Bangladesh

After deadly mall fire, Dhaka authorities crack down on improperly licensed restaurants

Police, development authority issue arrests, close eateries following blaze that killed 46 in seven-floor building.

Bangladesh

Officials: No fire exits, single stairway in Dhaka building where fire killed dozens

Gas cylinders blocked the only narrow staircase leading to the exit, making escape very difficult, authorities add.

Indonesia

Mid-count surge in votes for Indonesian president’s son’s party raises fraud suspicions

Some experts believe vote share of Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) may have been inflated so it could enter parliament.

Region

Australia pledges new funds for maritime cooperation as ASEAN summit begins

The South China Sea and Myanmar crisis are likely to be high on the agenda at meetings in Melbourne.

Pacific

IMF returns to Papua New Guinea after a stormy past

Prime Minister James Marape says the IMF is working with PNG not dictating policy to it.

Bangladesh

Officials: No fire exits, single stairway in Dhaka building where fire killed dozens

Gas cylinders blocked the only narrow staircase leading to the exit, making escape very difficult, authorities add.

Thai opposition leader: ‘Use us as a bridge’

They protect a historic Christ statue in one of the world’s biggest Catholic processions

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