Thai sex trade in spotlight

It took an unguarded remark from a Gambian minister to send Thailand into a bout of soul-searching this week about its reputation as a...

FBI seize 1MDB-linked yacht 

A luxury yacht has been seized in Indonesia as part of an FBI probe into alleged multibillion-dollar corruption at Malaysia’s state-run 1MDB investment fund. Indonesia’s...

Singapore promised inclusive growth 

The planned increase in Singapore’s goods and services tax (GST) is aimed at ensuring ongoing competitive, while providing sustainable and inclusive growth, according to...

Sheikhs in Indonesia oil hunt

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Petroleum is eyeing an expansion into Indonesia after it won bids for the exploration of two blocks oil and gas blocks.  A...

Swiss move to ban palm-oil exports 

The regional parliament of Geneva in Switzerland has passed a resolution to exclude palm oil from free-trade talks with Indonesia and Malaysia. Five other...

Tourism survives Rohingya crisis 

Myanmar received 3.44 million visitors last year, according to its Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, up 18 per cent from the 2.9 million arrivals...

Singapore tax targets main polluters 

Singapore says it is imposing a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions and give its firms a competitive advantage as...

Singapore property hit by tax hike

Singapore property stocks declined after the budget raised taxes on home purchases of more than S$1 million (US$761,600), just as the housing market was...

Thailand hails fishing crackdown

Thailand says it is using optical scanners to monitor who is working on fishing boats in an attempt to end slave labour and human...

Reef naming angers Manila 

The Philippines has complained about China's move to name undersea features on Manila's continental shelf amid fears Beijing may be claiming more maritime territory. President...

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Army tackles Java plastic crisis 

The Indonesian military has been deployed to unblock rivers and canals clogged with bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Indonesia is estimated to be the...

Manila denies foreign crackdown

A Philippine presidential spokesman has denied that there is a crackdown on foreigners, saying that the ban on their political participation is in the...

Tankers collide off Singapore 

Two oil tankers collided about 1 nautical mile south of Tuas Extension off the coast of Singapore yesterday (Tuesday), causing a liquefied butane gas...