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  • HANOI, Vietnam— Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts. The stoppage by thousands of workers at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City was a rare challenge to communist authorities over policy issues,...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. Several thousand people at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City began the stoppage last Thursday. Pou Yuen Vietnam, which employs more than 80,000...

  • Thousands strike at major shoe factory in Vietnam Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:32 PM ET

    HANOI, Vietnam— Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory are on strike for the sixth straight day to protest a social insurance law. Pou Yuen Vietnam, which employs more than 80,000 workers, is a subsidiary of Pou Chen Group. It makes footwear for companies such as Nike and Adidas.

  • HANOI, March 31- Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietnam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in rare show of labour unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse. Witnesses in the industrialised suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City said hundreds of workers massed...

  • Vietnam hit by rare strike at major footwear factory Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    HANOI, March 31- Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietnam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in rare show of labour unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse. Witnesses in the industrialised suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City said hundreds of workers massed...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam's prime minister on Thursday ordered a swift investigation into a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 workers and injured dozens, while a unit of South Korea's Samsung Group involved in the construction project offered initial assistance to victims' families. I quickly grabbed an iron bar but fell free, "Dan said from Ky Anh General...

  • HONG KONG, March 26- One of Macau's top casino junket operators, a Vietnamese investment group and Hong Kong property-to-jewelry conglomerate Chow Tai Fook Enterprises will team up to develop a $4 billion casino resort in Vietnam, companies involved in the project said. Macau's Suncity confirmed its involvement in the project while VinaCapital confirmed...

  • Thailand's outdated tech sector casts cloud over economy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    BANGKOK, March 19- Next month the last batch of televisions will roll off the production line at LG Electronics' plant in Thailand's Rayong province, just east of Bangkok. The move is part of a downward trend for Thailand's once-booming electronics industry, that is struggling to find a foothold in the global supply chain for modern technology like smartphones...

  • Pham, 41, resettled in California and is now owner of an art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, one of a stream of Vietnamese Americans who found their fortunes in a fast-changing Vietnam where capitalism is thriving under communist rule. In the 17 years she's lived in Vietnam, her mother has refused to visit. "When I moved back to Vietnam, she disowned me," said Pham.

  • HANOI, March 3- Vietnam has reduced the floor price for exports of 25- percent broken rice by nearly 3 percent to $350 a tonne, with domestic prices easing as harvesting peaks amid thin demand, an industry body said. The floor was $360 a tonne as of Jan. 12, but the market price has fallen far below that on growing supplies and low demand, touching a 4-1/ 2- year low of $320-...

  • Microsoft to close 2 China plants, cutting 9K jobs Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:51 PM ET
    A cleaner walks past a Microsoft office building in Beijing.

    Microsoft plans to close two of its factories in China by the end of March, according to the Dow Jones News Service.

  • METALS-London copper prices drift on Lunar New Year lull Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 8:43 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Feb 19- London copper edged lower on Thursday, paring gains from a short-covering burst the session before, with trade subdued as many Asian nations celebrate Lunar New Year. Copper is expected to remain stuck in the $5,300- 5,800 range in place for the past month until Chinese buying activity ramps up in mid-March. *Other markets taking some holiday...

  • Will falling oil interfere with Vietnam's growth?

    Kevin Snowball, CEO of PXP Vietnam Asset Management, discusses Vietnam's growth target of 6.2 percent this year, along with an aim to balance its state budget, amid falling oil prices.

  • Vegas, Vietnam or Romania? Hot travel sites for 2015 Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Temple of Ta Prohm

    The new year offers opportunities to venture out to one of the world's many exotic locations that experts say are hot right now.

  • Is this Asia's new manufacturing hub? Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The greater Mekong subregion (GMS) could become Asia's new low-cost production hub as the region becomes more integrated, experts say.

  • Keep an eye on these emerging market cities Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    Vehicle light trails pass the Kingdom Tower on King Fahad Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    The fastest growth is not in megacities like Tokyo, but second-tier ones that many Americans have never heard of.

  • 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...

  • Don't sweat corruption in Vietnam: CIMB   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:32 PM ET
    Don't sweat corruption in Vietnam: CIMB

    Michael Kokalari, Head of Vietnam Research at CIMB, says corruption woes are opportunity costs for investing in Vietnam and later outlines the factors that are working in the economy's favor.

  • SINGAPORE/ HANOI, Dec 12- A co-founder of GrabTaxi, Uber's biggest competitor in Southeast Asia, remarked earlier this year that safety is so central to the online taxi booking business that some of his drivers feel like they are tracked at every moment- even when they go to the bathroom. Uber has since been banned in the Indian capital, adding to bans or legal action...

  • SINGAPORE/ HANOI, Dec 12- A co-founder of GrabTaxi, Uber's biggest competitor in Southeast Asia, remarked earlier this year that safety is so central to the online taxi booking business that some of his drivers feel like they are tracked at every moment- even when they go to the bathroom. Uber has since been banned in the Indian capital, adding to bans or legal action...