IMF warns tariffs could come at 'significant economic cost'

Worsening trade tensions and exchange of tariffs could cause "significant economic cost" to the global economy, an International Monetary Fund spokesman warned Thursday. Read Article

Benjamin Netanyahu hits out at Iran after Syria friendly fire incident

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel will defend itself against Iran, after a friendly fire incident in Syria this week linked to Israeli strikes on Iranian targets there. Read Article

A novel in verse makes 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist

A pair of debut novels, including one in verse, feature among six "miracles of stylistic invention" shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, judges of the British award announced on Thursday. Read Article

Iran dismisses US offer of talks, says Washington broke last deal

Iran hit back at a US offer of negotiations on Thursday, saying Washington had violated the terms of the last big deal they agreed, the 2015 nuclear accord. Read Article

Trump tells OPEC to lower oil prices, says 'we protect Middle East'

President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a fresh call on the OPEC oil cartel to lower crude prices, saying the United States was providing Middle Eastern energy giants with security. Read Article

World 'won't rest' on Rohingya crisis, UK Foreign Minister tells Suu Kyi

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Thursday called for justice on the Rohingya crisis after his visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state, telling embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi the world "won't let Read Article

Kim Jong Un seeks second summit with Trump 'at an early date': South Korea's Moon

'Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed hopes for a second summit with President Trump at an early date,' Moon told reporters on his return to Seoul after a three-day trip to North Korea. Read Article

Singapore panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

The committee, set up to make recommendations on fighting "deliberate online falsehoods", said measures were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter "have a policy of… Read Article

EU leaders 'almost unanimous' for second Brexit vote: Maltese PM

Six months ahead of Britain's planned EU departure, calls have been growing for a second referendum -- backed by an expanding list of centrist politicians. Read Article

Malaysia ex-PM Najib Razak hit with 25 new charges linked to 1MDB scandal

Najib Razak has already been arrested twice and hit with several counts related to 1MDB since losing power. Read Article

Amazon considering opening 3,000 cashierless stores: Report

CEO Jeff Bezos is trying to decide on the best format for this bold and expensive venture, Bloomberg said, quoting people familiar with the matter. Read Article

China urges US to show sincerity in trade actions

China has been forced to take retaliatory measures against the United States and to defend its interests, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a weekly news briefing in Beijing. Read Article

Trump vows '100 per cent' support for storm-battered Carolinas

Trump pledged federal assistance as the Carolinas begin the long recovery from a storm estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage and left dozens dead. Read Article

China's doctor shortage prompts rush for AI health care

The small device, which has a half-open clasp that records the heartbeat, is one of the technologies developed by hi-tech firms aiming to help China offset its shortage of physicians by combining big… Read Article

Shinzo Abe: Shrewd diplomat in for the long haul

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election as leader of his ruling party Thursday, setting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier and realise his dream of reforming… Read Article