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(MENAFN - AFP) Financial markets cheered Hillary Clinton's performance in the first US presidential debate Tuesday, with stocks and high-risk currencies staging a "relief rally" as investors hailed her as the victor over Republican rival Donald Trump.

Key Asian bourses got a bounce as a confident Clinton bested her rival in the 90-minute showdown, some reversing earlier declines.

Tokyo ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Every time he hears a loud noise, Imed al-Firi hides his healthy leg under a cushion -- a reflex he developed after the summer of 2014, when Israeli tank fire struck his Gaza home and robbed him of his right leg.

He is among thousands of Gazans learning to live with disabilities or missing limbs after three wars between Palestinian militants in the territory ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia on Tuesday watered down plans for a "backpacker tax" on foreigners on working holidays, after an outcry from farmers and tourism operators.

Canberra had been under increasing pressure to shelve the tax -- 32.5 cents for every dollar earned -- amid fears it would deter tourists from choosing the country as a destination.

Some 600,000 backpackers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Want to improve your performance at work, or solve relationship problems Li Chau-jing has the solution -- plucking your eyebrows to help achieve those life goals.

A trained face reader, Li has taken the ancient Chinese tradition one step further, making slight changes to her client's brows to bring them better luck.

Stalls practising the face-reading ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It had become something they just had to do: whenever the main shopping street in Baghdad's Karrada district was bombed, Hussein al-Fatlawi and his brother would rush to help.

When the Islamic State jihadist group set off a car bomb on Karrada Dakhil street shortly before midnight on September 5, 24-year-old Hussein was halfway up the stairs to his flat.

"I ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The owner of Poom Seoul, an upmarket restaurant in South Korea's capital is seriously considering closing her business, as customers dwindle ahead of new anti-graft laws designed to curb paid-for favours.

The law, which comes into effect Wednesday will make it illegal for government employees, private school teachers and journalists to accept meals worth 30,000 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets fluctuated Tuesday as all eyes turned to the first presidential debate between battling US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The two White House hopefuls, in a virtual dead heat in polls with barely six weeks before the November 8 election, took the stage in what was set to be the most watched US political event in years.

"The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Paris Motor Show opens this week with promises of groundbreaking electric concept cars from Volkswagen and Opel, but the shine appears to be wearing off what was once a must event for the industry.

Ford, Mazda, Volvo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini and Alpine are all staying away from the October 1-16 Paris show, which alternates with Frankfurt as the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Macau casino big-hitter Lui Che-woo says he sees light at the end of the tunnel for the embattled gambling enclave, although the days of high rollers are gone.

The former Portuguese colony has struggled to recover its footing after coming under pressure from Beijing to diversify away from gambling in 2014 as part of a corruption crackdown by China's President ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday that growth across the region was holding stable despite global headwinds, with resilience in China and India keeping it on track.

GDP for developing Asia is predicted to grow 5.7 percent in 2016 and 2017, according to the bank's latest report -- down slightly from 5.9 percent in 2015.

"Strong growth in the ...

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