Manila, Beijing discuss maritime exploration 

The Philippines and China are in talks to jointly pursue oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, according to Manila’s foreign minister...

Palm oil trade war looms 

As the more environmentally progressive elements of the European Union discuss ways to cut imports of palm oil, Malaysia and Indonesia are becoming increasingly...

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...

Freeport cuts output forecast 

Freeport-McMoran, the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, has cut its output forecasts following a stand-off when Indonesia stopped exports from its Grasberg mine...

Measles ravages Papua children

  Indonesia is struggling to contain a prolonged outbreak of measles in poverty-stricken Papua Province that has killed dozens of children. Dr Stefanus Lange at a...

Vietnam business forced to look overseas for growth

Is the sun rising for Vietnam’s well-educated population or setting on its damaged ecosystem? Source: Wikimedia   Vietnam’s environmental degradation and glowing economic prospects both largely...

Envoys plan Rakhine visit

Poverty grips much of Rakhine State. Source: Flickr Senior US, Chinese, British and other EU diplomats are due to visit the north of Myanmar's unstable...

Philippines scrambles to solve water shortages

The Philippine Senate is due to conduct a public hearing on March 19 into the water shortages gripping the country, especially Manila and Rizal,...

Singapore unveils marshland

Kranji Marshes along the northwestern shore of Kranji Reservoir. Source: channelnewsasia The Kranji Marshes, which at 57-hectares is the largest freshwater marshland in Singapore, was officially...

Vietnam jails leading blogger 

A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of distorting official policies and criticising the Communist leadership on...

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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...