Jakarta’s religious card 

The future of one of the world's largest cities, Jakarta, lies in the balance. As ethnicity and religion have been increasingly exploited, the colossal...

Indonesia blamed for Australia plastic crisis

Indonesia says it is trying to prevent tonnes of plastic waste washing up on northern Australian beaches as more marine life is found after...

Thailand hit with Zika travel warning

Thailand is well provisioned with mosquitoes. Source: Wikimedia The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has issued Thailand with its second-highest travel advisory in its three-tier...

Duterte to shut ‘cesspit’ Boracay 

A popular Philippine holiday island faces closure by a presidential decree from Rodrigo Duterte. He called for Boracay to be placed off-limits to tourists...

Army tackles Java plastic crisis 

The Indonesian military has been deployed to unblock rivers and canals clogged with bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Indonesia is estimated to be the...

Cambodia seizes 3 tonnes of tusks

Cambodia says it has seized 1,026 elephant tusks in an abandoned storage container from Mozambique in the country's largest ever ivory bust. More than 3.2...

Thais expect more tourists, despite floods 

Thais are used to flooding but not normally in January. Source: Flickr The Thai authorities expect revenue from foreign tourism to rise 8.5 per cent...

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...

Singapore told to clean its plates

As one of the most crowded countries on the planet, Singapore is often forced to examine its sustainability. Source: Wikimedia Singapore’s Minister for Environment and...

Palm-oil sector calls for EU trade war 

The Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) has urged the government to halt trade deals with the European Union until the bloc’s proposed ban on...

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Indonesia promises action in Papua after calls for UN probe

Indonesia has promised action against officers who abused a Papuan suspect with a live snake after a United Nations panel called for a probe...

Indonesia plans fishing zone in disputed South China Sea

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