Indonesia retreats on energy tax

President Joko Widodo has promised to increase power production while cutting outputs. Source: Wikimedia Jakarta has postponed a levy on fossil fuels intended to support...

Singapore welcomes Malaysian delegates

Singapore’s Foreign Ministry says Malaysian Economic Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali is visiting the city-state, despite recent difficulties with Johor’s chief minister. Bilateral tensions are...

Philippines to form drugs battalion

The Philippine military is famously under-invested. Source: Wikimedia The Philippine armed forces chief says he will create a battalion-sized task force with the anti-narcotics agency...

Myanmar to scrap expat blacklist

Nay Min Tar, a Burmese student activist in exile. Source: Flickr Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it will allow exiled citizens on...

Russia denies Indonesia election meddling

Russia has denied any involvement in the Indonesian presidential election, scheduled for April 17, after President Joko Widodo claimed his opponents were using "Russian...

Vietnam marks 40 years since it defeated China

The 40th anniversary of the short, decisive Sino-Vietnamese War was not marked in China but the Vietnamese media ran features and commentaries of the...

Annan looks for peace, not to expose crimes

A police checkpoint at a closed-off Rohingya area of Sittwe. Source: Flickr Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan has said his mission to western Myanmar's...

Palm oil recovers from El Niño 

Malaysia and Indonesia dominate palm-oil production. Source: Wikimedia Since Zakaria Arshad took the helm of Felda Global Ventures Holdings, the world’s largest crude palm oil...

Rohingya refugees arrive on Malaysia shore

A total of 34 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have been found on a beach in Malaysia, the first such incident since April last year. The...

Malaysia tries to cope with Trump

Malaysia is looking to Asean for export markets. Source: Wikimedia   Malaysia hopes to increase trade with the rest of Asean and Asia with the official...

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The police in Thailand have arrested an Italian and his wife who fled a jail sentence for using the name of actor George Clooney...

Indonesia sends back US trash 

Indonesia has followed the Philippines and Malaysia and returned five sea containers of trash to the United States, saying it will not become a...

China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

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