Papua mine talks still deadlocked 

Freeport-McMoran is encouraged by talks over its giant Grasberg copper and gold mine in Indonesian Papua, according to chief executive Richard Adkerson said. While conceding...

Vietnam angers China with drilling 

Vietnam has begun drilling for oil in an area of the South China Sea claimed by China. A drilling ship on contract to international firm...

S’pore drivers’ loans on rise

Car ownership remains popular among Singaporeans. Source: Flickr Singaporean car buyers are taking out bigger financing loans following an easing of vehicle-loan curbs since May...

Russia’s ‘nuclear Titanic’ ready to operate 

Russia has said the world’s first floating nuclear power plant is ready to start producing electricity in its northeastern tip in a move that...

Asean’s plastic shame

A video of a British diver swimming through plastic waste off Bali has shown the extent of the crisis in Indonesian waters. The film by...

Asean’s plastic shame

Multilateral firms are polluting oceans by selling goods packaged in plastic to the Philippines, Indonesia and their neighbours, Greenpeace argues. It singled out Nestle,...

Papua allowed to speak out 

The Asmat of Papua Province. The provinces are ethnically distinct from the rest of Indonesia. The unstable Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua...

Typhoon Melor batters Philippines

Melor kills 4 in Philippines.  Source: Wikimedia  Typhoon Nona, as it is known in the Philippines or Melor internationally, has killed at least four people...

Malaysia-UK arms deal in peril: claim

The European Union’s proposed ban on palm oil could endanger a possible US$6.3 billion defence deal between Malaysia and the UK, the anti-EU British...

Philippine Boracay reopens to tourists

The Philippine tourist hotspot of Boracay (pictured) has reopened and will be subject to new rules to avoid it turning back into a “cesspool”,...

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Indonesia restricts social media to end riots

Indonesia has restricted access to Facebook and WhatsApp after rioting broke out in Jakarta in the wake of the presidential election results. Blocking social media...

Canada to retrieve trash from Philippines

Canada has backed down in its dispute with the Philippines, agreeing to take back tonnes of waste shipped to Manila in 103 sea containers.  The...

Cambodians re-enact Khmer Rouge genocide

Cambodian students dressed as Khmer Rouge cadres re-enacted scenes from the genocide at the so-called killing fields to commemorate the 2 million victims butchered...