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March in Mexico City over slain students MEXICO CITY: Some 2,500 people marched on Thursday in Mexico City marking the fifth month since the disappearance of 43 students whom the government says were killed by a police-linked drug gang.The march ended with a skirmish between police and students, five of whom were arrested for wielding objects that could be deemed as weapons, like sticks and pipes, the secretariat of state for security in the Mexican capital said.The students were from a teacher's college in Ayotzinapa in the southern state of Guerrero. They died in a night of protests on September 26 after being arrested by police in the nearby town of Iguala and handed over to a drug trafficking gang that killed them, burned their remains and threw them into a river, according to the official government account.Thursday's march departed from a central plaza in Mexico City and ended up outside the residence of President Enrique Pena, ...

Russia confirms will attend gas talks with EU, Ukraine MOSCOW: Russia has confirmed that it will attend talks with the European Union and Ukraine on Monday aimed at resolving a bitter gas supply dispute which threatens deliveries to Europe.Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom threatened this week to cut deliveries to Ukraine over a dispute related to Moscow's move to start direct supplies to eastern parts of the country controlled by pro-Kremlin rebels.The European Union receives about a third of its gas from Russia, with ...

Asian markets largely up, Tokyo in new 15-year high HONG KONG: Asian markets were largely stronger Friday after US inflation data renewed speculation of an interest rate hike, advancing despite disappointing Japanese figures that challenged Tokyo's war on falling prices.Official data showed Japan's inflation slowed for a sixth straight month in January -- dampened by weak consumer spending and falling energy prices -- its lowest level since May 2013.Tokyo stocks edged up to a fresh 15-year high, despite profit-taking largely erasing earlier gains that ...

RECORDER REPORT: KSE mid day update KARACHI: On Friday, until mid day, KSE-100 Index was at 33772.54 with a positive change of 9.74 and volume of 58,931,470 shares.High and Low were 33829.20 and 33641.18 respectively. Total volume traded in the market was 94,734,730 shares with 266 total traded companies out of which 107 were up, 143 were down and 16 were unchanged.Commercial Banks was the top traded sector with total traded volume of 16,279,200 shares. It was followed by Construction and ...

Indonesia central bank comfortable with weakening rupiah, says helps exports JAKARTA: Indonesia's central bank signaled that it is comfortable with the drop in the rupiah as it makes exports more competitive in Southeast Asia's largest economy, a Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor said on Friday.The rupiah has been trading around 12,800-12,900 against the dollar in the past week, touching a ten-week low on Tuesday. It has weakened almost 4 percent in the year. "We need a competitive exchange rate to support exports of manufactured goods ...

South Korea, US hold navy drill despite North threats SEOUL: South Korea and the United States on Friday conducted a joint naval drill ahead of the launch next week of large-scale military exercises that have incensed North Korea.The drill involved 10 South Korean warships, backed by surveillance planes and helicopters, as well as a US Aegis destroyer and Sea Hawk helicopters, a defence ministry spokesman said."It is designed to enhance operational ability and bolster the two allies' joint defence capacity," the spokesman said.The drill ...


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