Pacific

Japan’s plan to discharge water from Fukushima nuclear plant faces Pacific opposition

A regional leader says a Pacific islands delegation will meet Japan’s prime minister to voice its concerns.

Thailand

Thai chief peace negotiator wants more Deep South groups involved in talks

After the appointment of a new Malaysian facilitator, discussions with BRN rebels are expected to resume in February.

Malaysia

UMNO expels, suspends senior party members, including former cabinet ministers

Ex-Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was thrown out, former Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was suspended for six years.

Region

Thai Olympic Committee mum after Cambodia says kickboxing name dispute was settled

Thailand had threatened to boycott SEA Games event it calls “Muay Thai” but that host calls “Kun Khmer.”

Thailand

Dissident: ‘They keep texting my friends and relatives to get me to go back to China’

Hu Junxiong has found a meaningful task in Thailand, tending a memorial to Chinese who died in World War II.

Thailand

Thai chief peace negotiator wants more Deep South groups involved in talks

After the appointment of a new Malaysian facilitator, discussions with BRN rebels are expected to resume in February.

Filipino workers: Oil company abandoned us in Hurricane Ida

Fiji resident: ‘Nobody can stop the water’