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Politics

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Thai protests could trim GDP growth by 0.5 percentage points

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If anti-government protests and political instability in Thailand continue, GDP growth of the country could be seriously threatened, the Economic and Business Forecasting Center...
Prominent Muslim cleric murdered in Thailand’s south

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On August 5, a leading Muslim cleric was murdered in Thailand’s restive south. This was one of the highest-profile assassinations yet of a Muslim...
Singapore anti-corruption official sacked for corruption

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The head of Singapore’s anti-corruption agency is resigning over corruption at his agency. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Eric Tan,...
Thailand cracks down on Facebook users

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As the government braces for more political protests this week, police in Thailand have charged four people with causing panic by spreading rumours of a...
Philippine consumer spending primed for growth

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Philippine households have among the lowest debt in Asia, solidifying a “long runway” for continued economic growth in the outperforming ASEAN nation, a...
No Al-Qaeda threat in Philippines, say officials

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In the wake of a move by Washington D.C. to shut down embassies across the Middle East and North Africa due to a terrorist...
Bhutan’s era of ‘national happiness’ comes to an end

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Bhutan's new prime minister has said he will reassess the country's economic policy that so far was based on the so-called "Gross National Happiness...
China says its human rights are at a ‘historic best’

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China says its human rights are at a "historic best", yet Uzra Zeya, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy...
Protests in Bangkok to last at least 3-5 days

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Thousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok on August 4 to rally against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra amid worries over the potential for fresh...
Next Japanese debt watcher upgrades Philippines

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Rating and Investment Information Inc (R&I), a debt watcher from Japan, has upgraded its Philippines' credit outlook from "stable" to "positive" citing "progressive changes...
Journalist killed in the Philippines

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On August 1, a journalist was shot and killed in General Santos City in the Philippines. According to the police, an unidentified gunman entered...
Thailand expats warned to avoid riots

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With around 80,000 people forming in Bangkok for the largest street rally since the violent crackdown in 2010 and busloads of more on August...
What Malaysian negotiators don’t want you to know about the TPP

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The sheer magnitude of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has not been lost on Putrajaya. The ambitious free trade agreement (FTA) involving 12 nations...
Cambodian PM mocks US threat

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Speaking to the press on August 3, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen blasted US threats to withhold aid money if the recent Cambodian national...

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The Philippines navy has announced that it plans to purchase a 26 year old French naval vessel in an effort to increase its naval...
The fisherman’s war against Vietnam

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In 1993, the Vietnamese government granted Doan Van Vuon and several members of his family 41 hectares of swampland near the port city of...
Thailand’s first-car buyer incentive scheme a failure

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The so-called first-car buyer scheme in Thailand, an incentive introduced in 2012 by the populist government, turned out to be a huge failure. Under the...
Myanmar won’t allow any more private banks (full list)

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Myanmar will not grant permission for new private banks except for branch offices which are jointly cooperating with the government, according to the Deputy...