Ukraine warns of ‘full-scale war’ with Russia

August 31, 2014 10:58 pm

BRUSSELS: European Union (EU)  leaders on Sunday gave Russia a week   to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of “full-scale war” with Moscow. Fears are growing … Read more »

Iraq launches drive to break jihadist siege

August 31, 2014 10:51 pm

KIRKUK, Iraq: Iraq has launched a major operation to liberate a jihadist-besieged town, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for a global coalition to combat the “genocidal” militants. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah warned … Read more »

China, Taiwan beefing up missile systems

August 31, 2014 10:33 pm

China and Taiwan are both primed to invest heavily in air and missile defense systems in the coming years. On the one hand, there have been more and more signs that China will become the first foreign customer of Russia’s … Read more »

ADB, India to cooperate in reducing poverty

August 31, 2014 10:25 pm

NEW DELHI: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help India accelerate infrastructure development, boost manufacturing, improve the skills of young people to enhance their employability, expand trade through regional cooperation, and promote private sector activities. ADB President Takehiko Nakao met … Read more »

Macau leader elected for second term

August 31, 2014 10:09 pm

HONG KONG: Macau re-elected its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest on Sunday, as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability. The booming city’s sole chief executive candidate Fernando Chui … Read more »

British activist braces for Thai libel trial

August 31, 2014 10:09 pm

BANGKOK: A British activist will go on trial in Thailand on Tuesday for defamation, facing a possible jail term after his investigation into alleged labor abuses in the kingdom’s food industry. Andy Hall faces civil and criminal lawsuits submitted by … Read more »

Ebola-hit Liberia bans sailors from disembarking

August 31, 2014 10:08 pm

MONROVIA: Liberia on Saturday said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country’s four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. Sailors on commercial ships can normally ask for a … Read more »

German anti-euro party set to debut in state parliament

August 31, 2014 10:07 pm

BERLIN: Germany’s fledgling anti-euro party looks set to win its first seats in a state parliament on Sunday, gaining a political foothold in opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grip on power. Voters in eastern Saxony state will be the first … Read more »

Impatience grows in Turkey over Syrian ‘guests’

August 31, 2014 9:34 pm

ISTANBUL: Cengiz, a street seller who plies his trade selling bread rings in the center of Istanbul, is usually a fervent supporter of Turkey’s newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But on one issue, he begs to differ. “I support Erdogan. … Read more »

Japan military asking for record budget

August 29, 2014 6:57 pm

TOKYO: Japan’s defense ministry on Friday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China’s expanding naval reach. The ministry wants 5.05 trillion yen ($48.7 billion) for the year, with the focus on boosting … Read more »