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  • TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans Wednesday for a fresh barrage of economic stimulus to help revive stalling growth. That would be nearly 6 percent of Japan's GDP. The proposed package is due to be approved by the Cabinet on Aug. 2, the Kyodo news service reported.

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 TBILISI- National Bank of Georgia monetary policy committee meeting. POLOKWANE, South Africa- South African central bank deputy governor Daniel Mminele speaks at a business breakfast event in the city of Polokwane- 0700 GMT. THURSDAY, JULY 28 KIEV- National Bank of Ukraine monetary policy meeting- 0700 GMT.

  • July 21- Confidence in prospects for the global economy has been dented following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, with a growing view that monetary policy is a fading force and many governments now need to borrow and spend, Reuters polls showed. "Given how fragile the global economy is nearly eight years after the start of the global financial crisis,...

  • SYDNEY— A flight from Sydney to Thailand was diverted to Indonesia to offload six rowdy passengers, the airline said on Thursday. Jetstar Flight JQ27 was diverted to Bali on Wednesday night after the six who were traveling together to the tourist island of Phuket became "extremely disruptive among themselves" and refused requests from the crew, the Australian...

  • *Uniqlo had already restricted travel to Bangladesh in October. Fast Retailing Co, the Japanese owner of the Uniqlo casual-wear brand, said it would suspend all but critical travel to Bangladesh and had told staff there to stay indoors. One of the world's poorest countries, Bangladesh relies on garments for around 80 percent of its exports and for about 4 million...

  • *Uniqlo had already restricted travel to Bangladesh in October. One of the world's poorest countries, Bangladesh relies on garments for around 80 percent of its exports and for about 4 million jobs, and ranks behind only China as a supplier of clothes to developed markets like Europe and the United States. Uniqlo has 10 Japanese staff in Bangladesh, one of its...

  • *Uniqlo had already restricted travel to Bangladesh in October. MUMBAI/ TOKYO, July 4- Some foreign companies with nationals working in Bangladesh's garment and building industries have suspended travel to the country and told workers there to stay at home after a deadly attack by Islamist militants on a restaurant in Dhaka on Friday. Bangladesh, one of the...

  • BANGKOK, June 30- Thailand reported small increases in factory output, private investment and consumption in May, but the country's recovery remains fragile with declining exports a big drag on the trade-dependent economy. Factory output rose 2.6 percent from a year earlier, the Industry Ministry said. The Bank of Thailand released indexes that showed May...

  • Voters in the Philippines are set to elect Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor of Davao City in Mindanao, pulling away from his rivals despite controversial speeches and little national government experience.

    If you've followed the upheavals in Southeast Asian politics over the last few decades, you'll be familiar with the phenomenon of the Rent-a-Mob.

  • The United Overseas Bank Ltd. (UOB) logo is illuminated at night atop UOB Plaza One in Singapore, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

    UOB became the first bank in Singapore to suspend its loans program for London properties in the wake of uncertainties caused by Brexit.

  • JAKARTA, June 28- Foreign workers are leaving Indonesia at an increasing rate due to the slump in commodity prices that has forced resource companies to slash jobs at a time when the government has also introduced tighter regulations on expatriates in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. As a result, rents on upmarket homes in Jakarta have plummeted and...

  • JAKARTA, June 28- Foreign workers are leaving Indonesia at an increasing rate due to the slump in commodity prices that has forced resource companies to slash jobs at a time when the government has also introduced tighter regulations on expatriates in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. As a result, rents on upmarket homes in Jakarta have plummeted and...

  • JAKARTA, June 28- Foreign workers are leaving Indonesia at an increasing rate due to the slump in commodity prices that has forced resource companies to slash jobs at a time when the government has also introduced tighter regulations on expatriates in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. As a result, rents on upmarket homes in Jakarta have plummeted and...

  • HONG KONG/ SYDNEY, June 23- Singapore Exchange Ltd said it has raised the amount of cash firms must pledge to cover trading positions due to an expected rise in market volatility linked to Britain's vote on whether to exit the European Union. Asia's markets will be the first to open in the wake of a landmark referendum on Thursday that will see UK citizens decide...

  • South Korea's pop culture has managed to capture audiences beyond its shores, bolstering sales of the country's consumer products overseas.

    Here's how a country with a small population, living in an area only a little bigger than Indiana, became a consumer goods powerhouse.

  • CNBC update: Speedboat collision, Harry Potter opening

    Iraqi forces pushed deeper into ISIS-held Fallujah; two speedboats packed with more than 60 tourists collided off the coast of Southern Thailand; long lines at London’s Palace Theater for the next installment in the Harry Potter saga, reports CNBC’s Sue Herera.

  • SINGAPORE, June 6- After serving only a handful of customers in five hours on a recent weekday, Sam Goh said he was worried the sportswear shop he manages, LIV ACTIV, will eventually join other brands in leaving Singapore's Orchard Road shopping boulevard. For example, in a suburban area on the west side of Singapore, more than two-thirds of a basement shopping...

  • *China plans economic superhighway spreading across Asia, beyond. *China pushing ahead with work in China for Southeast Asia link. But Beijing's negotiations have soured there as well, in part over financing, adding to a growing headache for China and highlighting the sort of problems Beijing may face as it develops its economic highways beyond Southeast Asia...

  • Cracked earth sits next to a pool of water at the dried up Mae Jok Luang reservoir in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on April 23, 2016. An El Nino-induced drought across Thailand is parching crops, leading market forecasters to reduce their production estimates.

    The drought wreaking havoc in Southeast Asia looks set to fall off the agenda at a key meeting of the region's political and financial leaders this week.

  • A boy works at a seafood export factory in Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone, outside Yangon, Myanmar February 19, 2016. One in five children in Myanmar aged 10-17 go to work instead of school.

    Slave labor and trafficking is rampant in the fishing industry. Here's what can be done to stop it, say top WEF officials.