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.

Join Sen Lam each morning, Monday to Friday, on Radio Australia.


Haze caused by climatic and human factors: expert

Updated 19 March 2014, 15:26 AEST

Slash and burn farming methods have been blamed for the haze reaching hazardous levels in Southeast Asia.

New rice methods urgently needed

Updated 19 March 2014, 14:21 AEST

Scientists tell us that under climate change a one degree rise in night-time temperatures will cut rice yields by 10 per cent.

Nepal considers leasing out unclimbed peaks

Updated 19 March 2014, 15:29 AEST

Nepal's spring mountaineering season has begun and the country is looking at ways to reduce the increasing human traffic on Mount Everest.

UN refugee agency talks to towed back asylum seekers

Updated 20 March 2014, 13:37 AEST

The United Nations Refugee Agency has interviewed some of the asylum seekers Australia has turned back to Indonesia.

Cambodian Opposition threatens talks walkout

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:47 AEST

Cambodia's Opposition has threatened to abandon talks on breaking a seven-month political deadlock, unless Prime Minister Hun Sen showed some 'goodwill'.

Indonesia readies for parliamentary vote

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:45 AEST

Indonesia has kicked off a three week campaign for parliamentary elections due on April 9th.

Malaysian authorities focus on MH370 pilot and co-pilot

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:38 AEST

The pilot and co-pilot of MH370 are now at the heart of the investigation into the missing Malaysian passenger jet.

Malaysia's Opposition condemns government over missing plane

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:40 AEST

Confusion and contradiction have been the order of the day throughtout the first week of the investigation into the disappearance of the plane.

Cyclone Lusi cleanup continues in Vanuatu

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:41 AEST

The cleanup from Cyclone Lusi continues in Vanuatu.

Indian widows break traditional restrictions to celebrate Holi

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:42 AEST

Thousands of widows from the holy city of Vrindavan in northern India have broken with tradition to celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colours.

Sri Lanka arrests two leading human rights activists

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:51 AEST

Sri Lankan police have arrested two prominent peace activists just weeks before it faces censure over human rights violations in the United Nations.

Malaysian authorities explore hijack theory in search for MH270

Updated 17 March 2014, 15:21 AEST

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 now involves 25 countries and covers a vast area from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean.

Veteran activist to lead Thailand's Red Shirts in counter protests

Updated 17 March 2014, 14:24 AEST

Supporters of embattled Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra are threatening to counter anti-government protestors who have disrupted key parts of Bangkok for months.

PNG community to march against incest

Updated 17 March 2014, 14:07 AEST

A march planned by community leaders in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province is aiming to break down taboos about incest in PNG society, and to press the police and the judiciary to do more to bring offenders to justice.

India's Narendra Modi: A vote for development and progress?

Updated 17 March 2014, 14:08 AEST

In just under a month, the people of India will vote in a general election.

Philippines Red Cross learns valuable lessons from Haiyan

Updated 17 March 2014, 14:09 AEST

It's over four months since Super Typhoon Haiyan cut a devastating swathe through the central Philippines, killing at least 6,000 people and destroying the homes and livelihoods of thousands more.

ASIA REVIEW 15th March

Updated 22 March 2014, 13:17 AEST

This week in Asia Review, The mystery of MAS flight 370 trains the spotlight on forged travel documents, The Asian Development Bank gets tough on fraud and Indian children have fun in the surf but learn to stay safe - with an Aussie helping hand.

Search continues six days on for missing flight MH370

Updated 14 March 2014, 13:15 AEST

This time last week the 239 passengers and crew who boarded the ill-fated Malaysia airways flight MH370 would have been preparing for their journey.

ADB investigates a record 250 cases, bans 31 companies for fraud.

Updated 14 March 2014, 13:28 AEST

The Asian Development Bank has banned 30 individuals and 31 companies from its projects, following its annual check for fraud and corruption.

PNG's vital ExxonMobil project ahead of schedule

Updated 14 March 2014, 13:12 AEST

The giant ExxonMobil LNG project in Papua New Guinea is months ahead of schedule, and gas is expected to start flowing by mid-year.

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