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PNG says Australia responsible for hundreds of asylum seekers when detention camp closes

Views - 7 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Australia will not be allowed to walk away from legal, financial and moral responsibility for nearly 800 men when it closes its asylum seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Tuesday, PNG’s immigration minister said.


Asia shares, crude oil buoyant; euro near 3-month lows

Views - 3 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Asian shares climbed on Monday and crude oil rose to a two-year top, while the euro loitered around a three-month low as the European Central Bank’s decision to extend its stimulus further fattened the dollar’s yield advantage.


Islamist attack on hotel in Somali capital kills 25 policemen

Views - 7 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Mogadishu (Reuters): An Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital ended on Sunday after 25 people had been killed in a near 12-hour siege, police said, underlining the insurgents’ ability to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the city.


Sacked Catalonia leader calls for opposition to Madrid’s rule

Views - 3 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Madrid/Barcelona (Reuters): Sacked Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called for peaceful “democratic opposition” to the central government’s takeover of the region following its unilateral declaration of independence from Spain


Taiwan President arrives in Hawaii despite Chinese objections

Views - 3 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Honolulu (Reuters): Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen landed in Honolulu on Saturday en route to the island’s diplomatic allies among Pacific nations and set off for a visit to a Pearl Harbor memorial, despite strong objections to the visit from Chi


ECB survey sees higher euro zone inflation in 2022

Views - 4 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:37

Frankfurt (Reuters): Euro zone inflation could be higher than earlier expected in five years’ time, the European Central Bank’s survey of professional forecasters showed on Friday, partly underpinning the ECB’s decision to curb stimulus a day e


Mattis talks diplomacy on North Korea ahead of Trump’s Asia tour

Views - 4 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:34

Panmunjom, South Korea (Reuters): US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis emphasised diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean missile and nuclear crisis as he stood at the tense and heavily fortified border between North and South on Friday, saying:


Brent crude oil approaches $60 as markets tighten

Views - 6 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil prices steadied on Friday, with benchmark Brent crude trading just below $60 a barrel, buoyed by comments from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince backing the extension of OPEC-led output cuts.


Euro edges up with ECB decision in focus, Asian stocks flat

Views - 8 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): The euro stretched gains on Thursday ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that could result in a less accommodative monetary policy, while Asian stocks were subdued after Wall Street pulled back from record highs.


13 October Statement of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Views - 22 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, after decades of dictatorship, dependence on foreign powers – especially the United States – and constant interference of those powers in Iran’s internal affairs


As refugee arrivals to Greece pick up, misery grows

Views - 5 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Samos, Greece (Reuters): Even on the nights Muhammad Ahlum’s children manage to fall asleep, they wake up screaming.


Kenya crisis deepens as vote delay petition goes unheard

Views - 6 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Nairobi (Reuters): Kenya plunged deeper into a political crisis on Wednesday as its Supreme Court said it could not hear a case to delay a presidential election because it lacked the judges to make a quorum. Only the Supreme Court has the authority t


Xi strengthens his position, unveils new leadership

Views - 6 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Text and pix by Ashwin Hemmathagama in Beijing Undisputed strongman of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xi Jinping received the much-anticipated nod for a second term to continue in the office of the General Secretary at the first plenary session o


Asian shares edge up, Nikkei snaps 16-day winning streak

Views - 5 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Asian shares edged higher on Wednesday, while U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar got a lift following a report that Republican senators were leaning toward John Taylor to be the next Federal Reserve chief. European stock futures wer


Asian shares hover near recent highs

Views - 4 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:00

Asian shares held near recent decade highs on Tuesday and major currencies kept to narrow ranges, while the New Zealand dollar stumbled to five-month lows as the incoming Labour coalition’s policies unsettled investors.


Trump’s tougher stance could backfire by boosting Iran’s Guards

Views - 4 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

Ankara/London (Reuters): Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a military force with political clout and an industrial empire, stands to benefit from heightened tension between Washington and Tehran, officials and analysts said. President


US Midwest oil refiners boost output, cut region’s dependence on Gulf Coast

Views - 7 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): U.S. refineries from Ohio to Minnesota are capitalising on access to cheap crude from Western Canada and North Dakota oilfields, helping their region break a historic dependence on fuel from the Gulf Coast while redrawing oil trad


Victory for Abenomics lifts world stocks to new record

Views - 6 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s convincing election victory lifted the Nikkei to its highest in 21 years and world stocks to an all-time high on Monday, despite an escalation of Spain’s constitutional crisis that weighed on


Abe to push reform of Japan’s pacifist constitution after ruling bloc election win

Views - 5 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday’s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation’s longest serving premier and reenergising his push to revise the pacifist constitutio


As relations thaw, Saudi Arabia and Iraq pledge cooperation against IS

Views - 5 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

RIYADH (Reuters): Saudi Arabia and Iraq convened a new joint body to coordinate their fight against Islamic State and on rebuilding Iraqi territory wrested from the group, the Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in Riyadh


China’s GDP expands 6.9% in first three quarters

Views - 4 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

People’s Daily: China’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 6.9% year on year in the first three quarters of 2017 to 59.33 trillion yuan ($8.96 trillion), official data revealed on Thursday.


No problems with Iran despite Trump action: UN nuclear watchdog chief

Views - 3 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): The UN atomic watchdog chief said on Thursday his inspectors had yet to encounter problems with Iran a week after US President Donald Trump refused to certify that Tehran was complying with a 2015 nuclear deal. In a significant US po


Asian shares perk up after US Senate passes budget plan

Views - 5 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares shrugged off early sluggishness and gained on Friday, and the dollar rose after the US Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package withou


Stocks stumble off all-time highs

Views - 6 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): World stocks set a fresh record high before stalling in Europe on Thursday, as the longest winning streak for Japanese stocks since 1988 and the first close above 23,000 for Wall Street’s Dow index helped to offset nerves about Sp


US says holds Myanmar military leaders accountable in Rohingya crisis

Views - 5 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.


On Iran, US asks UN Security Council: ‘Where’s the outrage?’

Views - 2 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

United Nations (Reuters): The United States accused Iran on Wednesday of violating several United Nations Security Council resolutions, saying it would no longer “turn a blind eye” and asking the 15-member council of Tehran’s behaviour: “wher


Islamic State defeated in Syrian capital Raqqa

Views - 6 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:17

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters): US-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle.


George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ wins 2017 Man Booker prize

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’, – a fictional account of US President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.


CPC at 19th National Congress

Views - 2 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

Foreign analysts and media look to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China for clues about China’s future. It is no secret that President Xi Jinping, during his almost five years as China’s senior-most leader, has strengthened


May, Juncker call for faster Brexit talks

Views - 6 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker agreed over dinner in Brussels on Monday that the pace of negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union should be stepped up.


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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