Quake hits Java

A strong earthquake rocked the crowded Indonesian island of Java on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging several buildings.  The magnitude 6.5 quake...

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,...

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...

US axes bomb clearance fund

Cambodia has marked 64 years since it gained independence as the US announced it would withdraw funding for de-mining operations. The country, which was under...

Thailand closes off more islands

Koh Khai Nok. Businesses on the islands may be forced to close. Source: Wikimedia Thailand's military-run authorities have announced that parts of three islands will...

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...

Indonesia puts fire deaths at 19

Thick grey smoke hovers over Sumatra triggering air quality alerts The death toll from the heavy haze blanketing parts of Indonesia has climbed to 19,...

Obama addresses US sins

A B-52D indiscriminately trying to bomb communists. Source: Wikimedia Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Laos when he arrived last week...

US firm gets Singapore rail nod

Aecom’s design for the Jurong East terminus. Source: Aecom US engineering firm Aecom, which has worked with the Singaporean authorities on several MRT lines, has...

Cambodia ‘probes’ illegal timber trade

Cambodia says it is investigating claims of large-scale timber smuggling to Vietnam.  Phnom Penh's environment minister, Say Sam Al, told the Cambodia Daily that investigations...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

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