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Sabah kicks off month-long Kaamatan festival at Dataran Bengkoka

PITAS: The state-level Pesta Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) celebrations has kicked off with great fanfare at Dataran Bengkoka here on Wednesday (May 1).

Armed groups planned attack on Colombia's Duque - attorney general

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Armed groups had planned an attack on Colombian President Ivan Duque when he meets on Tuesday with leaders of indigenous communities, the country's attorney general said.

Cambodia returns land to natives

Phnom Penh: Cambodia has returned land taken a decade ago from indigenous communities for a Vietnamese company’s rubber plantation, a sign that foreign investors are facing greater scrutiny over rights violations, analysts said.

Facility to protect Imbak canyon

TONGOD: Amidst lush greenery and the beautiful Imbak Falls, the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) was officially opened yesterday, marking a milestone for the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA), a pristine rainforest in the heart of Sabah, and home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and unique landscapes.

One billion set to vote in Asia

BANGKOK: Rights over land and forests, a push for LGBT+ equality and getting more women on the ballot are some top election issues in Thailand, India and Indonesia as more than one billion people prepare to go to the polls.

Essential help for communities

KUCHING: The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) has entered into access and benefit sharing agreements with five indigenous communities, ensuring that they will gain from the commercialisation of an essential oil derived from a tree they have traditionally used for generations.

Australian state poll threatens $2 billion coal seam gas project

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A $2 billion (£1.5 billion) coal seam gas project that could ease a looming gas shortage in eastern Australia is at risk of becoming a casualty in a weekend election in the country's most populous state.

Indigenous communities in Sarawak to benefit from commercialisation of essential oil

KUCHING: Five indigenous communities in Sarawak stand to benefit from the commercialisation of an essential oil derived from a tree they have traditionally used for generations.

Dr M: EU told Malaysia will retaliate if discrimination against palm oil continues

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has told the European Union (EU) that it will retaliate if the EU continues to discriminate palm oil, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Foundation donates backpacks to 300 children

ABOUT 300 children of Kampung Orang Asli Pos Betau in Sungai Koyan, Pahang, received backpacks filled with goodies from The Budimas Charitable Foundation.