Date
24 April 2018

World

  • Brazil fans celebrate after the team's 2014 World Cup semi-finals victory against Germany. The World Cup is a cash-cow for FIFA, which is under pressure to generate more consistent revenue flows. Photo: Reuters

    What exactly is the game world football is playing?

    - Apr 24, 2018 9:02am
    Recently, in the space of one week, two reports emerged about FIFA-related developments that could profoundly affect the future direction of world football. The first report concerned proposals for an extension of the Club World Cup,...
  • France's Emmanuel Macron is among the Western leaders who are urging Donald Trump not to tear up the Iran nuclear accord. Photo: Reuters

    US allies press Trump to preserve Iran nuclear deal

    Apr 24, 2018 8:52am
    Western allies stepped up pressure on US President Donald Trump to keep alive the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is extremely important to uphold the 2015 agreement. French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in Washington...
  • Police officers stand near covered bodies after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in north Toronto, Canada, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Nine dead, 16 injured as van plows through Toronto crowd

    Apr 24, 2018 8:31am
    A man plowed a van into pedestrians along a busy sidewalk in Toronto on Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 in one of the most violent incidents in recent Canadian history. Officials declined to answer...
  • Despite more than a decade’s effort, Huawei’s chips development effort has yielded limited results. Photo: Xinhua

    US export ban on ZTE is a wake-up call for China’s tech sector

    - Apr 23, 2018 4:23pm
    With Tencent (700) and Alibaba now the fifth and seventh most valuable listed company in the world, and Huawei and ZTE (00763.HK) occupying the top and fourth position among global telecommunications equipment makers, China seems to...
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Duterte has dramatically improved his country's ties with China by shifting the focus from territorial disputes to economic cooperation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Despite drug war failure, Duterte winning Filipinos’ support

    - Apr 23, 2018 12:19pm
    Earlier this month the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte paid a flying visit to Hong Kong. During his short stay, Duterte not only wowed the hundreds of Filipino domestic workers who had flocked to meet him in...
  • Vietnam reported an inflation-adjusted GDP growth of 7.4 percent in the latest quarter, outpacing China, and is on track to maintain a similar level of growth for the year. Photo: Bloomberg

    The ‘Next Eleven’ and the world economy

    - Apr 23, 2018 10:21am
    On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges. After all, in 2005, my Goldman Sachs colleagues and I had listed Vietnam as...
  • Tempering enthusiasm about North Korea's statement that it was suspending nuclear and missile tests, Donald Trump said the crisis is a long way from resolution. Photo: Reuters

    ‘Long way’ to go on N Korea crisis, says Trump

    Apr 23, 2018 8:29am
    The North Korean nuclear crisis is a long way from being resolved, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday, striking a cautious note a day after the North’s pledge to end its nuclear tests raised hopes...
  • Home prices in Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai showed a moderate decline in March compared to last year, according to Reuters. Photo: China Daily

    Lessons for HK: How China is able to curb home prices

    - Apr 20, 2018 12:31pm
    The Hong Kong government has been trying to rein in soaring home prices since 2009. However, its efforts, including adopting increasingly stringent measures, have failed to cool down the red-hot market. The Centa-City Leading Index, a...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to refrain from taking a tough stance at his meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in next Friday so as not to jeopardize his chance of meeting US President Donald Trump. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why we shouldn’t expect too much from Trump-Kim summit

    - Apr 20, 2018 12:08pm
    US President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, paid a secret visit to Pyongyang over the Easter weekend to hammer out details of a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province on April 10. The pomp and circumstance at the event reminded people of the imperial Chinese tributary system in ancient times. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taking advantage of China’s ‘Middle Kingdom’ mentality

    - Apr 20, 2018 11:15am
    The Boao Forum for Asia event this year, which drew about 2,000 international guests, including six foreign heads of state, drew to a close in Boao in China’s island province of Hainan on April 11. The pomp...
  • Newly elected Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) seen with his predecessor Raul Castro in the National Assembly in Havana on Thursday. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Cuba’s new leader vows to defend Castro revolutionary legacy

    Apr 20, 2018 9:13am
    Cuba’s new leader Miguel Diaz-Canel began his term on Thursday with a vow to defend the Castro socialist revolutionary legacy while also outlining the need to modernize the island’s economy. “The mandate given by the people...
  • “Fearless Girl”, whose message is for a bigger role for women in corporate America, will be moved by the end of 2018. Photo: Reuters

    ‘Fearless Girl’ to stare down the New York Stock Exchange

    Apr 20, 2018 8:05am
    The bronze statue of a little girl that became a tourism phenomenon by staring down Wall Street’s massive “Charging Bull” sculpture is to be moved to a nearby spot where its stern gaze will be on...
  • South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said talks between the leaders of the two Koreas could not make progress separate from the North's summit with the United States. Photo: AFP

    North Korea seeks complete denuclearization, Moon says

    Apr 20, 2018 7:42am
    North Korea has expressed its commitment to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said. Moon said agreements about denuclearization, establishing a peace regime and normalization of...
  • File picture of a Chinese H-6K bomber. Taiwan’s defense ministry said two H-6K planes flew around the island on Wednesday. Photo: Wikipedia

    China holds low-key live fire drills after warning Taiwan

    Apr 19, 2018 3:07pm
    China has conducted live-fire military drills along its southeast coast after increasingly stern warnings by Beijing for neighboring Taiwan to toe the line, but the exercises were more low key than had been flagged in state...
  • Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko’s pro-Russian posture may be attributed to his strong Soviet background, but it also comes out of cold political calculation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why ‘de-russification’ in Belarus is infeasible

    - Apr 19, 2018 11:58am
    The Belarusian government, as I mentioned in a previous article, had recently changed the official Chinese translation of the country’s name. The move has aroused widespread suspicions that it could have been part of Minsk’s secret agenda...
  • Algorithms designed by data scientists would certainly reflect human biases, exposing their companies to some dangers. Photo: Reuters

    Businesses shouldn’t ignore risks associated with AI

    - Apr 19, 2018 10:45am
    2018 will be a milestone in the application of Artificial intelligence (AI), according to Gartner. By 2020, 20 percent of citizens in developed economies are expected to use AI to help them make daily decisions. And...
  • Bill Gates said ethical concerns about the use of gene-editing technologies should not block progress in research that could prove critical in the fight against malaria. Photo: Reuters

    Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

    Apr 19, 2018 10:12am
    Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, adding that ethical concerns should not block progress in such research. Speaking at the Malaria Forum conference in...
  • US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump warns he may call off summit with North Korea’s Kim

    Apr 19, 2018 9:37am
    US President Donald Trump said he hoped an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be successful after a recent visit to Pyongyang by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but warned he would call it...
  • Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea on April 12. Photo: Reuters

    China ‘Sea Parade’: Honing military skills and striking fear

    - Apr 19, 2018 9:30am
    In his epic speech at the Communist Party congress last October, Xi Jinping, party leader and state president, announced the initiation of “a new stage in strengthening and revitalizing the armed forces.” The mission, according to...
  • Cuba's President Raul Castro (left) and First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrive for a session of the National Assembly in Havana on Wednesday.  Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Cuba sets stage for post-Castro era

    Apr 19, 2018 8:26am
    Cuba’s Raul Castro is set to retire as president after parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel as his replacement, ushering in the island’s first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution. Castro, 86, was due to step down on...

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