Daily News

These are sample stories on Asia which we track on a daily basis. The sources and links to the stories, which are available online, are acknowledged and listed. Where any of these stories require paid subscription to access, we've listed only the portion which the site allows.

Philippines: Palace confident 2018 budget will be passed in Dec 17


Malacañang remains confident that the House of Representatives and the Senate would be able to patch up their differences over the 2018 budget. The two chambers have been clashing over some budget provisions including a

Malaysia: UMNO General Assembly: Closing ranks in last pow wow before election


Prime Minister Najib Razak goes into a final Umno pow wow this week before a crucial general election due by Aug 18, hoping to unite the party after two years of fending off critics, and

India: Modi tightens grip as battle looms in powerful states


Narendra Modi’s steady conquest of state governments and his drive to unify taxes across the country are fueling a new competition between provincial chief ministers for investment in factories, businesses and jobs that is redrawing

South trip backfires on Prayut


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s first cabinet trip to the far South aimed at winning back local confidence in the government backfired when the government’s actions were perceived as “unfriendly” to residents. The two-day mobile cabinet

Indonesia Expects 2018 Deal With Freeport on Giant Copper Mine


Indonesia expects to conclude a deal by Feb 18 with Freeport-McMoRan Inc. that will see the U.S. miner shed its majority ownership of the giant Grasberg copper mine, according to the government. The basic structure