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Trump likely to visit Japan in May, G20 in June

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Japan in May to meet with the country's new emperor and then return to the country in June for a G20 gathering, a White House official said on Wednesday.

KLCI extends rally to highest since mid-October

KUALA LUMPUR: Sustained fund buying of Petronas Chemical, Axiata and Genting Bhd helped push the FBM KLCI to a higher close on Wednesday as trading volume and value surged, tracking the exuberant key Asian markets.

'Tarnished image' - Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

YANGON (Reuters) - Organisers of a summit in Myanmar's crisis-hit western state of Rakhine are this week pitching to investors its plentiful farmland and fishing grounds, tourist-ready beaches and historic temples.

Watch the game or have a pint? World Cup fans may face a choice

TOKYO (Reuters) - When an estimated 400,000 rugby fans descend on Japan later this year for the Rugby World Cup, finding a place to quench their thirst will not be a problem. Finding a bar to watch the game, however, could be.

Britain targets Brexit deal within days as May heads to Brussels

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal and prevent Parliament seizing control of the U.K.’s divorce from the European Union.

Cathay Pacific to end two years of losses on revamp gains

SINGAPORE: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. is set to end two years of losses resulting from intense competition in the region, as a revamp kicked off by the premium airline starts to yield results.

Oil dips below 2019 highs as surging US supply counters Opec cuts

SINGAPORE: Oil prices slipped away from 2019 highs on Wednesday, with surging U.S. supply and slowing economic growth tempering upward pressure from supply cuts led by producer club Opec and from Washington's sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.

Petronas stocks lead KLCI’s advance as sentiment improves

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas-linked stocks led the FBM KLCI higher in early Wednesday trade as crude oil continued to stay firm while key Asian markets trended higher.

Asia stocks up slightly, eyes on US-China talks, Fed minutes

TOKYO: Asian stocks gained a tad on Wednesday after U.S-China trade talks resumed while investors awaited minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve for clues on policymakers' thinking on interest rates and its balance sheet reduction policy.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent in early trade. Japan's Nikkei gained 0.4 percent.

Japan January exports fall 8.4% year-on-year

TOKYO: Japan's exports fell 8.4 percent in January from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance (MOF) data showed on Wednesday, in a sign of slowing external demand

Imports fell 0.6 percent in the year to January, versus the median estimate for a 2.8 percent decrease.