Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Middle East

Watchdog calls on UAE to improve to eliminate money laundering

The FATF has found that there is a high risk that criminals will try to launder money or finance 'terrorism' through the UAE.

Watchdog calls on UAE to improve to eliminate money laundering

Asia

Bangladesh factories ordered shut to save Dhaka's river

The main river that used to be Dhaka's source of drinking water is now toxic.

Bangladesh factories ordered shut to save Dhaka's river

Asia

Number of Bangladeshis killed by Indian border forces on rise

Over the past 20 years, more than 1,000 people have been killed, according to Human Rights Watch.

Number of Bangladeshis killed by Indian border forces on rise

Europe

Holland renamed: Just use 'The Netherlands', says government

Dutch government wants to officially use 'The Netherlands' in promotional material, as part of rebranding exercise.

Holland renamed: Just use 'The Netherlands', says government

Europe

French theatres emptied by strike

Opera house says it has lost $9m since start of strike on December 5.

French theatres emptied by strike

Europe

France strikes disrupt travels during Christmas holiday

France is facing widespread travel disruption during the busy Christmas holiday as protests against pension reforms show no sign of easing.

France strikes disrupt travels during Christmas holiday

Europe

France pension strike cripples economy, businesses

Transport, services affected as rail workers strike over Macron's proposed pension reforms, dampening Christmas sales

France pension strike cripples economy, businesses

Middle East

Palestinian factions agree to Abbas election request

Major hurdles remain before a date could be set, including whether Israel and the US would allow an election.

Palestinian factions agree to Abbas election request

Asia

Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamils

Winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa's support dips in majority Tamil areas, where people have not forgotten his role in the civil war.

Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamils

Asia

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

National security has been a key issue in the campaign after the Easter bombings that killed hundreds of people.

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

Asia

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Sri Lankans are voting to elect a new leader while ethnic divisions are on the rise after the deadly Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Middle East

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires

Jordan decides against renewing a 25-year deal over special land access for Israeli farmers and tourists.

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires