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.



Thailand: Opposition, protesters stay out of new reconciliation panel

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A reconciliation committee formed by the Thai parliament speaker to resolve issues raised by anti-government protesters was packed with politicians from the ruling coalition and military-appointed senators. The panel, which also comprised several academics, didn’t

The Philippines: Sotto: Only economic Cha-cha has chance in Senate

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Charter change is likely to succeed at the Senate only if economic provisions are changed, but the chamber can address President Duterte’s concerns over the country’s party-list system through amendments to the law, Senate President

Thailand: Speed up lese majeste inquiries: PM

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked four agencies to speed up their investigations into lese majeste cases regarding unlawful online content and to take legal action against the suspects. Gen Prayut said he had impressed

The Philippines: Credit growth slowest in over 14 years

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Credit growth fell to 0.46% y/y in Nov 20, the slowest in more than 14 years, and could even turn negative in Dec 20 due to uncertainties brought about by the pandemic, according to preliminary

Vietnam fiscal deficit lower than projected

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The fiscal deficit in 2020 was 4% of GDP as against the government’s expectation of 5.59% amid falling revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Revenues fell 2% short of the target to VND1,500tr (USD64.9bn), while