China, Malaysia restart massive ‘Belt and Road’ project after hiccups

Views - 11 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

DUNGUN, Malaysia (Reuters): China and Malaysia resumed construction on a massive ‘Belt and Road’ train project in northern Malaysia on Thursday, after a year-long suspension and following a rare agreement to cut its cost by nearly a third to abou

Rising high, Sajid Javid named finance minister to guide Brexit economy

Views - 11 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Sajid Javid became Britain’s first ethnic minority finance minister on Wednesday, capping off an unlikely rise from a humble start on a street dubbed the country’s worst to holding the purse strings for the world’s fifth-bigge

Imran Khan returns home exulting after Washington visit

Views - 13 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan returned home from Washington on Thursday after a visit seen by supporters as a major diplomatic success, saying he felt like he had when he came back after winning the cricket World Cup. US Pr

Mueller says Trump was not exonerated; Trump declares victory

Views - 11 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller emphasised on Wednesday he had not exonerated Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, as the president has claimed, but his long-awaited congressional testimony did little to add momentum to

British Prime Minister Johnson vows Brexit with ‘no ifs or buts’

Views - 11 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:23

LONDON (Reuters): Boris Johnson used his first speech as Prime Minister to vow to lead Britain out of the EU on 31 October “no ifs or buts”, warning that if the EU refused to negotiate then there would be a no-deal Brexit. Johnson, who has been h

EU threatens duties on 35 b euros in US goods

Views - 11 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:22

BRUSSELS, (AFP): The EU is ready to hit the United States with extra tariffs on goods worth 35 billion euros if Washington slaps duties on its cars, its trade chief said Tuesday. The warning by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom came as she sai

EU lawmakers warn new UK PM boosts ’no deal’ risk

Views - 13 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:19

Brussels, AFP: The European Parliament’s Brexit steering committee warned Wednesday that Britain’s leadership election had increased the risk of a no-deal Brexit. Former Belgian premier Guy Verhoftstadt’s committee met EU Brexit negotiator Mic

UK business urges Johnson to get Brexit deal

Views - 12 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:19

LONDON, (AFP): British business leaders on Tuesday urged incoming prime minister Boris Johnson to avoid taking the country out of the European Union without a Brexit deal. Johnson has said he will seek a new divorce agreement with Brussels but will

Britain’s new leader Johnson vows to get Brexit done

Views - 17 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Boris Johnson, the ebullient Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by Halloween, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party

Oil slips to around $63 as Iran concerns fades for now

Views - 13 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Oil slipped to around $63 a barrel on Tuesday as concerns faded for now that rising tensions in the Middle East would escalate and hit oil supplies, compounding the impact of a weaker demand outlook. Iran’s capture of a British oi

Australia to create new Pacific military unit in bid to woo the region

Views - 10 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australia will create a new military unit dedicated to training and assisting Pacific allies, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Tuesday, as Canberra accelerates plans to undercut Chinese influence in the region. Australia, whi

Trump, Pakistan’s Khan discuss way out of Afghanistan war

Views - 17 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): President Donald Trump voiced optimism on Monday that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could help broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old US war in Afghanistan and held out the possibility of restoring aid

Afghanistan seeks clarification on Trump talk of wiping it out

Views - 13 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

KABUL (Reuters): Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by US President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million people. Trump’s re

Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death

Views - 13 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran captured 17 spies working for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported yesterday. Iranian state television published images it said showed the CIA officers who were i

Death toll from India, Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps to over 300

Views - 12 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

DHAKA/NEW DELHI (Reuters): The death toll from severe flooding in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 300 yesterday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas. He

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near West Bank barrier

Views - 9 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

SUR BAHER, West Bank (Reuters): Israeli forces began demolishing Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of protests and international criticism. Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli pol

India launches moon mission Chandrayaan-2

Views - 13 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

SRIHARIKOTA/BENGALURU (Reuters): India launched a rocket into space yesterday to perform a soft landing of a rover on the moon, the country’s most ambitious mission yet to cement its position as a leading low-cost space power. The 10-billion INR ($

Asia stocks fall on likely smaller Fed rate cut, crude climbs

Views - 16 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asia stocks fell on Monday as investors scaled back expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following Iran’s seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices.

Former Maldives president pleads not guilty to charges of money laundering

Views - 17 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:20

MALE (Reuters): Abdulla Yameen, the former president of the Maldives, pled not guilty to charges of money laundering on Sunday, in the first hearing of a criminal court trial into the matter. Yameen, who drew the Indian Ocean island country closer to

Japan’s ruling bloc set for upper house majority, may get two thirds: NHK exit poll

Views - 13 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:04

TOKYO (Reuters): Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc is set to keep a solid majority in Japan’s upper house election on Sunday and with allies could seal the two-thirds majority needed to keep alive his dream of revising the pacifist constitu

Hong Kong police fires tear gas as protests descend into chaos

Views - 15 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:02

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in chaotic scenes late on Sunday as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city’s political

Astronauts hailed as heroes 50 years after historic moon landing

Views - 14 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:01

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters): Capping a week of celebrations over the historic Apollo 11 mission, Vice President Mike Pence joined astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Saturday at the launch pad in Florida that sent the moonwalker and his two crewmates to s

Hammond to quit over no-deal Brexit if Johnson becomes PM

Views - 16 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign if Boris Johnson became Prime Minister because he felt unable to support a leader happy to take the country out of the European Union without a deal. Hammond’s

South Koreans boycott Japanese brands as diplomatic row intensifies

Views - 18 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

SEOUL (Reuters): As soon as supermarket manager Cho Min-hyuk got to work the day after Tokyo imposed curbs on exports to South Korea, he pulled all Japanese products off the shelves. It was Cho’s way of taking a stand against Japan in a quickly wor

Fed rate cut bets lift global stocks, dollar steadies

Views - 15 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

LONDON (Reuters): Global stocks rose on Friday as investors firmed up bets on a U.S. interest rate cut at the end of July after a speech by a top Federal Reserve official further cemented expectations for one, fuelling appetite for risky assets and

Chance of no-deal Brexit rises as Johnson leads Hunt - Reuters poll

Views - 13 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

LONDON (Reuters): The chance that Britain will leave the European Union without a deal is the highest since October 2017, economists polled by Reuters say, as arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson looks set to take over as prime minister next week. Johnson wa

Suspected arsonist planned Japan’s worst mass killing in 18 years

Views - 15 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:07

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters): A man suspected of torching an animation studio in western Japan shouted that he had been plagiarised and appeared to have planned the attack, media said on Friday after a blaze that killed 33 people in Japan’s worst mass ki

Three British ministers set to resign if Johnson becomes PM

Views - 12 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:00

Reuters: Three British cabinet ministers are set to resign the day Boris Johnson, if as expected, becomes Britain’s next prime minister, The Times newspaper reported on Thursday. British justice minister David Gauke is set to resign soon after Ther

Asia and Pacific growth steady amid global trade tensions: ADB

Views - 23 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Developing Asia will maintain strong but moderating growth over 2019 and 2020, as supportive domestic demand counteracts an environment of global trade tensions, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released recently. In a supplemen

Pakistan arrests accused mastermind of Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed

Views - 14 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters): Pakistani authorities arrested Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of a four-day militant attack on Mumbai in 2008, on Wednesday on terrorism financing charges. US President Donald Trump welcomed the move and said it was t

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