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  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    April 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda. Some of the countries Obama is visiting are eyeing the developments... more »
  • Jindal's Asia trip costs taxpayers $57K

    April 1, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's weeklong business mission to Asia cost taxpayers roughly $57,000. More than half of the tab was for the governor and first lady's security team. Taxpayers picked up state troopers' lodging, meals, airfare, dry cleaning and subway tickets. Added expenses included breakfast meetings and rental cars... more »
  • Officials describe tense meeting with Cambodian leader

    November 19, 2012 12:08 PM

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The White House is describing as tense today's meeting between President Barack Obama and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Obama is the first U.S. president to set foot in Cambodia, a country that was once known for the "killing fields" of its genocidal communist regime in... more »
  • Obama first president to visit Cambodia

    November 19, 2012 10:26 AM

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - President Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to set foot in Cambodia, a country that was once known for the "killing fields" of its genocidal communist regime in the 1970s. The White House is making it clear that he's only in Cambodia to attend an... more »
  • Fiscal talks under way, Obama heads to SE Asia

    November 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is about to head off to Southeast Asia to showcase a foreign policy achievement in Myanmar and reinforce the U.S. role as a counterweight to China. The four-day trip beginning Saturday will provide a brief break from dicey fiscal negotiations and a national security sex... more »
  • Oil prices fall after warning from World Bank

    October 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    NEW YORK - A strong warning from the World Bank that growth in Asia may slow further is dragging down the price of oil Monday. The World Bank signaled the possibility of a "more pronounced slowdown" in China, the world's second largest economy after the United States. It also cut... more »
  • US shrimpers push to keep tariffs on imports

    February 1, 2011 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. shrimpers want the United States to extend tariffs imposed on shrimp imports from Asian and South American countries. At a hearing Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission began looking into whether the tariffs should be renewed five years after they were first imposed on shrimp imports... more »
  • Oil prices hover below $74 a barrel

    September 20, 2010 8:04 AM

    Oil prices hovered below $74 a barrel Monday in Asia as traders look to indicators on the U.S. economy and crude inventories for clues about the strength of demand. Benchmark crude for October delivery was up 5 cents to $73.71 a barrel at lat afternoon Singapore time in electronic... more »
  • Tiger cub found stuffed in bag at Thai airport

    August 27, 2010 1:22 PM

    She had a stuffed tiger in her suitcase, ...and a real one. Authorities say a Thai woman has been arrested after a baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden next to a stuffed tiger was found in her luggage. Police say the woman, flying from... more »
  • Oil prices fall following report on U.S. crude supplies

    August 18, 2010 9:04 AM

    Oil prices have been falling in Wednesday trading following a report that U.S. crude supplies swelled last week. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 8 cents at $75.69 a barrel at midday Kuala Lumpur time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price rose... more »
  • Oil prices hover under $76 amid demand doubts

    August 16, 2010 8:49 AM

    Oil prices hovered under $76 a barrel Monday in Asia as expectations for stronger fuel demand in the second half were undermined by weaker economic figures from the world's three largest economies. Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 34 cents at $75.73 a barrel at midday Bangkok time... more »
  • Oil prices fall below $81 a barrel ahead of Fed meeting

    August 10, 2010 8:54 AM

    Oil prices fell below $81 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for possible policy changes to boost U.S. economic growth. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 56 cents at $80.92 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on... more »
  • Oil hovers near $77 on US economy, crude demand

    July 29, 2010 8:07 AM

    Oil prices hovered near $77 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid signs of a slowing U.S. economy and weak demand for crude. Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 16 cents at $77.15 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. ... more »
  • Oil prices hover above $77 a barrel

    July 28, 2010 8:44 AM

    Oil prices hovered above $77 a barrel today in Asia after a report showed U.S. crude supplies unexpectedly rose last week, suggesting demand remains weak. Benchmark crude for September delivery was unchanged at $77.50 a barrel late Wednesday afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile... more »
  • Oil prices hover near $79 a barrel

    July 27, 2010 8:55 AM

    Oil prices hovered for a second day near $79 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as investors weighed a three-day stock market rally against signs of sluggish U.S. crude demand. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 18 cents at $78.80 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic... more »
  • Oil prices hover near $79 a barrel

    July 26, 2010 7:32 AM

    Oil prices hovered near $79 a barrel Monday in Asia as regional stock markets extended a rally from last week amid improving investor optimism. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 15 cents at $78.83 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York... more »
  • Oil prices fall to below $76 a barrel

