23 January 2019


  • Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday after winning a confidence vote in parliament. Photo: Reuters

    Theresa May wins confidence vote; seeks end to Brexit impasse

    Jan 17, 2019 8:37am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday and then appealed to lawmakers from across the political divide to come together to try to break the impasse on a Brexit divorce...
  • US President Donald Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to be able to build the border wall. Photo: Reuters

    Why the border wall could cost Trump his presidency

    - Jan 16, 2019 6:37pm
    US President Donald Trump’s insistence on building a modern-day version of the Great Wall along America’s border with Mexico remains a major bone of contention between the Republicans and the Democrats. As a result of the...
  • Protesters react outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday after lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected the Brexit divorce deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Reuters

    British parliament rejects PM May’s Brexit divorce deal

    Jan 16, 2019 8:34am
    British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the...
  • A file picture shows Kurdish-led militiamen riding atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory over Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria. Photo: Reuters

    Syria’s Kurds: The new frontline in confronting Iran and Turkey

    - Jan 15, 2019 11:18am
    US President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey’s economy if Turkish troops attack Syrian Kurds allied with the United States in the wake of the announced withdrawal of American forces potentially serves his broader goal of...
  • The Intermediate People's Court of Dalian where a retrial was held for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian citizen charged with drug smuggling, and a death sentence handed out. Photo: Reuters

    China court sentences Canadian to death on drugs charges

    Jan 15, 2019 9:08am
    A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling, prompting Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accuse China of using the death penalty arbitrarily, Reuters reports. The Dalian Intermediate People’s...
  • Furloughed government workers, contractors and their families attend a free community dinner on Jan. 11 in Silver Spring, Maryland during the partial US government shutdown. Photo: Reuters

    US govt shutdown drags into 4th week as stalemate continues

    Jan 15, 2019 8:45am
    A partial US government shutdown limped through its 24th day, as President Donald Trump dug in his heels on border wall funding and congressional Democrats continuing to reject the proposal.  About one-quarter of federal operations have...
  • A bus believed to be carrying the ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves a district court in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan.8. Photo: Reuters

    Ghosn suffering ‘harsh treatment’ in Japan jail, wife says

    Jan 14, 2019 8:47am
    The wife of ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has urged Human Rights Watch to bring attention to the “harsh treatment” he has received while being detained in a Japanese jail, according to a letter seen...
  • Protesters hold a banner that reads ‘Boxing Macron’ during a demonstration of the ‘yellow vests’ movement in Nantes, France, on Jan. 12. Photo: Reuters

    Macron launches debate to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

    Jan 14, 2019 8:24am
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicked off a three-month national debate he hopes can quell the “yellow vest” unrest, with a letter to the public in which he pledged to listen to new ideas but...
  • US President Donald Trump speaks on border security during an address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Trump hasn’t invoked emergency powers yet on wall funding

    - Jan 11, 2019 6:03pm
    On Tuesday night (Wednesday morning, Hong Kong time), US President Donald Trump gave a televised speech to his nation to discuss the “security and humanitarian crisis” in the south and make the case for federal funding...
  • Vice Premier Liu He, the top Chinese negotiator in the talks, is expected to visit Washington this month to meet with his American counterparts. Photo: AFP

    US, China eye higher-level talks after discussing tech transfer

    Jan 11, 2019 9:32am
    US and Chinese officials are working on arrangements for higher-level trade talks after mid-level officials this week discussed US demands that would require structural changes in China to address issues such as intellectual property theft, forced...
  • Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a trip to the US-Mexico border in Mission, Texas, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump threatens to use emergency power to build wall if no deal

    Jan 11, 2019 8:49am
    US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border, as a partial government shutdown tied to the issue stretched into its 20th...
  • Visitors take pictures of the 18th Century Baroque Trevi Fountain and the 16th Century Palazzo Poli in downtown Rome. Italy developed a cultural style that is still uniquely influential to this day. Photo: AFP

    Italy’s writing on the wall

    - Jan 10, 2019 10:35am
    As the home of both the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, Italy has long been at the forefront of cultural developments in Europe and Western Eurasia.  But it has also long served as an example of...
  • Automation does not mean that human work must disappear, only that it could become more productive. Photo: Bloomberg

    Rewriting the future of work

    - Jan 10, 2019 10:19am
    Much has been written about the “future of work,” and much of it makes for gloomy reading. Study after study predicts that automation will upend entire industries and leave millions unemployed. A 2013 paper by two...
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi leave the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump storms out of shutdown talks

    Jan 10, 2019 9:17am
    US President Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting in the White House was “a total...
  • Physicist Max Tegmark predicts that humans will get used to artificial intelligence making the decisions for them that they will eventually allow them to rule society. Photo: Reuters

    When humans are ruled by artificial intelligence

    - Jan 9, 2019 6:44pm
    In his book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, physicist Max Tegmark makes a lot of predictions about the new ethical paradigms likely to be adopted in the future. Among his projections...
  • David Malpass, the US Treasury Department’s Under Secretary for International Affairs, and other members of Washington’s trade delegation to China return from talks to a hotel in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    US, Chinese officials extend trade talks in Beijing

    Jan 9, 2019 9:04am
    The United States and China will continue trade talks in Beijing for an unscheduled third day, amid signs of progress on issues including purchases of US farm and energy commodities and increased access to China’s markets,...
  • Mini-pandemics such as the common flu can bring about a substantial impact on insurers. Photo: Reuters

    Mini-pandemics more worrying than you think

    - Jan 8, 2019 2:25pm
    Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic which killed an estimated 50 million people. We need to look at pandemics and mini-pandemics in modern times and their potential impact on the insurance...
  • Protesters clash with police in Paris on Jan 5. Given people’s gross mistrust in governments and politicians, authorities around the world are finding that asking the public for sacrifices today in exchange for the promise of a better life tomorrow has be

    From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

    - Jan 8, 2019 11:46am
      It’s old news that large segments of society have become deeply unhappy with what they see as “the establishment,” especially the political class. The “Yellow Vest” protests in France, triggered by President Emmanuel Macron’s move...
  • Jim Yong Kim said he will join a private-sector firm focused on infrastructure investments in the developing world. Photo: Reuters

    World Bank president quits abruptly

    Jan 8, 2019 9:26am
    World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim unexpectedly resigned on Monday, more than three years before his term ends in 2022, amid differences with the Trump administration over climate change and the need for more development resources, Reuters...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and wife Ri Sol-ju inspect an honor guard on Monday before leaving Pyongyang for a visit to China. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

    N Korea’s Kim visiting China for talks with Xi Jinping

    Jan 8, 2019 9:18am
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media reported on Tuesday. Kim left for China on a private train on Monday afternoon...

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