Indonesia’s Jokowi sworn in for 2nd term amid heightened security

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was sworn in on Sunday for a second five-year term at a heavily guarded ceremony in the capital Jakarta...

Indonesia’s Papuan lies continue

Indonesia has opened its Sorong Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on a 524-hectare site in the troubled province of West Papua.  Speaking at the inaugural ceremony,...

Indonesia grapples with sweeping Islamic laws 

Indonesia looks like it might have received a reprieve from the parliamentary bid to create an Islamist state.  Indonesia's president has moved to delay a...

Orangutans not spared current haze onslaught

Toxic haze blanketing Southeast Asia has had two casualties so far with a four-month-old toddler and 60-year-old plantation worker succumbing to respiratory complications. But humans...

Indonesia turns into timber, furnitures production amid trade war

THE Indonesian government is mulling over banking on its timber and furnitures industry to seize the momentum amid the ongoing trade war between the...

Malaysia bans open-burning to reduce effects of harmful haze

MALAYSIAN authorities on Wednesday moved to ban all forms of open burning as part of efforts to cut the harmful effects of the haze. Norlin...

Bags of snakes thrown into Papuan student dorm 

Papuan students in Java say two bags of snakes were thrown into their dormitory as the unrest in Indonesia's easternmost provinces began to reduce. The...

RCEP negotiations set for conclusion in November

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its six trade partners are hoping for the conclusion of the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive...

Indonesia relaxes Papuan internet ban 

Indonesia has partially relaxed an internet blackout imposed following violent protests in Papua, but it has not restored connections in the worst affected areas. The...

ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

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Singapore property chiefs warn of property glut 

Singaporean property developers say an oversupply of apartments and a stagnating economy are set to suppress housing prices.  The president of the Real Estate Developers Association of...

Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

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