Pakistan's Engro says 'no obligation' to renegotiate LNG contract
Pakistani conglomorate Engro Corp Ltd said on Friday it had "no obligation" to renegotiate a contract for a liquified natural gas terminal with the government, a day after the new petroleum minister said it would seek new terms.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Oct 2018 | 8:04 am

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Royal tour: Harry and Meghan kick off their shoes on Bondi Beach
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex get into a group hug with surfers during a visit to the iconic beach.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Oct 2018 | 6:41 am

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Afghanistan delays vote in Kandahar after killing of commander
Saturday's parliamentary election in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar will be delayed by a week after the assassination of one of the country's most powerful security chiefs dealt a stunning blow to the Western-backed government.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Oct 2018 | 6:36 am

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Afghanistan delays Kandahar vote after Gen Raziq killed
Voting in the Afghan province is delayed after the Taliban shoot dead a powerful police chief.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Oct 2018 | 5:25 am

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Election in Afghan province of Kandahar to be delayed a week
Parliamentary elections in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, due to be held on Saturday, will be delayed by one week following the assassination of the powerful provincial police commander, officials said on Friday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Oct 2018 | 4:33 am

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Afghan election commissioners recommend suspending Kandahar vote
Afghan election commissioners have recommended suspending Saturday's parliamentary election in the southern province of Kandahar following the assassination of the powerful local police chief, officials said on Friday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Oct 2018 | 4:04 am

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Trade war hostility may be keeping US-China military relations in a state of friction
Until both countries resolve their economic and political differences, defense ties are expected to remain brittle, according to strategists.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Oct 2018 | 3:12 am

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Sabarimala: The Indian god who bars women from his temple
Why are women banned from entering the Sabarimala temple in southern India?

Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Oct 2018 | 1:45 am

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Trump's trade war is forcing Beijing to retreat from its own anti-debt battle
China has been trying to reduce its reliance on debt as well as fiscal and monetary stimulus to fuel economic growth, but the pain of the trade war with the United States is forcing a reversal. 

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Oct 2018 | 1:39 am

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China economy: Third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%
Growth in the world's second-largest economy cooled as Beijing battles rising financial threats.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Oct 2018 | 1:09 am

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Australian admits kidnap and rape of Briton in outback ordeal
Marcus Martin held the tourist captive for weeks and repeatedly attacked her in Queensland.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 19 Oct 2018 | 12:55 am

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Italy crisis is 'pretty worrisome,' says former Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem
An Italian crisis would be an "implosion" and have severe consequences for the country's banking system, the former chief of the Eurogroup told CNBC Friday.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 am

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China markets rebound strongly after turbulent morning; GDP numbers miss forecasts
China's GDP figures for the third quarter of 2018 showed its economic growth slowed to 6.5 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018, amid concerns surrounding the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 18 Oct 2018 | 8:00 pm

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New Pakistani government seeks to renegotiate LNG terminal deals - minister
Pakistan's new government will renegotiate agreements for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals, the country's petroleum minister said on Thursday, part of a wider investigation into deals struck by the previous government.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Oct 2018 | 3:54 pm

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KFC rival Jollibee expands into the UK market
Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee is set to open its first U.K. store in London this month.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 18 Oct 2018 | 11:28 am

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AmEx to post fourth-quarter loss on US$2.4 billion hit from tax legislation
American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a US$2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Hezbollah - Syrian war will be over in 1-2 years
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war, now in its seventh year, will be finished in one or two years at most.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Trump admin to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan - sources
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said, after warning Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid. Aides in ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Costa back with a bang as Atletico thrash Lleida in Cup
BARCELONA: Diego Costa enjoyed a typically eventful return to action for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, scoring within six minutes of coming off the bench in his side's 4-0 King's Cup win at Lleida Esportiu but appearing to injure his knee in the process. Costa turned Juanfran's low cross into the ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:30 pm

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UN chief welcomes reopened Korean hotline
South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North on Jan 9 to discuss "matters of mutual interest" including the North's Olympic participation.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:23 pm

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On North Korea, Trump declares ‘talking is not the answer’ - but his defence chief Mattis quickly disagrees
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared “talking is not the answer” to the tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that diplomatic options remain and Russia demanded US restraint. Trump’s comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew UN and other international condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea....

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 7:06 pm

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Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar as Rakhine unrest rages
At least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday. Plumes of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the state, according to a reporter on a government-led trip to the area, as the violence showed little sign of abating despite security sweeps by Myanmar’s police and troops. The streets of Maungdaw –...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 11:21 am

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South Korea’s former spy chief jailed for election meddling
A former spy chief for South Korea was jailed for four years on Wednesday for leading an online campaign against the man who is now president, Moon Jae-in, during the 2012 election. Won Sei-hoon, who led the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2009 to 2013, orchestrated an illicit smear campaign to sway voters in favour of the conservative party, led at the time by Park Geun-hye, Seoul High Court said. South Korea only fully embraced democracy in the 1990s and its intelligence services...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 10:03 am

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May in Japan seeking ‘model’ trade deal for post-Brexit UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May held her first talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Kyoto, at the start of an intensive three-day visit intended to reassure the country that Britain can swiftly replicate the trade benefits of EU membership after Brexit. Before meeting Abe, May reiterated her intention to kick-start post-Brexit trade by replicating existing deals signed by the EU, to be amended later as needed, saying this would provide confidence for businesses. May, who...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 8:15 am

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US faces risk of war or humiliation if it attempts to shoot down a North Korean missile
North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and US officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. Such a decision would not be taken lightly...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 6:11 am

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