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Iran lawmakers burn US flag in parliament

TEHRAN: Iranian lawmakers burned an American flag and cried "Death to America" in parliament on Wednesday to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the multi-party nuclear deal.  Images shown on various Iranian media…

Sri Lanka president suspends parliament

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until next month in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government's prime minister. A government decree…

Indonesia makes criticising politicians a crime

JAKARTA: Indonesians could be jailed for criticising national politicians under a new law which came into force Thursday, in what critics slammed as a major step back for the world's third-biggest democracy. The vaguely worded bill…

Singapore launches public hearings on ‘fake news’

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Wednesday launched public hearings on possible legislation to combat "fake news" which critics said could be used to curtail free speech. A 10-member parliamentary committee was set up in January to tackle false…