Unesco names Singapore and Bandung as Creative Cities of Design

Unesco director-general Irina Bokova. Photo: UNESCO/Michel Ravassard/Wikimedia Commons.   Singapore has been named a Creative City of Design by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation...

Thais enter solar market

Thailand has plenty of sunshine. Source: Wikimedia  There are signs that the Thai economy is moving away from its dependency on fossil fuels but while...

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...

Indonesia leaves Malaysia behind in biodiesel production

Indonesia's vehicles will soon by running on a little more palm oil Jakarta is committed to push for higher production and consumption of biodiesel, to...

Indonesia agrees development plan with UN

Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is representing his nation at the Commonwealth summit in Malta. Source: Wikimedia Jakarta, through its National Development Planning...

EU hopes for Asean statement on sustainable development

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is among world leaders due to attend the Asean summit in Kuala Lumpur this weekend. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The European Union...

Philippines reef named Asean Heritage Park

A coral reef in Tubbataha Natural Park Asean has named Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as an Asean Heritage Park (AHP). Roberto Oliva, executive director of the...

Asean calls for regional air-pollution action

Smog on the Aceh-to-Medan road Asean environment ministers on Thursday (October 29) expressed concern over the "unprecedented severity and geographical spread" of the smoke haze...

Asean calls for regional action on air pollution

Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Wikimedia Commons. Asean environment ministers on Thursday expressed concern over the "unprecedented severity and geographical spread" of...

Indonesia puts fire deaths at 19

Thick grey smoke hovers over Sumatra triggering air quality alerts The death toll from the heavy haze blanketing parts of Indonesia has climbed to 19,...

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ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

Malaysia dismisses UN poverty claims 

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The Royal Malaysia Police have barred Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik from speaking on all media, citing national security concerns. The Head of Corporate Communications...