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Amnesty says Rohingya crisis consequence of society ‘encouraged to hate’

Views - 8 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

REUTERS: The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.


Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

Views - 3 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court disqualified him as the country’s leader over unreported


US students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

Views - 6 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teache


Canada’s Trudeau spurs criticism, raises eyebrows on India trip

Views - 3 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

OTTAWA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Canadian and Indian officials scrambled on Thursday to explain how a convicted Sikh extremist was invited to a New Delhi reception for Justin Trudeau, the latest misstep in the Canadian prime minister’s bumpy eight-day


Australian deputy prime minister resigns after affair with staffer

Views - 4 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.


Asian shares rebound as fidgety US rate fears ebb again

Views - 3 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rebounded on Friday as comments from a Federal Reserve official eased worries about faster rate rises in the United States, while the safe-haven yen held on to its gains amid heightened volatility across markets.


Fed points upwards for rates, world stocks lurch downward

Views - 8 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): World stocks tumbled to one-week lows on Thursday after the US Fed confirmed it was on track


Buffett letter may tout optimism as broader market worries ebb

Views - 6 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett may use part of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders, due on Saturday


Euro zone businesses lose some steam but are still fired up

Views - 8 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

REUTERS: Euro zone business growth remained robust this month, with companies at their most optimistic in more than five years


Maldives parliament approves extension of state of emergency by 30 days

Views - 4 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

MALE (Reuters) - Parliament in the Maldives on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen who cited an ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis. Countries including the United Stat


Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father’s self-imposed curbs

Views - 8 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father s


Hard Brexit faction in May’s party demands clean break from EU

Views - 6 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 60 Conservative lawmakers have written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding a quick, clean break from the EU, adding pressure on her to take a “hard Brexit” stance ahead of a meeting to decide Britain’s negotiati


Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by U.S. on ice

Views - 5 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific’s fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signalling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its


Asian stocks gain, dollar extends recovery

Views - 4 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks gained on Wednesday, while the dollar advanced as traders near-term focus shifted to the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting for hints on the future pace of U.S. monetary tightening. But spreadbetters


Asian stocks dip after European surge fades, dollar firm

Views - 6 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters) : Asian stocks dipped on Tuesday, their recent recovery slowing after European equities broke a winning streak,


Japan hopes US returns to TPP but overhaul tough

Views - 5 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japan welcomes a positive stance by the United States toward an Asia-Pacific trade pact, but indicated


Australia’s deputy PM loses support of state branch over affair

Views - 6 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): A state branch of the Australian National Party has pulled its support for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby


South Africa’s Ramaphosa says it’s time to review cabinet make up

Views - 6 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

CAPE TOWN (Reuters): South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday it was time to consider the make-up of his cabinet


Kremlin says charges over US election tampering prove nothing

Views - 8 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and several Russian companies accused


Pakistan’s Imran Khan ties knot to ‘spiritual adviser’ in third marriage

Views - 8 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:20

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a “faith healer”. Khan, who captained the Pakistan team when


Japan exports grow, manufacturers mood sours as yen rise clouds outlook

Views - 5 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Buoyant sales of cars and electronics led Japan’s exports to a 14th straight month of growth in January but manufacturers’ business confidence slid - highlighting fears of the rising yen disrupting an export-led recovery. The tr


Reliance, global tech firms to invest $9.3 billion in industrial area

Views - 3 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s Reliance Industries Ltd and global technology companies will invest 600 billion rupees ($9.34 billion) over 10 years to set up an integrated industrial area in the western state of Maharashtra, the company’s chairman Mu


Singapore is hiking its GST, but not until 2021 or later

Views - 4 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore confirmed it plans to hike its sales tax to 9% from 7%, but said the change will only be made “sometime” between 2021 and 2025. Pushing a change till at least three years away surprised some, after policymakers had


Oil hits highest in nearly two weeks on Asian equity recovery

Views - 8 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Oil prices extended gains to hit their highest level in nearly two weeks on Monday, buoyed as Asian shares joined a global recovery in equity markets and by worries over tensions in the Middle East. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Maldives leader seeks approval to extend state of emergency by 15 days

Views - 2 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

MALE (Reuters): Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency for 15 days in the Indian Ocean archipelago as the “the situation has not changed”, parliament’s Deputy Secretary General F




New anti-Brexit party launches in Britain

Views - 2 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

London (AFP): A new anti-Brexit centrist political party holds its official launch in London on Monday, one of several initiatives by pro-European Union campaigners drawing hope from a perceived shift in the British public’s mood. “We aim to rev


Latvia in turmoil amid US probe, central banker chief’s detention

Views - 3 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Riga/Frankfurt (Reuters): Latvia’s government was meeting in emergency session on Monday after one of the Baltic country’s biggest banks reeled under accusations of busting sanctions on North Korea and the central bank governor was detained by th


Two-thirds of Australians want deputy PM to resign over sex scandal - poll

Views - 2 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Australian voters want Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to resign following his extramarital affair with his former press secretary, a poll showed on Monday, adding pressure on a government already fractured by the


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr


In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


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