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Ebola: World Bank chief proposes global emergency epidemic fund

Nov 18, 2014 at 18:39 | Source: FirstPost

Berlin: World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim warned on Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in west Africa could trigger famine, and called for the creation of an international emergency fund for epidemics.Speaking to German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Kim ...

Profile: Shinzo Abe

Nov 18, 2014 at 18:06 | Source: BBC

Shinzo Abe, 60, became Japan's prime minister in December 2012 after his Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) landslide election win. It was Mr Abe's second shot at the top job, after a brief term as prime minister in 2006-7. He was then J...

Japan descends into recession; PM Shinzo Abe all set to call snap polls

Nov 17, 2014 at 16:53 | Source: FirstPost

Japan's economy sank into recession in the third quarter, figures showed Monday, making it almost inevitable that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a fresh sales tax rise and call a snap election to fend off party rivals.Abe's two-year premiership...

Kolkata: Cellphone thief thrashed, allegedly castrated by junior docs

Nov 17, 2014 at 10:40 | Source: FirstPost

Kolkata: A man in his mid-20s, suspected to be a cellphone thief, was lynched and allegedly bobbitised by a group of students and junior doctors in the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, police said on Sunday.Some junior doctors a...

Kolkata: Cellphone thief lynched, allegedly castrated by junior medics

Nov 17, 2014 at 07:35 | Source: FirstPost

Kolkata: A man in his mid-20s, suspected to be a cellphone thief, was lynched and allegedly bobbitised by a group of students and junior doctors in the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, police said on Sunday.Some junior doctors a...

Defamation not an offence elsewhere, India reluctant to follow

Nov 17, 2014 at 03:15 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) India is way behind other legal systems that have long junked defamation as a criminal offence, retaining it only as a civil offence involving exemplary costs.Most developed and even some developing democracies have turned th...

'Thief' lynched, allegedly bobbitised by junior medics in Bengal (Lead, superseding earlier story)

Nov 16, 2014 at 23:15 | Source: FirstPost

Kolkata, Nov 16 (IANS) A man in his mid-20s, suspected to be a cellphone thief, was lynched and allegedly bobbitised by a group of students and junior doctors in the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital here.Some junior doctors and others have ...

India to have new surrogacy law soon

Nov 16, 2014 at 22:30 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) Much in the news for all the wrong reasons, surrogacy in India will soon be a regulated sector with the government bringing in a law to govern all aspects of the process like compensation, age and consent of the surrogate mot...

Japan ruling party candidate loses Okinawa poll, setback for U.S. base move

Nov 16, 2014 at 21:45 | Source: FirstPost

TOKYO (Reuters) - A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's party was soundly defeated in a key local election on Sunday, a blow to plans to relocate a controversial U.S. air base on Okinawa island, home to the bulk of U.S. military...

Dramatic showdown at G20 as Putin yawns off Western baiting

Nov 16, 2014 at 15:38 | Source: FirstPost

Brisbane: A weary Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday shrugged off a new barrage of Western fire over Ukraine at a G20 summit where the world's most powerful leaders vowed to heat up the cooling global economy.Host Tony Abbott insisted that ev...

G20 statement on Ebola stops short of financial commitments

Nov 15, 2014 at 17:15 | Source: FirstPost

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - The Group of 20 world leaders on Saturday committed to mobilising resources to combat the Ebola epidemic that has killed some 5,000 people, but stopped short of agreeing to a global pandemic fund. The G20 issued a joint...

Ukraine's PM says main task is to build army to stop Russia

Nov 15, 2014 at 01:15 | Source: FirstPost

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's top priority is to build an army strong enough to stop Russian military aggression, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday, as he made recommendations for top positions in a new coalition government.The pr...

Islamic State tightens grip, says it will mint its own coins

Nov 14, 2014 at 20:57 | Source: FirstPost

Cairo: The leader of the Islamic State group has ordered the terror organization to start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency the Islamic dinar.A website affiliated with the group posted the order late Thursday, saying Islamic...

The era of global government?

Nov 14, 2014 at 11:52 | Source: BBC

Here at the G20 summit, leaders representing 85% of world GDP are meeting in Brisbane, Australia. It's not just the G20 group of world leaders who are meeting. Also here are the heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. There'...

Mali toughens anti-Ebola checks at borders, Liberia signals progress

Nov 14, 2014 at 01:30 | Source: FirstPost

BAMAKO/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Mali announced tougher health checks at border crossings after registering its second Ebola outbreak, while Liberia on Thursday signalled progress in neutralising the virus by saying it would not renew a state of emergency...

China's economy shows more signs of weakness

Nov 13, 2014 at 15:52 | Source: BBC

A slew of economic data out of China, which came in below forecasts on Thursday, has highlighted the continuing downward pressure facing the Asian giant. China's industrial output rose 7.7% in October from a year ago, while retail sales grew 11....

Indian media: Modi's Asean trade pitch

Nov 13, 2014 at 15:52 | Source: BBC

Indian papers have been highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trade pitch to Southeast Asian countries. Mr Modi on Wednesday invited the Asean (Association of South East Nations) nations to join India in its new era of economic progress. H...

US asks IMF to cancel debt of Ebola-hit African nations

Nov 12, 2014 at 15:28 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: The United States on Tuesday proposed that the International Monetary Fund write off some $100 million (63 million pounds) in debt it is owed by Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to free up more resources for those countries, the hardest h...

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to may call for snap elections next month

Nov 12, 2014 at 15:23 | Source: FirstPost

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could call a snap election for next month, two years early, with a plan to boost his support by delaying another scheduled tax hike, reports said Wednesday.The first jump in sales tax, which came into effect ...

Kabul Bank fraud: Afghan court increases jail terms

Nov 12, 2014 at 02:47 | Source: BBC

An Afghan court has increased the jail sentences for two top officials at Kabul Bank, which collapsed in 2010 after losing almost $1bn (£630m). Former chairman Sherkhan Farnood, and the bank's CEO Khalilullah Ferozi, were jailed for five years ...

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