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France's Macron says euro zone needs its own budget, a finance minister

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday reaffirmed that he wanted the euro zone to have its own budget and finance minister, adding that it was key to ensure the stability of the single currency union and to weather economic shocks.

Hong Kong, Malaysia looking better as India slows, ADB says

WASHINGTON: Hong Kong and Malaysia are proving to be the biggest growth surprises in Asia.

Malaysia is one of the two nations that received the largest upgrades for this year among major economies in the Asian Development Bank’s latest outlook. - Reuters pic

HK and Malaysia are biggest Asian growth surprises, says ADB

KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong and Malaysia are proving to be the biggest growth surprises in Asia.

Coffee supply may soon drop due to farms’ low earnings - ICO chief

YAMOUSSOUKRO: Farmers earn so little from coffee that many are likely to abandon their trees, endangering future supplies at a time of surging demand, the head of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) said on Monday.

Rabobank last month forecast a 2017-18 global coffee deficit of 6.1 million bags amid rising demand. - AFP pic

The walk that binds

RED balloons bobbed up and down as walkers made their way along a 5km route while admiring the picturesque landscape of the township, made all the more scenic and serene by the perfect weather.

The 5km dimsum Walk With Love takes a picturesque route. — Photos: AZHAR MAHFOF, LOW LAY PHON and FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

Scarcity of land for agricultural use is puzzling

From TAY KIAM SENG, Kuala Lumpur

Fonterra posts 11% drop in profit as bad weather hits production

SYDNEY: New Zealand dairy group Fonterra reported an 11% fall in full-year profit after bad weather hampered milk production, but gave an upbeat outlook for the coming year.

Travellers swamp Puerto Rico's main airport; dam on verge of collapse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hundreds of stranded travellers filled the sweltering halls of San Juan International Airport on Monday anxious to know when they could leave and reconnect with families after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island.

Malaysian palm oil/Vegoils: Market factors to watch September 25

KUALA LUMPUR: The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets on Monday Sept 25

Malaysian palm oil futures erased earlier gains to fall to a two-week low on Thursday evening, weighed down by weaker soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and as traders took profits ahead of a long weekend.

Sunny weather brings hope to evacuees

ALOR SETAR: Thousands at flood evacuation centres in Kedah and Perlis are hopeful that the sudden clear skies and sunny weather will enable them to finally return home.

Badly hit: A house in Kampung Alor Senjaya in Titi Gajah, Alor Setar, inundated with flood water.