Date
27 March 2017

International

  • South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun-hye leaves a prosecutor's office in Seoul on March 22. Credit: Reuters

    S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted president

    Mar 27, 2017 2:59pm
    South Korean prosecutors plan to seek an arrest warrant for Park Geun-hye, the nation’s former president who has been accused of corruption and abuse of power. Announcing the plan Monday, the prosecutors’ office said it fears...
  • Raytheon is among the American defense companies that have been targeted by Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions on the US. Photo: Bloomberg

    Iran hits back at US with sanctions on 15 American firms

    Mar 27, 2017 9:03am
    Iran has sanctioned 15 American firms in retaliation for restrictions that the Trump administration imposed on companies and people allegedly connected with Teheran’s ballistic-missile program. According to an announcement Sunday, the sanctions mainly targeted American defense...
  • In October 2016, the UN General Assembly voted to convene in 2017 a conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination.” Photo: YouTube

    Ban on nuclear weapons: The day has arrived

    - Mar 27, 2017 8:53am
    On March 27, the United Nations will start negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. It will be a milestone marking the beginning of the end of an age of existential peril for humanity....
  • Marine Le Pen waves to supporters at the end of a political rally in Lille, France. Photo: Reuters

    France’s Le Pen says EU will die, globalists will be defeated

    Mar 27, 2017 7:57am
    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen the European Union will disappear, promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets under way, Reuters...
  • Tabqa dam is said to be close to collapse as a result of airstrikes and increased water levels. Photo: Reuters

    US-backed forces capture IS-held airport near key dam

    Mar 27, 2017 7:47am
    A US-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias has taken a military airport in northern Syria held by Islamic State, close to the country’s largest dam that may be in danger of collapse, Reuters reports....
  • Ang San Suu Kyi appears to have little choice but to rely on the oligarchs and the military to boost the economy. Photo: Reuters

    Why crony capitalism continues to thrive in Myanmar

    - Mar 24, 2017 4:24pm
    In my previous article I discussed how former South Korean president Park Chung-hee, by bestowing favors on big business conglomerates, gave rise to “crony capitalism” and corruption in the country. There is another country in Asia...
  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un has boasted that his regime is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that would bring the US within range. Photo: Reuters

    China’s proposal on North Korea is worth considering

    - Mar 24, 2017 10:00am
    In October 1939, when World War II was just beginning, Winston Churchill, in a radio broadcast, described Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. Today, the same can be said of North...
  • Forensics investigators and police officers work at the site near Westminster Bridge. The death toll from Wednesday's attack has risen to five after a victim died in hospital. Photo: Reuters

    British-born ‘lone wolf’ attacker once probed by MI5

    Mar 24, 2017 8:23am
    The attacker who plowed a car through a throng of pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman outside Britain’s parliament was named on Thursday as Khalid Masood, a British-born man who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence...
  • The sunken ferry Sewol is raised in salvage operations off the southwestern island of Jindo in South Korea. Photo: Yonhap/Reuters

    South Korea ferry in which hundreds died raised

    Mar 23, 2017 10:30am
    Salvage operators in South Korea raised a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, finally meeting the demands of mourning families. The 6,800-ton ferry, the...
  • The THAAD dispute is unlikely to spin out of control as Washington and Beijing have a lot of communication channels to reduce the chances of overreaction and misjudgement. Photo: Reuters

    Will THAAD row lead to a standoff like the Cuban Missile Crisis?

    - Mar 23, 2017 10:21am
    With the dispute over the deployment of the US anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea continuing to escalate, some observers are worried that the saga might lead to an all-out military standoff in Northeast Asia like...
  • With wealth and control already smoothly passed to the sixth generation, the death of David Rockefeller  won’t affect the continued prosperity of one of history’s most fabled families. Photo: Reuters

    What local billionaires can learn from the Rockefeller family

    - Mar 23, 2017 10:20am
    David Rockefeller, the grandson of the family patriarch and America’s first billionaire John D. Rockefeller, died on Monday at 101. He had gone through two world wars and and ridden numerous business cycles. However, his death...
  • An injured woman receives assistance after the attack on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Five dead, 40 injured in UK parliament ‘terror’ attack

    Mar 23, 2017 7:40am
    Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London after a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament. The dead, in what police called a “marauding...
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said China has given him its "word of honor" it would not build anything on Scarborough Shoal. Photo: Reuters

    Philippines’ Duterte: China vowed not to build on disputed shoal

    Mar 23, 2017 7:31am
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he trusted China would not build anything on a disputed South China Sea shoal because he was given its “word of honor” and Beijing would not want to jeopardize...
  • The Netherlands will be led by a moderate center-right coalition, an affirmation of political moderation which will be good for the country and Europe. Photo: Reuters

    Europe’s Dutch turning point

    - Mar 22, 2017 12:33pm
    Last week, Dutch voters dealt a blow to far-right populism in their country’s general election. With the Euroskeptic, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, having managed to secure substantially fewer seats than anticipated,...
  • Former president Park Geun-hye is now out of power, but the economic hegemony of the "chaebol" remains. Photo: Reuters

    Park Geun-hye’s downfall and the political legacy of her father

    - Mar 22, 2017 9:57am
    Park Geun-hye’s impeachment as South Korea’s president and her fall from power probably marked not only the end of her political career but also the end of the political legacy of her father, Park Chung-hee. Almost 38...
  • Pluto was relegated to the status of a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union in 2006. Photo: NASA

    Scientists launch campaign to restore Pluto to planet club

    Mar 22, 2017 9:39am
    A team of scientists seeking to restore Pluto to planethood launched a campaign on Tuesday to broaden the astronomical classifications which led to its demotion to a “dwarf planet” a decade ago. Six scientists from institutions...
  • A dancer performs a traditional Indonesian dance in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. Thousands of Indonesian women travel to places like Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan every year to become domestic helpers. Photo: AFP

    Indonesia to continue sending maids overseas

    Mar 22, 2017 8:40am
    Indonesia will continue to send domestic helpers overseas after saying it would stop sending maids abroad from this year on the grounds of protecting the women. The about-turn was welcomed by campaigners who said it would...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the testing of a high-thrust engine developed by the Academy of the National Defense Science in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on Sunday. Photo: KCNA/Reuters

    North Korea to pursue nuclear program despite US sanctions move

    Mar 22, 2017 8:31am
    Despite US moves to broaden sanctions against it, North Korea will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters. This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic...
  • The moves were prompted by reports that militant groups want to smuggle explosive devices inside electronic gadgets. Photo: Reuters

    US, Britain curb devices on flights from Mideast, North Africa

    Mar 22, 2017 7:44am
    The United States and Britain imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats. The US Department...
  • Bill Gates saw his wealth grow US$11 billion last year, according to Forbes. Photo: Reuters

    Bill Gates again tops Forbes rich list; Trump slips 220 spots

    Mar 21, 2017 10:11am
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s super-rich for the fourth straight year, while US President Donald Trump has slipped more than 200 spots on the annual list. According to the US...

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