Asia Pacific Oct 22, 2019

U.S. wins ownership of seized North Korean cargo ship

The United States was awarded ownership of a North Korean cargo ship that was seized for violating international sanctions, the U.S. Justice Department said. The Wise Honest — the first North Korean vessel to be seized by the U.S. for sanctions violation — was caught ...

Indonesia creates development agency to aid neighbors

Asia Pacific Oct 19, 2019

Indonesia creates development agency to aid neighbors

Indonesia launched an international aid agency on Friday to strengthen its regional diplomatic relations, some of which have been strained by Jakarta's approach to the restive Papua region. Several Pacific nations have backed calls for investigations into allegations of violence by security forces in Indonesia's ...

Burning issue: Indonesia fires put palm oil under scrutiny

Business Oct 4, 2019

Burning issue: Indonesia fires put palm oil under scrutiny

A brutal Indonesian forest fire season that left Southeast Asia choking in smog has renewed scrutiny of major palm oil and paper companies, with activists accusing them of breaking promises to halt logging. The monster blazes sent a pall of acrid smoke over the region ...

Quake toll in Indonesia's Maluku islands rises to 30

Asia Pacific Sep 29, 2019

Quake toll in Indonesia's Maluku islands rises to 30

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia's remote Maluku islands rose to 30 on Sunday, including several toddlers, the disaster agency said. On Thursday, terrified residents ran into the streets as buildings fell in around them when the 6.5 magnitude tremor struck, ...

Year after quake and tsunami, Indonesians struggle

Asia Pacific Sep 28, 2019

Year after quake and tsunami, Indonesians struggle

Tens of thousands of Indonesians are struggling to rebuild their lives a year after a powerful earthquake and tsunami caused widespread devastation, with many still homeless and schools unable to reopen, aid groups said on Saturday. The city of Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, ...