Papuans poised to boycott Indonesia election

Papuan representatives have called for an Indonesian election boycott and a referendum on independence instead. It is hardly a surprise as successive Indonesian elections...

Brunei sharia boycott widens

Airlines, London's transport network, travel agents and financial institutions have joined the businesses cutting ties with Brunei-owned firms to protest over the introduction of...

Celebrities demand Brunei hotel ban

Celebrities have called for a boycott against nine exclusive hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah (pictured), after sharia law making gay...

Malaysia, Indonesia threaten EU over palm oil ban

The European Union risks a trade war with Malaysia over its "grossly unfair" policies aimed at palm oil exports, according to nationalist Prime Minister...

Philippines wakes to debt-trap peril

The Philippines seems to have caught up with its neighbours like Malaysia in waking to the perils of signing up to Chinese infrastructure projects....

Singapore’s Goh calls for better Malaysia ties

Singapore and Malaysia should build more bridges between their leaders and people, said the city-state’s Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in response to...

Singapore exports report surprise rise

Singapore’s domestic exports rose last month after three months of drops, with rising shipments to Singapore's top 10 markets increasing, except for Japan, South...

Ailing Singapore water firm cancels public meeting

Singapore water treatment and power company Hyflux has called off a public meeting for investors on its financial restructuring, amid mounting public anger. Some of...

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Trump praises ‘socialist’ Vietnam, signs deals

Donald Trump has been full of praise for his Vietnamese hosts, praising their “socialist” economic model that he says should be replicated in North...

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Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

Cambodia and Thailand have reconnected a cross-border railway after 46 years as Asean’s rail links gradually improve. The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and...

Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...

Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters pair  

Myanmar's military-controlled Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by the two Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years under the colonial-era Official Secrets...