24 May 2018


  • Medical personnel transport the body of an Ebola victim in Liberia. The West African nation is taking emergency measures to tackle the outbreak. Photo: Reuters

    Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola

    Jul 31, 2014 8:06am
    Liberia announced on Wednesday that it will close all schools across the country and consider quarantining some communities in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak. Security forces in Liberia were ordered...
  • A Palestinian man carries a boy after a UN-run school was hit by Israeli shelling in Gaza on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Israel continues Gaza offensive despite global pressure

    Jul 31, 2014 7:49am
    Israel decided late Wednesday to continue with its military offensive in Gaza despite growing international pressure to end the three-week conflict that has left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead.  In the latest incident, Israeli shelling killed...
  • Members of Doctors Without Borders put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Photo: AFP

    UK doctors put on Ebola alert

    Jul 30, 2014 4:46pm
    A man who returned from West Africa has been tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Britain, putting doctors on alert that it could be on its way to the UK, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday....
  • People walk past a poster placed on an advertising board that reads "Yesterday, Braden or Peron - Today: Griesa or Cristina", in Buenos Aires. Argentina has until Wednesday to reach a deal to prevent a debt default. Photo: Reuters

    Argentina banks mull plan to help avert sovereign default: WSJ

    Jul 30, 2014 3:57pm
    Argentina’s banking association members are working on a last-minute plan to help the nation avert a debt default, Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The association’s plan, which is yet to...
  • Pablo Lopez, Argentina's finance secretary, talks to reporters after holding talks with bondholders in New York last week. Photo: Bloomberg

    Argentina on brink of second debt default in 12 years

    Jul 30, 2014 9:56am
    Argentina is likely to default on its sovereign bonds on Wednesday as hopes fade that a last-minute deal could be worked out with a group of holdout investors. Officials of the South American nation met a...
  • Canada says 'a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor' was behind a cyber-attack on a federal research agency. Photo: Bloomberg

    Canada accuses China of cyber-attack

    Jul 30, 2014 9:27am
    Canada accused Beijing on Tuesday of a cyber-attack on a federal research and development agency, charges which a Chinese official dismissed as “groundless”. Authorities detected a breach of information-security infrastructure at the National Research Council, a...
  • A Palestinian carrying a child looks at the ruined home of a Hamas leader in Gaza after an overnight Israeli air strike on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

    Israel intensifies Gaza assault

    Jul 30, 2014 8:08am
    Israel on Tuesday bombarded high-profile targets in the Gaza Strip, including the enclave’s only power plant, as Egypt prepared a revised plan for a pause in the fighting, Reuters reported. At least 85 Palestinians died in...
  • An Israeli tank heads for Gaza. A flare-up of violence in the area has dashed hopes for an end to the three-week-old conflict. Photo: Xinhua

    Israel warns of long Gaza war

    Jul 29, 2014 10:26am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned of a long war in Gaza, dashing hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict, as Palestinian fighters staged a cross-border raid, Reuters reported. The Israeli army said five...
  • An artist pays tribute to the downed Malaysia Airlines jet. The United States and Europe are ramping up pressure on Russia over the crash of the airliner. Photo: AFP

    West agrees tougher Russia sanctions

    Jul 29, 2014 9:41am
    United States and European leaders have agreed to impose wider sanctions on Russia’s financial, defense and energy sectors, Reuters reported. The agreement came as Ukraine said its forces advanced toward the crash site of Malaysian flight...
  • Shelly Sterling speaks to reporters after her legal victory over her estranged husband in the LA Clippers sale battle. Photo: Reuters

    Judge clears way for LA Clippers sale

    Jul 29, 2014 7:54am
    A US judge has cleared the way for the US$2 billion sale of Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, dismissing objections raised by the team’s co-owner Donald Sterling, Reuters reported on Monday. In...
  • An ISIL supporter in Iraq waves a flag in a file photo. Islamic extremists from different parts of the world are believed to be fighting alongside the militant group. Photo: Reuters

