24 January 2018


  • A volunteer ties a blue ribbon around the wrist of a girl with autism during a child welfare event in Nanjing earlier this month to mark World  Autism Awareness Day. Photo: Xinhua

    Autism costs US$2 mln over patient’s life, study says

    Jun 10, 2014 2:47pm
    The lifetime cost of caring for a person with autism can amount to more than US$2 million, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing US and British research published in JAMA Pediatrics.   According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania...
  • People at a protest rally in Lagos on June 7 demanding the return of abducted schoolgirls. Boko Haram militants are now said to have kidnapped 20 women from northeast Nigeria in a fresh incident. Photo: Reuters

    Suspected Boko Haram militants abduct 20 women in Nigeria

    Jun 10, 2014 2:40pm
    Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted at least 20 women from a nomadic settlement in Nigeria, in an area close to where the gunmen kidnapped 200 schoolgirls in mid-April, BBC reported. The women were loaded onto...
  • Vanishing spray paint that lasts for one minute will be used for the first time in World Cup matches. Photo: 21st Century Business Herald

    High-tech gadgets to make life easier for World Cup referees

    Jun 10, 2014 12:14pm
    During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the referees’ job will be made easier with the help of a number of high-tech gadgets. Fourteen cameras — seven on each goal — and a mainframe computer will...
  • Elbit Hermes 900 drones will patrol the skies of Brazil during the World Cup matches. Photo:

    Drones to patrol Brazilian skies during World Cup

    Jun 10, 2014 12:01pm
    Security is a big concern at any major sporting event. That’s why Brazil’s Air Force has purchased two new US$12 million drones from Israel, to patrol the skies during the FIFA World Cup, according to Israeli...
  • 510 PackBot is designed to deal with dangerous situations. Photo: iRobot

    Robots deployed for safety of World Cup fans

    Jun 10, 2014 11:30am
    Security is of utmost importance in major sporting events. In addition to unmanned Israeli drones monitoring the matches and the crowds at the upcoming World Cup games in Brazil, there will also be robots to help...
  • An artist's rendering shows how it will all pan out when a paralyzed Brazilian teen kicks off the World Cup. Photo: Duke University

    Why this teen could overshadow World Cup kickoff

    Jun 10, 2014 11:13am
    A Brazilian teen will kick off the World Cup Thursday in Sao Paulo.  Nothing spectacular about that except that the teenager is paralyzed from the waist down. But there’s more. He or she will leave the...
  • Crowdstrike researchers say this People's Liberation Army complex in Shanghai is the headquarters for a group of Chinese military hackers. Photo: New York Times

    NYT: Chinese hackers targeting Europe aerospace hub

    Jun 10, 2014 9:36am
    Chinese hackers are using ever more ingenious means to steal industrial secrets from western targets, the New York Times reported Monday. In the latest case, they used an e-mail attachment disguised as a brochure for a...
  • China was only second to the US in the ranking of countries by private wealth. Photo: Bloomberg

    Rich Chinese fuel Asia wealth growth

    Jun 10, 2014 9:05am
    Rich Chinese helped make Asia the fastest-growing region for affluent families last year, contributing to a 15 percent surge in global wealth at US$152 trillion, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing a study by Boston Consulting Group. Private wealth...
  • Smoke billows from the Karachi airport after militants laid siege to the facility Sunday night. The Pakistan military says it has now cleared the area of all gunmen. A total of 28 people, including 10 militants, are said to have died in the incident. Phot

    Karachi airport siege: Pakistan military says area ‘cleared’

    Jun 9, 2014 7:29pm
    Pakistan’s military on Monday declared an end to an all-night offensive against a Taliban siege of the Karachi airport that left a total of 28 people dead, including ten militants. “The attack is over and we...
  • The British economy is expected to grow 2.9 percent this year, outpacing the rest of the G7 nations. Photo: Bloomberg

    IMF ‘wrong’ on UK economy warning, Lagarde says

    Jun 9, 2014 5:13pm
    The head of the International Monetary Fund said the organization underestimated the strength of the British economy when warning last year the country risked playing with fire by making budget cuts, Bloomberg reported Monday. IMF managing...
  • Tourists look out from the veranda of an ancient temple in Kyoto, Japan. Asian tourists are driving an influx of visitors to the country. Photo: Bloomberg

    What’s taken Japan a generation to reverse?

