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OFW ban sours Kuwait-Philippines relations as hundreds flee their employers

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Hundreds of Filipino domestic staff in Kuwait fled from their employers to the Philippines embassy after President Rodrigo Duterte offered them a free light...
Thailand’s first cryptocurrency offering underway

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Thailand's first initial coin offering (ICO) of a cryptocurrency issued by a listed company was launched on February 14 despite unclear regulations with regards...
Jakarta startup digitises street vendors with WiFi, smart tech

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An initiative by private investors in Indonesia aims at beefing up the kiosks of street vendors in Jakarta with smart technology and WiFi connections...
Thailand bans banks from dealing with Bitcoin & Co.

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The Bank of Thailand on February 12 sent a circular to banks and financial institutions and warned them not to get involved in cryptocurrency...
Filipinos banned from working in Kuwait, over 2,000 desperate to go home

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The Philippine government on February 12 signed an administrative order to completely ban the deployment of Oversea Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, according to...
Thailand, Laos, China to enter talks about high-speed railway

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Laos will be joining Thailand and China for talks about connecting the planned regional high-speed train network from Thailand’s northeastern city of Nong Khai...
Vietnam to cooperate with Qatar in food security

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Vietnam and Qatar have decided to work closer in the field of food security as the Middle East country is looking for new import...
Austrian firm opens world’s longest cable car in Vietnam

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Austrian engineering firm Doppelmayr, known for its purpose-built cable cars around the world, on February 4 open its latest masterpiece, the longest aerial tramway...
Philippines eyes new, cheaper cash remittance channel for OFWs

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The Philippine government is looking for solutions to provide cheaper and more convenient remittance channels for its Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Particularly, technology developed...
Duterte has 30 luxury cars crushed in warning shot to smugglers (video)

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on February 6 personally oversaw the destruction of more than $1.2 million worth of smuggled luxury and classic cars at...
Singapore, Malaysia’s bourses to set up trading link

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Singapore and Malaysia unveiled a plan to create a trading link between each other by the end of this year that will allow each...
Vietnam going solar after nuclear power plants shelved

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The Vietnam government decided to embark on a number of projects to build large solar power facilities in the country and encouraged large companies...
Investments into Thailand’s industrial east expected to flood in

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The Thai government has just approved 168 infrastructure development projects worth a combined $31.4 billion for its flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme. The EEC...
Cambodia pushes law that makes insulting the king a crime

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Cambodia's Cabinet on February 2 endorsed an amendment to the criminal code making insulting the king a criminal offense punishable by a fine and...
Singapore hits back at “boring” classification with witty video

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The Singapore Tourism Board posted a response to a city ranking by travel guide magazine Time Out which placed the city as second-most boring...
Thais spend a record of 9.38 hours on the Internet – daily

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Thai people are spending an average of nine hours and 38 minutes daily on the Internet, with around one third of this time used...
Despite latest IPO, Myanmar’s stock exchange remains lame duck

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The young Yangon Stock Exchange saw its first real initial public offering (IPO) on January 26, but despite high expectation of the listing of...
Singapore bans sale of new cars and motorcycles

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Starting February 1, 2018, the Singapore government is prohibiting the sale of new cars and also of motorcycles as the small city state is...