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November 9, 2017 10:55 AM New Zealand says unclear if TPP agreement can be reached this week

DANANG, Vietnam - It is not clear if countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) can reach an agreement this week at a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders to carry forward the trade pact, New Zealand's trade minister said on Thursday. Ministers from the 11 countries are meeting in Vietnam's central resort of Danang on the sidelines of a summit of the Asia Pacific 20

November 9, 2017 8:55 AM APEC ministers end talks after wrangling over trade wording for U.S

DANANG, Vietnam - Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries ended their meeting on Thursday with a "very good outcome", despite differing views on trade and protectionism, Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh told a news conference. Talks among trade and foreign ministers from Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries on a communique for leaders 20

November 2, 2017 8:18 AM South Korea to restrict anti-Trump rallies: Report

SEOUL: South Korean police will restrict public rallies near the country's presidential palace during Donald Trump's first visit as head of state, a report said Thursday (Nov 2) reducing his chances of being exposed to opposition. It is the first time that Seoul has imposed limits on public gatherings since President Moon Jae-In, a former human rights 11

November 2, 2017 2:18 AM Islamic preacher Haslin seeks meeting with Johor Islamic affairs committee following state ban

PETALING JAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - While declining to comment on the Johor Sultan's decree that bans him from preaching in the state of Johor, preacher Haslin Baharim says he wants to meet the state's Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman to "discuss the matter". Haslin, who is also known as Ustaz Bollywood, denies his sermons caused 4

November 1, 2017 11:38 PM NUS student falls to death after locking herself out of residential hall room

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - A National University of Singapore (NUS) student fell to her death while trying to enter her residential hall room from a window after locking herself out. The New Paper understands the first-year undergraduate fell after climbing out of a nearby window to reach the window of her seventh-storey room. The tragedy happened on Saturday 4

November 1, 2017 9:50 PM Super Salah shows his class as Klopp's Reds show signs of promise

Liverpool's transfer strategy has been criticised, but Salah is one signing the Reds got spot on It was all decidedly low key but Liverpool moved a step closer to the last 16 of the Champions League with an ultimately routine victory over Maribor at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp's men remain at the summit of Group E and if they win either of their final two games 6

November 1, 2017 6:05 PM Fed holds rates steady; 'solid' growth keeps December hike in view

WASHINGTON: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and pointed to solid U.S. economic growth and a strengthening labor market while downplaying the impact of recent hurricanes, a sign it is on track to lift borrowing costs again in December. The U.S. central bank acknowledged that inflation remained soft, but it did not downgrade 5

November 1, 2017 2:50 PM UK prepares to impose Northern Ireland budget due to deadlock

Belfast (AFP) - Britain's parliament will begin legislating later this month for a new budget for Northern Ireland if the semi-autonomous province's squabbling parties fail to reach an agreement, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said Wednesday. "It has not yet been possible for the parties to reach agreement... I am therefore now taking forward 8

November 1, 2017 12:15 PM Trump to push for more balanced trade ties and free markets in trip to Asia

SINGAPORE — Mr Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Asia demonstrates his administration’s engagement of the region and his personal interest in helping it grow economically, said senior American officials, adding that the president will push for more equitable trade relations and for countries to adopt free-market principles. “The President’s travel is going 3

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM S'pore, UK share rich, enduring ties: President

She traces a common history back to Raffles, who she credits for Republic's global outlook Singapore and the United Kingdom enjoy a natural affinity owing to a common history, as well as share a "rich and enduring relationship", President Halimah Yacob said yesterday. The shared history dates back to 1819, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded a trading 3