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Homes just aren’t that affordable, central bank tells Malaysians

Malaysia’s central bank has a response to those saying it needs to do more to spur home loans: Houses simply aren’t affordable. Bank Negara Malaysia has...

Asean officials preparing draft documents for Manila meet

Senior Southeast Asian officials are now in the final stretch of preparations for the 31st Asean Summit and Related Meetings in November in Manila. The Department...

Thai premier says elections to be held in November 2018

Thailand’s long wait for a return to democracy is set to end after the leader of the country’s military government said elections will be...

Indonesia set to test demand for Komodo bonds

If India’s experience of selling local-currency notes in the overseas market is anything to go by, Indonesia’s plan to issue Komodo bonds may not...

Thai premier says elections to be held in November 2018

Thailand’s long wait for a return to democracy is set to end after the leader of the country’s military government said elections will be...

Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh—Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said last Saturday that her government would continue to support nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled...

Cambodia takes first legal step to dissolve opposition party

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia’s government last Friday took initial legal steps to dissolve the country’s main opposition party, the latest in a series of moves...

Kim’s murder trial to resume with lab visit for VX evidence

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader enters its second week with the...

Myanmar refugee exodus tops 0.5 million

TEKNAF, Bangladesh—He trekked to Bangladesh as part of an exodus of a half million people from Myanmar, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia...

Bangladesh coastal town a place of Rohingya hope and tragedy

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh—From a distance you can see elegantly carved wooden boats bob gently in the waters that surround this coastal town at...

UN exec: Global community must step up Rohingya aid

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh—The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said last Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is “the...

Business ties complicate Muslim states’ response to Myanmar’s Rohingya

When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest...

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Vietnam’s main malaria treatment is failing at an alarming rate because of a highly drug-resistant superbug that has spread into the southern part of...

Singapore cements China ties with Lee’s three-day visit to Chinese capital

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to China this week signals efforts on both sides to bolster relations that have showed strains over...

Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh—Bangladeshi authorities last Sunday took steps to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar into crowded border camps...

Malaysia police arrest 7 boys linked to deadly school fire

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysian police said last Saturday they have arrested seven boys suspected of intentionally starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that...

Among Asian currencies, Philippine peso is unloved

Asian emerging-market curren-cies have been having their best year since before the 2013 taper tantrum, bolstered by pace-setting growth rates and attractive yields. But the...

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42% more cases

HANOI, Vietnam—Vietnam has been battling raging dengue-fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system. The number...

Indonesia president: Spread wealth, protect diversity

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Indonesia’s president on Wednesday vowed a fairer distribution of the nation’s wealth and a renewed commitment to protecting diversity after volatile months in...

Taming of Asia’s most volatile currencies creates new danger

Policy-makers in Indonesia and Malaysia have been so successful in quashing currency volatility that this is breeding a new danger: complacency. Traders are being deprived...