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  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 7 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore releases its macroeconomic review- 0400 GMT. SEOUL- Bank of Korea will release minutes from its April policy rate meeting- 0700 GMT. BUCHAREST- National bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu to attend financial seminar.

  • *Members willing to carry out attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan. ROME, April 24- Italian police were arresting 18 people on Friday suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who were plotting attacks on the Vatican as well as in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the tapped conversations, the suspects discuss "a big jihad in Italy," added Mario Carta, head of...

  • DHAKA, Bangladesh— Survivors and relatives of victims of a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh marched Friday to demand better compensation on the second anniversary of the disaster that killed more than 1,100 people. Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building outside Dhaka, housed five garment factories when it collapsed in 2013. The accident was...

  • In this photo by A.M. Ahad, a relative of a victim cries in front of a monument erected in memory of the garment workers and others killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building two years ago in Savar, Bangladesh. Of the estimated $30 million needed, about $21 million had been paid or pledged as of last month, Human Rights Watch says. Bangladesh's $20 billion garment...

  • *Activists call for legal review of three key laws. *Indonesian government, foreign investors worried. JAKARTA, April 24- The head of an Indonesian Muslim organization has filed cases to overturn three laws, escalating what he calls' a constitutional jihad' that has already dealt a blow to investors in the oil, gas and water sectors and now threatens to hit more.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Southeast Asian leaders will seek to speed up plans for a binding code of conduct with China governing behavior in the disputed South China Sea at a summit next week, Malaysia's foreign minister said Friday. China, Taiwan and ASEAN members Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei have overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

  • NEW DELHI, April 24- When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales. China's emerging role in Afghanistan, and its announcement this week of $46 billion of investment in...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 5 Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    CAIRO- Central Bank of Egypt holds Monetary Policy Committee Meeting- 0100 GMT. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting. MOSCOW- Central Bank of Russia announces interest rate decision- 1000 GMT.

  • Sri Lankan police arrest former president's brother Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the brother, former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa, was taken before a judge after being arrested. Since the new government took office, the Bribery Commission and police have initiated investigations into alleged corruption during the previous administration. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also...

  • BANGKOK— Thai officials said they were rushing to crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing in a bid to avoid the European Union's threat to ban seafood import from the country. The EU on Tuesday gave Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter, six months to drastically combat illegal and unregulated fishing or face a seafood import ban.

  • JAKARTA, April 22- Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. It was not immediately clear if the remarks would satisfy China's desire for Japan to acknowledge its wartime past, but a Japanese official told...

  • Indonesia calls for new financial global architecture Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    JAKARTA, April 22- Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on Wednesday for a new global financial order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Widodo made no mention of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank that is seen as a threat to the Western-dominated World Bank...

  • *No.1 producer Sri Trang says to hike rubber prices sharply. *Other Thai producers, Halcyon Agri plan similar measures. SINGAPORE, April 22- Big Asian rubber producers, including world No. 1 Sri Trang Agro-Industry Plc, said they plan to hike prices sharply, ditching a system of pegging them near the benchmark set by the Singapore SICOM exchange.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 4 Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks at the global philanthropy forum- 1500 GMT. CAIRO- Central Bank of Egypt holds Monetary Policy Committee Meeting- 0100 GMT. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • DENPASAR, Indonesia, April 22- When Indonesian President Joko Widodo wanted to push this year's budget through the opposition-dominated parliament, he left it to his advisers to hash out a deal with lawmakers. Among the sweeteners his aides offered parliament members was to roughly double their allowance for down payments on new cars to $15,000.

  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. It has also spared Thailand from sanctions slapped on other countries with weak records in human trafficking because of a complex political relationship that includes cooperation against terrorism. The question of how to deal with Thailand...

  • MUMBAI, April 21- An Indian parliamentary committee has recommended that price caps should be extended to all drugs in the country and that the government should expedite the capping process. Indian law allows the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority regulator to fix prices of drugs on a list of essential medicines, thereby keeping prices in check in a...

  • *OPEC meets on June 5. KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, April 21- Venezuela's oil minister heads a delegation to meet Saudi Arabian oil officials on Tuesday, coming from talks in Iran, in an OPEC diplomatic tour as its need for higher oil prices gains urgency. Its need for OPEC to cut supply to support prices has failed to shift the stance of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf OPEC allies,...

  • The campaign was meant to promote the U.S. chain's latest restaurant which was launched April 1 in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state on Borneo, a rain-forested island refuge for the endangered orangutan. The large ginger primate is a treasured mascot of Sabah, on the northern tip of Borneo. Sabah Wildlife Department director William Baya said the...

  • BALI, Indonesia— Indonesian court sentences American man to 18 years in jail for murdering girlfriend's mother.