Manila rejects EU aid 

The Philippine government has formally rejected at least 380 million pesos (€6.1 million) in aid from the European Union amid allegations that it carries...

Lee hails Sri Lanka trade deal

  Singapore’s free trade agreement (FTA) strategy is not about signing any deal available but rather forging solid trade agreements that benefit employers, according to...

KL to lobby WTO on palm oil

  Malaysia's trade minister Mustapa Mohamed has described the European Parliament’s backing of a ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels as a...

Duterte suspends Kuwaiti work 

The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers had driven several domestic helpers to suicide. Kuwait expressed...

Palm-oil giants attack EU ban

The two dominant palm-oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, have criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the product’s use in biofuels. A Malaysian...

US list hails Asean ‘safety’ 

Most of Asean has been given reason to celebrate as a bizarre list by the US State Department on travel safety puts eight of...

Brunei eyes aviation growth

Asean’s smallest aviation market, Brunei, consisting of fewer than 2 million annual passengers, has experienced the slowest growth rate in the bloc over the...

Nomura picks 2018 GDP winners 

Prolonged growth in Indonesia and the Philippines will extend beyond 2018 driven by domestic demand and infrastructural projects, Nomura Securities investment bank has predicted.  The...

Top Indonesia wage rises forecast 

Indonesian growth has pushed up elite wages, recruitment firm Roberts Walters said in its 2017 survey, adding that talent will be in increasing demand...

14 child deaths in dengue probe

The Philippines is investigating the deaths of 14 children to see if there is a link to a dengue vaccine which has been suspended.  The...

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Maoists face terror label

The Philippine judiciary has moved to formally label the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist...

Singapore tax targets main polluters 

Singapore says it is imposing a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions and give its firms a competitive advantage as...

Singapore property hit by tax hike

Singapore property stocks declined after the budget raised taxes on home purchases of more than S$1 million (US$761,600), just as the housing market was...