23 August 2017


  • The Night Tube has created more than 3,600 jobs over the past one year. Photo: Londonist

    London’s all-night subway service a big success

    - Aug 23, 2017 1:42pm
    London is celebrating the first anniversary of the Night Tube, which has created economic value far more than expected. The underground train service was launched on five routes in the downtown area on Aug. 22, 2016....
  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro may actually be thankful for US President Donald Trump's threat to invade his country. Photo: Reuters

    Is US likely to launch military intervention in Venezuela?

    - Aug 23, 2017 11:12am
    Recently US President Donald Trump has wowed the public again by saying that there are numerous ways in which Washington can help the people of Venezuela restore democracy and stability to their country, and among the...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army in this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency on Aug. 15. Photo: KNCA via Reuters

    US sanctions target Chinese, Russia entities for helping N Korea

    Aug 23, 2017 8:45am
    The United States on Tuesday imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang’s weapons programs, but stopped short of an anticipated focus on Chinese banks. The US Treasury designated...
  • The European Court of Justice is hated by many pro-Brexit lawmakers, who say it has slowly sucked power from British courts and parliament. Photo: Reuters

    UK outlines plans to break free of European Court after Brexit

    Aug 23, 2017 8:13am
    Britain will outline its plans on Wednesday to escape the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s main aims in talks to unravel 40 years of European...
  • Muslim women say they have been left destitute by husbands divorcing them through "triple talaq". Photo: Reuters

    India’s top court rules Muslim divorce law ‘unconstitutional’

    Aug 22, 2017 5:01pm
    India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim quick divorce law “unconstitutional”, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality, Reuters reports. The law allows Muslim...
  • "We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists," US President Donald Trump said in an address to the nation from Fort Myer in Virginia on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump commits to more troops in Afghanistan

    Aug 22, 2017 11:15am
    Reversing course from his campaign pledges, US President Donald Trump on Monday night committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war and vowing “a...
  • US Navy personnel work on the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain after a collision in Singapore waters on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    US Navy to conduct safety checks after latest ship collision

    Aug 22, 2017 10:15am
    The US Navy announced a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the US Pacific fleet this...
  • North Korea, led by its leader Kim Jong-un, is believed to have engaged in chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation with Syria. Photo: Reuters

    UN report reveals N Korea dealings with Syria chemical arms body

    Aug 22, 2017 8:42am
    Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, Reuters reports, citing a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations....
  • Spanish Civil Guards escort one of four men accused of involvement in a van attack in Barcelona last week, in Tres Cantos, Spain, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

    Aug 22, 2017 7:34am
    Spanish police shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain’s deadliest attack in over a decade. Police said they...
  • The solar eclipse at Corbet's Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Monday. Reuters/ Keith Ladzinski / Red Bull Content Pool

    Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across America

    Aug 22, 2017 7:11am
    As millions of awestruck Americans cast their gaze skyward at the extraordinary sight of a total solar eclipse, one Connecticut man had his eyes set firmly on a different prize. Joseph Fleming, 43, went down on...
  • File picture of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain. Photo: US Navy Handout/Reuters

    10 sailors missing after US warship collides with tanker

    Aug 21, 2017 10:37am
    Ten sailors are missing after a US warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, Reuters reports, citing the US Navy. It was the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters...
  • US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the troop reduction reflects a need for fewer personnel and is not because of tensions with North Korea. Photo: Bloomberg

    Pyongyang slams US-South Korea military drills

    Aug 21, 2017 8:39am
    North Korea warned that the United States will be “pouring gasoline on fire” by conducting an annual war game in the South this week amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, Agence France-Presse reports. Combative rhetoric...
  • People gather at an impromptu memorial where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Barcelona attack suspect may have crossed into France

    Aug 21, 2017 8:14am
    Spanish police continued to search for the man behind the wheel in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, amid growing signs members of the militant group had connections elsewhere in Europe. Police on Sunday...
  • Despite his ouster as US President Donald Trump's chief strategist,  Steve Bannon is not likely to be distanced from the American leader's ear,  a White House official said. Photo: Reuters

    Bannon’s exit not seen to signal Trump shift to center

    Aug 21, 2017 8:04am
    US President Donald Trump’s ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the administration’s “America First” agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist...
  • After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, there were calls among western Ukrainian nationalists for seceding from the rest of Ukraine and re-establishing an independent Galicia. Photo: Wikimedia

    Can western Ukraine re-establish an independent Galicia?

    - Aug 18, 2017 9:45am
    Yesterday I went into detail about the “founding father” of modern Ukraine, Stepan Bandera, who is seen as a hero in western Ukraine but deemed a Nazi collaborator in the eastern part of the country. For...
  • Joseph Dunford , chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets China's Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese general criticizes ‘wrong’ US moves on Taiwan

    Aug 18, 2017 8:40am
    “Wrong” actions of the United States with regard to Taiwan, and the US military’s South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military...
  • Police officers walk through the area where a van crashed into pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    At least 13 dead, over 100 injured in Barcelona terror attack

    Aug 18, 2017 8:14am
    At least 13 people were killed and more than a hundred injured as a van plowed through crowds of tourists in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday evening, a terror attack claimed by Islamic State. Police...
  • Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says Tokyo and Washington have agreed on extended deterrence against Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters

    US, Japan step up defense cooperation to counter N Korea

    Aug 18, 2017 8:09am
    The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday, Reuters...
  • Stepan Bandera is hailed as a hero in western Ukraine but regarded as a Nazi collaborator in the eastern part of the country. Photo: Russia Insider

    Stepan Bandera: A true nationalist or Nazi collaborator?

    - Aug 17, 2017 10:50am
    The resurgence of ultra-right and Neo-Nazi groups in the US has given rise to historical revisionism in recent years, under which the mainstream and orthodox views held by academics about controversial historical figures are being challenged...
  • Following reports of another incident between soldiers at a Himalayan border post, China has urged India to exercise restraint. File photo: Reuters

    China urges India to protect peace after border altercation

    Aug 17, 2017 9:03am
    China on Wednesday urged India to protect peace and stability at their border, saying the mutual agreements related to the 1959 line of control should be upheld scrupulously. A foreign ministry spokesperson called on New Delhi...

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