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Talks with India the way forward, says Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister

Views - 1 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:00

Islamabad (Reuters): Dialogue is the only way forward for ties between Pakistan and India, the Foreign Minister in Islamabad


Venezuela cuts five zeros from currency as economic plan sows confusion

Views - 1 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:00

Caracas/Valencia, Venezuela (Reuters): Venezuela on Monday slashed five zeros from prices as part of a broad economic


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says terrorism in Rakhine State a threat to region

Views - 1 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Terrorism remains a threat in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and could have “grave consequences”


Mahathir says China will sympathise with Malaysia’s problems

Views - 2 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday he believed China would sympathise with his country’s “internal fiscal problems” as he seeks to renegotiate, or possibly cancel, more than $20 billion in Chinese-funded


Oil dips on concerns of slowing economic growth

Views - 4 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Oil prices dipped on Monday as concerns over slowing economic growth weighed on markets. International Brent crude oil futures were at $71.78 per barrel at 0019 GMT, down 5 cents from their last close. US West Texas Intermediate


Asia shares nudge up with yuan, wary on Sino-US talks

Views - 3 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Most Asian share markets crept cautiously higher on Monday as investors awaited developments on proposed Sino-US trade talks and the Chinese yuan rallied away from alarming lows. Spreadbetters pointed to a mildly positive start for


Former UN Chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Views - 4 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Accra/Geneva (Reuters): Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Midd


Tough talks, no agreements at Merkel, Putin meeting near Berlin

Views - 7 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

MESEBERG, Germany (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn US ire during tough talks outside Berlin that en


As Philippines’ Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos

Views - 3 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

MANILA (Reuters): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks political dynasties are bad. But the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, it looks like a dynasty of his own might be taking shape.


More heavy rains likely in India’s Kerala as flood death toll jumps

Views - 6 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

KOCHI, India (Reuters): India deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned by the worst floods in a century in the southern state of Kerala, where the death toll of 186 people as of Saturday could rise fast as ra


Promises, promises, Imran Khan raises Pakistani hopes sky high

Views - 6 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): From creating 10 million jobs to building an Islamic welfare state and restoring Pakistan’s tattered image abroad, new premier Imran Khan is facing a problem of his own making: runaway expectations raised by his lofty rhetoric.


Asian shares gain on US-China trade talks, lira recovers

Views - 2 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares won a modest reprieve on Friday after China and the United States agreed to hold their first trade talks since June next week and as the Turkish lira extended gains from its record low e


Russian oil industry can weather US ‘bill from hell’

Views - 6 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

MOSCOW (Reuters): Stiff new US sanctions against Russia will only have a limited impact on its oil industry because it has drastically reduced its reliance on Western funding and foreign partnerships and is lessening its dependence on imported techno


Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets

Views - 4 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Washington (Reuters): China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said.


The Rohingya lists: Refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

Views - 2 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh (Reuters): Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohin


Asian shares trim losses on renewed Sino-US talks; Turkey, China worries weigh

Views - 4 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

TOKYO (Reuters) : Asian shares pulled away from one-year lows on Thursday, after Beijing said it will hold trade talks with Washington this month, although Turkey’s currency crisis and fears of an economic slowdown in C


US tariffs to stay on Turkey, Qatar offers Ankara aid

Views - 5 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Istanbul/Washington (Reuters): The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a US pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in in


Imran Khan ally elected speaker of Pakistan parliament, PM vote on Friday

Views - 6 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): A staunch ally of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was elected speaker of Pakistan’s lower house on Wednesday, a key position to support Khan’s legislative agenda after he wo


Newspaper editorials across US rebuke Trump for attacks on media

Views - 4 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Reuters: More than 300 US newspapers have pledged to run editorials on Thursday defending freedom of the press in response to President Donald Trump calling some media organisations enemies of the American people.


Facebook says it was ‘too slow’ to fight hate speech in Myanmar

Views - 5 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

YANGON (Reuters): Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on T


Police search addresses after suspected terrorist attack at UK parliament

Views - 4 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Police searched three addresses in central England as part of an investigation into what they said appeared to be a terrorist attack outside Britain’s parliament when a man drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists. A 29-year-old


Turkey doubles tariffs on some US imports; Turkish lira rallies

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

ISTANBUL (Reuters): Turkey doubled tariffs on some US imports including cars, alcohol and tobacco on Wednesday in retaliation for US moves, but the lira rallied a further six% after a fresh move by banking authorities to underpin the currency. Ankara


Italy bridge collapse kills 37, ignites national anger

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

GENOA, Italy (Reuters): Rescue workers combed through the rubble of Italy’s bridge collapse on Wednesday as the death toll climbed to 37 and the government blamed the bridge’s private owner, demanding resignations and moving to strip its toll con


China vows to control debt despite fresh stimulus for cooling economy

Views - 4 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s state planner pledged on Wednesday to keep debt levels under control even as Beijing rolls out fresh stimulus to support the stumbling economy as a trade war with the US deepens. The comments by the National Development a


Trump calls ex-’Apprentice’ star turned White House aide a ‘dog’

Views - 3 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog,” and his campaign took legal action against her as the two former reality TV stars escalated their public feud. The intensi


Oil falls on US stocks rise, weaker economic outlook

Views - 4 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed down by a gloomier global economic outlook and a report of rising US crude inventories, even as US sanctions on Tehran threatened to curb Iranian crude oil supplies. Global benchmark Brent crude


Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year’s general ele


US economy seen strong in 2018, to slow in 2019

Views - 6 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US economic growth will probably accelerate this year before slowing in 2019 to well below the Trump administration’s 3% target as a fiscal stimulus fades, congressional researchers projected on Monday.


China’s economy cools further, investment growth at record low

Views - 3 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s economy is showing signs of cooling further as the US prepares even tougher trade tariffs, with investment slowing to a record low and consumers turning more cautious about spending, data showed on Tuesday. Fixed-asset in


Asia stocks stumble on soft China data, gold loses its glitter

Views - 2 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

SYDNEY (Reuters): Asian share markets fought to regain their footing on Tuesday as tremors from the collapse of the Turkish lira ebbed, though sentiment took a fresh knock when Chinese economic data proved softer than expected. Retail sales, industri


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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


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