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Mar 30, 2012

EU says won’t be pushed into lifting Myanmar sanctions

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Fair elections in Myanmar this weekend will be a major step toward the lifting of European Union sanctions but the bloc will not be rushed by big business into lifting the full range of trade restrictions, its trade commissioner said on Friday.

Whether trade curbs are lifted or not will depend heavily on an international report on forced labor in Myanmar, Karel de Gucht told Reuters in an interview.

Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012

China influence over Cambodia to be tested at SE Asia summit

PHNOM PENH, March 29 (Reuters) – China’s presence in the
Cambodian capital Phnom Penh is obvious. The city skyline is
dotted by Chinese-funded projects. But the full extent of
Beijing’s influence here will be tested when President Hu Jintao
visits this week ahead of a regional summit.

The timing of Hu’s visit has raised suspicion Beijing may
pressure Cambodia to curb discussions at a Southeast Asian
leaders’ summit on the vexed question of the South China Sea.
Phnom Penh has already said the issue is off the agenda.

Mar 22, 2012

Bali attack plot shows Indonesia terror threat evolving

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A foiled plot by suspected Islamic militants to attack and bomb targets in Bali, including a bar popular with tourists, marks an escalation of the violent threat in Indonesia as authorities race to stay ahead of rapidly evolving armed groups.

Five men were shot dead in police raids on Sunday on the island where nightclub bombings in 2002 killed 202 people – mostly foreign tourists – and forced the world’s largest Muslim country to confront violent Islamist groups on its soil.

Mar 22, 2012

Analysis: Bali attack plot shows Indonesia terror threat evolving

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A foiled plot by suspected Islamic militants to attack and bomb targets in Bali, including a bar popular with tourists, marks an escalation of the violent threat in Indonesia as authorities race to stay ahead of rapidly evolving armed groups.

Five men were shot dead in police raids on Sunday on the island where nightclub bombings in 2002 killed 202 people – mostly foreign tourists – and forced the world’s largest Muslim country to confront violent Islamist groups on its soil.

Mar 22, 2012
Mar 12, 2012

Analysis: Indonesia’s rich bulge on commodities boom leaves many behind

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Fitria Yusuf is a bag lady, but you won’t find her sleeping rough in Jakarta.

Her bag of choice is Hermes, a French brand so coveted in the Indonesian capital it can cost as much as a luxury car. Yusuf owns five of them, having cut down from the early days of her infatuation with the products.

Mar 12, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012

Cows and condos scandal highlights Malaysia’s faded reforms

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A scandal centred on cows and luxury condos raises the chances that Malaysian elections will be delayed and highlights Prime Minister Najib Razak’s stuttering efforts to reform the corruption-prone Southeast Asian nation.

“Cowgate,” as it has inevitably been dubbed, is providing rich fodder for the opposition as it digs up dirt on a publicly funded cattle-rearing project that it says was used as a personal fund for the family of one of Najib’s ministers.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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