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Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment

4:08am GMT

JAKARTA An ambitious scheme to replant about a fifth of the land under palm oil in Indonesia is running far behind schedule, marking a blow to efforts by the world's top producer to lift yields and fend off attacks on the sustainability of the crop.

UPDATE 2-Indonesia to drop palm oil levy as farmers hit by price fall

26 Nov 2018

JAKARTA, Nov 26 Top exporter Indonesia said on Monday it will temporarily remove a levy on palm oil after a sharp drop in prices which has hit farmers.

Palm oil analysts see price rise as China demand shifts; output growth eases

02 Nov 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia Palm oil prices are expected to improve next year, top industry analysts said, as production growth will ease and China shifts some of its vegetable oil demand to palm due to its trade dispute with the United States.

UPDATE 1-Palm oil analysts see price rise as China demand shifts; output growth eases

02 Nov 2018

* India unlikely to reduce vegetable oil import tax - Mistry (Updates throughout)

Indonesia divers, underwater beacons hunt for air crash victims, wreckage

30 Oct 2018

* Pilot asked to turn back but lost contact minutes after takeoff

Egypt minister sees no threats attached to China investment

14 Oct 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia Egypt is only accepting Chinese investments in projects that are mutually beneficial, its investment minister said on Sunday, amid growing scepticism in some countries about risks tied to 'Belt and Road' investments.

Egypt looks to tap Asian debt markets under debt restructuring

13 Oct 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia Egypt is considering issuing bonds in currencies other than the euro and the U.S. dollar after launching a roadshow in Asia, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait told Reuters on Saturday, as the government steps up efforts to improve its debt structure.

Philippines sees decade of 7 percent growth from $180-billion infrastructure drive

10 Oct 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia The Philippines expects economic growth to recover to 7-8 percent target next year despite global uncertainties, as it pushes ahead with massive infrastructure spending plans, the country's budget secretary said on Wednesday.

Indonesia says looking at converting old oil refineries into biofuel plants

09 Oct 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia Indonesia is looking into converting two of the country's older crude oil refineries into plants for producing biofuels, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

Indonesia says looking at converting old oil refineries into biofuel plants

09 Oct 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Oct 9 Indonesia is looking into converting two of the country's older crude oil refineries into plants for producing biofuels, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

World News

As shutdown lingers, Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of Union address

With the U.S. government shutdown dragging into its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny the president the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.