    - Jun 9, 2014 3:58pm
    It has been a generation in the making but Japan is finally enjoying a surplus of tourist spending — foreigners are bringing in more money than Japanese holidaymakers are taking out. Japan’s aggregate tourism revenue topped...
  • Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks after being sworn in as Egypt’s new president on June 8. Photo: Reuters

    Sisi takes over as Egypt’s leader, vowing inclusive rule

    Jun 9, 2014 1:59pm
    Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on Sunday sworn in Egypt’s new president, vowing to rule the troubled nation in an inclusive manner and pulling the society back from chaos. But the former military chief gave no indication that...
  • People gather in Singapore's Speaker's Corner to demand reform in the pension system. Some 2,000 Singaporeans staged a peaceful rally led by blogger Roy Ngerng (right). Photos: AFP, Reuters

    Singaporean blogger unapologetic after saying sorry to Lee

    Jun 9, 2014 1:30pm
    A blogger who took on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the country’s provident fund has taken down the offending post and apologized, but he is not giving up the fight. Roy Ngerng Yi Ling,...
  • Brazil aims to put on a great show during the World Cup, but criticism has been mounting over the nation's lopsided priorities.

    As World Cup draws near, Brazil faces more heat

    Jun 9, 2014 12:04pm
    With just days to go before the World Cup football tournament kicks off in Brazil, a fierce debate continues to rage whether the struggling nation should have taken upon itself the massive task of hosting the...
  • Business investment helped propel Japan to 6.7 percent growth in the first quarter. Photo: Bloomberg

    Japan 1Q growth beat expectations

    Jun 9, 2014 9:50am
    Japan beat growth expectations in the first quarter, mustering 6.7 percent expansion thanks to stronger-than-forecast business investment, Bloomberg reported Monday. The Cabinet Office said the preliminary calculation was for 5.9 percent annualized growth. A sales-tax increase in...
  • A policeman stands on a vehicle as smoke billows from Jinnah International airport in Karachi. Photo: Reuters

    Police: Five dead in Karachi airport attack

    Jun 9, 2014 9:33am
    Five people are dead after gunmen attacked one of Pakistan’s biggest airports on Sunday, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial hub of 18 million,...
  • A Chinese SU-27 fighter flies over the East China Sea. Japan’s parliament has passed a resolution against Beijing’s military activities in the area. Photo: Reuters

    Beijing slams Japan for talking up ‘China threat’

    Jun 6, 2014 9:04am
    Beijing has criticized a move by the Japan’s lower house of parliament to pass a resolution in protest against Chinese aircraft flying over the East China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a regular press...
  • Alexander Shulgin invented a method to extract the purest form of the drug ecstasy and became famous for it. Photo: The Independent

    Godfather of ecstasy dies, 88

    Jun 5, 2014 12:17pm
    Alexander Shulgin, who introduced the world to the drug ecstasy in 1976, has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 88. Shulgin earned the title “Godfather of Ecstasy” after developing a method for synthesizing...
  • Japan's ruling party has cleared the way for a cut in the 35 percent corporate tax rate next year. Photo: Bloomberg

    LDP gives all-clear for Japan corporate tax cut

    Jun 4, 2014 8:23am
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cleared another hurdle in his efforts to revive his country’s economy with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreeing to a cut in the corporate tax rate, the Wall Street Journal...
  • The Thai military junta will get moving on government spending and foreign investment approvals. Photo: AFP

    Thai military to unlock government spending

    Jun 3, 2014 10:20am
    Thailand’s military junta will get the ball rolling again on about US$30 billion of government spending and step up approvals of foreign investments, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The Thai military authorities plan to push...

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