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Asia stocks slip, yen and franc rise as North Korea moots H-bomb test

Views - 4 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:05

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on Friday after North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean and escalated a war of words with US President Donald Trump.


Shelling across Pakistan-India border kills six civilians, wounds 30

Views - 2 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Shelling along the disputed border between Pakistan and India killed six civilians, and wounded an additional 30 people, officials from the two sides said on Friday, in the latest confrontation between the two nuclear-armed count


Thai authorities close in on Yingluck’s escape accomplices

Views - 3 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): Thai authorities are closing in on the people who helped former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country last month, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Friday. Shinawatra, 50, whose government was ousted


Asia firms’ sentiment slips on geo-political tensions: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

Views - 5 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): Business confidence among Asian companies fell for the first time in three quarters in July-September as escalating geo-political tensions outweighed an improved performance by most economies in the region, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD


WTO says global trade rebounding, protectionism still a risk

Views - 4 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): Global trade is rebounding strongly but risks remain, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday, with commerce expected to grow by 3.6% in 2017, well above last year’s 1.3%.


Japan exports surge at fastest in nearly four years on global demand

Views - 4 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Booming shipments of cars and electronics in August drove up Japan’s exports at the fastest pace in nearly four years, further evidence that overseas demand is strong enough to support healthy economic growth.


China hits back at US over trade, says unilateralism is “unprecedented challenge”

Views - 5 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): China hit back on Thursday at recent criticism from the United States about its trade practices, saying some countries’ unilateralism is an unprecedented challenge to global trade.


Asia stocks steady, dollar treads water

Views - 5 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters):Asian stocks were mostly steady on Wednesday after Wall Street again rose to record highs, although movements were limited as a wait-and-see mood prevailed before the Federal Reserve reveals its monetary policy stance later in the da


Desperate night search in Mexico school, other ruins as quake deaths pass 200

Views - 6 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Mexico City (Reuters): Desperate rescue workers scrabbled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, one of hundreds of buildings wrecked by the country’s most lethal earthquake


In first visit, Trump urges reform so UN can meet full potential

Views - 3 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

United Nations (Reuters): US President Donald Trump criticised the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to UN headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi condemns rights abuse, decries suffering in Rakhine

Views - 4 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

NAYPYITAW (Reuters): Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday any human rights violations in troubled Rakhine State and said anyone responsible would face the law, and that she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the co


US Senate backs massive increase in military spending to $ 700 b

Views - 5 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The US Senate passed its version of a $700 billion defence policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but setting the stage for a battle over government spending levels later t


Wife of ousted PM Sharif wins by-election in test of support for ruling party

Views - 4 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters): The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general electio


Rights group urges new Myanmar sanctions over Rohingya crisis

Views - 4 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded


Trump, Nikki Haley to share US spotlight at UN gathering

Views - 4 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

United Nations (Reuters): When President Donald Trump takes the world stage at the United Nations for the first time this week, he will share the spotlight with his envoy Nikki Haley, who has emerged as the surprising public face of US foreign policy


British police arrest second man over London train bombing

Views - 2 Monday, 18 September 2017 10:14

London (Reuters): A second man has been arrested over Friday’s bombing of a London commuter train that injured 30 people and Britain remained on its highest level of alert on Sunday with soldiers helping provide security.


India’s first $ 19 b bullet train project fast-tracks Japanese ties

Views - 4 Monday, 18 September 2017 10:13

AFP: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday inaugurated India’s first bullet train project - a $ 19 billion line in the home state of Indian leader Narendra Modi intended to revitalise the country’s vast but dilapidated network.


Pakistanis vote in by-election seen as test of support for ousted PM Sharif

Views - 3 Monday, 18 September 2017 08:12

Lahore, Pakistan (Reuters): Pakistanis began casting votes on Sunday for the parliamentary seat vacated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.


Pakistan’s top court rejects challenges to removal of ex-PM Sharif

Views - 4 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:50

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected petitions seeking a review of its July 28 ruling that disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office, upholding a verdict likely to influence the next general election, due in m


With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defence

Views - 2 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01

GANDHINAGAR, India (Reuters): The leaders of India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defence ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia.


North Korea missile test leaves stocks unimpressed; yen wilts

Views - 3 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Traders paid little attention to the latest missile test by North Korea on Friday, with shares and other risk assets barely moving, gold lower and focus rapidly returning to when and where interest rates will go up. London, Frankfur


North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan, reduce US to ‘ashes and darkness’

Views - 4 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Seoul/Japan (Reuters): A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its lat


Myanmar says China endorses crackdown on Rohingya, branded ‘ethnic cleansing’ by UN

Views - 9 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Yangon (Reuters): China endorses Myanmar’s offensive against Rohingya Muslim insurgents, Myanmar state media said on Thursday, as the UN secretary-general described the operation, forcing nearly 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, as “ethnic cl


Oil rises on stronger demand, supply restrictions

Views - 2 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil prices rose on Thursday, building on recent gains after forecasts for stronger oil demand by the International Energy Agency (IEA).


Asian shares lifted to 10-year high cheered by record highs on Wall St.

Views - 5 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares inched up to a 10-year high on Wednesday, cheered by record highs on Wall Street, while the dollar’s rise against the yen helped boost Japanese shares.


Oil prices rise as IEA sees higher demand, shrinking inventories

Views - 7 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil prices rose on Wednesday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said a global surplus of crude was starting to shrink due to robust global demand and an output drop from OPEC and other producers. By 1201 GMT, international


Halimah Yacob formally elected Singapore’s first woman president

Views - 4 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore’s first woman president on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest.


North Korea warns US of ‘greatest pain’, rejects sanctions

Views - 5 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Geneva (Reuters): North Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced.


Asia shares hit 10-year high on Irma, North Korea relief

Views - 3 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Asian shares hit a 10-year peak on Tuesday with investors breathing a sigh of relief as North Korean fears eased slightly and the worst-case scenario from Hurricane Irma looked to have been avoided.


Myanmar faces mounting pressure over Rohingya refugee exodus

Views - 2 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Cox‘S Bazar, Bangladesh (Reuters): Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent some 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones


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Turkey could be an additional player in South Asian affairs

Saturday, 23 September 2017

With improvement of ties with Bangladesh after the standoff over the 1971 war crimes trials, and with the strengthening of relations with Pakistan, an economically resurgent and politically ambitious Turkey may become a factor in South Asian affairs


Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Friday, 22 September 2017

Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,


Rise of sustainable electric automobiles and the end of petrol and diesel vehicles

Friday, 22 September 2017

The past three years have been the hottest in recorded history and 2017 is already projected to be hotter than 2016! The cause for this heating up of the planet is clearly due to the excessive burning of fossil fuels.


The cry of ‘export or perish’ becoming real to Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 September 2017

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Committee held in Colombo said for Sri Lanka to promote exports and investment, the Government will soon introduce several laws in


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