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  • *APEC leaders' summit on Nov. 18-19 in Manila. *South China Sea tensions likely to creep into discussions. President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Manila on Tuesday for the first of two regional summits that were supposed to bolster trade and security ties but have been clouded by the Islamic State threat half a world away.

  • President Barack Obama arrived in Manila on Tuesday for the first of back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits that were supposed to be a chance for the United States to reinforce trade and security ties with the economically dynamic region but which are now clouded by the Islamic State threat half a world away. Obama's visit to Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic...

  • APEC summit tests security in volatile Philippines Monday, 16 Nov 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    MANILA, Philippines— Providing security for the leaders of Asia-Pacific nations including the United States and China is a huge undertaking for any country. For the Philippines, which is hosting this year's APEC summit, the challenges are even bigger and are under renewed scrutiny following the Paris attacks. The developing Southeast Asian nation has...

  • Feeling sorry for unloved EMs? Don't! Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | 9:17 PM ET
    Feeling sorry for unloved EMs? Don't!

    Many emerging markets are under pressure from problems of their own making, not U.S monetary policy, says Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust.

  • This sector is enjoying a haze-related boost Sunday, 8 Nov 2015 | 10:34 PM ET
    The Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel, right, stands shrouded in smog in Singapore, on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.

    Pollution from Indonesia's forest fires may have cast a pall over the region, but one business sector has gotten a boost: Travel out of Singapore

  • ANKARA, Nov 6- Behind its monolithic facade, a row over economic policy is raging in Turkey's AK Party as it readies for another four years in power, with President Tayyip Erdogan's aides pumping populist growth plans while others lobby for reforms. On the one side are presidential advisors including Cemil Ertem and Yigit Bulut, former journalists who, like...

  • Najib says 1MDB failure 'manageable': Report Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 9:22 PM ET
    Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

    Malaysia could contain the impact if troubled state fund 1MDB failed, Prime Minister Najib Razak said, according to The Star newspaper.

  • China's island-building sours US-Asia defense talks Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 12:50 AM ET
    Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015.

    A joint statement at the end of a Southeast Asian regional defense forum has been scrapped amid a U.S.-China spat over the South China Sea.

  • Malaysia may have hit bottom Tuesday, 3 Nov 2015 | 9:03 PM ET
    A woman walks past television screens showing stock price index in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

    Malaysia's hard-hit stock market is getting a less-than-ringing endorsement with Deutsche Bank saying things aren't likely to get any worse.

  • Australia firm caught up in 1MDB scandal: Report Tuesday, 3 Nov 2015 | 6:08 AM ET
    Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

    An Australian fund management firm is caught up in the scandal surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • *Says "events" hurting Malaysia's reputation. Speaking to Reuters on Saturday at a country club on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, where his bank was hosting a golf tournament, 48- year-old Nazir said the "central issue for Malaysia" was restoring its reputation for political stability. Nazir did not discuss his brother's political problems, but said...

  • *AirAsia in talks with lessors for unit stake sale-source. SINGAPORE, Oct 30- AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes began talks with bankers to take Asia's No.1 budget airline private after a plunge in its stock price put $200 million worth of loans borrowed against AirAsia's shares at risk, people familiar with the situation told Reuters. The Malaysian entrepreneur...

  • Chinese Navy chief warns US: You could spark war Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 11:14 PM ET

    China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart there was a risk of "war" if the U.S. stays in the South China Sea.

  • Head of Malaysia's 1MDB fund agrees to TV debate Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 1:05 AM ET
    Arul Kanda, president and group executive director of Malaysia's state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

    The fund has been in the limelight for months, amid allegations of false auditing, huge debt and, more recently, financial fraud.

  • Here's how to play El Nino Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 11:48 PM ET
    In this handout provided by NASA from the the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States, July 2, 2014.

    The El Nino weather pattern sweeping the globe is causing a slew of disruptions, and across markets it's creating some clear winners and losers.

  • Malaysia's Najib frames budget to woo support Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak delivered a budget on Friday to bolster growth, but raised income taxes to bring down the deficit.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23- Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak delivered a budget on Friday to help the less well off and bolster economic growth in a country hit hard by weak global energy prices, but raised income tax rates to help bring down the fiscal deficit. A government economic report, released before the budget speech, forecast Malaysia's current account...

  • HIGHLIGHTS-Malaysia's 2016 budget Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | 4:50 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23- Prime Minister Najib Razak announced Malaysia's 2016 budget on Friday, highlighting how the government plans to narrow its budget deficit, address rising cost of living. -Income tax increased from 25 percent to 26 percent for people earning between 600,000 ringgit and 1 million ringgit. -Goods and services tax to increase government...

  • Malaysia's scandal-hit 1MDB slams claims of cover-up Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | 12:28 AM ET
    Arul Kanda, president and group executive director of Malaysia's state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

    The head of Malaysia's scandal-hit 1MDB has slammed "spurious" claims that it is holding back crucial information, the FT reports.

  • Why Malaysia’s budget may be its toughest yet Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | 12:26 AM ET

    Malaysia's budget may be the toughest yet as its embattled leader struggles with declining oil revenues, spending priorities and a political scandal.