    July 19, 2010 7:17 AM

    Oil prices fell to below $76 a barrel Monday in Asia as traders eyed failing global stock markets ahead of more key corporate earnings reports this week. Benchmark crude for August delivery was down 30 cents to $75.71 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on... more »
  • Oil prices fall to near $75 a barrel

    July 12, 2010 9:02 AM

    Oil prices fell to near $75 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors looked to the start of second quarter company earnings reports this week for clues about the strength of the U.S. economy. Benchmark crude for August delivery was down 76 cents to $75.33 a barrel at late... more »
  • Oil rises to near $73 as stocks, euro gain

    July 6, 2010 9:13 AM

    Oil prices rose to near $73 a barrel Tuesday in Asia, joining gains in stock markets and the euro. Benchmark crude for August delivery was up 42 cents to $72.55 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price... more »
  • World markets mixed

    June 30, 2010 7:31 AM

    World markets were mixed Wednesday, with major indexes in Asia closing lower but markets elsewhere on the upswing despite concerns the global economic recovery has lost steam. On Tuesday, the Dow dropped 268 points to 9,870. The S & P fell 33 points and the Nasdaq lost 85. ... more »
  • Oil hovers near $76 a barrel

    June 30, 2010 7:22 AM

    Oil prices hovered near $76 a barrel Wednesday in Asia. Benchmark crude for August delivery was up 28 cents to $76.22 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price fell $2.31, or 3 percent, to settle at $75.94... more »
  • U.S. raps on Asian shrimpers' doors after oil spill

    June 28, 2010 12:47 PM

    As the Gulf Coast oil spill continues to gush, U.S. seafood suppliers are turning to Asia to ensure Americans have enough shrimp for their gumbos, Creoles and cocktails this summer, but some of those overseas cupboards are low themselves. Several countries in the world's top shrimp-producing region are struggling... more »
  • Oil prices jump above $78 a barrel

    June 21, 2010 7:15 AM

    Oil prices have jumped above $78 a barrel in Asia as China's move to end its two-year peg to the dollar over the weekend boosted investor confidence. Benchmark crude for July delivery was up $1.09 to $78.27 a barrel at midday Singapore time Monday in electronic trading on New... more »
  • Oil falls to near $77 in Asia

    June 17, 2010 7:10 AM

    Oil prices have fallen to near $77 a barrel in Asia as investor confidence wanes that a three-week rally will continue amid signs of weak U.S. crude demand. Benchmark crude for July delivery was down 75 cents to $76.92 a barrel at midday Singapore time on Thursday in electronic... more »
  • Oil prices rise to near $73 a barrel

    June 9, 2010 8:19 AM

    Oil prices rose to near $73 a barrel Wednesday in Asia. Benchmark crude for July delivery was up 63 cents to $72.62 a barrel by late afternoon Kuala Lumpur time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price rose 55 cents to settle at $71.99... more »
  • Oil extends losses to near $70 as stocks sink

    June 7, 2010 10:00 AM

    Oil prices fell to near $70 a barrel Monday in Asia, extending losses as regional stock markets sold-off amid fears Europe debt crisis is spreading. Benchmark crude for July delivery was down $1.06 to $70.45 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time after falling to as low as $69.51... more »
  • Oil prices rise above $74 as US crude supplies drop

    June 3, 2010 7:26 AM

    Oil prices rose above $74 a barrel Thursday in Asia after a report showed U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected, suggesting consumer demand is growing. Benchmark crude for July delivery was up $1.39 at $74.25 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New... more »
  • Oil prices fall to near $72 a barrel

    June 2, 2010 7:16 AM

    Oil prices fell to near $72 a barrel Wednesday in Asia as flagging investor optimism about the global economy drags down stocks and commodities. Benchmark crude for July delivery was down 52 cents at $72.06 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile... more »
  • Oil prices rise above $72 a barrel

    May 27, 2010 7:37 AM

    Oil prices rose above $72 a barrel Thursday in Asia. Benchmark crude for July delivery was recently up 85 cents to $72.36 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price added $2.76 to settle at $71.51 Wednesday. Oil has dropped from $87.15... more »
  • Oil prices jump to near $86 a barrel

    April 5, 2010 8:59 AM

    Oil prices jumped to near $86 a barrel Monday in Asia, extending gains from last week as investors bet an improving U.S. job market will herald growing crude demand. Global oil trading was closed for the Good Friday holiday. Crude has jumped for $69 a barrel in early... more »
  • Oil prices trade above $84 a barrel

