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  • *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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • How Indonesia is progressing with reforms   Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 10:19 PM ET
    How Indonesia is progressing with reforms

    Sofyan Djalil, Indonesia's coordinating minister for Economic Affairs, explains the progress of reforms in the country's land and power sectors.

  • The 'big macro trend' that impacts Cargill   Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 8:36 PM ET
    The 'big macro trend' that impacts Cargill

    Speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, Alan Willits, Asia Pacific chairman of Cargill, outlines the factors that drive its business worldwide.

  • Who's driving infrastructure development in Indonesia

    While the Indonesian government has the political will to develop infrastructure, the private sector is taking the lead in rural areas, says Anderson Tanoto, director of RGE Group.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 29 Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. WASHINGTON- Institute for International Finance hosts International Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Roundtable. NEW YORK- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an American Australian Association luncheon hosted by Goldman Sachs- 1630...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 28 Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio speaks before the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies- 1300 GMT. WASHINGTON- International Monetary Fund Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu, Central Bank of Malaysia Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Turkey Deputy...

  • LONDON/ JAKARTA, April 15- A potential bid by Indonesia's Sinarmas Group and hedge fund Argyle Street Management for London- listed Asia Resource Minerals Plc risks scuppering a long-awaited restructuring backed by ARMS co-founder Nathaniel Rothschild. Shares in coal miner ARMS, formerly known as Bumi, jumped more than 90 percent to as high as 29 pence on...

  • Indonesia’s property tax delay: Sop to the rich? Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 9:48 PM ET

    Reforms of Indonesia's easily-sidestepped luxury property taxes may be on ice, but the taxman is likely still coming for the wealthy, analysts said.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 24 Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book of economic condition- 1800 GMT. WASHINGTON- Levy Economics Institute of Bard College holds 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies in Washington. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives presentation on the U.S. economy and monetary...

  • For Indonesia, reforms are just as important: Pro   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 10:44 PM ET
    For Indonesia, reforms are just as important: Pro

    As inflation stabilizes, Bank Indonesia is now looking for promises on reforms to be delivered, says Nizam Idris, MD, head of Strategy, Fixed Income & Currencies at Macquarie.

  • India, Indonesia will cut rates, but not now: Pro

    Taimur Baig, chief economist for Asia at Deutsche Bank, explains why the central banks in Indonesia and India will hold off easing until later this year.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 23 Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley will participate in a seminar on pay formation that promotes the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry- 1135 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book of economic condition- 1800 GMT. WASHINGTON- Levy Economics Institute of Bard College holds 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky...

  • Who's driving the market rally in China?   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 6:51 PM ET
    Who's driving the market rally in China?

    Richard Martin, managing director of IMA Asia, says ordinary households with enormous savings are spurring the boom in China's stock markets.