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  • STIP, North Macedonia, Sept 17- Slave Ivanovski was among North Macedonia's biggest exporters of tomatoes and peppers until two years ago he switched to growing cannabis for medical use. The country legalised the growth of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2016, joining a growing number of countries to have done so or be about to do so, such as Britain, Greece,...

  • *Refiners in India, N. Asia offered full vols for Oct- sources. NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Saudi Aramco has informed at least six refiners in Asia that it will supply full allocated volumes of crude oil in October following attacks on Saudi oil facilities on the weekend, although at least one has been told of a grade switch partially. Three state-owned refineries in...

  • British caver Vern Unsworth talks during Reuters interview at a hotel, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 17, 2018.

    New court filings reveal that Elon Musk's family office spent tens of thousands on a private investigator to dig up details about Thai cave rescue hero Vernon Unsworth, after Musk called him a "pedo" on Twitter.

  • Employees work on the assembly line of the Tiguan model, at the Volkswagen car plant in Puebla, central Mexico in 2018.

    Much discussion of the places benefiting from the trade war has focused on countries like Vietnam. But Mexico is also a likely winner.

  • BANGKOK, Sept 11- Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi's hospitality and retail arm, Asset World Corporation, aims to raise up to 48 billion baht next month in the biggest listing of an individual company in Thailand. AWC, which announced its initial public offering plan in June, said on Wednesday it would sell about 7 billion shares, plus potentially a...

  • JAKARTA, Sept 11- SoftBank-backed ride hailer Grab is in talks to merge OVO, an Indonesian digital payments firm in which it owns shares, with an Ant Financial-backed local peer to build heft and power ahead of archrival Gojek, people familiar with the matter said. It could help OVO-DANA dominate Gojek in Indonesia's multi-billion dollar online payments market.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and US President Donald Trump attend their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019.

    The decoupling push is quite different than any U.S. efforts to get China to open up more of its economy. Instead, it focuses on reducing America's extremely heavy reliance on China for so much of its manufacturing needs, Jake Novak writes.

  • OSLO/ KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6- Telenor and Malaysia's Axiata Group have ended talks to create a telecoms joint venture with nearly 300 million customers across South Asia and Southeast Asia in a blow to the Norwegian group's growth strategy and shares. Shares in Telenor, which has expanded in Asia in pursuit of growth outside its mature home market in Scandinavia,...

  • OSLO/ KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6- Telenor and Malaysia's Axiata Group have ended talks to create a telecoms joint venture with nearly 300 million customers across South Asia and Southeast Asia in a blow to the Norwegian group's growth strategy and shares. Shares in Telenor, which has expanded in Asia in pursuit of growth outside its mature home market in Scandinavia,...

  • The package, approved by the economic cabinet, includes tax incentives, special investment zones and changes in laws that would facilitate foreign investment, particularly from China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, the Board of Investment said in a statement.

  • Garment factory workers working in a factory in Hanoi on May 24, 2019. From socks and sneakers to washing machines and watches, countries across Asia are hoping the US tariff squeeze on China will presage a permanent shift in manufacturing patterns as big name brands dodge the trade war in cheaper locations to make their goods.

    As tariffs rise, some Asian companies are returning home to produce their goods, or moving away from China where their factories were located.

  • Sept 5- Facebook Inc is launching its dating services in the United States, the social network said on Thursday, sending its shares up 2%. The company said users will be able to integrate their Instagram accounts with Facebook's dating profile and add Instagram followers to their "Secret Crush" lists. The launch marks a major expansion of Facebook's dating...

  • *Aim is to attract 100 foreign firms, mostly from China. *Thailand competing with Vietnam to lure companies. BANGKOK, Sept 5- Thailand is planning a "relocation package" of incentives to attract foreign companies looking to move production from China, officials said, seeking to compete with Vietnam to woo manufacturers looking to steer clear of the Sino-U.S. trade...

  • *China faces growing criticism over treatment of Uighurs. But China has also prioritised tracking the movements of ethnic Uighurs, a minority mostly Muslim group considered a security threat by Beijing. China is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang.

  • *China faces growing criticism over treatment of Uighurs. But China has also prioritized tracking the movements of ethnic Uighurs, a minority mostly Muslim group considered a security threat by Beijing. China is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang.

  • Russia's central bank in Moscow.

    The Russian central bank had previously eased in June and July, and said more cuts were likely amid slowing inflation.

  • BANGKOK, Sept 4- Thailand's capital, Bangkok, edged out Paris and London as the world's most popular city to visit, according to a survey released on Wednesday, welcome news for Thailand after worries over a drop in foreign arrivals. Paris and London were ranked second and third, each with about 19.1 million arrivals, trailed by Dubai with 15.9 million.

  • Bangkok city view from above, Thailand.

    Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Seoul have emerged as Asia Pacific's most popular travel destinations, according to a new report from Mastercard.

  • Tan Min Lan of UBS Global Wealth Management says the valuations of Asian equities overall are "fine," though earnings are "weak."

  • *China will impose anti-dumping tariffs on phenol imported from the United States, the European Union, South Korea, Japan and Thailand from Sept. 6, the country's commerce ministry said on Tuesday. *Phenol imports from those countries and regions have caused substantial damage to the domestic industry, China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its...