21 March 2018


  • US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump congratulates Putin over re-election, reveals summit plans

    Mar 21, 2018 9:18am
    US President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and said they would likely meet soon to discuss the arms race and other issues. Trump’s overture to Putin was criticized by top senators...
  • Tourists pose for photographs in front of the Merlion statue at the Marina Bay waterfront in Singapore.  Photo: Bloomberg

    Singapore tops quality of life survey in Asia, HK static

    Mar 20, 2018 10:52am
    Singapore retained its position as the city offering the best quality of life in Asia, ranking 25th in the world, while Hong Kong was static at No. 71, according to an annual survey by human resources...
  • Donald Trump speaks during an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday on proposed measures to tackle America’s opioid crisis. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers

    Mar 20, 2018 9:55am
    US President Donald Trump unveiled a long-awaited plan to fight the nation’s opioid crisis, calling for stiffer penalties for drug dealers, including the death penalty. At an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump spelt out in...
  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is hoping cryptocurrencies will help Venezuela skirt US financial sanctions as it struggles under hyperinflation and a collapsing socialist economy. Photo: AFP

    US bans transactions with Venezuela’s digital currency

    Mar 20, 2018 9:47am
    US President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring any US-based financial transactions involving Venezuela’s new petro cryptocurrency, as US officials warned that it was a “scam” by President Nicolas Maduro’s government to further undermine democracy in...
  • Brexit Secretary David Davis (left) and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier pose for news photographers at the start of their meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    UK wins Brexit transition deal in return for Irish vow

    Mar 20, 2018 9:30am
    Britain and the European Union agreed to a transition period to avoid a “cliff edge” Brexit next year – though only after London accepted a potential solution for Northern Ireland’s land border that may face stiff...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with supporters at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on Sunday. Photo: Reuters/Pool

    Putin wins fourth term in landslide Russian election win

    Mar 19, 2018 9:38am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years in a widely expected outcome. With just over 70 percent of the votes counted,...
  • Tariffs are the wrong approach to dealing with problems related to China's industrial policies and trade practices, US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue told the Trump administration. Photo: Bloomberg

    US business lobby group warns Trump against China tariffs

    Mar 16, 2018 8:41am
    The US Chamber of Commerce warned the Trump administration that unilateral tariffs on Chinese goods could lead to a destructive trade war that will hurt American consumers and US economic growth. The chamber’s president, Thomas Donohue, said...
  • Taking selfies that make you look slim, vibrant and sexy is easier said than done. Photo: Reuters

    How to avoid bad selfies

    - Mar 15, 2018 3:07pm
    In the age of supposedly accepting all types of bodies, the sad truth is double chins rarely look cool. On social media, the wiser you get, the more that double chin comes out to haunt you....
  • The United States is stepping up pressure on China to reduce trade imbalance between the two nations. Photo: Bloomberg

    US wants China to cut trade surplus by US$100 bln: White House

    Mar 15, 2018 9:14am
    The United States is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the former by US$100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump. Last Wednesday, Trump...
  • British PM Theresa May speaks in parliament on Wednesday on her government's reaction to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Photo: Handout/Reuters

    Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over nerve attack on ex-spy

    Mar 15, 2018 8:59am
    The United Kingdom has expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for suspected involvement of Moscow in the poisoning of a former spy on British soil. Announcing the move, the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War, British...
  • Stephen Hawking's work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the tantalizing prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space’s all-consuming black holes. Photo: Reuters

    Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

    Mar 14, 2018 12:56pm
    Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76. The UK’s Press Association reported his death,...
  • In his approach toward nuclear weapons and foreign policy, some observers believe US President Donald Trump is adopting a 'madman strategy'. Photo: Reuters

    Machiavelli in the White House

    - Mar 14, 2018 12:14pm
    US President Donald Trump has been described as Machiavellian. He lies, deceives and manipulates where necessary, critics say. To some, he embodies the qualities that the Renaissance-era theorist Niccolò Machiavelli recommended in the field of politics. In...
  • Explaining his decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L ) and appoint Mike Pompeo as the replacement, US President Donald Trump said he and Tillerson ‘disagreed on things’. Photos: Reuters

    Trump fires Tillerson; names Pompeo as new Secretary of State

    Mar 14, 2018 9:13am
    US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his new chief diplomat. The decisions were made public in a morning tweet from Trump,...
  • A planned summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump has been hailed as a historic breakthrough, but no one is betting on the potential outcome. Photos: Reuters/KCNA

    Why a Trump-Kim summit will be poker game of the century

    - Mar 13, 2018 5:05pm
    US President Donald Trump has once again surprised the world by agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. If the meeting does really take place, the two leaders will be the focus...
  • The growing popularity of social media has become an irreversible trend. Photo: Bloomberg

    Rampant copying in the digital media world

    - Mar 13, 2018 10:17am
    Amid the growing popularity of social media, some traditional media outlets seem to be losing their appeal. Some of these traditional players have diversified into digital media or have completely given up their old business model....
  • The re-election of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi later this month is basically a foregone conclusion. Photo: Reuters

    Why Egyptians are no better off after the Jasmine Revolution

    - Mar 13, 2018 9:31am
    Egypt is going to hold its third presidential election since the Jasmine Revolution between March 26 and 28, and the re-election of the incumbent president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is basically a foregone conclusion. This election is...
  • Roberto Azevedo, Director-General of the WTO, gestures during a news conference in Brasilia on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump tariff move could spark trade wars that will hurt all: WTO

    Mar 13, 2018 9:08am
    US President Donald Trump’s decision on steel and aluminum tariffs could spark retaliation from other nations and lead to unforeseen consequences, the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) warned on Monday. “You know when it...
  • Rescuers search the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Bangladeshi plane crashes in Nepal, killing at least 49

    Mar 13, 2018 8:35am
    At least 49 people were killed on Monday when a Bangladeshi airliner crashed in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the Nepalese capital’s hill-ringed airport, Reuters reports, citing officials. Imran Asif, chief executive...
  • China is claiming credit for the planned talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump-Kim meeting: What role should China play?

    - Mar 12, 2018 4:49pm
    It is remarkable that in the short space of three months, the political situation on the Korean Peninsula has moved from the edge of war into an unwonted atmosphere of hope. The mastermind behind the entire...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping pauses after casting his ballot during a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, at a parliament gathering in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China NPC endorses abolition of presidential term limits

    Mar 12, 2018 9:05am
    China’s parliament on Sunday passed a constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits, giving Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely. The National People’s Congress, as expected, voted overwhelmingly to scrap the limit of...

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