    April 1, 2010 9:32 AM

    Oil prices traded above $84 a barrel Thursday in Asia. Benchmark crude for May delivery added 50 cents to $84.26 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price climbed by $1.39 to settle at $83.76 on Wednesday, the highest settlement since October 2008. more »
  • Oil prices rise to near $83

    March 30, 2010 7:08 AM

    Oil prices rose to near $83 a barrel Tuesday in Asia, extending gains from the previous day fueled by a U.S. dollar drop and surging equity markets. Crude prices have been buoyed by a yearlong rally of global stock markets. Oil traders often look to equity markets as... more »
  • Oil above $77 amid improving US economy

    February 17, 2010 7:25 AM

    Oil prices extended gains above $77 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after surging the previous day amid expectations a growing U.S. economy will fuel increased crude demand. Benchmark crude for March delivery was up 50 cents at $77.51 a barrel at lat afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading of... more »
  • Oil prices hover above $74 a barrel

    February 16, 2010 9:08 AM

    Oil prices hovered above $74 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as investors looked for signs of improving global crude demand. Trading volume was light in Asia, as many markets were closed in China, South Korea and Singapore for the Lunar New Year holiday. Oil has traded between $69... more »
  • Oil prices rise above $72 a barrel

    February 9, 2010 7:30 AM

    Oil prices rose above $72 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as a weakening U.S. dollar offset concerns about the strength of the global economic recovery. Benchmark crude for March delivery was up 38 cents at $72.27 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New... more »
  • Oil prices rise to near $72 a barrel

    February 8, 2010 7:19 AM

    Oil prices rose near $72 a barrel Monday in Asia after hitting a two-month low last week, boosted by tensions over Iran's nuclear program and persistently cold weather in the U.S. northeast. Benchmark crude for March delivery was up 56 cents at $71.75 a barrel at midday Singapore time... more »
  • Oil prices slip

    January 20, 2010 7:50 AM

    Oil prices slipped below $79 a barrel Wednesday in Asia amid expectations of a dismal U.S. crude inventory report. Benchmark crude for February delivery fell 68 cents to $78.64 a barrel at early afternoon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The... more »
  • Oil prices slip to near $72 a barrel

    December 17, 2009 8:47 AM

    Oil prices fell to near $72 a barrel Thursday in Asia as investors mulled whether recent signs of recovering crude demand can be sustained next year. Benchmark crude for January delivery was down 36 cents to $72.66 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday,... more »
  • Oil prices fall to near $69 a barrel

    December 14, 2009 8:19 AM

    Oil prices fell to near $69 a barrel Monday in Asia amid signs OPEC doesn't plan to cut crude output when it meets next week. Oil prices have slid from $82 in October. A strengthening dollar was also helping to push crude prices down. more »
  • Oil prices linger around $78 a barrel

    December 2, 2009 7:49 AM

    Oil prices lingered around $78 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after U.S.crude supplies unexpectedly rose, suggesting demand in the world's largest economy remained week. Benchmark crude for January delivery was flat at $78.37 at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price... more »
  • Oil prices rise in Asia as fears over Dubai's debts ease

    November 30, 2009 10:20 AM

    Oil prices rebounded to near $77 a barrel Monday in Asia as panic about a global fallout from Dubai's debt problems eased. Benchmark crude for January delivery rose 52 cents to at $76.57 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price lost $1.91 on Friday... more »
  • Oil prices climb above $77 a barrel

    November 16, 2009 7:12 AM

    Oil prices rose above $77 a barrel today in Asia amid a weaker U.S. dollar and an improving global crude demand outlook for next year. Some analysts expected oil demand to grow next year, especially in emerging economies, as a global economic recovery strengthens. Oil prices have soared... more »
  • Oil prices slip

    November 4, 2009 7:24 AM

    Oil prices fell slightly to near $79 a barrel Wednesday in Asia, despite an unexpected drop in U.S. crude supplies which suggested demand may be picking up. The American Petroleum Institute said U.S. Oil inventories dropped last week. Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill, said crude stocks fell... more »
  • Oil prices hover around $78 a barrel

    November 3, 2009 6:23 AM

    Oil prices hovered near $78 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as investors welcomed new U.S. manufacturing and construction figures as positive signs of an economic recovery. Crude oil investors were encouraged by signs of strength in the U.S. economy, which could help boost oil demand. more »
  • Oil prices sliding in Thursday trading

    October 29, 2009 7:45 AM

    Oil prices slid to near $77 a barrel Thursday in Asia. Benchmark crude for December delivery was down 35 cents to $77.11 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading. Prices fell $2.09 to settle at $77.46 on Wednesday. more »

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