15 September 2019


  • Smoke billows from an Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. Photo: Screenshot from video obtained by Reuters via Reuters

    Attacks knock out half of Saudi oil supply

    Sep 15, 2019 9:07am
    Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and US President Donald Trump at the White House in March. Netanyahu wants to stiffen US resolve against Iran, says the author. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump and Netanyahu risk sparking Mideast nuclear arms race

    - Sep 13, 2019 11:05am
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may not be the only one to have welcomed US President Donald Trump’s cancellation of peace talks with the Taliban. Probably, so did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the run-up to this...
  • World economic activity remained subdued, with trade and geopolitical tensions causing uncertainty and eroding business confidence, investment and trade, the IMF said. Photo: Bloomberg

    US, China tariffs could lower global GDP by 0.8% in 2020: IMF

    Sep 13, 2019 9:42am
    Tariffs imposed or threatened by the United States and China could shave 0.8 percent off global economic output in 2020 and trigger more losses in future years, the International Monetary Fund said. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice...
  • Environmental activists Valerie Milner-Brown and Linda Davidsen pose with drones near Heathrow Airport in London on Thursday. Airport authorities have slammed a planned protest action. Photo: Reuters

    Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones

    Sep 13, 2019 9:37am
    Climate-change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow airport with drones on Friday morning, despite the arrest of five of their members in a pre-emptive strike by London police, Reuters reports. The Heathrow Pause group aims to ground...
  • Washington and Beijing have made some conciliatory gestures as they prepare for new rounds of talks to resolve their trade dispute. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says he prefers ‘whole’ China trade deal over interim pact

    Sep 13, 2019 9:01am
    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he prefers a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact, Reuters reports. “I’d rather get the whole deal done,”...
  • Argentina has unveiled further measures to tamp down currency speculation amid a debt crisis. Photo: Bloomberg

    Argentina announces new round of currency controls

    Sep 12, 2019 2:56pm
    Argentina’s central bank has announced further currency controls in an effort to tame speculation and stem a spiraling debt crisis in the country. The new measure, unveiled late on Wednesday, requires anyone purchasing foreign currency to present...
  • Joshua Wong speaks to students at the Humboldt University in Berlin on Wednesday. China has slammed German officials’ meetings with the Hong Kong democracy activist. Photo: Reuters

    China envoy raps Germany over meeting with HK’s Joshua Wong

    Sep 12, 2019 9:46am
    China’s envoy to Berlin has denounced a meeting between Germany’s foreign minister and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, warning that such engagements will hurt Sino-German ties. “What happened now, I unfortunately have to say, will have...
  • A Florida courtroom sketch shows Yujing Zhang, flanked by two US marshals, standing up to leave on Wednesday after she was found guilty of lying to a federal officer and trespassing at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Credit: Daniel Pontet via Reuters

    Chinese national convicted for trespassing at Trump US resort

    Sep 12, 2019 9:29am
    A Chinese national arrested for bluffing her way into US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida resort, sparking concerns she could pose an intelligence threat, was found guilty on Wednesday of lying to a federal officer and...
  • A man inspects what is left of his house on Wednesday, after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Spring City, Bahamas. Photo: Reuters

    Bahamas officials say 2,500 missing in storm’s wake

    Sep 12, 2019 9:26am
    Around 2,500 people are feared missing in the Bahamas in the wake of devastating Hurricane Dorian, a number that may include people who fled to shelters around the Caribbean island chain, Reuters reports, citing local authorities....
  • The US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to enforce a new rule that would curb asylum bids at the nation's southern border. Photo: Reuters

    US Supreme Court backs Trump on asylum crackdown

    Sep 12, 2019 8:54am
    The US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by the Trump administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the US-Mexico border, Reuters reports. The court said the...
  • South Korean firms are 'faced with serious damage' as a result of Japan's export curbs, Trade Minister Yoo Myung-Hee said on Wednesday. File photo: Bloomberg

    S Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan’s export curbs

    Sep 11, 2019 11:51am
    South Korea plans to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Japan’s tighter export controls, accusing Tokyo of being “politically motivated” and “discriminatory” in its policy moves, Reuters reports. “We have decided to...
  • Argentina, the top global exporter of processed soy, expects to export a total of 26 million tons of soymeal this year globally, and 8.5 million tons of raw beans. Photo: AFP

    China opens soymeal market to Argentina in landmark deal

    Sep 11, 2019 9:40am
    China will allow the import of soymeal livestock feed from Argentina for the first time under an agreement that will link the world’s top exporter of the feed with the top global consumer, Reuters reports. The...
  • Marco Rubio is among the US senators that have voiced concern over perceived erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy. Photo: Reuters

    US senators seek info on export rules for HK amid China worries

    Sep 11, 2019 9:36am
    A group of US senators on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to assess US export rules for Hong Kong, expressing concern that China could acquire sensitive technologies because of Hong Kong’s special treatment under United States...
  • US President Donald Trump had joked about John Bolton’s (left) image as a warmonger, reportedly saying that “John has never seen a war he doesn’t like”. Photo: Reuters

    Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton

    Sep 11, 2019 9:26am
    US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia, Reuters reports. “I...
  • North Korea says the capabilities of its multiple rocket launcher have been ‘verified in terms of combat operation.’ Photo: KCNA via Reuters

    N Korea says it tested super-large multiple rocket launcher

    Sep 11, 2019 9:15am
    North Korea said its leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher on Tuesday. Kim, who had guided the testing of the same multiple rocket launcher before, said its capabilities have been...
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (right) speaks with Joshua Wong during the "Bild 100" event at the Reichstag building in Berlin on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    China angered after German foreign minister meets Joshua Wong

    Sep 10, 2019 4:19pm
    China expressed anger on Tuesday after German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung, saying that no foreign country had a right to interfere in China’s internal affairs, Reuters reports. Wong...
  • China is Brazil’s largest export market for beef, chicken and pork, with demand surging since last year as an African swine fever outbreak has decimated China’s pig herds. Photo: Xinhua

    China clears 25 Brazil meat plants for export

    Sep 10, 2019 10:07am
    China granted export licenses to 25 Brazilian meatpacking plants, allowing the country’s fast-growing protein industry to feed more people in the Asian nation where disease has hurt local supply, Reuters reports, citing Brazil’s agriculture ministry. The...
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in Parliament after Britain’s lawmakers rejected the holding an early general election, in Parliament in London on Monday. Photo: Parliament TV via Reuters

    Johnson vows to get Brexit deal after losing election vote again

    Sep 10, 2019 9:19am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he will not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay the country’s departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he...
  • A file picture shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shaking hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of a summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Pyongyang has signaled its willingness to have fresh talks. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea follows offer of talks with new projectile launches

    Sep 10, 2019 9:09am
    North Korea said on Monday that it is willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach, Reuters...
  • Boris Johnson is said to be determined to stick to a plan for Britain's exit from the EU by Oct. 31 with or without a deal to ease the transition. Photo: Reuters

    Sticking to Brexit plan, Johnson will not seek a delay

    Sep 9, 2019 11:56am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sticking to his Brexit plan and will not seek a delay to the nation’s departure from the European Union at a summit next month, Reuters reports, citing two ministers. Johnson...