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    Enemies of the state -- why the press in Southeast Asia is under attack

    BANGKOK/MANILA -- Myanmar has closed off an entire section of the country to reporters. Cambodia is shutting down news organizations. The Philippine president has casually discussed murdering journalists. And the Thai government has suggested the pr

    February 14, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • Japan keeps airtight lid on refugees as applications soar

    TOKYO -- Japan approved only 20 out of a record 19,628 applicants for refugee status last year as authorities reject appeals they suspect come from job-seekers.Last year saw an increase of 8,727 people applying for refugee status from 2016 levels, t

    February 14, 2018 04:08 am JST
  • China and Philippines discuss joint projects in South China Sea

    MANILA -- A second bilateral meeting between China and the Philippines on their territorial dispute in the South China Sea appears to have centered on cooperation rather than on competition, according to a joint press statement Tuesday night.Both si

    February 13, 2018 10:02 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends gains as Wall Street recovers

    NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced for a second day as a global equity selloff sparked by a pullback in U.S. equities last week abated.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,414.30 on Tuesday, extending Monday's 0.6% adv

    February 13, 2018 08:23 pm JST
  • Philippines' Jollibee takes over US burger chain

    MANILA -- Philippine fast-food group Jollibee Foods has bought a controlling stake in U.S. burger chain Smashburger.Jollibee on Tuesday told the Philippine Stock Exchange that it has acquired a 45% stake in Smashburger parent SJBF from Smashburger M

    February 13, 2018 08:14 pm JST
  • Philippine consortium proposes $6.75bn bid to transform Manila's airport

    MANILA -- A consortium of major Philippine conglomerates has pitched a 350-billion-peso ($6.75 billion) proposal to transform Manila's international airport into a regional aviation hub.The seven business groups -- Ayala Corp., JG Summit Holdings, A

    February 13, 2018 03:04 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    Ending impunity in Manila

    The decision by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to launch a preliminary examination of the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines, opens a new chapter for the controversial court, which has never before consi

    February 13, 2018 01:30 pm JST
  • Bad to worse: Duterte's plan to ease Philippine traffic withers

    Congestion was a major political issue in the 2016 presidential race, which President Rodrigo Duterte won partly on a promise to tackle it. But Filipinos expect the roads to clog up further as Mr. Duterte's infrastructure projects encounter delays.F

    February 13, 2018 11:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rebounds after U.S. equities gain

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan, tracking a recovery in U.S. equities, rebounded Monday, even as investors braced for more volatility this week.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.6% to 1,398.82, after slumping 7.5% in the previou

    February 12, 2018 08:57 pm JST
  • Emerging markets see biggest portfolio outflow in 14 months

    TOKYO -- Emerging markets suffered last week their biggest net portfolio outflows since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, with Asia taking the biggest hit, data from the International Institute of Finance shows.Investors pulled out $5.2 billion

    February 12, 2018 01:17 am JST
  • So who were the winners after tumultuous week?

    TOKYO -- Darkness often makes the stars stand out more. As the shades of black market sentiment fell this week, there were some stocks which shone.On Friday the stock market ended the week with another massive decline. Growing inflation expectations

    February 9, 2018 10:16 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slumps tracking Wall Street turmoil

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan tumbled Friday, after U.S. markets plunged for a second time this week amid lingering concerns over climbing bond yields.The Nikkei Asia300 Index dropped 2.5% to 1,390.81, taking its losses for the

    February 9, 2018 08:32 pm JST
  • China stocks lead Friday's Asian sell-off after US plunge

    TOKYO -- Asian shares were sold off across the board on Friday, as investors responded to another Wall Street plunge that put U.S. stocks into correction territory overnight.Chinese shares led the decline during the Asian trading day. The Hong Kong

    February 9, 2018 06:47 pm JST
  • International Criminal Court opens probe on Duterte's drug war

    MANILA -- The International Criminal Court has launched a "preliminary examination" over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, his spokesperson said on Thursday.Manila's mission in The Hague was informed by the ICC that its Office of

    February 8, 2018 09:36 pm JST
  • San Miguel earmarks $13.6bn for food and infrastructure push

    MANILA -- San Miguel, the Philippines' largest listed company by revenue, has earmarked up to 700 billion pesos ($13.6 billion) for an expansion plan running until 2022, the conglomerate told the stock exchange on Thursday.The budget will bankroll e

    February 8, 2018 09:14 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index posts first gain of week

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday as investors stepped up purchases after three days of losses even as they awaited cues on where the U.S. inflation could be headed.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.7% to 1,425.88, after

    February 8, 2018 08:24 pm JST
  • James Crabtree

    Emerging Asia risks never growing rich

    This should be a moment of grand optimism for Asia. The world economy is enjoying its fastest expansion in a decade. Forecasts show growth in developing nations accelerating especially quickly. Yet even putting this week's global stock market wobble

    February 8, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • Asia's manufacturers start the year off strong

    HONG KONG Asian manufacturers started the year off strong, as global trade picked up in January, the latest Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index survey showed. Nine of 11 Asian countries and regions surveyed saw an expansion of manufactur

    February 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Democracy rankings put Asia in poor standing

    TOKYO Asia witnessed the biggest deterioration in its democratic conditions of any region in 2017, as minorities in countries including Indonesia and Myanmar suffered.In the annual democracy index ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit

    February 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN's midsize companies are becoming major players

    SINGAPORE Midsize companies in Southeast Asia are thriving, helped by the region's growing middle class and public works spending.A Nikkei survey covering Southeast Asian listed companies with annual sales of $100 million or less showed that earning

    February 8, 2018 10:00 am JST