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Asia stocks rise after Cyprus gets bailout loan – MiamiHerald.com

BANGKOK — A last-minute package of rescue loans that saves Cyprus from a banking collapse and bankruptcy helped push Asian stock markets higher Monday. Finance ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro currency approved the 10 billion euro ($12.9 billion) bailout plan just hours before a deadline. The European Central Bank had threatened […]

Indonesia Reserves Drop Most Since Asia Crisis in Subsidy Pressure – Businessweek

Indonesian foreign-exchange reserves will probably plunge the most since at least the Asian financial crisis this quarter, putting pressure on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut fuel subsidies and curb imports. The country’s reserves may fall by at least $2 billion in March, according to economists at Barclays Plc, PT Bank Danamon Indonesia (BDMN) and […]

‘Asia’s John Daly’ denies Ryder Cup winner – CNN – Canada

‘Asia’s John Daly’ denies Ryder Cup winner – CNN – Canada

(CNN) — He’s known as “Asian golf’s John Daly” but Kiradech Aphibarnrat made a name for himself with his first European Tour victory on Sunday. The 23-year-old won the rain-shortened Malaysian Open by one shot from former European Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari to become only the fourth Thai player to win on the circuit. […]

Foreign Reserve Drop Imperils Indonesia Subsidy: Southeast Asia – Bloomberg

Indonesian foreign-exchange reserves will probably plunge the most since at least the Asian financial crisis this quarter, putting pressure on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut fuel subsidies and curb imports. The country’s reserves may fall by at least $2 billion in March, according to economists at Barclays Plc, PT Bank Danamon Indonesia (BDMN) and […]

‘Asia’s John Daly’ denies Ryder Cup winner to triumph in Malaysia – CNN International

‘Asia’s John Daly’ denies Ryder Cup winner to triumph in Malaysia – CNN International

(CNN) — He’s known as “Asian golf’s John Daly” but Kiradech Aphibarnrat made a name for himself with his first European Tour victory on Sunday. The 23-year-old won the rain-shortened Malaysian Open by one shot from former European Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari to become only the fourth Thai player to win on the circuit. […]

Asia switches lights off for Earth Hour – euronews

Current Rating 0.0 Thousands of cities all over the world plunged into darkness on Saturday evening to mark Earth Hour, an event to raise awareness on climate change organised by the conservation group, the World Wildlife Fund. At euronews we believe in the intelligence of our viewers and […]

Central & South Asia Pakistani soldiers killed in major blast – Aljazeera.com

At least 17 Pakistani soldiers have been killed after a car packed with explosives exploded next to a pair of fuel tankers at an army check post in the country’s northwest, officials say. The offcials, who are unnamed because they were not authorised to speak to the media, said dozens were also injured […]

Sky’s the limit? Southeast Asia budget airlines bet big on growth – Fox Business

SINGAPORE –  Lion Air’s record aircraft orders underline the ambitious plans the privately held Indonesian group is hatching to emerge as a pan-Asian low cost carrier, throwing a serious challenge to AirAsia Bhd, the region’s biggest budget airline. The rivalry intensified on Friday when Lion Air launched its first service in Malaysia, barging onto AirAsia’s […]

Asia’s gay rights activists plan UN strategy – GlobalPost

Asia’s gay rights activists plan UN strategy – GlobalPost

Asia’s gay rights activists plan UN strategy Follow us: <!– PRIMARY NAVIGATION –> Enlarge Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists from across Asia gathered in Nepal this weekend to plan strategies for overcoming problems in the region, including religion and culture. The gathering, organised in advance of the next UN Human Rights Council session this […]

Australian hostage released in Philippines – Aljazeera.com

Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linked group in the southern Philippines, has released an Australian hostage near a coastal town where they kidnapped him for ransom 15 months ago. Warren Rodwell, 54, was brought to police by residents of Pagadian city who saw him walking before dawn near the fishing port, where his abductors dropped him off, said local police […]