New US-Philippines defense pact ‘in the works’

The United States and the Philippines are crafting a new defense pact that could replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that was proposed for...

US-Asean Summit postponed over virus fears

A long-scheduled summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States will no longer push through as planned. According to a...

Philippine Airlines lets go of 300 workers

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has laid off some 300 employees as part of its retrenchment program as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to...

Malaysia’s royals to discuss next PM

Malaysia's nine royal rulers are due to meet today (Friday) to discuss forming a government after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his resignation this...

Thailand blames pollution crisis on Cambodian fires 

Thailand has blamed Cambodian farmers for thick clouds of smog that have led to the closure of hundreds of schools in the capital, Bangkok.  But...

Election-friendly Budget 2020 features goodies galore

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and heir apparent to current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took “a tad longer than usual” with his speech...

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...

Thai airlines scramble for survival

Thailand-based airlines are struggling to survive from the low blow of the 2019 novel coronavirus, with carriers now offering tweaked airfare promotions and laying...

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Philippines transitions to online schooling amid coronavirus

The upcoming school year in the Philippines will push through as planned but the government was still not keen on allowing face-to-face classes. The Office...

Thailand rejects cash aid proposal for civil servants

Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has junked a proposal to offer cash aid to 91,000 farming civil servants for supplementary income, arguing that they are...

Singapore to reopen economy next month

Singapore is officially opening up its economy next month, albeit such a plan will be done so in phases, according to the multi-ministry task...