23 February 2017


  • Cash seizures from corrupt government officials in China have amounted to hundreds of millions of yuan. The cash was found hidden in all sorts of places, including gas tanks and manure pits. Photos: Weibo

    Tree caves, gas tanks: China’s corrupt think out of the box

    Feb 23, 2017 4:13pm
    As China continues its anti-graft campaign, corrupt government and party officials are getting ever more resourceful in trying to conceal their ill-gotten cash.  With stashing money in banks not deemed safe, as the funds can be...
  • Artist's concept shows what each of the TRAPPIST-1 planets may look like, based on available data about their sizes, masses and orbital distances. Photo: Reuters

    Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life is possible

    Feb 23, 2017 8:13am
    Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, Reuters reports. The...
  • US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 20 percent tariff on imports from Mexico. Photo: Reuters

    Labor and capital in the age of Trump

    - Feb 22, 2017 3:25pm
    On the heels of the US presidential election, the “Trump reflation trade” buoyed equity markets as investors focused on the potentially growth-enhancing aspects of the president’s agenda, particularly infrastructure investments, tax reform and regulatory rollbacks. A...
  • Two decades after the Asian financial crisis, there has been little progress in institutionalizing Asian financial intermediaries that will channel savings to high-return projects within the region. Image credit:

    Putting Asia’s savings to work in Asia

    - Feb 22, 2017 1:21pm
    For more than three decades, Asia has experienced faster economic growth than any other region in the world. As it has developed, Asia has been exporting its savings, through a trade surplus with the United States,...
  • People can be seen relaxing in beds and sofas on display at MUJI's flagship store in Shanghai. Photos: mp.weixin,

    MUJI Shanghai falls victim to customers who feel much at home

    Feb 22, 2017 12:16pm
    Japanese retail chain Mujirushi Ryohin, better known internationally as MUJI, takes pride in the clean setting and minimalistic design of its stores. But its flagship store in Shanghai is in danger of losing that distinctive aura...
  • US Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (center) is pushing measures that could lead to tighter scrutiny of Chinese technology deals. Photo: Reuters

    US lawmakers seek tighter scrutiny of Chinese investment

    Feb 22, 2017 8:43am
    Emboldened by Donald Trump’s anti-China rhetoric on trade, American lawmakers are mounting efforts to tighten the government’s scrutiny of surging Chinese investment in the US, the Wall Street Journal reports. The efforts, which involve lawmakers from...
  • Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Photo: Reuters

    Trump to exclude US ‘dreamer’ migrants from crackdown

    Feb 22, 2017 8:23am
    US President Donald Trump’s administration plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation but will leave protections in place for immigrants known as “dreamers” who entered the country illegally as children, according to official...
  • A still image from a CCTV footage appears to show (circled in red) a man purported to be Kim Jong Nam being accosted by a woman in a white shirt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Photo: Reuters

    Malaysia says still to establish what killed Kim Jong Nam

    Feb 22, 2017 8:01am
    Malaysian authorities have yet to establish what was used to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the body had not been formally identified as no next of kin have come...
  • Screen grab from a video shows a paramedic taking "lai see" (inset) before providing ambulance service to a patient in Guangzhou last week. Credit: weibo,

    Guangzhou ambulance staff under fire for demanding cash ‘gifts’

    Feb 21, 2017 2:39pm
    An ambulance service in Guangzhou has come in for scathing criticism in online forums in China following revelations that a paramedic sought cash “gifts” before transporting a patient to a hospital. According to mainland media, a...
  • It is now clear that what US President Donald Trump says and tweets must be taken seriously. Photo: Reuters

    How to survive the Trump era

    - Feb 21, 2017 9:17am
    In barely a month, US President Donald Trump has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty — and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud — at a dizzying pace. Not surprisingly, citizens and...
  • People wait to receive food at a United Nations Mission camp in South Sudan in a photo taken earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

    Famine declared in parts of South Sudan

    Feb 21, 2017 8:51am
    South Sudan warned that more than 100,000 people are at risk of starvation and death in the country, declaring the world’s first famine since 2012 in parts of Unity state. The United Nations, which joined the...
  • Vice President Mike Pence gestures during a statement after a meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. Pence said NATO members must increase  their military spending. Photo: Reuters

    EU welcomes Pence assurance of Trump’s support

    Feb 21, 2017 8:29am
    US Vice President Mike Pence assured the European Union in Brussels on Monday that the Trump administration will develop their cooperation in trade and security and backs the EU as a partner in its own right....
  • Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (left) talks to Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem during a eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

    Greece, lenders agree to work out new reforms to unlock aid

    Feb 21, 2017 8:05am
    Greece and its international lenders agreed on Monday to let expert teams work out new reforms to Greek pensions, income tax and labor market that would allow Athens to eventually qualify for more cheap loans, Reuters...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping insists that the 'one-China' policy is the political foundation of China-US relations. Photo: Reuters

    What did Trump get in return for agreeing to keep ‘one China’?

    - Feb 20, 2017 2:49pm
    The telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Feb. 9 moved the two countries back from the edge of a precipice. Trump had announced that he might reject the “one...
  • The Noodle shop (left) in Wuhan where a horrific crime took place on Saturday. The picture on the right shows a man pointing at a garbage can where the severed head of the shop owner was thrown after the crime. Photos:, baidu

    Man beheads noodle shop owner after price dispute

    Feb 20, 2017 1:01pm
    Wuhan, the capital of China’s central Hubei province, has seen a horrific killing over the weekend as a noodle shop owner was decapitated after a dispute over the price of a meal. According to media reports,...
  • 'Yes California' movement leaders will need the endorsement of at least 580,000 eligible voters to kick-start a change in the state constitution. Photo: RT

    What if California succeeds in gaining independence?

    - Feb 20, 2017 10:01am
    A “separatist” movement known as “Yes California”, backed by a fringe political group, is underway in the Golden State with the aim of seeking secession from the United States. According to the US constitution, a state...
  • Singapore's Heng Swee Keat is expected to announce measures to spur job creation, among other things, in the 2017 budget. Photo: Bloomberg

    Singapore budget expected to deliver modest fiscal push

    Feb 20, 2017 9:13am
    Singapore is set to unveil its 2017 budget on Monday, with economists expecting the government to deliver a modest fiscal push to propel the city-state’s economy to its next phase of growth. An improving trade sector,...
  • A Somali government soldier walks past the scene of a suicide bomb explosion at the Wadajir market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday. Photo: Reuters,

    Suicide car bombing in Mogadishu kills 39

    Feb 20, 2017 8:37am
    At least 39 people were killed and around 50 injured when a car packed with explosives blew up at a market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday. The blast, which happed days after Somalia elected a...
  • Indians use fingerprint scanning to withdraw money from their bank accounts at a promotion of the personal-identification technology last month. Photo:  WSJ

    India begins building on its citizens’ biometrics

    Feb 20, 2017 8:31am
    India is leapfrogging into the digital future by offering the world’s largest biometric-identity database for use by tech firms, health-care providers and novice app developers, the World Street Journal reports. The Indian government has gathered digital-identification...
  • North Korean suspects Ri Jae Nam (front  left), Hong Song Hac (back left) and Ri Ji Hyun (right) are seen in this undated handout released by the Royal Malaysia Police. Photo: Reuters

    Four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia after airport murder

    Feb 20, 2017 8:21am
    Four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fled Malaysia on the day he was attacked at KualaLumpur airport and apparently killed by a fast-acting poison,...

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