Sustainable Development Goals can guide Asia and the Pacific to build back better, says UN report

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The Asia-Pacific region must accelerate progress everywhere and urgently reverse its regressing trends on many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve its ambitions by 2030, says a report... Read more »


First Regional Review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Concludes in Asia and the Pacific Bangkok (ESCAP News) – The first regional review of the Global Compact for... Read more »
Air China

Air China introduces Brisbane to Beijing direct flights

Brisbane Airport welcomes new direct Air China flights to/from Beijing The first Air China flight from Beijing to Brisbane has landed safely at Brisbane Airport on December 11, setting new heights of... Read more »

Australia and Japan collaborate to unveil the secrets of hidden ‘continent’ of Zealandia

Scientists from Australia and Japan are attempting to unlock the secrets of the “lost continent” of Zealandia by investigating the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied.... Read more »
Australia and Malaysia

Australia and Malaysia strengthen maritime cooperation

Australia and Malaysia hold joint exercise covering vessel boarding and searching, search and rescue and safety of life at sea preparedness. The Malaysian Coast Guard (MCG) and the Australian Border Force (ABF)... Read more »
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) in Sydney, Australia

China, Australia agree to promote economic ties

Australia and China to expand free trade between the two major Asia-Pacific economies Australia and China have inked a series of bilateral agreements and moved to expand free trade between the two... Read more »
Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull talk to the media at Kirribilli House in Sydney. Photo: David Moir/EPA

Australia and Japan to strengthen defence ties

Australia and Japan will strengthen military ties as leaders of both the countries recommit to ensuring regional stability and strong trade links. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo... Read more »
Indonesian Special Forces group Kopassus in a joint exercise with the Special Australia Service in 2010.

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia after training material insult Indonesia has suspended military co-operation with Australia following an incident at an Australian army training facility last year that caused Indonesian offence. Indonesian military... Read more »
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key waves to photographers during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit in Lima, Peru, November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo/File photo

New Zealand PM John Key announces surprise resignation

Prime Minister John Key resigns after eight years in power, calling it the hardest decision he has ever made. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly announced his resignation on Monday, saying... Read more »
Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, November 14, 2016. Phoot: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

Second strong tremor hits New Zealand after powerful 7.8 earthquake

Magnitude 6.2 aftershock shakes New Zealand after powerful 7.8 earthquake kills at least 2 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude has hit New Zealand’s South Island, hours after an initial quake killed... Read more »
Thousands call on Park to resign

Thousands of South Koreans call for president to resign

Protests grow in South Korea amid president’s corruption scandal SEOUL, (South Korea) — Some 40,000 people staged a candlelight rally in the center of South Korean capital Seoul on Saturday – one... Read more »
Singapore is world’s most expensive city for third year in a row, says EIU report

Singapore is the best place in the world for expats to live and work

Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Czech Republic and Switzerland are the top five destinations for Expats Singapore has topped the list of best expatriate destinations for the second year. Among nearly 27,000 expats... Read more »
Rescue workers tend to an injured victim after a bomb exploded in Hua Hin on August 12, 2016

Series of explosions hit tourist towns of Thailand

Thailand rocked by 11 bombs in one day in which at least 4 were killed and dozens injured BANGKOK (Thailand) — A series of explosions targeting some of Thailand’s most popular resort cities... Read more »
China launches world’s largest seaplane

China unveils world’s largest seaplane

World’s largest amphibious aircraft is being termed as the latest breakthrough in “China’s aviation industry.” China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)... Read more »
A food deliveryman wades through a flooded street during a heavy rainfall in Shilipu, Chaoyang Road, Beijing, China, July 20, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee

Heavy rain lashes Beijing, Tianjin; flights, trains delayed

Persistent heavy rain on Wednesday caused widespread disruption in the Chinese capital, Beijing, forcing the delay and cancellation of hundreds of flights and the closure trains and subway stations. At least one... Read more »
Indonesian floods, landslides leave 47 dead, dozens missing. Photo: Antara Foto/Maulana Surya/via REUTERS

Indonesian floods, landslides leave 47 dead, dozens missing

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said most of those killed or missing are from the Puworejo district, on Java’s south coast. JAKARTA, (Indonesia) — At least 47 people have been killed by landslides and... Read more »

Thai Muslims – A Pride for Ummah

By Syed Atiq ul Hassan, Sydney, Australia According to various sources, among the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world over 60% live in South East Asia. Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan are Muslim... Read more »
New Zealand announces $12m to help regions cope with tourist influx

New Zealand announces $12m to help regions cope with tourist influx

New Zealand announces funding to support tourism industry and help local communities cope with tourist influx New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has announced that NZ Government would invest $20 million over... Read more »
Stefan Petrovski

Australian goalkeeper dies after being struck by lightning in Malaysia

A promising Australian goalkeeper Stefan Petrovski was hospitalised after being struck by lightning in Malaysia but he couldn’t make it A promising young Australian goalkeeper has died in hospital after he was struck by... Read more »
University of New South Wales

China, UNSW partners to build $100 million innovation project at University of New South Wales

UNSW has secured the financial support of eight Chinese companies to build a new science and technology precinct on the Kensington campus Australia is set to get a “global first” $100 million... Read more »
Drowning among top causes of death in children especially in Asia: WHO

Drowning among top causes of death in children especially in Asia: WHO

Countries must promote water safety and survival skills across the region as well as install barriers to control access to water, providing safe childcare facilities away from water for pre-school children The... Read more »
New Zealand flag

New Zealand to keep its current flag after spending $17.6m in referendum

Ten months, 10,000 designs yet no new flag for New Zealand WELLINGTON (New Zealand) — Ten months, 10,000 new designs and $17.6 million later, New Zealanders have decided to keep their current... Read more »
New Zealand's second win in two games makes them firm favourites to reach the semi-finals of the tournament but is a big blow to Australia's hopes of winning a trophy that has so far proven elusive. (Photo: AP)

World Twenty20: New Zealand beat Australia by 8 runs

New Zealand bowled with a lot of heart to stop Australia at 134 for nine after making 142 for eight New Zealand took a big step towards the semi-finals of the World... Read more »
Singapore is world’s most expensive city for third year in a row, says EIU report

Singapore is world’s most expensive city: EIU report

Singapore is world’s most expensive city for third year in a row, says EIU report For the third year running, Singapore is the world’s most expensive city in the world, though Zurich... Read more »