Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s deal with Muslim rebels provides the best chance since 2008 to extinguish a four-decade insurgency that has killed as many as 200,000 people and attract investors deterred by violence to the mineral-rich south.
The terrorism trial of Indonesian militant Umar Patek began today in Jakarta for his alleged role in bombings that killed 202 people in Bali, highlighting Southeast Asia’s battle to dismantle militant groups.
The U.S. and Australia boosted security at their embassies around the world and Interpol told its 188 member countries to be on “full alert” for attacks to avenge the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden .
Rohan Gunaratna , head of the Singapore-based International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, comments on the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden . He spoke by phone from Singapore today.
Sri Lanka aims to create an Asian shipping hub capable of competing against Singapore and Dubai by pouring $3.4 billion into expanding ports with Chinese help, after the island’s container volumes surged to a record.
Indonesian police arrested radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for links with terrorists who planned to bomb foreign embassies and hotels, four years after a court overturned his conviction for involvement in a 2002 attack on a Bali nightclub.