Martin Abbugao

Now boarding: Passengers ready for world’s longest flight

The twin-engine plane that will make the journey uses a modified system that burns 25% less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size

Filthy toilets a blight on Asian prosperity

Fast-growing Asian economies may be flush with money but filthy toilets remain a blight across the region despite rising standards of living.

Burma says Suu Kyi may be freed after elections

Burma has said that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi may be freed after November 7 elections, as it attempts to deflect a barrage of criticism.

Burma under pressure to act on poll ‘credibility deficit’

Burma has come under pressure from its neighbours to address what Indonesia says is a "credibility deficit" surrounding its November 7 elections.

More than $50bn lost to software piracy, study shows

Software piracy cost technology companies more than $50-billion around the world last year, an industry report said on Tuesday.

Asian summit postponed after protesters storm venue

Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters smashed their way into a summit of Asian leaders on Saturday, forcing the postponement of the meeting.

Burma: Cyclone aid must have ‘no strings attached’

Burma insisted on Sunday that there must be ''no strings attached'' to foreign aid destined for its hundreds of thousands of cyclone victims, triggering a sharp reaction from donor countries. Deputy Defence Minister Aye Myint told a regional security forum in Singapore that authorities were trying their best to help their people.

Oil smashes $135 in Asian trade

Oil smashed past $135 a barrel for the first time on Thursday, continuing its astonishing rise following unexpected drops in United States crude and petrol stocks in a tight market, dealers said. Large institutional investors continued to pile money into oil, which is giving better returns than investments in stocks and bonds, further heating up prices, they said.

Singapore to make F1 history with night race

Singapore will make history when it stages the first Formula One night race next year after the sport's governing body gave the go-ahead, the race promoter said on Thursday. Singapore GP Ltd said the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) gave its approval for the night race through the Singapore Motor Sports Council.

Bush arrives for Apec meeting

United States President George Bush arrived on Wednesday in South Korea ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders as a joint statement from the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum sought to pressure the European Union into making more concessions on agricultural subsidies.

Singapore to go ahead and hang Aussie drug runner

Singapore on Thursday stood firm on its decision to hang a 25-year-old Australian drug runner, saying he got a fair trial and was fully aware of the city-state's tough anti-narcotics laws. Nguyen Tuong Van, a Melbourne resident of Vietnamese origin, is now headed for the gallows following Singapore President SR Nathan's rejection of clemency appeals by the Australian government.

Terrorism ruled out in Indonesian air crash

Investigators on Tuesday hunted for clues in the wreckage of the crashed jetliner in northern Indonesia as the airline ruled out terrorism in the disaster that killed at least 150 people. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200 plunged into a suburb of Medan on Monday, seconds after taking off from the city's airport.

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