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Thousands rally in Taiwan, call for referendum on independence from China

Thousands rally in Taiwan, call for referendum on independence from China

Several thousand pro-independence demonstrators rallied in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to protest against Beijing's "bullying" and called for a referendum on whether the self-ruled island should formally declare independence from China.
10/20/2018 12:13:39 PM
Multiple blasts rock Kabul polling stations

Multiple blasts rock Kabul polling stations

Multiple explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, as voters cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections.
10/20/2018 10:47:49 AM
Trump: Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death credible

Trump: Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death credible

US President Donald Trump said Friday he found Saudi Arabia's explanation about the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi credible and termed it an "important first step."
10/20/2018 9:56:09 AM
India train disaster toll rises amid anger over safety

India train disaster toll rises amid anger over safety

Around 60 people are now known to have died when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers watching a firework display in India, officials said Saturday.
10/20/2018 9:48:29 AM
Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday a missing journalist had died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and it had fired two senior officials over his death, an account President Donald Trump said was credible but US lawmakers found hard to believe.
10/20/2018 9:43:06 AM
IS releases six of 27 Druze hostages held in southern Syria

IS releases six of 27 Druze hostages held in southern Syria

The Islamic State group has released six of 27 Druze hostages it seized during a deadly July attack in Syria's Sweida province in exchange for a prisoner swap and ransom, a monitor said Saturday.
10/20/2018 9:33:46 AM
Migrant caravan halted on Mexico-Guatemala border

Migrant caravan halted on Mexico-Guatemala border

Hundreds of people in a caravan of migrants that crossed from Honduras into Guatemala staged a dramatic bid to breach the Mexican border on Friday, as local governments began preparing to disperse the convoy under pressure from Washington.
10/20/2018 9:13:12 AM
Amir hails Kuwait’s support for IPU session

Amir hails Kuwait’s support for IPU session

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10/20/2018 2:36:00 AM
Pakistan prime minister meets FM

Pakistan prime minister meets FM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met yesterday with HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani during his official visit to Islamabad.
10/20/2018 2:28:36 AM
Qatar, Malaysia for more

Qatar, Malaysia for more

Attorney-General HE Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri took part in a seminar on the legal systems in Qatar and Malaysia, at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
10/20/2018 2:26:44 AM
UN praises Qatar’s swift Gaza aid response

UN praises Qatar’s swift Gaza aid response

The United Nations (UN) Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov thanked the State of Qatar for its urgent and generous response by providing $60mn for the purchase of fuel, to increase the supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip.
10/20/2018 2:20:15 AM
At least 130 Gazans hit by Israeli gunfire: ministry

At least 130 Gazans hit by Israeli gunfire: ministry

At least 130 Palestinians were hit by Israeli gunfire yesterday as thousands protested near Gaza’s border with Israel, the health ministry in the enclave said.
10/20/2018 2:16:38 AM
China, SE Asia to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

China, SE Asia to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

China and Southeast Asian states will hold their first joint maritime exercises next week, officials said yesterday, in a move aimed at easing tensions but which may spark US alarm.
10/20/2018 2:13:01 AM
Bangladesh music fans mourn rock megastar

Bangladesh music fans mourn rock megastar

Thousands of Bangladeshi music fans gathered in the capital yesterday to mourn the sudden death of one of the country’s most famous rock stars.
10/20/2018 2:09:26 AM
Comoros opposition signs govt deal after clashes

Comoros opposition signs govt deal after clashes

The Comoros government and main opposition yesterday signed a deal that could end the latest bout of instability to rock the Indian Ocean nation after violence flared on Anjouan island.
10/20/2018 2:05:52 AM
Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands yesterday as they hit Sydney’s famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their Australian tour.
10/20/2018 2:02:06 AM
Trump praises lawmaker who beat journalist Press associations condemn Trump’s praise for assault on reporter

Trump praises lawmaker who beat journalist Press associations condemn Trump’s praise for assault on reporter

The British government has joined press freedom advocates and journalists in expressing dismay and disgust with Donald Trump’s remarks at a rally, where he praised the unprovoked assault on a Guardian journalist by the state’s congressman, Greg Gianforte.
10/20/2018 1:58:47 AM
50 people crushed by train in Punjab

