Date
20 August 2017

World

  • After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, there were calls among western Ukrainian nationalists for seceding from the rest of Ukraine and re-establishing an independent Galicia. Photo: Wikimedia

    Can western Ukraine re-establish an independent Galicia?

    - Aug 18, 2017 9:45am
    Yesterday I went into detail about the “founding father” of modern Ukraine, Stepan Bandera, who is seen as a hero in western Ukraine but deemed a Nazi collaborator in the eastern part of the country. For...
  • Joseph Dunford , chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets China's Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese general criticizes ‘wrong’ US moves on Taiwan

    Aug 18, 2017 8:40am
    “Wrong” actions of the United States with regard to Taiwan, and the US military’s South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military...
  • Police officers walk through the area where a van crashed into pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    At least 13 dead, over 100 injured in Barcelona terror attack

    Aug 18, 2017 8:14am
    At least 13 people were killed and more than a hundred injured as a van plowed through crowds of tourists in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday evening, a terror attack claimed by Islamic State. Police...
  • Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says Tokyo and Washington have agreed on extended deterrence against Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters

    US, Japan step up defense cooperation to counter N Korea

    Aug 18, 2017 8:09am
    The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday, Reuters...
  • Stepan Bandera is hailed as a hero in western Ukraine but regarded as a Nazi collaborator in the eastern part of the country. Photo: Russia Insider

    Stepan Bandera: A true nationalist or Nazi collaborator?

    - Aug 17, 2017 10:50am
    The resurgence of ultra-right and Neo-Nazi groups in the US has given rise to historical revisionism in recent years, under which the mainstream and orthodox views held by academics about controversial historical figures are being challenged...
  • Following reports of another incident between soldiers at a Himalayan border post, China has urged India to exercise restraint. File photo: Reuters

    China urges India to protect peace after border altercation

    Aug 17, 2017 9:03am
    China on Wednesday urged India to protect peace and stability at their border, saying the mutual agreements related to the 1959 line of control should be upheld scrupulously. A foreign ministry spokesperson called on New Delhi...
  • An activist holds a sign during a protest against Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday. The US president has been accused of failing to hold white nationalists accountable for the weekend violence in Virginia. Photo: Reuters

    Trump scraps business councils as CEOs quit over Charlottesville

    Aug 17, 2017 8:32am
    US President Donald Trump announced the disbanding of two business advisory councils after several chief executives quit the panels in protest over Trump’s response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The American Manufacturing Council and...
  • Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung leads other government officials (inset top) in apologizing for the massive blackout. Lee resigned to take responsibility. Photo: Bloomberg/Internet/CNS

    Taiwan’s economy chief quits after massive blackout

    Aug 16, 2017 1:48pm
    Taiwan’s economy minister was forced to step down after a massive blackout hit the island on Tuesday, causing deaths and chaos, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung resigned from his...
  • The racial clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, were triggered by a heated debate between liberal elites and right-wingers over political correctness. Photo: ethicsalarms.com

    General Robert E. Lee and the Charlottesville riots

    - Aug 16, 2017 11:00am
    The recent racial riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, have shocked the world, and everyone, including US President Donald Trump, have condemned the violence, even though he has obviously pulled his punches on the white supremacists and the...
  • Bill Gates has made his largest donation in more than a decade, as he pledged over 64 million Microsoft shares to his charitable foundation recently. Photo: Reuters

    Bill Gates gives US$4.7 bln in stock to charity foundation

    Aug 16, 2017 9:18am
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates handed over 64 million shares of the software giant to his foundation in June, a US$4.68 billion donation based on current share prices, the Wall Street Journal reports. The donation ranks as...
  • China warned the US against pursuing any action in relation to intellectual property issues, saying ill-advised moves could damage trade ties. Photo: Bloomberg

    China vows to defend its interests amid US move on IP policies

    Aug 16, 2017 8:48am
    Beijing will take “all appropriate measures” to defend its interests if the United States damages trade ties, China said on Tuesday, reacting to news that the Trump administration has authorized an inquiry into China’s alleged theft...
  • A Philippine flag flutters from a dilapidated Philippine Navy ship that has been aground since 1999 and became a Philippine military detachment on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

    Philippines: China agrees on no new expansion in South China Sea

    Aug 16, 2017 8:16am
    China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new “status quo” brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations, Reuters reports,...
  • Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by South Korea, Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Seoul warns US against unilateral military action on N Korea

    Aug 16, 2017 8:11am
    South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that there will be no military action upon the Korean peninsula without Seoul’s consent and that his administration will prevent war by all means. “Military action on the...
  • The woman's body temperature was lowered to below minus 190 degrees Celsius before she was kept in a liquid nitrogen tank that provides a stable temperature of minus 196 degrees. Photo: Wikimedia

    A first in China cryonics: Dead woman put in deep freeze

    Aug 15, 2017 2:59pm
    A 49-year-old Chinese woman who died from lung cancer has been put in deep freeze in the hope that she will be brought back to life and reunited with her husband once science has found a...
  • Internationally-focused Chinese companies can work to ensure that their key points of communication are “English-accessible”. Image: shishaosaka.com

    Culture globalization: The language aspect

    - Aug 15, 2017 9:17am
    As an American born in the 1980s, I have often thought of China as being synonymous with globalization. As a young child, I remember hearing of aunts and uncles and friends’ parents going off to Hong...
  • China says it is cutting off some North Korean imports to comply with new UN sanctions against Pyongyang. Photo: Bloomberg

    China halts import of N Korean coal, iron ore and seafood

    Aug 15, 2017 9:07am
    China has banned imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and seafood, a move that could assuage Washington’s demands on Beijing to ratchet up economic pressure on Pyongyang. The trade halt, announced Monday, follows a weekend...
  • "America's leaders must ...clearly reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy," Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier said while announcing his resignation from a Trump business advisory council. Photo: Reuters

    Merck CEO quits Trump advisory council over Charlottesville

    Aug 15, 2017 8:19am
    Kenneth Frazier, the head of pharmaceutical giant Merck, resigned from US President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism. “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by...
  • Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch. Kim has backed off a a threatened missile strike on Guam but said he could still change his mind. Photo: AP

    North Korea backs off threat to attack Guam

    Aug 15, 2017 8:12am
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Tuesday, but warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely...
  • The dysfunctionality of the White House is largely a matter of President Donald Trump's personality, critics say. Photo: Reuters

    Surviving America’s political meltdown

    - Aug 14, 2017 5:00pm
    The US is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy. The White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking...
  • Liu Xia (center) has not been seen in public since her husband died of liver cancer on July 13 while in state custody. Photo: Yahoo

    Liu Xia: A woman whose existence is an embarrassment to China

    - Aug 14, 2017 4:48pm
    In the month since the death of Liu Xiaobo, China’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, world attention has shifted to focus on the fate of his widow, Liu Xia, who had been kept under illegal house arrest...

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