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  • BUSINESS

    Set Gains on oil revival as greek drama intensifies

    Business, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Recap: Asian stock markets were rattled by concerns about Greece's plans to renegotiate its bailout. Worries mounted after Greece's new finance minister clashed with his powerful German counterpart and the European Central Bank (ECB) moved to stop funding Greece's lenders.

  • BUSINESS

    Provincial glut

    Business, Kanana Katharangsiporn, Published on 09/02/2015

    » The condominium market in destinations favoured by SET-listed developers over the last couple of years is feeling the pinch from oversupply and weak demand.

  • AUTO

    Turbo power for 488 GTB

    Life, Richard Leu, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Ferrari gives the 458 Italia replacement the engine downsizing treatment for better performance and economy.

  • AUTO

    Focus RS goes AWD

    Life, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Ford gives its hot hatch 320hp and a chassis to match.

  • WORLD

    KL thinks big

    Asia focus, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Malaysian planners have a fascination with megaprojects. Several government pet projects — the elegant Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur Tower and the sprawling administrative capital in Putrajaya — showcase the country's ambition and wealth.

  • WORLD

    Prognosis improving for Myanmar healthcare

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 09/02/2015

    » A few patients wearing wrinkled longyi stroll through a hallway so quiet that their conversation echoes through the North Okkalapa General Hospital, the second largest public hospital in Yangon.

  • BUSINESS

    Behind the boom

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 09/02/2015

    » 'Mingalaba!" hollered the 29-year-old Burmese tour guide standing in the front of the small bus packed with Thai tourists. He was wearing the traditional attire — a buttoned-up long-sleeved jacket, checked-pattern longyi and a pair of flip-flops — as he led the group through Yangon.

  • WORLD

    Oil and global factors dent Asean business optimism

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Business confidence in Asean plunged to a three-year low in the last quarter of 2014 and the outlook remains volatile for this year as prevailing global uncertainties have dampened growth prospects, says the London-based consultancy Grant Thornton.

  • BUSINESS

    The next Korean wave

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/02/2015

    » The improved political landscape in Southeast Asia, evidenced by last year's Indonesia presidential election and continuing progress Myanmar, and the formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) later this year, have helped brighten prospects for economic relations between Asean and South Korea, say Korean executives.

  • BUSINESS

    Selling for less

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 09/02/2015

    » The broad-based weakness in key commodity prices will extend throughout this year as the modest recovery in oil prices, ample supplies, weak demand, and the strengthening US dollar all exert further downward pressure. Industrial and agricultural commodity prices have been on a downward trend for three years and are expected to decline further throughout 2015 before a modest turnaround in 2016.

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