North Korea’s Kim oversees test of new weapon with ‘powerful warhead’

NORTH KOREA’s Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a “powerful warhead”, state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington...

Where does all the rubbish in the Southern Indian Ocean go?

GREAT areas of our rubbish are known to form in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. But no such “garbage patch” has been found in the Southern Indian Ocean. Our research – published recently...

Japan wants Britain to minimise ‘negative’ Brexit impact

JAPAN’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday asked Britain to minimise the negative impact of its departure from the European Union on Japanese firms and the global economy. His remarks came during a meeting with...

China seizes nearly 2,750 elephant tusks in huge bust

CHINESE authorities have seized 7.5 tonnes of ivory — 2,748 elephant tusks — in one of the biggest busts in recent years as the country cracks down on the sale of illegal wildlife products. The...

Muslim-majority Indonesia votes in its biggest-ever election

INDONESIA kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections Wednesday, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. More than 190 million Indonesians are set to...

All said and done, Jokowi still Indonesia’s best bet in this week’s election

WHEN Joko Widodo was first a candidate for Indonesia’s presidency five years ago, one might have looked to his successful career in local government for clues as to how he would lead Southeast Asia’s...

How does the digital economy affect opportunities for women at work?

THE digital economy is expanding rapidly in Asia, boosting growth and economic opportunities at a time of otherwise disappointing global productivity growth. How then does the digital economy affect opportunities for women to participate in...

What you can do to turn the online world into a safe space

HAVE you ever considered that what you type into Google, or the ironic memes you laugh at on Facebook, might be building a more dangerous online environment? Regulation of online spaces is starting to gather...

A turbulent year ahead in Taiwan’s cross-strait relations

EAST Asian security and trade discussions have been dominated by certain issues over the past few years. China’s militarised islands in the South China Sea, regular incursions into Japan’s exclusive economic zones by Chinese...

Why urban policymakers should think about population shrinkage

THE narrative about population growth, resource depletion, and their contribution to declining sustainability has taken an interesting detour into the smart cities discourse. Technology, once a slapdash solution for minor personal and urban inconveniences, is...
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