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Sri Lanka cbank to keep policy rates steady

Sri Lanka cbank to keep policy rates steady

-- 2017-12-27 12:00:00

Sri Lanka’s central bank is expected to keep its key interest rates unchanged this week to support the country’s economic growth. Economists predicted the central bank would keep its stan...

S Korea expects economic recovery to continue

S Korea expects economic recovery to continue

-- 2017-12-27 12:00:00

South Korea’s government said on Wednesday it expects the economic recovery to continue in 2018 amid the slower economic growth. The government projected economic growth of about 3.0 per cent i...

Syria approves medical evacuations in rebel-held area

Syria approves medical evacuations in rebel-held area

-- 2017-12-27 11:20:19

Medical evacuations have begun from the Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta to Damascus, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria said early on Wednesday. Almost 400,000 people i...

$284b electricity bill stuns woman

$284b electricity bill stuns woman

BBC 2017-12-27 11:06:02

An electricity bill for more than $284 billion left a woman in the US state of Pennsylvania stunned... until she found out the amount was wrong. Mary Horomanski from Erie said the latest bill showed...

Norton talks James Bond rumours

Norton talks James Bond rumours

-- 2017-12-27 03:31:18

Actor James Norton , who was one of the main contenders to take over the eponymous role of James Bond from Daniel Craig, has said it was "wonderful" for him to be a part of that discussion. The 31-yea...

Turkey nabs 54 university staff in post-coup crackdown

Turkey nabs 54 university staff in post-coup crackdown

-- 2017-12-27 03:03:14

Turkish police have detained 54 staff from a university shut down after an attempted coup last year that was blamed on US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. State-run Anadolu news agency said on...

Vitamin D, calcium ‘may not lower’ fracture risk

Vitamin D, calcium ‘may not lower’ fracture risk

Reuters 2017-12-27 02:39:43

Older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their bones than peers who don’t use these supplements, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 33 pre...

Mild tremor hits Tehran; one dead

Mild tremor hits Tehran; one dead

-- 2017-12-27 02:06:15

One person died of heart attack and at least 56 people were slightly wounded after a 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook an area 50 km (31 miles) west of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, the state...

S’pore Nov factory output rise bellow forecast

S’pore Nov factory output rise bellow forecast

-- 2017-12-26 12:47:08

The industrial production of Singapore in November rose less than expected from a year earlier, underscoring expectations for a moderation in the city-state’s economic growth in the fourth quart...

Ex-footballer in Liberia presidential run-off

Ex-footballer in Liberia presidential run-off

-- 2017-12-26 12:26:40

Liberians are to choose a new president in a run-off vote between Vice-President Joseph Boakai and former international footballer George Weah. Weah, 51, won the first round, but did not secure the r...

Russian poll commission blocks rival leader

Russian poll commission blocks rival leader

-- 2017-12-26 12:00:00

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from competing in next year's presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has said Navalny was ineligible because of a co...

Pope backs two-state solution in Middle East

Pope backs two-state solution in Middle East

-- 2017-12-26 12:00:00

Pope Francis has used his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recog...

Japan consumer inflation ticks up

Japan consumer inflation ticks up

-- 2017-12-26 12:00:00

Japan’s consumer inflation ticked up in November, while the jobless rate hit a fresh 24-year low, and the households spent more than expected. The increase in prices was due mostly to a boost f...

India to become fifth-largest economy in 2018: Report

India to become fifth-largest economy in 2018: Report

-- 2017-12-26 12:00:00

India is set to become world's fifth largest economy in dollar terms by 2018, according to a report. A Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) report has  predicted Indian economy will...

‘Fish consumption makes children smarter, sleep better’

‘Fish consumption makes children smarter, sleep better’

Xinhua 2017-12-26 11:27:57

Children whose diet includes fish at least once a week are found to have better sleep and higher IQ scores, on average, than their peers who seldom or never eat fish, according to a new study by US re...

Banks’ excess liquidity shrinks as cheaper credits fare well

Banks’ excess liquidity shrinks as cheaper credits fare well

Siddique Islam 2017-12-26 11:18:48

The overall excess liquidity with the commercial banks fell substantially in November this year mainly due to higher credit growth, particularly in the private sector. Officials said the central bank...

