Bhp Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, is planning to raze some of the great apes' rainforest habitat. The company is known to be an ardent supporter of the widely-watched bbc

brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia recently signed a pact to protect the biodiversity-rich Borneo forests, which spans the three countries. Signed in Bali, the declaration moots measures for conservation

A long-standing dispute over losses faced by Malaysian fisherfolk due to land reclamation activities by Singapore near the international waterway dividing the two nations has ended. In a deal struck

Following a national anti-smoking drive, the Malaysian government has decided to give US $2.76 million as interest-free loans and grants to help its nearly 100,000 citizens dependent on tobacco

Hundreds of forest fires in the dry jungles of Malaysia, Indonesia's Sumatra island and Singapore have put a thick blanket of smoke over many Southeast Asian cities. Although a little less in

Smoke from wildfires in Indonesia has drifted across to neighbouring Malaysia to envelop several cities in an unhealthy haze. Officials blamed the smog on more than 300 "hot spots' on the Indonesian

A recent study of foodstuff from an ex-tin mining area in Bidor, Malaysia, has revealed high levels of potentially toxic

Developing countries also fear the huge costs associated with greener technologies, which will be unbearable by their domestic industries. It could make their goods uncompetitive in western markets.

However, the Doha declaration does not take a decision on whether countries with insufficient or no manufacturing capacities in the pharmaceutical sector will be allowed to import generic drugs to

The European Union buckles under the pressure of the developing countries to reduce agricultural subsidies