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November 7, 2017 8:55 AM Britain says Iran's treatment of jailed aid worker is unacceptable

LONDON - Iran's continued detention of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is unacceptable, British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday, adding that she should be released as soon as possible. Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment 202

October 30, 2017 9:47 AM Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sporting events in stadiums

About a month after Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive, the kingdom has announced another historic move: Starting next year, women will be allowed to attend sporting events in stadiums for the first time. Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority made the announcement on Sunday, tweeting that preparations will begin to “accommodate families 80

October 28, 2017 4:33 PM Special US probe into Russian election meddling gains pace

WASHINGTON: US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged at least one person in the sprawling probe over Russian interference in last year's presidential vote, marking the start of a new judicial phase. Details of the first charges as well as the target remain unclear at this stage, but CNN confirmed with several sources briefed on the matter that a federal 22

October 27, 2017 6:46 PM Nobel prize money will no longer be 'invested' in nuclear weapons

OSLO: The Nobel Foundation said on Friday (Oct 27) its prizes will no longer be funded with investments from nuclear arms producers, just weeks after awarding the peace prize to a nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group. The private institution, based in Stockholm, is responsible for managing the fund left by the prizes' founder, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish 21

October 24, 2017 10:48 AM Xi’s strategy for China to reach global preeminence

The 19th Chinese Communist party congress has generated much commentary, but what does it actually mean? Party congresses are essentially about three things: first, leadership, personnel and power; second, ideology; third, political vision. On the first, President Xi Jinping has further strengthened his position. He is now China’s paramount leader 15

October 24, 2017 12:46 AM Remarks by President Trump and PM Lee in joint statement

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump on Monday (Oct 23) made joint statements at the White House after witnessing the signing of a US$14 billion deal between Singapore Airlines and Boeing. Speaking at the joint media conference, the leaders reaffirmed a "robust partnership" between the countries and outlined key areas 9

October 23, 2017 7:10 AM What is Japan’s Pacifist constitution that Shinzo Abe wants to reform after strong election win

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favour revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, is likely to push towards his long-held goal but will need to convince a divided public to succeed. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favour revising Japan’s post-war, pacifist constitution 9

October 23, 2017 4:35 AM Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win

TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favour revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, is likely to push towards his long-held goal but will need to convince a divided public to succeed. Parties in favour of amending the U.S.-drafted charter won nearly 80 percent of the seats in Sunday's lower house 10

October 21, 2017 4:12 AM Energy and chemicals ITM to create $12.7 billion in value-add and 1,400 new jobs by 2025

SINGAPORE - A new road map has been laid out for Singapore's energy and chemicals sector that aims to create $12.7 billion in value-add and 1,400 new jobs by 2025. This Industry and Transformation Map (ITM) includes plans to transform the existing base of chemicals manufacturing through the adoption of innovative technologies. It will also look at diversifying 70

October 20, 2017 10:43 PM Catalonia crisis: EU's Tajani blasts those 'sowing discord'

MADRID: European Parliament president Antonio Tajani criticised those who "are sowing discord" by not following Spanish law in a speech in Spain on Friday (Oct 20), as the country grapples with the political crisis over Catalonia's independence drive. "While some are sowing discord by deliberately ignoring law, I think we need to remind ourselves of the importance 5