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August 2016


Thai police link beach-town bombings to Muslim insurgency

Thai police have identified a third suspect wanted in connection with a wave of bombs in tourist towns this month and have linked the attacks to Muslim separatists operating in the far south. Thailand’s tourist industry had been largely spared a spill-over of violence from a decades-old insurgency in the far…


Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries

Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese city of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay. Three hotels with rooms costing about 150 yuan ($23) told Reuters that they had received police notices from as early as March telling them to turn away people from…


Philippine government and communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

The government and Maoist-led rebels have agreed indefinite ceasefires as part of an accord to accelerate efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and left at least 40,000 people dead. The government expressed hopes that a peace agreement could be reached within a year after the Oslo…



USA urges Duterte government to comply with human rights laws

The US government has again urged the Philippines to comply with human rights commitments amid the rising number of killings and murders involving drug-related police operations. The United Nations has also drawn a strong line, going as far as creating a committee to engage itself inside the country and oversee extrajudicial…


Indonesian immigration reviews visa free travel due to crimes by foreigners

The Indonesian government is reviewing its visa-free travel policy due to rising crime involving foreigners. Spokeswoman for the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Immigration Directorate General, Heru Santoso, said the government was considering limiting visa-free travel due to the recent crime wave being committed by foreigners. Currently 169 countries can…


Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus

Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus this week – putting the Asian financial centre on high alert. Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Leung Ting-hung, said relevant measures had been taken to prevent the virus from spreading further. Officials…


Filipino dies in drug-induced ritual in Peru

A Filipino tourist has died after he was drug induced during a ritual in Peru. A plant called Ayahuasca is known to make its user hallucinate, though the results vary from user to user, this time it is said to have caused the death of 30-year-old Ernest Villaroman. Villaroman is said…


Bureau of immigration wants details of all plane passengers before landing

The Bureau of Immigration is attempting to get approval so they can receive live reports on passenger manifests from inbound flights to the Philippines. Maria Antonette Mangrobang, a BI spokesperson, said that requiring airlines to furnish them a copy of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) via a live feed…