Asian shares mixed in light trading

Asian shares mixed in light trading

-- 2017-12-26 11:16:24

Major Asian shares were little-changed Tuesday in light trading after the Christmas holiday. The Shanghai Composite Index gained less than 1 point to 3,280.12 and Japan’s Nikkei 225 declined by...

Japanese stocks slip in thin trading

Japanese stocks slip in thin trading

-- 2017-12-26 10:39:49

Japanese stocks slipped slightly in holiday trading on Tuesday, caught in a narrow range as the index lacked leads from other markets. The Nikkei was 0.08 per cent lower at 22,920.39 amid low trading...

Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty face FIR

Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty face FIR

-- 2017-12-26 02:34:35

An FIR was filed against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Saturday at Andheri Police station, for allegedly using the word "bhangi" on a public platform that hurt the sentim...

S Korea exports likely to rise in Dec

S Korea exports likely to rise in Dec

-- 2017-12-26 01:03:03

South Korea exports likely rose for a 14th straight month in December, wrapping up the year with an upbeat tone as global demand for memory chips and petroleum goods continued. In a poll, 10 economis...

Army airstrikes kill 10 rebels in Philippine

Army airstrikes kill 10 rebels in Philippine

-- 2017-12-26 01:02:00

At least 10 extremist rebels have been killed and several injured in airstrikes launched by Philippine troops in the country’s Maguindanao province. In response to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freed...

Xmas tragedy: 20 die in Philippines bus crash

Xmas tragedy: 20 die in Philippines bus crash

-- 2017-12-25 12:17:15

At least 20 people have been killed and 24 others injured when a passenger bus collided head-on with a mini-bus carrying people on the way to Christmas Mass at a popular church in Agoo town, 200 kilom...

Tomatoes, fruits help repair lung damage: Study

Tomatoes, fruits help repair lung damage: Study

Xinhua 2017-12-25 12:00:00

Smokers who quit smoking and live on a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, have better chances of restoring their lung functions impaired by smoking, a new study finds. The study,...

China's 2018 industrial output to grow roughly 6.0pc

China's 2018 industrial output to grow roughly 6.0pc

Reuters 2017-12-25 12:00:00

China’s industrial output is likely to grow around 6 per cent next year, the country’s industry ministry said on Monday. The nation’s industrial output is also expected to rise abou...

Panama’s hat gets UNESCO recognition

Panama’s hat gets UNESCO recognition

AP 2017-12-25 12:00:00

Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognised the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats. No, not those hats; the famed “Panama hat” comes from Ecuador. Panama’s real...

Asian shares lower in quiet trading

Asian shares lower in quiet trading

-- 2017-12-25 10:52:49

Asian shares were lower in quiet trading Monday in the few Asian markets open during the Christmas holiday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was down less than 0.1 per cent at 22,887.89, while the Shan...

Japanese stocks inch lower

Japanese stocks inch lower

-- 2017-12-25 10:46:49

Japan’s Nikkei share edged lower on Monday, weighed by losses on Wall Street, although movement was confined to a narrow range with many other major markets shut for Christmas. The Nikkei was 0...

Faulty ski lifts trap 200 in French Alps

Faulty ski lifts trap 200 in French Alps

-- 2017-12-25 10:38:01

Some 200 skiers were stranded in chair lifts after a gondola broke down at a resort in the French Alps, said French authorities. Rescue operations were under way and no injuries were reported. An o...

Two Turkey soldiers die in Kurdish attack

Two Turkey soldiers die in Kurdish attack

-- 2017-12-25 04:06:45

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari in an attack by Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) militants, the military said on Monday. Another soldier was wounde...

Counterclaim of truce breach in S Sudan

Counterclaim of truce breach in S Sudan

-- 2017-12-25 02:40:34

South Sudan’s army clashed with rebels in an oil-producing region, both sides claimed, shattering a ceasefire hours after it came into effect. Both sides accused the other of starting the fight...