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Myanmar farmers dream of resurrecting Asia`s rice bowl

Dressed in Chelsea football shorts and a wide-brimmed hat, Than Tun toils away in his paddy field on the outskirts of Yangon, sweat pouring down his sinewy arms. 

Pentagon chief heading to Japan, South Korea next week

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will travel to Japan and South Korea next week to underscore President Barack Obama`s commitment to a strategic shift towards Asia, even as crises in the Middle East preoccupy Washington.

Asian markets higher ahead of US jobs data

The disappointing figures out of Washington also pushed Wall Street lower and weighed on the dollar but attention is now on the release of a key US job report on Friday.

Asia up on Wall Street rally and China hopes, euro sags on Greece

Asian markets rallied on Tuesday, led by Hong Kong and Shanghai after China`s decision to ease mortgage rules fuelled hopes for further stimulus measures, while improved confidence weighed on the safe-haven yen.

India to lead Asia's economic growth: ADB

Projecting a slowdown in Chinese economy, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday said the economic growth in Asia would be led by India for the next couple of fiscals.

Lee Kuan Yew: Feared founder of modern Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew: Feared founder of modern Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew, one of the commanding figures of Asia`s post-war economic rise, was an authoritarian leader who transformed Singapore from a sleepy British imperial outpost into a global trading and financial centre.

Shanghai stocks target 7-year high as Asia awaits Fed meeting

Equities in Shanghai headed towards a seven-year high Wednesday but other Asian markets struggled to gain traction as investors wait to find out the Federal Reserve`s plans for interest rates later in the day.

If American "trumpet" was more certain in Asia-Pacific, it's helpful: India

India on Monday said if the American "trumpet" was more "certain" in Asia-Pacific region where the two countries have shared interest, it would be helpful.

Asian shares edge up ahead of Fed meeting

Asian shares drifted higher on Monday after a downbeat session on Wall Street kept sentiment in check, while the euro recovered from a fresh 12-year low touched on the divergent monetary policy paths between the United States and the euro zone.

New Credit Suisse boss faces stiff challenge in Asia

Incoming Credit Suisse boss Tidjane Thiam is expected to focus on private banking in Asia while aggressively cutting jobs at its investment bank, as he aims to repeat the success in the region of his old employer, Prudential. 

Asia stocks rebound, dollar hits 12-year euro high

Sydney shares were given a lift by data showing Australia`s unemployment rate had eased slightly, while South Korea became the latest country to cut interest rates as it struggles to fight off deflation.

Asia stocks fall as risk aversion prevails, dollar soars

MSCI`s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent after touching its lowest since January. Australian and South Korean shares each lost 0.5 percent and Malaysian and Indonesian stocks also declined.

Asia stocks fall as US jobs data spark talk of rate hike

Tokyo sank 0.63 percent by lunch, Hong Kong lost 0.75 percent, Sydney tumbled 1.27 percent and Seoul shed 0.70 percent while Shanghai was 0.22 percent lower.

Saudi Arabia topples India as top defence importer

Saudi Arabia has dislodged India to become the world's top defence importer in 2014, while China inched closer to its Asian neighbour at third position, research company IHS said on Sunday in a report.

British-Asian lesbian lovers found guilty over minor's murder

Two lesbian lovers, of Indian and Bangladeshi origin, were found guilty on Wednesday by a British court of manslaughter for brutally killing an eight-year-old girl.

Asia markets mostly lower after Wall St losses

With few trading cues investors are keeping a watch on the start of China`s annual parliament meeting Thursday as well as European Central Bank details on its new bond-purchase scheme.

Asia markets struggle as profit-taking offsets Wall Street rally

Shanghai lost 1.03 percent after rallying Monday in response to the Chinese central bank`s weekend interest rate cut, while Hong Kong pared an initial advance to sit marginally lower.

Asian markets rise after China rate cut, US data

Several key events will also be taking investors` attention this week, including a meeting of China`s Communist Party, the European Central Bank and the release of US jobs figures.

Asian markets end week mixed, Tokyo in new 15-year high

Asian markets were mixed Friday after US inflation data renewed speculation of an interest rate hike, as Tokyo advanced to a fresh high despite disappointing figures challenging Japan`s war on deflation.

Hong Kong maid abuse case the latest in Asia, Mideast

 A Hong Kong woman found guilty of beating and starving her Indonesian maid was sentenced to six years in jail on Friday, in the latest high-profile abuse case of foreign domestic workers working across Asia and the Middle East.