Tropical Depression Mulan triggers flash floods at Thai-Myanmar border towns

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Heavy rains from Tropical Depression Mulan caused flash floods on Saturday (Aug 13), with towns at the Thai-Myanmar border submerged after rising water levels breached an earthen dam in Myanmar’s Shan State, local media reported. The flood water, which had mostly receded on Sunday, inundated more than 2,000 households in Mae Sai […]

Indonesia deploys over 20 helicopters to fire-prone provinces after hot spots appear

JAKARTA – Indonesia has deployed more than 20 helicopters to six fire-prone provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan as a pre-emptive measure, after small-scale forest and plantation fires appeared in the past week. The fires, which have prompted fears of haze returning to the region, have not spread, thanks to rain and fire-fighting efforts on the […]

Odinga ahead in Kenya’s presidential race, results show

Recently elected MPs and governors from Azimio party, led by presidential candidate Raila Odinga, gather at their campaign headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Aug 13, 2022. (MOSA'AB ELSHAMY / AP) NAIROBI – Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga led Kenya's presidential race, official election results showed on Saturday, pushing Deputy President William Ruto into second place. With […]

Survivors of South Asia’s Partition seek closure through an unlikely source: YouTube

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (NYTIMES) – Nasir Dhillon, a former police officer, sells houses in a Pakistani city about 160km from the Indian border. His real estate company has four locations and he drives a Toyota SUV, a local marker of affluence. But Dhillon, 38, is better known for his sideline: reuniting people separated from their relatives […]

North Korea criticises UN chief over denuclearisation call

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea on Sunday (Aug 14) criticised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his “dangerous words” after he called for the complete and verifiable denuclearisation of Pyongyang during a visit to Seoul. Guterres, who was in South Korea on a two-day visit, expressed his “clear commitment” to North Korea’s denuclearisation. He called it […]