New high-speed rail is set to improve land travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Around 150 companies have expressed interest in the project ahead of an official tender.
Kuala Lumpur officials have withheld a permit for the annual Better Beer Festival, scheduled to be held in October. The decision was due to "political sensitivity" in the mostly Muslim country, organizers say.
High and medium-speed rail services are expected to connect 10 major cities between Kunming in China and Singapore. But negotiations with seven Southeast Asian countries are testing Beijing's "railway diplomacy."
Deadly accidents, dirty stations and coaches, decrepit equipment and unpunctual trains mark India's vast, outdated and inefficient rail infrastructure. Will Japanese bullet trains make a difference?
The Saudi monarch's rare month-long trip takes him to strategically important nations in the economically fast-growing region, with which Riyadh wants to deepen commercial engagement and socio-political ties.
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