22 November 2019


  • Beijing boasts the largest number of wealthy families in China, according to Hurun. Photo: Reuters

    Shifts in China’s wealth landscape

    - Nov 22, 2019 10:16am
    For the year ended 2018, Hurun has pointed out some interesting changes in China’s wealth distribution. While the number of Chinese families owning at least 6 million yuan (US$853,500) has increased, the population of super and...
  • The US justice department said the Chinese national used to work for Monsanto before it was purchased by Bayer. Photo: Bloomberg

    Chinese national indicted in US on economic espionage charges

    Nov 22, 2019 9:59am
    A Chinese national who worked for Monsanto before it was purchased by Bayer AG was indicted on Thursday on charges of stealing trade secrets, Reuters reports, citing the US Justice Department. Haitao Xiang, 42, who was...
  • US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has accused Beijing of “increasingly resorting to coercion and intimidation to advance its strategic objectives” in the region. Photo: Reuters

    US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

    Nov 22, 2019 8:43am
    US Navy warships, on two occasions in the past few days, have sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, the US military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of tension between...
  • Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gather outside his residence after charges against him were announce on Thursday. The placards in Hebrew read, "Strong in security, strong in economy ". Photo: Reuters

    Netanyahu charged with corruption, says he won’t resign

    Nov 22, 2019 8:25am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will not resign despite being charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a corruption scandal that he denounced as an “attempted coup”, Reuters reports. The charges announced...
  • Tuvalu foreign minister Simon Kofe said his country is working to set up a group uniting Taiwan’s remaining four allies in the Pacific. Photo: Reuters

    Tuvalu rejects China offer, retains ties with Taiwan

    Nov 21, 2019 2:55pm
    Tuvalu’s foreign minister said on Thursday the South Pacific nation had rejected offers from Chinese companies to build artificial islands to help it cope with rising sea levels, an approach viewed as undermining Taiwan’s influence in...
  • Marie Kondo says her tidying method 'isn't about getting rid of things', but rather about 'heightening your sensitivity to what brings you joy.’ Photo: Reuters/KonMari

    How tidying icon Marie Kondo is monetizing her KOL status

    - Nov 21, 2019 11:28am
    Marie Kondo, the Japanese tidying celebrity, has opened her own online homeware store, prompting a buzz on social media. Kondo rose to international fame by encouraging people to get rid of unnecessary things. Her book “The...
  • Prince Andrew had been under scrutiny over his friendship with disgraced late US financier Jeffrey Epstein for several years. Photo: Reuters

    Britain’s Prince Andrew halts public duties over sex scandal

    Nov 21, 2019 10:04am
    Britain’s Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his “ill-judged” association with late US financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family’s work, Reuters reports. Andrew, Queen...
  • Police detain protesters on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump expected to sign HK rights bills despite China warnings

    Nov 21, 2019 9:04am
    The US House of Representatives passed two bills to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, with President Donald Trump expected to sign them into law, despite delicate trade...
  • Aung San Suu Kyi has faced international criticism for her government's weak response to the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

    Suu Kyi to lead defense in Rohingya genocide case

    Nov 21, 2019 8:54am
    Aung San Suu Kyi will appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to contest a case filed by Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, Reuters reports. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims...
  • A US-China trade deal is still elusive, and negotiations may be getting more complicated, experts say. Photo: Xinhua

    ‘Phase one’ of US-China trade deal may not be inked this year

    Nov 21, 2019 8:16am
    Completion of a “phase one” US-China trade deal could slide into next year, trade experts and people close to the White House said, as Beijing presses for more extensive tariff rollbacks and the Trump administration counters...
  • The concept of judicial independence and the separation of powers, which is one of Hong Kong’s core values, seem inimical to the political thought process of the central authorities in Beijing, the author says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Intemperate interpretation

    - Nov 20, 2019 6:02pm
    Who authorized Zang Tiewei to assert that Hong Kong’s High Court has no power to rule on the constitutionality of Carrie Lam’s executive order prohibiting face masks? Of course, it was to be expected that all...
  • Simon Cheng told BBC in an interview that he was tortured in China and accused of inciting political unrest in Hong Kong. Photo: BBC News video screenshot

    UK outraged at ‘torture’ of former HK consulate employee

    Nov 20, 2019 4:26pm
    British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday condemned China’s treatment of a former employee of Britain’s Hong Kong consulate who told a newspaper Chinese secret police beat him as they sought information about pro-democracy protests in...
  • Home monitoring devices need low latency and the ability to compute data locally to notify residents quickly of an intrusion or leak. Photo: Reuters

    Uncovering new opportunities with IoT and edge computing

    - Nov 20, 2019 10:33am
    There are places so remote, so harsh that humans can’t safely explore them. These places might have important data that could help us better understand earth and its history, as well as life on other planets....
  • US President Donald Trump presides over a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump: US to hike tariffs if no China trade deal is reached

    Nov 20, 2019 9:31am
    The United States would raise tariffs on Chinese imports if no deal is reached with Beijing to end a trade war, US President Donald Trump said, threatening an escalation of the spat that has damaged economic...
  • Riot police disperse people on a highway during a protest against a fuel price hike in Tehran on Saturday. Photo: West Asia News Agency via Reuters

    Over 100 killed in Iran protests: Amnesty International

    Nov 20, 2019 8:31am
    Amnesty International said more than 100 protesters had been killed in 21 cities in Iran during the unrest that broke out over a rise in fuel prices last week, Reuters reports. Snipers have shot into crowds...
  • Riot police chase protesters at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University during clashes on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    US Senate unanimously passes Hong Kong rights bill

    Nov 20, 2019 8:05am
    The US Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which the...
  • Australia’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 5.3 percent in October, up 0.4 percentage point from the beginning of this year. Photo: Reuters

    Planning to emigrate to Australia? Better think twice

    - Nov 20, 2019 8:04am
    Australia’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 5.3 percent in October, up 0.4 percentage point from the beginning of this year. The underemployment rate also climbed to 8.5 percent. Australia is one of the most popular immigration...
  • Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after nearly 10 years

    Nov 20, 2019 7:20am
    A Swedish prosecutor dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London’s Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition, Reuters reports. Although the...
  • The bushfire smoke drifting over Sydney has prompted health authorities to advise people to stay inside as much as possible. Photo: AAP via Reuters

    Hazardous bushfire smoke blankets Sydney

    Nov 19, 2019 12:24pm
    Heavy winds stirred dozens of fires across Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country’s most populous city, Reuters reports. Wildfires have destroyed about 2.5 million acres...
  • Uighur men leave a mosque after prayers in Hotan in Xinjiang. More than a million Uighurs and members of other ethnic groups have been detained in internment camps in the region, according to the United Nations. Photo: AFP

    Xinjiang govt says leak on Uighur camps ‘fake news’

    Nov 19, 2019 12:18pm
    A report in the New York Times that included 400 pages of leaked internal documents on the internment of Uighur Muslims was “fabricated” and prompted by “hostile foreign forces”, the government of China’s far western region...