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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

UNESCO's World Heritage committee on Sunday added 23 sites considered representative of Japan's industrial revolution around the reign of Emperor Meiji ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Guadalupe Reyes clings to thoughts of her daughter one day flying a plane, a dream for the 18-year-old girl.

Until the teenager vanished 10 months ago in central Mexico.

Mariana is the latest in a growing number of girls and women who have disappeared, or worse, in the populous State of Mexico, which has become the most dangerous region for women in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia.

The 36-year-old male patient, whose nationality was not disclosed, has been put in isolation at a government facility to contain the virus, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Malaysia's ringgit hit a 16-year low Monday on growing political uncertainty following allegations that a probe into a state investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred into the prime minister's personal accounts.

The currency dropped 0.8 percent to 3.8088 against the greenback in Kuala Lumpur, the lowest level since May 1999.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Monday it was up to the Greek government to make new proposals after a referendum rejected bailout proposals made by international creditors.

"The vote itself solves nothing," Sapin said in the first reaction from Europe's second economy.

Sapin also warned the European Central Bank against lowering its level of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders will discuss the threat the Islamic State group poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit in Russia this week, a Chinese official said Monday.

Xi travels to the Russian city of Ufa for a summit on Thursday and Friday of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's finance minister resigned Monday in what appeared to be a concession by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to international creditors after his resounding victory in a historic bailout referendum.

The shock announcement came as European leaders scrambled for a response after Greek voters said a resounding "No" to further austerity measures in return for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Britain will do "whatever is necessary to protect its economic security", a government spokesman said Monday after Greeks voted overwhelmingly against austerity in a referendum that could send them crashing out of the eurozone with unknown consequences.

"This is a critical moment in the economic crisis in Greece," a Downing Street spokesman said. "We will continue ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shanghai stocks erased a near eight percent gain in volatile trading on Monday, as an unprecedented raft of measures announced over the weekend failed to boost the slumping market.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.55 percent, or 20.32 points, to 3,666.60 as analysts questioned whether a 7.82 percent rally at Monday's open was sustainable.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The euro rose Monday after Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced his shock resignation, just hours after the cash-strapped nation rejected creditors' austerity demands in a landmark weekend referendum.

In Tokyo, the unit fetched $1.1088 from around $1.1027 before the announcement, and after dropping to $1.0963 in New York electronic trade Sunday ...

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