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Pirates raid oil tanker off Malaysia, take away three crew

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KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE - Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them, Malaysian maritime officials said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.

Indonesian political sniping offers presidential hopeful Jokowi some help

JAKARTA - Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo looks to be getting some extra help from the bickering that threatens to undermine his chief rivals to become the next leader of the world's third biggest democracy.

World, 22 Apr 2014

Rising wages squeeze Bangladesh garment makers as factories await upgrades

DHAKA - Bangladesh garment factory owners say they are soaking up much of the cost of nearly doubling wages as some global retailers balk at price hikes, leaving less money for safety improvements urged by apparel chains after last year's Rana Plaza disaster.

13 Apr 2014

Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

JAKARTA - A small Indonesian political party has struck a deal with the main opposition party, clearing the way for its popular presidential candidate to run for the top job in July, a senior official of the smaller party said on Sunday.

World, 13 Apr 2014

After Indonesia's surprise election, top party hunts for friends

JAKARTA - Indonesia is set for a period of political uncertainty after an unconvincing election win by the main opposition party which will likely force it to find allies to back its candidate in a July vote for president of Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

World, 10 Apr 2014

Indonesia election count suggests tougher ride for presidential hopeful Jokowi

JAKARTA - Indonesia's likely next leader may have a bumpier-than-expected route to the presidential palace after early counting in Wednesday's parliamentary vote suggested his party will have to cut a deal with other parties to get him there in a July poll.

World, 09 Apr 2014

Indonesia's Islamic parties surprise with strong showing in election

JAKARTA - Indonesia's Islamic political parties are poised to grab a larger-than-expected share of the vote in Wednesday's general election, indicating a loyal following in the world's most populous Muslim nation despite a spate of corruption scandals.

World, 09 Apr 2014

Indonesia votes for parliament, early returns cast doubt on easy PDI-P win

JAKARTA - Indonesians voted for a new parliament on Wednesday in a poll expected to be dominated by the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), boosting the chances of its popular candidate in a presidential election three months from now.

World, 09 Apr 2014

Indonesians vote for new parliament, stage set for presidential poll

JAKARTA - Indonesians began voting for a new parliament on Wednesday in an election likely to be dominated by the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), which it turn should give a further boost to its popular presidential candidate.

World, 08 Apr 2014

Indonesians vote for new parliament, stage set for presidential poll

JAKARTA - Indonesians began voting for a new parliament on Wednesday in an election likely to be dominated by the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), which it turn should give a further boost to its popular presidential candidate.

World, 08 Apr 2014
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Obama uses Japan visit to reassure wary Asian allies

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama used a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise.