Economy

Egypt's inflation rate continues decline in January

Feb 8, 2018

Egypt says inflation rate has dropped to 17.1 percent in January, down from 21.9 percent in December

India budget offers free cooking gas, health plan for poor

Feb 1, 2018

India's finance minister has announced a federal budget with a string of populist giveaways, from free cooking gas to a health plan for the poor, in an attempt to woo voters ahead of national elections next year

Opposition figure voices rare criticism of Iran's top leader

Jan 30, 2018

An Iranian opposition figure under house arrest has voiced rare criticism of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blaming him for the "disastrous results" of the Revolutionary Guard's vast political and economic influence

63M women, girls missing due to India's preference for boys

Jan 30, 2018

India's government says more than 63 million women and girls are statistically "missing" by being deprived of food, health care and schooling due to cultural preference for boys

India says economy poised to grow by 7-7.5 percent

Jan 29, 2018

India estimates its economy will grow by 7 to 7.5 percent in the fiscal year that starts April 1, making it the fastest-growing major economy in the world once again

ASEAN leaders watch India's national day parade

Jan 26, 2018

Ten ASEAN leaders have watched a parade and stunt performances as India celebrates the anniversary of its constitution

On Mideast visit, US house speaker vows to confront Iran

Jan 25, 2018

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is in the United Arab Emirates, where he promised to take a harder line on Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional proxies, and said he was open to imposing new economic sanctions

Singapore PM visits Sri Lanka, nations OK free trade deal

Jan 23, 2018

Singapore and Sri Lanka have signed a free trade agreement for the two countries during a three-day visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the Indian ocean island nation

Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard's grip on economy

Jan 21, 2018

Iran's supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy

Group urges Sudan to halt arresting reporters amid protests

Jan 19, 2018

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Sudanese authorities "to cease harassing and arresting" journalists covering anti-inflation protests

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