Government Business And Finance

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

Feb 24, 2018

Myanmar's parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for a fence and related projects along the same stretch of border Rohingya Muslims have crossed while fleeing a military crackdown

Duterte: Labor ban to Kuwait stays, may be expanded

Feb 22, 2018

The Philippine president says a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, where a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, will continue and could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers "suffer brutal treatment and human degradation"

Police: No video showing Indonesian attacking Kim Jong Nam

Feb 22, 2018

A police witness has told a Malaysian court that there is no video evidence that shows an Indonesian woman smearing a nerve agent on the face of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader as part of an airport attack that killed him

Duterte orders halt to purchases of Canada choppers, US arms

Feb 9, 2018

The Philippine president has ordered the cancellation of a deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and says purchases of U.S. arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions

Philippines to Canada: helicopters won't be used for attacks

Feb 8, 2018

The Philippine defense chief says the military won't use 16 helicopters being bought from Canada to attack insurgents as feared by Canadian officials, who ordered a review of the multimillion-dollar deal

Malaysia, Singapore to set up trade link for stockmarkets

Feb 6, 2018

Malaysia and Singapore regulators say they will establish a link to connect their stock markets by the end of the year to cut trading costs and woo cross-border investments

AirAsia to crew Aceh flights with men only after hijab rule

Feb 2, 2018

Budget airline AirAsia says its flights to Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will be operated by male cabin crew after Acehnese authorities insisted all female flight attendants wear head coverings

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

Philippine online news site critical of Duterte ordered shut

Jan 15, 2018

The Philippine securities commission has revoked the registration of an online news outfit known for its critical reportage on President Rodrigo Duterte in a move a media watchdog says is an act to muzzle free press

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