Monday, 18 December 2017
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday again rejected allegations of Russian interference in last year's U.S. presidential election and said opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump spread the accusations to undermine his legitimacy. Speaking at his annual marathon news conference in Moscow, Putin expressed hope that U.S.-Russia relations will normalize. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Putin ordered a campaign meant to influence the U.S. vote with a preference for Trump to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Trump has said his campaign did not collude with...

Saudi king approves $19 billion of economic stimulus steps
Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:21 WIB | Global

Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved 72 billion riyals ($19.2 billion) worth of measures to stimulate growth in the private sector as authorities seek to pull the economy out of a slump caused by low oil prices. The measures include residential housing loans worth 21.3 billion riyals, a 10 billion riyal fund to support economic projects, and 1.5 billion riyals to support distressed companies, the government announced on Thursday. A 2.8 billion riyal government fund will be created to invest in smaller companies, while the government will adjust the fees which it charges for services to save...

Action Urged to End Atrocities Against Myanmar's Rohingya
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:03 WIB | Global

The U.N. envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict urged the Security Council on Tuesday to demand an immediate end to the violence against civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has seen more than 626,000 mainly Rohingya Muslim residents flee to neighboring Bangladesh since August. "I urge this body to do everything in its power to seek a swift end to the atrocities; to ensure the alleged perpetrators of sexual and other violence are brought to justice; and to create conditions for a safe and dignified future for the survivors," Pramila Patten told the council. She also urged council...

Democrat Jones Wins Alabama Senate Election
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:11 WIB | Global

Democrat Doug Jones won the special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat representing the southern state of Alabama, delivering what many see as a stunning setback to the Republican Party and a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore despite a chorus of sexual misconduct allegations. After a contentious campaign, voters backed Jones over Moore by a margin of 49.9 percent to 48.4 percent. The result means that in January when Jones is sworn in, the Republican majority in the 100-seat Senate will shrink to 51-49 and make...

Paris Summit to Seek More Funding for Climate Change Fight
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:05 WIB | Global

French President Emmanuel Macron gathered business leaders and 50 world leaders in Paris for a summit Tuesday focused on boosting funding to fight climate change. The summit comes two years after nearly 200 nations agreed to the Paris climate accord, which calls for nations to limit greenhouse gas emissions and for rich countries to help developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change. U.S. President Donald Trump was not among those invited to take part in the conference. Last year, Trump announced was pulling out of the accord saying it "disadvantages the United States to the...

Putin Visits Ankara as Bilateral Relations Continue to Deepen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:27 WIB | Global

In their third meeting in a month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Ankara. The talks primarily focused on Syria, but Putin's visit coincides with U.S.-Turkish relations, reeling from a crisis sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Regarding Jerusalem, I have observed that we share common opinions with Mr. Putin, and we've come to an agreement that we will sustain our decisiveness in this matter," Erdogan said in a joint press statement with Putin, referring to the Russian president as...

Would-be Terrorist Sets Off Pipe Bomb in New York
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:11 WIB | Global

A would-be terrorist set off a pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a pedestrian tunnel between two of New York City's busiest transportation hubs Monday. Akayed Ullah, 27, who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh, wounded himself and three bystanders in what Mayor Bill de Blasio calls an attempted terrorist attack. œThank God the perpetrator dId not achieve his goals, the mayor said. Police released pictures of the alleged bomber, lying on the ground in a fetal position. Some of his clothes were blown off and his stomach was blackened. Doctors say the injured bystanders suffered ringing...

France Orders International Recall of Lactalis Baby Formula
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:29 WIB | Perancis

France has ordered banned the sale and ordered a recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria, consumer protection agency DGCCRF said in a statement. The recall includes products for export, including to China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Lebanon, Sudan, Romania, Serbia, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Colombia and Peru. Some were also destined for regional markets, including Africa and Asia. Source: VOA news

California Wildfires Force New Evacuations
Monday, 11 December 2017 11:50 WIB | Global

New evacuations were ordered in Santa Barbara county in Southern California Sunday morning as the largest wildfire currently burning in the state threatened a number of coastal towns. Residents of Carpinteria and Montecito were ordered to evacuate early Sunday, as the Thomas fire spread further toward the city of Santa Barbara, about 160 kilometers west of Los Angeles. More than 88,000 people have been evacuated because of the Thomas Fire, which the state's fire agency said was 15 percent contained by Saturday night. Nearly a half dozen fires burned across Southern California over the...

Hong Kong Stocks Fall 1 pct, Property and IT Firms Weigh (Review)

Hong Kong stocks fell on Friday, led down by property and information technology firms tracking their mainland peers, with sentiment dented by Wall Street™s weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform. At close of trade, the Hang...

All Main Stock Indexes Close at Records Ahead of GOP Tax Bill Draft

All main stock benchmarks closed at records on Friday with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending their weekly winning streak to four as Republicans prepared to outline their final version of the tax bill. Stocks have been...

Oil Prices Settle Higher, But Post Third Straight Weekly Decline

Oil prices settled higher Friday, but tallied a loss for a third straight week, on the back of ongoing concerns over growth in U.S. crude production. "The driving force behind oil markets remains [the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting...

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