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  • CNBC jets off to the 'Island of the Gods' Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    CNBC jets off to the 'Island of the Gods'

    In this episode of "First Class," Susan Li checks in at The Bulgari Hotel, where Italian style meets Balinese culture.

  • JAKARTA, June 7- The Muslim fasting month is traditionally a time of plenty in Indonesia: shoppers throng Jakarta's markets snapping up gifts to exchange at extravagant fast-breaking celebrations. But this year, Ramadan- which runs from mid-June- will be a more abstemious affair because widespread job losses, a spike in inflation and lower earnings from...

  • Need to relax? Try the 'Bali drug' Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 9:53 PM ET
    Need to relax? Try the 'Bali drug'

    Take a chill pill and enjoy this preview package of CNBC's "First Class" in Bali, Indonesia.

  • A new recruitment model for Hong Kong's maids Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 7:16 PM ET
    Filipino maids with food, hampers and bags reserve place to sit in Statue Square in central Hong Kong for a Sunday social function

    Frustration over how the recruitment industry treats Hong Kong's domestic helpers spurred entrepreneurs to found the Fair Employment Agency.

  • UPDATE 1-Indonesia hopes to rejoin OPEC by year-end Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 9:28 AM ET

    VIENNA, June 4- Indonesia hopes to rejoin OPEC by the oil producer group's next meeting in around six months' time, Energy Minister Sudirman Said said on Thursday. Full OPEC members must be net oil exporters, but so-called associate members can be admitted under some circumstances, according to OPEC's statues. Said said Indonesia could help "bridge the gap" between...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 15 Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the U.S. economic outlook and monetary policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies- 1400 GMT. PARIS- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Forum 2015. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy speaks at the panel discussion "Unlocking...

  • Migrant crisis: Malaysia finds 139 mass graves Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:05 AM ET
    Malaysia Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks to the media during press conference announcement of a suspected mass grave site of ethnic Rohingyas between the Malaysia-Thailand borders.

    Malaysia uncovers 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants scattered around suspected human trafficking camps.

  • SINGAPORE, May 22- China is likely to hold a 25-30 percent stake in the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank while India will be the second-biggest shareholder, delegates said on Friday after a three-day meeting of the bank's founding member-nations. No details of the ownership structure were disclosed, but delegates told Reuters that China would likely...

  • SINGAPORE/ NEW DELHI, May 22- China-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Friday set an ambitious target to become operational by the end of the year after a three-day meeting of prospective founding member nations in Singapore. Delegates told Reuters that China would likely take a 25-30 percent stake in the bank, and India was likely to be the...

  • The new arms race in the South China Sea Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    An Indonesian naval vessel.

    Defense spending among nations in the South China Sea region is rising, but most of it isn't going to the United States.

  • But move would be good for rice exporters Thailand, Vietnam. JAKARTA, May 21- Indonesia's president could be forced to backtrack on promises to curb rice imports, with analysts saying the country may ship in as much as 1.6 million tonnes of the staple grain this year due to soaring prices at home and the threat of a strong El Nino. "Sometimes Indonesia's policy isn't...

  • Is Indonesia inflating a credit bubble? Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:17 PM ET
    An employee of BNI bank, an Indonesian state-owned bank, prepares rupiah banknotes for their ATMs and branch offices.

    Stories that begin with central banks easing bank lending requirements don't often end happily, but Indonesia may dodge creating a credit bubble.

  • Sintesa CEO: Indonesia needs more entrepreneurs Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:23 PM ET
    Sintesa CEO - PKG + donut

    Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, CEO of Sintesa Group, tells CNBC that entrepreneurship is one of the key growth areas in Indonesia.

  • New rules no fix for Indonesia's dollar fixation Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    JAKARTA, May 20- As Indonesia prepares to ban domestic use of the dollar to build faith in its own currency, it might succeed in taking the greenback out of local hands, but much of the benefit of the reform will be lost as local heads still calculate in dollars. Many businesses say they will still effectively be hostage to gyrations in Indonesia's volatile rupiah...

  • How should Southeast Asia respond to migrant boat crisis

    Syed Hamid Albar, former Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, says countries such as Malaysia should allow asylum seekers to land on their shores before a serious humanitarian problem emerges.

  • For Indonesia, these are the risks on the horizon Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:32 AM ET
    For Indonesia, these are the risks on the horizon

    Wellian Wiranto, economist at OCBC, says Indonesia risks seeing a widening in current account deficit in the second quarter, alongside domestic inflation issues.

  • Bank Indonesia will hold off on rate cut: Pro Monday, 18 May 2015 | 11:41 PM ET
    Bank Indonesia will hold off on rate cut: Pro

    Santitarn Sathirathai, head of Southeast Asia and India Economics Research at Credit Suisse, says a rate cut on Tuesday will be premature amid rising inflation and expectations that the Fed will delay the rise in interest rates.

  • Bearish on Thailand's macro outlook: Economist Monday, 18 May 2015 | 9:36 PM ET
    Bearish on Thailand's macro outlook: Economist

    Deyi Tan, ASEAN economist at Morgan Stanley, does not expect a V-shaped recovery for Thailand due to factors such as falling exports and a lack of aggressive fiscal policy.

  • JAKARTA, May 19- For Indonesia's second-largest state construction firm PT Wijaya Karya Tbk, the half-year since President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo took office with promises of a massive infrastructure push has been as much about waiting as it has been about building. Shares of Wijaya Karya, PT Waskita Karya Tbk, PT Adhi Karya Tbk and PT Pembangunan Perumahan Tbk now...

  • BANGKOK, May 18- Thailand surprisingly reported quarterly growth for January-March, which economists attributed to changes in past data calculations and said the economy is still making little headway. "The momentum is still quite weak in Q1," said Santitarn Sathirathai, Singapore- based head of Southeast Asia economics for Credit Suisse.