New Swedish govt steps up spending

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s new left-wing government presented Thursday its 2015 budget with the Nordic country’s largest deficit in nearly two decades as it seeks to boost employment through increased infras

Corruption ‘paralyzes’ Ukraine: Poroshenko

ODESSA, Ukraine: Corruption is “paralysing” Ukraine’s economy, President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday on a pre-election visit to the country’s most important sea port.

Malaysia charges 3 with supporting IS

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State (IS) after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the militants fighting in Ir

Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls

COLOMBO: Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to unveil a populist budget Friday hoping to shore up sagging electoral support ahead of a troubled bid to win a third term.

8 killed in Pakistan sectarian attack

QUETTA: Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday killing eight, police said.

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