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May 10, 2018 10:07 AM Tunisia Islamists top municipal polls without majority

TUNIS: The Islamist movement Ennahdha has beaten rivals in Tunisia's first free municipal elections but failed to win outright majorities in a poll marked by voter frustration and a low turnout. The election on Sunday was touted as another milestone on the road to democracy in the North African country, which has been praised for its transition from decades 15

May 9, 2018 2:40 PM Iraq to close airspace, borders for election day

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities said Wednesday they will close the country's borders and airspace for 24 hours over an upcoming parliamentary election as they seek to impose a security lockdown. The measures running throughout Saturday are similar to ones applied during previous nationwide polls in the conflict-wracked nation. Some 24.5 million Iraqi voters 13

May 7, 2018 12:54 PM BNM seen holding key rate on moderating core inflation

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s central bank is expected to leave its benchamrk interest rate unchanged at a policy meeting on Thursday, a day after the country holds a general election, a Reuters poll showed. Eleven economists polled by Reuters were unanimous in expecting Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to hold its overnight policy rate at 3.25%, as core and headline 6

May 1, 2018 9:23 AM Sri Lanka reinstates sacked minister amid govt tensions

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday reinstated his justice minister, who has sacked nine months ago for publicly criticising a billion-dollar deal to lease a loss-making harbour to China. Former justice minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was sworn into a cabinet with the higher education and culture portfolios, in a reshuffle prompted 18

April 10, 2018 10:55 AM Weekday poll not without precedent, says Salleh

Salleh said in the 1995 and 1999 general elections, polling day was also held on a working day. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 10 — Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak today stressed that the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to set the polling date for the 14th general election (GE14) on a working day is not unprecedented 8

April 9, 2018 11:56 AM African migrants in Israel lament Netanyahu’s reversal

The presence of African migrants in Israel has become a political issue. — AFP picTEL AVIV, April 9 — In a park near Tel Aviv’s central bus station, dozens of African migrants waited for Israelis to offer them work, trying to eke out a living in a country where many want them to leave. Only days before, a solution had been announced that would regularise 14

April 6, 2018 4:10 AM Parliament dissolves tomorrow, now for GE14

Najib announced in a live broadcast at noon that the 13th Parliament will be dissolved tomorrow to pave way for the national polls. — Picture via Twiiter/ Abdul Rahman DahlanKUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — The battle for the 14th general election has officially begun. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced in a live broadcast at noon that the 13th Parliament 9

March 21, 2018 4:19 AM Malaysia’s February inflation rate at 1.4pc, below forecast

A Malaysia Ringgit note is seen in this illustration photo June 1, 2017. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — Malaysia’s consumer price index in February rose 1.4 per cent from a year earlier, government data showed today. February’s annual inflation rate was below the 1.9 per cent forecast in a Reuters poll, and well below the 2.7 per cent posted 7

March 5, 2018 4:08 AM Malaysia’s January exports surge 17.9pc, above forecast

The growth in exports was above the 11.4 per cent rise forecast by a Reuters poll, and up sharply from the 4.7 per cent recorded in December. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — Malaysia’s exports jumped 17.9 per cent in January from a year earlier, surging after two months of slower growth, on the back of higher demand for manufactured, mining and agricultural 16

February 28, 2018 12:30 AM US envoy praises Honduras for Jerusalem embassy support

TEGUCIGALPA: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Tuesday heaped fulsome praise on Honduras for being one of a few countries that backed the controversial US decision to its embassy to Jerusalem. In a visit to Tegucigalpa to see newly re-elected Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Haley stressed that US President Donald Trump's 17