Palm-oil giants attack EU ban

The two dominant palm-oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the product’s use in biofuels. A Malaysian...

Anger at Asean WWII wreck looting  

The UK government is investigating claims of illegal plundering of Second World War battleships that were sunk by Japan in its conquest of Malaya...

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

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...

Indonesia takes ‘bold’ steps to guard rupiah from virus

Indonesia’s central bank is taking “bold” steps to protect the nation’s currency and bonds against the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. Bank Indonesia is...

Jakarta demands tax from internet giants

Indonesia’s young population is spending an increasing amount of time online. Source: Pixabay Internet giants could have their services blocked in Indonesia if they do...

Ukraine and Indonesia deepen ties

Ukraine is Indonesia’s main wheat supplier. Source: Pixabay       Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Indonesia's Joko Widodo have agreed to start consultations on establishing a free-trade...

Rally backs Jakarta governor 

Jakarta Muslims demand the removal of the governor. Source: YouTube Tens of thousands of Indonesian protesters have attended a "unity rally" in Jakarta to counter...

Ahok jailed for blasphemy 

The defeated, ethnically Chinese, Christian governor of Jakarta has been jailed for two years for blaspheming the Koran, despite the prosecution requesting only a...

US knew about slaughter: files

The US knew that civilians were being "delivered for slaughter" and did nothing during Indonesia’s 1965-66 anti-Communist massacres, declassified documents have revealed. Between 500,000 and...

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Singapore most vulnerable to coronavirus: analysts 

The coronavirus is expected to force Asean’s economies to either slow down rapidly or contract in the current quarter, according to economists.  Singapore is due to...

Philippines to probe Honda production shutdown

The Senate of the Philippines is planning to conduct an inquiry into the sudden shutdown of Honda Cars Philippines Inc.’s manufacturing in Laguna. Senator Joel...

Netflix’s woes and wins in Indonesia

Indonesian regulators are not quite ready to ‘chill’ yet at Netflix’s growing presence and popularity among citizens, but things could be looking up for...