19 August 2019


  • Demonstrators hold signs and chant slogans as they march in solidarity with the people of Kashmir, during a rally in Karachi on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Protests across Pakistan over India’s ‘illegal’ move in Kashmir

    Aug 6, 2019 8:12am
    Protests were held across Pakistan on Monday as the government said it strongly condemned India’s constitutional changes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir claimed by both countries, Reuters reports. India revoked the special status of...
  • China will not engage in a competitive devaluation and will maintain the stability and continuity of foreign exchange management policies, the People's Bank of China said. Photo: Bloomberg

    China lets yuan weaken and stops buying US crops

    Aug 6, 2019 7:26am
    China let the yuan weaken past the key 7-per-dollar level on Monday for the first time in more than a decade and later said it would stop buying US agricultural products, inflaming a worsening trade war...
  • As the 2020 presidential election draws near, Donald Trump is doing all he can to retain the backing of his core conservative support base. Photo: Reuters

    The cold calculations behind Trump’s move on death penalty

    - Aug 5, 2019 6:32pm
    With the full backing of President Donald Trump, US Attorney General William Barr announced recently that the federal government is reinstating the death penalty, a policy that has remained dormant for the past 16 years. According...
  • People shout slogans as they celebrate after the government scrapped the special status of Kashmir, in Ahmedabad, India, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    India scraps special status for Kashmir amid crackdown

    Aug 5, 2019 3:23pm
    India’s government on Monday revoked the special status of Kashmir in a bid to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country, the most far-reaching move on the troubled Himalayan territory in...
  • Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood-testing startup Theranos, saw her company rise to great heights and then fall apart. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lessons from the fall of Elizabeth Holmes

    - Aug 5, 2019 12:13pm
    A young girl decided to develop a blood-testing technology after watching a family member die of cancer. She studied hard and went to Stanford University at 17. Two years later, she dropped out of college and...
  • Christine Lagarde, the ECB's incoming chief, will need to pursue reforms at a time of deepening polarization among member-state governments. Photo: Reuters

    Lagarde’s ECB must modernize

    - Aug 5, 2019 11:45am
    As the nominee to succeed European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in November, Christine Lagarde may be hoping that her job will be somewhat easier than that of her predecessor. Yet the opposite is likely to...
  • Commuter train passengers wait for a ride to Jakarta outside a station, closed due to a major power blackout, in Banten, Indonesia, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Blackout hits Indonesian capital, parts of Java

    Aug 5, 2019 8:21am
    Power has been restored in most parts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, after the city of 10 million people went without electricity for more than nine hours due to technical issues, Reuters reports, citing the state power...
  • Nuon Chea was found guilty by a UN-backed court of genocide and sentenced him to life in prison last year. Photo: Reuters

    Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologist, ‘Brother Number Two’, dead at 93

    Aug 5, 2019 8:03am
    Nuon Chea, the chief ideologist and “Brother Number Two” of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, whose brutal rule in the 1970s led to the deaths of some 2 million people, died on Sunday at the age of 93,...
  • French inventor Franky Zapata is able to cross the English channel from Sangatte in France to Dover in England in just over 20 minutes on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Frenchman crosses English Channel on jet-powered hoverboard

    Aug 5, 2019 7:41am
    French inventor Franky Zapata on Sunday succeeded in crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, zooming over the Strait of Dover in just over 20 minutes, Reuters reports. After a previous bid in...
  • A woman reacts after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    29 killed in Texas, Ohio shootings; Democrats blame Trump

    Aug 5, 2019 7:32am
    Two mass shootings that killed 29 people in Texas and Ohio reverberated across the US political arena, with some Democratic presidential candidates accusing President Donald Trump of stoking racial divisions while he said “hate has no...
  • Tokyo and Washington share an understanding that they should try to strike a bilateral trade deal quickly, Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Japan, US agree to speed up trade talks aimed at bilateral deal

    Aug 2, 2019 10:12am
    Japan and the United States have agreed to accelerate their trade talks, Japan’s Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Thursday, Reuters reports. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, Motegi...
  • File picture of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) meeting with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at the tech giant's headquarters in Silicon Valley on June 22, 2016. Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters

    Facebook says it dismantled Saudi-linked influence campaign

    Aug 2, 2019 9:53am
    People connected to the government of Saudi Arabia have run a network of fake accounts and pages on Facebook Inc. to promote state propaganda and attack regional rivals, the social media giant said. Facebook said it...
  • Saudi Arabia is responding to widespread criticism over the status of women in the Kingdom. Photo: Reuters

    Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women

    Aug 2, 2019 9:46am
    Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, easing a heavily criticized male guardianship system, Reuters reports. A series of royal decrees published by the official...
  • The contract is part of a broad modernization of the Pentagon’s information technology systems. Photo: AFP

    Pentagon puts US$10 bln cloud computing contract on hold

    Aug 2, 2019 9:39am
    The Pentagon has decided to put on hold its decision to award a US$10 billion cloud computing contract after US President Donald Trump said his administration was examining Inc.’s bid following complaints from other tech...
  • Boris Johnson, who has pledged to deliver Brexit by the end of October, has promoted the idea of freeports during his political campaign. Photo: Reuters

    UK plans to create up to 10 freeports to boost post-Brexit trade

    Aug 2, 2019 9:19am
    Britain said on Thursday that it plans to create up to 10 freeports to boost trade and manufacturing by cutting cost and bureaucracy after the nation leaves the European Union, Reuters reports. Ports and airports around...
  • Donald Trump has warned that he could raise tariffs on Chinese goods even further if Beijing fails to move quickly to resolve outstanding issues. Photo: Reuters

    Trump announces more China tariffs as trade talks flounder

    Aug 2, 2019 9:07am
    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will impose a 10 percent tariff on US$300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept. 1 and that he could raise tariffs further if China fails to move...
  • Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu will have to defend his mainland-leaning approach to cross-strait relations if the ruling party continues to play the "Hong Kong card". Photo: AFP

    Why Han’s path to presidency won’t be an easy one

    - Aug 1, 2019 6:39pm
    Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, the candidate of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan’s presidential election, will need the full support of his partymates to unseat President Tsai Ing-wen of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The question is,...
  • Neuralink is researching on different kinds of brain interfaces in order to detect signals from hundreds of thousands of neural cells and put the data in deep-learning algorithms. Photo: Xinhua

    Connecting the human brain to AI

    - Aug 1, 2019 10:16am
    Two years ago, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk founded Neuralink Corporation, a tech startup that aims to build implants that connect the human brain to artificial intelligence systems. Some former Neuralink employees revealed that the company was...
  • There is a strong case for public investment in research and development when there are sufficiently strong spillover effects – for example, through the creation of new knowledge and techniques. Photo: Xinhua

    Economic growth and the US presidential election

    - Aug 1, 2019 9:53am
    Economic growth in the United States was just 2.5 percent in 2018 and, according to the latest “advance” estimate, may have slowed to only 2.1 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The economy is growing...
  • Liu Zhongtian, seen here in a file picture from 2009, has been accused of scheming with Zhongwang Holdings to evade US$1.8 billion of tariffs by smuggling huge amounts of aluminum into the US. Photo: Reuters

    China tycoon indicted in US for alleged aluminum tariff evasion

    Aug 1, 2019 9:24am
    A Chinese billionaire has been indicted by a grand jury in the United States on charges that he schemed with the aluminum company he founded to evade US$1.8 billion of tariffs by smuggling huge amounts of...

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