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  • NEWS

    Philippines declares end of town's 5-month terrorist siege

    Associated Press, Published on 24/10/2017

    » CLARK, Philippines: The Philippine government on Monday declared the official end to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.

  • 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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The enemy is them

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/10/2017

    » Yank seafarer and treasure hunter Clive Cussler is a prolific author of adventure stories, several co-authored. His series include Dirk Pitt, Sam and Remi Fargo, Isaac Bell, Kurt Austin and The Oregon Files. To his credit they are all popular. Dirk Pitt perhaps the most.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Windows on the world

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/09/2017

    » As Hussain Currimbhoy sees it, this is a golden age for documentary filmmaking, a time when the criss-crossing narratives of the world tangle with audiences' growing suspicion over traditional media. The emergence of streaming services has also revolutionised distribution philosophy and connected doc-makers with audiences in ways unseen before, especially with audiences who once had little interest in documentary titles.

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