S’pore abandons circular road 

Real estate that was being safeguarded for the Singapore Underground Road System has been released as there is no more need for an orbital...

Elephants beaten at Thai polo event 

Organisers of an exclusive elephant polo tournament in Thailand claim they are "saddened" by video that appears to show pachyderms being beaten with sharp...

World Bank ‘doubles’ Philippine disaster relief

The World Bank says it has almost doubled the coverage of its natural disaster risk insurance for the Philippines. The Washington-based institution said the...

African Swine Fever hits Philippine hogs

THE Agriculture department of the Philippines has confirmed the presence of an African Swine Fever (ASF), following weeks of testing the local hogs for...

Thailand closes off more islands

Koh Khai Nok. Businesses on the islands may be forced to close. Source: Wikimedia Thailand's military-run authorities have announced that parts of three islands will...

Coral crash sparks Indonesia backlash 

The Raja Ampat islands have some of the world’s most fascinating reefs. The huge British-registered cruise ship which ripped through one of the world's...

No Grasberg hostages: rebel

A militant separatist group in Indonesian Papua has disputed police claims that it is holding villagers hostage during an armed standoff near the giant...

Whale chokes on Thai plastic 

Around 80 separate bits of plastic weighing 8kg were found in the stomach of a pilot whale that died in Thailand after a five-day...

Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...

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...

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Risk aversion among Singaporean youth, survey reveals

The ASEAN youth sentiments survey commissioned every year by the World Economic Forum recently revealed an aversion to risk among Singaporean youths. Young people...

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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...

Musk defends offensive Thailand cave hero tweets

Loose-tongued Tesla chief executive Elon Musk (pictured) says he feared the heroic British cave diver Vernon Unsworth – who worked tirelessly to rescue the...