‘Ex-gay’ Duterte appeals for Japanese investment 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has assured investors and donors that their money is safe in the archipelago, saying he was cracking down on corruption...

Malaysia to swap palm oil for Chinese arms: minister 

Malaysia has signed a deal to swap environmentally ruinous palm oil for Chinese weapons.  Malaysian industrial minister Teresa Kok said US$145 million worth of palm...

Canadian trash leaves Philippine port

A cargo ship carrying 69 sea containers filled with Canadian rubbish has left the Philippines to be returned home as Asean increasingly rejects western...

Malaysia gets tough on plastic junk 

Malaysia says it will send back 3,300 tonnes of waste to its original countries because it was rotting, contaminated, had been falsely labelled or...

Vietnam’s boom tipped to continue 

Vietnam’s economy could eclipse that of Singapore by 2029 as it has the potential to grow at about 6-6.5 per cent, DBS Bank has...

Myanmar massacre troops freed after 1 year

Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims during the 2017 military crackdown in Rakhine State.  The...

Malaysia eyes legal shakeup to bust corruption

The Malaysian government has been called to make major legislative reform to ensure former prime minister Najib Najib’s alleged embezzlement is never repeated. The government’s...

Indonesia restricts social media to end riots

Indonesia has restricted access to Facebook and WhatsApp after rioting broke out in Jakarta in the wake of the presidential election results. Blocking social media...

Canada to retrieve trash from Philippines

Canada has backed down in its dispute with the Philippines, agreeing to take back tonnes of waste shipped to Manila in 103 sea containers.  The...

Cambodians re-enact Khmer Rouge genocide

Cambodian students dressed as Khmer Rouge cadres re-enacted scenes from the genocide at the so-called killing fields to commemorate the 2 million victims butchered...

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Thai police arrest ‘George Clooney’ fraudster

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 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...