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MARKED poverty triggered by the Asian meltdown has fuelled a burgeoning trade in wild animals in Indonesia, where an orangutan costs less than RM900 and rare birds the price of a meal. Endangered species are threatened with near extinction, and habitats are being torn apart. Yet there is little the government can - or will - do about it.
B>BANGKOK:/BDeputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh has confirmed that a Hong Kong company has been contracted to conduct a full feasibility study on the plan to build a canal across southern Thailand as an alternative international shipping route to the Malacca Straits.
B>BANGKOK:/BThai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has poured cold water on a controversial, multi-billion-dollar plan to dig a shipping route across the country#8217;s Kra Isthmus to connect the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, a news report said yesterday.
IN THE lower reaches of the Yangtze in Jianggsu Province, China lies the city of Suzhou. Bordering Shanghai in the east and Lake Taiko in the west, the city is famous for its silk industry. However, appeal is also found in its small bridges, classic gardens, criss-crossing waterways and water towns.
Fabulous food,picture-book vineyards, towering forests and quaint towns. SHARIFAH INTAN came away entranced by Australia #8217;s South West.