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Asia stocks tentative, dollar slips before Yellen’s rates signal

/ Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

  Reuters: Asian stocks were steady on Friday with modest losses in some markets and gains in others reflecting nervousness b...


Migrant influx pushes German population growth to highest since 1992

/ Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

  Reuters: Germany’s population registered its biggest increase in more than 20 years in 2015, data showed on Friday, a...


Oil prices fall as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

/ Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

Reuters: Oil prices fell on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks ne...


Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

/ Friday, 26 August 2016 00:01

A man is rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy. REUTERS Reuters: The death toll from a devastatin...


Asia stocks hold gains before Yellen speech, dollar firm

/ Friday, 26 August 2016 00:01

Reuters: Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday but clung to recent well-worn trading ranges while the dollar held firm against regional currencies ...


China shows first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission

/ Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

Concept portrayal of China’s Mars rover and lander released on August 23, 2016 by lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Admin...


Asian stocks consolidate after Wall Street gains, oil slips

/ Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

  Reuters: Asian stocks consolidated a recent run of gains on Wednesday, helped by Wall Street’s rise overnight, even a...


Philippines to fast-track approval of more infrastructure projects

/ Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

  Reuters: Philippine infrastructure projects worth 5 billion pesos ($ 107.5 million) and less will no longer require the eco...


Asia stocks edge up amid Fed lull, oil slips

/ Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

Reuters: Asia shares inched ahead while oil fell for a second session on Tuesday, as investors awaited guidance on whether the Federal Res...


US, South Korea begin joint drills amid tension after defection

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:27

Reuters: The United States and South Korea kicked off annual military exercises on Monday, prompting warnings of retaliation from the North, as alr...


Asian shares drop, dollar gains as investors await Fed hike signal

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:21

Reuters: Asian shares slipped on Monday, while the dollar lifted off last week’s lows on expectations a signal might emerge from a Federal Re...


Trump companies owe $ 650 m

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:20

AFP: Companies belonging to Donald Trump have at least $ 650 million in debt, more than twice the amount shown in public filings made by his presid...


Japan exports tumble most since financial crisis, policymakers meet over yen moves

/ Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

A worker rides a bicycle past containers at a port in Tokyo 19 August, 2015   - REUTERS TOKYO (Reuters): Japan’s exports tumbled...


Video of small boy saved from Aleppo rubble sparks social media storm

/ Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:00

A still image from a video posted on social media shows a boy with bloodied face sitting in an ambulance, after an airstrike in Syria - &n...


Asia rides Wall Street higher, buoyant crude nears six-week highs

/ Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:00

Reuters: Asian stocks edged up on Friday as Wall Street benefited from buoyant crude oil prices and expectations U.S. borrowing costs will remain a...


Trump says he regrets past remarks that ‘caused personal pain’

/ Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:00

Reuters: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apologised on Thursday for past remarks that “may have caused personal pain” as h...


Philippines’ Duterte slams ‘stupid’ UN criticism

/ Friday, 19 August 2016 00:01

AFP (Manila): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hit out at “stupid” United Nations’ criticism of his controversia...


Bangladesh arrests four women in cafe attack probe

/ Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00

Reuters: Bangladeshi security forces said on Tuesday they had arrested four women suspected of being members of a home-grown militant group blamed ...


India ready for Pakistan talks; UN alarmed by Kashmir violence

/ Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00

Policemen detain Masroor Abbas Ansari (C), leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) group, during a protest in Srinagar against the rec...


China calls on Nepal’s factions to unite for stability

/ Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00

Reuters: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday he hoped all political factions in Nepal would unite and promote stability, after N...


Today's Columnists

Banality of evil

27 August 2016

Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was interviewed recently on television. By and large the tone of the lengthy interview, nearly two hours in duration, was defensive, an attempt at validat...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

26 August 2016

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and global thought leaders. The conference also served as a platform to identify solutions to bridge the sk...


An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

26 August 2016

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better by now not to make future heroes out of former zeroes. We have had our idolatrous fingers burned by ...


Post-Paada Yathra – Punditry and Polemics

26 August 2016

 Confusing friend and foe with right and wrong is an occupational hazard of partisan commentators. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is no exception to the rule. Despite the voluntary stepping on a discursive banana skin, his latest essay ‘Politic...


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