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Israel’s Netanyahu eyes trade, defence ties on India trip

Views - 5 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a six-day visit to India on Sunday hoping to boost trade ties and iron out differences arising from New Delhi’s decision to scrap a defence deal, officials from both countries sai


Trump cancels UK visit, says will not unveil new US embassy

Views - 12 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:55

Reuters: US President Donald Trump cancelled a visit to London scheduled for early this year, saying he was disappointed with the “Obama administration having sold” the US embassy in the British capital.


Asian stocks resume ascent on earnings hopes, euro gets lift from ECB

Views - 5 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks resumed their ascent on Friday, supported by U.S. earnings optimism and higher oil prices while the euro edged up as the European Central Bank signalled an end to its massive stimulus.


US House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

Views - 6 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

Reuters: The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance programme, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from Presi


Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

Views - 7 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany’s global role and raised questions about her politica


Japan conveys concern over Rohingya to Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

Views - 3 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono conveyed serious concern over Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims to the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in a meeting on Friday in the capital Naypyidaw, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.


China ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

Views - 7 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the United States after Chinese


Industry gives Brexit-bound UK economy a shot in the arm

Views - 8 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British industry enjoyed solid growth in November, benefiting from a global upturn that has allowed


Oil dips away from three-year highs on signs of overheated market

Views - 8 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): Oil dipped away from three-year highs on Thursday on signs that a 13% rally since early December may have run its course


Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions - official

Views - 6 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back U.S. economic sanctions on Iran this week,


Berlusconi’s coalition rises in polls ahead of Italian vote

Views - 3 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Rome (Reuters): A centre-right coalition around former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party is steadily climbing in opinion polls as a campaign heats up for Italy’s elections on 4 March. Surveys conducted by Tecne and IPR showed the centre ri


Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Views - 4 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad waves as he leaves after he was stopped from visiting jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who is recuperating from a surgery at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 10 January 20


Oil prices hit highest since 2014, but analysts warn of overheated mkt

Views - 4 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Oil prices hit their highest levels since 2014 on Wednesday due to ongoing production cuts led by OPEC as well as healthy demand, although analysts cautioned that markets may be overheating. A broad global market rally, including


EU needs united approach on foreign investment to gain China’s respect: Macron

Views - 3 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Europe needs a united approach in protecting its strategic assets from foreign takeovers if it wants to be respected by China, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday. On the final leg of his three-day visit to China, Ma


Rohingya children stranded in Myanmar without their parents, says UN

Views - 3 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Phnom Penh (Thomson Reuters Foundation): About 100 Rohingya children are stranded in Myanmar without their parents after military operations drove 655,000 people into Bangladesh since August, the United Nations said. Another 60,000 Rohingya children


Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in White House race

Views - 4 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race, while one of Winfrey’s closest friends said the media mogul and actress was “intrigued” by the possibility of running but was


Euro zone confidence at multi-year high, but inflation expectations fall

Views - 4 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): Economic sentiment in the euro zone rose more than expected in December and the business climate indicator hit new highs,


French President Macron urges China, EU to avoid pitfalls of protectionism

Views - 9 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday offered to open up France to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to Chinese


Oil hits highest since May 2015 above $ 68 on tighter market

Views - 6 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil rose further above $68 a barrel on Tuesday, touching its highest since May 2015, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations U.S. crude inventories fell for an eighth week.


German economy ends 2017 “with a bang” as industrial output surges

Views - 8 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Germany’s industrial production and its exports rose more than expected in November, pointing to continued rising growth in Europe’s largest economy in 2018.


Pope, in “state of world” speech, urges dialogue in Korea, nuclear ban

Views - 6 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

VATICAN CITY (Reuters): Pope Francis, in his annual “state of the world” address called on Monday for all nations to support dialogue to ease tensions


North Korea to send athletes, cheer squad to Winter Olympics: South Korea

Views - 5 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

Seoul (Reuters): North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it will send a delegation of high-ranking officials


Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system: Khamenei

Views - 6 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic,


EU raises concerns with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi over detention of Reuters reporters

Views - 7 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

YANGON (Reuters): The European Union’s envoy to Myanmar has raised concerns about the arrest of two Reuters journalists in a letter to the country’s leader,


Cornered Merkel upbeat as seeks to revive grand coalition

Views - 4 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) can cut a deal, she said on Sunday as the parties began five days of talks about reviving the ‘grand coalition’ that has governed Germany si


New leader of S.Africa’s ANC calls for unity as rift over Zuma widens

Views - 5 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

Johannesburg (Reuters): The new leader of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity on Monday as factions within the party become increasingly divided over the future of President Jacob Zuma. There is widesprea


Asia stocks saunter toward historic high, US earnings hurdle

Views - 3 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Asian shares crept toward all-time peaks on Monday after Wall Street boasted its best start to a year in over a decade, with brisk economic growth and benign inflation proving a potent cocktail for risk appetites. MSCI’s broadest


Trump assails ‘Fake Book’ as allies hail ‘political genius’

Views - 5 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

AFP: President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed as a “Fake Book” an explosive behind-the-scenes account that questions his fitness for office, as allies lined up to defend the US leader, with one dubbing him a “political genius.” The White Hou


China’s new “Silk Road” cannot be one-way, France’s Macron says

Views - 6 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

XIAN, China(Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday China and Europe should work together on Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, a project aiming to build a modern-day “Silk Road” he said could not be “one-way”. Macr


Saudi royal handouts to cost about $13 billion - minister

Views - 5 Monday, 8 January 2018 12:24

RIYADH (Reuters) - A package of handouts to Saudi Arabian citizens to compensate them for cost of living increases will cost the government about 50 billion riyals ($13.3 billion) this year, the information minister was quoted as saying on Sunday.


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Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


MS-RW Unity Govt. must stay united for the sake of the country

Friday, 19 January 2018

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether


The joy of books! Cuddling up with a wish to explore

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I walked into a small communication shop to discover that you can buy almost anything from rubber seeds and tree leaves to bird feathers to support a student attending a school. I noted that all leaves are properly and accurately (hopefully!) identif


Wake up, drifting mega infrastructure development professionals!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th


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