Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to journalists after inspecting a coast guard training demonstration at a Japan Coast Guard base in Yokohama, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Duterte is on a three-day official visit to Japan, his first as Philippine leader. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Duterte Skips South Asia Meetings for ‘Power Naps’ amid South China Sea Talks

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte skipped three major events at the annual Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on Wednesday and has announced he will not attend the summit’s traditional gala dinner, prompting concerns at home about his health and his willingness to confront China in the South China Sea abroad.

Malaysia's Mahathir: A portrait of the premier as an old man

Malaysian PM at U.N.: Israel Creation ‘Root Cause’ of Islamic Terror

The United Nations applauded the self-professed anti-Semite prime minister of Muslim-majority Malaysia after his tirade against Israel during the international body’s annual gathering of the General Assembly, the world’s biggest stage for peace and diplomacy.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. - Mahathir is on a visit to China from August 17 to 21. (Photo by HOW HWEE YOUNG / …

Malaysian PM Rejects Chinese ‘Belt and Road’ Projects

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed announced the cancellation of two major infrastructure projects that were part of China’s international “Belt and Road” initiative, rejecting the projects as too expensive since Malaysia is already grappling with a debt crisis.

French navy frigate Vendemiaire prepares to dock while a Philippine flag flutters at the international port in Manila on March 12, 2018. FNS Vendemiaire, a Floreal class light surveillance frigate, commissioned in 1993, is here for a five-day goodwill visit. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Southeast Asia Accepts Joint South China Sea Exercises with Beijing

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has accepted an invitation to conduct a “joint maritime exercises” with the communist government of China, likely in the South China Sea waters between China and their nations, Singapore confirmed on Friday.

A displaced Yemeni family sit in a classroom of a school in the city of Hodeidah after being evacuated from a village near Hodeidah airport amid battles between government forces and Houthi fighters

South Korea Faces Wave of Refugees from Yemen

South Korea has long faced the possibility of dealing with a refugee crisis from North Korea if the government collapses, but a wave of refugees coming from an entirely different direction have taken Seoul by surprise and caused a political crisis. The administration of President Moon Jae-in is under enormous pressure to deal with asylum seekers fleeing the horrific civil war in Yemen.

View of an unidentified male suspect handcuffed to a bench in the Southeast Community Police Station, Los Angeles, California, April 24, 2015. The man had been arrested for solicitation of prostitution in the South Figueroa Street corridor by the LAPD's Human Trafficking Task Force. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Malaysia Arrests 15 for Jihad Weapons Hoarding Plot

Authorities in Malaysia reportedly detained 15 suspected terrorists — including a student, a housewife, six Malaysians, six Filipinos, and a Bangladeshi restaurant owner — on Friday for allegedly smuggling firearms into the Muslim-majority country and plotting attacks on several non-Muslim places of worship.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 file photo, the reconstructed wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is put on display during a press conference in Gilze-Rijen, central Netherlands. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 broke up high over Eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board. Any suspects in the …

Dutch, Australians: Russia Responsible for Flight MH17 Shootdown

The Netherlands and Australia are holding the government of Russia legally responsible for providing pro-Moscow separatists the missile system used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people onboard, including an American citizen.

Mahathir Mohamad's opposition alliance ended the six-decade hold on power of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition

Shock Election in Malaysia Threatens ‘One Belt, One Road’ Deal with China

Wednesday’s elections in Malaysia stunned observers by sweeping in the very first opposition party government since it became an independent country in 1957. The new prime minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad remembers 1957 quite well, as he is currently 92 years old, becoming the world’s oldest serving prime minister when he assumed his duties on Friday. In addition to shaking up the Malaysian political scene, Mahathir’s victory may also jeopardize huge infrastructure deals with China that are part of Beijing’s vast “One Belt, One Road” trade initiative.

Relatives sit up a photo while masked militants from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, receive condolences at the house mourning of engineer Fadi al-Batsh, who was killed assassinated in Malaysia this morning, in front of his family house in Jebaliya, Gaza Strip, Saturday, April 21, 2018. …

Hamas Vows Revenge for ‘Loyal’ Member Killed in Malaysia

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group said Saturday that a man who was gunned down in Malaysia was an important member of the organization, accusing Israel of being behind the brazen killing.