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These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.  Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world.   We are coming for you next, IGP warns loan sharks Police will launch a major crackdown on loan shark…

Hot off the press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today. Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world. Malaysia warns new EU rules could hurt palm oil used in food Malaysia, the world’s second-largest producer and…

Hong Kong leader struggles to end crisis

Paralysed by seething protesters and intransigent bosses in Beijing, Hong Kong's government lacks the power and experience to end the unprecedented political crisis in the city, analysts say. The semi-autonomous international hub has been riven by increasingly violent protests for more than four…

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These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today. Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world Nations must not take eyes off climate change The existential threat of climate change is an issue that nations…



Hydrogen as a clean fuel for transportation

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), ASEAN currently consumes 4.5 million barrels of oil per day, while it only produces 2.5 million barrels per day, with the…

Malaysia’s solar sector on the rise

Malaysia’s solar photovoltaics (PV) industry is on the rise thanks to strengthening government support, growing investor confidence and reducing costs. Already ASEAN’s biggest…

Indonesian solar lessons from Vietnam 

During the recent Jakarta Car Free Day on 28 July, Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignasius Jonan, led a campaign called the National Movement of A Million…



E-commerce spending expected to triple in ASEAN

Digital consumers in ASEAN will be spending three times as much in 2025 according to a new study from Facebook and Bain & Company. The joint study by the social media giant and global management…

E-commerce threat for Myanmar’s jade

As if human rights abuses, corruption charges and deadly landslides haven’t hurt the industry enough, Myanmar’s multi-billion-dollar jade and gemstone industry now has to deal with the challenges of…

Singapore eases monetary policy, avoids recession

Singapore eased monetary policy for the first time in over three years Monday as the US-China trade war bites, while the export-reliant economy narrowly avoided recession in the third quarter. The…

Vietnam: ASEAN’s best country to invest in

Offering investment opportunities in everything from zippers to bullet trains, Vietnam has long been recognised as a hub for foreign direct investment (FDI) – and a recent report has just confirmed…

Tourists rail against Hanoi 'train street' ban

Selfie-snapping tourists railed against the closure of Hanoi's 'train street' on Thursday after police blocked off the Instragram-famous tracks for safety reasons. The narrow railway corridor in…



Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore

A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore's waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian…

Your data isn’t safe in Thailand

ASEAN has a problem as far as personal data protection goes, and at the bottom of this rung sits Thailand. In a study of privacy and surveillance of 47 countries – four…

Fighting bribery with tech in Indonesia

In June 2017, a video of a policeman accepting a bribe in Indonesia went viral. The video was especially intriguing because the bribe came in the form of a durian which…



Childhood malnutrition and obesity in Vietnam

Children around the world are not getting the nutrients they need, undermining their capacity to grow, develop and learn to their full potential. According to the State of the World’s Children 2019: children, food and nutrition’ report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one in three children under five is not properly growing due to malnutrition. The triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, hidden hunger and overweight – threaten the survival, growth and development of…

Lion Air families to meet Indonesia safety agency

Families of those killed when a Lion Air plane crashed off Indonesia last year are expected to meet safety regulators on Wednesday to be briefed on a final report into the disaster that could be released within days. All 189 passengers and crew died when the 737 MAX jet slammed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta last October. The model was grounded worldwide after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa in March, killing 157 people aboard.…

Shunned by Chinese, Thai tourism braces for slump

Hotels on Thailand's most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht. Located on the Andaman Sea and known for its beaches and nightlife, sun-drenched Phuket was the most visited destination in the country last year after Bangkok and a good gauge of the state of its crucial travel industry. Tourism accounts for 18 percent of…

Human hair trade is exploiting ASEAN women

Women’s hair is her crowning glory – even when the hair is not her own. Hair extensions have become an essential segment in the multi-billion-dollar hair industry, with an estimated annual sales range from US$250 million to over US$1 billion. Based on a 2018 Research and Markets report, the global hair wigs and extension market is estimated to reach revenues of more than US$10 billion by 2023. Raw human hair has significant commercial value and is a coveted commodity in international trade to…


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