The prime minister, his ruling coalition under pressure, vows to end policies that favor ethnic Malays and to boost foreign investment.
Twelve more countries are on the US watch list this year for failing to combat trafficking, as the recession makes workers vulnerable to exploitation.
When peatlands disappear, stored carbon dioxide gets released into the atmosphere.
Meet the modern-day brigands behind the sometimes sophisticated, always risky operations that raked in an estimated $80 million in ransoms in 2008.
Deforestation destroys the habitat of the largest animal to live primarily in trees.
Sri Lanka will fight a resolution backed by Western nations calling for an inquiry into possible war crimes during the conflict against the Tamil Tigers.
Some 35,000 members of the legendary brigade have been denied the right to retire in the country they served.
At Bangkok meeting, they cheer support for needle exchanges but urge further steps toward 'harm reduction.'