19 July 2019


  • Tens of thousands Algerians gathered in the capital earlier this month to demand the removal of the ruling elite. Photo: Reuters

    Algerian soccer success is a double-edged sword

    - Jul 19, 2019 1:23pm
    It took Algeria barely two weeks to charge Algerian soccer fan Samir Sardouk and sentence him to a year in jail for harming the national interests of his country. Sardouk was convicted for shouting “There is...
  • China’s total corporate, household and government debt is estimated to be at more than US$40 trillion. Photo: Reuters

    China’s debt tops 300% of GDP, now 15% of global total: IIF

    Jul 19, 2019 9:28am
    A key gauge of China’s debt has topped 300 percent of gross domestic product, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), a Washington-based private global financial industry association. China’s total corporate, household and government debt...
  • A file picture shows people in Vancouver holding signs protesting China's treatment of the Uighur people. UN experts and activists believe that at least one million Uighurs are held in detention centers in China’s Xinjiang region. Photo: Reuters

    Pompeo calls China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘stain of the century’

    Jul 19, 2019 9:17am
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called China’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority the “stain of the century” and accused Beijing of pressuring countries not to attend a US-hosted conference on religious freedom,...
  • G7 finance ministers and central bank governors pose for a group photo during a meeting in Chantilly, near Paris. Credit: Reuters

    G7 urges tough Libra regulation, agrees to tax digital giants

    Jul 19, 2019 9:01am
    Digital currencies such as Facebook’s planned Libra raise serious concerns and must be regulated as tightly as possible to ensure they do not upset the world’s financial system, Group of Seven finance ministers and central bankers...
  • A Sea Hawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea in this picture taken on July 16. The US warship shot down an Iranian drone on Thursday, according to the Pentagon. Photo: Reuters

    US says warship destroyed Iran drone in ‘defensive action’

    Jul 19, 2019 8:49am
    The United States said on Thursday that a US Navy ship had “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel. The Pentagon said in a statement that USS Boxer,...
  • The New York Times revealed that its online Chinese edition has seen a surge in the number of subscribers in mainland China since the start of the extradition bill saga in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    HK turmoil opens new business opportunities for Western media

    - Jul 18, 2019 6:50pm
    The uproar over the proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance has not only changed the dynamics of the local news media but has also presented new opportunities for the international news media. The New York Times,...
  • China has begun certification for 5G handsets as phone makers and telecom operators gear up for commercial launch of new-generation mobile services. Photo: Bloomberg

    China 5G battle set to begin in earnest

    - Jul 18, 2019 12:58pm
    China has been stepping up efforts on the 5G front as it seeks to be among the first in the world in rollout of the next-generation mobile services that could open up many new applications. A...
  • As AI will make several jobs redundant, policymakers must focus on retraining workers deemed at risk. Photo: Bloomberg

    Preparing for job losses in the AI era

    - Jul 18, 2019 11:00am
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost business efficiency and bring the world into a new era of customization. However, the downside for society is that more jobs will be lost to automation, a development that...
  • Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman waves to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro (right) in this court sketch during his sentencing in New York City on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Mexican drug lord El Chapo gets life sentence in US

    Jul 18, 2019 9:39am
    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who twice escaped maximum-security prisons in his country, will spend the rest of his life in a US penitentiary, a federal judge said after accusing him of “overwhelming...
  • Finance ministers and central bank governors from the G7 group of advanced economies meet in Chantilly, north of Paris, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    G7 finance chiefs pour cold water on Facebook’s Libra plans

    Jul 18, 2019 9:23am
    Group of Seven finance chiefs cast a cloud over prospects for Facebook’s Libra digital coin, insisting tough regulatory problems would have to be worked out first, Reuters reports. The massive social media company’s plan to launch...
  • First parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system are unloaded from a Russian plane at an airbase near Ankara, Turkey, on July 12. The US says its F-35 fighter jets ‘cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform.’ Photo: Turkish milit

    US expels Turkey from F-35 program over Russia deal

    Jul 18, 2019 9:23am
    The United States announced on Wednesday that it is removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move that came after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week, Reuters...
  • After losing the Kuomintang primaries, Foxconn founder Terry Gou may still decide to run for president as an independent candidate. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why a Terry Gou-Ko Wen-je ticket may benefit pan-Blue coalition

    - Jul 17, 2019 6:52pm
    On Monday the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) announced the results of its presidential primaries, with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu enjoying a more than 17-point lead over his major rival Terry Gou Tai-ming, founder of Foxconn Group. After...
  • A stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia. Readers are becoming increasingly indifferent to environment-related news, finding such stories remote and insignificant. Photo: Reuters

    How to get people to care more about environment news

    - Jul 17, 2019 10:26am
    The Environment Bureau has kicked off a three-month public consultation on the city’s long-term decarbonization strategy. Meanwhile, journalism scholars from Western countries are coming to a consensus that sustainability news is struggling for international media coverage and exposure...
  • Google denies allegations that it is working with the Chinese military. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump calls for inquiry into Google’s work with China

    Jul 17, 2019 9:19am
    US President Donald Trump said his administration would investigate whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google supports the Chinese government, accusations that a company official refuted hours later at a Senate hearing, Reuters reports. The president repeated accusations made...
  • Ursula von der Leyen reacts after a vote Tuesday in the European parliament that confirmed her as the next European Commission president. Photo: Reuters

    Germany’s Von der Leyen confirmed as next EC president

    Jul 17, 2019 8:53am
    Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president, Reuters reports. The German conservative got the thumbs up from socialist and liberal lawmakers which, together with the endorsement...
  • Rainforest Connection has created a monitoring system that uses old, reconfigured cellphones and leverages on Google's machine learning technology to help stop illegal logging. Photo: RFCx

    How Google applies AI to social and environmental issues

    - Jul 16, 2019 11:45am
    I was invited to Google’s news conference on artificial intelligence in Tokyo last week. The technology giant said it wants to use AI to solve difficult social and environmental issues such as those pertaining to medicine,...
  • A proposal being explored by the transition team of Boris Johnson, Britain's likely next prime minister, could lead to the loss of the country's soft power. Photo: AFP

    Boris Johnson and the threat to British soft power

    - Jul 16, 2019 9:44am
    Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of children to school, and saved millions of lives through vaccination programs and...
  • Governments must address the root causes of inequality by identifying and eliminating discriminatory laws. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tackling inequality is a political choice

     The world has made impressive strides in reducing extreme poverty, but that progress has slowed considerably in recent years. The problem is clear: eliminating extreme poverty requires tackling inequality. The good news is that inequality between...
  • Donald Trump answers questions from the media during the ‘3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase’ on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump sees slowing Chinese growth pressuring Beijing on trade

    Jul 16, 2019 9:02am
    US President Donald Trump on Monday seized on slowing economic growth in China as evidence that Washington’s tariffs were having “a major effect”, and warned that his administration could pile on more pressure as bilateral trade...
  • Huawei's 5G participation in Canada has been caught up in the broader trade and diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and Beijing. Photo: Reuters

    Canada may defer Huawei 5G decision until after election: report

    Jul 16, 2019 8:52am
    Canada is likely to postpone a decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei Technologies to supply 5G network equipment until after the October federal election, Reuters reports, citing sources. Experts in Ottawa are reviewing the security...

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