25 May 2017


  • Well-wishers pay their respects to all those affected by the bomb attack, following a vigil in central Manchester. Photo: Reuters

    What’s in a name?

    - May 25, 2017 8:58am
    The aftermath of the Manchester bombing is a devastating tragedy for the dead, injured and their families and friends. Only those bereft of any human compassion will not react emotionally to the stricken grief of the...
  • Police officers look at flowers and messages in central Manchester a day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people including children at a concert venue. Photo: Reuters

    Arrests in Manchester, Tripoli as police hunt bomber’s network

    May 25, 2017 8:06am
    Police made arrests in Manchester and Tripoli on Wednesday as the investigation into a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who...
  • US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania visit the Sistine Chapel after a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Photo: Reuters

    Trump faces rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings

    May 25, 2017 7:53am
    After a warm welcome in the Middle East and a “fantastic” visit with the pope, US President Donald Trump walks on shakier ground on Thursday when European Union and NATO leaders will press him on defense,...
  • President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short an official visit to Russia to return to the Philippines after he declared martial law in Mindanao. Photo: AP

    Philippines declares martial law in Mindanao

    May 24, 2017 8:24am
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, after fighting between the army and an Islamic State-linked militant group, the Wall Street Journal reports. The declaration, to take effect...
  • A ballistic rocket is seen launching during a drill by the Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force. Photo: Reuters

    South Korea fires at suspected drone near border with North

    May 24, 2017 8:03am
    South Korea’s military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea on Tuesday amid tensions over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China, Reuters reports. The identity of...
  • People take part in a vigil for the victims of the attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena in Britain. Photo: Reuters

    British police name suicide bomber, threat level critical

    May 24, 2017 7:52am
    British police have identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or...
  • Police set up a cordon outside the Manchester Arena in northern England where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester. Photo: Reuters

    At least 19 killed in blast at Ariana Grande concert in UK

    May 23, 2017 9:18am
    At least 19 people were killed in a blast at a concert in the English city of Manchester on Monday where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing and two US officials said a suicide bomber...
  • An illustration picture shows a bitcoin paper wallet with QR codes and a coin. The virtual currency has surged almost 400 percent over the past year on a new wave of speculative buying. Credit: Reuters

    Bitcoin surges to new high amid fresh speculative bets

    May 23, 2017 9:01am
    Bitcoin traded above US$2,200 on Monday, notching year-to-date gain of more than 130 percent, as a new wave of speculative investment drove up the crypto-currency, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rising more than 15 percent from...
  • Citigroup reached a settlement with the Justice Department and US attorney’s office in Boston for US$97.44 million, with no sanctions against the bank and a so-called non-prosecution agreement. Photo: WSJ

    Citigroup settles with DOJ over money laundering

    May 23, 2017 8:37am
    Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay less than US$100 million to settle a years-long money laundering investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the bank and government agencies. The bank reached a settlement with the Justice...
  • US President Donald Trump prepares to leave a note on the Western Wall of Jerusalem. Trump vowed to do whatever is necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arabs closer

    May 23, 2017 8:11am
    US President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”, Reuters reports...
  • Cyber security researchers have found evidence they said could link North Korea with the WannaCry attack. Photo: Reuters

    North Korea sanctions monitors hit by ‘sustained’ cyber attack

    May 23, 2017 7:59am
    United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, Reuters reports. The hackers eventually breached the computer of one...
  • Concert-goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena in northern England where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing in Manchester. Photo: Reuters

    Blast kills some at Ariana Grande concert in British arena

    May 23, 2017 7:52am
    A blast on Monday night at a concert in the northern English city of Manchester where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing left an unknown number of people dead and injured, Reuters reports, citing police....
  • “When I was buying my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for 19 bucks and four coffees at $4 each”, Australian property tycoon Tim Gurner told 60 Minutes TV show. Photo: 60 Minutes

    Why an Australian property tycoon drew the ire of millennials

    - May 22, 2017 11:36am
    Australian property tycoon Tim Gurner, 35, has found himself at the receiving end of a torrent of criticism from millennials after he made some comments on why youngsters find it hard to afford a home nowadays....
  • Alana Feld, an executive with Feld Entertainment, speaks to reporters last Friday about the final weekend of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Uniondale, New York. Photo: Reuters

    ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ takes a final bow

    May 22, 2017 8:52am
    The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus that has entertained crowds for nearly 150 years with its “Greatest Show on Earth” performed its final act on Sunday at an arena outside New York City. The farewell show,...
  • New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay says the path is open for the US to rejoin the bloc. Photo: WSJ

    TPP nations vow to forge ahead without US

    May 22, 2017 8:31am
    The 11 countries left in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have backed a proposal to continue with the pact, despite US President Donald Trump pulling out of it in January, the Wall Street Journal reports., citing...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to North Korean scientists and technicians in this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. Photo: Reuters

    North Korea tests intermediate ballistic missile

    May 22, 2017 7:51am
    North Korea said on Monday it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit US targets, Reuters...
  • US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh. Photo: Reuters

    Trump urges Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

    May 22, 2017 7:41am
    US President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders on Sunday to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to “drive out” terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric...
  • Roger Ailes was a consultant to Republican presidents and a central figure in the conservative US political movement. Photo: Reuters

    Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes dies at 77

    May 19, 2017 8:38am
    Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a powerful cable giant that transformed both American television and politics, has died at the age of 77, Agence France-Presse reports, citing an announcement from the network. The Fox...
  • Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not pictured) at the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe; decries ‘witch hunt’

    May 19, 2017 8:31am
    US President Donald Trump denied colluding with Russia during his 2016 election campaign or asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser. “No. No. Next question,” Trump said...
  • The academic groups believe the proposal would discourage international students, scholars and scientific collaborators from coming to the United States. Photo: Internet

    US academic groups oppose Trump’s visa-vetting plans

    May 19, 2017 8:25am
    Dozens of American academic groups are opposing a proposal by the Trump administration to toughen scrutiny of some US visa applicants, saying it will have a chilling effect on international students studying in the United States....

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