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A slowdown in consumer spending and uncertain external demand in the first half of the year will be a drag on Malaysia's growth, said Standard Chartered Global Research economists at a media briefing.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised the Pakistani military's operation against militants in the country's northwest, saying the results are "significant."
Kerry praises Pakistan military operation in NW


Divers retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea on Tuesday, giving experts essential tools to piece together what brought Flight 8501 down.

Indonesian divers Monday retrieved the flight data recorder of the AirAsia plane that went down in the Java Sea with 162 people on board, a potential breakthrough in efforts to discover what caused the crash.
Indonesia retrieves crashed AirAsia jet's flight data recorder


A small church nestled in the Sri Lankan jungle, seen as a beacon of harmony in a country with a dark history of conflict, is preparing for a visit from Pope Francis who will bring his own message of peace.
Church in Sri Lanka's warzone awaits 1st papal visit


Police in mainly Muslim Malaysia arrested 29 people including two auxiliary police officers in a raid on a birthday party that they said Monday had turned into a drug-fueled orgy.

South Korea's parliament Monday passed a bill to compensate relatives of victims of last year's ferry disaster, in which more than 300 passengers died.

South Korea's parliament Monday passed a bill to compensate relatives of victims of last year's ferry disaster, in which more than 300 passengers died.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday defended controversial Chinese-funded hydro-electric dams as he opened the energy-starved country's largest-ever power plant, despite warnings from activists of environmental costs.

A Rohingya woman has died after suffocating in a truck packed with migrants from the Myanmar Muslim minority group as they traveled through southern Thailand, police said Monday.

A Singapore court on Monday ordered a local activist to pay US$22,000 in legal costs to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who had won a defamation suit against him.

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.

Indian conglomerate Adani Group and global energy firm SunEdison have announced a deal to build the largest solar panel factory in the energy-starved nation, worth US$4 billion.

Amid mounting concerns of stronger global political headwinds and softer regional demand hitting exports, an index measuring confidence among Singapore businesses has tumbled at the start of the new year.
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