Myanmar oil imports surge with 8% growth

Yangon’s docks need upgrading. Source: Asean Economist Myanmar’s oil imports are surging to fuel its fast-growing economy and rebuild decrepit infrastructure, creating a shipping boom.  With...

Asean marks tsunami anniversary 

The 2004 tsunami hits Ao Nang in Thailand. Source: Wikimedia At least 400 victims from the 2004 tsunami that killed 226,000 people remain unidentified in...

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...

Chinese frigates dock at Yangon 

China’s Navy is hoping to extend its links with Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia   Two naval vessels from China have arrived in Yangon for a five-day visit...

Indonesia firms face fire sanctions 

Riau province deforestation. Source: Wikimedia Five pulpwood producers in Indonesia's Riau province face administrative sanctions over the illegal fires which contributed to last year's smog,...

Jakarta to host ocean ‘neighbours’

Piracy is one of the issues on the Indian Ocean Rim Association agenda. Source: Wikimedia Jakarta will host the first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)...

Obama addresses US sins

A B-52D indiscriminately trying to bomb communists. Source: Wikimedia Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Laos when he arrived last week...

Korean firm blamed over fires

Too little is done to protect Indonesia's rainforest. Source: Flickr Video has emerged of a Korean palm oil company allegedly illegally burning vast areas of...

657 frozen pangolins found on Java

The critically endangered pangolin. Source: Wikimedia   The Jakarta authorities have seized 657 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man suspected of...

Region chokes on ‘haze’ again

Smog has made life difficult for Singaporeans in previous years. Source: Wikimedia "Haze" has returned to Singapore with the air smelling of burning from fires...

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