Cambodia blocks Asean statement

Disunity rules at Asean. Source: YouTube Asean has failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea after the Cambodia delegation blocked any...

KL to lobby WTO on palm oil

  Malaysia's trade minister Mustapa Mohamed has described the European Parliament’s backing of a ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels as a...

Police name Papua mine suspects

Police in the troubled Indonesian province of Papua say they have named six people as suspects out of 17 detained over the weekend after...

Indonesia firms face fire sanctions 

Riau province deforestation. Source: Wikimedia Five pulpwood producers in Indonesia's Riau province face administrative sanctions over the illegal fires which contributed to last year's smog,...

Palm-oil giants attack EU ban

The two dominant palm-oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the product’s use in biofuels. A Malaysian...

Jakarta to buy out mine

The Indonesian government plans to acquire Rio Tinto’s 40-per-cent participating interest in the huge Grasberg copper mine in the unstable province of Papua.  It is...

Freeport boss in Papua quits

Freeport’s controversial copper mine in Papua, Indonesia. Source: Wikimedia Chappy Hakim, the chief executive of mining giant Freeport-McMoran in Indonesia, has stepped down after the...

Brunei to host forest summit

Rhinoceros hornbills in Brunei. Source: Wikimedia Brunei is set to host the Second Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in August with Australian backing, it has announced. Australia's Environment...

Fuel giants uneasy at S’pore tax

The Panama-flagged jack-up rig El Qaher II in Singaporean waters. Source: Wikimedia Singapore carbon tax initiative revealed this week in its budget will cover around 40 firms in...

Indonesia threatens DiCaprio over Sumatra trip

Leonardo DiCaprio with a Sumatran orangutan. Source: Twitter The government in Jakarta has threatened to deport Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio after the Oscar winner made critical statements...

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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...

Three bombs rock Sittwe

Three pre-dawn bombs exploded in Rakhine State’s troubled capital Sittwe, including one in the compound of the state government secretary's home, although no deaths...

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...