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Singapore minister urges U.S. focus on strategic interest in Asia | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Singapore minister urges U.S. focus on strategic interest in Asia | Reuters

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The United States should focus on larger strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region, including expanding trade ties, the defense minister of Singapore said on Saturday, when asked about the controversy sparked by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan.Ng Eng Hen said it was not Singapore's place to comment on Trump's phone calls, but welcomed comments by his aides reaffirming Trump's support for the longstanding U.S. #China #Middle East #markets #President #Entertainment #lifestyle
Fire at California loft party kills at least 9, two dozen missing | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Fire at California loft party kills at least 9, two dozen missing | Reuters

By Peter Henderson | OAKLAND, Calif. OAKLAND, Calif. #United States #markets #Argentina #Fire #Innovation #Entertainment #article
Norway government wins backing for 2017 budget, prevents collapse | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Norway government wins backing for 2017 budget, prevents collapse | Reuters

OSLO Norway's right-wing minority coalition has secured backing in parliament from two centrist parties for its 2017 fiscal budget, preventing a government collapse, politicians negotiating the deal told Reuters on Saturday.Following weeks of difficult talks, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats will back the ruling coalition of the Conservatives and the Progress Party, lead negotiator Hans Olav Syversen of the Christians said.A source earlier told Reuters the government was expecting to sign a deal by the end of the day. #United States #Business #Europe #markets #Argentina #Budget #lifestyle
Rebels won't surrender Aleppo, rebel official says | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Rebels won't surrender Aleppo, rebel official says | Reuters

BEIRUT Syrian rebel commanders in Aleppo will not surrender eastern Aleppo to government forces, a rebel official said on Saturday, after Russia said it was ready for talks with the United States on the withdrawal of all rebels from the area."I asked the factions, they said 'we will not surrender'," said Zakaria Malahifji, the head of the political office of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim faction, speaking from Turkey. #India #Business #Middle East #Europe #markets #crisis
Americas' top rights commission urges Argentina to free activist | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Americas' top rights commission urges Argentina to free activist | Reuters

BUENOS AIRES The Inter-American Commision on Human Rights on Friday called on Argentina to release social activist Milagro Sala, who has been jailed since the beginning of the year in the northwestern province of Jujuy. The commission, part of the Organization of American States (OAS), said Argentina should "give prompt attention" to recommendations from a U.N. body in October that called Sala's pre-trial detention "unwarranted and arbitrary."Sala, the leader of the Tupac Amaru social movement, was detained in January and accused of instigating criminal acts after leading a protest in front of provincial government buildings. #India #Business #Middle East #Health #markets #Crime #Foreign policy
Gambians celebrate after voting out 'billion year' leader | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Gambians celebrate after voting out 'billion year' leader | Reuters

By Chiekh Sadibou Mane and Thierry Gouegnon | BANJUL BANJUL Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who vowed to rule the tiny West African nation for "a billion years", was handed a shock election defeat on Friday 22 years after seizing power in a coup.Voting on Thursday against Jammeh, who has not been seen in public since the result was confirmed, was a rare show of defiance against a leader who has ruled by decree and who rights groups say crushes dissent by imprisoning and torturing opponents. Celebrations erupted in the streets of Banjul, a normally sleepy seaside capital whose white beaches lined with palm trees are a draw for European tourists.Gambians shouted: "We are free. We won't be slaves of anyone." Some waved the Gambian flag and opposition party signs.Hours after the electoral commission head declared businessman Adama Barrow president-elect on state television, with 45.5 percent of the vote against Jammeh's 36.7 percent, there was no official word from Jammeh or his team about stepping down or accepting the outcome.However, the lack of a security presence among revellers denouncing the old guard suggested the result would stand. #Business #markets #Africa #Entertainment #lifestyle
Venezuela decries Mercosur 'coup' after trade bloc suspension | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Venezuela decries Mercosur 'coup' after trade bloc suspension | Reuters

BUENOS AIRES/BRASILIA An increasingly isolated Venezuela accused the Mercosur trade bloc of staging a "coup" on Friday after member nations suspended the socialist nation for failing to fulfil membership requirements.In an official letter addressed to Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and seen by Reuters, Mercosur informed Venezuela of "the cessation of the exercise of the rights inhered to a member state as of this date."Following a decade in which strong growth and leftist policies across South America led the bloc to embrace Venezuela, the suspension now underscores the ideological split in a region struggling with plummeting commodity prices and enfeebled economies.It further isolates the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is accused of exacerbating the political, economic and humanitarian crises battering the Andean country. Rodriguez said she had not been notified in accordance with the rules of Mercosur and said Venezuela was the victim of "a coup at the heart of Mercosur.""An illegal Mercosur is being born," she said at a press conference in Caracas. Leaders of Mercosur, which also includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, gave Venezuela a Dec #United States #Business #Brazil #Middle East #markets #Argentina #Paraguay
Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official | Reuters

By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry | BEIRUT BEIRUT A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signalling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat.Buoyed by its rapid capture of several whole neighbourhoods, the government on Friday took journalists on an escorted tour of the ruined northeast Aleppo districts which fell on Sunday and Monday, and which the army is sweeping for mines. The rebels' talks with Russia, the most powerful ally of President Bashar al-Assad, in Ankara point to the bad set of options they face. The government assault aims to take Aleppo by the time U.S. #India #Syria #Middle East #Europe #markets #Iraq #city
Trump team considering new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran - FT | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump team considering new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran - FT | Reuters

WASHINGTON Donald Trump's transition team is examining proposals for new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing congressional sources who have been in contact with the president-elect's team.Officials with Trump's team have been in touch with fellow Republicans in Congress, where they hold the majority, to discuss possible sanctions separate from last year's Iran nuclear deal that could focus on its ballistic missile program or human rights, the sources told the FT.“They (Trump team members) are already looking closely at their options — and that very much includes non-nuclear sanctions,” a congressional official told the media outlet.The deal that was reached last year between Iran, the United States and five other world powers lifted some sanctions against Tehran in return for restrictions on its nuclear program. On the campaign trail, Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, vowed to tear up the agreement with Iran and negotiate a better one #United States #Obama #Business #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom
Trump warns of consequences for U.S. firms sending jobs abroad | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump warns of consequences for U.S. firms sending jobs abroad | Reuters

By Emily Stephenson | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANAPOLIS, President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned that U.S. companies will face "consequences" for outsourcing jobs overseas, as he touted his early success in persuading an air conditioner maker to keep around 1,000 jobs in the United States rather than move them to Mexico. "Companies are not going to leave the United States any more without consequences. #India #Barack Obama #Middle East #markets #Argentina #Entertainment #Mexico