18 August 2018


  • Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has launched a movement to unite pro-European Russians against President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he’s ready to lead Russia

    Sep 22, 2014 11:08am
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, said he would be ready to lead Russia in a time of crisis if called upon. Speaking at the launch of...
  • Dyslexics have difficulty reading and writing but they have an aptitude for deciphering facts from patterns which can be useful in fighting terrorism. Photo:,

    Britain using dyslexic spies in anti-terror fight

    Sep 22, 2014 11:02am
    Britain’s main surveillance agency is using the services of more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic people in the country’s fight against terror, The Telegraph reported. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has employed the “neuro-diverse” spies for their...
  • Abdullah Abdullah (left) and Ashraf Ghani shake hands after signing a power-sharing agreement in Kabul Sunday. Photo: AFP

    Ghani named Afghan president-elect in power-sharing deal

    Sep 22, 2014 8:32am
    Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan’s president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election. The final election numbers have been withheld,...
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to reporters in London Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence in a historic referendum. Photo: Reuters

    Scottish independence issue ‘settled’; no re-runs: Cameron

    Sep 19, 2014 5:50pm
    The question of Scottish independence has been settled for a generation, and there can be “no disputes, no re-runs” on the ballot, British Prime Minister David Cameron said after Scots voted to keep a 307-year union with...
  • Supporters of the 'No' campaign celebrate in Glasgow after Scotland voted to stay with Britain in a historic referendum. Photo: Reuters

    Scotland sticks with Britain in historic vote

    Sep 19, 2014 2:03pm
    Scotland is beginning to contemplate a new future with Britain after spurning independence in a historic referendum. With more than two-thirds of the votes in, the final verdict should show victory for the 300-year-old union, Reuters...
  • Thousands camped out overnight outside Apple stores in Australia in a bid to be among the first ones to land an iPhone 6. Photo:

    How about some Mahjong while queuing for iPhone 6?

    Sep 19, 2014 11:49am
    How do you kill time as you camp out overnight in a long queue outside an Apple store, hoping to be among the first ones to land an iPhone 6? Well, how about playing some Mahjong! This...
  • The ground game for a different kind of Scottish independence is over after Royal & Ancient, a bastion of male elitism for 260 years, voted to open its doors to women. Photo: Reuters

    Women of the world rejoice as another male bastion falls

    Sep 19, 2014 9:03am
    Male pride has taken a little licking at a certain country club in Scotland, but there are smiles all round, even among the gentry north of England. The source of this big to-do is the opening...
  • US Ambassador Samantha Power votes for a UN resolution on the Ebola crisis. The UN Security Council has declared Ebola a threat to world security. Photo: Reuters

    Officials: Ebola team killed in cold blood by Guinea villagers

    Sep 19, 2014 8:40am
    Searchers in Guinea have found several bodies while looking for missing doctors and journalists in the Ebola-stricken West African coutry. Officials said the find included the bodies of the three missing journalists, according to BBC News....
  • An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State allegedly showing captured British journalist John Cantlie. Photo: AFP

    Islamic State video shows captive British journalist

    Sep 19, 2014 8:31am
    Islamic State extremists on Thursday released a video showing what they said is captured British journalist John Cantlie saying he will soon reveal “facts” about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media. In the three-minute...
  • Officers guard a suspect after a raid in New South Wales, part of an unprecedented police sweep across the country against Islamist sympathizers. Photo: Reuters

    Sweeping Australia raids foil Islamist plot of public beheadings

    Sep 19, 2014 8:18am
    Islamic State sympathizers have been planning “demonstration beheadings” across Australia involving random abductions, authorities said Friday after an unprecedented multi-city police sweep netted 15 suspects linked to the extremist group. The raids were carried out by...
  • The Scottish independence referendum has evoked mixed feelings among immigrants from Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    Scottish referendum: How do HK emigrants feel?

    Sep 18, 2014 3:55pm
    How do Hong Kong emigrants in Scotland perceive the independence referendum there? Are they supporting the campaign to break way from the United Kingdom or do they prefer to keep the union? Well, opinions are mixed...
  • (From left) Chung Pun-wai, Alex Yip and Gill Mohindepaul Singh support the preservation of the 307-year union. Photos: HKEJ, AFP

    Chinese in Scotland likely to vote against independence

    - Sep 18, 2014 12:20pm
    Scottish voters of Chinese descent are likely to cast a “no” ballot in Thursday’s historic referendum on whether Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom. More than half of about 80,000 Chinese immigrants in Scotland...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio addresses an environmental summit in New York. DiCaprio will help efforts to achieve a global climate accord in 2015. Photo: NY Post

    DiCaprio lends star power to UN climate campaign

    Sep 18, 2014 10:40am
    Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest discovery of a different kind of star maker — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. As a result, the Titanic actor is no longer a private advocate for the environment but...
  • US President Barack Obama speaks to 
soldiers at the US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    Obama: No US ground troops in Iraq

    Sep 18, 2014 8:13am
    US President Barack Obama reiterated that American ground combat troops will not return to Iraq. “I will not commit you, and the rest of our armed forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” Obama told...
  • Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond (left picture) speaks to supporters while unionists hold a final rally just hours after a historic vote to decide Scotland's future. Photos: Reuters

    Scotland: Moment of truth

    Sep 18, 2014 8:05am
    Three centuries of union come down to “yes” or “no” as Scotland decides Thursday whether to leave the United Kingdom or stay. With polls showing a tight contest, the outcome is in the hands of wavering...
  • Former Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik showed up late for a flight and was booted by irate passengers. Photo: BBC News

    Pakistan high-flyers booted by irate passengers over delay

    Sep 17, 2014 8:47am
    A former senior Pakistani official was prevented from boarding a flight by irate passengers who had waited two hours for him to show up, according to BBC News. Former interior minister Rehman Malik and another official were...
  • Vladimir Yevtushenkov is ranked by Forbes as the 15th richest man in Russia with a net worth of US$6.8 billion. Photo: Wikipedia

    Russian oligarch placed under house arrest

    Sep 17, 2014 8:46am
    Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia’s richest men, has been placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering, the Financial Times reported. The case is connected to his company’s acquisition of oil producer Bashneft. Yevtushenkov is the...
  • President Petro Poroshenko holds a landmark association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. Photo: Reuters

    Lawmakers denounce Ukraine amnesty for rebels

    Sep 17, 2014 8:40am
    Opposition lawmakers are accusing Ukraine of selling out to separatists after parliament offered self-rule to parts of two eastern regions and amnesty to pro-Russian rebels, according to BBC News.   Parliament passed a law giving autonomy...
  • President Barack Obama announces a dramatic expansion of Washington's role in the fight against Ebola, Seated with him is Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo: Reuters

    US sending 3,000 troops in fight against Ebola

    Sep 17, 2014 8:35am
    West African officials and international aid groups are hailing a major expansion of United States involvement in the fight against Ebola after President Barack Obama announced a plan to send 3,000 troops. The initiative also includes...
  • US Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is not ruling out the possibility that he may ask President Barack Obama to commit ground troops to fight Islamic State militants. Photo: AFP

    US ground troops possible in Iraq, says top American commander

    Sep 17, 2014 8:01am
    The most senior US military commander said he will recommend the deployment of ground troops to fight Islamic extremists if the current strategy of airstrikes fails, the New York Times reported. Appearing before a Senate committee...

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