Asean News

Which Asian country provides the most troops for the UN peacekeeping mission?

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ANN) - The UN's peacekeeping force is dominated by troops from Asian countries, with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal currently contributing the largest number of peacekeepers.

Thai villagers to gain greater role in use of resources


BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Villagers in Thailand will have more say in the management of natural resources in their communities under planned changes to the natural conservation laws.

FEATURE: Philippines orders recall of dengue vaccine

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Manila government also wants drug maker Sanofi to issue advisories and engage doctors and patients.

The Philippines has ordered French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to recall its dengue vaccine, the world's first vaccine for the disease that had been found to pose health risks in people not previously infected.

To recycle industrial waste water, add electricity


SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A team from the National University of Singapore finds a new method that doesn't produce secondary waste.

Researchers here have found a new way to recycle industrial waste water using electricity, which can remove up to 99 per cent of impurities.

FEATURE: Yubari - Japan's 'greyest' city - fights depopulation, bankruptcy

HOKKAIDO, Japan (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Straits Times looks at how Yubari, a city where one in two residents is aged 65 or older, deals with the challenge of being the city with the oldest population.

The sign amid the overgrown grass by the roadside says "Welcome to Yubari". Underneath the words are two cartoon characters - a boy wearing a helmet with a torch and a girl with yellow ribbons in her hair.

The pair are the mascots of a theme park in Yubari, a city famous for melons, in Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.

Singapore to push for greater economic integration within Asean: Singaporean finance minister

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Finance minister Heng Swee Keat said that this push will be a very important part of Singapore's work next year, especially as the chair of Asean.

As chair of the Asean regional bloc next year, Singapore will push for greater economic integration within the regional grouping, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Dec 5), calling it a "very important part" of Singapore's work.

Thai junta rejects claims of ‘false flag’ operations

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN Desk) – Claim of ‘red-shirt weapons find’ triggers public scepticism and concern that military is seeking to maintain grip on power before and after election  

Jim Thompson was killed by Malay communists, sources say

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN Desk) – One of the oldest unsolved mysteries in Asia has been solved – as recorded in a documentary film that premieres on Wednesday in Bangkok

On Easter Sunday in 1967, Jim Thompson went for an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands’ jungle-clad hills. The American, known as the “king of Thai silk”, was on vacation in Malaysia with friends at the Moonlight Cottage, a colonial-period villa in the old British hill station north of Kuala Lumpur.

FEATURE: Mindanao violence 'fuelled by drugs, arms'


Brunei initiates launch of Asean Mineral Awards