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Malaysia's top court annuls unilateral conversions of minors

Jan 29, 2018

Malaysia's top court in a landmark decision says both parents must consent to the religious conversion of a minor, ruling in favor of a Hindu woman whose ex-husband converted their three children to Islam

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Police witness: Kim Jong Nam met American before his murder

Jan 29, 2018

A police witness says the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader met with an unidentified Korean American man on a Malaysian resort island four days before he was murdered, as the trial of two women accused of killing him resumed

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Malaysia raises interest rate for first time in 4 years

Jan 25, 2018

Malaysia's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years ahead of general elections due by August

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Indonesian troops show off snake-handling skills for Mattis

Jan 24, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gets an up-close look at Indonesian commandos - including soldiers walking on fire and breaking bricks with their heads

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US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

Jan 23, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Turkey's ground and air offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to ensure the defeat of the Islamic State group

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US says it wants to help Indonesia provide maritime security

Jan 23, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration wants to help Indonesia play a central role in maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region

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Mattis says Turkey gave US notice about airstrikes in Syria

Jan 22, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Turkey gave the U.S. military advance notice of its airstrikes against Kurdish targets in northern Syria

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Trial in Kim Jong Nam's murder resumes in Malaysia

Jan 22, 2018

The trial of the two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader has resumed after a seven-week recess, with witnesses taking the stand to verify the authenticity of security camera videos

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Indonesia investigates online insults of Brunei's sultan

Jan 22, 2018

The Sultan of Brunei has made a complaint of defamation to the Indonesian police about an Instagram account that criticized the wealthy autocratic leader of Southeast Asia's smallest nation

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Malaysia's Najib criticizes Singapore ties under Mahathir

Jan 16, 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has praised his country's recent relations with neighboring Singapore, and criticized what he called an era of confrontation under the leadership of his main political rival, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

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