BANGKOK, May 12 (Reuters) - Thailand's cabinet approved on Tuesday a plan to spend 400 billion baht ($12.45 billion) to create jobs and strengthen southeast Asia's second-largest economy, which appears headed for recession because of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan is part of a larger package of measures worth 1.9...
Tabita Diela and Nilufar Rizki (REUTERS) JAKARTA Indonesia swung to a trade surplus in October due to a slower-than-expected drop in exports, despite weak global trade amid the U.S.-China trade war, data from the statistics bureau showed on Friday. Southeast Asia's largest economy recorded a trade surplus of $161.3 million in October,...
By Ludwig Burger May 22 (Reuters) - Oxford University and AstraZeneca are recruiting around 10,000 adults and children in Britain for trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a day after receiving U.S. backing worth up to $1.2 billion. Institutions across Britain had begun enrolling up to 10,260 adults and children to...
SEOUL/TOKYO South Korea and Japan traded fresh barbs on Monday, just days after agreeing to salvage an important intelligence-sharing pact, highlighting the fragile ties between the former wartime foes and allies of the United States. Officials from each side criticized or contradicted comments made by other and in media about whether...

The toll on travel

The most difficult times imaginable As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, commercial flights have all but stopped. The situation is so dire that the head of the trade group representing the world’s airlines called the last few months “its deepest crisis ever.” A Reuters analysis of data from FlightAware, which...
KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia signed a pact on Thursday for exports of palm oil to south Asia next year, amid uncertainty over trade with India after its dealers last month urged a boycott of palm oil from the southeast Asian nation. In October, India's top vegetable oil trade body told...
Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Over a third of patients treated for COVID-19 in a large New York medical system developed acute kidney injury, and nearly 15% required dialysis, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. The study was conducted by a team at Northwell Health, the largest health provider in New York...
Elizabeth Paton (The New York Times) PARIS – When the last model stepped off the runway at Louis Vuitton and the fall 2020 shows drew to a close last week, it was clear that diversity on the catwalks had become a genuine reality and not just a seasonal trend –...
TOKYO Nintendo Co Ltd unveiled its first Japanese store in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya shopping district, in a step towards greater commercialisation of its cast of popular characters. The Nintendo Tokyo store in the fashion-focused Parco department store marks the latest move into the mainstream for Japan's gamer culture and gives Nintendo...
The Central Bank of Myanmar issued a letter to the Authorized Dealer (AD) license holding bank containing a list of entities and individuals exempted from the controversial foreign currency conversion requirement. The Central Bank of Myanmar on April 3 issued a notification requiring all foreign earnings to be converted into...