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1 Ro­hingya mur­der­ers jailed

Seven Myan­mar sol­diers have been sen­tenced to ten years’ hard labour for killing ten Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Rakhine State last Septem­ber. The mas­sacre was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by two Reuters jour­nal­ists who have been in prison since De­cem­ber for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing tha na­tion’s vague Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act. Military of­fi­cials in­sist their in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­re­lated.

2 Philip­pine vac­ci­na­tion panic

Im­mu­ni­sa­tion rates in the Philip­pines have plum­meted amid public panic fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy of the sup­pos­edly dan­ger­ous anti-dengue vac­cine Deng­vaxia. Child vac­ci­na­tion rates have de­creased by as much as 25%, with at least 13 deaths from measles out­breaks across the na­tion. A to­tal of 14 Deng­vaxia-re­lated deaths are cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

3 Jokowi’s pres­i­den­tial re­match

A repeat con­test of the 2014 In­done­sian elec­tion is on the cards as for­mer gen­eral Prabowo Su­bianto this month ac­cepted the en­dorse­ment of the na­tion­al­ist op­po­si­tion Gerindra Party, po­ten­tially pit­ting him once again against cur­rent Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo in 2019. Wi­dodo re­mains ahead in most opin­ion polls.

4 Cam­bo­dian ‘bomb plot’ foiled

Cam­bo­dian Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen has claimed that of­fi­cials stopped planned Kh­mer New Year bomb at­tacks in the cap­i­tal and Siem Reap. Sam Serey, the ex­iled leader of mi­nor op­po­si­tion party the Kh­mer Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Front, who now lives in Den­mark, was said to be be­hind the plot. In 2014, 13 mem­bers of the group were ac­cused on shaky ev­i­dence of plan­ning to over­throw the govern­ment.

5 Russian sex guru stands trial

A Russian sex guru and an es­cort who claims to have ev­i­dence of Russian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 US elec­tion, among half a dozen oth­ers, were ac­quit­ted of vi­o­lat­ing work per­mit laws in Thai­land, yet still face up to ten years in prison af­ter be­ing ac­cused of so­lic­it­ing to pro­vide sex­ual ser­vices in Pattaya.

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