Government Business And Finance

Malaysia bans 'Despacito' on state radio, TV due to lyrics

Jul 20, 2017

Malaysia's government has banned the Spanish hit song "Despacito" on state radio and television following complains that its lyrics were obscene

Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russia

May 22, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has left for a four-day official visit to Russia, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and witness the signing of several agreements including on defense cooperation and trade

Asia-Pacific ministers meet seeking to finalize trade pact

May 22, 2017

Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region are meeting in Hanoi to speed up negotiations seeking to finalize a regional trade pact amid fears of growing trade protectionism

Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US

May 21, 2017

The Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam have committed to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out

Pacific Rim ministers meet in Hanoi, seek to revive TPP

May 20, 2017

The Pacific Rim trade ministers have started their two-day meeting in Hanoi focusing on free trade and regional economic integration amid fears of growing trade protectionism.

Thailand backs off threat to block Facebook over content

May 16, 2017

Thailand backed off a threat to block Facebook on Tuesday, instead providing the social media site with court orders to remove content that the government deems illegal

Vietnam fires southern city party chief for mismanagement

May 10, 2017

Vietnam's ruling communists have fired the party boss in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City after finding he made "serious mistakes and violations" while heading oil and gas monopoly PetroVietnam

Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention

Apr 21, 2017

Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been a blip thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia is a sign of change and the president will follow him to the region later this year

Thai authorities give ex-PM Thaksin $503 million tax bill

Mar 28, 2017

Authorities in Thailand have escalated their effort to collect taxes they say are due from ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, posting a bill for 17.6 billion baht ($503 million) at the house where he lived before fleeing into exile in 2008

Thai gov't suspends TV station for a week over its reports

Mar 27, 2017

Thailand's broadcast regulator has ordered a television channel to suspend its over-the-air broadcasting for a week for what it called biased reports affecting national security