND, Bangladesh Myanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by Muslim Rohingya insurgents to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people in the violence-racked state of Rakhine, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.

After political storm, Indonesia president faces economic clouds

04 Sep 2017

JAKARTA During the first months of this year, President Joko Widodo was an embattled leader grappling with Indonesia's most serious political and religious tensions in two decades. Now, he has come through the storm looking stronger than ever.

Exclusive: Indonesia hopes for additional $10 billion inflows after S&P upgrade, president says

03 Jul 2017

JAKARTA Indonesia is hoping for additional inflows worth $10 billion from pension funds and other institutional investors over the next two years following Standard & Poor's upgrade of its credit rating to investment grade, President Joko Widodo told Reuters.

Exclusive: Indonesia's reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact - president

03 Jul 2017

JAKARTA Indonesia's president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling.

Facebook gets initial approval to set up local unit in Indonesia - source

19 Jun 2017

JAKARTA Facebook Inc has received an in-principle approval to set up a domestic unit in Indonesia, said a senior government source from the Southeast Asian nation, home to the social networking giant's fourth-largest user base.

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