IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
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.