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Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

  Washington (Reuters): The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides sai...


Dollar, stocks inch up as US healthcare vote back on

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

  Sydney (Reuters): The dollar recouped a little lost ground on Friday amid signs a delayed vote on President Donald Trump&rs...


Asia stocks rise, but gains for dollar, oil capped by jitters

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 01:33

Singapore (Reuters): Asian stocks edged up on Thursday, while the dollar’s gains were limited as U.S. President Donald Trump’s struggle...


Fierce clashes persist in Syria ahead of renewed peace talks

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 01:32

Reuters: The Syrian army and rebels, including jihadist groups, fought in the capital Damascus and north of Hama on Thursday after the insurgents&r...


China says US should respect China’s air defence zone

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 01:30

Reuters: China said on Thursday the United States should respect its air defence identification zone (ADIZ), after CNN reported China had warned a ...


Asia firms’ confidence hits near two-year high on US, China pick-up

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

  Beijing (Reuters): Business sentiment at Asia’s top companies rose to its highest in almost two years in the first qu...


Asian stocks slide as fresh Trump jitters damage risk sentiment

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

  Hong Kong (Reuters): Asian stocks posted their biggest drop in two weeks on Wednesday as growing doubts about Donald Trump&...


Asian shares at 21-month highs, dollar soft on Fed views

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:03

Tokyo (Reuters): Asian shares hit 21-month highs on Tuesday while the dollar and U.S. bond yields were on the backfoot on the prospect of a less ha...


FBI head confirms Russia election probe, says Moscow backed Trump

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:02

Washington (Reuters): FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republ...


Syrian rebels launch offensive on Damascus gateway, retake ground

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:01

Reuters: Syrian rebels stormed a major road junction leading into the heart of Damascus on Tuesday as they launched an offensive to regain ground l...


Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing

/ Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

Washington (Reuters): The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency will break their public silence on Monday a...


Asia stocks mixed, dollar slips as Fed continues to weigh

/ Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

  Singapore (Reuters): Asian stocks were mixed on Monday in thin trade, following Wall Street’s declines and the G20&rs...


South Koreans prepare to raise sunken ferry, three years after disaster

/ Monday, 20 March 2017 00:03

Seoul (Reuters): South Korea prepared on Sunday to raise the Sewol ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people, most of th...


North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says engine test is ‘new birth’ of rocket industry

/ Monday, 20 March 2017 00:02

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the construction site of Ryomyong Street in this undated picture provided by KC...


Tillerson ends China trip with warm words from President Xi

/ Monday, 20 March 2017 00:01

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with U.S. State of Secretary, Rex Tillerson at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing...


Oil prices dip as doubts remain over OPEC supply cuts

/ Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

  Seoul (Reuters): Oil prices dipped on Friday as the market looked for clues on how effectively OPEC production cuts are wor...


Asia stocks set for best week since July, dollar dips further after Fed

/ Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

  Singapore (Reuters): Asian stocks advanced on Friday and looked set for their best week since July, while the dollar extend...


Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

/ Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

  Oga, Japan (Reuters): Sirens blared and loudspeakers broadcast warnings in Japan’s first civilian missile evacuation ...


Oil prices extend gains after drop in US stockpiles

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Crude oil prices rose on Thursday to extend gains from the previous session after official government data showed U.S. stockpiles ...


Hawaii judge halts Trump’s new travel ban before it can go into effect

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin (L) arrives at the U.S. District Court Ninth Circuit to present his arguments after filing an amended lawsuit ...


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FDIs into capital markets?

25 March 2017

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Jobs and no takers, or what?

24 March 2017

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Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

24 March 2017

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the best in us and also the worst, I think. The camaraderie and the loyalty of the old boys and the enthu...


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

24 March 2017

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memorable as that which their opposition – rogue states, global terrorists – says. Because the...


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