Netanyahu quizzed over suspicion of graft

Jerusalem, January 4 Israeli police have questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for nearly three hours on suspicion of graft after the Attorney General said that the police had gathered enough evidence against him as a “possible criminal suspect”. The police investigating team questioned 67-year-old Netanyahu on Monday evening over suspicion that he and his family

At least 100 homes burned as fire erupts in Valparaiso, Chile

At least 100 homes burned as fire erupts in Valparaiso, Chile

Santiago, January 3 A large fire broke out in the coastal Chilean city of Valparaiso last evening, burning at least 100 homes, prompting the evacuation of about 400 people and sending plumes of smoke high into the air. Chilean Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said in televised remarks that 19 people had been slightly injured and

S Korea lifts import tariffs for eggs to ease egg shortage

Seoul, January 3 South Korea’s import tariffs on egg products will be cut to zero from tomorrow as part of the government’s efforts to ease an egg shortage sparked by the country’s worst-ever bird flu epidemic. South Korea’s agriculture ministry said yesterday the tariff cut will be applied to a total of 98,600 tonnes of

Indonesia Dec inflation eases slightly more than expected

Jakarta, January 3 Indonesia’s annual inflation rate eased slightly more than expected in December, the statistics bureau said on Tuesday. The annual inflation rate was 3.02 percent in December, data from the bureau showed, compared with 3.10 percent expected in a Reuters poll and November’s 3.58 percent pace. Consumer prices rose 0.42 percent on a

China stocks start 2017 firmer, aided by stronger factory growth

Shanghai, January 3 China stocks started the first trading day of 2017 on a solid footing as concerns of a liquidity crunch faded and strong factory growth offered more signs of a stabilising economy. The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 1.0 percent to 3,342.23 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index also gained 1 percent to 3,135.92