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Indonesia fears global trade war 

Pinisi ships at the Sunda Kelapa harbour in Jakarta. Source: Wikimedia President-elect Donald Trump’s protectionist promises are not expected to have an immediate impact on Indonesian exports, according to analysts, but they fear a trade war with China would have an indirect impact.  Trump has blamed...

S’pore home sales rocket

Singapore just got a little more crowded. Source: Wikimedia Singapore's home sales rose at the highest rate in more than a year last month as developers marketed more projects for potential buyers. The city-state, meanwhile, is poised to sign a deal to begin work on...

Duterte talks tough on Isis

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Source: Wikimedia The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has promised to ignore human rights if so-called Islamic State fighters flee from West Asia to the archipelago. Speaking to a law enforcement agency, Duterte said there were fears of extremists returning from Iraq and Syria. The...

Fresh Rakhine killing reported

The Rohingya have been largely confined to refugee camps since pogroms in 2012. Source: YouTube The authorities in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State have reported an increase in violence, with at least eight people killed and 36 arrested in clashes between the army and alleged Muslim...

Trump win hits Asean markets

Malaysia is celebrating strong economic growth. Source: Pixabay Donald Trump's electoral victory in the US reverberated around Asean's markets with the Malaysian and Indonesian central banks trying to defend their currencies as investors sold up.  Investors revised down their growth expectations, with a growing consensus that...

Buddhists hail Trump victory

Buddhist monk Wirathu is accused of whipping up anti-Islamic sentiment. Source: Vimeo Myanmar's Buddhist nationalists have hailed Donald Trump's electoral triumph as a victory over "Islamic terrorism" after he pledged to ban all Muslims from entering the US and compile a database of Muslim in...

Philippine mayor killed in cell

President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war is now targeting higher up the supply chain. Source: YouTube  The Philippines' police have shot dead a town mayor in his jail cell in a reported gun battle, the second killing in a week of a politician targeted in President...

Southern bombs disturb mourning 

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Source: Wikimedia Bomb-and-gun attacks in Thailand's unstable southern region have left at least three people dead, as the kingdom mourns the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and prepares for the coronation of his son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. The insurgency by Muslim...

Inflation under control: Jakarta

Indonesia food prices are pushing up inflation. Source: Pixabay Inflationary pressure is expected to remain a low priority for the Bank Indonesia (BI) after a small increase last month due to predominantly controllable food price rises. The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said prices increased by 0.14...

Envoys plan Rakhine visit

Poverty grips much of Rakhine State. Source: Flickr Senior US, Chinese, British and other EU diplomats are due to visit the north of Myanmar's unstable Rakhine State, which has been out-of-bounds to aid workers and journalists for more than three weeks. Meanwhile, State Counsellor Aung San...

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