Forest fires, often the result of land clearing, are becoming a major issue for Indonesia and its neighbours.
The world's rainforests are still being slashed and burned at a dizzying rate to make consumer products. But now there are signs of real political will, especially in Asia, to rein in the destruction.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his team go on a bus tour thanking supporters after their landslide election victory.
Elections Singapore-style are so heavily stacked in favour of the PAP, which has ruled for 56 years, that the country's newly re-elected government is more authoritarian than democratic.
Why do forests fires rage every year in Indonesia? Some people benefit from the business of fire, enjoying profits and economic rents at the expense of environmental quality.
Scientists and policymakers - aware of the extreme dry season of El Nino - have warned of fires in Indonesia months in advance. Why then, do fires continue to blaze and what is being done about it?
By leveraging a wave of national celebration and a friendly state-funded media, Singapore's authoritarian elite has as firm a grip as ever.
Australia and Singapore’s new comprehensive strategic partnership is not seen as harmful for neighbouring countries such as Indonesia.
Australia and Singapore recently signed a comprehensive strategic partnership on the 50th anniversary of their relationship. How would the new partnership affect Indonesia?
More than 84% of households in Berlin rent their home.
Many of the reasons housing is more affordable outside Australia stem from government intervention.
Girl maths via NataSnow/www.shutterstock.com
Analysis of a maths teaching method popular in East Asia shows promise, but not enough to roll out nationally yet.
One of four koalas on loan to Singapore Zoo, where they were unveiled to the public on Wednesday May 20.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.
The relationship with Indonesia is more important than the protest over two dead drug traffickers and Australians need their ambassador in Jakarta.
Australians are the ones who suffer when consular support is weakened overseas.
Bowing out: former prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has died at the age of 91.
One of the world's great economic success stories, Singapore owes much of its prosperity to Lee Kuan Yew, the country's founding father.
Even in retirement, the late Lee Kuan Yew cast a long shadow from which Singapore has yet to fully emerge.
Lee Kuan Yew literally helped put Singapore on the map. Its subsequent influence far outstrips the tiny island’s geopolitical significance.
Gilbert & George.
THEY SHOT THEM!, 2014.
From: Utopian Pictures. 24 panels. 254×453 cm.
Courtesy ARNDT and the artists
Gilbert & George have been creating work together since 1967. Their new show forces viewers to think about the language of control.
Australian man Van Tuong Nguyen was executed for drug trafficking in Singapore in 2005.
Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are being transferred to an Indonesian prison island where they will be executed.
Chee Soon Juan, pictured campaigning for Singapore’s 2011 general elections, hopes to build on that success in the next election, which is widely expected to be held early, possibly even this year.
The Lee dynasty and their People's Action Party have ruled Singapore since 1959, but their grip on power has weakened. Opposition leader Chee Soon Juan talks about about his long fight for change.
A few more trees and a little less aircon and we’d all be in clover.
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Australia is just ahead on life expectancy; Singapore is ahead on infant mortality.
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This Vietnamese school girl is growing up in a new era: by the time she is middle-aged, 60% of the world’s children will be living in a tropical region.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
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Could you do without?
Calculator via Shutterstock
The upcoming ban on the use of calculators in most maths exams for 11-year-olds in UK schools reminds me of a persistent concern in education: when do the tools we use to learn become crutches we can’t…