Vietnam business forced to look overseas for growth

Is the sun rising for Vietnam’s well-educated population or setting on its damaged ecosystem? Source: Wikimedia   Vietnam’s environmental degradation and glowing economic prospects both largely...

Six journalists deported from Papua 

Six Japanese journalists trying to make a documentary have been deported by the Indonesian authorities from the province of Papua.  The team was working for...

Hungary to ease Indonesian ecological troubles

Budapest is impressed by Indonesia’s growth. Source: Wikimedia Indonesia is to strengthen its ties with Hungary through cooperation in water management and renewable energy, with...

657 frozen pangolins found on Java

The critically endangered pangolin. Source: Wikimedia   The Jakarta authorities have seized 657 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man suspected of...

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...

Asean marks tsunami anniversary 

The 2004 tsunami hits Ao Nang in Thailand. Source: Wikimedia At least 400 victims from the 2004 tsunami that killed 226,000 people remain unidentified in...

Myanmar oil imports surge with 8% growth

Yangon’s docks need upgrading. Source: Asean Economist Myanmar’s oil imports are surging to fuel its fast-growing economy and rebuild decrepit infrastructure, creating a shipping boom.  With...

Cambodia bans sand exports

Cambodia has banned sand exports from a coastal region where it was mainly being shipped to Singapore, although activists say earlier bans on the...

Widodo scrambles for Chinese cash

The high-profile Belt and Road summit in Beijing in May saw Indonesian President Joko Widodo trying to persuade his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to...

Borneo fires on rise 

Indonesia has detected a growing number of wild fires as dry weather continues. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said satellite pictures showed there were...

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Thailand’s share index on Thursday recorded its biggest single-day fall since mid-November, while stocks in the Philippines reversed losses by the end of the...

US knew about slaughter: files

The US knew that civilians were being "delivered for slaughter" and did nothing during Indonesia’s 1965-66 anti-Communist massacres, declassified documents have revealed. Between 500,000 and...

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The appointment of Paik Jin-hyun, a South Korean, to head the little-known International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is likely to...