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.


Indonesia's losing presidential candidate to challenge result, says lawyer

Updated 23 July 2014, 15:16 AEST

The head of the legal team for Indonesia's losing presidential candidate has announced the election result will be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo's reform agenda

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:42 AEST

Defiance, division and confusion lasted until the very end but Indonesia finally knows who will lead the nation for the next five years.

United States welcomes Indonesia's Jokowi presidency

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:50 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has congratulated Joko Widodo on winning the Indonesian presidential election.

Almost 100 MH17 bodies unaccounted for, as recovery effort steps up

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

The bodies of some of the 298 victims of downed Malaysian flight MH17 have arrived in the Ukranian government controlled city of Kharkiv.

Australia to keep pressure on, for start to MH17 probe

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is still at the United Nations in New York, working with other countries on ways to secure the site of the plane crash.

Cambodia's Opposition secures deal to break political stalemate

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Cambodia's main opposition party has announced it will end its boycott of Parliament, a year after refusing to accept the results of an election that it said was stolen by massive fraud.

Surviving Year Zero - a personal story

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Australia's former foreign minister Gareth Evans described it as a "harrowing, compelling and ultimately inspiring story of human survival.

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.

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