28 January 2020


  • Workers in protective suits monitor a screen showing the thermal scan to check temperatures of passengers arriving at the Nanjing Railway Station on Monday. Photo: CNSPHOTO via Reuters

    Coronavirus death toll tops 100

    Jan 28, 2020 1:13pm
    The new strain of coronavirus spreading across China claimed its first victim in Beijing, officials said on Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 106. Meanwhile, the United States warned citizens against trips to China and...
  • US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He shake hands after signing the long-awaited Phase 1 trade deal at the White House on Jan. 15. Photo: Reuters

    EU is the main loser in China-US trade agreement

    - Jan 24, 2020 2:22pm
    Market participants’ excess of optimism over the trade agreement between the United States and China is clearly exaggerated, once we have the details. The trade conflict has had a mild impact on both economies. The US...
  • Facebook's Libra plan is among the factors that are prompting central banks to consider issuing their own digital currencies. Photo: Reuters

    More central banks look to issue own digital currencies: BIS

    Jan 24, 2020 9:18am
    A rising number of central banks are likely to issue their own digital currencies in the next few years, research by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) showed on Thursday, Reuters reports. Some 20 percent of...
  • Researchers hope to have at least one potential vaccine against the new coronavirus in clinical trials by June, offering the chance that a shot could be fully developed, tested and approved for use in a year. Photo: Reuters

    Work to start on three possible China virus vaccines: CEPI

    Jan 24, 2020 9:11am
    Three separate research teams backed by a global coalition set up to fight epidemic diseases are to start work on developing potential vaccines against the new coronavirus that has caused a disease outbreak in China, Reuters...
  • Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove, head of emerging diseases and zoonoses unit at WHO, speaks at a news conference in Geneva on Thursday following a meeting to discuss the new China coronavirus outbreak. Handout photo via Reuters

    WHO stops short of declaring global emergency over China virus

    Jan 24, 2020 9:06am
    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called a new coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China and infected around 650 globally “an emergency in China”, but stopped short of declaring a public health emergency...
  • The International Court of Justice issues a ruling on a case against Myanmar over alleged genocide of Rohingya at the tribunal in The Hague on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    World court orders Myanmar to prevent genocide against Rohingya

    Jan 24, 2020 9:01am
    The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya population from genocide, a ruling cheered by refugees as their first major legal victory since being forced from their homes, Reuters...
  • A file picture shows Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, talk as they attend a ceremony marking the first anniversary of Khashoggi's killing on Oct. 2, 2019. Credit: Reuters

    UN experts urge probe into alleged Saudi hack of Amazon’s Bezos

    Jan 23, 2020 3:01pm
    UN experts have demanded an immediate investigation by US and other authorities into allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon boss and Washington Post owner Jeff...
  • Mike Pompeo has been a vocal critic of Chinese investments across the globe, alleging that it leaves poorer nations saddled with too much debt. Photo: Reuters

    Pompeo cautions nations against taking ‘easy money’ from China

    Jan 23, 2020 9:49am
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday cautioned nations against taking “easy money” from China, warning that such moves could be counterproductive, Reuters reports. Speaking in Kingston, Jamaica, the final stop of his Western Hemisphere...
  • Democratic presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard said Hillary Clinton's remarks were motivated by anger over Gabbard’s endorsement in 2016 of Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders. Photo: Reuters

    Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for ‘Russian asset’ comments

    Jan 23, 2020 9:16am
    Democratic presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard sued Hillary Clinton for defamation, seeking at least US$50 million in damages for allegedly harming her reputation by suggesting last year that one of the party’s White House contenders was a...
  • US President Donald Trump talks to the media as he leaves the World Economic Forum (WEF) event in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump threatens big tariffs on car imports from EU

    Jan 23, 2020 9:04am
    US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to impose high tariffs on imports of cars from the European Union if the bloc doesn’t agree to a trade deal, Reuters reports. “I met with the new head...
  • Staff members wearing masks monitor thermal scanners to detect the body temperatures of passengers passing through the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan on Tuesday. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Wuhan shuts down transport in bid to stop spread of virus

    Jan 23, 2020 8:57am
    Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, prompting Wuhan — the city at the center of the outbreak — to close transportation networks and urge citizens...
  • Chinese authorities are discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province as part of efforts to control a new virus outbreak. Photo: Bloomberg

    China virus death toll rises to nine

    Jan 22, 2020 1:19pm
    The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Reuters reports, citing Chinese health officials. Another 2,197 people who came into contact with infected people were...
  • A file picture captures protesters as they sing ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ outside the Polytechnic University amid a police siege of the campus on Nov. 25 last year. Photo: Reuters

    Why we need political debates and activism on our campuses

    - Jan 22, 2020 11:44am
    As this article is being written, protests are raging across Indian campuses amid anger over the government’s move to amend a citizenship law and authorities’ failure to heed the public’s concerns. Over here in Hong Kong,...
  • A file picture shows a banner depicting North Korean and US flags ahead of a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb 25, 2019. US says it hopes Pyongyang will return to the negotiating table on the denuclearization issue. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea abandons nuclear freeze pledge, blames US sanctions

    Jan 22, 2020 9:31am
    North Korea said on Tuesday that it is no longer bound by commitments to halt nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States’ failure to meet a year-end deadline for nuclear talks and “brutal and inhumane”...
  • US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters during the Senate Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    US Senate rejects bid for documents in Trump impeachment trial

    Jan 22, 2020 9:29am
    The Republican-controlled US Senate rejected a second Democratic bid to obtain documents and evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, an early sign the trial could proceed along lines favorable to Trump, Reuters reports. As the...
  • Following the first confirmed US case of the new coronavirus, US health officials have enhanced their travel alert for China’s Wuhan. Photo: Reuters

    US officials announce their first case of China coronavirus

    Jan 22, 2020 9:06am
    A Washington state man who recently traveled to China has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed US case of the newly identified illness that has killed six people in China and sickened some...
  • Donald Trump delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump touts US economy, dismisses climate ‘prophets of doom’

    Jan 22, 2020 8:52am
    US President Donald Trump touted the success of the American economy in Davos on Tuesday, dismissing “perennial prophets of doom” on climate change, Reuters reports. Speaking to an audience that included teen climate activist Greta Thunberg,...
  • Malaysia Airlines is said to have drawn interest from at least two major foreign carriers for potential stake acquisition. Photo: Reuters

    Air France-KLM seeks to buy 49% of Malaysia Airlines: report

    Jan 21, 2020 3:23pm
    Air France-KLM has submitted a proposal to acquire 49 percent stake in Malaysia Airlines, while Japan Airlines is looking at buying 25 percent, according to Reuters. Malaysia-based AirAsia Group and Malindo Air, the Malaysian arm of...
  • Businesses must train their staff to recognize and report cyberattacks. Photo: Reuters

    How hackers attack accounts and what you can do to stop them

    - Jan 21, 2020 11:55am
    There has seen a sharp rise in domain-impersonation attacks used to facilitate conversation hijacking. Enterprises should beware of cybercriminals using conversation hijacking to steal money and sensitive personal information. Last year, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority...
  • Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a conference in Brussels, Belgium on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Alphabet CEO backs temporary ban on facial-recognition

    Jan 21, 2020 9:29am
    The EU’s proposal for a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology won backing from Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith, Reuters reports. While Pichai cited the possibility...