Asean calls for regional air-pollution action

Smog on the Aceh-to-Medan road Asean environment ministers on Thursday (October 29) expressed concern over the "unprecedented severity and geographical spread" of the smoke haze...

Coup and China downturn stifle Thai recovery

Photo: Wikimedia Commons. A recent upturn in private consumption and investment in Thailand has not stopped the economy struggling last month, according to recent data. The...

Vietnam tells China to back off

Paracel Islands Vietnam has repeated requests that China respects its sovereignty and international law, abide by the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in...

Vietnam tells China to back off disputed islands

The Crescent Group of the disputed Paracel Islands. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Vietnam has repeated requests that China respects its sovereignty and international law, abide by...

Malaysian bonds spring back to life

Malaysia’s bonds are stabilising, firing up a debate on when to invest in Asia’s worst-performing debt. The country’s corporate dollar-denominated notes have returned 1.5 per...

Ex-Malaysian minister slams ‘plodding’ Asean

Sri Rafidah Aziz. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Asean members have been told to buck up their ideas by former Malaysian minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz who...

Japan to help Asean members cope with ageing populations

Japan hopes to help Asean members cope with their ageing populations, reports said today. It plans to launch a public-private consultation mechanism in the next...

EU and Asean talk human rights

Image: Asean. The EU and Asean have held their first policy dialogue on human rights in Brussels. “The first policy dialogue allowed for open and constructive...

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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 

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