FILE - A worker at a state-owned Pertamina petrol station holds money as a motorcycle is filled with subsidized fuel in Jakarta, Oct. 31, 2014.
In Vietnam, the state owns the land and leases it to the people, but a growing economy is making land rights an important issue.
Asia seeks to legally recognize births via an improved birth registration, national identification number.
Majority of pottery, bronze items, stone tools, beads and sandstone molds taken from Ban Chiang UNESCO World Heritage site.
The hotel is still open for regular business, but at least several floors have been reserved for potential Ebola carriers, health workers, and Chinese security officials
This week government ministers from Southeast Asia are meeting in Bangkok to discuss how to improve official registrations of births, deaths and marriages - critical measures for providing government services. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Samut Prakan.
In exclusive interview with VOA, country’s pro-democracy leader suggests referendum on clause that bars her from running for president.
Thein Sein calls allegations that minority Muslim Rohingya are fleeing alleged torture in Rakhine state a media fabrication.
All 10 Asean countries are set to form and EU-style community, allowing the free movement of goods and services between them at the end of 2015.
Canberra says asylum seekers who registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia after July 1 would no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia.
Government-backed rice price support scheme launched by former leader Yingluck Shinawatra promised farmers a fixed, above-market price for their rice crops.
Police in Hong Kong clashed with protesters who tried to force their way into the territory's legislature early Wednesday.
Australian PM Tony Abbott says delegates should focus on economic issues, despite the security situation in Ukraine, regional territorial disputes and the debate on global warming.
President Barack Obama in Friday wrapped up a visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he warns that reforms are still not complete.
Asian leaders and their regional partners made mo progress on key issues such as South China Sea disputes and trade as they wrapped up their summit in Myanmar's capital. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Naypyiataw on the final say of the SEAN and East Asia summits.
China’s President Xi Jinping called Hong Kong’s protests illegal and said law and order must be maintained.
One area of special concern for Obama is treatment of Rohingya people, a mostly Muslim group that is denied citizenship, faces wide range of other restrictions.
The 25th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is underway. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Taw, that the summit opened with the host's expressions of concern about unfulfilled goals.
President Barack Obama will attend the East Asia Summit, beginning Thursday, which is a broader gathering of the 10 ASEAN countries plus eight other nations.
Announcement could help play key role in global efforts to combat climate change; US and China are the world's top emitters of carbon dioxide.
There are indications that ASEAN leaders’ summit Wednesday will make progress on a long-running and contentious territorial dispute.
There are indications the Asean leaders's summit will make progress on the long-running and contentious dispute: establishing a code of conduct for the South China Sea. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Taw.
The drafts show that Myanmar will welcome a variety of initiatives by the US, from cooperation on information sharing to cooperation in various regional forums.
The Gwangju District Court found Captain Lee Jun-Seok guilty of negligence, but not homicide; A homicide conviction could have resulted in the death penalty.
Endorsement seen as an achievement for Beijing, which has been pushing the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, or FTAAP, over a US-led alternative.
Bilateral relations have been strained largely because of Beijing's suspicions that US wants to contain China’s growth.
Both sides agree to talk about competing claims to E. China Sea islands and anger over Japan’s militaristic past, but issues unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.
Jeffrey Fowle says North Korean authorities also wanted him to admit to visiting journalists that he'd committed unspecified crime.
Human rights groups are focusing attention on ongoing forced detentions, restricted movements and intimidation of more than 120,000 displaced ethnic Rohingya.
US National Security Adviser met with American, Chinese rights advocates ahead of summit.
Myanmar's Director of ASEAN Affairs, Aung Lin, says each member of regional bloc has obligation to keep materials confidential.
Opposition leader cautions US, others against being overly optimistic, adds that her meetings with president, top generals were only start to new path.
Independent organization based in Southeast Asia says it has documented Myanmar’s navy, army, police and other security forces abuses against Rohingya Muslim people.
From sculpture and installation art to origami and animation, the democracy campaign has unleashed a wave of creative protest.
Statement, leaked ahead of next week's summit in Myanmar, is draft of closing message.
Beijing's growing naval presence in Indian Ocean region has opened a new area of rivalry for two Asian countries.
A Cold War era border still remains in Asia, on the Korean peninsula, where there are practically no signs of reunification.