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AseanPlus News 21 Dec 2015 | 2:59 AM

Billionaire Packer resigns as Crown Resorts director

Sydney (AFP) - Australian mogul James Packer resigned Monday from the day-to-day running of Crown Resorts but said he will remain involved with the global casino operator in a senior executive role.

Philippines 12 May 2015 | 6:28 PM

Philippines threatens to suspend Japanese tycoon’s casino licence

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines’ gambling regulator said Tuesday it would suspend Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada’s licence to operate a $1-billion Manila casino if he fails to explain construction delays.

Sri Lanka 22 Feb 2015 | 12:00 AM

Hoping for an era of reform

Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory in January has brought optimism to Colombo after nine years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule.

Philippines 02 Feb 2015 | 8:46 PM

Philippines opens mammoth casino-resort, seeking high-rollers

MANILA, Feb 2, 2015 (AFP) - A new mega-casino opened in the Philippines Monday as the fast-growing southeast Asian nation ups its bid to become a world gaming destination.

World 10 Jan 2015 | 5:50 AM

Sri Lanka's strongman president voted out after a decade

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his bid for a third term on Friday, ending a decade of rule that critics say had become increasingly authoritarian and marred by nepotism and corruption.

World 05 Jan 2015 | 10:50 AM

Friend turned foe - the challenger for Sri Lanka's presidency

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Over a dinner of rice-flour pancakes with his trusted health minister one evening in November, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa observed with a grin that there would be no serious candidate to challenge him in the coming presidential election.

AseanPlus News 22 Jul 2014 | 11:12 AM

Australian mogul Packer gives away $188 million

SYDNEY, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Billionaire James Packer, one of Australia's richest men, on Tuesday announced he was setting up a philanthropic foundation to give away Aus$200 million (US$188 million).

Nation 27 Jun 2014 | 12:00 AM

Charitable M'sians make Forbes list

PETALING JAYA: Four Malaysians have made it into the Forbes Asia Heroes of Philanthropy list, which highlights 48 notable philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region.

AseanPlus News 05 May 2014 | 9:45 AM

Mogul Packer in 'fist fight' with Nine Network chief

SYDNEY, May 05, 2014 (AFP) - Billionaire gambling tycoon James Packer has reportedly been captured in a vicious punch-up at Bondi Beach with his former best man, the head of Australia's Nine Network, sparking a bidding war for the photos.

AseanPlus News 12 Nov 2013 | 9:56 AM

Sydney 'Asian high-roller' casino gets state backing

SYDNEY, Nov 12, 2013 (AFP) - Gambling mogul James Packer's plan to build a $1.5 billion casino in Sydney aimed at Asian high-rollers has won crucial support from the state government.