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Markets 03 Dec 2018 | 10:37 PM

World stocks rally on China-US trade war truce, US$ down, yuan up

NEW YORK: A truce in the U.S.-China trade war boosted global stocks to their highest in roughly three weeks on Monday, while triggering a dollar sell-off and pushing the Chinese yuan and several trade-dependent currencies higher.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 10:23 PM

Bangladesh opposition coalition cry foul over rejected nominations

DHAKA (Reuters) - An alliance of opposition parties accused Bangladesh's Election Commission (EC) on Monday of being biased in favour of the ruling Awami League Party after it rejected nearly a quarter of the candidates the alliance nominated for elections on Dec. 30.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 8:58 PM

Sri Lanka court reins in Rajapaksa and cabinet amid crisis

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan court on Monday issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa and his disputed cabinet from holding office, the latest twist in a political drama gripping the South Asian country.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 8:12 PM

Trump tells Pakistan Taliban talks help fundamental to 'enduring' ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for Pakistan's help with faltering Afghan peace talks in a letter to new Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he made clear that Islamabad's assistance was "fundamental" to the health of the two countries' strained relationship, a senior Trump administration official said.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 8:04 PM

France's Macron hunts for way out of 'yellow vest' crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - France's prime minister met with opposition leaders on Monday as President Emmanuel Macron sought a way to defuse nationwide protests over high living costs that led to widespread rioting in Paris at the weekend and are hurting the economy.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 7:46 PM

Australian ruling party toughens rules on toppling leader

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Liberal party passed new rules late on Monday to make it harder to depose its leader, as the ruling coalition grapples with sinking opinion polls ahead of an election next year.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 6:24 PM

Cambodia eases pressure on opposition, media after EU sanctions threat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 6:09 PM

KDP nominates Nechirvan and Masrour Barzani for Iraqi Kurdistan's top posts

CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has nominated Nechirvan Barzani for the presidency of Iraqi Kurdistan and Masrour Barzani as prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a senior party official said on Monday.

World 03 Dec 2018 | 5:05 PM

Spain's ruling Socialists could lose control in Andalusia after far-right gains

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's ruling Socialists could lose control of a southern stronghold after a regional election in which a far right party won seats for the first time since the country emerged from fascist dictatorship more than 40 years ago.

Nation 03 Dec 2018 | 3:32 PM

Najib slams Pakatan for lifting moratorium on security laws

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has slammed Pakatan Harapan for lifting a moratorium on security laws that were labelled as “draconian” by the coalition's leaders.