Typhoon Melor batters Philippines

Melor kills 4 in Philippines.  Source: Wikimedia  Typhoon Nona, as it is known in the Philippines or Melor internationally, has killed at least four people...

Envoys plan Rakhine visit

Poverty grips much of Rakhine State. Source: Flickr Senior US, Chinese, British and other EU diplomats are due to visit the north of Myanmar's unstable...

Time for a palm-oil rethink 

Malaysia and Indonesia’s trade ministers have said they will “discuss and coordinate” palm oil export issues, including organising a joint mission to the EU.  But...

Reef naming angers Manila 

The Philippines has complained about China's move to name undersea features on Manila's continental shelf amid fears Beijing may be claiming more maritime territory. President...

Malaysia chokes on plastic junk 

The US, Japan and the UK are the three biggest plastic waste exporters to Malaysia, accounting for 53 per cent of the 754,000 tonnes...

80% of forest fires in Indonesia: report

Almost four-fifths of hotspots detected in Asean over the past month are in Indonesia, according to the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC). Forest fires...

Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western...

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Envoy pleads sanctions, no-fly zone into Myanmar

Myanmar’s envoy to the United Nations has called for sanctions and a no-fly zone into the country amid ongoing chaos between protesters and the...

Malaysia sends 5 million students back to school

All five million Malaysian students were sent back physically to school despite the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country. This after secondary school...