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After tax amnesty, all eyes on Indonesia's tax reform plans

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Government expected to review policies, cut red tape to overhaul tax collection system

Indonesia's tax amnesty has raked in billions of dollars for the government, and all eyes are now on reform that is being planned to improve tax collection in Asean's biggest economy.

No justice if rapist allowed to wed underage victim, says expert

PETALING JAYA (The Star/ANN) - Rapists marrying their victims doubles the trauma for the latter and is therefore no solution to the problem, says expert.

Dengue vaccine approved, conditionally

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has given conditional registration for the world’s first dengue vaccine to be used in Malaysia.  

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has given conditional registration for the world’s first dengue vaccine to be used in Malaysia.

Duterte to occupy islands in South China Sea

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN News Desk) - President Duterte on Thursday said he had ordered troops to deploy to and fortify unoccupied South China Sea islands and reefs claimed by the Philippines, a move that could provoke rival claimants, including China.

Duterte also announced that he may visit Pagasa Island, internationally known as Thitu Island, and raise the Philippine flag there on Independence Day, June 12.

Xi arrives in US for first meeting with Trump

PALM BEACH, United States (China Daily/ANN News Desk) - US President Donald Trump's first meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is expected to chart the course of bilateral ties in a new era but North Korea's missile tests have cast a shadow over the process.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in this southeastern US coastal town on Thursday for the first meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that is expected to chart the course of bilateral ties in a new era.

Thai King signs new Constitution, paves way for elections

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) – Thailand's 20th charter comes into effect, setting the stage for next general election. It replaces the post-coup interim charter of 2014.

Thailand's King yesterday signed the country’s new constitution - the 20th - giving it royal endorsement and setting in motion a process for the next general election, which is expected late next year.

80 VN firms participating in expo in Myanmar

More than 80 Vietnamese firms are participating today in the 2017 Viet Nam-Myanmar Trade-Service-Tourism Expo in Yangon City, Myanmar.

Domestic price hike hurts VN rice exporters

The abnormal surge in domestic rice prices in this year’s winter-spring crop has caused some rice exporters, who had signed export contracts before the harvest season, to suffer losses during the first quarter.

FEATURE: Startups thrive in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE (China Daily/ ANN) - Entrepreneurs and venture capital firms view the region as largely uncharted territory offering huge potential and opportunities.

India, Bangladesh hold 97% renewable energy market: Report

Five countries, including India and Bangladesh, lead the world in solar home lighting systems and the two south Asian nations together account for 97 per cent of the renewable energy market in the region, says an international body report.