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Indonesia calls for tough haze action

Smog has become an annual event in the region. Source: FlickrIndonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Riau on Sumatra has called for tougher measures to tackle fires in the province, warning that haze might reoccur like in previous years."Currently, the wind tends...

Malaysia Airports bullish

Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Source: WikimediaMalaysia Airports Holdings is set to increase in terms of customers the rest of the year after encouraging recent signs as Malaysia pulls out of hosting a major football conference. Double-digit passenger growth for several major airlines, including Emirates Airlines and...

Thai police link bombs to one man

The Shinawatra-supporting red shirst are on the list of suspects. Source: WikimediaA series of bombing and arson attacks in southern Thailand that killed four people and wounded many more were organised by a single person, Thailand's police said, after making an arrest.Blasts on Thursday...

Hanoi fortifies islands 

SU-30s have been deployed to the South China Sea. Source: FlickrVietnam has fortified several islands in the disputed South China Sea with mobile rocket launchers able to strike China's disputed bases on neighbouring reefs. Hanoi reportedly shipped the launchers, which could be made operational in...

Palm oil recovers from El Niño 

Malaysia and Indonesia dominate palm-oil production. Source: Wikimedia Since Zakaria Arshad took the helm of Felda Global Ventures Holdings, the world’s largest crude palm oil producer, it has turned from the worst Malaysian stock to the best. The firm’s 28-per-cent increase this quarter makes it the...

S’pore meeting market grows

The Union of International Associations (UIA) has ranked Singapore fourth after it hosted 736 meetings during 2015, one event fewer than third-placed Belgium, which benefits from hosting the European Union. The US was the top destination, followed by South Korea.Singapore welcomed about 3...

Subway operator’s profits fall 

SMRT is key to the functioning of Singapore. Source: WikimediaSMRT Corp, Singapore’s biggest metro operator, has announced a 23-per-cent decline in first-quarter profit as the company spent more on repairs and maintenance of ageing rolling stock and major overhauls. Net income dropped to S$15.5 million...

Anger at heroes’ burial for Marcos

President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda with US President Lyndon Johnson in Manila in 1966. Source: WikimediaPhilippine Senator Franklin Drilon has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to allow the legendarily corrupt dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the heroes'...

Thais back military charter

Elected members of the Thai assembly will be far weaker. Source: Wikimedia  The Thai electorate has overwhelmingly approved the junta-drafted constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government dominated by the military and controlled by appointed, not elected, representatives. Around 62 per cent voted in...

Duterte accuses judges of drug links

Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation about his war on drugs. Source: YouTubeThe Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has accused numerous politicians, civil servants and judges of links with the drugs trade, telling them to surrender to be investigation.Duterte named those he was accusing and ordered...

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