Friday 27 November 2015

Asian shares edge up, euro under pressure

Asian shares advanced in early trade on Thursday, while growing bets the European Central Bank was gearing up to deliver further stimulus steps kept the euro under pressure. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up about 0.4 per cent, after Wall Str


'Facebook killer' charged with second-degree murder

A jury on Wednesday found a man in the US state of Florida guilty of second-degree murder after he killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook. Jurors rejected the argument that Derek Medina, 33, acted in self-defense when he shot 27-year-old Jennif


US urges reforms abroad to block IS recruits

The US Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters.


Brussels lockdown ends but manhunt goes on

The Brussels metro and schools reopened on Wednesday as the Belgian capital edged back to normal after a four-day security lockdown but the hunt went on for militants police fear may mount a Paris-style mass attack. Troops and armoured vehicles outside reopened underground statio


Russia, Turkey won’t back down in jet dispute

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Underscoring the message, Russian fo


Russian jet hit inside Syria after incursion: US

The US believes that the Russian jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was hit inside Syrian airspace after a brief incursion into Turkish airspace, a US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official said that assessment was based on detection of the heat s


French jets destroy an IS command centre in Iraq

French warplanes destroyed an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar, some 45 kilometres west of Mosul in Iraq, a French official said on Tuesday. "We hit an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar," the official said during President Francois Hollande's visit to


No explosives in US-bound parcels at Cairo airport

Some parcels at Cairo airport being shipped to the US by express mail service DHL that were flagged by the company for further checks were found by Egyptian officials to contain no explosives, a DHL spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "As part of our standard screening and security


France, Belgium widen probe into Paris attacks

An investigation into the November 13 attacks in Paris widened on Tuesday when French prosecutors said a man who provided lodging to the suspected ringleader must have known of a militant plot, and Belgium issued a warrant for a new suspect. Painting a chilling picture of ringlea


Asia stocks stumble on geopolitical tensions

Asian stocks were on edge on Wednesday with most markets stumbling as geopolitical tensions flared after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet, while crude oil prices eased from two-week highs. Australian shares dipped 0.5 per cent. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.2 per cent and Hon

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