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  • SHANGHAI, March 27- Chinese state firms have expressed an interest to develop land around the Panama Canal, the chief executive of the vital trade thoroughfare said, underlining China's outward push into infrastructure via railways and ports around the world. China's state firms have in recent years already chalked up investments in key logistics nodes,...

  • Ride hailing app Grab is revving up online dating in Southeast Asia.

  • Leather made with child labor and under dangerous, polluted conditions in Bangladesh went to factories that produced goods for major U.S. and European shoe and handbag brands and companies, according to a report released Friday by New York- based nonprofit Transparentem. He said Transparentem "continues to make the completely false and unsubstantiated...

  • YANGON/ SINGAPORE, March 24- A long-awaited pipeline that would allow overseas oil to be pumped through Myanmar and into China for the first time has been delayed again as final import licenses have not been given, leaving a tanker due to deliver crude sitting in open waters. Nearly a decade in the making, Reuters reported earlier this week that the 770 km pipeline...

  • *Talks on raising fresh funds from China not successful-sources. HONG KONG/ MUMBAI, March 23- Indian online retailer Snapdeal is seeking investment to shore up its finances after unsuccessful talks with Chinese funds and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd as it battles to remain competitive, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. "Snapdeal has been...

  • *Deal with Malaysia's Petronas helps diversify Saudi Aramco. SINGAPORE, March 20- Saudi King Salman's lavish tour of Asia, arriving in each country on a golden escalator with 400 tonnes of luggage, had a hardnosed marketing mission- to cement the kingdom's place as leading oil supplier to the world's biggest consumer region. The string of deals inked on his...

  • LANGKAWI, Malaysia, March 22- France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defense ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defense spending this year. French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale,...

  • LANGKAWI, Malaysia, March 22- France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defence ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defence spending this year. French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale,...

  • A scene from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

    Malaysia's largest cinema chain will begin showing "Beauty and the Beast" without cutting a gay scene as had been ordered by film censors.

  • *Deal with Malaysia's Petronas helps diversify Saudi Aramco. SINGAPORE, March 20- Saudi King Salman's lavish tour of Asia, arriving in each country on a golden escalator with 400 tonnes of luggage, had a hardnosed marketing mission- to cement the kingdom's place as leading oil supplier to the world's biggest consumer region. The string of deals inked on his...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 16- Malaysia stood by its decision to bar "Beauty and the Beast" from cinemas without a "gay moment" being cut as the worldwide rollout of the Walt Disney movie began on Thursday. "The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia," Disney said in a statement. Asked it Malaysia would change its mind on its demand for the cut, Censorship Board chairman...

  • A poster for the film 'Beauty and the Beast' is displayed in Singapore on March 14, 2017.

    Calls from conservative groups in Asia to boycott a Disney film over a "gay moment" have drawn criticism, the SCMP reports.

  • Retirement couple on beach surfing

    More and more, retirees are heading overseas to spend their golden years. CNBC.com shares International Living's top picks.

  • *Petronas says oil prices to remain uncertain this year. KUALA LUMPUR, March 14- Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd warned on Tuesday of a cautious outlook for 2017, although sharp cutbacks in expenses by the state-run oil major allowed it to swing to a fourth-quarter profit from a loss in the year-ago period. Malaysia relies on its only Fortune 500 company for...

  • *Pirates launched 237 attacks off Somalia in 2011- officials. NAIROBI, March 14- Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012.. The Aris 13 sent a distress call on Monday, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the...

  • *Pirates launched 237 attacks off Somalia in 2011- officials. NAIROBI, March 14- Pirates have hijacked a Sri Lankan-flagged oil tanker, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012.. The Aris 13 sent a distress call on Monday, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali port town of...

  • (L-R top) Actors Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (L-R bottom) Director Bill Condon, Actors Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Audra McDonald and Composer Alan Menken arrive for the world premiere of Disney's live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood as the cast and filmmakers continue their worldwide publicity tour on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

    The Disney movie has courted controversy after the director, Bill Condon, first announced that it would feature a gay character.

  • *Eight crew believed on Dubai- owned fuel freighter Aris 13- expert. NAIROBI, March 14- Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter that sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert said on Tuesday. The Aris 13 was believed to be carrying eight crew, said John Steed of...

  • *Eight crew believed on Dubai- owned fuel freighter Aris 13- expert. March 14- Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter after the ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert said on Tuesday. The Aris 13 is believed to be carrying eight crew, said John Steed of...

  • The decision is "to better fit with current foreign exchange policies and regulations," the company said in a statement.