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Singapore gains halal cred, wins top marks from Muslim tourists

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(Devotees break fast on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Halal has never looked so good for Singapore. A survey ranked the Asian country as the top non-Islamic destination for Muslim tourists, weeks after official data showed overall visitor numbers fell last year for the first time since 2009.

Jan 27, 2015

Best property agent in Singapore and HK this year could be the U.S. Fed

SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Investors seeking to buy property
in Singapore or Hong Kong this year may be better off listening
to U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen than a real estate
agent.

The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates sometime
in the second half of 2015 as the U.S. economy improves and
inflation remains benign. As interest rates rise, property
prices in Hong Kong and Singapore may fall by as much as 5
percent this year, according to a report on prime residential
real estate in the region by property consultant Knight Frank.

Apr 29, 2011

Graft, stagnation persist in post-Mubarak Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – When President Hosni Mubarak was driven from power in February, millions of Egyptians believed the graft and stagnation that blighted his 30-year rule would go too. Two months later, some people are having second thoughts.

Frustrated by high prices, the scarcity of jobs and endemic corruption, the pro-democracy demonstrators that deposed Mubarak on Feb. 11 had demanded change.

Apr 29, 2011

Analysis: Graft, stagnation persist in post-Mubarak Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – When President Hosni Mubarak was driven from power in February, millions of Egyptians believed the graft and stagnation that blighted his 30-year rule would go too. Two months later, some people are having second thoughts.

Frustrated by high prices, the scarcity of jobs and endemic corruption, the pro-democracy demonstrators that deposed Mubarak on February 11 had demanded change.

Apr 27, 2011

Egyptians find their voice after years of repression

CAIRO (Reuters) – For decades, authoritarian rule and police brutality ensured the only voice heard from Egypt was that of its leaders. Since popular protests deposed President Hosni Mubarak, the silent majority has erupted into a cacophony.

Emboldened by the success of their uprising, almost everyone in post-Mubarak Egypt, from Western-educated professionals to illiterate farmhands to once-banned Islamists, has something to say about their nation’s past and future.

Apr 21, 2011

Egypt orders “pharaoh” Mubarak’s name stripped off

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt Thursday took another step toward erasing the legacy of deposed president Hosni Mubarak by ordering his name, and that of his family, removed from public institutions across the nation.

Sycophantic officials seeking to curry Mubarak’s favor had resorted to naming everything from streets to schools to military installations and remote, rural clinics after the authoritarian leader many Egyptians call a modern pharaoh.

Apr 18, 2011

Will Egypt’s former ruler Mubarak ever face trial?

CAIRO (Reuters) – An authoritarian leader is forced to resign after protests against his corruption-tainted rule. He is charged with graft and murder, but ill health stalls his interrogation. He dies before he is put on trial.

The fate of Indonesia’s President Suharto, who died 10 years after mass demonstrations swept him from power in 1998, could be a scenario the generals now ruling Egypt are considering for deposed President Hosni Mubarak, 82 and ailing, who still wields considerable clout within the army.

Nov 20, 2010

India PM rejects court corruption probe criticism

NEW DELHI, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, weakened by a corruption scandal involving his
sacked telecoms minister, told the Supreme Court on Saturday
he had done nothing wrong and had followed correct procedures.

In a rare move, the Supreme Court this week reprimanded
Singh for failing to probe ex-telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja
over allegations he had sold licences too cheaply. The court
demanded Singh himself explain what had happened, tarnishing
his squeaky-clean image.

Oct 15, 2010

Asia’s couture craving feeds Singapore’s haute hopes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Legions of status-seeking shoppers with deep pockets are turning Asia into the next big catwalk for international designers, boosting Singapore’s aspirations to become the region’s Milan or New York.

Asia’s growing economic clout — and the millions willing to spend top dollar on luxury lifestyles — were the buzz words at Singapore’s fashion festival, an annual event the country hopes will eventually become as important as counterparts in the United States and Europe, as well as the fashion gateway for the region.

May 7, 2010

Stocks battered, pound bruised as fears persist

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – European stocks are primed for a pummeling on Friday, following ravaged U.S. and Asian shares, as Europe’s debt crisis sent waves of dread through global markets and battered sterling and the euro.

U.S. stocks plunged 9 percent in the last two hours of trading on Thursday before clawing back some of the losses as a suspected trading glitch and fears of a new credit crunch in Europe threw markets into disarray.

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