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Asian shares flat as UK vote, ECB meeting loom

Asian shares flat as UK vote, ECB meeting loom

By comparison with the March 2017 European Central Bank staff macroeconomic projections, the outlook for headline Harmonized Index Consumer Prices (HICP) inflation has been revised downwards, mainly reflecting lower oil prices, said Draghi.


Polls open in UK election

Polls open in UK election

The Prime Minister has described the general election today as the most important election in her lifetime as Britain prepares to start on Brexit talks this summer. A technical win for the Prime Minister's party but a major personal setback, because at least one Conservative MP will have lost a seat in an election campaign that did not need to happen for three years.



Indian origin Leo Varadkar to be Ireland's next prime minister

The country's ruling Fine Gael party on Friday elected the 38-year-old as its new leader. Varadkar will also be a year younger than France's Emmanuel Macron when he attends his first European Union leaders summit later this month. Opposition MPs were quick to denounce Varadkar's election, with his constituency rival Ruth Coppinger of the left-wing Solidarity party claiming that his campaign had given people a glimpse of the kind of divisive policies Fine Gael would like to pursue.



Bahrain says it too will jail Qatar sympathisers

The escalation came two weeks after the website of Qatar's official news agency was allegedly hacked by unknown individuals who reportedly published statements attributed to the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. While the foreign minister said Qatar had not yet been presented with a list of demands by countries which cut off ties with Doha on Monday, he insisted it be solved by peaceful means.


Die, many injured in IS attacks on Iran

Die, many injured in IS attacks on Iran

The semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday quotes Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi as saying the matter is under investigation and it is "too soon to say" if Saudi Arabia was involved. The attacks also came at a tense time in the Middle East when Sunni Arab states, lead by Saudi Arabia and backed by the US, have aligned against Iran's Shiite leaders.