17 August 2018


  • Two J-11 fighter jets and an H-6K bomber fly in formation during a PLA air force patrol training in this file picture taken on May 11, 2018. Photo: Xinhua

    China PLA ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets: Pentagon

    Aug 17, 2018 9:47am
    China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report said. The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened US-China...
  • The 16-year-old boy apparently did it because he admired the company and “dreamed of” working there, his lawyer said. Photo: AFP

    Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple

    Aug 17, 2018 9:36am
    An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple Inc, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts, Reuters reports. The boy, 16, from Melbourne city, broke into the...
  • Google's reported effort to build a censored Chinese search engine is said to be raising concerns among some of the tech giant's employees. Photo: Reuters

    Google employees demand transparency on China search engine plan

    Aug 17, 2018 9:12am
    Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China requires more “transparency, oversight and accountability,” hundreds of the US tech giant’s employees said in an internal petition, Reuters reports. “We urgently need more transparency, a...
  • Doan Thi Huong (left), a Vietnamese, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah face the death penalty on charges of murdering Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters

    Malaysia to continue trial of women charged with Kim murder

    Aug 16, 2018 4:37pm
    A Malaysian judge ruled that the trial of two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will continue, adding that the evidence was insufficient to prove it was a...
  • Thailand's ban covers 432 types of electronic refuse – from electronic circuit boards to old television and radio parts – and will take effect within six months. Photo: Bloomberg

    Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

    Aug 16, 2018 4:03pm
    Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, Reuters reports, citing an environment ministry official. Southeast Asian nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s trash after China...
  • The Boston Globe editorial board accused US President Donald Trump of carrying out a “sustained assault on the free press”. Photo: Reuters

    Newspaper editorials across US rebuke Trump for attacks on media

    Aug 16, 2018 1:51pm
    More than 300 US newspapers have pledged to run editorials on Thursday defending freedom of the press in response to President Donald Trump calling some media organizations enemies of the American people, Reuters reports. The Boston...
  • The upcoming meeting is lower-level compared with four previous rounds of talks. Photo: Reuters

    China, US to hold next round of trade talks in late August

    Aug 16, 2018 12:45pm
    China said it will hold a fresh round of trade talks with the United States in Washington later this month, offering a glimmer of hope for progress in resolving a conflict that has set world markets...
  • Changsheng Bio-technology has produced an additional batch of substandard DPT vaccines, raising the total to 499,800 doses. Photo: Reuters

    Changsheng made 500,000 substandard baby vaccines: Xinhua

    Aug 16, 2018 9:45am
      A Chinese drug company produced nearly 500,000 substandard vaccines for babies, roughly double an earlier estimate by authorities investigating a safety scandal, state news agency Xinhua reports. China’s drug regulator in July accused Changsheng Bio-technology...
  • Xuecheng, the abbot of the Longquan Temple and a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, resigned as head of the Buddhist Association of China. Photo: Reuters

    Buddhist monk master quits amid sexual misconduct allegations

    Aug 15, 2018 1:49pm
    One of China’s highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country’s Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, Reuters reports. The abbot of Longquan Temple on the...
  • As a highly capital intensive sector without effective oversight, the civil aviation industry in China has been a breeding ground for power-abuse and corruption. Representational image: Reuters

    Why is China’s aviation industry so ridden with corruption?

    - Aug 15, 2018 12:24pm
    The Chinese Communist Party’s Shanghai commission for discipline inspection announced on August 6 that the chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority, Wu Jianrong, has been suspended from office and placed under criminal investigation for suspected misconduct. As...
  • A data middle office allows for data collection and development procedures to be standardized, thereby enhancing data consistency. Photo: Xinhua

    Five benefits of setting up a data middle office

    - Aug 15, 2018 12:17pm
    Setting up a data middle office is an effective way for an organization to harness big data capability. Not only can it help tackle the issue of data isolation, it also facilities front-office innovations. The basic...
  • In 1898, the Qing Empire leased Qingdao in Shandong to the German Empire. Today, the city still retains quite a few buildings of German architecture. Photo: Internet

    What if we had been a German colony?

    - Aug 15, 2018 11:04am
    The topic of this article might sound unreal and hypothetical, but the truth is, Hong Kong did see a lot of activities of the Germans back in the 19th and the early 20th centuries. Some readers...
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces the release of an 884-page report on sexual abuses committed by Roman Catholic priests on Tuesday. He is flanked by some of the priests' accusers. Photo: Atty Gen Josh Shapiro / Facebook

    Pennsylvania report details decades of sexual abuse by priests

    Aug 15, 2018 8:29am
    Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period and silenced victims through “the weaponization of faith” and a systematic cover-up campaign by their bishops, Reuters reports, citing the state attorney...
  • A firefighter comforts a crying woman as they leave the site of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Italy mourns victims of motorway bridge collapse

    Aug 15, 2018 7:17am
    Firefighters searched into the night for survivors of a motorway bridge collapse that killed at least 26 people in the northern Italian port city of Genoa on Tuesday, Reuters reports. As citizens mourned the victims, Prime Minister Giuseppe...
  • Beijing's central business district. China is trying to boost domestic demand and taking a more measured approach in its campaign to reduce financial risks and debt. Photo: Reuters

    China economy shows signs of cooling further

    Aug 14, 2018 3:05pm
    China’s economy is showing signs of cooling further, with investment growth slowing to a record low and consumers turning more cautious about spending, Reuters reports, citing official data. Fixed-asset investment expanded by a less-than-expected 5.5 percent...
  • File picture shows fully armed Chinese paramilitary police patrolling a street in Urumqi, the capital of  the restive Xinjiang region. Photo: AFP

    China denies detaining million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang

    Aug 14, 2018 8:53am
    China rejected allegations raised by a UN panel that a million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists, Reuters...
  • The Turkish lira fell to a record low against the US dollar due to economic worries, prompting fears of a contagion effect in other developing markets. Photo: Reuters

    Can Turkey weather the current crisis?

    - Aug 13, 2018 5:07pm
    Turkey is full of economic potential and investment opportunities, but it is at the same time also plagued by some weaknesses and risks, shortcomings that got exposed following the recent US sanctions and the Turkish currency...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold a summit in Pyongyang in September. Photo: AFP

    North, South Korea agree on third summit to be held in Pyongyang

    Aug 13, 2018 3:27pm
    (Updated; last posted at 9:18 a.m.) North and South Korea agreed to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the latest step forward in cross-border ties this year after more high-level talks on Monday, Reuters reports,...
  • Fire inspectors view damage after a deadly fire broke out at the Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Probe launched after hospital fire kills nine in Taiwan

    Aug 13, 2018 1:53pm
    A fire broke out at a hospital in Taiwan on Monday, killing nine people and injuring 15, Reuters reports. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze. Premier William Lai said the health...
  • Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said earlier this month that Britain faces an ‘uncomfortably high’ risk of leaving the EU without a deal. Photo: Reuters

    ‘No-deal’ Brexit becomes a worrisome possibility

    - Aug 13, 2018 10:15am
    At 2300 GMT on March 29 next year, Britain will leave the European Union, ending a membership of 46 years. Right now, the possibility is increasing that, despite 26 months having passed since the referendum, there...

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