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Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, Syria - nations shunned by America as nuclear threats, insurgent havens or human rights violators are increasingly being wooed by China and India in a race for oil and influence that is challenging Washington on the energy and security fronts.
The United States is scheduled to sign an agreement this week with Asean to allow more trade access to Southeast Asia while ensuring that U.S. intellectual property is better guarded in this region, according to a draft text.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new government should comfortably survive a vote of confidence Wednesday but Prime Minister Lucas Papademos faces a daunting task repairing the shattered public finances, and cracks are already appearing in his crisis coalition.
IN many ways, the Indochina region comprising Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar is akin to an emerging giant.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Thursday it was in the process of returning to Myanmar after 25 years, but the isolated Southeast Asian nation will first have to clear its arrears to global financial institutions before the bank resumes lending.
SIERRA Leone’s only pit diamond mine has come far from its origins as wartime booty presented to mercenaries by a grateful military junta.
BANGKOK: Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent is cautiously looking at business opportunities in Myanmar and other countries in South-East Asia and the region will play a bigger role in its future growth, according to its Asia-Pacific business chief.
WASHINGTON: Myanmar could become Asias next economic engine if it enacts vast reforms, the International Monetary Fund said, signalling the country could receive an IMF monitoring programme in 2013.