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  • Forging a common front and encouraging bolder rhetoric against Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, however, will be a challenge among the diverse collection of VIP guests, who did not criticize China by name in past joint summit statements as the disputes flared on and off in recent years. Only four of its 10 member states are locked in the disputes with...

  • But a nation not invited— neighboring power China— will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes. U.S. officials say the two-day summit at the Sunnylands estate is not directed against China, a strategic rival of the U.S. China says it has a historical right to virtually all of the South China Sea and has...

  • MANILA, Philippines— A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China. "We are going to be engaged in Southeast Asia, we're going to be engaged in working with the nations of...

  • JAKARTA, Indonesia— Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

  • *Indonesia has Twitter's top Internet user penetration rate. *Twitter says Indonesia has great potential, still a top mkt. While Twitter doesn't break down country figures, Global Web Index data shows Indonesia remains joint first with Mexico in active users among the 34 countries the UK- based metrics company monitors- and significantly ahead in terms of...

  • *Earlier Felda plan to buy $680 mln stake was heavily criticised. JAKARTA/ KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12- Malaysian state-owned conglomerate Felda will use an unlisted unit to buy into Indonesian tycoon Peter Sondakh's debt-burdened Rajawali Group, sources familiar with the matter said, seeking to avoid heavy investor criticism that scuttled an attempted deal last...

  • JAKARTA, Indonesia— Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

  • JAKARTA, Feb 11- Indonesia on Thursday opened dozens of sectors to foreign investors in what President Joko Widodo has described as a "Big Bang" liberalisation of its economy, Southeast Asia's largest. "More international investment will bring more capital, more world-class expertise, more technologies to Indonesia. The negative investment list sets out which...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 11- Indonesia on Thursday opened dozens of sectors to foreign investors in what President Joko Widodo has described as a "Big Bang" liberalisation of its economy, Southeast Asia's largest. "More international investment will bring more capital, more world-class expertise, more technologies to Indonesia. The negative investment list sets out which...

  • *Move would partly prepare Indonesia for free trade agreements. JAKARTA, Feb 10- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled plans for a "big bang" loosening of restrictions on foreign investment in nearly 50 sectors of the economy to encourage competition. Southeast Asia's largest economy which has been growing at its slowest pace in six years...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 10- Indonesia will ease foreign investment rules in several sectors of the economy, including the e-commerce, healthcare, and movie industries, President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday. The move is aimed at attracting more foreign funds into Southeast Asia's economy, which has been growing at its slowest pace in six years because of falling...

  • *India ruled Monday against differential data pricing. *Regulators in other Free Basics markets may follow India. "Not only because India was expected to be such a critical piece of the overall Internet.org success story, but more so because it has potential dangerous knock-on effects for the universal access initiative in other markets."

  • *India ruled Monday against differential data pricing. *Regulators in other Free Basics markets may follow India. "Not only because India was expected to be such a critical piece of the overall Internet.org success story, but more so because it has potential dangerous knock-on effects for the universal access initiative in other markets."

  • JAKARTA, Indonesia— There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide. The furniture giant, founded in Sweden in 1943, has lost a trademark dispute in Indonesia after the country's highest court agreed the IKEA name was owned by a local company.

  • JAKARTA, Feb 5- Indonesia's economy picked up speed in the fourth quarter thanks to higher public spending, suggesting President Joko Widodo is finally starting to unclog much needed infrastructure investment and spur growth in the year ahead. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 5.04 percent in October-December from a year earlier, supported by...

  • *Freeport copper export licence expired Thursday. *Freeport says "everything is normal" at massive mine. Asked if overseas shipments had ceased, a Freeport spokesman said "everything is normal", without elaborating.

  • *Freeport copper export licence expired Thursday. JAKARTA, Jan 29- Indonesia has not yet issued a new copper export permit to the local unit of U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoRan Inc, government officials said on Friday, but talks on the issue are expected to continue later in the day. Freeport's six-month licence to export copper concentrate expired on Thursday...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 28- Indonesia's government and Freeport McMoRan Inc on Thursday failed to reach a deal on extending the U.S. mining giant's six-month export permit, potentially halting shipments from Indonesia's massive Grasberg copper and gold mine. Freeport's six-month export permit for its Indonesian unit expired on Thursday but it was still unclear how...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 28- Indonesia's government and Freeport McMoRan Inc are meeting on Thursday in last-ditch talks to prevent a halt in exports of copper concentrate from the U.S. mining giant's massive Grasberg mine in the province of Papua. "There has been no information whatsoever from Freeport that states whether they are able to pay or not," Mohammad Hidayat, the...

  • *Govt demands Freeport pay $530 million smelter deposit. *Freeport says requirement is "inconsistent" with 2014 deal. Indonesia's government has said the U.S. mining giant must provide a $530 million deposit by Thursday to prevent a possible halt in copper concentrate exports from its massive Grasberg mine in the province of Papua.