Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

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Stories

Thailand urged to tighten law to stop wild elephant trade

Updated 10 July 2014, 12:32 AEST

Conservationists are calling on the Thai government to change its laws and elephant registration procedures, to halt the trafficking of wild elephants for the tourism industry.

Scientists meet in Fiji, with focus on Pacific's species extinction

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:23 AEST

Hundreds of scientists from around the world are gathering in Fiji to find a solution to the pacific's notorious record for species extinction.

PM Abe's visit marks a turning point in Japan-PNG relations

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:38 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Papua New Guinea tonight for a two-day visit.

Frosty reception for Indian PM Modi in Kashmir

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:27 AEST

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced a hostile welcome during his maiden visit to India's Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

190 million Indonesians pick a president today

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:12 AEST

Nearly 190 million Indonesian voters choose their next president today.

Tight race, as Indonesians choose between Jokowi and Prabowo

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:17 AEST

Rising bright and early to witness the exercise is our correspondent Helen Brown in Jakarta.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers may face more weeks at sea

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:13 AEST

More than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers face the prospect of weeks in limbo on the high seas, while the Australian High Court decides their fate.

Japan and Australia declare an era of closer relations

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:14 AEST

For the first time in a friendship spanning over fifty years, the Prime Minister of Japan has addressed a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament.

Philippine government and MILF iron out differences over Bangsamoro document

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:15 AEST

The Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are again meeting in Malaysia for talks to resolve differences over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

ANZ Bank dumps Cambodia customer PP Sugar

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:17 AEST

The ANZ Bank has ended its relationship with the Cambodian company, Phnom Penh Sugar, in a case which observers say demonstrates the challenges of operating in some developing countries.

Australia and Japan cement defence and trade ties

Updated 8 July 2014, 11:36 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Australia for the first visit by a Japanese leader in seven years.

Papua New Guinea market

PNG's ambitious plan for indigenous business

Updated 9 July 2014, 10:58 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government is developing an ambitious plan to help locals go into business by reserving large areas of the economy exclusively for indigenous entrepreneurs.

Indonesia elections ballot boxes

Indonesia prepares to vote in new president

Updated 8 July 2014, 12:37 AEST

As Indonesia prepares to vote in a new president tomorrow, foreign investors are banking on a favourable result.

Australian Court blocks return of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Updated 8 July 2014, 11:37 AEST

The Australian Government has suffered a setback in its hardline approach to asylum seekers.

Returned Sri Lankan asylum seekers face torture

Updated 8 July 2014, 11:38 AEST

Emily Howie is the Director of Advocacy and Research at the Human Rights Law CentreShe recently spent several months in Sri Lanka preparing a report "Can't Flee, Can't Stay - Australia's Interception and Return of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers"Reporter: Alison CarabineSpeaker: Emily Howie, Director of Advocacy and Research, Human Rights Law Centre .

China intensifies security in Xinjiang province

Updated 8 July 2014, 11:41 AEST

Xinjiang in China's west is feeling the full weight of the country's security might.

Prabowo to improve Australia ties if he wins presidency

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:43 AEST

The campaign team behind Indonesia's Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto says a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a priority, if he wins this week's election.

Indonesians vote in Sydney

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:44 AEST

Here in Australia, experts say there's no way to forecast the winner, although Indonesia's expatriate voters are quite clear who they want to lead their nation.

Papua activists try to raise awareness among Indonesian voters

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:44 AEST

In Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, voters were met with protestors at the gate of the Consulate when they went to cast their vote.

Sri Lanka not safe for asylum returnees, says Colombo rights lawyer

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:46 AEST

The Australian Government has confirmed forty-one asylum seekers on board one of two boats intercepted by Border Protection have been processed at sea and returned to Sri Lanka.

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