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  • October 2, 2014

    Demographic changes 'to fuel life insurance'

    ..., including Thailand, have relatively low insurance-penetration rates, which could offer room for growth, and after the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is successfully implemented, Asean life insurers' global competitiveness is expected to increase in the next three to five years, Liew said. He said...

    Business
  • October 2, 2014

    Myanmar news website hacked over Muslim 'support'

    The Irrawaddy saw its main English-language website briefly replaced with a black screen and notice railing against a blog it ran in Burmese about Myanmar nationalist cleric Wirathuโ s weekend meeting with controversial Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist-majority countries have seen rising...

    aec
  • October 1, 2014

    Amata sees capital inflow from China, Japan

    ... industrial sites in this country to prepare for and take advantage of the vast business opportunities presented by the seamless market under the AEC. Thailand has a geographical and logistics edge over other Asean nations, as well as plentiful labour and raw materials and an accommodative culture....

    Business
  • October 1, 2014

    'We will not be bullied'

    The mother of Myanmar's underage beauty queen, San San Htwe, is planning a counter attack against the organisers of South Korea's Miss Asia Pacific World pageant if it follows through on a plan to file criminal charges against her. "We are planning to counter them in accordance with the law. My daughter...

    aec
  • October 1, 2014

    Traditional art with beautiful fabric

    Based in Mitaka, Tokyo, the 72-year-old artist makes chirimen with fabric called kofu, an antique kimono cloth from the Edo period (1603-1867) and the Meiji era (1868-1912). Chirimen handicraft, which include objects such as flowers, birds and dolls, are created by stitching together pieces of cloth...

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  • October 1, 2014

    Khmer Rouge leaders lodge appeal of convictions

    In August "Brother No 2" Nuon Chea, 88, and the ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, became the first top leaders to be jailed from a regime responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million Cambodians from 1975-1979. Their lawyers immediately vowed to appeal, but the details only emerged in documents...

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  • October 1, 2014

    SE Asia govts worry over IS's allure

    Authorities in Indonesia - the world's most populous Islamic country - and Muslim-majority Malaysia have watched with alarm as scores, possibly even hundreds, of their nationals are believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq to join the fight for a Muslim caliphate. Terrorism analysts are increasingly...

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  • October 1, 2014

    Jumping the queue to Mecca

    As a devout Muslim, Haji Aming considered the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca his lifetime goal. He finally made the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city in 2012, after parting with most of his worldly possessions. "I sold my plot of land because that was the only way I could have made it to Mecca," said...

    aec
  • October 1, 2014

    Philippines to seize Imelda Marcos's art masterpieces

    Police and lawyers will search the homes and offices of the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos after a court awarded the artworks to the government, a state body pursuing the Marcoses' wealth said. "The paintings will be retrieved starting today", after the court ruled on Monday they had been purchased...

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  • October 1, 2014

    Muslim extremists threaten to kill Malaysian hostage

    "They told me my husband is sick and is dying," she said. "I don't know if they are telling the truth but I'm very scared." Chan and an employee were kidnapped in June at his fish farm in Kunaktown in the state of Sabah, 1,840km east of Kuala Lumpur. The worker was released a few hours later, but...

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