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Malaysia, Indonesia to seek resolution of sea disputes

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia's most important bilateral ties.

200 million people moved to cities in East Asia in decade: World Bank

 Almost 200 million people in East Asia moved to urban areas in the decade to 2010, the World Bank said Monday, creating a massive challenge to the region`s planners.

Mudslides, flash floods kill at least 53 in Philippines

Flash floods and mudslides have killed at least 53 people in the central and southern Philippines, the national disaster agency said on Wednesday, after days of heavy rains that have also hit neighbouring Southeast Asian countries.

India's ties with Southeast Asia gained momentum in 2014

The year 2014 turned out to be a turbulent one for Southeast Asia with two plane tragedies and a coup hitting global headlines, even as India's ties with the key region gained momentum with the new Indian government turning the 'Look East' policy into an 'Act East' strategy.

Cause of malaria drug resistance in Southeast Asia identified

Malaria drug resistance in Southeast Asia is caused by a single mutated gene in the disease-causing parasite, a Columbia University-led study has found.

Women's safety in focus as Uber rivals race across Southeast Asia

A co-founder of GrabTaxi, Uber`s biggest competitor in Southeast Asia, remarked earlier this year that safety is so central to the online taxi booking business that some of his drivers feel like they are tracked at every moment - even when they go to the bathroom.

Northeast to be made commercial hub of Southeast Asia: Centre

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said Saturday India's northeast region would be made a "trading and commercial hub of Southeast Asia".

Agartala airport to be made international airport

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has completed preliminary work to upgrade Agartala airport as an international airport to boost the region's connectivity with southeast Asia, an official said here Monday.

Indonesian growth slowdown highlights challenge for Widodo

 Indonesia`s economy grew at its slowest pace for five years in the third quarter, official data showed Wednesday, underlining the challenge for new President Joko Widodo to get Southeast Asia`s top economy back on track.

Islamic State ''brand'' gains ground among Asian militants
Islamic State ''brand'' gains ground among Asian militants

A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group`s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

`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.

World Cup boosts TV sales in football-mad Southeast Asia

Sales of flat panel televisions across Southeast Asia rose sharply in May as demand soared in the football-crazy region ahead of the World Cup, a report said today.

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.

Formula One: Malaysia GP to go ahead despite jet saga

This month`s Malaysia Grand Prix will go ahead as planned despite the national crisis surrounding a missing airliner, but will be more subdued this year out of respect, the organiser said Monday.