24 March 2019


  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive at Fiumicino airport on March 21 ahead of a visit to Rome and the Sicilian capital Palermo. Photo: Reuters

    Italy’s BRI blunder

    - Mar 22, 2019 9:46am
      Barring any sudden reversals, Italy will formally endorse China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rome this week. Though US President Donald Trump’s administration recently signaled its disapproval of...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit via Hawaii on her way home from an eight-day visit to Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands. Photo: Reuters

    China urges US to block Taiwan leader’s Hawaii stopover

    Mar 22, 2019 9:19am
    China urged the United States not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to stop over in Hawaii next week when she makes a tour of the island’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific, Reuters reports. Beijing has...
  • An anti-Brexit protester with painted EU and British flags on his face is seen ahead of a EU Summit in front of European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 21. Photo: Reuters

    EU sets April 12 Brexit date if Britain fails to back deal

    Mar 22, 2019 9:04am
    Britain could leave the European Union without a Brexit deal on April 12 if MPs fail next week to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s agreement with Brussels, EU leaders said on Thursday after a crisis summit...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visit the border between Israel and Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on March 11. Photo: Reuters

    Time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan, says Trump

    Mar 22, 2019 8:55am
    US President Donald Trump declared on Thursday that it is time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in US policy, Reuters reports. “After...
  • Announcing tough new gun laws, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that she expects the new rules to be in place by April 11. Photo: Reuters

    New Zealand bans semi-automatic and assault rifles

    Mar 21, 2019 1:51pm
    New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday, following the mass shootings last week in two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people. “On 15...
  • People enjoy a sunny day at the Esplanade in Helsinki. Finland has been ranked the second happiest nation in the world for the second year in a row. Photo: Reuters

    Be generous – and be happy

    - Mar 21, 2019 1:08pm
    It is better to give than to receive because being generous would make you a happier person. This is one conclusion we can draw from the latest World Happiness Report, which suggests that donating time and...
  • AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson speaks during an Economic Club of Washington event in the US capital on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

    Huawei accused of hindering firms from shifting suppliers for 5G

    Mar 21, 2019 9:16am
    China’s Huawei Technologies is making it very difficult for European carriers to drop the company from its supply chain for next-generation 5G wireless service, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on Wednesday. “If you have deployed Huawei...
  • Consumption of khat has become a widespread habit in East Africa. Photo: Reuters

    A different type of globalization: East African ‘grass-munching’

    - Mar 21, 2019 9:09am
    East Africa is markedly different now from ten years ago if we look at how widespread “grass-munching”  has become. “Grass-munching” refers to the consumption of khat or Catha edulis, or the derogatory term “East African Poppy”. The...
  • Citigroup is said to be planning to sell Venezuelan gold held as collateral against a loan granted to the troubled South American nation. Photo: Reuters

    Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to Maduro: report

    Mar 21, 2019 9:03am
    Citigroup plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a US$1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month, Reuters reports, citing sources. The move would...
  • Tariffs on Chinese goods may be kept for a substantial period even if Beijing agrees to a trade deal, Donald Trump suggested. Photo; Reuters

    Tariffs on China goods may stay for ‘substantial period’: Trump

    Mar 21, 2019 8:50am
    US President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that Washington may leave tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period” to ensure that Beijing complies with any trade agreement, Reuters reports. Trump said his top negotiators, US...
  • Treasury Secretary  Steven Mnuchin is expected to be among the senior US officials who will travel to Beijing next week for new round of trade talks. Photo: Reuters

    Top US officials to head to China for new trade talks

    Mar 20, 2019 8:27am
    US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to China next week for another round of trade talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified Trump administration...
  • A police officer places flowers at the entrance of Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday. Decision-makers around the world should closely stand by pluralism. Photo: Reuters

    Globalism and pluralism hold key to peaceful co-existence

    - Mar 19, 2019 6:12pm
    The entire world was shocked by the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday that killed 50 and left dozens injured. As Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, put it, last Friday...
  • With Parliament Speaker John Bercow raising objections to the modalities of a new Brexit divorce deal vote, Theresa May's government has been caught off guard. Photo: Reuters

    May’s Brexit deal in chaos as Bercow blocks new vote

    Mar 19, 2019 8:50am
    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it is re-submitted in...
  • Somaliland leader Musa Bihi Abdi greets supporters during an election campaign in the city of Hargeisa on Nov. 9, 2017. Somaliland has an estimated GDP per capita of only around US$300. Photo: Reuters

    Somaliland: Can the unrecognized state get out of poverty?

    - Mar 18, 2019 6:22pm
    A recent of trip of mine was to Somaliland, an impoverished region in East Africa that has remained largely unrecognized by the international community ever since it unilaterally declared its independence on May 18, 1991. In...
  • Following two deadly accidents in five months, Boeing is working on a software upgrade for its 737 MAX aircraft. Photo: Reuters

    Boeing says finalizing software upgrade for 737 Max

    Mar 18, 2019 9:05am
    Boeing said on Sunday that it is finalizing the development of a software upgrade and a revision of pilot training for its 737 MAX, the plane that has suffered two fatal crashes in the last five...
  • Police stand guard as members of Muslim religious groups gather for prayers outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Businesses, schools reopen in Christchurch after shootings

    Mar 18, 2019 8:54am
    New Zealand police promised a high-profile presence as schools and businesses in Christchurch reopened on Monday after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in the city last week, Reuters reports. Families of victims were...
  • People offer flowers outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Suspected white supremacist charged in NZ mosque attacks

    Mar 16, 2019 11:42am
    Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques. Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a...
  • A policeman patrols outside Al Noor mosque after Friday's mosque attacks in Christchurch. Photo: Reuters

    How carnage was live-streamed and spread across social media

    Mar 16, 2019 11:32am
    A gunman who killed 49 people at two New Zealand mosques live-streamed the attacks on Facebook for 17 minutes using an app designed for extreme sports enthusiasts, with copies still being shared on social media hours...
  • With its big strides in 5G development, China has taken the future and is running with it, writes Eoin Murray. Photo: Bloomberg

    Has one side already won the trade war, or actually, tech war?

    - Mar 15, 2019 4:42pm
    As I write this, Robert Lighthizer, Trump’s trade negotiator, is expected to be in a session with Chinese officials. Speaking in front of the Senate finance committee this week he admitted that trade talks have entered...
  • An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Photo: Reuters/SNPA

    Forty dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

    Mar 15, 2019 3:18pm
    More than three dozen people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand on Friday, in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terrorist attack. As per the latest information, the death...

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