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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey hopes to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem in the future.. "Because it is under occupation we can't just go there and open an embassy," Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party in the city of Karaman. "But, inshallah [God willing] those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there," he said, without giving any precise timeframe. The comments come just days after Erdogan hosted a...

Dollar Edges Higher Versus Yen Amid Progress on U.S. Tax Bill

The dollar edged higher against the yen after rallying Friday amid optimism a bill to cut U.S. taxes will be passed this week. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index held close to its 50-day moving average after climbing above that threshold last week as Republican leaders finalized their plan for lower taxes, paving the way for a policy victory for President Donald Trump. Treasuries declined as most Asian stock markets advanced, sapping demand for safer assets. The...

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Japanese shares rose as the yen continued to weaken after Republican leaders gained two key votes on the U.S. tax-cut bill Friday. Electronics makers and banks were the biggest boosts to the benchmark Topix, led by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. Congressional Republicans finalized their plan for a highly-anticipated set of tax cuts for businesses and individuals after six weeks of legislative negotiations. Almost five shares rose for every...

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Nikkei Rises on Financials and Exporters; Builders Off Lows

Japanese stocks scored their biggest rise in over a month on Monday with financials and exporters in hot demand, while construction shares bounced after sliding on news that prosecutors had raided the headquarters of at least two builders for alleged antitrust violations. The Nikkei share average finished 1.55 percent higher at 22,901.77, its biggest gain since Nov. 7 and its highest closing level in a week. The broader Topix advanced 1.36 percent to 1,817.90. Sentiment was boosted by a...

Thai Granny Completes University Degree at 91
Friday, 11 August 2017 03:31 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

A 91-year-old woman from Thailand who says it's "never too late to study" has completed her bachelor's degree after more than 10 years of work. She spoke to Watchiranont Thongtep of the BBC's Thai service.

Kimlan Jinakul had always wanted to go to university but as a young girl simply did not have the opportunity.

But almost a lifetime later and after seeing most of her own children through university, she decided to enrol and on Wednesday finally picked up her degree.

Kimlan originally comes from the Lampang province in the north of Thailand. She was a smart pupil and went to one of the best schools in her province.

But moving on to university was not an option at the time, and after her family moved to Bangkok she got married and had to abandon her dream to study further.

"I have always, though, wanted my children to be able to study. So I encouraged and supported them when they wanted to to go to university."

Four of her five children got a masters degree and one even went on to receive a PhD in the US.

And it was her kids' academic experience that eventually led her to get enrolled herself.

A good and happy life

When one of her daughters - who was already working at a hospital - took a course at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Kimlan decided to get on board as well.

She was 72 when she first enrolled, but tragically, the daughter she was studying with died. Kimlan dropped out of the course for a few years.

When she was 85, she went back for a second shot and enrolled for a degree in Human Ecology - a programme that she said would teach her how to live a good and happy life.

"After recovering from the loss and sadness, I pushed myself to finish this programme. I'm hoping my daughter's soul would be pleased to see this," she told the BBC.

During her years of studying, her daily routine was to rise early and give alms to Buddhist monks, then visit a temple in the neighbourhood and eventually sit down and study.

"It's never too late. My mind is always awake and sharp for learning," Kimlan said.

"This world never stops. There are always new problems for us to solve. If there were no new sciences, the world would stop prospering," she said.

Formula for success

Asked about the secret to success, she said it was determination and ambition that got her that far.

"When I told myself to finish one chapter, I would try my best to do so. I underlined all the key points I needed to memorise. And that's what helped me during my study reviews.

"I was glad when I passed and sad when I failed. So I re-took the exam until I passed," she laughed.

So what's the plan now that she's got her degree?

"I don't think anybody would employ me if I were to look for a job," she jokes.

"I will just continue to look after my grandchildren."

 

Source: BBC

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Erdogan Hopes to Open Embassy in East Jerusalem

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Japan Shares Rise Amid Weaker Yen as U.S. Tax-Cut Bill Advances

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