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Big Brother-style surveillance gives new insight into Amazon’s hidden wildlife

Scientists are deploying ultra-sensitive sensors in the Amazon to collect images and sounds of the rainforest’s rich biodiversity in real time, in an effort to track preservation efforts.

Panama election hopefuls court poor in tale of two societies

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama elects a new president on Sunday who will inherit Latin America's fastest-growing economy and rising pressure to reduce inequality in the financial hub that straddles two oceans.

Pitas hosts launch of Kaamatan festival with ritual

PITAS: Pesta Kaamatan (harvest festival) has kicked off here with a magavau, a ceremony to appease the bambarayon (rice spirit).

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.