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Turkey's political turmoil casts a pall on reforms and investor confidence

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's departure has raised hard questions about the government's ability to tackle slowing growth and pass the structural reforms that many investors are demanding.

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Afghanistan faces economic timebomb as NATO war ends

KABUL: The Taliban insurgency may still be raging but the poor state of the economy could pose a bigger threat to Afghanistan’s long-term viability, and huge mineral reserves are unlikely to offer a quick fix.


Najib: Economic growth exceeded expectations in second quarter

SERDANG: Malaysia's economic growth in the second quarter of the year shows that the country is on the right track, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.


As costs rise, Israeli settlements face questions at home

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli lawmakers are pressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift what they call unjustified secrecy over opaque - and rising - funding for settlements on West Bank land Palestinians want for a state.


Risking Russia's ire, Georgia seeks closer ties with Europe

TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's new president said on Monday he would press ahead with efforts to deepen the former Soviet republic's ties with the West despite Russian concerns.


Stopping wastage

LABIS: Prevent food waste especially during festive celebrations in order to reduce cost and environmental impact.


Chua: 5.4% growth proof of ETP’s success

SEREMBAN: The 5.4% growth in gross domestic growth (GDP) in the second quarter of the year is proof of the success of the Governments Economic Transformation Pro-gramme, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.


Australian floods force thousands from their homes

PERTH (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians were forced from their homes on Monday because of floods that have risen to record levels in some areas and killed one person, and authorities issued warnings for more than a dozen rivers in Queensland and New South Wales states.


Ghani: Government confident Iskandar can achieve its 6% growth

NUSAJAYA: New investments flowing into Iskandar Malaysia are unlikely to be affected by the debt crisis plaguing the United States and certain European Union countries.


For Taiwan's presidential rivals, it's China, stupid

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan business people will have a chance this year to do something they have never done before -- fly direct to China in just under an hour.