When Trump tells supporters not to donate, they mostly listen

By Emily Flitter and Grant Smith NEW YORK, Feb 1 : Donald Trump likes to boast to his supporters that he’s so rich he doesn’t need outside money to pay for his presidential campaign. His fans seem happy to oblige him, according to financial disclosures released on Sunday. The New York businessman’s quest to become […]

Macau gambling revenue drops in Jan, analyst say worst may be over

By Farah Master HONG KONG, Feb 1 : Gambling revenues for the Chinese territory of Macau dropped 21.4 percent in January, ahead of a Lunar New Year week-long holiday which is expected to boost the number of visitors to the world’s largest casino hub. Revenue in the former Portuguese colony fell for the 20th consecutive […]

Thailand to sell 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes of rice from stockpiles

By Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK, Feb 1 : Thailand will sell 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes of rice from government stockpiles for human consumption and industrial use, the commerce ministry said today. Thailand, the world’s second-biggest rice exporter after India, has stocks of about 13 million tonnes following the rice-buying scheme under the previous government of Yingluck […]

US Justice Dept. to review San Francisco police after shooting death

By Chris Michaud Undated Feb 1 : The US Department of Justice said on Sunday it was set to announce a “comprehensive review” of the San Francisco Police Department, which was the target of protests after a black man was shot and killed by police in December. Acting US Attorney for the Northern District of […]

Malaysian central bank chief’s imminent exit highlights succession risks

By Joseph Sipalan and Vidya Ranganathan KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE, Feb 1 : For 16 years, Malaysia’s internationally-lauded central bank governor bolstered the economic credibility of a country otherwise facing a slew of emerging market challenges, ranging from currency crises to a commodities markets crash. As Zeti Akhtar Aziz prepares to step down as head of Bank […]

OAS joins efforts to rescue Haiti election process as clock ticks

By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb.1 : A special mission sent by the Organization of American States met Haiti’s President Michel Martelly on Sunday as part of intensifying efforts to resolve an electoral crisis that threatens stability in the Caribbean nation. Martelly is due to leave office on Feb. 7 but has no successor because […]