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Duterte foe relishes fight with ‘oppressive’ regime

Leila de Lima scorns criminal case against her as showdown looms

Clothes retailers snub Bangladesh conference

H&M and C&A cite workers’ conditions and Dhaka’s detention of labour activists

South Korea set to take Japan’s life expectancy crown

Women forecast to have average lifespan of 90 years by 2030

FTCR China Labour Market Index ticks higher

Construction industry recovers but recruiters less bullish in post-holiday period

China coal ban signals change of tack on N Korea

Beijing may be seeking to curry favour with Trump administration, experts say

N Korea diplomat sought in Malaysian killing probe

Police reveal break-in attempt at morgue holding body of Kim Jong Un’s brother

Hong Kong jails former leader for misconduct

Donald Tsang’s 20-month sentence underlines concern over politicians’ ties to tycoons

China DataView: A-share sentiment creeps back

Consumers with negative views on economy becoming less bearish on stocks

FTCR China Consumer Index rises as finances improve

Monthly sentiment gauge at five-month high with consumers more bullish on economy

Australia ‘clean’ coal push ignites furious debate

Subsidies for new plants fail to convince energy groups fearful of future policy change

India’s bold experiment with cash

The banknote ban is a shock for an economy with so many outside the formal system

Second-hand booze sales flow from Japanese fads

Notebook: A clash between tradition and an attitude shift adds vigour to trade

Philippine power struggle amid Duterte graft claims

Aides hit back at alleged political plot to topple hardline president

Singapore carbon tax set to squeeze oil groups

SE Asian city-state is home to some of the world’s biggest refineries

Property buyers underpin Vietnam residential market

Would-be purchasers more bullish on housing than most Asean peers as prices rise

Thai household confidence suggests uptick for economy

FTCR survey finds more Thais think their financial situation is improving

FTCR China Freight Index at 18-month low

Seasonal factors take toll on volumes but operators not expecting post-holiday bounce

Japan curbs 24-hour culture to keep down wages

Companies cut round-the-clock services in face of labour shortage

Hardliner stirs up Australia’s immigration debate

Pauline Hanson’s rightwing One Nation could blunt the view that migration underpins its economic success

Kim death highlights N Korea commercial Asia ties

Isolated regime on a quest to generate hard currency and win friends in region