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Malaysia approves law banning fake news ahead of elections

Apr 3, 2018

Malaysia's parliament has passed a ban on fake news that critics fear will be abused to silence dissent before a general election expected to be called within days

Indonesia says 1 soldier killed in Papua clash

Apr 2, 2018

Indonesia says one solider has been killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and Papuan independence fighters near the U.S.-owned Grasberg copper mine in the country's east

Greenpeace leaves sustainable wood certification group

Mar 27, 2018

Greenpeace withdraws from Forest Stewardship Council, says it is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation

Malaysia's push to outlaw fake news, jail offenders decried

Mar 27, 2018

Malaysia's government has proposed legislation to outlaw fake news and punish offenders with a 10-year jail term, a move slammed by critics as an attempt at silencing dissent ahead of an election

Greenpeace says brands refusing to reveal palm oil sources

Mar 19, 2018

Greenpeace says some major household brands including Johnson & Johnson have failed to disclose where they get their palm oil from despite vows to stop buying from companies that cut down tropical forests to grow the widely used commodity

Indonesia faces challenge to seizure of yacht wanted by US

Mar 19, 2018

Indonesian police say a luxury yacht seized as part of a U.S. probe into the alleged multibillion-dollar theft of funds from a Malaysian state investment company has not been handed over to the U.S. because of a legal challenge from its owner

Vietnamese recruited 2 months before Kim Jong Nam's murder

Mar 14, 2018

The lawyer for a Vietnamese woman accused of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader says she was recruited by a North Korean suspect at a Hanoi bar two months before the killing

Southeast Asian ride-hailing app Grab expands into lending

Mar 13, 2018

Southeast Asian ride hailing app Grab said it is expanding into financial services in partnership with a Japanese credit card company, hoping to offer credit to millions of people without bank accounts

Indonesia seizes illegally logged wood from Papua

Mar 9, 2018

Indonesian authorities foiled the shipment of 21 containers of prized ironwood from Papua, highlighting what environmentalists say is a rampant illegal trade in the easternmost region

Malaysia opposition pledges to axe tax, investigate scandal

Mar 9, 2018

Malaysia's opposition coalition has pledged to axe an unpopular good and services tax and reopen investigations into a multibillion-dollar financial scandal linked to the prime minister if it wins the next elections