In January, the arrest of the director of the national agency in charge of vehicle registration created a ripple effect. Half of the registration centers in Ho Chi Min City are now operational, with workers forced to work longer hours and drivers standing in line for days before they can legally drive.
For Philippine authorities, the ICC lacks jurisdiction and its work would violate its sovereignty. Human Rights Watch warns that any investigation is fraught with difficulties. The current president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, is against any foreign role in the matter.
Today's headlines: Indonesia admits difficulties in Myanmar conflict; Indian students returned to Ukraine to finish their studies; Azerbaijan reassures Germany on gas supply; Meeting between Russia, Iran, Syria and Turkey to normalise relations between Ankara and Damascus.
While Michelle Yeoh is celebrated as the first Asian woman to win an Oscar, Khairi Anwar found violent messages next to his vandalised car. His 2021 film tells the story of a teenage girl who seeks the meaning of life even in non-Islamic religions. Malaysia’s Communications minister urged people not to take the law in their own hands, but earlier this month he had distanced himself from the director.
Thailand’s prime minister, a former general, has joined a new party, leaving the ruling Palang Pracharat party in crisis. Two other parties, Pheu Thai and the Phak Kao Klai, are leading the opposition; both are heirs to parties dissolved by Thailand’s Constitutional Court.
The tragedy occurred after six days of heavy rains that disrupted communications. This explains why it was reported after a week late. Thousands are yet to be evacuated. The local Church has sent its first aid shipment, but the area where the disaster occurred is very remote.