Singapore exports report surprise rise

Singapore’s domestic exports rose last month after three months of drops, with rising shipments to Singapore's top 10 markets increasing, except for Japan, South...

Ailing Singapore water firm cancels public meeting

Singapore water treatment and power company Hyflux has called off a public meeting for investors on its financial restructuring, amid mounting public anger. Some of...

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Trump praises ‘socialist’ Vietnam, signs deals

Donald Trump has been full of praise for his Vietnamese hosts, praising their “socialist” economic model that he says should be replicated in North...

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...

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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...