23 April 2017


  • Video clip of a botched attempt by a motorist in Estonia to help an elderly lady at a street crossing has gone viral on the internet. Photo: YouTube

    Motorist’s botched bid to help woman cross a street goes viral

    - Apr 21, 2017 4:59pm
    A kind-hearted motorist in Estonia was left squirming in embarrassment after his attempt to help an elderly woman cross a street didn’t exactly turn out the way he planned.  In a video clip that has been...
  • In 2013, there were approximately one million MENA immigrants residing in the US, representing 2.5% of the country’s 41.3 million immigrants. Photo: Reuters

    How Middle Eastern immigrants boost US competitiveness

    - Apr 21, 2017 1:56pm
    In his 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein chose a Muslim linguist, “Dr. Mahmoud”, to help the book’s Martian-raised protagonist make the transition to life in the United States. Stranger...
  • A landslide victory for the Conservative Party in June would allow Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate Brexit terms from a position of relative strength. Photo: Reuters

    3 things to take note of in the UK snap election

    - Apr 21, 2017 11:08am
    Since she took office as British prime minister in July last year, Theresa May had repeatedly said she would not seek a general election before the scheduled 2020 poll. But she went back on her word and...
  • Syrian government and opposition forces have blamed each other for a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun earlier this month. Photo: Reuters

    Syria war: Armed rebel groups are just as bad as Assad forces

    - Apr 21, 2017 10:31am
    The Syrian civil war took a sudden and nasty turn earlier this month as dozens of civilians were killed in a suspected chemical attack against the rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun in the country’s northwest. While...
  • US President Donald Trump is threatening a trade war because of deficits that reflect America’s own saving-investment imbalance. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will economic illiteracy trigger a trade war?

    - Apr 21, 2017 10:20am
    Nearly 100 days after US President Donald Trump took office, he and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, continue to commit an economic fallacy that first-year economics students learn to avoid. They claim that America’s current-account deficit...
  • Police officers stand on top of their vehicle on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Police officer killed, two wounded in Paris shooting

    Apr 21, 2017 8:42am
    A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris on Thursday night in an attack carried out days before presidential elections, Reuters reports. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for...
  • Russia's Supreme Court ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses must disband and hand over all property to the state. Photo: AFP

    Russian court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist group

    Apr 21, 2017 8:30am
    Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses are an “extremist” organization and must disband and hand over all property to the state, according to Reuters, citing local media reports. The religious grouping confirmed the ruling...
  • Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft lifted off Thursday on a Long March-7 Y2 rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province. Photo: China Daily/Reuters

    China launches first cargo spacecraft in space station push

    Apr 21, 2017 8:12am
    China launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday, taking another step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022. President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security....
  • Clever positioning of subjects and creative lighting helped an Indian duo create a powerful campaign to promote pet adoption. Photo: World For All Animal Care and Adoptions

    Pet adoption ads spark online buzz

    - Apr 20, 2017 3:03pm
    A powerful photographic series using clever lighting techniques to promote pet adoption in India has generated huge online buzz. Photographer Amol Jadhav and art director Pranav Bhide, working with the Mumbai branch of a multinational ad...
  • Serena Williams and her fiancé Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who announced their engagement in December 2016, are expecting their first child in late August or early September. Photo: Serena Williams/Instagram

    Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms pregnancy

    Apr 20, 2017 9:00am
    Tennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant and expecting to deliver her first baby this fall, Reuters reports, citing her spokeswoman. The confirmation, by publicist Kelly Bush Novak, came in a statement hours after the 35-year-old athlete...
  • When US President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, the USS Carl Vinson strike group was headed in the opposite direction. Photo: US Navy/Reuters

    White House says ‘armada’ still heading to Korean peninsula

    Apr 20, 2017 7:58am
    US President Donald Trump’s administration denied being misleading about a US carrier strike group’s push toward the Korean peninsula, saying it never gave an arrival date and that the ships were still on their way. When...
  • Bill O'Reilly: "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims." Photo: Reuters

    Fox News lets go of O’Reilly amid sexual harassment allegations

    Apr 20, 2017 7:50am
    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has parted ways with star cable news host Bill O’Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, Reuters reports, citing a company statement. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company...
  • US Vice President Mike Pence has warned North Korea that 'the era of US strategic patience towards (Pyongyang's) continued aggression is over'. Photo: Reuters

    The twin goals behind US show of force in Korean peninsula

    - Apr 19, 2017 10:55am
    Over the past several decades, no matter how defiant and belligerent the North Korean leaders had remained, and no matter how many ballistic missiles they had fired or how many nuclear tests they had conducted, most...
  • An image of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Kilju County in the northeastern North Hamgyong Province, taken in 2015. Photo: Google Earth/

    Images show N Koreans playing volleyball at nuclear test site

    Apr 19, 2017 8:26am
    US experts who have been forecasting an imminent North Korean nuclear test said they were surprised when they viewed their latest satellite images of the country’s nuclear test site and saw volleyball games under way. With...
  • Police prepare to transfer the body of murder suspect Steven Stephens into a coroner's van in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Suspect in Facebook video murder kills self in Pennsylvania

    Apr 19, 2017 8:10am
    A murder suspect who posted a video on Facebook of the killing of a Cleveland man fatally shot himself after a “brief pursuit” by Pennsylvania State Police officers on Tuesday, Reuters reports, citing police officials. Steve...
  • US President Donald Trump talks about his "America First" policy during a visit to the headquarters of tool maker Snap-On Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trumps orders review of US visa program for tech workers

    Apr 19, 2017 7:57am
    US President Donald Trump ordered a review of the visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country, putting technology firms and the outsourcing companies that serve them on notice that possible changes may be...
  • Prime Minister Theresa May said an early election was necessary to try to stop the opposition "jeopardizing" her work on Brexit. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s May calls for early election to strengthen Brexit hand

    Apr 19, 2017 7:45am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early election on June 8, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union by bolstering support for her Brexit plan. Standing outside...
  • The approach of J025 will be the asteroid's closest for at least the next 500 years. Photo: Virtual Telescope Project

    Large asteroid to pass close to Earth on Wednesday: NASA

    Apr 19, 2017 7:27am
    An asteroid more than a quarter mile (400 meters) wide will pass close to Earth on Wednesday, zooming by at a distance of just over a million miles (1.8 million kilometers), but with no chance of...
  • Erdogan’s successful campaign is a powerful reminder of what happens when a government controls the most powerful tool in electoral machinery - the media. Photo: Reuters

    Media in jeopardy

    - Apr 18, 2017 12:11pm
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s successful campaign to acquire dictatorial powers is a powerful reminder that the over-simplistic algorithm of ‘one man one vote’ does not equate to the concept of objective democracy. Perhaps the word...
  • On April 22, scientists from around the world will mark Earth Day by participating in an unprecedented 'March for Science'. Photo: Reuters

    Why scientists are marching

    - Apr 18, 2017 10:36am
    On April 22, scientists from around the world will mark Earth Day by participating in an unprecedented “March for Science”. The aim of the march will be to “celebrate and defend science at all levels –...

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