24 April 2018


  • Director Steven Spielberg signs autographs at the premiere of ‘Ready Player One’ in Los Angeles on March 26. Photo: Reuters

    Ready Player One: Back, just not to the future

    - Apr 17, 2018 4:57pm
    Ready Player One, the latest Steven Spielberg epic to roll off the production line, promised to offer a vision of an immersive reality enabled future, but instead gazes with longing nostalgia to the 70s, 80s and 90s...
  • As artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technologies advance fast, a significant percentage of the workforce in developed economies is expected to be displaced within the next decade. Photo: Bloomberg

    No worker left behind

    - Apr 17, 2018 10:45am
    A week rarely goes by without a new dystopian prediction about technologically driven mass unemployment. As artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technologies advance faster than even their own developers expected, studies are finding that many of...
  • Researchers in Britain and the US are hopeful that a plastic-eating enzyme they engineered could prove useful in solving the problem of PET plastics trash. Photo: Reuters

    Plastic-eating enzyme seen holding promise in pollution fight

    Apr 17, 2018 9:30am
    Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution, Reuters reports. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET...
  • The US and Britain said the campaign by Russian government-backed hackers was intended to advance spying, intellectual property theft and other “malicious” activities and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks. Photo: Reuters

    US, Britain blame Russia for global cyber attack

    Apr 17, 2018 8:51am
    The United States and Britain accused Russia of launching cyber attacks on computer routers, firewalls and other networking equipment used by government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators around the globe, Reuters reports. Washington and London...
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017. The US space agency’s TESS mission is set for launch on a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral on Monday. Pics: NASA via Reuters, Bloomberg

    NASA, SpaceX set to launch planet-hunting satellite

    Apr 16, 2018 6:05pm
    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a facility in Florida on Monday. According to reports, the satellite, which is aimed at finding far-away planets that...
  • Former FBI director James Comey said US President Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to be the nation's leader, ahead of the release of his book, A Higher Loyalty. Photo: Reuters

    Ex-FBI chief says Trump ‘morally unfit’ to be America’s leader

    Apr 16, 2018 2:32pm
    Former FBI director James Comey accused US President Donald Trump in a television interview of being a dangerous and “morally unfit” leader. Comey, who was fired by Trump in May last year and is coming out with...
  • According to the World Happiness Report 2018, new immigrants in Hong Kong are considerably less happy than the locals. Photo: CNSA

    What the World Happiness Report is telling us

    - Apr 16, 2018 12:02pm
    Since 2012, the United Nations has been commissioning academics to compile the World Happiness Report on a yearly basis, with each report being given a main theme. And this year’s main theme for the report is...
  • With the high court's decision, the electoral court is now very likely to disqualify Luiz Inacio "Lula" Da Silva from the presidential election in October. Photo: Reuters

    Brazil election moves on, but reform no guarantee

    - Apr 16, 2018 10:28am
    High drama engulfed Brazil recently after the supreme federal court ordered the country’s leading presidential candidate to prison until he exhausts all other avenues for appeal against a prior conviction. Former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” Da...
  • Eggs that may have been contaminated with salmonella reached consumers in nine US states, US authorities said on Friday. Representative image: Bloomberg

    Salmonella fears prompt recall of more than 200 mln eggs in US

    Apr 16, 2018 9:03am
    Nearly 207 million eggs from a farm in North Carolina are being recalled from nine US states after 22 people fell ill, the US federal Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The eggs may have...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said if Western attacks on Syria continued, it would inevitably lead to chaos in international relations. Photo: Reuters

    Putin warns of global ‘chaos’ as US prepares new sanctions

    Apr 16, 2018 7:31am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions, Reuters reports. In a telephone conversation with...
  • South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has seen an opportunity to press ahead with his constitutional reforms. Photo: Reuters

    Moon Jae-in’s ambitious constitutional reforms

    - Apr 13, 2018 11:14am
    With the North Korea nuclear crisis taking an unexpected turn for the better, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has seen a new opportunity to press ahead with his radical constitutional reform. He wants to hold a national referendum...
  • US President Donald Trump has asked Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow to reopen negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Photo: Reuters

    Trump mulls rejoining Pacific trade pact

    Apr 13, 2018 7:39am
    US President Donald Trump has asked his trade advisers to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade pact he withdrew the United States from last year, Reuters reports, citing White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters....
  • Belarus' move to change the official Chinese translation of the country’s name has aroused suspicions that it is trying to dissociate itself from Russia. Photo:

    Are Belarusians and Russians the same people?

    - Apr 12, 2018 10:34am
    The government of Belarus recently published a statement on its official website noting that the official Chinese translation of “Belarus” should be “白羅斯” (or White Rus’) rather than “白俄羅斯” (White Russia). According to the statement, the clarification...
  • The Trump Administration took great care to choose Chinese imports for tariff hikes that would inflict the least pain on Americans. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s trade war disadvantage against a communist state

    - Apr 12, 2018 9:00am
    Not all trade wars are created equal. But as the saying goes, all’s fair in love and war. A trade war between the United States and the European Union would be more equal than a trade...
  • US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Negotiations preferred path to ease US-China trade row: Perdue

    Apr 12, 2018 8:58am
    US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday that negotiations are the preferred method for easing trade tensions between China and the United States. “Our first goal is to negotiate ourselves out of the saber rattling...
  • There are many good reasons why high-net-worth individuals and institutions continue to flock to London despite the uncertainty of Brexit. Photo: Savills

    Why London will remain a big draw despite Brexit uncertainty

    Apr 11, 2018 3:42pm
    Nobody knows exactly how things will work for Britain in the long run. Further negotiations regarding future relations between the UK and the EU will begin soon, and this hopefully will give the market some certainty....
  • EU's model of economic openness, social cohesion, and strong institutions can provide an alternative to the isolationist and nationalist tendencies that are threatening global cooperation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Europe’s double opportunity

    - Apr 11, 2018 10:49am
    Europe has a decision to make. It can stand by as nationalism and authoritarianism flourish from the United States (with Donald Trump’s “America First” approach) to China (which is moving from a single-party system to a...
  • Britain is looking at various options available to the country after it leaves the European Union. Photo: Reuters

    Can Britain rejoin EFTA after Brexit?

    - Apr 11, 2018 10:21am
    Since the United Kingdom reached a preliminary agreement with the European Union over the terms of Brexit, people have looked closer at the various options regarding the way forward for the country. Among these options is the...
  • Western powers agree on the need for some action following reports of a Syria chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including children, in the civil war-torn nation. Photo: Reuters

    Suspected chemical attack in Syria puts US in a predicament

    - Apr 11, 2018 9:56am
    Just as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared set to sweep to complete victory and put an end to the 7-year-long bloody civil war in his nation, the situation there took a shocking turn last Saturday, when...
  • PayPal is rolling out basic banking features in the US, taking aim at the more than 30 million people in the country who do not have traditional bank accounts. Photo: Reuters

    PayPal turning into ‘virtual bank’ for the unbanked in US

    Apr 10, 2018 3:01pm
    PayPal is rolling out basic banking features to its digital wallets in the United States, targeting the unbanked population in the country through partnerships with small banks and offering products such as debit card and consumer loans....

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