Indonesia pushes ahead with capital shift

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, is pushing ahead with a plan to move Indonesia’s capital to Borneo to reduce pollution and congestion in sinking...

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...

Chinese frigates dock at Yangon 

China’s Navy is hoping to extend its links with Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia   Two naval vessels from China have arrived in Yangon for a five-day visit...

Poor equipment hampers Lombok rescue

About 20,000 people have been moved to unaffected areas of the Indonesian island of Lombok since the 6.9-magnitude quake on Sunday left 98 dead,...

Singapore told to clean its plates

As one of the most crowded countries on the planet, Singapore is often forced to examine its sustainability. Source: Wikimedia Singapore’s Minister for Environment and...

Drought exposes submerged Thai temple

Buddhists are visiting a temple in central Thailand exposed by a record drought that has caused the retreat of a reservoir which submerged the...

The Philippine transportation system is unimaginably awful

THE Philippines has long been left out when it comes to modernizing its public transport system as compared with its neighboring Asian countries Malaysia...

Thailand addresses tourist hangover

One of Thailand’s Similan islands. Source: Wikimedia The closure of Thailand’s Koh Tachai indefinitely from October due to fears that tourism is trashing the island's...

US: China wants floating nuclear plant

China is looking to launch a floating nuclear power station in the disputed South China Sea to boost its claims in the sovereignty dispute,...

Indonesia sends back US trash 

Indonesia has followed the Philippines and Malaysia and returned five sea containers of trash to the United States, saying it will not become a...

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Singapore to ban sugary drink adverts

Singapore, which has some of the world’s highest diabetes rates, is to become the first country to ban advertising for sugary drinks, according to...

Singapore eases monetary policy for first time in 3.5 years

Singapore’s central bank loosened monetary policy for the first time in three-and-a-half years on Monday, while the trade-reliant economy narrowly dodged recession in the...

Indonesia’s Papuan lies continue

Indonesia has opened its Sorong Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on a 524-hectare site in the troubled province of West Papua.  Speaking at the inaugural ceremony,...