Date
24 January 2018

World

  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in signs an autograph on a ice hockey stick during a visit to the country's ice hockey team. Photo: Reuters

    Winter Olympics 2018: The power of sport

    - Jan 24, 2018 1:22pm
    North and South Korea have recently shaken hands on a diplomatic solution that will see the former’s athletes participating in this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Instead of being a mega-event staged against the backdrop...
  • Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince, needs US support as he seeks to consolidate his power and push forward his economic and social vision for the country. Photo: Bloomberg

    The fall of Islamic extremism; the rise of Aramco

    - Jan 24, 2018 1:16pm
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, based on his work on “Narrative Economics”, which studied the effects that narratives and stories can have on the global economy, picks Donald Trump’s election victory in the US and the...
  • Sam Chui's passion for aviation started during his teen years when he frequently visited Kai Tak Airport to watch planes land and take off. Photo: samchui.com

    Travel tips from top aviation blogger

    - Jan 23, 2018 1:46pm
    Born in Beijing in 1980, Sam Chui migrated to Hong Kong with his parents in the mid-’80s. As a teenager, Chui often visited Kai Tak Airport, where watching planes land and take off fueled his passion...
  • Falsification of GDP data has been more serious in less developed regions in China, including parts of the northeast. Photo: AFP

    Why three China provinces admit falsifying economic data

    - Jan 23, 2018 9:30am
    Being accused of falsifying data is a big taboo for Chinese government cadres. Yet, three provinces — Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang– recently admitted that they’ve been falsifying GDP data for a long time. What happened is...
  • Tourists visit the US Capitol during the third day of a government shutdown in Washington on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    US govt shutdown ends as Congress passes funding bill

    Jan 23, 2018 8:49am
    The US Congress voted to end a three-day government shutdown, approving another short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants. The fourth temporary...
  • China’s foreign ministry said the USS Hopper, a destroyer, came within 12 nautical miles of the Scarborough Shoal, which is subject to a rival claim by the Philippines. Photo: Wikipedia

    US accused of provoking trouble in South China Sea

    Jan 22, 2018 10:25am
    The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, said on Monday US moves in the South China Sea like last week’s freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its...
  • Many of Leonardo Da Vinci's creations were considered failures in the Renaissance era, but the genius never gave up and always kept his curiosity and dreams alive for new inventions. Photo: visititaly.com

    Curiosity may not kill the cat

    - Jan 22, 2018 9:57am
    There is an old English saying “Curiosity killed the cat”, referring to the potential dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. Hong Kong parents have taken this as a golden rule, and they try everything to prevent...
  • Hotel guests use bed sheets tied together to flee as the parts of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul caught fire during an attack by gunmen on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Heavy casualties as gunmen attack Kabul hotel

    Jan 22, 2018 8:36am
    Gunmen in army uniforms stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded...
  • Turkish soldiers and tanks are seen near the town of Hassa on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey, on Sunday. Dogan News Agency via Reuters

    Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

    Jan 22, 2018 8:17am
    Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil war, Reuters reports. Amid...
  • During the civil war in Nigeria from 1967 to 1970, an estimated one million civilians died in a nationwide famine. Photo: Internet

    Roots of the independence movement in Biafra

    - Jan 19, 2018 4:12pm
    While the secession movement in Catalonia has continued to grab international headlines, other pro-independence movements elsewhere in the world have largely gone under the radar. Among them is the bid for independence in the region of...
  • Under President Xi Jinping, the Communist Party is once again assuming "absolute leadership role in all aspects of society and every corner of the nation”. Photo: Reuters

    CPC returns to Mao era of absolute leadership

    - Jan 19, 2018 11:59am
    In 1962, Mao Zedong announced in no uncertain terms that the Communist Party of China (CPC) should assume an absolute leadership role in seven fronts across the nation: industry, agriculture, business, education, military, politics and party affairs....
  • Donella Meadows' book offers guidance on problem-solving through “systems thinking”, so critical in the current Internet era. Image credit: donellameadows.org

    Systems thinking: Why it is important

    - Jan 19, 2018 10:26am
    Donella Meadows’ book “Thinking in Systems” is a masterpiece that offers a different way of thinking about everyday problems. We are moving from a data-scarce world into a data-driven artificial intelligence era. In her book, Meadows...
  • Governments worldwide have begun to recognize the potential of water infrastructure to complement other economic and social policies, including those intended to improve health outcomes. Photo: Bloomberg

    Water management is health management

    - Jan 19, 2018 9:38am
    With climate change accelerating and its effects exacerbating other geopolitical and development crises, the role of environmental protection in preserving and improving human wellbeing has become starkly apparent. This recognition lies at the heart of the...
  • Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has fallen to half its record peak of almost US$20,000 in recent days on fears that regulators could seek to curb speculation. Photo: Reuters

    France, Germany to make joint bitcoin regulation proposal at G20

    Jan 19, 2018 8:51am
    France and Germany will make joint proposals to regulate the bitcoin cryptocurrency at the next summit of the G20 group of major economies in Argentina in March, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. “We will have...
  • US President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump considers big ‘fine’ over alleged China IP theft

    Jan 19, 2018 8:38am
    President Donald Trump said the United States is considering a big “fine” as part of a probe into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property, the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action...
  • The excitement of winning a prize with a little bit of skill and luck is one reason claw crane game players keep coming back for more. Photo: japan4fun.com

    Virtual-world fatigue boosts popularity of claw crane machines

    - Jan 19, 2018 8:31am
    Will the rapidly growing internet economy overwhelm the real economy? Not necessarily. In fact, some physical experiences have gained popularity as a growing number of people feel lost in the virtual world. For instance, claw cranes...
  • The proposal to use laser to eradicate space debris has raised suspicions that it could also have a military purpose. Photo: Xinhua

    China’s laser solution to destroy space junk sparks suspicions

    Jan 18, 2018 6:24pm
    Aerospace technology has become an integral part of global telecommunications, and many companies and countries are competing for a slice of the market. The downside of this development is the growing amount of litter circling our planet....
  • New York’s Open Data Law, legislated in 2012, mandates all public information “to be made available on a single web portal” by end of 2018. Photo: opendata.cityofnewyork.us

    Open data can inspire innovations

    - Jan 18, 2018 12:12pm
    The world is experiencing a data-driven revolution. Data has been generated from every move you make – about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second by each human being on the earth by...
  • Following criticism from British lawmakers, Facebook has agreed to widen an internal probe into alleged Russian propaganda ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

    Jan 18, 2018 9:55am
    Facebook has agreed to conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership. The social media giant’s UK...
  • The volatility and unpredictability of Donald Trump has prompted calls from US Democrats for restricting powers of the US president to launch a nuclear attack against a foreign country. Photo: AFP

    Hawaii missile alert fiasco and the lessons to be learnt

    - Jan 17, 2018 1:00pm
    Residents of the American state of Hawaii were thrown into complete panic on the morning last Saturday after they received alert of an incoming ballistic missile on their cellphones. However, it later turned out that it...

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