China admits sinking Philippine fishing boat 

China has confirmed that a Chinese trawler “bumped into” a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea but denied claims the incident was...

Meth trade extends its web 

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Indonesia poised to cut interest rate

The Bank Indonesia is set to ease monetary policy to counter the global economic slowdown sparked by the US-China trade war, according to Indonesia’s...

Philippine wrestles with giant mango surplus 

The Philippines is facing a surplus of millions of extra mangoes, with the agriculture minister, Emmanuel Piñol, saying farmers had reported an unusual increase...

Vietnam set for Asean’s fastest growth: report 

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Singapore tries to ease Lee’s Pol Pot blunder 

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Shaky economy greets Thailand’s reappointed PM

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Mahathir appoints graft boss, bypassing colleagues 

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Thailand prepares coronation of unelected general 

Thailand is due to select its prime minister this week amid a rising number of attacks on pro-democracy campaigners.  The generals who seized power in...

Singapore index falls to 2016 level 

Singapore’s purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell last month, signalling a contraction in manufacturing amid the US-China trade dispute and a global economic slowdown. The PMI...

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