20 July 2018


  • Books by Patrick Modiano are displayed at the bookstore of publishing house Gallimard in Paris Friday. The French writer has won the Nobel prize for literature. Photo: Reuters

    French author Modiano wins Nobel

    Oct 10, 2014 7:58am
    French writer Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel prize for literature for works that made him “a Marcel Proust of our time” with tales often set during the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for more than a month now. Photo: AFP

    Is Kim’s sister now running North Korea?

    Oct 9, 2014 4:02pm
    North Korea’s young ruler Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for more than a month now, giving rise to rumors that his younger sister may be now in charge. The North Korea Intellectuals’ Solidarity,...
  • Smoke rises from Kobani following air strikes by US-led forces on Islamic State positions near the Syrian border town Tuesday. Photo: AFP

    IS renews attack on Kobani; US says air strikes won’t be enough

    Oct 9, 2014 9:19am
    Islamic State fighters have launched a renewed assault on the Syrian border town of Kobani, despite US-led air strikes that Pentagon admitted would probably not be enough to safeguard the town, Reuters reported. In neighboring Turkey,...
  • A health professional at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York wears protective clothing during a demonstration of procedures in handling suspected Ebola cases on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    US Ebola patient dies as airports step up screening

    Oct 9, 2014 8:51am
    Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died on Wednesday, as the US government ordered five airports to start screening passengers from West Africa for fever. Duncan, a Liberian national, died...
  • Nobel Prize winner Stefan Hell acknowledges applause at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany, Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trio win Nobel in chemistry for microscope work

    Oct 9, 2014 8:33am
    A German and two American scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry on Wednesday for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes, allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells. US citizens Eric Betzig...
  • Police stand guard outside the residence of a Spanish nurse who contracted the Ebola virus, in Alcorcon, southwest of Madrid. Photo: AFP

    Spain Ebola infection blamed on shoddy gear, protocol breach

    Oct 8, 2014 4:04pm
    Health workers at a hospital in Madrid have blamed substandard protective equipment and a failure to follow protocol for the first case of Ebola to be contracted outside West Africa, the Guardian newspaper reported. Health authorities...
  • The Chinese student was expelled from South Korea after he was found to have violated the conditions for his stay in the country. Photo: AFP

    Seoul deports Chinese student for pro-North Korea activities

    Oct 8, 2014 1:55pm
    Seoul has deported a Chinese student for posting hundreds of comments online sympathizing with North Korea and joining protests against the South Korean government, the Korea Times reported. Although the deportation happened in August, the Ministry...
  • Islamic State's black flag is seen near the Syrian town of Kobani while a Turkish army vehicle takes up position along the border. Photo: Reuters

    US-led air strikes hit Islamic State targets in Kobani

    Oct 8, 2014 8:28am
    United States-led coalition forces have carried out sustained air attacks on Islamic State fighters closing in on the Syrian border town of Kobani, after Turkey’s president warned it was about to fall into the insurgents’ hands....
  • Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura (left to right) have won the Nobel Prize for physics for inventing LED. Photo:

    Japanese researchers, US scientist cop physics Nobel

    Oct 7, 2014 7:04pm
    Two Japanese researchers and an American scientist have won the Nobel Prize in physics, AP reported Tuesday. Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano shared the honors with American Shuji Nakamura for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes,...
  • The unnamed nurse was part of the team who had treated two Ebola-stricken priests at the Madrid hospital Carlos III. Photo: AFP

    Spanish nurse first to contract Ebola outside West Africa

    Oct 7, 2014 8:40am
    A Spanish nurse has become the first person to contract the Ebola virus outside of West Africa. The female hospital staffer had helped to treat two priests who contracted Ebola in West Africa and were repatriated to...
  • Smoke rises from the Syrian border town of Kobani, which is under siege by Islamic State militants. Photo: AFP

    Islamic State advances into Syria-Turkey border town

    Oct 7, 2014 8:15am
    Despite air strikes by US and Gulf state forces against them, Islamic State militants have advanced into the Syrian border town of Kobani, forcing its mainly Kurdish inhabitants to flee into Turkey. Street fighting raged between Kurdish...
  • Lindsey Oliver (left) and Nicole Pries become the first same-sex couple to be wed in Richmond, Virginia Monday. Photo: Reuters

    US Supreme Court rebuffs gay marriage opponents

    Oct 7, 2014 8:11am
    The US Supreme Court has rejected appeals against gay marriage in five states — Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. The move increases the number of states where same-sex marriage is legal to 30, plus the...
  • American-British researcher John O’Keefe (left) and Norwegian husband and wife team May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser share this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine. Photo: Reuters

    Brain GPS team wins Nobel for Medicine

    Oct 6, 2014 7:53pm
    American-British John O’Keefe and Norwegian husband and wife team May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discoveries of cells that form a positioning system in the brain. “Their research...
  • Kim Jong-un plays with children during a visit to a hospital. Pyongyang officials took pains last week to deny rumors about Kim's health. Photo: Reuters

    Seoul eyes full-scale talks after Pyongyang group visit

    Oct 6, 2014 10:15am
    South Korea is preparing for full-scale, high-level talks with North Korea after a landmark visit last week by top officials from Pyongyang amid rumors of Kim Jong-un’s health. The North Korean delegation was led by Hwang...
  • Pope Francis greets cardinals during the opening of a global synod in Rome. He told Catholic leaders to come down from their ivory tower. Photo: Reuters

    Pope to cardinals: Tackle real-life issues

    Oct 6, 2014 10:10am
    Pope Francis wants cardinals and bishops to tackle real-life issues such as divorce, contraception and same sex unions. The pope told nearly 200 Catholic leaders to avoid obscure theological debate and intellectual sparring in favour of analysing...
  • Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in Dallas, Texas, from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns that the worst Ebola epidemic on record could spread from West Africa, where it began in March. Photo: ABC News

    Dallas Ebola patient ‘fighting for his life’

    Oct 6, 2014 9:05am
    The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is “fighting for his life” in a Dallas hospital, according to a federal health official who voiced confidence that the infection would not spread broadly to...
  • Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff got the most number of votes in Sunday's election, but failed to get a clear majority. Photo: AFP

    Rousseff to face pro-business Neves in Brazil election runoff

    Oct 6, 2014 8:24am
    Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff will face pro-business rival Aecio Neves in an election runoff on Oct. 26 after no single candidate won a clear majority in Sunday’s election. With three-quarters of votes counted, Rousseff led with...
  • In Vancouver, about 300 people gather outside the Chinese consulate, singing, chanting and carrying signs to show their support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters. Photo: Global News

    World shows solidarity with HK protesters

    Oct 3, 2014 11:53am
    Rain or shine, umbrellas are springing up from Sydney to New York, a powerful symbol of solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrators on a seventh day of protests for democracy. The umbrella has come to represent the...
  • Phil Ivey, 38, is a 10-time winner of the World Series of Poker tournament. Photo: CardsChat

    US poker pro denies cheating to win US$12.4 million in casino

    Oct 3, 2014 10:19am
    An American professional poker player insisted he didn’t cheat to win 7.7 million pounds (US$12.4 million) at a casino in London in 2012, and asked a court to order the casino’s owner to pay up, Bloomberg reported, citing his...
  • US schools accounted for seven of the top 10 world universities with the California Institute of Technology heading the list. Photo: Bloomberg

    Caltech tops world university rankings for fourth year

    Oct 3, 2014 9:52am
    The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) retained the top spot for a fourth straight year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and US schools accounted for seven of the top 10, Bloomberg reported. Harvard...

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