Giap ‘testicle’ gag and online freedom

An incident in Vietnam, involving an unfortunate quip about a testicle being fashioned into the shape of a legendary general’s head, has exposed the...

Jakarta cleric faces porn charges 

Jakarta's police have named an Islamist leader as a suspect in the exchange of pornographic messages and photos, a new legal threat to the...

Vietnam jails anti-Chinese rioters 

Many protesters have been arrested in Vietnam amid protests against plans for special economic zones (SEZs) that many fear will be dominated by Chinese...

Junta to spend $2bn on spy satellites: claim

The Thai junta is reported to be investing heavily in the US-based Theia Satellite Network, a web of 112 surveillance satellites carrying high-tech cameras,...

Brunei prince puts $2m into tech start-up

Medicine is increasingly moving online. Source: bookdoc.com BookDoc, a health-care technology start-up launched in Malaysia in October, has raised a seed round of financing which...

Asean economic hopes high after mixed 2015

The muddy docks in Yangon. Myanmar is tipped to see the fastest growth in Asean this year. Photo: the author Southeast Asia greets the new year...

Junta aims to tax tech giants

Singapore’s low-tax regime has attracted tech firms. Source: Wikimedia The Thai junta is preparing to toughen tax collection rules for internet and tech giants, the...

Changi trials face checks 

Singapore’s Changi airport is testing a facial-recognition system which it said could locate passengers and help speed up the boarding process. The airport is expanding...

Malware targets Singapore bank accounts

Singapore’s smartphones are under fire. Source: Wikimedia The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) is warning smartphone users about a fake software update for WhatsApp...

Cars fail to pass S’pore air tests

The popular Honda Accord and Toyota Vios will soon be banned from new sales in Singapore as they will not meet this week's Euro...

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Singapore told to look to domestic market for growth 

Singaporean growth this year is expected to come in slightly below the midpoint of the 1.5 to 3.5 per cent forecast range without any...

Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

Cambodia and Thailand have reconnected a cross-border railway after 46 years as Asean’s rail links gradually improve. The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and...

Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...