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Prize-winning author, 21 UN workers among dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Views - 8 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

NAIROBI (Reuters): A prize-winning author, a football official and a team of humanitarian workers were among those who perished in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 30, Government officials and employers said on Monday. Sunday’s crash, minutes


US says Pakistan committed to easing tensions with India

Views - 9 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister has assured him Islamabad is committed to de-escalating tensions with India and dealing “firmly” with terrorists, after a re


Malaysia drops murder charge against Indonesian woman in Kim Jong Nam case

Views - 7 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): An Indonesian woman accused in the 2017 killing of the North Korean leader’s half-brother was released from custody on Monday after a Malaysian court dropped a murder charge against her. After the court decision to release h


US set to become net exporter of oil: IEA

Views - 8 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): Crude production is set to continue expanding in the United States thanks to shale oil, with the country becoming a net exporter from 2021, a development which should reinforce global energy security, the IEA said Monday. “The second


Turkey tumbles into recession as polls loom

Views - 8 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

ANKARA (AFP): Turkey’s economy fell into its first recession in a decade, official data showed on Monday, just weeks before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Government faces local elections where growth and inflation will be key issues for voters


UAE economy to grow 3.5% in 2019 led by non-oil sector: central bank

Views - 10 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Economic growth in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to accelerate to 3.5% in 2019, helped by strong non-oil activity, the central bank said in its quarterly report. The economy grew 2.8% in 2018, the report said, helped by


Brexit crunch looms for Theresa May as EU talks stall

Views - 9 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters): British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another Brexit humiliation after two major eurosceptic factions in parliament warned they would vote down her divorce deal because she had failed to win concessions from the European


Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes, killing 157

Views - 12 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

NAIROBI (Reuters) : An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the airline said, and there were no survivors, according to the state broadcaster. The flight lef


Iran’s Rouhani urges Pakistan to act against group behind border attack

Views - 8 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for “decisive” action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, saying failure to act could jeopardise relations. Iran’s state news


Turnout falls to lowest yet in French ‘yellow vest’ protests

Views - 9 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Turnout at ‘yellow vest’ protests across France, a backlash against high living costs that has lasted nearly four months, fell on Saturday to its lowest level yet. People wearing the neon high-visibility vests that have come to s


PM Imran Khan says no militants will be allowed to attack from Pakistani soil

Views - 13 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate from Pakistani soil to carry out attacks abroad, days after his Government announced a sweeping crackdown against Islamist militant


India says Pakistan hiding information by blocking access to bombing site

Views - 14 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India said on Saturday Pakistan had “plenty to hide” by preventing journalists from accessing the site of an airstrike by Indian fighter jets inside Pakistan. Citing “security concerns”, Pakistani security officials on Th


Biden tops 2020 Iowa presidential poll, Sanders gains momentum

Views - 10 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Former US Vice President Joe Biden topped a poll of Iowa voters on Saturday that also showed Senator Bernie Sanders gaining momentum against him in the number two spot. Biden, who has not announced whether he is running in the 2


India to go to polls from 11 April; tension with Pakistan seen boosting Modi

Views - 12 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India will hold a general election in seven stages starting on 11 April, the election commission said on Sunday, in what will be the world’s biggest democratic exercise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to benefit from t


Congress matriarch Sonia Gandhi to fight polls from family bastion

Views - 10 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Sonia Gandhi, former leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, will contest the 2019 general election from the Rae Bareli seat, a family stronghold in Uttar Pradesh that has voted for her since 2004. The Italian-born 72


Leader of hardline Hindu group in India defends beating of Kashmiris

Views - 8 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): The leader of a hardline Hindu group in India on Thursday justified the beating of two street vendors from mostly Muslim Kashmir by his members, saying “suspicious” Kashmiris had to be watched after a deadly bombing in the di


May to EU – Agree to backstop changes or risk disorderly Brexit

Views - 10 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May put the onus on the European Union to make concessions over the thorny issue of the Irish backstop in Brexit talks, or risk Britain leaving the EU without a deal, which she said would be against EU interes


Europe, Canada, Australia issue first rebuke of Saudi Arabia at UN forum

Views - 7 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release 10 activists and cooperate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. It was


China praises Pakistan’s “restraint” over Kashmir tensions

Views - 8 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): China has praised Pakistan’s “restraint” and willingness to talk with India to ease tensions between the two countries after a deadly bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir last month. Pakistan is facing pressure from global po


Asia stocks shudder as ECB reversal spooks markets

Views - 9 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Asian stocks shuddered lower on Friday after the European Central Bank slashed its growth forecasts and launched an emergency round of policy stimulus, leaving investors fearing the worst for the global economy. ECB President Mario


Global stocks stuck in worst run of the year ahead of ECB

Views - 11 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks were stuck in their worst run of the year and bonds were on the rise on Thursday, as investors waited for confirmation that the European Central Bank will start shoveling cheap cash at the euro zone again. The ECB was


Exports, investment, consumption drive euro zone fourth-quarter GDP slowing growth

Views - 7 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Net exports, investment and consumption drove euro zone economic growth in the last quarter of 2018, data showed on Thursday, offseting a sharp drop in inventories. The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat confirmed its


Huawei fights back against U.S. blackout with Texas lawsuit

Views - 14 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

HONG KONG/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies sued the U.S. government on Thursday saying a law limiting its U.S. business was unconstitutional, ratcheting up its fight back against a government bent on closing


Oil falls on US inventory build, shale oil output forecasts

Views - 11 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Oil prices fell on Wednesday as bullish output forecasts by two big US producers and a build in weekly US crude stockpiles outweighed OPEC-led production cuts. International Brent crude futures were at $65.47 per barrel at 0745 G


China stocks rally on stimulus hopes, weak GDP growth hits Aussie

Views - 10 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks held their ground on Wednesday as Chinese equities rallied on stimulus hopes, although a resurgence in regional tensions capped broader gains with North Korea opting to restore part of a missile test site it had began di


Bezos, Gates and Buffett still top the world’s ultra-rich: Forbes

Views - 24 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

New York, AFP: Jeff Bezos remains the world’s richest person, ahead of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, according to the latest Forbes list of the ultra-wealthy. But while things are largely stable up top in that ranking, Facebook founder Mark Zucke


China to slash taxes, boost lending to shore up slowing economy

Views - 14 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China will cut billions of dollars in taxes and fees, increase infrastructure investment, and step up lending to small firms, Premier Li Keqiang said, as the government boosts stimulus to shore up an economy growing at its slowest


Trump scraps $ 5.6 b worth of trade privilege for India; Delhi plays down impact

Views - 11 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters): US President Donald Trump looked set to open a new front in his trade wars on Monday with a plan to end preferential trade treatment for India that allows duty-free entry for up to $5.6 billion worth of its exports to


EU will screen foreign investment from April

Views - 8 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): The European Union will start screening foreign direct investment into the 28-nation bloc from April to safeguard Europe’s security, public order and strategic interests, the European Commission said. European ministers approved


China says Canadian stole secrets; Huawei to sue US

Views - 11 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters): China’s government and its leading smartphone maker, Huawei Technologies Ltd., stepped up pressure on Monday on the US and Canadian governments in a dispute over trade and telecoms technology that has ensnared Huawei’s C


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Friday, 19 April 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

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