Indonesia plans 'big bang' opening of economy to foreign investment

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Indonesia plans 'big bang' opening of economy to foreign investment

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled plans for a "big bang" loosening of restrictions on foreign investment in nearly 50 sectors to encourage competition in an economy long dominated by powerful vested interests.

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Suspected Islamist militants attack Mali U.N. base, several dead

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Suspected Islamist militants attack Mali U.N. base, several dead

Suspected Islamist militants attacked a U.N. peacekeepers' base in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Friday, killing several people and wounding others, a spokesman for the separatist Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) told Reuters.

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U.S. & India consider joint patrols in Vietnam East Sea - U.S. official

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U.S. & India consider joint patrols in Vietnam East Sea - U.S. official

NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (Reuters) - The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed Vietnam East Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

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Rapidly ageing Thailand tells businesses to hire more elderly

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Rapidly ageing Thailand tells businesses to hire more elderly

BANGKOK, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Pornsak Bowornsrisuk pulls an umbrella towards him to shield his head of thick grey hair from the blazing sunshine at the Bangkok bus terminal he manages.

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Investors in Thai Big C cheer $3.5 billion stake sale, rival bid seen unlikely

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Investors in Thai Big C cheer $3.5 billion stake sale, rival bid seen unlikely

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Investors in Big C (BIGC.BK), one of Thailand's largest supermarket chains, cheered on Monday an up to $3.5 billion deal by France's Casino Group (CASP.PA) to sell its majority holding to TCC Group, owned by whiskey tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.

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Hong Kong riot police clash with protesters amid crackdown on street vendors

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Hong Kong riot police clash with protesters amid crackdown on street vendors

HONG KONG, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to disperse crowds after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014.

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U.S., S.Korea, Japan military chiefs to consult on N.Korea- U.S. officials

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WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The United States' top military commander will discuss North Korea's latest satellite launch with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts this week as part of efforts to strengthen military ties between the three countries, U.S. defense officials said on Monday.

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Earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude felt in New Zealand capital

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WELLINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - New Zealand's capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country's earthquake monitoring service.

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Woman pulled alive from rubble two days after Taiwan quake

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TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A woman was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan on Monday and another man has been found alive trapped inside more than 48 hours after a deadly earthquake struck, officials said.

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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.

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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.

SEOUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.

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South Korea says will discuss new missile defence with U.S.

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SEOUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - South Korea said on Sunday it and the United States would begin discussion on deploying an advanced missile-defence system to South Korea to counter the growing threat of North Korea's weapons capabilities.

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North Korea rocket appears to put object into orbit - Yonhap

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North Korea rocket appears to put object into orbit - Yonhap

SEOUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - North Korea's long-range rocket launched on Sunday appears to have put an object into space orbit, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a South Korean military official.

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Tet is coming

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Tet is coming

A Vietnamese woman, wearing the traditional "ao dai" long dress, poses for photos along peach blossom flowers ahead of the Vietnamese "Tet" (Lunar New Year festival), in a field in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 2, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Kham

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TPP trade deal signed, but years of negotiations still to come

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TPP trade deal signed, but years of negotiations still to come

WELLINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the world's biggest multinational trade deals, was signed by 12 member nations on Thursday in New Zealand, but the massive trade pact will still require years of tough negotiations before it becomes a reality.

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In photos: Hanoi peach blossoms ready for Tet

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In photos: Hanoi peach blossoms ready for Tet

A series of photos taken by Reuters show peach blossom flowers in Hanoi ready for the Tet holiday.

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