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US demands royalties on pandemic vaccines as thousands more fall ill with influenza A(H1N1) Mexican swine flu

US demands royalties on pandemic vaccines as thousands more fall ill with influenza A(H1N1) Mexican swine flu

An intergovernmental meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has failed to reach an agreement on sharing influenza virus research material and access to vaccines, with the US placing profits…

Further delay possible for Bali bombers

Further delay possible for Bali bombers

The execution of the islamist fundamentalists responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people could face further delays. There is no time limit in which a…

Gili Trawangan – a paradise lost

Gili Trawangan – a paradise lost

This story was updated at 15:56 February 13, 2013 Additional material in green type Located only 35 kilometres to the east of Bali, the island of Lombok has long had…

Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse

Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse

The torture-murder of a 24-year-old Indonesian maid in her employers house in Malaysia last week is just the tip of the iceberg of a litany of human rights abuses foreign…

Foreigners caned most in Malaysia

Foreigners caned most in Malaysia

When video of a drug trafficker being caned (rotaned) in Malaysia was leaked onto the Internet last week it resulted in headlines and still images from the video appearing in…

Indonesian corruption – immigration officials skimming millions

Indonesian corruption – immigration officials skimming millions

Government officers at Mataram’s immigration office are systematically skimming hundreds of millions of rupiah every day in tips or “uang terima kasih” (thank you money) with the issuing of passports…

Lombok vet takes conservation lead

Lombok vet takes conservation lead

Animal conservation is not something usually associated with Asian countries. However the forward looking views of a Lombok veterinarian almost five years ago has seen the turtle population around the…

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