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  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 12:14 AM ET

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago,...

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago,...

  • BANGKOK— Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets. "If they still continue to exploit their fellow human beings, they should not be given any licenses to operate...

  • AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:37 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish. Tainted fish can wind up in the supply chains of some of America's major grocery stores, such as Kroger, Albertsons and...

  • BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • Global stocks rebound after Wall Street slide Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 4:57 AM ET

    BEIJING— Stock markets in Asia and Europe were mostly higher Friday after a slide in oil prices drove a Wall Street decline. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent to 11,950.11 points and France's CAC-40 rose 0.1 percent to 5,041.82. Benchmarks in Sydney, New Zealand and Singapore also rose.

  • Five themes Asia investors need to know Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:50 PM ET
    An Indonesian man looks at a running display showing share prices at the stocks exchange building in Jakarta.

    Volatility has become a market hallmark this year and investors across Asia are grappling with a slew of issues. Here are the top five themes.

  • Philippines imposes 'weed bond' on One Direction Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:51 AM ET

    The Bureau of Immigration has asked Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to post bonds worth nearly $5,000 each, which will be forfeited if they are caught using or impliedly promoting illegal drugs during a concert in Manila this weekend. It follows a request by the local Anti-Drugs Advocate group to the bureau to strictly scrutinize the band's concert permit...

  • JAKARTA, March 17- Indonesia's central bank, which surprised markets last month by cutting its benchmark rate, acted as expected on Tuesday and kept it unchanged on the eve of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Bank Indonesia said the current rate of 7.50 percent is consistent with efforts to contain inflation and the current account deficit. Tuesday's meeting...

  • New Malaysian airline orders 20 Bombardier CS100 jets Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:38 AM ET

    It will face fierce competition from flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and budget airline AirAsia. Its main hub will be in Malaysia's southern Johor state, with a secondary hub in eastern Sabah on Borneo island, the statement said. Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi said the new airline will play a key role in improving connectivity between the Malaysian...

  • No action from Bank Indonesia today: Nomura   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    No action from Bank Indonesia today: Nomura

    Euben Paracuelles, Executive Director and Southeast Asia Economist at Nomura, discusses available policy options for Indonesia's central bank.

  • MS: Rupiah is stronger than you think   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 9:36 PM ET
    MS: Rupiah is stronger than you think

    Instead of the dollar-rupiah cross, markets should focus on the trade-weighted real exchange rate, says Deyi Tan, ASEAN Economist at Morgan Stanley.

  • Why Indonesia struggles to attract investors Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 1:24 AM ET
    Construction site of Indonesia's mass rapid transit in Jakart

    Indonesia’s economic positives should have made it an investment magnet, but a slew of obstacles make the country a tough sell for foreigners.

  • Time to look to Hong Kong markets?   Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 6:52 PM ET
    Time to look to Hong Kong markets?

    Kingsley Jones, founder and CIO at Jevons Global, explains why Hong Kong shares are looking better these days and outlines why India is a standout performer among emerging markets.

  • Brazilian beef exporters weigh WTO case against EU Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    BRASILIA, March 12- Brazilian meat exporters are considering taking the European Union to the World Trade Organization to challenge restrictions on their beef shipments to one of the world's top markets, the head of the country's beef exporters association told Reuters. A new dispute could further harm trade ties frayed by an EU case against Brazil over...

  • Thailand, South Korea join easing bandwagon   Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 11:44 PM ET
    Thailand, South Korea join easing bandwagon

    Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank, discusses the unexpected interest rate cuts by the central banks in Thailand and South Korea.

  • Could 'Bali Nine' strain Australia-Indonesia ties?   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 9:18 PM ET
    Could 'Bali Nine' strain Australia-Indonesia ties?

    Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia, discusses the diplomatic spats between Jakarta and Canberra over the execution of two Australians for drug offences.

  • JAKARTA, March 5- Investment bankers and company executives are worried President Joko Widodo's drive for clean governance is falling apart amid a dispute between rival law enforcement agencies in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Indonesia's main anti-corruption agency, Corruption Eradication Commission, has been severely weakened over the last few...