Date
19 May 2019

International

  • International bodies such as the World Economic Forum now organize their annual meetings around the quest for a new “narrative” to replace neoliberalism. Photo: Bloomberg

    Stories that can’t end well

    - May 8, 2019 1:55pm
    In today’s irrational world of fake news and bad-faith politics, a new mantra has emerged: It’s all about narratives. Power today lies in one’s ability to tell a story. As a case in point, consider Ukrainian...
  • Georginio Wijnaldum scores Liverpool's second goal past Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen at Anfield Stadium on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Believe in miracles, Liverpool!

    - May 8, 2019 12:57pm
    How can one not love Liverpool FC? When very few people in the world believed they could make it, they did. Liverpool completed a miracle comeback with a 4-0 sweep over Barcelona this morning and won...
  • Investigators examine an autonomous Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Arizona last year. Photo: Reuters

    How shall we tackle ethical issues arising from technology?

    - May 8, 2019 10:40am
    Big data is changing the way we see the world. When the amount of information reaches a certain level, powerful algorithms and machine learning will often lead to new conclusions that go against traditional wisdom. As...
  • Parents hug their children who were evacuated following a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

    Two students open fire at Colorado school, wounding eight

    May 8, 2019 8:23am
    Two students walked into a Denver-area science and technology school and opened fire on Tuesday, wounding eight of their schoolmates before they were taken into custody, Reuters reports. Several of the victims of the shooting were...
  • Facebook focuses on three main categories of local community news: local crime, court news and obituaries. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook offers insights for HK online community news outlets

    - May 7, 2019 5:27pm
    Last year, Facebook announced that it would cut down on the dissemination of hard news, and return to its original intention of building an online community news network that truly belongs to individual users. Over the...
  • Facebook plans to link Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram to allow users to message each other across the three platforms. Photo: Bloomberg

    Facebook move to integrate platforms raises privacy concerns

    - May 7, 2019 3:20pm
    It seems that it will be more convenient for users to reach their friends across the three different messaging platforms owned by Facebook after its plan to integrate Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp is realized, but some...
  • Reuters reporters Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe Oo walk free after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after over 500 days in jail

    May 7, 2019 1:16pm
    Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars....
  • File photo of a man snorkeling in the "Coral Gardens" of the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia.  Corals are among those threatened by the relentless pursuit of economic growth. Photo: Reuters

    Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction

    May 7, 2019 9:05am
    One million animal and plant species are at imminent risk of extinction due to humankind’s relentless pursuit of economic growth, scientists said in a landmark report on the devastating impact of modern civilization on the natural...
  • Britain's Prince Harry speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    It’s a boy! Meghan, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, gives birth

    May 7, 2019 8:02am
    Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, gave birth to a boy on Monday, the seventh-in-line to the throne and described by his proud father as “absolutely to die for”. The baby,...
  • The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is leading the deployment to the Middle East. Photo: US Navy via Reuters

    US deploying carrier, bombers to Middle East to deter Iran

    May 7, 2019 7:55am
    The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show that Washington will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any...
  • Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans during a protest against the High Election Board's decision to re-run the mayoral election in Istanbul on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Turkey to re-run Istanbul election lost by Erdogan’s AKP

    May 7, 2019 7:48am
    Turkish authorities scrapped the result of a vote for Istanbul mayor lost by President Tayyip Erdogan’s candidate, responding to calls by his AK Party for a re-run, Reuters reports. The High Election Board (YSK) on Monday...
  • US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (right), shown here with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing on May 1, said China’s retreat from earlier commitments would have led to substantive changes in the deal. Photo: Reuters

    Tariff hike prompted by China reversal: US officials

    May 7, 2019 7:35am
    China backtracked on substantial commitments it had made during trade talks with the United States, prompting US President Donald Trump to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods slated to go into effect on Friday, Reuters reports,...
  • The wreckage of the plane was found in a remote mountainous zone in the northern municipality of Ocampo, Photo: AFP/Mexico's Civil Protection Agency

    13 killed in Mexico jet crash

    May 7, 2019 7:32am
    A private jet crashed between the US city of Las Vegas and Monterrey in northern Mexico, killing all 13 people aboard, Reuters reports. The wreckage of the plane was found via aerial surveillance in a remote...
  • St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was one of the targets of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Why massive drone attacks are a real and imminent threat

    - May 6, 2019 5:47pm
    The recent carnage in Sri Lanka could be indicative of something even more profound and worrisome.  As the threshold for launching terrorist attacks is getting lower and lower, they could become increasingly frequent around the world...
  • Virtual reality is often associated with games, but the technology is also being increasingly used in medical services. Photo: Reuters

    Virtual reality relieves pain of patients

    - May 6, 2019 3:02pm
    When it comes to virtual reality (VR), most people may think of computer games, but the application of VR is far more than that. VR is widely applied today in medical services, particularly in pain management....
  • Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during their first public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    As Japan celebrates, new Empress is full of foreboding

    - May 6, 2019 12:01pm
    Japan is taking 10 days of holiday to celebrate the new era of Reiwa (令和) and the enthronement of the first Emperor in 30 years. Naruhito took over from his father Akihito on May 1. But...
  • Most people are still very healthy at age 60. Some actually find their health conditions deteriorate after they stopped working. Photo: Freepik

    How to live a 120-year life

    - May 6, 2019 10:24am
    An average person usually retires at around 60, after working for around 40 years. But the human lifespan is becoming longer, and it’s no longer a dream to live till 120, with new technologies that help...
  • A passenger plane catches fire after an emergency landing at the Sheremetyevo Airport outside Moscow on Sunday. Photo: The Investigative Committee of Russia/Handout via REUTERS

    41 killed after Russian passenger plane crash-lands in Moscow

    May 6, 2019 8:10am
    Forty-one people on board a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane were killed on Sunday, including two children, after the aircraft caught fire as it made a bumpy emergency landing at a Moscow airport, Reuters reports, citing Russian...
  • A missile lands as smoke rises during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Death tolls rise in surging Israel-Gaza fighting

    May 6, 2019 8:05am
    Rockets and missiles from Gaza killed four civilians in Israel, while Israeli strikes killed 19 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, in surging cross-border fighting on Sunday, Reuters reports, citing Gazan officials and the Israeli...
  • Chinese officials are scheduled to meet their US counterparts in Washington on Wednesday after meeting in Beijing last week. Photo: Reuters

    Trump threatens higher tariffs on Chinese goods

    May 6, 2019 7:49am
    US President Donald Trump dramatically increased pressure on China to reach a trade deal by announcing on Sunday he would hike US tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods this week and target hundreds of...

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