Thailand defers ban on hazardous chemicals amid protests

Thailand has deferred plans to ban two toxic chemicals used in farming and reversed the prohibition of another one amid cries that it would...

Trade tensions brew between Indonesia, EU over nickel export ban

Trade tensions are heating up between Indonesia and the European Union (EU) after the latter complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the...

Vietnam bucks global trends by boosting coal use

Vietnam has been singled out in a global environmental report for seeing the world’s highest increase in coal-generated electricity as other countries are abandoning...

Philippine marine life endangered by China: scholar

China should ban the giant-clam trade to save the coral reefs in the South China Sea from furtherdegradation, according to a US marine biologist.  Kent Carpenter from...

Singapore sees rising Chinese property interest

The level of Chinese property investment in Singapore has hit record levels this year as instability in Hong Kong appears to be rising.  “Singapore is the regional safe harbour and the...

Singapore October inflation falls to three-year low

Singapore saw core inflation in October eased to a fresh low in over three years due to a steep fall in the cost of...

‘Philippines-US free-trade deal likely next year’

The Philippines is next in line on sealing a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, the world’s largest economy. Ebb Hinchliffe, executive director of...

Indonesia abandons pretence of tolerance

Indonesia’s abandonment of liberal tolerance has been further exposed as the government appears keen to pander to the vocal, conservative Muslim community.  Several ministries are...

Last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies, species now extinct in the country

The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer on Saturday (Nov. 23). The...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to face Rohingya genocide charges at UN court

Myanmar’s state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, will lead a delegation to the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend a case accusing the quasi-democratic...

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Philippines receives $2.5B loan from ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has lent some $2.5 billion support to the Philippines, the highest ever extended in a single year. On Friday, the...

Philippine central bank pauses rate cuts on benign inflation

The Philippine central bank on Thursday held interest rates steady at its last monetary policy meeting for the year due to a positive domestic...

Asean’s plastic shame 

Asean’s beaches, seas and waterways continue to choke on plastic waste, with much of it imported from the developed world. Idyllic spots throughout the biodiverse...