Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Tag Archives: Asia

Taiwan to hold referendum on special law for same-sex marriage

TAIPEI: Taiwan will hold a public vote on whether the island’s civil law should recognise same-sex marriage, two election officials told Reuters on Tuesday, reviving a debate over whether a separate law should be enacted for civil unions between gay couples. Taiwan’s constitutional court declared in May last year that ...

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EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

BRUSSELS: As doubts grow over China’s vast “Belt and Road” trade infrastructure project, the EU is launching an alternative plan for Asia that it says will not saddle countries with debt they cannot repay. EU member countries are expected to sign off on the new “Asia connectivity strategy” – which ...

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Dollar weakens after Trump’s Fed comments

FILE PHOTO: Bundles of banknotes of U.S. Dollar are pictured at a currency exchange shop in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

HONG KONG: The dollar dipped Tuesday in Asia after Donald Trump hit out at the Federal Reserve´s interest rate rises and accused it of not backing his economic plan, while most equity markets edged up ahead of highly anticipated China-US trade talks. The greenback has been on the ascent in ...

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Extreme weather hits Asia

LONDON: Extreme weather is striking parts of Asia with deadly flash-flooding in Vietnam, a tropical storm prompting evacuations and disrupting travel in China and an on-going heat wave in Japan. In Vietnam, 21 people have died and more people are missing after Tropical Depression Son Tinh triggered flash floods and ...

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US, Pakistan can work together for regional security: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The United States and Pakistan can work together to find opportunities to further regional security, says the US Department of Defense. Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W White while speaking at a regular briefing in Washington said: “So with respect to Pakistan, we have opportunities with Pakistan. We think Pakistan can ...

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European stock markets join global downtrend

LONDON: Europe’s major stock markets churned lower Wednesday as investors took their cue from broadly downbeat moves on Wall Street and in Asia. Virtual currency bitcoin meanwhile dived, with some traders eyeing sub-$10,000 after what one analyst called a “cryptocalypse” that saw digital units take a hammering. London stocks “opened ...

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Pakistan won’t seek resumption of suspended military aid: Pak army chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will not seek the resumption of suspended US military aid and feels “betrayed” by the recent critical statements of the American leadership against Islamabad’s fight against terrorism, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said. US President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for terror ...

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Macron Calls for China-EU Relationship to ‘Enter 21st Century’

BEIJING: French President Emmanuel Macron called for an overhaul to relations between China and the European Union, pushing for more balanced trade ties while embracing President Xi Jinping’s signature infrastructure push. Speaking on Monday in the ancient imperial capital of Xian, the eastern departure point of the Silk Road trade ...

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North Korea says new UN sanctions an act of war

The latest round of United Nations sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade, the country’s foreign ministry has said, threatening to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for ...

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