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China will retaliate 'in proportion' to any US sanction over Muslim Uighurs

WASHINGTON: China will retaliate "in proportion" if the United States sanctions its top official in the restive region of Xinjiang over alleged human rights abuses, China's ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, adding that Beijing's policies in the region are to "re-educate" terrorists.


Sick man of Europe risks relapse

THROUGHOUT the 1990s and much of the 2000s, Germany was known as the sick man of Europe. Weighed down by the costs of reunification, suffocated by high taxes and labour regulations, and battered by the competitive pressures of globalisation – if you could name an economic torture, Germany suffered from it. Maybe that’s why the new crisis feels less urgent than it is.


US bans travel to North Korea

WASHINGTON: A ban on travel by U.S. passport holders to North Korea will take effect on Sept. 1 and Americans in the country should leave before that date, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.


China economy defies prophets of doom as 2017 risks loom

BEIJING: China has ended the year with its old growth engines roaring and new drivers like consumption in robust health, defying the prophets of doom yet again.


French court suspends Airbus insider trading trial

PARIS: French judges on Friday effectively suspended a trial involving allegations of insider trading in the shares of Airbus Group to allow a higher court to rule on whether the long-awaited procedure was constitutional.


Ford, IBM to face renewed US lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

NEW YORK: Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a US lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.


Afghanistan's Karzai criticises U.S., exposing tension

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the U.S. defence secretary, underscoring tension between allies struggling to stabilise the country ahead of a NATO troop withdrawal.


Saudi Arabia jails two prominent rights activists for 10 years

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian court sentenced two prominent political and human rights activists on Saturday to at least 10 years in prison for offences that included sedition and giving inaccurate information to foreign media.


Suicide bomber kills nine Afghans in Kabul during Hagel visit

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul on Saturday killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave.


Help for the middle class

Author of Set Yourself Free by independent financial adviser Yap Ming Hui talks to deputy news editor Thean Lee Cheng about his childhood years and how they shaped his views on financial planning as well as the burning need to write. This is his sixth title and he explains why he is dedicating it to the middle class.