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Yemen’s Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

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Yemen's Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

International pressure has mounted on Yemen’s warring parties to end the war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed the country to the verge of starvation. The move from the Houthi group came after the Saudi-led coalition ordered a halt in its offensive against Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah, which has become the focus of the war. “After our contacts with the U.N. envoy and his request to stop drone and missile strikes … We announce our initiative … to halt missile and drone strikes on the countries of aggression,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of …read more

Yemen’s Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

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Yemen's Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

International pressure has mounted on Yemen’s warring parties to end the war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed the country to the verge of starvation. The move from the Houthi group came after the Saudi-led coalition ordered a halt in its offensive against Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah, which has become the focus of the war. “After our contacts with the U.N. envoy and his request to stop drone and missile strikes … We announce our initiative … to halt missile and drone strikes on the countries of aggression,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of …read more

Yemen’s Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

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Yemen's Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

International pressure has mounted on Yemen’s warring parties to end the war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed the country to the verge of starvation. The move from the Houthi group came after the Saudi-led coalition ordered a halt in its offensive against Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah, which has become the focus of the war. “After our contacts with the U.N. envoy and his request to stop drone and missile strikes … We announce our initiative … to halt missile and drone strikes on the countries of aggression,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of …read more

Google-Temasek study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025

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Google-Temasek study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online. The latest report released on Monday adds new sectors such as online food delivery, as well as subscription music and video on demand. It estimated that the gross merchandise value (GMV) of the region’s internet economy has reached $72 billion in 2018, rising 37 percent from the year earlier.

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Top Huthi rebel calls for halt to attacks in Yemen

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Top Huthi rebel calls for halt to attacks in Yemen

A high-ranking Huthi official has called for rebels to stop firing rockets and using attack drones in the conflict in Yemen, as a UN envoy prepares to travel to the country to prepare peace talks. Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted that his group wants “all official Yemeni parties” to demand a ceasefire. Griffiths — whose efforts at kick-starting peace talks collapsed in September — said both the Saudi-backed government and the Huthi rebels have shown a “renewed commitment” to work on a political solution and have given “firm …read more

Zimbabwe: daily life a year after Mugabe's fall

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Zimbabwe: daily life a year after Mugabe's fall

Some Zimbabweans dared to hope that the fall of long-time authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe a year ago would finally bring change after years of economic decline, corruption, and repression. Consumer prices last month rocketed at their fastest pace since hyperinflation a decade ago, with annual inflation hitting 20.9 percent, and many Zimbabweans saying the real rate is far higher. Shortages of everyday essentials such as bread, chicken, cooking oil, and petrol have worsened since Mugabe’s fall, as the country runs out of foreign currency to buy imported goods.

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Two years after Philippines' pivot, Duterte still waiting on China dividend

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Two years after Philippines' pivot, Duterte still waiting on China dividend

Duterte left Beijing in 2016 with $24 billion of Chinese loans and investment pledges for his ambitious infrastructure overhaul, a few weeks after saying the Philippines was being treated like a dog by Washington and would be better off with China. When Xi Jinping visits the Philippines this week, Duterte will need the Chinese president to put his money where his mouth is and help Duterte justify his geopolitical concessions to a historic rival, according to Richard Heydarian, a Manila-based defense and security analyst. “Otherwise, we can definitely conclude that there’s really nothing much in the rhetoric and …read more

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