Date
30 April 2017

World

  • Jeff Bezos saw his fortune surpass US$80 billion for the first time after a surge in after-hours trading in Amazon.com. Photo: Bloomberg

    Jeff Bezos just US$5 bln away from being the world’s richest

    Apr 28, 2017 5:01pm
    A surge in after-hours trading for Amazon.com Inc. added US$3.3 billion to the fortune of Jeff Bezos, putting him less than US$5 billion away from becoming the world’s richest person, Bloomberg reports. Bezos saw his fortune...
  • The Danish Embassy in China has received a range of suggestions from Chinese people on how Denmark can resolve an oyster problem. Photo: Weibo

    Chinese netizens offer to help Denmark tackle oyster crisis

    Apr 28, 2017 4:43pm
    Chinese netizens have bombarded Denmark with all sorts of proposals after the European nation called for suggestions to help the country deal with an oyster crisis. Responding to an invitation for ideas to help resolve an...
  • Liang Sheng-yueh (R) was found alive nearly seven weeks after he went missing on a hiking trip in the Himalayas, but his girlfriend Liu Chen-chun was not so fortunate. Photos: Facebook/尼泊爾達人Ruby, YouTube

    Mixed luck on Taiwan trekking couple who went missing in Nepal

    Apr 28, 2017 2:21pm
    A Taiwanese man who went missing last month during a trekking trip in Nepal was rescued after 47 days, but his girlfriend who accompanied him died just three days before they were found. On Wednesday, a...
  • President Xi Jinping has presided over a withering crackdown on corruption, targeting officials at all levels. Photo: Reuters

    China releases addresses of fugitives holed up abroad

    Apr 28, 2017 8:37am
    China’s top anti-graft watchdog on Thursday released new information on 22 fugitives who are hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, Reuters reports. Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a multi-year...
  • United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has taken additional steps to contain damage from an incident involving a Vietnamese-American passenger earlier this month. Photo: Reuters

    United reaches settlement with dragged passenger

    Apr 28, 2017 8:27am
    United Airlines said it has reached settlement with a passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month, an incident that generated huge amounts of negative press for the carrier. The airline and the...
  • China has passed a new law that would lead to increased oversight on online mapping services. Photo: Reuters

    China revises surveying and mapping law

    Apr 28, 2017 8:04am
    China passed a revised mapping law to bolster understanding of its territorial claims and to create hefty new penalties on foreigners who carry out surveying work without permission, Reuters reports. The National People Congress Standing Committee...
  • Donald Trump has vowed to use all the lawful powers at his disposal to protect US intellectual property rights. Photo: Bloomberg

    How to protect intellectual property in Trump’s America

    - Apr 27, 2017 4:30pm
    During his campaign for office, Donald Trump was outspoken about his intentions to reset the trading relationship with China. He pledged to use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes and cited, “ccording to the...
  • Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin speaks before a signing ceremony between his company and the Abbott World Marathon Majors in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Wanda Group inks deal with Abbott World Marathon Majors

    Apr 27, 2017 3:09pm
    Dalian Wanda Group on Wednesday signed a partnership deal with the Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM), in the latest move by the Chinese conglomerate to expand its global sports business. Under the deal, Wanda will hold three...
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump reiterated their commitment to maintaining a positive relationship during Xi's recent visit to Trump's Florida estate. Photo: Reuters

    How US, China can tackle the employment challenge

    - Apr 27, 2017 11:34am
    Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States involved more than a little China-bashing. Yet, with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Trump’s Florida estate earlier this month, it seems that the status quo in...
  • China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photo: Reuters

    China launches first home-built aircraft carrier

    Apr 27, 2017 8:43am
    China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea, Reuters reports. China’s second carrier, built in the northeastern port...
  • A truck heads towards the United States at a border crossing in Quebec, Canada. The Trump administration is said to be weighing an executive order to pull the US out of the NAFTA trade pact. Photo: Reuters

    White House mulls executive order for NAFTA withdrawal

    Apr 27, 2017 8:28am
    The White House is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Reuters reports, citing an unidentified Trump administration official. The action under consideration could signal...
  • US National Economic Director Gary Cohn (L) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a briefing in the White House after unveiling the Trump administration's tax reform proposal. Photo: Reuters

    Trump administration unveils sweeping tax reform plan

    Apr 27, 2017 8:11am
    The Trump administration unveiled a plan Wednesday for deep cuts in business taxes as part of a major overhaul of the US tax code in a bid to reinvigorate the world’s largest economy. Under the plan,...
  • Will Brexit be enough to fundamentally alter London's premier position as a financial center? UK-based financial services firms are reviewing their options. Photo: Reuters

    Will London survive Brexit?

    - Apr 26, 2017 5:00pm
    Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Prime...
  • Li Ruigang, “China's Murdoch”, made a winning bid of 8 billion yuan for the media rights of CSL for five years. Photo: Reuters

    China offers huge arena for sports media rights

    - Apr 26, 2017 3:31pm
    China’s recent investments in sports have intensified the competition for broadcasting rights, transforming games on dull, muddy pitches into a heart-stopping media war where billions of yuan are at stake. China Super League: from off-line to...
  • Dolce & Gabbana models pose at the Great Wall. Netizens are accusing the company of touting its products at the expense of locals. Photos: Instagram.com/dolcegabbana

    Netizens hit out at Dolce & Gabbana ad for discrimination

    Apr 26, 2017 2:24pm
    Luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana (DG) is under fire after its latest advertising campaign offended some Chinese netizens. The campaign, dubbed DGLovesChina, depicts models mingling with locals, sohu.com reports. Mainland netizens accused the company of...
  • Forgot your cash envelope for the newly weds? No worry, just scan a QR code! This is what guests were reportedly told at a wedding in Beijing last weekend. Photo: WeChat

    QR codes come into use for wedding cash gifts in China

    Apr 26, 2017 2:15pm
    The application range of QR codes just keeps getting wider in China. For Chinese people, giving cash gifts in red envelopes to newly-weds is a centuries-long tradition. But it appears the practice is about to get...
  • According to the latest poll, 64 percent of French voters favor Emmanuel Macron to become the next president. Photo: Reuters

    France’s Macron is far from home free even if elected president

    - Apr 26, 2017 11:03am
    Thanks to the incompetence of the ruling party and the dangerous xenophobia pitched by the opposition, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and the former minister of economy and finance of France who has little experience in popular...
  • Phan Phan-Gillis has been sentenced to jail and ordered deported after pleading guilty to espionage. Photo: WSJ

    China convicts US businesswoman of spying

    Apr 26, 2017 8:37am
    A Chinese court convicted a long-detained American businesswoman of espionage and ordered her imprisoned and deported in a case seen as a barometer of US-China relations, the Wall Street Journal reports. After a half-day trial Tuesday,...
  • North Korean soldiers salute statues (not pictured) of the nation's late founder Kim Il-sung and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Tuesday as the Korean People's Army marked the 85th anniversary of its founding. Credit: Kyodo/Reuters

    N Korea conducts live-fire drill as US submarine docks in South

    Apr 26, 2017 8:24am
    North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday on its east coast as the nation marked the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military. A large number of long-range artillery units were deployed in...
  • Immigrant supporters protest during a Los Angeles City Council meeting in March to discuss the city's response to threats by the Trump administration to cut funding to jurisdictions that allegedly provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants. Photo: Reute

    US judge blocks Trump order to cut funding to ‘sanctuary cities’

    Apr 26, 2017 8:09am
    A judge in San Francisco has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that sought to withhold funds from cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. In a ruling Tuesday, US District Judge William Orrick...

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