What would hardliner Raisi mean for Iran and the world?

TEHRAN: Ebrahim Raisi, the leading candidate for Iran’s hardliners in next month’s presidential election, has left many wondering whether the country’s fragile opening to the West could be under threat. The 56-year-old judge and cleric registered on Friday for the May 19 vote and his candidacy is being closely watched by foreign investors and diplomats… Read More »

Five on Friday: 5 recent PR mistakes

SINGAPORE: United Airlines this week delivered a masterclass in a) how not to treat a passenger and b) how not to react after bloodying said passenger’s face.  After the farce that saw them randomly selecting people to remove from an “overbooked” flight in order to accommodate a standby crew, United’s actions were strongly criticised as… Read More »

Football: Dendoncker denies United, violence mars Lyon-Besiktas

BRUSSELS: Leander Dendoncker struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw for Anderlecht against Manchester United in the first leg of Thursday’s (Apr 13) Europa League quarter-final, while crowd trouble overshadowed Lyon’s tie with Besiktas. Belgian international midfielder Dendoncker rose to majestically power home a header from Ivan Obradovic’s cross four minutes from time and cancel… Read More »

France's Le Pen says protectionism can spur GDP growth to 2.5 percent by 2021

PARIS: Far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who is campaigning on a platform of economic nationalism, says France’s GDP growth would accelerate to 2.5 percent towards the end of her first term if she wins the upcoming election. Le Pen wants to drop the euro currency, a move that would throw the future… Read More »

Kim Jong Nam murder suspects fear 'trial by ambush', lawyer tells court

KUALA LUMPUR: The two females charged with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader appeared in a Malaysian court on Thursday wearing bullet-proof vests, as one of their lawyers warned they feared “a trial by ambush” with police not sharing evidence. Indonesian Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, face the… Read More »

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia returned to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: A Saudi woman claiming she sought asylum in Australia was stopped on a layover in the Philippines and returned to Riyadh on Wednesday. Dina Ali Lasloom said in self-recorded videos the Philippine authorities had held her at the Manila airport and confiscated her passport. The videos circulated widely on social media over the last… Read More »

Brazil Supreme Court judge orders probe into nine ministers – paper

BRASILIA: A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has ordered investigations into 71 sitting lawmakers and nine ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet allegedly linked to the country’s biggest corruption scandal, Estado de S. Paulo reported on Tuesday. The office of Justice Edson Fachin confirmed he would lift the seal on plea bargain testimony from 77 employees… Read More »