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Oil prices edge up on Opec hopes, but doubts linger

Oil prices edge up on Opec hopes, but doubts linger

Oil prices edged higher by mid-morning on Friday as signs of output cuts by Opec members met with lingering concern that other producers could try to shirk their share of planned decreases aimed at curbing global oversupply.

Court defends Maduro against threat of trial

Court defends Maduro against threat of trial

Venezuela’s high court ordered the opposition to drop plans for a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose rivals blame him for food shortages in the volatile country.

Jakarta governor named suspect in blasphemy case

Jakarta governor named suspect in blasphemy case

Jakarta’s Christian governor was formally named a suspect in a blasphemy investigation yesterday, after allegations that he insulted a religion sparked a violent mass protest by hardliners in the Indonesian capital.

Turkey arrests head of opposition newspaper

Turkey arrests head of opposition newspaper

Turkey has detained the board chairman of opposition daily Cumhuriyet, according to the paper, which has been the target of an intensifying crackdown since July’s failed coup.

Afghan 'friendly fire' kills five soldiers

Afghan 'friendly fire' kills five soldiers

An Afghan air force strike killed five soldiers and a police officer in western Afghanistan, an official said Saturday, the latest in a series of so-called "friendly fire" incidents.

Philippine police foil plot to kill president

Philippine police foil plot to kill president

The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday claimed to have foiled a plot to assassinate President Rodrigo Duterte, after busting a syndicate that allegedly smuggled high-powered firearms from the US.

One dead in protests after DRC massacre

One dead in protests after DRC massacre

A young man was shot dead yesterday when security forces opened fire at a crowd protesting the government’s alleged failure to protect civilians after a gruesome massacre in eastern DR Congo.

Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers fears for ecology

Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers fears for ecology

A planned multi-billion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future owing to China’s economic woes and warnings of environmental catastrophe.

Rodgers upbeat despite Barcelona defeat

Rodgers upbeat despite Barcelona defeat

Brendan Rodgers remains optimistic about Celtic’s Champions League hopes even after seeing his side beaten 3-1 by Spanish giants Barcelona in a Dublin friendly on Saturday.

‘UK wants to enhance defence ties with Qatar’

‘UK wants to enhance defence ties with Qatar’

Security and defence, and other areas of co-operation between the UK and Qatar will not be affected by Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), British ambassador Ajay Sharma has stressed.

Gulf markets sink on Brexit; come off lows

Gulf markets sink on Brexit; come off lows

Middle East stocks fell sharply yesterday because of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union but Gulf bourses came well off their lows.

Former tennis star loses rape appeal

Former tennis star loses rape appeal

Former tennis champion Bob Hewitt will be jailed in South Africa after losing an appeal yesterday against a six-year sentence for raping young girls he coached decades ago.