Purchasing managers’ index dips to 16-month low
HANOI/KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an American air strike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already riven by internal divisions.
MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy, putting him on a new collision course with the bishops a day after he called them “sons of whores”.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least two explosions hit the Syrian city of Jableh on the Mediterranean coast on Monday in what appeared to be a rare attack there, a monitoring group and state-run television channel said.
HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said on Monday the United States had decided to “completely lift” its embargo on trade in lethal arms with the Southeast Asian country.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government does not expect Turks to get visa-free entry into the European Union before 2017 because Ankara will not fulfil the conditions for that by the end of this year, newspaper Bild cited sources in Berlin as saying on Monday.
ADEN (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed at least 12 army recruits and injured dozens of others in the Yemeni city of Aden on Monday, residents and a security official said, in another major militant attack on the beleaguered government.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese government bureau is planning a base station for an advanced rescue ship in the disputed Spratly Islands, state media reported on Monday, as China continues its push to develop civilian and military infrastructure in the contentious region.
Former central bank governor Fraga says spending measures could worsen precarious fiscal situation