Pakistani court summons police in case of missing peace activist

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 13 : A Pakistani court on Wednesday summoned a police officer investigating the case of a missing peace activist who is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified men this month. Four activists critical of the army and its attitude towards militant groups went missing this year but reappeared […]

Oil prices recover on big US crude stock drawdown, pipeline shutdown supports

By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO, Dec 13 : Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets. Brent crude was up 69 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $64.03 a barrel by […]

Philippine Congress approves Duterte’s bid to extend martial law in South

By Martin Petty MANILA, Dec 13 : – Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to extend martial law for all of next year on the southern island of Mindanao, a move the government says aims to thwart Islamist and communist rebels. The extension, until Dec. 31 next year, would mark the […]

Copper edges higher ahead of expected U.S. rate hike

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Dec 13 : – London copper edged higher on Wednesday as the dollar eased after hitting one-month highs earlier on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for a fifth time since 2015. The dollar slipped against a basket of currencies after a Democrat won a bitter fight […]

Halilhodzic urges China to trust ‘best coach’ Lippi

By Michael Church TOKYO, Dec 13 :Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has backed World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi to transform China into a team capable of qualifying for the 2022 finals in Qatar. Halilhodzic’s side handed an inexperienced China side a 2-1 defeat in the second round of matches in this year’s East Asian Championship on […]

Human Rights Watch calls on Singapore to relax free speech, assembly laws

By Fathin Ungku and Rozanna Latiff SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 : – The Singapore government’s laws limiting critical speech and peaceful assembly are overly broad and make the country a repressive place severely restricting what can be said and published, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. In its first wide-ranging report on Singapore in 12 […]