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  • BUSINESS

    Anxiety over Syria, North Korea keeps lid on stocks

    Business, Published on 18/04/2017

    » Recap: Asian stock indices were mixed last week as rising geopolitical risks from the US missile strike on Syria and soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula kept investors on edge. The same concerns lifted gold to five-month highs, while oil advanced amid confidence that Saudi Arabia will support an extension to Opec-led output cuts just as US stockpiles show signs of shrinking. The Thai stock market edged up, driven by buying in heavyweight energy stocks.

  • OPINION

    Reunification of Syria under Assad

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/01/2017

    » So far the end-game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government's hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a ceasefire, and the Russians are now organising a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month.

  • BUSINESS

    Syria and Trump-Xi talks keep investors on sidelines

    Business, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Recap: Markets were rattled late last week after US cruise missiles struck a Syrian air base, while global investors moved to the sidelines pending the outcome of talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Safe-haven assets such as the yen and gold soared and oil prices also surged. The formal promulgation of the country's 20th constitution, ensuring an election sometime late next year, helped keep the Thai stock market in a rangebound trade.

  • OPINION

    My cousin died at sea, trying to flee Syria's horrors

    News, Published on 23/04/2015

    » Last winter my cousin died on a migrant ship in the Mediterranean Sea. Amjad was a 26-year-old engineering graduate. My family was ethnically cleansed from Palestine in 1948, after which they settled in Damascus. Since 2011 they have been embroiled in a war not of their making. Food, water, heating, security and hope are becoming luxuries, scarcer by the day.

  • NEWS

    Missile just 'routine' military exercise

    AFP, Published on 03/09/2013

    » JERUSALEM - Israel on Tuesday announced the successful launch of a missile in a joint exercise with the United States, which came as Washington mulls military intervention in Syria.

  • NEWS

    Asian stocks rise on optimistic data from China and Japan

    AFP, Published on 09/09/2013

    » HONG KONG - Asian markets rose Monday as strong Chinese trade data lifted hopes for the global economic outlook, while Japanese stocks were boosted by improved growth figures and Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

  • OPINION

    The Daesh threat close to home

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 08/05/2017

    » Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Daesh, appears to be trying to gain a foothold in the Philippines. It has also claimed responsibility for successful and unsuccessful attacks in Indonesia and Malaysia in recent years, while Singapore and Thailand are also on high alert.

  • BUSINESS

    Film on teen's brush with ISIS sends powerful message

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 05/09/2016

    » An Indonesian teenager in the central Turkish city of Kayseri got a new lease on life in June 2014 when an acquaintance didn't show up to pick him up and take him across the border to Syria. That day, he was spared from an experience that could have cost him his life or led to his conviction as a terrorist if he survived and returned to Indonesia alive.

  • OPINION

    Inconvenient evils

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/07/2017

    » Re: "Manas case all too rare", (Editorial, July 21).

  • NEWS

    Iraqi PM celebrates victory in Mosul

    Associated Press, Published on 10/07/2017

    » MOSUL, IRAQ - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi celebrated with Iraqi troops Sunday in Mosul after they drove Islamic State militants from some of their last strongholds in a nearly nine-month campaign, although heavy fighting by holdouts continued in parts of the Old City neighbourhood.

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