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Migrant crisis could damage ‘idea of Europe’: Germany

A failure to handle the migrant crisis effectively could adversely affect the “idea of Europe”, Germany’s labour minister said on Thursday, calling for a fairer distribution of refugees within the European Union. Speaking at a briefing ahead of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in the Turkish capital this week, Andrea Nahles warned that Europe had “come to a crossroads”, and that poor handling of the influx of asylum seekers from countries like Syria was fueling rohingya_migrants_1skepticism towards the EU....

Japanese protests new military law

Thousands of people have protested outside of Japan’s parliament against new legislation that would allow the military to deploy overseas. The changes would allow Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two. The legislation has already been passed by Japan’s lower house and is expected to be endorsed by the upper chamber. Japanese proestUnder its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defence. But a reinterpretation of the law will now allow “collect...

APAC businesses showing strong agility: Oracle says

Today, Oracle announces the results of its “Oracle Cloud Agility” study and revealed that businesses across Asia Pacific (APAC) are showing strong signs of agility in some areas and clearly recognise the business benefits of agility (i.e., able to adjust quickly to new business opportunities or to iterate new products and services quickly). However, Oracle’s research also highlights a clear lack of awareness among businesses around oracle_summit_09252013_620_412_100how technology, like Platform-as-a-...

Two US TV journos shot dead on air

Two journalists have been shot dead during a live TV report in the US state of Virginia, their employer confirms. WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed during an interview in Moneta, Bedford County, the TV station said. tv journoDuring the live broadcast, shots could be heard, sending the reporter and the person she was interviewing running. Police say they are investigating the incident and still searching for the suspect. “We do not know the motive. We do not know who the suspect or who the killer i...

Army tightens grip in Myanmar

The leader of Myanmar’s ruling party was ousted by the country’s president in a dramatic swoop Thursday as the army and its allies strengthened their political grip ahead of crucial elections. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has been gripped by in-fighting in the run up to the November polls—billed as the freest and fairest for decades in the former-junta ruled nation. After a night of high political drama which saw security forces enter the USDP base in Naypyidaw, Shwe Mann—who is also the parliamentary speaker—was ousted in an unexpected party putsch. The USDP, which served as a vehicle for former junta figures to transform into MPs, issued a statement

Philippines 4th fastest-growing economy in 2015

Philippine economic growth this year is projected to be the fourth fastest in the world, data compiled by CNN Money showed. The chart showed the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been forecast at 6.7 percent, which is below the government’s seven to eight percent target for the year. The figure trails behind China’s estimated economic expansion of 6.8 percent, Qatar’s 7.1 percent, and India’s 7.5 percent. Economy PhilipinesThe Philippines’ projected economic growth is higher than Bangladesh’s 6.3 percent, Viet...