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Hezbollah: It’s time for Iran’s allies to start working to avenge Soleimani

Views - 9 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

BEIRUT (Reuters): Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Sunday it was time for Iran’s allies to begin working to retaliate for the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani though it would be a “long path” to the goal of ejecting US forces from the reg


Australian Prime Minister’s approval rating goes up in flames

Views - 7 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Public support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slumped to its lowest levels amid widespread anger over his government’s handling of Australia’s bushfire crisis, according to a survey released by Newspoll on Monday. At l


Pakistani judges rule special court in Musharraf case was unconstitutional

Views - 7 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

LAHORE (Reuters): A Pakistani High Court on Monday ruled that the formation of a special court that last month handed former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf a death sentence was unconstitutional, casting into doubt the legitimacy of the ver


Rumbling volcano shuts down Philippine capital

Views - 10 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

MANILA (Reuters): Schools and businesses shut across the Philippine capital yesterday as a volcano belched clouds of ash across the city and seismologists warned an eruption could happen at any time, potentially triggering a tsunami. Thousands of peo


Indonesia, UAE sign business deal worth about $23 billion: Widodo

Views - 24 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

JAKARTA (Reuters): Indonesia signed 11 business deals with the United Arab Emirates worth a combined 314.9 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) covering investment in energy and other sectors, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said via his Twitter account on


Taiwan President wins landslide victory in stark rebuke to China

Views - 15 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:10

TAIPEI (Reuters): Taiwanese re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen by a landslide on Saturday in a stern rebuke that could fuel further tension with China, which has tried military threats and economic inducements to get the island to accept its rule. Ant


Thousands join Thai anti-government run as political climate simmers

Views - 12 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:09

BANGKOK (Reuters): Thousands of Thais participated yesterday in a run billed as an anti-government protest, in what appeared to be the biggest show of dissent against the government of former junta leader Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Thousands o


Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies; successor vows to pursue peace

Views - 16 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:08

DUBAI (Reuters): Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, one of the Middle East’s longest- serving rulers who maintained the country’s neutrality in a turbulent region, died on Friday and his cousin Haitham bin Tariq al-Said was named as his successor i


Indian Supreme Court says indefinite Kashmir internet shutdown is illegal

Views - 12 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:08

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters): The Supreme Court said on Friday that an indefinite shutdown of the internet in Kashmir was illegal, rebuking the Government for the communications lockdown imposed after it withdrew the Muslim majority region’s autono


Queen Elizabeth calls Prince Harry for crisis meeting

Views - 15 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:07

LONDON (Reuters): Queen Elizabeth has summoned her grandson Prince Harry for a crisis meeting to discuss future arrangements for him and his wife Meghan following the couple’s shock announcement that they want to step back from royal duties. Harry


Global growth of 2.5% in 2020 amid mounting debt, slowing productivity gain: WB

Views - 53 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:03

WASHINGTON: Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year’s significant weakness but downward risks persist, the World Bank said in its January 2020 Global Economic Prospects.


Fugitive ex-Nissan boss Ghosn hits out at carmaker and Japan

Views - 18 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

BEIRUT (Reuters): Carlos Ghosn, speaking publicly for the first time since his dramatic escape from Japanese justice, said on Wednesday he had been treated “brutally” by Tokyo prosecutors and was the victim of an inside job to oust him from the h


US congressional study urges sanctions on China over ‘crimes against humanity’

Views - 13 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): A US congressional report released on Wednesday called for sanctions against China over human rights abuses, and for US officials to keep rights concerns in mind during dealings with Beijing, including trade negotiations. The an


Asian shares erase losses as Mideast tensions ease

Views - 9 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Asian stocks rebounded on Thursday and oil edged up as the United States and Iran backed away from the brink of further conflict in the Middle East and investors unwound safety plays. US President Donald Trump responded overnight


Oil edges up after plunge, as market recovers poise

Views - 10 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Oil prices rose on Thursday, recouping some of the heavy losses from the previous session as the market rebalanced after Washington and Tehran looked to defuse a potential Middle East crisis. Prices had soared in response to the kill


