Date
17 August 2019

International

  • An Indian police officer checks papers of residents in Srinagar on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Pakistan halts train service to India, bans films over Kashmir

    Aug 9, 2019 7:43am
    Pakistan halted its main train service to India and banned Indian films as it exerted diplomatic pressure on New Delhi for revoking the special status of Kashmir, the region at the heart of 70 years of...
  • People take pictures as the Beatles cover band members walk on the zebra crossing on Abbey Road in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Fans mark 50th anniversary of Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover

    Aug 9, 2019 7:26am
    Hundreds of people gathered at the world’s most famous zebra crossing on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the day the Beatles created one of the best-known album covers in music history and an image...
  • US President Donald Trump said he remains confident in the strength of the US economy. Photo: AFP

    Trump says China is ‘killing us with unfair trade deals’

    Aug 8, 2019 8:06am
    US President Donald Trump said his tough stance on China’s economic and trade policies would ultimately benefit the American economy, even as Beijing signaled it could strike back by curbing sales of rare earths, Reuters reports....
  • Indian security personnel patrol a deserted street in Srinagar on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Pakistan to expel India ambassador over Kashmir

    Aug 8, 2019 7:32am
    Pakistan said it would expel India’s ambassador and suspend bilateral trade with its arch-rival after New Delhi stripped its portion of the contested Kashmir region of special status, Reuters reports. Neighbors China and Pakistan, which both...
  • As automation shapes the future of work, life-long learning will determine the future of workers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Making technology work for workers

    Aug 7, 2019 10:15am
    As technological innovation transforms our economies, workers all over the world are doing whatever it takes – whether crossing borders, changing jobs, or starting businesses – for a chance to thrive. Yet, social safety nets have...
  • Toni Morrison was a commercial as well as critical success, drawing praise for writing in a vivid, lyrical style while assessing issues of race, gender and love in American society. Photo: Reuters

    Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88

    Aug 7, 2019 7:47am
    American author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel Beloved about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize...
  • The yuan strengthened on Tuesday after China’s central bank took steps to contain its slide. Photo: Reuters

    Trump dismisses fears of long trade war amid China warning

    Aug 7, 2019 7:38am
    US President Donald Trump dismissed fears of a protracted trade war with China despite a warning from Beijing that labeling it a currency manipulator would have severe consequences for the global financial order, Reuters reports. Trump,...
  • Canada unveiled plans last year to support 'local journalism' as media organizations struggle amid shrinking advertising revenues. Photo: AFP

    How Canada plans to support its media sector

    - Aug 6, 2019 6:09pm
    Following an initiative in Canada last November to help fundraising by non-profit news organizations and offering tax relief for some qualifying entities in the media sector, an independent panel appointed by the government recently recommended that...
  • Fu Cong, director-general of the Chinese foreign ministry’s arms control department, urged US allies not to allow the deployment of US intermediate-range missiles on their territory. Photo: AFP

    China vows to counter US deployment of missiles in Asia

    Aug 6, 2019 1:08pm
    China threatened countermeasures on Tuesday if the United States deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in Asia and warned US allies of repercussions if they allow such weapons on their territory, Reuters reports. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper...
  • North Korean hackers launched increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a UN report. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea hackers generated US$2 bln for weapons program: report

    Aug 6, 2019 9:43am
    North Korea has generated an estimated US$2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential UN report seen by...
  • People watch a TV showing a file picture of a North Korean missile in Seoul last Friday. Photo: Reuters

    North Korea conducts new launches, threatens to take ‘new road’

    Aug 6, 2019 9:22am
    North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles from South Hwanghae province into the sea to the east early on Tuesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, as North Korea’s foreign ministry protested joint US-South Korea military...
  • The US Treasury Department said China’s actions violate its commitment to refrain from competitive devaluation as part of the Group of 20 industrialized countries. Photo

    US labels China a currency manipulator, escalating tensions

    Aug 6, 2019 8:48am
    The US government has determined that China is manipulating its currency and will engage with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate unfair competition from Beijing, Reuters reports, citing US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The move brings...
  • Demonstrators hold signs and chant slogans as they march in solidarity with the people of Kashmir, during a rally in Karachi on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Protests across Pakistan over India’s ‘illegal’ move in Kashmir

    Aug 6, 2019 8:12am
    Protests were held across Pakistan on Monday as the government said it strongly condemned India’s constitutional changes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir claimed by both countries, Reuters reports. India revoked the special status of...
  • China will not engage in a competitive devaluation and will maintain the stability and continuity of foreign exchange management policies, the People's Bank of China said. Photo: Bloomberg

    China lets yuan weaken and stops buying US crops

    Aug 6, 2019 7:26am
    China let the yuan weaken past the key 7-per-dollar level on Monday for the first time in more than a decade and later said it would stop buying US agricultural products, inflaming a worsening trade war...
  • As the 2020 presidential election draws near, Donald Trump is doing all he can to retain the backing of his core conservative support base. Photo: Reuters

    The cold calculations behind Trump’s move on death penalty

    - Aug 5, 2019 6:32pm
    With the full backing of President Donald Trump, US Attorney General William Barr announced recently that the federal government is reinstating the death penalty, a policy that has remained dormant for the past 16 years. According...
  • People shout slogans as they celebrate after the government scrapped the special status of Kashmir, in Ahmedabad, India, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    India scraps special status for Kashmir amid crackdown

    Aug 5, 2019 3:23pm
    India’s government on Monday revoked the special status of Kashmir in a bid to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country, the most far-reaching move on the troubled Himalayan territory in...
  • Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood-testing startup Theranos, saw her company rise to great heights and then fall apart. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lessons from the fall of Elizabeth Holmes

    - Aug 5, 2019 12:13pm
    A young girl decided to develop a blood-testing technology after watching a family member die of cancer. She studied hard and went to Stanford University at 17. Two years later, she dropped out of college and...
  • Christine Lagarde, the ECB's incoming chief, will need to pursue reforms at a time of deepening polarization among member-state governments. Photo: Reuters

    Lagarde’s ECB must modernize

    - Aug 5, 2019 11:45am
    As the nominee to succeed European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in November, Christine Lagarde may be hoping that her job will be somewhat easier than that of her predecessor. Yet the opposite is likely to...
  • Commuter train passengers wait for a ride to Jakarta outside a station, closed due to a major power blackout, in Banten, Indonesia, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Blackout hits Indonesian capital, parts of Java

    Aug 5, 2019 8:21am
    Power has been restored in most parts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, after the city of 10 million people went without electricity for more than nine hours due to technical issues, Reuters reports, citing the state power...
  • Nuon Chea was found guilty by a UN-backed court of genocide and sentenced him to life in prison last year. Photo: Reuters

    Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologist, ‘Brother Number Two’, dead at 93

    Aug 5, 2019 8:03am
    Nuon Chea, the chief ideologist and “Brother Number Two” of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, whose brutal rule in the 1970s led to the deaths of some 2 million people, died on Sunday at the age of 93,...

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