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Keppel REIT to buy one-third stake in MBFC Tower 3 (Sep 18)
Keppel REIT will pay S$1.25 billion for the stake, which works out to around S$2,790 per square foot.

Apple iPhone lacks 'key' licence in China: report (Sep 18)
Apple's iPhone 6 still lacks a key network access licence in China, state media confirmed on Thursday (Sep 18) on the eve of its global launch, breaking official silence on why sales of the smartphone will be delayed. 

Singapore property developers seek greener pastures in Australia (Sep 18)
More property developers are now heading to Australia to enjoy the better margins and yield spreads there, with analysts saying that developers can achieve returns of up to 20 per cent per annum there.

Air France scraps 60% of flights as unions reject strike offer (Sep 18)
French flag carrier Air France was forced to scrap around 60 per cent of flights on Thursday, as unions rejected a fresh offer to end a strike now in its fourth day.

Indonesia optimistic on 7% growth by 2017 - Sky News Australia (Sep 18)

Sky News Australia

Indonesia optimistic on 7% growth by 2017
Sky News Australia
Indonesia's finance minister is 'optimistic' the country can achieve 7.0 per cent growth by 2017 but says incoming president Joko Widodo faces a major challenge in pushing much-needed infrastructure development. Southeast Asia's biggest economy ...
Indonesia's Decade of Direct Local Elections Threatened Bloomberg
Indonesia 'optimistic' on 7% growth by 2017 Rappler
Indonesia: Widodo's Cabinet Plans Raise Tentative Hopes Wall Street Journal
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Zhang Gaoli Attends Opening Ceremony of the 11th China-ASEAN Expo and ... - MFA China (Sep 18)

MFA China

Zhang Gaoli Attends Opening Ceremony of the 11th China-ASEAN Expo and ...
MFA China
In the morning of September 16, 2014, the 11th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit opened in Nanning, Guangxi Province. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China ...
China pushes cooperation with Asean amid sea row Philippine Star
1st China-ASEAN Cyberspace forum opens Xinhua
China, Asean members eye stronger judicial ties to ease trade disputes South China Morning Post (subscription)
CCTV  -  - People's Daily Online
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Australia: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirms 12 asylum seeker boats turned back since start of Operation Sovereign Borders (Sep 18)
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Country: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka
By political correspondent Emma Griffiths The Federal Government has revealed that 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back at sea since the Government's border protection policy was implemented. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has used the first anniversary of the launch of Operation Sovereign Borders to make public the details of "on-water" operations that have until now largely been kept secret. A factsheet released by his office has revealed that 383 asylum seekers on 12 boats were turned back from Australian waters. The first on December 19 and the most recent was on May 20 this year. Four of those turnbacks involved sending asylum seekers back to Indonesia in orange lifeboats. The minister says the lifeboats have proven to be a safe option. "We have not lost a single life at sea under these operations because they've been done safely," he said. "It is safety that dro...

Grassroots firms must build Asean - Bangkok Post (Sep 17)

Grassroots firms must build Asean
Bangkok Post
To make further and meaningful progress in its community-building agenda, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must fashion a bottom-up approach and foster engagement in the run-up to the deadline for integration at the end of 2015.
Specialized industry groups needed to pursue ASEAN Jakarta Post

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Indonesia: Institutionalizing Post-Disaster Recovery: Learning from Mentawai Tsunami and Merapi Eruption - Recovery Framework Case Study (Sep 17)
Source: Government of Indonesia, UN Development Programme, GFDRR
Country: Indonesia

This report describes the current status of the Recovery Framework in Indonesia along with the lessons learned from the country’s most recent experiences in post-disaster recovery. It is one of the thematic case studies commissioned for the purpose of contributing toward the development of an international Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Guide as recommended by the World Reconstruction Conference in 2011. The idea being that such a Guide would be of assistance to governments, policymakers and agencies in formulating and implementing effective post-disaster recovery programmes and strategies by building on a thorough Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA). Selection of the case study The specific case studies chosen for this report include the recovery efforts carried out in the wake of the October 2010 Mentawai earthquake and tsunami as well as the Mount Merapi eruption. These were two of the ma...

Indonesia lauds Australia security code to keep out militants - The Australian (Sep 17)

Indonesia lauds Australia security code to keep out militants
The Australian
Dr Natalegawa briefed the Indonesian parliament's foreign affairs and defence commission yesterday about Islamic State's effect on global security, among other issues, after the weekend arrest of four foreign terror suspects prompted a special meeting ...
Reacting to IS atrocities, Indonesia claims to be a model of Islamic tolerance GlobalPost

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