Ukrainian airliner crashes killing all 176 aboard

Views - 15 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

DUBAI/KIEV (Reuters): A Ukrainian airliner crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off from Tehran early yesterday, killing all 176 people on board. Debris and smouldering parts from the Boeing 737, which carrier Ukraine International Airlin


‘World cannot afford war’: US Democrats respond to Iran missile strike

Views - 16 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Democrats in the US Congress and some of the party’s presidential contenders warned on Tuesday about escalating conflict in the Middle East after Iran launched a retaliatory missile strike against US forces in Iraq. The news t


Iran’s supreme leader says missile strike a “slap on the face” for US

Views - 12 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that Tehran’s missile attacks on US targets in Iraq were “a slap on the face” for the United States and it should now pull its forces out of the region. Iran said it


Avenging general’s killing, Iran strikes at US troops in Iraq, Trump weighs response

Views - 19 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters): Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing US troops in Iraq yesterday in retaliation for the US killing of an Iranian general, raising the stakes in its conflict with Washington amid concern of a wide


Hong Kong leader vows to work closely with Beijing’s new envoy

Views - 19 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 01:41

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said yesterday that she would work closely with Beijing’s top official in the Asian financial hub to get it back on “the right path” after more than six months of pro-democracy protests.


Oil slips as investors reassess Mideast risks

Views - 13 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Oil prices yesterday surrendered some gains made over the previous days as investors reconsidered the likelihood of immediate supply disruptions in the Middle East after the United States killed a top Iranian military commander. Bre


India predicts slower 5% growth, likely prompting budget stimulus

Views - 15 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): India on Tuesday forecast 5% growth for the current financial year, the slowest pace in 11 years, which will likely prompt the finance minister to opt for extra fiscal stimulus when she presents the annual budget next month. The


Australia strengthens bushfire defences as economic, environmental costs mount

Views - 15 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures yesterday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted. More than 10.3 million hectares (25.5 mil


Dozens killed in stampede at funeral of slain Iranian commander, burial postponed

Views - 16 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

DUBAI/BAGHDAD (Reuters): Dozens of people were killed in a stampede as huge crowds of mourners gathered for the funeral of a slain military commander in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman on Tuesday, forcing his burial to be postponed, state-aff


UK ministers told to root out money-wasting

Views - 14 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) : British ministers were told on Tuesday to root out waste in government spending, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said, adding that a March 11 budget announcement will take tough decisions to prepare the economy for the n


Britain jails Indonesian who became UK’s ‘most prolific rapist’

Views - 20 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

London (Reuters): A student from Indonesia was identified as Britain’s most prolific rapist on Monday after being convicted of more than 150 offences, including 136 rapes. In four separate trials, Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was found guilty of assaulting


Israel’s opposition seeks swift end to Netanyahu immunity bid

Views - 17 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

JERUSALEM, (AFP): The Israeli opposition pushed Sunday for parliament to swiftly address Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity request, potentially speeding up the embattled leader’s appearance in court. Netanyahu announced his bid for imm


Trump stands by threat on Iranian cultural sites, warns of ‘major retaliation’

Views - 27 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

Aboard Air Force One (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Sunday stood by his threat to go after Iranian cultural sites, warning of a “major retaliation” if Iran strikes back for the killing of one of its top military commanders. The president


Iraq wants foreign troops out after air strike; Trump threatens sanctions

Views - 17 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters): Iraq’s parliament called on Sunday for US and other foreign troops to leave as a backlash grows against the US killing of a top Iranian general, and President Donald Trump doubled down on threats to target Iranian cult


New chief of China’s Hong Kong liaison office hopes city returns to ‘right path’

Views - 19 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): The new head of China’s liaison office in Hong Kong, the most senior mainland official based in the territory, said on Monday China was the strongest backer of the Asian financial hub, which he hoped would return to “the righ


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