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More Brexit embarrassment for May as parliament defeats her again

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

LONDON (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Thursday that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders to get her divorce deal approved if they grant her concessions. In a show of muscle, hardline Brexi


US-China trade talks to resume in Washington next week

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters): Talks between China and the United States to resolve their bruising trade war will resume next week in Washington, with both sides saying this week’s negotiations in Beijing made progress. The White House stood by its


Asian stocks fall after weak US data, crude oil buoyant

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks fell on Friday after weak US retail sales figures raised fresh doubts about the strength of the world’s largest economy, offsetting optimism towards trade talks between the United States and China. Also casting a shado


PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response for Kashmir attack

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a car bomb attack on a military convoy in Kashmir that killed 44 paramilitary policemen, ratcheting up tensions between the nuclear-ar


Kashmir suicide bomber radicalised after beating by troops, say parents

Views - 3 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

SRINAGAR (Reuters): A suicide bomber who killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Indian-controlled Kashmir joined a militant group after having been beaten by troops three years ago, his parents told Reuters on Friday. Pakistan-based Islamist militant gr


US, India hold talks to calm trade tensions, Ross joins by video

Views - 4 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters); US and Indian government officials pressed on with talks on Thursday to resolve their differences over trade and investment, Indian government sources said, even though US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called off his visit becau


EU lawmakers greenlight screening of Chinese investment

Views - 6 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Strasbourg, AFP: The European Parliament on Thursday gave its green light to new powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europe’s strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China. The limited powers aim to protect EU sectors like water, tra


Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Views - 7 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

WARSAW, AFP: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday hailed as a breakthrough a conference in Warsaw where he is standing side-by-side with Arab powers to confront Iran, hoping their common front can pave the way to greater normalisatio


German economy escapes recession by the narrowest of margins

Views - 3 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): The German economy stalled in the final quarter of last year, narrowly escaping recession, as the fallout from global trade disputes and Brexit threatened to derail a decade-long expansion in Europe’s economic powerhouse. Gross do


Japan’s GDP rebounds from quake, floods but trade war hangs over 2019

Views - 6 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japan’s economy bounced back in the fourth quarter as business and consumer spending recovered from the impact of natural disasters but trade frictions and a proposed sales tax hike are expected to hinder growth in 2019. The 1.4% a


Pakistan, India hope to reap investment from Saudi prince’s visit

Views - 3 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:29

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to announce investments in energy and infrastructure during a visit to India and Pakistan in coming days. The prince, known as MBS, is also expected to visit


“I’m sorry”: Thai princess apologises after ill-fated run for PM

Views - 5 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:27

BANGKOK (AFP): A Thai princess has apologised after her short-lived candidacy for prime minister earned a royal rebuke from her brother – the king – and sent jitters across the politically febrile country just weeks before elections. Thailand ha


UK economy to make modest post-Brexit recovery if deal agreed – Economists

Views - 3 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:26

LONDON (Reuters): Britain’s economy will barely grow in the run-up to Brexit amid concern the UK will leave the European Union without an agreement, but if there is a deal there will be a modest post-divorce upturn, according to economists polled b


Drug lord, escape artist ‘El Chapo’ convicted by US jury

Views - 2 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:24

NEW YORK (Reuters): The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a US court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States o


Asian stocks touch four-month peak on US-China trade deal hopes

Views - 3 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:21

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks edged up to a more than four-month high on Wednesday, lifted by optimism that the United States and China might be able to hammer out a deal to resolve their nearly year-long trade dispute. MSCI’s broadest index of Asi


Asian stocks edge up, US futures rise on hope for no government shutdown

Views - 18 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares edged up on Tuesday as investors hoped a new round of US-China trade talks would help to resolve a dispute that’s dented global growth and some corporate earnings. Improving market sentiment was news that US lawmakers


China says consumption growth likely to slow further this year

Views - 17 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Consumption growth in China is “very likely” to slow further this year as the economy cools, the commerce ministry said on Tuesday, underlining the rising risks facing the Asian giant as it navigates a trade war with the United


Pakistan ‘very close’ to securing IMF bailout after Khan-Lagarde meeting

Views - 15 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Islamabad (Reuters): Pakistan is likely to secure an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout soon to stave off a balance of payment crisis and help shore up its economy, Finance Minister Asad Umar said on Monday, as talks between Islamabad and the


Myanmar police use rubber bullets, tear gas to break up ethnic minority protest

Views - 16 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): Myanmar police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon yesterday to disperse a protest over a statue of independence hero General Aung San that is opposed by members of the Karenni ethnic minority, police and a protest leade


US lawmakers reach tentative deal to avoid government shutdown

Views - 16 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a


We must ‘hold our nerve’ on Brexit, May to tell MPs

Views - 14 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May will tell British lawmakers on Tuesday they must hold their nerve over Brexit to force the European Union to accept changes to the divorce deal that would pave the way for an orderly exit. The United Kingd


IMF says oil exporters have not fully recovered from oil shock, cautions against ‘white elephant projects’

Views - 20 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:09

DUBAI (Reuters): Oil exporters have not fully recovered from the dramatic oil price shock of 2014, the head of the IMF said on Saturday, and she cautioned against spending money on “white elephant projects”. “With revenues down, fiscal deficits


World stocks gain as investors eye trade talks, Brexit

Views - 15 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:09

London (Reuters): World stock markets rose on Monday, as investors eyed the resumption of trade talks between the United States and China and watched for signs of progress on Brexit. European markets took their cue from a 1% bounce in Chinese shares,


“It’s like Indira has come back”: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra makes political debut

Views - 18 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:07

Lucknow, India (Reuters): Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made her political debut on Monday with a roadshow drawing thousands in India’s most populous state months before a general election due by May. Congress President Rahul Gandhi pulled a surprise last


US Senator Klobuchar joins Democratic presidential field

Views - 14 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:06

(Reuters): US Senator Amy Klobuchar entered the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first moderate in an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. Klobuchar becomes the fifth US senator t


Thailand election panel disqualifies princess as PM candidate

Views - 16 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:06

Bangkok (Reuters): Thailand’s election panel on Monday disqualified the sister of the king from running for Prime Minister, putting an end to a stunning, short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s words that royalty should be “


US-backed Syrian force launches ‘final battle’ against IS

Views - 16 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters): The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the SDF’


More violence in Paris as ‘yellow vests’ keep marching

Views - 14 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Thousands of French “yellow vest” demonstrators marched on Saturday for their 13th weekend of action, with scuffles in Paris and a demonstrator’s hand mangled by a small explosive. There was also an overnight arson attack on th


Party that nominated Thai princess for PM faces ban after king’s rebuke

Views - 16 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): The Thai political party that nominated a princess as its candidate for Prime Minister could be banned from a general election in March after an activist said yesterday he would file a petition seeking its dissolution. Thailand’


Red Cross warns of ‘growing’ risk of nuclear weapons, urges ban

Views - 13 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

GENEVA, AFP: The Red Cross called Friday for a total ban on nuclear weapons, warning of the growing risk that such arms could again be used with devastating effect. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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