Asean News

Study finds high pesticide levels in local Thai food

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - NGOs call for law forcing industry to declare discharge of dangerous toxins.

OPINION: Asean centrality: What's that?


SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Asean risks losing relevance as a regional player over its weak response to the Rakhine crisis.

FEATURE: World AIDS Day 2017 promotes “Right to Health”


VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - This year’s World AIDS Day campaign promotes the theme of “Right to Health” and raises awareness of the 36.7 million people worldwide who are living with HIV in realising their rights.

No plan to lift ban on political activity: Thai junta

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Deputy PM cites weapons find as reason; academic suggests it’s a ruse to keep power.

Breast cancer most common in Brunei


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in Brunei Darussalam, according to a press release.

It can affect women of all ages with the peak incidence in women of age 45-55.

Vietnam: Sharp rise in mentally ill patients


HAI PHONG CITY (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Currently, 200,000 people with severe mental illness are entitled to monthly benefits, and 13,000 mental patients from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot take care of themselves and have no caretakers have been admitted into social welfare establishments.

Southeast Asia rises as most popular destination for S Koreans: report


SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - According to data gathered from travel metasearch engine Kayak, South Korean travellers picked Southeast Asian destinations such as Bangkok and Da Nang as most preferred spots.

Countries in Southeast Asia are rising as popular holiday spots for South Korean travelers, with the destinations being the most searched online, market data showed Tuesday.

Services sector grows faster in Q3

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Though manufacturing has been Singapore's top performing industry, the services sector had a good showing in the third quarter.

Manufacturing has been the star performer this year, but a robust third quarter showed that the services sector is back in the game.

Revenue for firms in the sector rose at a faster pace in the three months to Sept 30 than the same period last year - a further sign that the recovery is extending across the wider economy.

FEATURE: Naming and 'shaming' the top polluters

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Environmental groups such as Greenpace are 'shaming' consumer giants to force them to use environmentally-friendly alternatives to cheap plastic products.

Along the shoreline of a man-made island south of Manila, volunteers picked up garbage washed up from Manila Bay.

By day's end, they had at least 50 sacks of plastic wrappers, sachets, straws and bottles, used garments, polystyrene, footwear and toys.

Protesters in Thailand demand release of activists

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Prayut denies human rights at stake as Songkhla power plant dispute continues.

Conservationists and local residents in southern Songkhla province gathered in front of the provincial court yesterday demanding the immediate release of 15 anti-coal-fired power plant protesters arrested on Monday as they attempted to submit a petition to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.