KL to lobby WTO on palm oil

  Malaysia's trade minister Mustapa Mohamed has described the European Parliament’s backing of a ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels as a...

Animal ‘smuggler’ held in Thailand 

Thailand’s police have arrested an alleged animal-smuggling boss who they say ran an international network that trafficked elephant ivory, rhino horn and wildlife, threatening...

Palm-oil giants attack EU ban

The two dominant palm-oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the product’s use in biofuels. A Malaysian...

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...

Indonesia eyes aviation boom

The Indonesian aviation industry is forecasting double-digit passenger growth for 2018 due to rising demand. Transport Ministry aviation boss Bintang Hidayat said he expected air...

Filipinos die in jeepney crash 

A bus collided with a jeepney van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass in the Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead and adding to...

Quake hits Java

A strong earthquake rocked the crowded Indonesian island of Java on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging several buildings.  The magnitude 6.5 quake...

BP to expand in Indonesia 

Oil giant BP is hoping to open around 350 petrol stations and convenience stores in Indonesia over the next decade, teaming up with Indonesian...

Jakarta to buy out mine

The Indonesian government plans to acquire Rio Tinto’s 40-per-cent participating interest in the huge Grasberg copper mine in the unstable province of Papua.  It is...

Manila axes child dengue jabs

Thousands of Filipino children have been given a dengue vaccine that may worsen the symptoms of the disease. More than 733,000 elementary schoolchildren in the...

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Palm-oil price plummets

Malaysian palm-oil futures fell for a fourth straight day this week, hitting a two-year low, as weak sentiment persisted due to concerns about a...

Malaysia reopens 2006 murder probe

Malaysia’s police have confirmed they are reopening the murder probe into Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu. Altantuya's father, Setev Shaariibuu, called for the case to be...

UN visit to Papua blocked 

Indonesia is being criticised for refusing to allow the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to visit troubled Papua...