14 December 2018


  • British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during the European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Fear of returning violence key argument for Brexit ‘backstop’

    - Dec 14, 2018 1:23pm
    On Aug. 13, 1974, two British soldiers were on duty at an observation post overlooking the border with the Republic of Ireland. A remote-controlled bomb went off and killed them both. They were stationed at a...
  • Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is facing charges in the US, may have become a bargaining chip as Washington seeks to extract trade-related concessions from Beijing. Photo: AFP

    Meng becomes a pawn in US-China trade talks

    - Dec 14, 2018 12:14pm
    Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of Huawei Technologies, is awaiting a hearing in a Canadian court following an extradition request from the United States. The Chinese telecoms executive in now out on...
  • Participants attend a plenary session at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    A climate-friendly financial system

    Dec 14, 2018 10:03am
    The climate conference now underway in Katowice, Poland, has been billed as the most consequential since the 2015 summit, which produced the Paris climate agreement.  Amid unprecedented public concern over the threat posed by climate change...
  • The United States seems to think that if China’s GDP were to surpass that of the US in nominal dollar terms, US economic prospects would be reduced by an amount equal to the margin of China’s gain. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s economic war of choice

    - Dec 14, 2018 9:47am
    The brewing conflict between the United States and China is typical of zero-sum contests among countries, firms, and individuals. The US is acting under the implicit assumption that if China’s GDP were to surpass that of...
  • People light candles in tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Reuters

    Suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police

    Dec 14, 2018 9:12am
    The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48...
  • A Yemeni girl walks near her house destroyed in an air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Faj Attan village in Sanaa on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    US Senate hands Trump double rebuke on Saudi Arabia

    Dec 14, 2018 9:01am
    The US Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia, voting to end US military support for the war in Yemen and blaming the Saudi crown prince for the murder of...
  • Passengers stand outside a subway station after a bomb threat was made in Toronto on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep US, Canada

    Dec 14, 2018 8:10am
    A rash of bomb threats were emailed on Thursday to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency, but none of the threats appeared credible, Reuters reports,...
  • Maria Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington, became the first Russian to be convicted of working to influence US policy during the 2016 presidential race. Photo: Reuters

    Russian woman admits being Russian agent in US conspiracy case

    Dec 14, 2018 7:33am
    A Russian woman pleaded guilty in a US court to a single conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors and admitted to working with a top Russian official to infiltrate a powerful gun rights group and...
  • Kurdish people in Turkey watch smoke billowing from Kobane as they gather upon a hill overlooking the Syrian town in October 2014. The Kurds are left helpless amid a power game between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Photo: AFP

    Is Kurdish independence possible?

    - Dec 13, 2018 5:56pm
    I recently traveled to the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, where I had a chance to interact with some locals and gain fresh insights on the situation there. Although the Kurdish people’s bid for independence...
  • File photo of Michael Spavor (left) with former NBA star Dennis Rodman upon arrival at the Beijing International Airport from North Korea in 2014. Photo: AFP

    Another Canadian being probed in China over national security

    Dec 13, 2018 1:09pm
    Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, is being investigated on suspicion of harming China’s state security, Chinese officials said, days after a former Canadian diplomat was detained in China in an escalating diplomatic...
  • Sleaner won the first prize in this year’s Hult Prize Campus Final Competition held in Shenzhen. Their project involves recycling marine waste into wearable commodities. Photo: CUHKSZ

    Campus startups seek to provide jobs for 10,000 youths

    - Dec 13, 2018 11:06am
    Can you create a venture that provides 10,000 meaningful jobs for young people within the next decade? This was the challenged presented to budding entrepreneurs during the Hult Prize Campus Final Competition at the Chinese University of Hong...
  • Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said a second Canadian citizen could be in trouble in China after the arrest of former diplomat Michael Kovrig (inset) on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Canada warns US not to politicize extradition cases

    Dec 13, 2018 9:12am
    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after US President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in...
  • A worker stands at a construction site of a railway bridge being put up by a Chinese firm in Laos under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative. China has been accused of saddling developing nations with debt they will never be able to repay. Photo: Bloomberg

    Sino-US conflict moves to Belt and Road

    - Dec 13, 2018 9:00am
    The Cold War between Beijing and Washington is moving into new areas. Among them, one pertains to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. “China has been engaging in...
  • Beijing has dropped references to “Made in China 2025”, an initiative intended to help China catch up with global rivals in sophisticated technologies and promoted aggressively since 2015. Photo: Bloomberg

    Beijing eases back on ‘Made in China 2025′ amid trade talks

    Dec 13, 2018 8:39am
    China appears to be easing its high-tech industrial development push, dubbed “Made in China 2025”, which has long irked the United States, amid talks between the two countries to reduce trade tensions, Reuters reports, citing according...
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after a confidence vote by Conservative Party members of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    May survives confidence vote but Brexit deal still teetering

    Dec 13, 2018 7:43am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a confidence vote by her Conservative Party on Wednesday, but a mutiny by more than a third of her lawmakers indicated parliament was heading towards deadlock over Brexit, Reuters reports....
  • Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives with his family for his sentencing at the courthouse in Manhattan, New York City, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump ex-lawyer Cohen jailed for three years

    Dec 13, 2018 7:33am
    US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election, Reuters reports. Cohen...
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused by Brexit supporters in her party of selling out in the negotiations while opponents say the UK is left with no say over the rules it has to abide by. Photo: AFP

    Britain’s May to face confidence vote over Brexit chaos

    Dec 12, 2018 4:46pm
    Lawmakers in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party on Wednesday triggered a confidence vote in her leadership after Britain’s planned divorce from the European Union was plunged into chaos, Reuters reports. With less than four...
  • Police officers secure a street and surrounding areas after the shooting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Gunman kills three near French Christmas market, flees

    Dec 12, 2018 12:24pm
    (Updated; last posted at 7.29 a.m.) A gunman on a security watchlist killed three people and wounded a dozen others near the picturesque Christmas market in the historic French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening before...
  • US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh in May this year. Trump has been railing against OPEC to bring oil prices down. Photo: Reuters

    Shifting Mid-East sands spotlight diverging US-Saudi interests

    - Dec 12, 2018 12:04pm
    A series of Gulf and Middle East-related developments suggest that resolving some of the Middle East’s most debilitating and devastating crises while ensuring that efforts to pressure Iran do not perpetuate the mayhem may be easier...
  • Artificial intelligence relies on the effective accumulation and efficient processing of big data. Photo: Bloomberg

    We are really just beginning to understand AI

    - Dec 12, 2018 10:39am
    The Institute of Big Data Governance was formally established last week. A number of industry players and organizations have joined the institute including Alibaba, AWS, Bank of China, Cyberport, EY, Google, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks...

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