Generous Singapore budget expected

Singaporean Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver his budget today with spending increases expected amid talk of a possible general election being called...

Najib alleges witch-hunt ahead of 1MDB trial

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is conducting a charm offensive before his corruption trial begins on February 12. Najib denies around 40 charges...

Vietnam hopes to benefit from Kim-Trump summit

Vietnam is due to host the second meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on February 27 and 28. Trump...

Goldman ready to cut bonuses over 1MDB

US-based investment bank Goldman Sachs says it could withhold bonuses for former chief executive Lloyd Blankfein and other bosses because of Malaysia’s 1MDB sovereign-wealth...

Bangkok smog forces school closures

Thailand's Ministry of Education has ordered all state schools in Greater Bangkok today (Thursday) and tomorrow to close amid concerns over air pollution. Exhaust from...

Suu Kyi unveils investment hotspot

Myanmar’s largely powerless civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has urged global investors to look to her impoverished country as she ignored the negative...

Cambodian rice sanctions advocate charged  

A Cambodian opposition MP and advocate of sanctions against the one-party state has been charged under the catch-all term of incitement after the dictatorial...

Indonesia set to tax imports

Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says she is prepared to increase taxes on imports to keep the rising trade deficit under control and...

EU angers Asean with rice tariffs

Cambodia and Myanmar have criticised the European Commission for resuming rice tariffs of up to €175 per tonne of their imports as the bloc...

Indonesia exports tumble amid global slowdown

Indonesian exports shrank at the fastest pace in 18 months in December as shipments to China and other major markets fell, leading to disappointing...

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Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

Cambodia and Thailand have reconnected a cross-border railway after 46 years as Asean’s rail links gradually improve. The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and...

Duterte threatens war with Canada over 103 sea containers 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told Canada to take back tonnes of waste it had “illegally” shipped to Manila or risk "war".  Canada is being...

Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters pair  

Myanmar's military-controlled Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by the two Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years under the colonial-era Official Secrets...