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Sonia Gandhi returns to lead beleaguered Congress after son Rahul quits

Views - 126 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:29

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters): Opposition Congress party selected past president Sonia Gandhi as its interim leader on Saturday, while it searches for a successor to her son Rahul Gandhi, who quit following a crushing election defeat by Prime Minister N


Thousands defy crackdown in Moscow’s biggest protest for years

Views - 6 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:28

MOSCOW (Reuters): Tens of thousands of Russians staged what a monitoring group called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday, defying a crackdown to demand free elections to Moscow’s city legislature. Police rounded


Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters as confrontation looms

Views - 6 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:26

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters on Sunday as a 10th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations intensified amidst an increasingly aggressive response from the police and Beijing. Riot police fired volleys of


Shooting at Norway mosque to be investigated as possible act of terrorism - police

Views - 12 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:25

OSLO (Reuters): A shooting at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police said on Sunday. “We’re investigating this as an attempt at carrying out an act of terrorism,” assistant chief of police Run


Pakistan says will move UN Security Council over Kashmir with China’s support

Views - 9 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:25

KARACHI (Reuters): Pakistan says it will move the United Nations Security Council with China’s support with a motion to condemn India for its decision to strip its portion of the Kashmir region of special status. “I have shared with China that th


Iran urges India, Pakistan to avoid any ‘hasty’ Kashmir decision

Views - 13 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:25

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran’s armed forces chief of staff on Saturday cautioned Pakistan and India to avoid any “hasty decision” in Kashmir without considering the wishes of the region’s people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Pakistan


Ramaphosa asks court to seal certain documents in legal battle

Views - 7 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:24

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters): Lawyers for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have asked a court to not make public certain information contained in the record of the country’s corruption watchdog because it was obtained unlawfully, the Presidency sa


Gains for Asian shares capped by fresh trade jitters, China stocks fall

Views - 15 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares inched up on Friday, helped by Wall Street’s rally, but fresh concerns about Sino-US trade ties capped gains in the region. Weighing on risk appetite was a report from Bloomberg that Washington is delaying a decision a


India to hold state assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir soon: Modi

Views - 19 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the people of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday that elections would be held soon in the state for the local assembly, two days after government’s decision to end special status for the state and s


UN chief calls for restraint over Kashmir

Views - 10 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on India and Pakistan to refrain from any steps that could affect the special status of the disputed regions of Kashmir and Jammu. Guterres was “concerned ov


Protesters throng Hong Kong airport as property lobby calls for calm

Views - 8 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): Demonstrators crowded the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airport on Friday, handing out anti-government leaflets and waving banners in a dozen languages in an effort to raise awareness among visitors ahead of a weekend of protests pl


HK leader says protests have hit business like a ‘tsunami’

Views - 8 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday the business community was very worried about the long-term consequences of protests in the Asian financial hub. Lam was flanked by business leaders as she told the media that


Floods kill at least 22 in Kerala, displace thousands

Views - 8 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least 22 people have died in Kerala after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooding that cut off some areas, authorities said on Friday. Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass


Oil jumps on expectations producers may cut supply after 4% slump

Views - 12 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Oil futures jumped more than $1 a barrel on Thursday, recovering half of the nearly 5% losses in the previous session, on expectations that lower prices may lead to production cuts. Brent crude had rebounded to $57.75 a barrel, u


China surprises with best export growth since March, but imports remain weak

Views - 9 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s exports unexpectedly returned to growth in July despite escalating US trade pressure, but the rebound may be short-lived as Washington prepares to impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods. A sharp drop in the yuan curren


Clearing the way for an SME revolution: HNB completes all-island capacity building campaign

Views - 46 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

HNB PLC, Sri Lanka’s largest private sector bank, having the largest SME portfolio, concluded an extensive series of a capacity building workshops for its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) customers this year. So far, capacity building programmes w


Pakistan expels Indian ambassador as Kashmir dispute escalates

Views - 14 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Islamabad/Srinagar, India (Reuters): Pakistan said on Wednesday it would expel India’s ambassador and suspend bilateral trade with its arch-rival after New Delhi stripped its portion of the contested Kashmir region of special status. Neighbours Chi


At least 300 Kashmiri politicians detained to quell protests over status

Views - 10 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters): Indian authorities have detained at least 300 politicians and separatists to quell protests in Kashmir over the withdrawal of its special status, a police officer, local leaders and media said on Thursday, in one of the big


US supports direct dialogue between Pakistan, India on Kashmir

Views - 10 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The United States on Wednesday said it supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on the disputed Kashmir region and called for calm and restraint as the dispute escalated. “We continue to support direct dialogue betw


More protests as US raises Hong Kong travel warning amid growing unrest

Views - 6 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

More protests as US raises Hong Kong travel warning amid growing unrest HONG KONG (Reuters): The United States raised its travel warning for Hong Kong, urging travellers to exercise increased caution in the Chinese territory due to what it described


ADB lends $ 500 m to Pakistan to boost trade, address deficit, and support economic reforms

Views - 8 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $ 500 million policy-based loan to support the Government of Pakistan’s reforms to improve trade competitiveness and exports as a defence against external shocks and to help finance the country’s tr


China to unveil special tax policy in Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Views - 12 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China said on Tuesday it will implement a special tax policy in the newly expanded Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in a bid to promote free trade as Beijing’s year-long trade dispute with Washington threatened to escalate into a full-b


Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj passes away

Views - 12 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj, who most recently served as minister of external affairs, passed away on Tuesday, following a cardiac arrest. Swaraj, 67, a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had op


‘Hong Kong facing worst crisis since handover’: Senior China official

Views - 18 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong is facing its worst crisis since it returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said on Wednesday, as more protests were set to rock the Asian financial hub. T


‘Scary’ German output figures propel recession fears

Views - 10 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): German industrial output fell more than expected in June driven by weaker production of intermediate and capital goods, in a further sign that Europe’s biggest economy contracted in the second quarter as exporters get caught in tr


Oil sets new seven-month low on trade tensions

Views - 8 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Oil prices fell further on Wednesday, extending recent heavy losses as deepening US-China trade tensions weighed on the outlook for the global economy and energy demand. Brent crude futures were down 40 cents or nearly 0.7% at $58.5


Protests across Pakistan over India’s ‘illegal’ move in contested Kashmir

Views - 17 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters): Protests were held across Pakistan on Monday as the government said it strongly condemned India’s constitutional changes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir claimed by both countries. India revoke


UN chief urges restraint by India, Pakistan over Kashmir

Views - 14 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, his spokesman said on Monday, after India revoked the special status of Kashmir, the Himalayan region that has long been a fla


Modi’s ‘bold’ Kashmir move draws praise, criticism in India

Views - 15 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to revoke special status for the disputed Kashmir region is a bold gamble to end a three-decade old armed revolt and draw the territory closer to the rest of India, the country’s media


China warns of countermeasures if US puts missiles on its ‘doorstep’

Views - 11 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China threatened countermeasures on Tuesday if the United States deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in Asia and warned US allies of repercussions if they allow such weapons on their territory. US Defence Secretary Ma


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