Economy

Malaysia raises interest rate for first time in 4 years

Jan 25, 2018

Malaysia's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years ahead of general elections due by August

Vietnam jails former oil execs in high-profile graft case

Jan 22, 2018

A former oil executive has been sentenced to life in prison and a former high-ranking Vietnamese government official has received a lengthy prison term in a major corruption case

Thailand confirms that ex-leader Yingluck is in Britain

Jan 9, 2018

Thailand's foreign minister says former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country last year to evade a prison sentence, is in Britain, after photos surfaced online apparently showing Yingluck in London

Vietnam tries former oil executives in widened crackdown

Jan 8, 2018

A Vietnamese court has begun a corruption trial of 22 defendants including a former senior Communist official and a top oil executive allegedly snatched from Germany

Vietnam's economy grows 6.8 percent, highest in 10 years

Dec 27, 2017

Vietnam says its economy grew 6.8 percent this year, its highest jump in 10 years, driven by increases in industrial output, the service sector, agriculture and fishery production, and tourism

Vietnam arrests senior party official who led PetroVietnam

Dec 8, 2017

State media say Vietnamese police have arrested a senior Communist Party official for alleged wrongdoing while he was head of energy giant PetroVietnam

Former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan dead at age 68

Nov 30, 2017

Former Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan has died in Thailand at age 68

Despite Trump lobby, only 'some' leaders condemn Pyongyang

Nov 21, 2017

The Philippines says only "some" Asia-Pacific leaders condemned North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at an annual summit in Manila last week

Activists praise Trudeau's comments about Duterte crackdown

Nov 17, 2017

Human rights advocates are praising Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for publicly expressing concerns about the Philippine president's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs

Former Malaysian PM: Current government 'must go'

Nov 16, 2017

The man who led Malaysia through the final two decades of the 20th century and has waded back into its politics in recent months says the country's current government is deeply problematic and "must go"