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          Updated: April 28, 2017

• Press freedom declines: RSF report
 Cambodia's press freedom ranking has fallen four spots compared to last year, to 132 out of 180 countries, according to Reporters Without

• City voters fret over worsening environment
Voters in HCM City’s Districts 1, 3 and 4 told President Tran Dai Quang the day before yesterday that they were concerned by the deteriorating

• Singapore's growth in 2017 to be fuelled by external demand: MAS
Trade-related sectors - especially those associated with information technology - will drive Singapore’s economic growth in 2017, according to

• Indonesia may get Rp 55t investment commitment from Malaysia
A dozen Malaysian companies have expressed interest in sinking some Rp 55 trillion (US4.14 billion) into Indonesia, according to Disadvantaged

• Employment growth in 2017 expected to stay modest, uneven across sectors: MAS
Employment growth in 2017 is expected to be largely unchanged from last year, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in its latest

   Updated: April 27, 2017
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 2.4 points or 0.08% lower to 3171.36, taking the year-to-date performance to +10.09%.

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.00 points or 0.06% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.23% to 16238 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.07% to 1311.72 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.27% to 8095.36 points. The market traded within a range of 4.52 points between an intra-day high of 1770.90 and a low of 1766.38 during the session. More

      Updated: April 22,  2017
ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Washington Visit Provides Opportunity to Address Key Policy Concerns
The foreign ministers of all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will travel to Washington for a joint May 4 meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Coordinating the travel of all the ASEAN foreign ministers (or their proxies) to visit Tillerson so quickly is a minor miracle, and probably reflects both the importance ASEAN places on its relationship with the United States and anxiety over the future of U.S. engagement with the region. resident-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy team is taking shape, with the choice of ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense. The selection of Tillerson and Mattis—both well-respected individuals with  More

    Updated: April 22,  2017
Biweekly Update
Anies Baswedan wins Jakarta gubernatorial election
Anies Baswedan, a Muslim intellectual, on April 19 defeated incumbent Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian, 58 percent to 42 percent based on unofficial “quick count” results of a gubernatorial election marked by religious tensions and charges of blasphemy against Ahok. The General Election Commission will not be releasing official results until early May, but Ahok has congratulated his rival on his victory.

PR Today                           update April 27, 2017
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SET announces two members elected to its board The Venerable Chao Khun Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni (Sodh Candasaro)  One Belt One Road, One Boost for Malaysia More
TFEX launches new trading competition campaign
The Philippines' Leading Security, Fire and Safety Event to Open Next Week
Manulife announces global partnership with World Heart Federation
Bangkok Airways Launches “Bike On Board” Service

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