Indonesia eyes banking boom

Indonesian banks will enjoy “more than 12 per cent” loan growth this year due to a recovering global economy and rising commodity prices, according...

Facebook bans Myanmar rebel armies

Facebook says it is banning four rebel armies in Myanmar, where the online giant has faced criticism for its slow response to groups using...

Thai rappers target junta rule

Thailand’s police are investigating a viral hip-hop video condemning the military junta as the generals begin to relax their grip ahead of a possible...

Refugee crisis grips Myanmar 

It was hoped that Myanmar's refugees would start returning home. Source: Wikimedia Up to 15,000 Burmese refugees have fled into China in the last month...

FB tweak mutes Cambodia opposition 

A tweak this month in the way Facebook organised its newsfeed in Cambodia has been accused of playing into the increasingly dictatorial government’s hands.  Instead...

Widodo scraps offshore LNG project

Saumlaki harbour, Yamdena, near the Masela field. Source: Wikimedia Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rejected Inpex Corp and Royal Dutch Shell's proposal to build the world's largest...

PH economy grows at its fastest in nearly 2 years

THE Philippine economy grew at its fastest in nearly two years, on the back of the government’s catch-up in spending to make up for...

KL and Singapore ranked among world’s most hardworking cities

Two of the top five hardest working cities in the world are in Southeast Asia, according to a report published in August this year. US-based...

Singapore predicts slower growth

Singapore is forecasting weaker demand from key Asian markets next year, reducing economic growth as the US-China “trade war” starts to take effect. Growth...

Johor makes water pledge despite drought

Water pipes are visible on the Singapore-Johor Causeway. Source: Wikimedia The minister in charge of public works for Johor State in Malaysia has assured Singapore...

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Observers denied access to Cambodia treason trial 

The court hosting the treason trial of Cambodia's opposition leader has turned away independent journalists at the start of proceedings. Reuters and the Phnom Penh...

Vietnam’s GDP growth forecast robust for 2020

Vietnam could expect a GDP growth rate of 6.76 percent this year, according to the National Center for Socio-Economic Information and Forecast (NCIF) under...

Moody’s assigns first-time issuer rating of B3 to Laos

American credit rating agency Moody’s has given a B3 rating with a positive outlook to the Government of Laos, citing the country’s high economic...