H ONG KONG Asian markets looked to policymakers to help ease a cash shortage as cratering stock markets triggered a rush to dollars, driving many regional currencies lower and threatening a surge in short-term borrowing costs. Australia’s central bank injected an unusually large amount of cash into the financial system on...
By Kirsty Needham and Colin Packham SYDNEY, May 8 (Reuters) - Australian officials are frustrated that their push for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus is being undermined by the White House, which has sought to link the outbreak to a Chinese lab, government, diplomatic and intelligence sources...
Maikel Jefriando and Tabita Diela (Reuters) MANILA The Philippines is beefing up security protocols to protect its energy sector from foreign interference, its national security adviser said, following concerns raised by some of the country’s politicians about China’s access to the Philippine power grid. Chinas State Grid Corporation owns a 40 percent...
JARKATA Manufacturing companies in Indonesia will not have to pay out income tax for their workers for six months, under measures to support Southeast Asia’s biggest economy during the coronavirus outbreak, ministers said on March 11. The ministers declined to say how much revenue the government stands to lose from the...
By Eileen Soreng BENGALURU, April 23 (Reuters) - Rice export prices in India eased from a eight-month peak this week on the rupee's record fall, while the coronavirus lockdown has raised concerns about a shortage of labour to harvest the summer crop in neighbouring Bangladesh. Top exporter India's 5 percent broken...
အောက်တွင် မြန်မာလို ဖတ်ရှုနိုင်ပါသည် Asia Development Bank's latest report estimated the GDP of Myanmar to grow to 1.8 percent in 2020 compared to 6.8 percent in 2019 while the GDP of most Southeast Asian economies are estimated to contract. Like Myanmar, Vietnam’s GDP growth is expected to have 1.8 percent and Burnie’s...
BEIJING Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, will start allowing third-party vendors to offer services such as food delivery and hotel bookings on its Alipay mobile payment platform in an expansion beyond its financial services focus. Alipay traditionally competes against Tencent Holding’s WeChat pay in China for mobile...
HONG KONG It’s like closing the Las Vegas Strip, six times over. Officials in the Chinese city of Macao last week asked its 41 casinos to close for half a month as they rush to stop the coronavirus outbreak afflicting China and the region. The move will shut down the world’s...

Zanzibar in the Rain

  http://URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/20/travel/zanzibar-tanzania-food-culture.html If my circumstances had not been so dire – or rather, if my circumstances had been drier – I might never have found myself at the Zanzibar Curio Shop. At first glance, the store did little to distinguish itself from other trinket purveyors besieging the tangled lanes of Stone...

The “depth of the devastation” inflicted on Hong Kong’s economy by more than six months of anti-government protests will be seen in the coming weeks, the chief of the city’s stock exchange operator said January 9. The warning came as Hong Kong-based companies are expected to show the scars of...