`India`s Look East Policy needs concrete action`

India`s Look East Policy, in which Myanmar plays a key role as the route for major connectivity between India`s landlocked Northeast and Southeast Asia, needs to rise above "mere academic talk" to show "more concrete action", experts said.

Southeast Asian pirates on the prowl once again

A spate of daring high-seas attacks off Southeast Asia is stoking fears that its vital shipping lanes could once again become a hotspot for piracy unless regional powers act fast.

Eleven killed in northern Kenya ethnic clashes

At least 11 people have been killed and several others wounded in fighting between rival clans in Wajir in Kenya`s remote northeast, police said Friday.

Indonesia hosts conference on n-test ban

A two-day conference on nuclear test ban for Southeast Asia and Pacific Far East regions commenced Monday in Indonesia, attracting 50 experts from 21 countries.

ASEAN expresses `serious concerns` over China sea spats

Southeast Asia`s regional bloc voiced alarm on Saturday over escalating tensions in the South China Sea after members Vietnam and Philippines squared off against Beijing in the disputed waters.

Myanmar hosts summit of South-east Asian leaders

Myanmar hopes its first-ever hosting of a summit of Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday will help showcase progress made since the country emerged from a half-century of military rule.

Malaysia investigates suspected Somali militant activity

Malaysian police are investigating whether al Qaeda linked Somali rebels were seeking to set up a base in the Southeast Asian country after a suspected insurgent was arrested, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Friday.

Barack Obama to court Southeast Asia from Malaysia

US President Barack Obama will renew his courtship of Southeast Asia on Sunday, launching a grass roots effort to inspire the region`s next generation of leaders in the virtues of democracy.

Brunei detains Indonesian on terror suspicions: Report

Brunei authorities have detained an Indonesian national with links to Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) for alleged "terrorist-related activities" in the oil-rich sultanate, a media report said Thursday.

Protest in Malaysia after government suspends magazine

Dozens of journalists protested Saturday in Malaysia against the suspension of a weekly magazine, urging the Southeast Asian nation to allow greater press freedom.

US appoints new ambassador to the Philippines

The United States has sworn in a veteran diplomat as its new ambassador to the Philippines as the Southeast Asian nation grapples with the aftermath of a devastating typhoon.

Southeast Asia approves anti-haze system

Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday approved a new system aimed at cracking down on illegal forest fires blamed for the region`s worst smog crisis in years.

Hagel issues warning over Asian maritime disputes

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel warned fellow defence ministers on Thursday that a growing number of maritime incidents and tensions in disputed Asian waters increase the risk of a dangerous international confrontation.

New predictive method pinpoints arsenic hotspots

European and Chinese researchers have built a model to predict the presence of arsenic groundwater contamination in China and elsewhere where millions are at risk, according to work published Thursday.

India offers terrorism handling expertise to Southeast Asia

India is willing to share its terrorism handling expertise with the Southeast Asian countries, said External Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday.

ASEAN-India Centre: New platform to forge closer ties

Amid growing links between India and the ASEAN, maritime security is a major area that New Delhi and the 10-member grouping of Southeast Asian countries are looking to boost cooperation in through a new "platform".

Southeast Asia smog crisis eases as rain douses fires

Fires in Indonesia that have blanketed Singapore and Malaysia in thick smog eased Wednesday after heavy rain, boosting hopes of an end to Southeast Asia`s worst air pollution crisis for years.

Google planning to operate wireless networks in African, Asian markets using balloons

Google is believed to be deeply involved in a series of projects to build and operate wireless networks in emerging markets, including sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Asian airline to offer baby-free `quiet zone`

A low-cost airline in Southeast Asia is introducing a `quiet zone` on its long haul flights by moving babies at the back of the plane.

Polio-free Southeast Asia within reach: WHO

WHO is working with countries to ensure the region sustains the gains made on polio eradication and achieves the regional polio-free certification in early 2014.