18 January 2019


  • Of the 476 passengers of the ill-starred ferry, 323 were high school students who most likely used Kakao Talk frequently. Photo: WSJ

    Dad texts teen who died in Korea ferry sinking, gets reply

    Jan 13, 2015 2:13pm
    Nearly a year after losing his young son in one of South Korea’s worst ferry disasters, a man wrote to the boy’s Kakao Talk mobile messaging account. He got a reply and began a conversation. When social...
  • The cockpit voice recorder was found close to where the flight data recorder (above) was recovered from the bottom of the Java Sea on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Crashed AirAsia flight cockpit voice recorder recovered

    Jan 13, 2015 12:20pm
    Searchers have found the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet, Reuters reported Tuesday. Investigators had been waiting for the key piece of evidence to determine the cause of the crash that...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have struck a good working relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

    A new Sino-Russian alliance?

    - Jan 13, 2015 11:34am
    Some analysts believe that 2014 ushered in a new era of Cold War-style geopolitics. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea were met with heavy economic sanctions from Europe and the United...
  • Roy Ngerng (right) has been ordered to pay the legal costs of Lee Hsien Loong (left) in a defamation suit. Photos: AFP

    Court orders blogger to pay Singapore PM costs in lawsuit

    Jan 13, 2015 8:57am
    A Singapore court has ordered a blogger to pay S$29,000 ($21,700) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as legal costs after Lee won a defamation case against him late last year, Reuters reported. The High...
  • Malaysia's opposition had claimed that faulty indelible ink was one of the reasons for its defeat in the 2013 general election.

    Malaysia military court sacks election whistle-blower

    Jan 13, 2015 8:57am
    A Malaysian Air Force officer who leaked information to the media about the alleged use of faulty indelible ink during the nation’s 2013 general election has been sacked, BBC reported on Monday. An army court ruled that...
  • A computer screenshot shows the US Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers. Credit: Reuters

    US military Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked by pro-IS group

    Jan 13, 2015 8:29am
    The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military command were hacked on Monday by a group claiming to be supporters of the Islamic State militant group.  “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back,” the...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in June 2014 that an EU initiative to alleviate youth unemployment has so far been a failure. Photo: AFP

    European jobs wanted

    - Jan 12, 2015 2:21pm
    When the European Union held its first summit on growth and jobs in 1997, EU-wide unemployment stood at 11 percent. Last autumn, when it held another, not much seemed to have changed. Unemployment in the eurozone...
  • Searchers examine part of the AirAsia plane's tail section recovered from the ocean bed. Photo: Reuters

    Black box from sunken AirAsia plane found

    Jan 12, 2015 2:02pm
    Indonesian navy divers retrieved one of the two black boxes Monday from an Indonesia AirAsia airliner that crashed into the sea two weeks ago, killing all 162 people on board, a government official said. Flight QZ8501 lost...
  • The Philippines' aggressive infrastructure program has created millions of jobs. Photo: Bloomberg

    Philippine economy: miracle or bubble?

    - Jan 12, 2015 12:23pm
    Last July, the population of the Philippines hit 100 million. All babies born around that particular time were given five thousand pesos as “souvenir”. This population threshold is considered a critical level for a country to...
  • More than a million people, including 40 world leaders, marched in Paris on Sunday to show their solidarity and pay tribute to the victims of the Islamist terror attacks in Paris last week. Photo: Reuters

    Millions rally for unity in France after Paris terror attacks

    Jan 12, 2015 10:28am
    Millions of people took to the streets in France on Sunday, in the largest ever popular demonstration in the country’s history, to show their solidarity and defiance following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last week. ...
  • Supporters of Raif Badawi protest outside the Saudi embassy in Rome. Photo: New Yorker

    Saudi silent as outrage grows over blogger flogging

    Jan 12, 2015 10:28am
    World outrage is mounting against Saudi Arabia over the flogging of a jailed blogger but the government in Riyadh remains silent. Raif Badawi received the first 50 of 1,000 lashes on Friday for running a liberal...
  • Pope Francis baptizes a newborn in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Feel free to breastfeed, pope tells moms in Sistine Chapel

    Jan 12, 2015 7:49am
    Pope Francis told the mothers of 33 infants he baptized in the Sistine Chapel Sunday to feel free to breastfeed them there, Reuters reported. “You mothers give your children milk, and even now, if they cry because they...
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa, who will step down as Sri Lanka’s president after a decade in power, has faced allegations of authoritarianism and nepotism. Photo: Reuters

    Rajapaksa concedes defeat in Sri Lanka presidential elections

    Jan 9, 2015 2:36pm
    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat to his opposition challenger on Friday in national elections, setting the stage for a change of regime in the island nation. Reuters quoted the president’s office as saying that...
  • Indonesia navy divers prepare operations to lift the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from the Java Sea on Friday. Photo:Reuters

    Pings detected in search for AirAsia jet’s black box

    Jan 9, 2015 2:16pm
    Search teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet detected pings that may show the location of the black box flight recorders, 12 days after the plane went missing with 162 people on board. Santoso...
  • Communities are already facing more extreme and frequent droughts and other weather events. These consequences will only intensify. Photo: AFP

    Climate change fight: the adaptation imperative

    - Jan 9, 2015 10:30am
    In the run-up to the recent United Nations meeting on climate change in Lima, Peru, much of the world’s attention focused on how strongly countries would commit to a framework for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Governments’ commitment...
  • The decline in Greek GDP since 2010 is far worse than that in the US during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Europe can reverse its economic misfortune

    - Jan 9, 2015 10:00am
    At long last, the United States is showing signs of recovery from the crisis that erupted at the end of President George W. Bush’s administration, when the near-implosion of its financial system sent shock waves around...
  • A screen grab from a video released by Boko Haram shows their leader Abubakar Shekau (center) and his fighters. Photo: AFP

    Boko Haram kills dozens in fresh raids in Nigerian town

    Jan 9, 2015 9:10am
    Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people and burned down homes in a second assault after capturing the northeast Nigerian town of Baga at the weekend. The Islamist insurgents began shooting indiscriminately and burning buildings...
  • French anti-terrorism police secure a neighborhood in Corcy, northeast of Paris, on Thursday as they hunt for two brothers suspected of being behind the deadly attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Photo: Reuters

    Hunt intensifies for Paris attack suspects

    Jan 9, 2015 8:07am
    French anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris on Thursday as search intensified for two brothers suspected to have killed 12 people a day earlier in an attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Officers...
  • A woman holds up a front page of Charlie Hebdo saying "Love is stronger than hate" at a gathering in Rennes, France, after the fatal Paris shootings. Photo: AFP

    One of three Paris gunmen surrenders after 12 killed at weekly

    Jan 8, 2015 12:38pm
    The youngest of three French citizens sought after suspected Islamist militants killed 12 people in Paris turned himself in to police, Reuters reported Thursday. The hooded gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly known for lampooning...
  • Food safety scares have hit McDonald's Japan hard, its revenues falling sharply in the second half of last year. Photo: AFP

    Plastic found twice in McDonald’s Japan chicken nuggets

    Jan 8, 2015 12:01pm
    McDonald’s Japan is facing yet another food safety scandal, CNN Money reported, after two customers found pieces of plastic in their Chicken McNuggets. The first discovery, made on Saturday, drove the chain to recall all 956,925...

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