Summit aims to bust piracy 

The USS Abraham Lincoln in the well-used Strait of Malacca. Source: Wikimedia Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to strengthen coordination to address problems like piracy in...

Duterte suspends Kuwaiti work 

The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers had driven several domestic helpers to suicide. Kuwait expressed...

Swiss move to ban palm-oil exports 

The regional parliament of Geneva in Switzerland has passed a resolution to exclude palm oil from free-trade talks with Indonesia and Malaysia. Five other...

Indonesia probes Guernsey assets

Indonesia says it is investigating reports that US$1.4 billion held by Standard Chartered in Guernsey, mainly on behalf of Indonesian clients, was transferred to...

S’pore 4th most expensive city

Rents in Singapore are falling, from a high base. Source: Wikimedia April marked Singapore's 18th-straight month of negative inflation with May's data likely to show...

Activists applaud jade shakeup

Giant Chinese machinery and unrestricted digging have created a wasteland in Hpakant, Kachin State. Source: YouTube The shakeup of the scandal-ridden Burmese jade business could...

Singapore bullish about 2018

Singapore’s stock market could see gains of as much as 11 per cent next year, according to market analysts. The Straits Times Index (STI) has...

Myanmar urged to cut N Korea ties

North Korea was an unusual supplier of hardware to Myanmar's military. Source: Wikimedia Members of Myanmar's armed forces may still be cooperating with North Korea...

S’pore set to scrap road charge 

The busy Singapore-Johor causeway. Source: Wikimedia Singapore says it will remove its reciprocal road charge (RRC) once Malaysia's road charge is implemented on its other...

Duterte defends dengue decision

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the previous administration acted in good faith in launching its ill-fated dengue immunisation drive. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi’s Dengvaxia vaccine...

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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...

Meth trade extends its web 

Intrepid visitors to Yangon should not miss the military’s bizarre Drug Elimination Museum.  Its gory mannequins depict the dangers of drug abuse and the military’s...

Indonesia poised to cut interest rate

The Bank Indonesia is set to ease monetary policy to counter the global economic slowdown sparked by the US-China trade war, according to Indonesia’s...