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...

BP to expand in Indonesia 

Oil giant BP is hoping to open around 350 petrol stations and convenience stores in Indonesia over the next decade, teaming up with Indonesian...

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...

Manila axes child dengue jabs

Thousands of Filipino children have been given a dengue vaccine that may worsen the symptoms of the disease. More than 733,000 elementary schoolchildren in the...

Driverless buses get 2022 target

Driverless buses are due to be used in “quiet” Singaporean streets from 2022, the Lion City’s transport minister has announced. The government also unveiled plans...

No Grasberg hostages: rebel

A militant separatist group in Indonesian Papua has disputed police claims that it is holding villagers hostage during an armed standoff near the giant...

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...

Rakhine port’s delays continue

The future of a major Chinese-backed economic zone in troubled Rakhine State remains in the balance amid repeated delays. In 2015, Myanmar signed a deal...

China unveils island-making ship

In a move that threatens Philippine claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has unveiled a giant dredging ship capable of creating more artificial...

Indonesia steps up boat sinkings 

On Sunday Indonesia sunk another 17 foreign vessels alleged to have been fishing in its waters as part of the archipelago’s war on illegal...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

Asean’s leaders will gather in Singapore from today (Wednesday) until Saturday for the 32nd Asean summit with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chairing.  Singapore says...

Suu Kyi to skip Asean summit 

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will skip this weekend’s Asean summit in Singapore and President Win Myint, who was sworn in last...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...