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  • Asian Markets Swing Into Black, Japan Adds 1% Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 6:28 AM ET

    Asian markets moved out of negative territory and closed higher Tuesday. Japan and South Korea both ended over 1 percent higher despite initial sharp losses during the morning.

  • Malaysia Opposition Set to Rule in Five States Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 12:27 AM ET
    Visiting Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pose outside the latter's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 26, 2006. Nazarbayev arrived in Malaysia Sunday for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Bazuki Muhammad, Pool)

    Opposition parties were getting ready to take power in five of Malaysia's 13 states on Tuesday, putting the country in uncharted waters with the government facing real competition for the first time.

  • Investors study shares prices during the morning trading at RHB private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Feb.3, 2006. Malaysia's key stock index rose Friday to a 15-week high as foreign funds plowed into key bluechips after a long holiday. The Composite Index of 100 blue chip stocks ended at 927.85 points, up 13.84 points or 1.5 percent from last Friday's close. (AP Photo) **MALAYSIA OUT**

    Asian stocks slumped to a seven-week low Monday, following a fall in U.S. stocks last Friday, after data showed employment fell in February at its fastest rate in five years, heightening worries about the economy.

  • Malaysia PM Won't Resign Despite Poll Debacle Sunday, 9 Mar 2008 | 9:46 PM ET
    Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

    Malaysia's premier said on Sunday he has no plan to step down after leading his ruling coalition to its worst election result in decades, despite calls by his influential predecessor for him to quit.

  • Malaysia PM Calls for Early General Elections Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 2:11 AM ET

    Malaysia's premier called for fresh elections on Wednesday, kicking off a campaign likely to be dominated by racial issues as religious tension rises in the southeast Asian nation.

  • Emerging Opportunities Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 4:23 PM ET

    BRIC is out. These new global investment hot spots are in.

  • AT&T Eyes Stake in Malaysia's TM Int'l: Report Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | 9:46 PM ET

    AT&T, the biggest U.S. phone company, is keen to buy an unspecified stake in the mobile arm of state-controlled phone firm Telekom Malaysia, a Malaysian newspaper reported on Wednesday.

  • Malaysia's New Giant Sime Darby Jumps on Relisting Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 11:38 PM ET

    Malaysian plantations to energy group Sime Darby relisted on the local market on Friday at a 36 percent premium to its indicative price, after its merger with two other palm-oil groups.

  • Dubai's DIC Mulls Stakes in Asia Firms: Report Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 8:51 PM ET

    Dubai International Capital (DIC) plans to buy stakes in large Asian listed companies such as Singapore Telecommunications and DBS Group Holdings, a Singapore newspaper reported.

  • Telekom Malaysia to Demerge Fixed Line, Mobile Unit Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 11:16 PM ET

    Telekom Malaysia, the country's dominant phone company, plans to demerge its mobile businesses to help unlock the value of its fastest-growing operations, the firm said on Friday.

  • Woodside Sells Mauritania Assets to Petronas Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 9:05 PM ET

    Australia's Woodside Petroleum said on Thursday it will sell its Mauritanian assets to Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company Petronas as it looks to focus on more lucrative LNG projects.

  • Virgin Group Buys Stake in AirAsia X Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 4:40 AM ET

    Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group on Friday purchased a 20% stake in Malaysia's long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X, in an alliance that could transform the face of Asian aviation.

  • Malaysia: A Different Path Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 8:01 PM ET

    The year was 1997. The place – Malaysia. The economy was booming and had averaged an impressive 8.9% growth rate the past five years. 1997 looked to be no different. In fact, it looked to be an even better year for all Malaysians.

  • Oil -- A Decade Past Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | 3:56 AM ET

    A decade on from Asia's financial crisis, the oil market has witnessed an unprecedented bull run. The surge in prices has seemed unsustainable with some commentators likening the jump to the dot com tech bubble. However, this particular bubble in the commodities market shows no signs of bursting as long as the twin powerhouses in the region -- China and India  -- continue to grow.

  • Saudi Telecom Agrees to Buy Maxis Stake for $3 Billion Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 4:24 AM ET

    Saudi Telecom said on Tuesday it had agreed an 11.4 billion riyal (US$3.04 billion) deal that would give it a 25% stake in Maxis Communications, Malaysia's biggest mobileoperator.

  • British billionaire Richard Branson is eyeing a stake in Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia's new long-haul airline, the Star Malaysian daily reported.

  • Malaysia's Regulator Probes Transmile, Shares Plunge Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | 2:39 AM ET

    Malaysia's market regulator said it has begun investigations into air cargo carrier Transmile Group which had reported financial irregularities and sharply revised down its results for the last two years.

  • A Straits Affair Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 5:37 AM ET

    Think of investing in Asia and markets like China and India immediately spring to mind. China seems to be preoccupying everyone.  And why would it not with the Shanghai Composite Index more than doubling over the last 12 months, thanks largely to nearly 90 million retail investors. But things are not looking so rosy at the moment. Chinese shares have been on a volatile ride of late. After hitting another record high on May 29, the index has lost almost 7% as of June 8. For investors, who are less than thrilled to ride the Chinese stock market rollercoaster, the good news is, that you have options – very good ones at that.

  • Malaysia will decide on a partner for its loss-making national carmaker Proton Holdings within the next three months after talks with Germany's Volkswagen fell through, a government minister said on Friday.

  • ADB Sees Asian 2007 Growth Easing After 2006 Peak Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 11:49 PM ET

    Growth in Asia's developing economies should ease to 7.6% in 2007 from last year's 11-year peak as expansion in industrialized nations slows, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.