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In Brief: Debt owed to East Timor

East Timor has accused multiple international oil companies, including ConocoPhillips, of not paying “possibly billions” of dollars in tax owed to the tiny state following the companies’ operations in waters jointly owned by East Timor and Australia.

August: The good, the bad, the peculiar

  Peculiar: A massive crocodile captured by villagers in the Philippines has been declared the largest in captivity by the Guinness Book of Records. Known as Lolong, the croc is six metres long and has drawn thousands of tourists to the town of Bunawan. Good: Traffic police in Manila will undergo breathalyser tests after reports

The housefly looks like a godzilla fly beside it

Brian Brown, the man responsible for identifying the world’s smallest fly species, describes his discovery. Identified in Thailand, the fly (known as Euryplatea nanaknihali) is smaller than a grain of salt and is barely visible to the naked eye. It is believed to feed on tiny ants by decapitating them and using their head casings

Foreign flight influx

To satisfy the growing business and tourism demand, more airlines are set to launch new routes to Myanmar. Korean Air will start direct flights between Incheon and Yangon in September. Planes will skip Bangkok, reducing passenger travel time from ten hours to six. All Nippon Airways (ANA) is also set to establish a direct route

Harrod’s in Malaysia

Qatar Holding LLC, the Doha-based fund which owns Harrods, is to build a $634m branded hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang shopping district. The Harrods hotel, the construction of which is due to start next year, will have about 300 rooms and will be the group’s first in Asia. The project is part of a

Consumerism in Jakarta

Six months: The length of the waiting list in Jakarta for Lamborghini sports cars, a clear sign that confidence is high in Indonesia, according to experts. Despite the global slowdown, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is expected to grow at over 6% this year. The Indonesian consumer confidence index has been consistently high in recent months,

“They said they were led there by spirits but then they’ve gone a step further and started killing people and decided to eat their body parts”

Provincial police commander Anthony Wagambie Jr speaks about cult members arrested during raids in Madang province, Papua New Guinea. Twelve of the 29 people caught are accused of murdering seven people they believed were practicing black magic. All of those arrested, including a 13-year-old boy, allegedly cannibalised their victims.

July: the Good, the Bad, the Peculiar

  Bad: The ‘El Nino’ weather pattern could strike the region later this year, resulting in drought conditions that could cause mass palm oil plantation and rice crop failure across parts of Southeast Asia, according to the Climate Prediction Centre. Peculiar: Male Sumatran orangutans have been found to have a unique ability to hold back puberty for