Asia / Pacific

Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares boom

Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares boom

SYDNEY: The craze for cryptocurrencies entered a new chapter on Monday as bitcoin futures rocketed by one-fifth of their value at a hotly anticipated launch, while Asian shares climbed amid optimism about global growth. The most-traded contract on the Chicago-based CBOE Global Markets exchange XBTc1 opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday evening, before leaping […]

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, PHOTO: REUTERS     DOHA: Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defence agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $8-billion (6.8-billion-euro) deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister […]

Do not drag us into your electoral debate, Pakistan tells India

Do not drag us into your electoral debate, Pakistan tells India

Islamabad, on Monday, rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusation that Pakistan was trying to influence the assembly elections in Gujarat, describing it as “utterly baseless and irresponsible”. In a tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate. He added that electoral victories should be won […]

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘makes peace possible’: Netanyahu

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘makes peace possible’: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country’s capital “makes peace possible”, after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories as well as demonstrations across the Islamic world. The […]

South Korea’s Moon seeks to ‘normalise’ ties with China in first state visit

South Korea’s Moon seeks to ‘normalise’ ties with China in first state visit

Agencies: South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week, his office said on Monday, after Beijing was infuriated by a US missile system deployment. Seoul and Washington decided to install the powerful US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the South […]

How Sonam Kapoor is dealing with Bollywood’s gender pay gap

How Sonam Kapoor is dealing with Bollywood’s gender pay gap

Desk Report Sonam Kapoor was offered an exciting project recently, but the pay was poor. Here’s what she did As the debate about the gender pay gap in film industries rages on, Sonam Kapoor is having her say through her actions. Times of India reports that Sonam Kapoor was offered a film but the pay was […]

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother on X-MAS DAY

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother on X-MAS DAY

Asghar Ali Mubarak ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan expressed its readiness to arrange a meeting of detained Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, with his mother and wife. Pakistan says Indian attempts to convince the international community of its version of counter terrorism have failed miserably. To question raised by senior Pakistani journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak in weekly news […]

Indian court rejects bid to stop world release of ‘Padmavati’

Indian court rejects bid to stop world release of ‘Padmavati’

India’s top court Tuesday rejected a legal attempt to block the global release of a Bollywood film that has sparked violent protests, warning against pre-judging the controversial historical epic. Caste-based groups have been staging violent demonstrations against Padmavati amid rumours that it will depict a romance between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. The epic was […]

Indian court slaps Nestle India with fine over substandard noodles

Indian court slaps Nestle India with fine over substandard noodles

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Tuesday imposed a fine of 4.5 million rupees ($70,000) on Nestle India in a 2015 case for selling substandard instant noodles after a laboratory test found high ash content in its popular Maggi brand. The court also slapped a 2.6 million rupee fine on the distributors of Nestle India, a […]

I am the ‘greatest supporter of LeT’, says Musharraf

I am the ‘greatest supporter of LeT’, says Musharraf

In a surprise revelation, former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday declared himself as the biggest supporter of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The statement was made during a televised interview related to Musharraf’s recently announced 23-party grand alliance and the aftermath of the botched Faizabad operation. The presenter of the show said that it would be […]

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

WASHINGTON: For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear – literally. Scientists said on Tuesday that genetic analysis of nine bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples from museum and private collections attributed to […]

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

YAOUNDé: Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in a restive English-speaking region early Wednesday, army and government sources said. “Four soldiers were killed around 2am around Mamfe,” a city in the country’s Southwest Region, according to an army source.”They murdered our soldiers. If that’s not terrorism, what is it?” the source said angrily. The […]

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