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Vietnam arrests two ex-ministers suspected of mismanaging public investment

HANOI (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam arrested two former information ministers on Saturday on suspicion of mismanaging public investment, they said on their website.

Turkey tells U.S. not to leave power vacuum in Syria withdrawal - report

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's defence minister told Pentagon officials there must not be a vacuum of power during the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.

United States charges man accused in leak of Singapore HIV data

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Authorities in the United States have charged a man accused of leaking information on thousands of HIV victims in Singapore with possession and unlawful transfer of stolen documents.

The mood in Semenyih – quiet and cold

SEMENYIH: Forget heavyweight political parties with deep pockets – for Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), the biggest fear in the Semenyih by-election is what is expected to be a low voter turnout.

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As tensions over aid rise, Venezuelan troops fire on villagers, kill two

KUMARAKAPAY, Venezuela/CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on indigenous people near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing two, as President Nicolas Maduro sought to block U.S.-backed efforts to bring aid into his economically devastated nation.

Japan's crown prince says thoughts of future 'make me solemn'

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's crown prince Naruhito, who is set to ascend the Chrysanthemum throne in two months, turned 59 on Saturday and said the thought of the future made him solemn but he intended to pattern his reign after that of his father.

War of words risks distracting attention from the bigger picture

LAST Sunday, the 47 Malaysians who had been detained for two months in a Cambodian provincial jail returned home after being released.

World markets themes for the week ahead

LONDON: Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week

The March 1 deadline that ends a 90-day U.S.-China trade truce arrives soon and hopes are high that some kind of trade deal -- reportedly being sketched out by the two sides -- is reached by then.(File pic shows Presidents Trump and Xi)

S&P 500 posts highest close since November 8 on trade optimism

NEW YORK: The S&P 500 posted its highest closing level since Nov. 8 on Friday as investors clung to signs of progress in the ongoing trade talks between the United States and China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 181.18 points, or 0.7 percent, to 26,031.81, the S&P 500 gained 17.79 points, or 0.64 percent, to 2,792.67 and the Nasdaq Composite added 67.84 points, or 0.91 percent, to 7,527.55.  All three indexes registered gains for the week, with both the Dow and Nasdaq posting a ninth week of increases.

Valverde reluctant to rest out-of-form Suarez

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is reluctant to rest Luis Suarez even though he is aware the Uruguayan is struggling for form thanks to the team's congested fixture list, which includes two games against Real Madrid over the next eight days.