Freeport row threatens bilateral ties

Little profit from Freeport’s mines has filtered down to the indigenous Papuans. Source: Wikimedia     Indonesian traders fear that tensions between US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan and...

As haze worsens, Malaysia looking into cloud seeding

Malaysia is studying the feasibility of cloud seeding to induce rain in areas that are currently affected by the haze. Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wan...

Malays celebrate Mahathir discrimination U-turn

Around 55,000 Malaysian Muslims protested in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend against an alleged attempt to remove ethnic Malays of their privileges, putting pressure...

Muslims blast Suu Kyi’s Harvard prize

Rakhine State is one of the poorest in Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia   Muslim US undergraduates are criticising the Harvard Foundation’s selection of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung...

US hands over Filipino trophies from 1901 massacre 

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has handed (pictured) over three church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies in 1901 after...

Indonesian jailed for treating dying wife

An Indonesian man who grew cannabis to ease his terminally ill wife's pain has been jailed for eight months, his lawyer said. Fidelis Ari Sudarwoto,...

Temasek proposes SMRT buyout

SMRT celebrates 50 years of Singapore. Source: Flickr   Singapore public transport operator SMRT is due to be privatised after Temasek Holdings announced an S$1.18 billion...

Philippines approves worth P548-billion infra projects

Eight infrastructure projects amounting to P548 billion ($10.75 billion) have hurdled the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the Philippines. In a statement, Socioeconomic...

Elephants beaten at Thai polo event 

Organisers of an exclusive elephant polo tournament in Thailand claim they are "saddened" by video that appears to show pachyderms being beaten with sharp...

Another Papua police death 

An Indonesian police officer was reportedly shot dead in the latest alleged attack by militants near the vast gold and copper Grasberg mine in...

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