Australia tourism sets sights on China’s independent tourist

By Cecile Lefort SYDNEY, Jan 12 : Australia is planning a A40 dollars million global tourism campaign to help fill the economic hole left by the commodities downturn, targeting a growing group of Chinese holidaymakers who favour independent itineraries over traditional large group packages. Government data released on Tuesday showed a record 1 million Chinese […]

Lebanon accused of leaving Syrian refugees at risk of abuse

By Emma Batha LONDON, Jan 12 : Lebanon is effectively barring many Syrian refugees from renewing their residency permits, putting them at risk of exploitation and “setting the stage for a potentially explosive situation”, rights campaigners warned today. Human Rights Watch said a 200 dollars annual renewal fee introduced last year was prohibitive for most […]

Asia stocks hover at 4-year lows on China worries; oil slides

By Saikat Chatterjee HONG KONG Jan 12 : Asian stocks held near four-year lows and crude oil prices approached a 20 percent drop in less than two weeks, as investors remained wary of China’s volatile financial markets. European markets are set to open flat to slightly higher, with Britain’s FTSE 100 to open 0.5 percent […]