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  • Philippines gets vote of confidence from Fitch

    MANILA -- Fitch Ratings on Monday raised its assessment of the Philippines' sovereign debt, saying the economy is strong, and insulated from President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.The credit ratings agency upgraded the country's long-term credit ratin

    December 11, 2017 01:07 pm JST
  • Philippines' Duterte to seek one-year extension of Mindanao martial law

    MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will ask Congress to extend martial law in the volatile southern island of Mindanao to quell an insurgency, cabinet officials said on Sunday.Duterte placed the restive region of 22 million pe

    December 11, 2017 09:25 am JST
  • Trade upturn sparks Asian manufacturing in November

    HONG KONG -- Strengthening economies on both sides of the Pacific are lifting global trade, as well as Asia's manufacturing sector. Six of the 12 economies surveyed by The Nikkei -- Taiwan, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines -- po

    December 11, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Wall Street rally lifts Nikkei Asia300 Index as tech selloff eases

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Friday, boosted by an overnight rally on Wall Street and robust China trade data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 1% to 1,368.40, trimming the gauge's losses since last Friday to 0.4%. Hong-Ko

    December 8, 2017 08:46 pm JST
  • Forty-nine nations breached North Korea sanctions: report

    TOKYO -- As many as 49 countries have violated United Nations sanctions against North Korea one way or another, according to a recent report from a U.S. think tank. The findings suggest Asian neighbors, including Japan, and other countries still hav

    December 8, 2017 04:58 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as tech firms gain, offsetting weak energy stocks

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed as a rebound in technology heavyweights offset a fall in energy producers after Brent crude prices dropped to their lowest in more than a month.The Nikkei Asia300 Index ended al

    December 7, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • India's economy to be world's No.3 by 2028: forecast

    TOKYO -- India and key Association of Southeast Asian Nations members will become increasingly vital drivers of Asian growth over the coming decade, while China's economy slows to a pace comparable with the U.S., new projections from the Japan Cente

    December 7, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • Pope Francis clears a new path for Christianity in Asia

    YANGON/TOKYO On the third day of his recent visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis entered the Kaba Aye Center, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Yangon, with his shoes off in accordance with local customs.There, he delivered a message: "For whe

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Remembering former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan

    BANGKOK In what would be his final interview, Surin Pitsuwan spoke passionately about a topic close to his heart: the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The former secretary-general of ASEAN died hours later of a heart attack in B

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis: The statesman who raised Southeast Asia's profile

    Southeast Asia is a hard region for anyone to straddle. There is no common language, sovereignty is strongly asserted, and there are plenty of deeply felt enmities. If there was one man in recent history who managed to overcome some of these obstacl

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea loses friends in Africa and Asia

    SINGAPORE/TOKYO North Korea is finding itself increasingly alone as once-friendly countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere take a harsher stance following the hermit state's continued nuclear and missile provocations, including its launch o

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Calata's trouble sparks investor activism in the Philippines

    MANILA In a rare show of shareholder activism and solidarity in the Philippines, minority investors have launched a bid to take over Calata, one of the country's leading agricultural companies, after it was forced by the authorities to delist for vi

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Autos the best performer in Asia sector PMI in November

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index for November showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored, instead of 13 for the previous month.Automobiles and auto parts (61.0) posted the most pronounced growth, followed by pha

    December 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends losses on Trump's Jerusalem move

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan extended losses on Wednesday, amid concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could trigger unrest in the Middle East.A plunge in copper prices

    December 6, 2017 09:18 pm JST
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    Asia braces for the end of easy money

    TOKYO -- Visitors to the Royal Palace Park in Phnom Penh don't need to worry if they forget to bring wads of Cambodian riel with them -- all of the owners of the nearby food and drink stalls tell their customers to pay in U.S. dollars anyway. It is

    December 6, 2017 03:25 pm JST
  • China defends Myanmar as UN condemns Rohingya violence

    GENEVA/YANGON -- The U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, describing it as "the very likely commission of crimes against humanity." Western and Muslim countries strongly criti

    December 6, 2017 12:52 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's new-car sales climb 3% in October

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in six major Southeast Asian countries grew 3% on the year in October, with double-digit growth in the Philippines and Thailand compensating for declines in Malaysia and Vietnam.Total unit sales for the region reached 279,71

    December 6, 2017 05:29 am JST
  • Duterte labels Communists as terrorists, heightening tension

    MANILA--President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday classified the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing as a terrorist organization in a move that could trigger fresh armed clashes. Peace talks were terminated in November.Duterte has signe

    December 5, 2017 09:49 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as technology stocks edge lower

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan declined Tuesday, as a rally triggered by optimism over U.S. tax reforms faded and technology shares resumed their fall.The Nikkei Asia300 Index lost 0.7% to 1,371.98. Index heavyweights Tencent Hol

    December 5, 2017 09:09 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Pope Francis clearing new path for Christianity in Asia

    YANGON/TOKYO -- On the third day of his recent visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis entered the Kaba Aye Center, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Yangon, with his shoes off in accordance with local customs.There, he delivered a message: "For

    December 5, 2017 12:15 pm JST