17 January 2017


  • A volunteer conducts German language lessons for Arabic-speaking migrants inside an improvised shelter Photo: Reuters

    Lessons from Germany for integrating refugees

    - Jan 17, 2017 12:07pm
    Governments around the world are facing a huge challenge. The number of international migrants has surged in recent years, reaching 244 million in 2015 – a 41 percent increase from 2000. With that total including 20...
  • Lee Jae-yong (center) arrives for questioning at the office of the independent prosecutor in Seoul. The arrest warrant for Lee is the latest development in a political corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea. Photo: Associated Press

    South Korean prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung heir

    Jan 17, 2017 8:45am
    South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung conglomerate, ensnaring the leader of the world’s largest smartphone maker in the country’s widening corruption scandal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lee’s...
  • Realization that China is just next door and the US far away is perhaps the reason why Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has deemed it wise to make peace with China. Photo: Reuters

    Tillerson’s threat to China without Philippine support

    - Jan 16, 2017 3:13pm
    Rex Tillerson, picked by US President-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, stirred up a hornet’s nest when he condemned Chinese actions in the South China Sea, comparing the construction of artificial islands in the...
  • In case of intolerable noise or mess, the first step is to talk to the offending neighbor – talk, not confront. Photo: Savills

    Tips for coping with noisy neighbors

    - Jan 16, 2017 11:02am
    Noisy and inconsiderate neighbors can be the bane of your life. How do you cope with them? Everybody needs good neighbors, but bad ones can be a plague, especially in a crowded city like Hong Kong...
  • Barack Obama will be leaving office with substantially higher approval ratings than most presidents achieve in the United States.

    Looking back on Barack

    - Jan 16, 2017 10:11am
    Any assessment of Barack Obama’s eight-year US presidency should start at the beginning: his first inauguration, on January 20, 2009. The US economy was in free-fall: financial markets had seized up, GDP was shrinking, and employment...
  • Alpha Go beat top player Lee Sedol, 4-1, in a five-game match, bringing the prospect of wide application of artificial intelligence one step closer. Photo: Reuters

    2016: Year of revolution in everyday life

    - Jan 16, 2017 10:07am
    For academics specializing in international relations like myself, 2016 was an eventful year that was full of surprises. It was also a year of revolution in everyday life. It was during the past year that the...
  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s. Photo: Internet

    Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

    Jan 16, 2017 9:27am
    After 146 years, “The Greatest Show on Earth” is closing for good. Declining attendance, high operating costs, changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal-rights groups all contributed to the demise of the Ringling Bros. and...
  • Theresa May is reportedly planning a hard Bexit to regain control of Britain's borders and laws. Photo: Reuters

    Pound drops below US$1.20 as May reported to seek hard Brexit

    Jan 16, 2017 8:11am
    The pound fell against the dollar, dropping below US$1.20 for the first time since October’s flash crash, after reports said British Prime Minister Theresa May will signal plans to quit the European Union’s single market to...
  • US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to the media with television personality Steve Harvey (right) and businessman Greg Calhoun after their meeting at Trump Tower in New York. Photo: Reuters

    Trump aides deny plan for summit with Putin

    Jan 16, 2017 7:57am
    Two top aides to President-elect Donald Trump are denying a published report that he is planning to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin weeks after taking office. The Sunday Times of London reported that...
  • If Ahok (pictured here) is convicted or removed from his position, the next Jarkata governor will most likely be an Islamic conservative, a prospect that can undermine President Joko Widodo’s relection chances. Photo: Reuters

    The politics behind blasphemy charges on Jakarta’s Ahok

    - Jan 13, 2017 9:48am
    A political controversy surrounding Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly referred to by his nickname “Ahok”, has been snowballing in recent months and could have profound political implications for Indonesia in the days ahead. Ahok, an...
  • Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari greets China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) and Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Zhou Pingjian. Photo: Reuters

    Nigeria trims ties with Taiwan, courts China

    Jan 13, 2017 8:33am
    Taiwan is objecting to an “unreasonable” Nigerian request to move its representative office out of the capital Abuja, a day after China announced plans to invest a further US$40 billion in the African country. The protest...
  • The US Justice Department's watchdog will look into complaints related to the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Photo: Bloomberg

    Justice Dept to probe FBI pre-election moves on Clinton emails

    Jan 13, 2017 8:19am
    The US Justice Department said on Thursday that it will probe a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) decision to announce an inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails shortly before the November presidential election. The department’s Office of Inspector...
  • Beijing owes its successful re-establishment of foreign relations with Sao Tome to the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation Between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, or more often known as Forum Macao. Photo:

    Sao Tome and Principe: Why this country matters

    - Jan 12, 2017 10:56am
    Taiwan has suffered a major foreign policy setback after Sao Tome and Principe, a tiny country on the western coast of Africa, announced that it would break off diplomatic relations with Taipei and re-establish ties with...
  • While acknowledging that Russia was behind the hacking of last November's election, Donald Trump says the US also gets hacked by other countries. Photo: Reuters

    Trump now thinks Russia was behind election hacking

    Jan 12, 2017 8:21am
    President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday for the first time that he agrees with the US intelligence assessment that Russia, specifically President Vladimir Putin, was behind cyberattacks aimed at influencing November’s election, the Wall Street Journal reports....
  • Chinese dredging vessels are seen in waters around Mischief Reef in the South China Sea in this image taken by a US surveillance aircraft in 2015. Credit: Reuters/US Navy

    Chinese bomber flies round Spratlys in show of force

    Jan 11, 2017 8:05am
    A Chinese H-6 military aircraft flew around the Spratly Islands at the weekend in a new show of force in the contested South China Sea, according to a US official. It was the second such flight...
  • The costs from smoking far outweigh global revenues from tobacco taxes, according to the World Health Organization, Photo: Reuters

    Smoking costs global economy over US$1 trln a year: study

    Jan 10, 2017 8:30am
    Smoking costs the global economy more than US$1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a new report released on Tuesday. The World Health Organization...
  • A file picture shows Donald Trump speaking at an election campaign rally in Westchester, New York with son-in-law Jared Kushner (L) and daughter Ivanka by his side. Photo: Reuters

    Trump son-in-law Kushner to take key White House role

    Jan 10, 2017 8:15am
    US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner to a senior advisory role in the White House, leading to a rare case of a close presidential family member taking on a major job.  Kushner,...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen exits a hotel in Houston on Jan. 7 during a "transit stop" enroute to Central America. Photo: Reuters

    Cruz, Texas governor meet with Taiwan’s Tsai in Houston

    Jan 9, 2017 8:37am
    US Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott met with Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in Houston on Sunday, taking an initiative that is bound to stoke the ire of Beijing. Cruz and Abbott met Tsai...
  • Donald Trump believes Russia was behind the hacks into the Democratic Party organizations, according to a senior aide Photo: Reuters

    Trump accepts US intel on Russia hacking, says aide

    Jan 9, 2017 8:19am
    President-elect Donald Trump accepts the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the US presidential election and may take action in response, according to his his incoming chief of staff. Reince Priebus...
  • A photo released by Pyongyang in April last year shows a purported new engine for an ICBM being tested at a site in North Korea. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

    North Korea says it can test-launch ICBM at any time

    Jan 9, 2017 8:15am
    North Korea declared on Sunday that it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time, saying a hostile US policy is to blame for the nation’s arms development. “The ICBM will be launched anytime...

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