    Some Xinjiang extremists may be fighting in Iraq: China

    Jul 28, 2014 3:40pm
    Some Muslim extremists from China’s Xinjiang region could be participating in the Iraq violence, according to Wu Sike, China’s special envoy for the Middle East. Reuters quoted Wu as saying Monday that extremists had gone to the...
  • Dr. Kent Brantly (L) is shown in this undated photo as he cares for Ebola patients at a hospital in Monrovia. Photo: Reuters

    US doctor working in Liberia contracts Ebola

    Jul 28, 2014 2:43pm
    An American doctor working for a relief organization in Liberia has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus, media reports said on Sunday. The doctor, a 33-year-old male named Kent Brantly, is now receiving intensive medical treatment in...
  • A Palestinian man salvages belongings from damaged buildings in a Gaza City district that that was hit heavily by Israeli shelling and air strikes. Photo: Reuters

    Fighting subsides in Gaza, but no sign of lasting deal

    Jul 28, 2014 7:51am
    Fighting abated in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas militants said they will back a 24-hour humanitarian truce, Reuters reported.  However, there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end the fighting with Israel, even as US...
  • Shanghai Husi Food had fought a court battle against a former employee who accused the firm of unethical behavior and improper work practices. Photo: Reuters

    Shanghai Husi Food faced claims over improper work practices

    Jul 25, 2014 12:16pm
    Shanghai Husi Food, which is at the center of a meat safety scandal in China, was embroiled in a court case recently against a former employee who had claimed, among other things, that he was made...
  • Britain is under growing pressure to stake a stronger stand on issues related to Hong Kong’s political and social development. Photo: HKEJ,

    UK to examine its role in Hong Kong political development

    Jul 25, 2014 10:51am
    UK’s parliament is launching an inquiry to determine what role Britain should play in Hong Kong’s social and political development, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Pressure has mounted in recent months on the former colonial...
  • The father of a nine-year-old Palestinian girl screams, followed by a relative carrying the wounded child, as they rush to the hospital in Gaza. Photo: AFP

    At least 15 killed by shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760

    Jul 25, 2014 9:02am
    At least 15 people were killed during shelling of a shelter at a UN-run school in northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, bringing the Palestinian death toll in the conflict to more than 760, Reuters reported. United...
  • A relative of a passenger on the ill-fated Air Algerie flight mourns after news of the crash. The plane's wreckage and several bodies were found in northern Mali, according to reports. Photo: Reuters

    Wreckage, bodies from missing Air Algerie plane found in Mali

    Jul 25, 2014 7:38am
    A missing Air Algerie passenger plane has been found crashed in northern Mali several hours after it disappeared from radar screens, the Associated Press reported Friday. Air Algerie flight AH5017 was carrying 116 passengers and crew...
  • South Korean police transport a stretcher with a body believed to be that of Yoo Byung-un, who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, into an ambulance in Suncheon on July 22. Photo: Reuters

    S Korea ferry fugitive hid as police searched cabin in May

    Jul 24, 2014 10:14am
    Yoo Byung-un, who was wanted in connection with South Korea’s April ferry disaster and whose heavily decomposed body was found in an orchard last month, is said to have evaded arrest in May by hiding behind...
  • Japan's exports in June were down 2 percent on a year earlier while imports were up 8.4 percent. Photo: Bloomberg

    Japan trade deficit expands as exports fall

    Jul 24, 2014 9:51am
    An unexpected fall in exports in June opened up a bigger-than-forecast trade deficit for Japan, with exports shrinking 2 percent from a year earlier and imports rising 8.4 percent, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The deficit amounted to 822.2 billion...
  • A screengrab from a video released by Boko Haram shows heavily armed members of the group and their leader Abubakar Shekau (center). The latest bombings bore the hallmarks of the extremist group. Photo: AFP/Boko Haram

    Nigeria suicide bombs kill 82, ex-leader targeted

    Jul 24, 2014 9:50am
    At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two suicide bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and former president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric...

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