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Asia-Pacific leaders say to fight ‘unfair trade’ in nod to Trump

Views - 6 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters): Asia-Pacific leaders agreed on Saturday to address “unfair trade practices” and “market distorting subsidies” in a statement that bore the imprint of US President Donald Trump’s efforts to reshape the global trade


Asian Stocks slip as US tax doubts snap global winning streak

Views - 6 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:33

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares slipped on Friday on uncertainty about US tax reforms after Senate Republicans unveiled a plan that differed from the House of Representatives’ version in several key areas, including a delay in the timing of a corpora


Factors hampering solution of Rohingya issue

Views - 37 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:10

Despite efforts by the UN, the US-led Western powers, and China, a solution to the Rohingya refugees issue dividing Bangladesh and Myanmar, seems to be a long way off. Indeed, if the past in any indication, Bangladesh may be saddled for ever with the


Trump praises ‘highly respected’ Xi; China media says visit set new blueprint for US-China ties

Views - 5 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as “highly respected” on Friday as he left Beijing for Vietnam, ending a visit which Chinese media declared set a “new blueprint” for handling US-China relations a


Philippines’ Duterte offers to host ‘world summit’ on human rights

Views - 5 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

MANILA (Reuters): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is facing international criticism for his bloody war on drugs, said his country was willing to host a “world summit” to tackle how nations can protect human rights.


Trump’s $ 250 billion China ‘miracle’ adds gloss to off-kilter trade

Views - 6 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

Beijing/Shanghai (Reuters): President Donald Trump can return to the United States claiming to have snagged over $ 250 billion in deals from his maiden trip to Beijing. Whether those deals live up to the lofty price tag is


New Delhi declares emergency as toxic smog thickens by the hour

Views - 6 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): The Indian capital declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity as a toxic smog hung over the city for a third day on Thursday and air quality worsened by the hour.


Singapore detains two for “terrorism-related” activities

Views - 7 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Singapore said on Thursday it has detained a Singaporean man and a woman for affiliations to radical Islamist groups under the country’s tough security law that allows for detention without trial.


World stocks index dips after breaking record, oil near 2-1/2-year high

Views - 3 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:55

New York (Reuters): A global rally in stocks paused on Tuesday, halting a nine-day advance that had sent the most widely tracked index of world stock markets to record highs.


Dutch to investigate 4,000 corporate tax deals after P&G error

Views - 6 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

Amsterdam (Reuters): The Netherlands will review 4,000 corporate tax deals agreed between the government and companies between 2012 and 2016 to determine if they were properly issued, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.


China’s Xi fetes Trump on first day of Beijing trip

Views - 4 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): With lavish pageantry and an uncharacteristic personal flourish, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday rolled out a red carpet welcome for US President Donald Trump at the Forbidden City, the ancient home of China’s emperors.


Trump praises Saudi purge, voices confidence in King, Crown Prince

Views - 4 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a move by Saudi Arabia’s future king that tightened his grip on power through the arrests of royals, ministers and investors in an anti-corruption purge.


Papua New Guinea court rejects bid to restore services to asylum-seeker camp

Views - 4 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court rejected an application on Tuesday to restore water, electricity and food supplies to an Australian-run detention centre for asylum seekers where nearly 600 men have been barricaded for a week.


Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war, deepening crisis

Views - 5 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

BEIRUT (Reuters): Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilise the tiny Arab country.


Trump greets Japanese emperor with a handshake and nod – but no bow

Views - 9 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): US President Donald Trump greeted Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday with a genteel handshake and nod, but no bow, avoiding the pitfall of US President Barack Obama who was criticised at home for his deep bow to t


Oil hits highest levels since 2015 amid tightening markets, Saudi purge

Views - 6 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): Oil prices hit their highest levels since July 2015 early on Monday as markets tightened, while Saudi Arabia’s crown prince cemented his power over the weekend through an anti-corruption crackdown that included high-profile arr


Gunman storms small-town Texas church, killing at least 26

Views - 4 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters): A gunman with an assault rifle stormed a church in rural Texas on Sunday, killing at least 26 worshippers and wounding 20 others in a rampage to be notched into a litany of mass shootings that have plagued the Uni


Trump lands in Japan, says US and allies are prepared to defend freedom

Views - 9 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

KAWAGOE, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that “no dictator” should


Britain accelerates Brexit plans, divorce talks also to speed up

Views - 6 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

London/Bratislava (Reuters): Britain is accelerating preparations for “all eventualities” when it leaves the European Union, but both sides are hopeful an agreement on stepping up talks to unravel more than 40 years of partnership will be sealed


Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed detained in corruption inquiry

Views - 9 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi authorities detained one of the kingdom’s most prominent businessmen and the head of the National Guard in a sweeping anti-corruption inquiry that gives Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman more authority.


Asian shares up on Fed optimism, sterling firms ahead of expected BOE hike

Views - 5 Friday, 3 November 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares inched higher on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve said economic growth was solid, virtually cementing the case for a December rate rise even as investors braced for what is expected to be the Bank of England’s fir


UN refugee commissioner says Australia must stop ‘unfolding humanitarian crisis’ in PNG

Views - 6 Friday, 3 November 2017 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said Australia must take immediate action to stop an “unfolding humanitarian emergency” that sees 600 asylum seekers barricaded inside an abandoned detention centre in Papua New Guinea witho


Hardline preacher Naik finds refuge in Malaysia as politicised Islam grows

Views - 5 Friday, 3 November 2017 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): When Zakir Naik emerged from a prominent Malaysian mosque last month fans swarmed about him, seeking selfies with the Indian Muslim televangelist whose hardline views have sparked a criminal investigation back in his home coun


Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Views - 2 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Japan’s Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volati


Suspected terrorist truck attack kills eight on New York bike path

Views - 6 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): A man driving a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen in what authorities said was an act of


Euro zone economy grows faster than expected in Q3, supports ECB QE decision

Views - 4 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Brussels (Reuters): The euro zone economy grew faster than expected last quarter and unemployment fell to its lowest in almost nine years, backing up the European Central Bank’s move to begin reducing its bond buying despite slightly soft inflation


Two ex-Trump aides charged in Russia probe, third pleads guilty

Views - 4 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Washington (Reuters): Federal investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election charged President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide, Rick Gates, with money laundering on Monday.


Kenyan President Kenyatta wins 98% of vote in repeat election

Views - 5 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

NAIROBI (Reuters): Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won 98% of the vote in a repeated election in which an opposition boycott helped lower turnout to 39%, the electoral commission said on Monday.


Singapore minister says he, and his colleagues, all prepared to become next PM if called upon

Views - 5 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): One of the contenders to be Singapore’s next leader, cabinet member Chan Chun Sing, on Monday said he and his colleagues had an obligation to be ready to take on the job.


Qatar emir says open to Trump-hosted talks over Gulf crisis

Views - 5 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Doha (Reuters): Qatar’s ruler said he is ready for U.S.-hosted direct talks aimed at solving the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years but has yet to hear a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to the four Arab states boyco


Today's Columnists

Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.


Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


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