Churches offer sanctuary as UN criticises Australian asylum policy

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY, Feb 4 : The United Nations strongly criticised today an Australian court ruling that paves the way for the deportation of dozens of Australian-born infants to an offshore immigration camp, while church leaders offered sanctuary to asylum seekers on the list. Yesterday, the High Court rejected a legal test case brought […]

US oil prices extend gains on slide in dollar, talk of oil producer meeting

By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE, Feb 4 : U.S. crude oil prices extended gains from the previous session on Thursday, as a weaker dollar and ongoing yet unconfirmed talk of producers potentially meeting to discuss output cuts lifted the market despite record U.S. stocks. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were trading at $32.39 per […]

Michigan art dealer arrested by FBI for selling forgeries

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Feb 4 : A Michigan art dealer was arrested by the FBI for what authorities say was an extensive scheme to sell counterfeit works by renowned artists including Willem de Kooning. Eric Spoutz, 32, was charged with wire fraud in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court and arrested at […]

Ban appoints Major General Menon head of UN Syria-Israel observer mission

United Nations, Feb 4 : Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Jai Shankar Menon to head the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the Syria-Israel ceasefire in the Golan Heights. Menon succeeds Lieutenant General Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal whose assignment ends on Sunday. Menon was Additional Director General for Equipment Management in […]

Asia stocks gain as dollar slide boosts oil

By Wayne Cole SYDNEY, Feb 4 : Asian shares rebounded on Thursday as speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve might opt to not raise interest rates at all this year hammered the dollar and sparked a huge rally in oil prices. By some measures the U.S. currency suffered its largest one-day percentage drop outside of the […]