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BANGKOK: A Thai opposition political party has said it did not break any laws as it faces a court ruling over whether it should be disbanded for receiving a loan deemed illegal adding that that there were no laws forbidding political parties from receiving loans and that the loan had been conducted transparently.
SINGAPORE: Singapore will post its biggest budget deficit since at least 1997, pledging S$6.4bil (US$4.6bil) in dedicated support for an economy being slammed by the (Covid-19) coronavirus outbreak. The deficit will widen to 2.1% of gross domestic product in the year through March 2021 from a projected 0.3% in the current fiscal year, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said Tuesday (Feb 18) in Parliament.
SINGAPORE: The following are some highlights from Singapore's budget proposals, which put emphasis on measures to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus on jobs and living costs.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian presidents could be made immune from criminal prosecution once they leave office under proposed constitutional reforms, a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said casting a vote in an upcoming parliamentary election is a religious duty, Iranian state TV reported on Tuesday.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Voting in a parliamentary election this week is "a religious duty" for Iranians, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, days before the vote seen as a referendum on the clerical establishment's popularity.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Traffic was gridlocked in parts of Athens on Tuesday as Greek transport workers joined a 24-hour public sector strike over pension reforms.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Miners have welcomed proposed changes to Indonesian mining rules under a new law aimed at boosting investment, though critics are concerned that the changes could underpin an expansion in polluting coal and threaten environment protection.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's defence team alleges that former education ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad's testimony is self-contradictory, the High Court heard.