US colleges help foreign students wary of traveling home

Art student Usman Anwar planned to spend this summer at home in Pakistan, visiting family and hiking with friends, but as he followed news about President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration, he decided it was too risky to leave the U.S. “I had a feeling that if I would go back … I won’t be able to continue my studies here again,” he said. Instead of visiting Lahore, the 22-year-old sophomore remained at Adelphi University on New York’s Long Island, which provided him with a free room and a campus marketing job — assistance that was key, he said, because … Continue reading US colleges help foreign students wary of traveling home

Arizona’s economy depends on foreign-born residents, study says

PHOENIX — Arizona needs its 920,000 foreign-born residents, both legal and otherwise, to fuel the state’s economy, according to a new study and some business leaders. The report Monday by the New American Economy says those families had $21.4 billion in household income in 2014, the most recent figures available. They paid $1.7 billion in state and local taxes and have $16 billion in spending power. When just the undocumented are counted, their earnings were $3.5 billion and $3.1 billion in spending power. And the number of foreign-born immigrants living in Arizona grew faster between 2010 and 2014 than the … Continue reading Arizona’s economy depends on foreign-born residents, study says

Qatar crisis: Saudi-led allies stand firm

The four Arab countries boycotting Qatar have issued a strong statement saying the emirate must respond to the 13 demands it has made. The bloc suggested it would then be “ready for dialogue”. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with their Gulf neighbour on 5 June, saying it supports terrorism. Qatar strongly denies the allegation and has rejected a list of conditions for the lifting of sanctions. They include the closure of news broadcaster Al-Jazeera and reducing ties with Iran. The foreign ministers of the Saudi-led bloc met in Bahrain’s capital Manama on Sunday … Continue reading Qatar crisis: Saudi-led allies stand firm

Melania Trump to Take First Solo Foreign Trip as First Lady to Invictus Games

Melania Trump will make her first solo foreign trip as first lady in September, the White House announced on Thursday. She will be leading the United States delegation at the Invictus Games, which take place in Toronto from September 23 to 30. The Invictus Games are a sporting event founded in 2014 by Prince Harry for veteran athletes who have suffered life-altering injuries or disabilities while serving. Ninety U.S. athletes are slated to compete this year, according to the White House. “I was heartened by the great success of the inaugural Invictus Games that took place in London in 2015, … Continue reading Melania Trump to Take First Solo Foreign Trip as First Lady to Invictus Games

British Foreign Minister: Ties With New Zealand to Remain Strong After Brexit

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, center, meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, right, in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand will be one of the first nations Britain will strike a trade deal with once it formally leaves the European Union — a promise made Tuesday by visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson held talks in Wellington with Prime Minister Bill English on the second day of his two-day visit to Britain’s former colony. Britain’s chief diplomat insisted that New Zealand would not be negatively affected once Brexit is a done deal. “I’ll … Continue reading British Foreign Minister: Ties With New Zealand to Remain Strong After Brexit

45 foreign KFR group members targeting casino players nabbed

MANILA, July 19 — Joint operatives of the Bureau of Immigration and the Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) arrested a total of 45 foreigners who were allegedly members of a kidnap for ransom group (KFR) victimizing high roller casino players in the country. Based on information sent to reporters by Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, the arrest of foreign nationals came after the joint operation led to the rescue of a female Singaporean national identified as Wu Yan. Based on the report submitted by the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) to the Department of Justice, the victim was forcibly taken … Continue reading 45 foreign KFR group members targeting casino players nabbed

China Claims Foreign Diplomats ‘Shocked’ By India Crossing Sikkim Border

Raising the rhetoric, a state-run paper in China today warned the country is battle-ready and India will face an “all-out confrontation” along the entire disputed border of nearly 3,500 kms. China claimed today that foreign diplomats in Beijing are “shocked” by India’s “illegal trespass” into Chinese territory across the Sikkim border last month which has led to a simmering confrontation between the armies of the two countries. Sources in India confirmed to NDTV that Beijing officials met with foreign envoys last week to brief them about the stand-off and told them that China’s patience “is not indefinite”. In similar briefings … Continue reading China Claims Foreign Diplomats ‘Shocked’ By India Crossing Sikkim Border

Foreign landlords shun UK property market after tax hikes

*The number of foreign investors into the U.K. property market has more than halved since the start of the decade. *London has seen the most dramatic fall in investment. *Tax hikes are thought to have driven landlords away. Overseas landlords are moving out of the U.K. property market in search of pastures greener, according to new research which suggests the number of international investors who own property in the U.K. has fallen to a new low. Just 5 percent of British homes now have overseas owners, down more than half from the 12 percent seen seven years ago, the research … Continue reading Foreign landlords shun UK property market after tax hikes

Foreign investors return after two weeks of withdrawal

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign investors have started to mop up stocks on Bursa Malaysia again after two weeks of withdrawal. MIDF Research said the fact that there has not been a prolonged period of foreign selling bodes well for the local market. “Based on preliminary data by Bursa, foreign investors acquired RM305.1mil, the highest since the week ended May 12. “This was the higher than that reported by the exchanges in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The estimate is based on transactions in the open market and excluded off market deals,” MIDF said in its weekly fund flow report. The research house … Continue reading Foreign investors return after two weeks of withdrawal

Germany ups barriers to foreign buyouts in bid to diminish Chinese appetites

*Germany has given the state more power to block foreign takeovers *Economic nationalism is on the rise in Europe with governments seeking more ability to intervene to protect domestic companies *Outward bound dealmaking from China into Europe has slowed in 2017 A worker walks through the metal pressing shop at the Singamas Container Holdings factory in Qidong, China. Germany has reacted to last year’s foreign dealmaking frenzy by raising the bar on criteria for overseas acquirers seeking to snap up domestic targets in tech-heavy industries. A new directive adopted on Wednesday broadens the remit of an existing law which currently … Continue reading Germany ups barriers to foreign buyouts in bid to diminish Chinese appetites