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Months away from Malaysian election, EU's move stirs discontent in palm groves


KUALA LUMPUR An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.

Sovereign investors scoop up emerging market IPOs in 2017 09 Feb 2018

LONDON A Mexican tequila maker, a Vietnamese mall operator and Indian life insurers were just some of the stockmarket debuts that enticed sovereign investors to take chunky stakes in record numbers last year, and the trend shows no sign of stalling.


Cambodian court upholds conviction of opposition MP 09 Feb 2018

PHNOM PENH Cambodia's Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of an opposition MP jailed for 2-1/2 years for posting a map on Facebook professing to show the government had ceded territory to Vietnam.


Vietnam jails environmental blogger for 14 years 06 Feb 2018

A court in central Vietnam jailed a prominent environmental blogger on Tuesday for 14 years for abusing his democratic freedom and opposing officials on duty, his lawyer said.


Court hands Vietnam oil official another life sentence for corruption 05 Feb 2018

HANOI A high-profile former Vietnamese oil executive was sentenced to life in jail for embezzlement on Monday, two weeks after was also imprisoned for life on similar charges in a separate case, state media reported.


Exclusive - North Korea earned $200 million from banned exports, sends arms to Syria, Myanmar: U.N. report 03 Feb 2018

UNITED NATIONS North Korea violated United Nations sanctions to earn nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned commodity exports, according to a confidential report by independent U.N. monitors, which also accused Pyongyang of supplying weapons to Syria and Myanmar. | Video

Vietnam lists U.S.-based Vietnamese group as 'terrorist' organisation 31 Jan 2018

HANOI Vietnam listed a U.S.-based group still loyal to the now defunct state of South Vietnam as a terrorist organisation on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said.

Vietnam budget airline gets penalty for football bikini show 30 Jan 2018

HANOI Vietnam's aviation authority on Tuesday fined budget airline Vietjet for a semi-naked and celebratory display by bikini-clad models aboard a special flight carrying home the country's under-23 football team from a competition in China.

Heavy snow in central, southern China wreaks havoc on travel 27 Jan 2018

BEIJING Heavy snow continued to affect parts of China on Saturday, closing highways, causing train and flight cancellations, and even interrupting the final of a soccer match between Vietnam and Uzbekistan in a southern Chinese province.

Vietnam arrests ex-chairman of state shipbuilding firm amid graft crackdown 26 Jan 2018

HANOI Vietnam has arrested a former chairman of state-owned Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) for alleged abuse of power, police said on Friday, as the Southeast Asian nation cracks down on graft.