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  • DUBLIN, May 24- Ireland's CityJet on Tuesday became the first western European airline to take delivery of the Russian-designed passenger jet that Vladimir Putin hopes will compete internationally with planes made by the likes of Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier. The first of 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft leased by CityJet was delivered in...

  • JAKARTA, May 24- Indonesia's capital Jakarta is bringing beer back to its mini-marts, the city's governor said on Tuesday, more than a year after sales of the alcoholic drink were banned in small retailers in the world's most populous Muslim nation. "The point is below 5 percent will be allowed, and beer is included," Jakarta governor Basuki Purnama Tjahja told...

  • SINGAPORE, May 20- Donald Trump's "isolationist" foreign policy pronouncements are feeding insecurity in some Asian nations fearful of China's growing power, and risk emboldening nationalists and authoritarians in the region. Trump has said U.S. allies like Japan and South Korea should pay more towards their defence, warned he could withdraw U.S. troops from...

  • SINGAPORE, May 20- Donald Trump's "isolationist" foreign policy pronouncements are feeding insecurity in some Asian nations fearful of China's growing power, and risk emboldening nationalists and authoritarians in the region. Overall, his comments have sounded like a death knell for the "pivot to Asia" strategy adopted by President Barack Obama five years ago.

  • JAKARTA, May 19- China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could announce as early as next month a plan to co-finance a national slum upgrading project in Indonesia, in what could be the bank's first foray into the country, Indonesia's finance minister said. The $1.74 billion project, co-funded by the Indonesian government, the World Bank and the...

  • Shares in Tokyo ceded initial gains from better-than-expected GDP data, and China markets succumbed to a fresh bout of pessimism. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.5 percent to 6,136.94. If it does, U.S. rate hikes could be in prospect, " Ric Spooner, chief market analyst for CMC Markets, said in a research note.

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 MOSCOW- The Credit Suisse 2016 Emerging Markets Conference- Russia: Gloom or Bloom. Speakers: Russian Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Oreshkin, Bank of Russia First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudaeva and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. Speakers: Bank of Slovenia Governor Bostjan Jazbec, National Bank of Belgium Governor Jan Smets,...

  • SINGAPORE, May 17- Low-cost airline groups and manufacturers of smaller passenger aircraft will be among the main winners after Southeast Asia's open skies agreement finally came into effect last month, although airport capacity constraints could limit the benefits. Ratification of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations open skies agreements by...

  • BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Monday despite disappointing Chinese factory data and last week's Wall Street decline. Sydney's Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 advanced 0.6 percent to 5,358.80 and benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore and Manila also gained. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Weaker than expected data on China's economy will add to investor nerves in what was...

  • SEJONG, South Korea- The state-run Korea Development Institute and the finance ministry will host an OECD seminar in Sejong in light of the OECD's publication of a report on the South Korean economy- 0100 GMT. ACCRA- The Bank of Ghana announces rate decision- 1100 GMT. TUESDAY, MAY 17 BELGRADE- The National Bank of Serbia announces rate decision- 1000 GMT.

  • NEW DELHI/ BEIJING, May 13- Despite years of trying, Asia's fast-growing emerging markets have proved elusive for Japan's Nissan Motor Co, one reason behind its $2.2 billion move this week to take control of scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors Corp.. Nissan has invested aggressively in countries including Indonesia, deploying targeted models and beefing up...

  • It will likely be business as usual after Filippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte takes office, says the country's central banker Amando Tetangco.

    Amando Tetangco expects Duterte to continue adopting economic policies that in recent years have driven high growth while keeping inflation low.

  • SEOUL- The Bank of Korea's monetary policy meeting to announce interest rates- 0100 GMT. PRAGUE- The Czech National Bank to publish the minutes of May policy meeting- 0700 GMT. MONDAY, MAY 16 SEJONG, South Korea- The state-run Korea Development Institute and the finance ministry will host an OECD seminar in Sejong in light of the OECD's publication of a report on the...

  • BUDAPEST- Hungarian central bank holds non-rate-setting meeting. BUDAPEST- Hungarian central bank Deputy Governor Marton Nagy talks to journalists on state self-financing- 1200 GMT. WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 LONDON- Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan gives a lecture on "Rethinking the Global Monetary System" at the London School of Economics- 0900 GMT.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, May 8- Malaysia's ruling coalition secured a landslide victory in the Borneo state of Sarawak on Saturday after a campaign led by the prime minister, who is facing a financial scandal involving a state-owned fund. But the coalition's win is largely credited to the popularity of Sarawak's Chief Minister Adenan Satem, who took over the reins in 2014..

  • LONDON/ DUBAI, Dec 8-- If Ali al-Naimi were to review his time as Saudi oil minister, he might feel events had turned full circle. Two years after the long-serving technocrat's 1995 promotion to become only the kingdom's fourth oil minister in 40 years, Naimi pushed through an ill-fated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries deal in Indonesia to lift...

  • BUDAPEST- Launch of Economic Survey of Hungary 2016. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland interest rate decision- 0900 GMT. MONDAY, MAY 9 BUCHAREST- Romanian central bank Governor Mugur Isarescu and deputy Governor Liviu Voinea attends a conference hosted by new IMF representative for Romania and Bulgaria Alejandro Hajdenberg on the IMF's spring regional...

  • *Election in resource-rich Sarawak state takes place Saturday. MIRI, Malaysia, May 5- Malaysia's prime minister is going all out to secure a resounding victory in Sarawak when the country's largest state goes to the polls this Saturday, seeking to put a year of turmoil at government investment fund 1 MDB behind him. "This is a good example of our continued high...

  • *Country in a' sort of healing mode'- economist. JAKARTA, May 4- Indonesia reported lower than expected growth in the first quarter, but many economists still expect enough of a rebound this year that the country can avoid further slowing and grow more than 5 percent in 2016.. The statistics bureau said on Wednesday that Southeast Asia's largest economy expanded an...

  • *Q1 growth 4.92 pct y/y, vs 5.04 pct in Q4. JAKARTA, May 4- Indonesia grew at a slower pace than expected in the first quarter, a disappointing start to the year as the country aims to get full-year growth back above 5 percent. The statistics bureau said on Wednesday that Southeast Asia's largest economy expanded an annual 4.92 percent in the January-March quarter,...