18 September 2019


  • South Korea said the purpose of the amended trade regulations is to improve the country's export control system, not retaliation against Japan. Photo: Reuters

    South Korea removes Japan from fast-track trade ‘white list’

    Sep 18, 2019 12:31pm
    South Korea said on Wednesday it had approved plans to drop Japan from its “white list” of countries with fast-track trade status, responding with a tit-for-tat move that intensifies a growing diplomatic and trade spat between...
  • US Vice President Mike Pence said Solomon Islands is prioritizing short-term gains from China over long-term commitments with the United States. Photo: AFP

    US disappointed after Solomon Islands cuts ties with Taiwan

    Sep 18, 2019 10:59am
    US Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to meet with the leader of the Solomon Islands to discuss development partnerships after the Pacific island cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China this week, Reuters...
  • Migrants from Central America and Cuba queue outside the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance in Tapachula, Mexico. Large-scale migration has implications for land rights in both urban and rural areas. Photo: Reuters

    Strengthening land rights will curb migration

    - Sep 18, 2019 9:38am
    The world’s food supply is under threat. That was the stark warning contained in a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change and land. The signs are already ubiquitous. Hundreds of millions...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Israeli election too close to call: exit polls

    Sep 18, 2019 8:29am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s battle for political survival looked set to stretch on after exit polls following Tuesday’s election showed the race too close to call and Israel’s longest-serving leader weakened, Reuters reports. The surveys...
  • Missiles and drone aircraft are seen on display at an exhibition in Yemen in this undated photo released by the Houthi Media Office on Tuesday. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Costly Saudi defenses prove no match for drones, cruise missiles

    Sep 18, 2019 7:47am
    Billions of dollars spent by Saudi Arabia on cutting edge Western military hardware mainly designed to deter high altitude attacks has proved no match for low-cost drones and cruise missiles used in a strike that crippled...
  • Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman speaks to reporters during a news conference in Jeddah on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Saudi Arabia vows to fully restore oil output by month’s end

    Sep 18, 2019 7:38am
    Saudi Arabia will restore its lost oil production by the end of September and has managed to recover supplies to customers to the levels they were at prior to weekend attacks on its facilities by drawing...
  • A tariff deal with Japan would be made under a trade law provision that allows the US president to make reciprocal tariff reductions by proclamation, Trump says. Photo: Bloomberg

    US reaches trade agreements with Japan: Trump

    Sep 17, 2019 9:12am
    The United States has reached initial trade agreements with Japan on tariff barriers and digital trade, President Donald Trump said on Monday, adding that the deals will not require congressional approval. In a letter to the US...
  • Donald Trump has signaled that he is not going rush into a conflict with Iran despite the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says he does not want war with Iran

    Sep 17, 2019 8:57am
    US President Donald Trump said on Monday that it looks like Iran was behind the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, but stressed that he wants to avoid war, Reuters reports. The United States is still...
  • John Bolton's ouster as national security adviser may make the White House look less hawkish, but it certainly doesn't mean President Donald Trump is turning into a dove. Photo: Reuters

    Bolton is gone but White House remains hawkish towards China

    - Sep 16, 2019 5:20pm
    So US President Donald Trump has fired his hard-line national security adviser John Bolton. On Sept. 10, Trump tweeted: “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House....
  • The Australian Signals Directorate concluded in March that China’s Ministry of State Security was responsible for the cyberattack. Photo: Reuters

    China blamed for cyberattack on Australia parliament: report

    Sep 16, 2019 10:26am
    Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyberattack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, five people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Australia’s cyber...
  • US President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea’s Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in new letter: report

    Sep 16, 2019 10:01am
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. The letter, the second Trump received from...
  • Boris Johnson says a deal with EU is still possible by the October 31 Brexit deadline. Photo: Reuters

    Progress in next few days key to Brexit deal chances: Johnson

    Sep 16, 2019 9:26am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that the next few days will be key to his chances of securing a Brexit deal, Reuters reports. An agreement with the European Union is still his aim...
  • Nearly 400 people across the United States have been stricken with a lung illness that is potentially vaping-related, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six have died. Photo: Reuters

    New York to ban flavored e-cigarettes after illnesses, deaths

    Sep 16, 2019 9:24am
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes besides tobacco and menthol in response to a recent nationwide spate of sometimes deadly lung illnesses that US health officials have linked to vaping, Reuters...
  • US President Donald Trump has authorized the use of the US emergency oil stockpile to ensure stable supplies after the attack. Photo: AFP

    Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ for response to Saudi oil attack

    Sep 16, 2019 8:27am
    US President Donald Trump said the United States is “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran is to blame,...
  • Smoke billows from an Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. Photo: Screenshot from video obtained by Reuters via Reuters

    Attacks knock out half of Saudi oil output

    Sep 15, 2019 9:08am
    Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring...
  • Boris Johnson has faced accusations that he misled Queen Elizabeth over his reasons for suspending parliament. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s Johnson denies lying to Queen over parliament suspension

    Sep 13, 2019 11:13am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending the parliament after a court ruled his decision was unlawful. Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the parliament...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and US President Donald Trump at the White House in March. Netanyahu wants to stiffen US resolve against Iran, says the author. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump and Netanyahu risk sparking Mideast nuclear arms race

    - Sep 13, 2019 11:05am
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may not be the only one to have welcomed US President Donald Trump’s cancellation of peace talks with the Taliban. Probably, so did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the run-up to this...
  • World economic activity remained subdued, with trade and geopolitical tensions causing uncertainty and eroding business confidence, investment and trade, the IMF said. Photo: Bloomberg

    US, China tariffs could lower global GDP by 0.8% in 2020: IMF

    Sep 13, 2019 9:42am
    Tariffs imposed or threatened by the United States and China could shave 0.8 percent off global economic output in 2020 and trigger more losses in future years, the International Monetary Fund said. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice...
  • Environmental activists Valerie Milner-Brown and Linda Davidsen pose with drones near Heathrow Airport in London on Thursday. Airport authorities have slammed a planned protest action. Photo: Reuters

    Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones

    Sep 13, 2019 9:37am
    Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow airport with drones on Friday morning, despite the arrest of five of their members in a pre-emptive strike by London police, Reuters reports. The Heathrow Pause group aims to ground...
  • Washington and Beijing have made some conciliatory gestures as they prepare for new rounds of talks to resolve their trade dispute. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says he prefers ‘whole’ China trade deal over interim pact

    Sep 13, 2019 9:01am
    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he prefers a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact, Reuters reports. “I’d rather get the whole deal done,”...