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  • MANILA, Philippines— When the pope comes to town a big bill awaits the host country, but the mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader also offer plenty of good business. In pope-adoring Philippines, which hosted the pontiff for a five-day visit that ended early this week, a massive logistical effort tested the resources of a country that has...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • MANILA, Philippines— The World Bank said Wednesday the Philippines can eliminate poverty within a generation as sustained economic growth in recent years has translated into more jobs and higher incomes. Poverty has remained at high levels in the Philippines relative to some East Asian countries, reflecting a succession of corrupt governments in past...

  • MANILA, Philippines— Well before Pope Francis' plane touches down in this Asian bastion of the Roman Catholic faith, Filipinos have been snapping their selfies beside his life-sized cutout image in churches and malls. Pope Francis' Jan. 15-19 trip, following his ongoing Sri Lanka visit, promises to be as big or bigger, in part because the country has many painful...

  • Is Philippine property getting bubbly? Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 5:40 PM ET

    Property prices in the Philippines have surged over the past few years, but it isn't clear puffed up valuations stack up to a bubble.

  • JAKARTA, Dec 22- The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world's most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. "Jakarta is a bowl, and the bowl is sinking," said Fook Chuan Eng, senior water...

  • HAPPISBURGH, England, Dec 12- Bryony Nierop-Reading has what she calls a million-dollar view from her clifftop property in east England, looking out over North Sea swells beyond a sandy beach where gulls wheel overhead. Her bungalow was demolished by the local council after a December 2013 storm bit a 33- foot chunk out of the cliff, leaving her home perched over a...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 4- Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank Corp has pumped in $250 million to become the top investor in Southeast Asian mobile taxi-booking application GrabTaxi Holdings Pte Ltd, its biggest investment in a Southeast Asian Internet firm. GrabTaxi, which allows customers to order cabs closest to their location by mobile phone, operates in Singapore,...

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Dec 1 Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:02 PM ET

    Nov 18- For other related diaries, please. MAKATI CITY- Asian Development Bank to launch the latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor- 0130 GMT. BRASILIA- Brazil Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini may speak at congressional commission about deterioration of the country's fiscal results.

  • US alliances in Asia strained amid China's influence Saturday, 8 Nov 2014 | 9:57 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House, November 5, 2014.

    As Washington seeks to expand American interests in Asia, some U.S. partners have shown less willingness to challenge Beijing.

  • It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation's armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam. But just as Washington seeks to expand American interests in Asia as a counterpoint to China's growing influence, some U.S....

  • MANILA, Oct 14- Seasonal rains are set to disrupt nickel mining in the Philippines for the next four months or so, crimping exports to top buyer China and stoking a shortfall in the global supply of ore. But, with a ban on raw metal shipments by former top exporter Indonesia, the seasonal decline in the Philippines' output could force China's vast stainless steel...

  • South China Sea: Lots of oil, lots of uncertainty Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 12:56 PM ET
    Coast guard vessels from China (rear) and Vietnam in a disputed part of the South China Sea near China's oil drilling rig, May 14, 2014.

    The area is expected to hold billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of gas, but energy firms are tentative about the region.

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ JAKARTA, Oct 3- September marked a turning point for Southeast Asia's foreign exchange and stock markets, ending a six-month run of capital inflows as the dollar's broad rally drew investors' attention to the currency risk and exalted valuations in these markets. Even though the cumulative net foreign investment was positive in the four...

  • TOKYO, Oct 2- China is likely to have annual growth of at least 7 percent over the next five years as it rebalances its economy to lift domestic demand, the Asian Development Bank's new chief economist said on Thursday. His remarks, in an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, came a week after the Manila- based regional lender left unchanged its 2014 and 2015 growth...

  • MANILA, Sept 24- China has many tools to keep growth well above 7 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, downplaying the risks of the cooling property market in the world's second-largest economy.

  • MANILA, Sept 24- China's economy will likely grow faster than previously thought in 2015, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, downplaying the risks of the cooling property market in the world's second-largest economy.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Oct 7 Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Sept 24- For other related diaries, please. NEW YORK- India Investment Forum. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram to attend.

  • MANILA, Sept 9- A Philippine proposal to ban exports of unprocessed metal ores could take seven years to implement, its main backer said in comments that eased concerns about a supply squeeze on China and sent nickel prices skidding.

  • SINGAPORE/ MOSCOW/ BERLIN, Sept 5- Germany's Rocket Internet faces daunting logistical challenges and rising local competition from Lagos to Laos as it races to capture customers in emerging markets before e-commerce titans Amazon and Alibaba can catch up.