Indonesia leaves Malaysia behind in biodiesel production

Indonesia's vehicles will soon by running on a little more palm oil Jakarta is committed to push for higher production and consumption of biodiesel, to...

Vietnam prepares to allow airport gambling

Las Vegas-style slot machines are increasingly common in airports. Source: Wikimedia  Vietnam is considering whether to install gambling machines in its international airport terminals to...

Microsoft enters murky Myanmar market

Microsoft has stepped into the precarious business world of supposedly democratic Myanmar by signing a deal with a conglomerate whose founder has long battled...

Asean: an economic titan but a political worm

Amnesty wants action to avoid a repeat of this year’s refugee crisis. Source: Amnesty International  While the economic prospects for the vast bulk of the...

Asean called to tackle Abu Sayyaf

The Black Standard of ISIL, which was adopted by Abu Sayyaf. Source: Wikipedia Asean must work together to break the kidnapping threat of the Abu...

Indonesia agrees development plan with UN

Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is representing his nation at the Commonwealth summit in Malta. Source: Wikimedia Jakarta, through its National Development Planning...

Scandals take shine off Asean’s rosy economic future

US vessels in the South China Post. Source: Wikimedia Despite the optimism about regional economic growth, expressed in the form of the new Asean Economic Community,...

Landslide buries Myanmar jade miners

An example of Hpakant's prized jade. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Many people are missing after a major landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar's northern Kachin State. At least...

Asean launches economic bloc

Southeast Asian nations have created a unified economic community that aims to rival the European Union and North America. The 10 Asean leaders signed a...

Thai economy on road to recovery

The economic future looks brighter in Bangkok. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Thailand’s economy is showing signs of growth after months of relative decline following last May’s coup, according...

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