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Oil faces big monthly loss as oversupply bites

/ Saturday, 30 July 2016 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil prices fell to their lowest levels since April on Friday, with on Brent track for its biggest monthly loss since December 201...


UK consumer morale posts biggest drop since 1990 after EU vote: GfK

/ Saturday, 30 July 2016 00:00

London (Reuters): British consumer morale suffered its sharpest drop in more than 26 years after last month’s decision by voters to leave the...


Yen, bond yields rise as Bank of Japan action underwhelms

/ Saturday, 30 July 2016 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The yen jumped on Friday and the biggest rise in Japanese government bond yields in years lifted sovereign borrowing costs around...


Syrian pro-Government forces ‘widely using’ cluster bombs: HRW

/ Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

  Reuters: The Russian-backed Syrian government’s air campaign against rebels is widely using cluster munitions, banned...


Turkish tourist arrivals plummet 40% in June, biggest drop in 22 years

/ Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

  Ankara (Reuters): The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted more than 40% in June, official data showed on Thursda...


Obama asks US voters to ‘carry’ Clinton to White House, defeat Trump

/ Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

Philadelphia: President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of America’s future and offered full-throated support for Hillary Clinton&...


European stocks rise, Asia lifted by Japan stimulus

/ Thursday, 28 July 2016 00:00

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, 26 July ...


Oil falls close to three-month low as oversupply weighs

/ Thursday, 28 July 2016 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Oil prices fell close to three-month lows on Wednesday after U.S. industry data showed weekly oil stocks declined by les...


Fed seen holding rates steady as inflation watch continues

/ Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in Washington 28 October 2014 San Francisco (Reuters): The U.S. Federal ...


Yen surges, oil dips with eyes on central banks

/ Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain 25 August 2015   London (Reuters): A bu...


G20 growth vow keeps global shares near nine-month high

/ Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:03

Reuters: World shares held near nine-month highs on Monday after G20 finance chiefs vowed over the weekend to use “all policy tools” to...


ASEAN breaks deadlock on South China Sea, Beijing thanks Cambodia for support

/ Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:02

Vientiane (Reuters): Southeast Asian nations overcame days of deadlock on Monday when the Philippines dropped a request for their joint statement t...


China sets up South China Sea environment protection fund

/ Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:01

Reuters: China has set up a 15 million yuan ($2.25 million) environmental protection fund for the South China Sea having already spent double that ...


G20 nations must boost coordination, redouble efforts to support growth

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Reuters: The world’s leading economies will step up efforts to lift global economic growth and share the benefits more broadly, top policymak...


Attacking Trump, Democrat Kaine makes campaign-trail debut

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Democrat Clinton picks Kaine as running mate, bypassing liberals U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks after being named by Democratic U.S. ...


India economic growth to remain solid, only one rate cut likely: Reuters poll

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Reuters: India’s economy will hum along at a solid pace for the remainder of this fiscal year provided structural reforms are passed, while a...


Brexit dents global economic outlook, fiscal stimulus ahead: Reuters poll

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Reuters: Confidence in prospects for the global economy has been dented following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, with a...


IMF’s Lagarde to stand trial in Tapie case

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): France’s highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for...


IMF says G20 should support economic growth amid Brexit uncertainty

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

ATEHNS (Reuters): Group of 20 finance officials meeting in China this weekend should agree on a broad-based approach to support consumer demand, li...


Asia stocks slide as weak results halt record Wall Street run, yen holds gains

/ Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:00

Reuters: Asian stocks dipped on Friday after weak corporate results halted Wall Street’s record run overnight, while the yen held to large ga...


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SL can’t sit on the sidelines; we must join the race for trade and jobs

29 July 2016

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking recently in Singapore     The Prime Minister’s move to fast-track the FTAs with Singapore and China and a revised ETCA is a good move. He knows we cannot...


Jaffna University – When entitlement is rejected

29 July 2016

On 16 July, a clash happened between students at Jaffna University over the inclusion of Sinhalese cultural spectacles in the welcome event. Below is a brief of the events but a more in-depth report of the goings-on can be found on DBS Jeyaraj&rsq...


The New Republic: Making it or Faking it?

29 July 2016

A week and more ago, those of us who remembered celebrated humanity’s greatest adventure yet: our first (manned spacecraft) moon landing on 20 July 1969. And yet a significant segment of web-crawlers still believes that the whole operation w...


The Development (Special Provisions) Bill and the Coalition Government

28 July 2016

“The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to publish the Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Bill in a gazette and present the same in Parliament...


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