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.


Australia condemns 'grotesque violations' of MH17 crash site

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:58 AEST

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted in favour of a resolution demanding safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site where the Malaysian airlines plane was brought down over Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines future in doubt

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:54 AEST

The destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has put the future of the airline itself in doubt.

Global survey shows decline in HIV, TB and malaria deaths

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:54 AEST

Global figures being released on Tuesday show there has been a significant reduction in the level of HIV, TB and malaria infections and deaths.

Spreading the safe sex message in conservative Bangladesh

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:56 AEST

A local NGO in Bangladesh says its programme to integrate HIV and AIDS education into school curriculums is making big strides.

Pacific leaders to raise ABC cuts with Aus government at Palau meeting

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:57 AEST

The impact of recently announced cuts to Radio Australia and other international services of the ABC looks set to be raised with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at next week's Pacific leaders meeting in Palau.

Tapping the business potential of cooperatives

22 July 2014, 13:07 AEST

13 million members in Australia, one billion worldwide, controlling more than two trillion dollars worth of business across all kinds of industries - cooperatives have been around for a long time.

Ukraine separatists release MH17 flight recorders

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:58 AEST

The separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine have now handed over both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder to the head of the Malaysia team on the ground.

Australia pressures Russia to back strong UN response to MH17 attack

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:22 AEST

As European investigators continue to negotiate free access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine, the UN Security Council is considering a resolution drafted by Australia to condemn the downing of the plane and for regional powers to cooperate with an international investigation.

US demands Moscow take responsibility for MH17 downing

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:24 AEST

The United States is also demanding Moscow take responsibility for the actions of Ukraine separatists who allegedly shot down the Malaysian plane, laying out a string of evidence linking Russia to the tragedy.

Malaysian families of MH17 victims want bodies to come home

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:25 AEST

Families in Malaysia of those on flight MH17 say their dearest wish is for the bodies of their loved ones to be brought home.

Singapore's under fire for execution restart

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:26 AEST

The hanging of two convicted drug smugglers in Singapore has been described as a step backwards by rights advocates.

Calls to cut drug funding to nations with anti-homosexual laws

Updated 21 July 2014, 16:44 AEST

Thousands of delegates from 200 countries gathered for the Opening Ceremony of the International AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne on Sunday.

World AIDS Day rally in Jakarta, 2010 (photo from flickr by nSeika)

Indonesia lifting anti-HIV game, says health minister

Updated 21 July 2014, 14:27 AEST

Indonesia's Health minister says the nation's response to HIV and AIDS is heading in the right direction.

HIV lessons from Mississippi Baby setback

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:28 AEST

Where HIV and AIDS is concerned, the science is rarely settled.

Business must fill emerging gap in agriculture development, food aid.

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:41 AEST

As foreign aid budgets come under pressure, the head of the world's largest humanitarian organisation has called on business to help fill the gaps.

Kate Montecarlo Cordova

Asia Review 19th July 2014

Updated 18 July 2014, 18:58 AEST

This week on Asia Review: MH17 - Malaysia's second major air disaster in four months; A pro-Gay constitutional challenge playing out in Singapore's courts; And AIDS2014 - Melbourne plays host to 14-thousand delegates from 200 nations.  

MH17: Malaysian PM demands perpetrators 'brought to justice'

Updated 18 July 2014, 13:09 AEST

For the second time this year, Malaysia is reeling from the loss of a passenger plane in extraordinary circumstances.

Malaysia in shock over second air tragedy

Updated 18 July 2014, 13:10 AEST

Muslim-majority Malaysia is observing Ramadan, and many who woke for the breaking of fast, only got the news a few hours ago.

Australia's PM expresses sorrow over MH17 tragedy

Updated 18 July 2014, 13:11 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he's very concerned about initial reports about what happened to the plane, and if a missile did bring it down it would be an "unspeakable crime".

Cambodian police detain more opposition MPs

Updated 18 July 2014, 13:08 AEST

Police in Cambodia have arrested two more opposition members of parliament on insurrection charges.

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.