23 July 2018


  • The European Commission’s European Political Strategy Center predicts that ever-more frequent droughts and floods will “dwarf all other drivers of migration”, with as many as one billion people displaced globally by 2050. Photo: AFP

    We need a food revolution

    - Jul 13, 2018 1:04pm
    In 1984, I gathered the most successful musicians of the time to form a “supergroup” called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The next year, an even larger grouping was formed for...
  • Trump's trade policies are hurting US businesses and farmers and damaging America's international relationships, says Senator Bob Corker. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump trade policies hurting US farmers, businesses: senators

    Jul 13, 2018 9:41am
    US senators on Thursday blasted the Trump administration’s trade policy and vowed to press ahead with legislation to give Congress a say in decisions on tariffs, Reuters reports. “I’m very concerned about the president’s trade policies...
  • In the trade war with the United States, China should consider making concessions in order to buy time to beef up its manufacturing capability and boost its bargaining power. Photo: Reuters

    China should consider making concessions in trade war with US

    - Jul 12, 2018 4:52pm
    Raising the stakes in the trade war with China, the administration of US President Donald Trump unveiled plans to impose tariffs on an additional US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods. If we look for the deep-rooted...
  • Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku is a Belgian citizen by birth, although he could trace his roots to Congo, a former Belgian colony. Photo: Reuters

    Belgian striker Lukaku and his Congolese roots

    - Jul 12, 2018 12:08pm
    After 32 years, Belgium once again made it to the World Cup Semi-finals, only to be defeated by France 1-0 on Tuesday. However, despite the team’s loss, the stunning performances of several Belgian star players who...
  • NATO leaders pose for a group picture on Wednesday during a summit in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

    Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

    Jul 12, 2018 8:54am
    US President Donald Trump lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, accusing it being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance, criticism that overshadowed a NATO summit meeting in Brussels. Meanwhile, Trump urged European nations...
  • A police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. Photo: Reuters

    All 12 boys and coach rescued from Thai cave

    Jul 11, 2018 8:38am
    Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from deep inside a flooded cave on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that gripped the world for more than two...
  • A file picture of Liu Xia, wife of the late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. After keeping her under house arrest since 2010, Chinese authorities have finally freed her and allowed her to leave for Germany, reports say. Photo: Reuters

    Liu Xiaobo’s widow Liu Xia allowed to leave China: reports

    Jul 10, 2018 4:33pm
    Liu Xia, the wife of late Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has apparently been freed from house arrest and allowed to leave the country. The widow of the renowned human rights campaigner left China...
  • The Brexit 'dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt,' Boris Johnson said as he quit Theresa May's cabinet on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    British ministers quit in protest over May’s ‘soft Brexit’ plan

    Jul 10, 2018 8:57am
    Two leading eurosceptic ministers resigned from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet in protest at her plans to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc.  Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit...
  • A tour planner can set up a calendar online and share with other families seeking a common travel experience. Photo: Freepick

    How technology makes trip-planning so easy

    - Jul 9, 2018 11:15am
    With the onset of the summer holiday season, many parents are planning family trips with their children. In recent years, we have noticed a trend where several families would opt to travel together. The reason is...
  • An example of how respect can be earned even if you are on the losing side is the way the Japanese team and Japanese soccer fans behaved after elimination in the World Cup knock-out stage. Photo: Reuters

    Why Chinese people must avoid boastfulness

    - Jul 9, 2018 10:42am
    In recent years there has been a trend of “boastfulness” among the mainland media, particularly on digital platforms, about China’s achievements. Under such a trend, authors and reporters have been calling attention to numerous top positions...
  • A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in Chiang Rai on  Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Four boys pulled from flooded Thai cave; others await rescue

    Jul 9, 2018 9:38am
    Four of 12 Thai schoolboys were rescued from a flooded cave on Sunday in a daring and dangerous operation to save the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L), Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (C) and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) attend a joint press conference at a trilateral foreign ministers' meeting on Sunday in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

    Pompeo stands by ‘difficult’ N Korea denuclearization talks

    Jul 9, 2018 8:49am
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean charges that he used “gangster-like” diplomacy in negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday that he will keep pursuing denuclearization talks, Reuters reports. At a news conference...
  • Survivors in life jackets sit on a fishing boat after they were rescued from a vessel that sank off the tourist island of Phuket on Thursday, Photo: Reuters

    At least 37 killed after tourist boat sinks off Phuket

    Jul 6, 2018 7:15pm
    At least 37 people have been found dead and dozens are still missing after a boat carrying mostly Chinese tourists capsized in rough waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket, Thai officials said. Many of...
  • The FIFA World Cup 2018 has allowed host Russia to showcase its technological advances, particularly in smart city development. Photo: AFP

    How technology is transforming Moscow

    - Jul 6, 2018 12:41pm
    The FIFA World Cup 2018 is a global sporting event that is being watched by almost half of the world’s population. As such, it offers the best opportunity to showcase new technology. For the host Russia,...
  • US tariffs on US$34 billion in Chinese imports took effect shortly after noon Friday, and China said it was forced to immediately respond in kind. Photo: Bloomberg

    US-China trade war: tariffs take effect in deepening row

    Jul 6, 2018 12:19pm
    (Updated: Last posted at 7:31 a.m.) US tariffs on US$34 billion in Chinese imports took effect at 12:01 a.m. (12:01 p.m. in Hong Kong) on Friday, and with Beijing having vowed to respond immediately in kind,...
  • Police officers stand guard in front of the Tokyo Detention Center where the former leader of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum, Chizuo Matsumoto, a.k.a. Shoko Asahara, was executed on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    Japan doomsday cult leader executed

    Jul 6, 2018 11:09am
    The former leader of Aum and several other members of the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995 were executed on Friday, Reuters says, citing a...
  • Economists say every US$100 billion of imports affected by tariffs chip away around 0.5 percent of global trade, wiping off 0.1 percentage points of GDP growth. Photo: Bloomberg

    Conflict could seriously disrupt world trade, investment flows

    Jul 6, 2018 7:20am
    The trade war between the United States and China may have little immediate impact on the economic growth of both countries, but it could seriously disrupt world trade, with repercussions on financial markets and investment flows, Reuters...
  • Washington says it will implement tariffs on US$34 billion of Chinese imports on Friday, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate in kind on the same day. Photo: Reuters

    China says it won’t fire first shot in trade war with US

    Jul 5, 2018 8:05am
    China will “absolutely not” fire the first shot in a trade war with the United States and will not be the first to levy tariffs, Reuters reports, citing the finance ministry. A person with knowledge of...
  • Police officers stand guard outside a branch of Boots pharmacy in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Two Britons poisoned with Novichok nerve agent

    Jul 5, 2018 7:38am
    Two British citizens fell critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Reuters reports, citing Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer. The...
  • Crew members interact with migrant children aboard the Aquarius rescue ship before disembarking in the port of Valencia, Spain, on June 17. Photo: Reuters

    How to resolve Europe’s political crisis over migration

    - Jul 4, 2018 12:15pm
    Since the European Union’s migration crisis peaked in 2015, the number of illegal migrants arriving in the EU has fallen by 95 percent. Migration challenges remain, and reform of the EU’s methods for managing immigration is...

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