The painful choice facing Myanmar single mothers

Publication date 16 November 2018 | 14:32 | ICT

EIGHT months pregnant, shamed by her family and shunned by the father of her child, Aye Mar has accepted she will have to give up her baby to an orphanage in Myanmar, a country where single mothers are ostracised and deemed a “disgrace”.



  • Scientists find ‘Super-Earth’

    Publication date 16 November 2018 | 14:31 | ICT

    A “super-Earth” has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said on Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbours.

  • Frightened Rohingya rebuff bid to repatriate

    Publication date 16 November 2018 | 12:03 | ICT

    Frightened and angry Rohingya refugees on Thursday forced Bangladesh to call off efforts to start sending back some of the hundreds of thousands of the stateless Muslims to Myanmar, casting fresh doubts over a disputed repatriation programme.

  • Trump sacks senior adviser at start of expected reshuffle

    Publication date 16 November 2018 | 11:17 | ICT

    AN angry Donald Trump pushed out a senior adviser on Wednesday after First Lady Melania Trump demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections

  • Duterte defends nap for summit no-shows

    Publication date 16 November 2018 | 11:14 | ICT

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday made light of his penchant for daytime dozes after his office said “power naps” had caused the gruff leader to miss a number of key meetings at a Singapore summit.

  • Lion Air: A whole lot of questions for Boeing

    Publication date 16 November 2018 | 11:12 | ICT

    QUESTIONS swirled on Wednesday about how Boeing had failed to tell airlines and pilots about changes to an anti-stall system suspected in last month’s fatal crash in Indonesia.

  • Brexit draft deal announced

    Publication date 15 November 2018 | 11:26 | ICT

    BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May will seek her cabinet’s approval on Wednesday for a long-awaited divorce deal with the EU, but hardline Brexiteer MPs warned they will seek to block it in parliament.

  • Hamas, Israel agree to Gaza ceasefire amid worst flare-up

    Publication date 15 November 2018 | 10:50 | ICT

    Children in Israel’s south were heading to school early on Wednesday as an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire took effect, putting an end to a brief yet intense flare-up with Gaza.

  • Japan ‘reluctantly’ opens door

    Publication date 15 November 2018 | 10:31 | ICT

    AGEING Japan is reluctantly attempting to prise open its doors to migrant workers as it battles serious labour shortages, raising the hackles of conservatives worried about mass immigration.

  • Scholars slam VN communist party’s rebuke

    Publication date 15 November 2018 | 10:30 | ICT

    MORE than 80 international scholars have upbraided Vietnam’s Communist Party for condemning a prominent book publisher whose titles criticised socialism.

  • Sri Lanka’s PM ousting leaves power vacuum

    Publication date 15 November 2018 | 10:30 | ICT

    Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum.