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Executions rise worldwide in 2013

Source : AP / 19 Jul 2014

The number of executions worldwide rose last year despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition, according to a report released Friday by an Italian anti-death penalty group.


Asian pollution fueling storms across Northern Hemisphere – study

Source : RT / 16 Apr 2014

Increasing levels of pollution in Asia are strengthening storms over the Pacific Ocean, a study has revealed. Scientists warned these changes could have a radical knock-on effect on climate systems around the world if left unchecked.


Malaysia tops survey of 'halal holidays' for Muslims, Turkey third

Source : AFP / 21 Mar 2014

Malaysia is the world's friendliest destination for Muslim travellers, according to a survey released Feb. 18, but Japan has shown most improvement as it ramps up efforts to cash in on a growing market.


China to become world’s biggest ‘billionaire club’ by 2023

Source : RT / 13 Mar 2014

Asia is set to overtake Europe as the home of the biggest number of billionaires within the next decade, according to a new survey. China's super-rich will outnumber those in the UK, Russia, France, and Switzerland combined.

The number of billionaires in China is expected to hit 322 in 2023, says the eighth annual Knight Frank Wealth Report.


Singapore named the world's most expensive city

Source : BBC / 05 Mar 2014

Singapore has topped 131 cities globally to become the world's most expensive city to live in 2014, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The city's strong currency combined with the high cost of running a car and soaring utility bills contributed to Singapore topping the list.


As millions go hungry, Asia battles food waste

By Alisa Tang / 31 Aug 2013

More than half a billion people in the Asia Pacific region suffer from hunger, yet an estimated 42 percent of fruit and vegetables and a fifth of the grains produced here are lost or wasted, U.N. food experts said as they kicked off a campaign to cut the region’s massive food waste and feed its growing population.

“The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region,” Hiroyuki Konuma, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assistant director-general, said in an FAO statement.


Oil below $105 as Middle East risk premium fades

Source : Reuters / 8 May 2013 

Brent crude oil fell below $105 per barrel on Tuesday, after the risk premium caused by an Israeli air strike on Syria faded.

The benchmark hit its highest in nearly a month above $105 in the previous session on fears of supply disruption following Israeli air strikes on Syria close to Damascus.


Saudi Arabia, Asia set to dominate sukuk market in 2012

By Mushtak Parker | ARAB NEWS | 1 Jan 2012

Asia and Saudi Arabia are inevitably set to dominate the sukuk market in 2012 with high quality quasi-sovereign issuers taking the lead, especially to fund infrastructure and projects in the oil, gas, petrochemicals and transport sectors.


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