50 people crushed by train in Punjab

In a terrible disaster, at least 50 people watching the burning of an effigy from a railway track were crushed by a speeding train here in Punjab yesterday, triggering anger in the area and nationwide outrage.
10/20/2018 1:55:08 AM
Temple controversy turns political as protests grow

Temple controversy turns political as protests grow

A senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader yesterday warned that protesters in Kerala would take the law into their hands if officials attempted to let women enter a hill temple at the centre of a raging controversy.
10/20/2018 1:52:36 AM
Bolsonaro denies illicit campaign finance claim

Bolsonaro denies illicit campaign finance claim

Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was forced to deny an accusation that he sought funding from business leaders to purchase mass WhatsApp messages, in an alleged campaign finance violation.
10/20/2018 1:47:10 AM
Pakistani team wins US award for mobile app

Pakistani team wins US award for mobile app

The Third Prize for the Best Scientific Exhibit at the annual American Society of Anesthesia Conference 2018 in San Francisco, US went to a team from Pakistan for their innovative mHealth (mobile health) initiative to meet Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Goals for 2030.
10/20/2018 1:42:42 AM
Three cops killed after rebel ambush on FDA chief’s convoy

Three cops killed after rebel ambush on FDA chief’s convoy

Three police security escorts to the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were killed in an ambush by gunmen, suspected to be members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), on Thursday morning in Lupi, Camarines Sur.
10/20/2018 1:39:46 AM
Duterte ‘not keen to declare martial law nationwide’

Duterte ‘not keen to declare martial law nationwide’

President Rodrigo Duterte is not inclined to declare martial law nationwide, Malacanang assured the public yesterday, amid speculation that the ouster plot against the chief executive was a way to setting the stage for military rule.
10/20/2018 1:35:58 AM
Busy as a Jollibee: Asia’s fast-food giant eyes expansion in Europe, US

Busy as a Jollibee: Asia’s fast-food giant eyes expansion in Europe, US

Jollibee Foods, a major Asian fast-food operator, hopes to generate half its sales outside its home market of the Philippines within five to seven years, up from 30% now, its chief executive told Reuters.
10/20/2018 1:33:05 AM
Airbus, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs too to skip Saudi summit

Airbus, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs too to skip Saudi summit

Airbus said its defence chief Dirk Hoke will no longer attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the latest senior industry executive to skip next week’s event amid concern about the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
10/20/2018 12:18:45 AM
Australia’s NAB cuts 300 staff over wrongdoing

Australia’s NAB cuts 300 staff over wrongdoing

About 300 staff of National Australia Bank have been fired or left the company as a result of internal investigations into wrongdoing, chief executive Andrew Thorburn said yesterday, following public revelations of misconduct across the sector.
10/20/2018 12:15:50 AM
China Q3 growth hits 9-year low as debt, trade row drag

China Q3 growth hits 9-year low as debt, trade row drag

China’s economy grew at its slowest pace for nine years in the third quarter, as a campaign to tackle mounting debt, and trade frictions with the US take their toll.
10/20/2018 12:14:40 AM
As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king checks son's power

As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king checks son's power

So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.
10/20/2018 12:11:49 AM
China real estate investment slows as investors drop expansion plans

China real estate investment slows as investors drop expansion plans

Growth in China’s real estate investment eased in September and home sales fell for the first time since April, as developers dialled back expansion plans amid economic uncertainties and as additional curbs on speculative investment kicked in.
10/19/2018 11:56:30 PM
Asia’s air cargo market gets e-commerce boost

Asia’s air cargo market gets e-commerce boost

Strong e-commerce demand is fuelling Asia’s air freight market, with the US-China trade war having minimal negative impact so far and in some cases even boosting shipments, industry executives said yesterday.
10/19/2018 11:55:34 PM
FDI in Pakistan plunges 43% to $439.5mn in three months

FDI in Pakistan plunges 43% to $439.5mn in three months

Foreign investors have held back new investment plans as they wait for clarity on the economic front in Pakistan.
10/19/2018 11:52:06 PM
Europe stocks lifted from doldrums by Wall Street

Europe stocks lifted from doldrums by Wall Street

Eurozone equities received a late boost from rising US stocks to emerge almost unscathed from yesterday’s session despite worries about Italy’s finances, Chinese growth and rising global interest rates.
10/19/2018 11:49:12 PM