15 October 2018


  • Brazil needs to open its economy further, abandon socialist populism and attract capital. Photo: Reuters

    Brazil faces significant challenges

    - Oct 3, 2018 11:16am
    Uncontrolled spending and ruinous results: Brazil has been a prime example of the policy of “more is less”. Under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, the country felt invincible and believed that entering into...
  • The US economy is roaring and the stock market is soaring. But it is only a question of when, not if, the economic reckoning will come. Photo: AFP

    Road runner populism

    - Oct 3, 2018 10:11am
    Populist economics has rarely had it so good. The US economy is roaring, the stock market is soaring, and the Trump administration’s protectionism has apparently had a negligible impact on growth. Trump’s dictum that “trade wars...
  • US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said Washington remained committed to a diplomatic solution but was prepared to consider a military strike if Russia's development of the medium-range system continued. Photo: Reuters

    US would destroy banned Russian warheads if necessary: envoy

    Oct 3, 2018 8:33am
    Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said. The United States believes Russia is...
  • Search and rescue workers evacuate a survivor trapped in a collapsed restaurant in Palu on Sunday. Photo: Antara Foto via Reuters

    Time running out in search for Indonesia quake survivors

    Oct 3, 2018 7:33am
    Time was running out on Wednesday for anyone trapped in the rubble of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, five days after disaster struck, while increasingly angry survivors waited for an aid operation to move...
  • Arthur Ashkin of the United States, Gerard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada are this year's winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics. Photo: TT New Agency via Reuters

    Laser scientists win 2018 Nobel Physics Prize

    Oct 2, 2018 6:15pm
    Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics for breakthroughs in the field of lasers used for surgery as well as scientific study, the award-giving body said on Tuesday....
  • Since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, China has transformed into a surveillance state. Photo: Reuters

    US-China conflict: human rights moving to forefront

    - Oct 2, 2018 11:59am
    Ten years ago when I authored a short book on human rights to coincide with the Beijing Olympics, I wrote that the human rights situation was bad but used to be worse. Today, such a simple...
  • A growing number of human jobs are being taken over by machines. Photo: Reuters

    Getting prepared for AI future

    - Oct 2, 2018 11:58am
    Two new books about artificial intelligence (AI) came out recently. One is Lee Kai-Fu’s AI Superpowers, which discusses what this technological revolution means for everyone, and China’s potential to win in the AI era. The other...
  • American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo. Photo: Reuters

    Scientists behind cancer immunotherapies win Nobel for medicine

    Oct 2, 2018 7:40am
    American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Monday for game-changing discoveries about how to harness and manipulate the immune system to fight cancer, Reuters reports. The...
  • Residents carry their belongings after an earthquake hit the Balaroa sub-district in Palu; inset: an aerial view of a bridge damaged by the tsunami, Photo: Reuters

    Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone; thousands feared dead

    Oct 2, 2018 7:29am
    Indonesia scrambled to get help into Sulawesi island, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami on Friday, as survivors streamed away from their ruined homes and accounts of devastation filtered out of remote areas, Reuters...
  • Rescuers evacuate passengers and crew from an Air Niugini plane that crashed in the waters in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia on Friday. Photo: James Yaingeluo via Reuters

    Passengers safe after Air Niugini flight crashes in Micronesia

    Sep 28, 2018 3:28pm
    A flotilla of small boats rescued all 47 passengers and crew from an Air Niugini flight that crashed into the sea short of the runway at an airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia...
  • National Security Advisor John Bolton has been highly unorthodox and radical in his political stance and rhetoric, but probably those were the qualities US President Donald Trump was looking for, which is why he offered him the job. Photo: AFP

    Is John Bolton a time bomb in Trump administration?

    - Sep 28, 2018 12:52pm
    Ever since Steve Bannon left the White House, US National Security Advisor John Bolton has replaced him as the No. 1 madman in President Donald Trump’s governing team. And although Bolton has a pretty bad reputation...
  • China should reaffirm its 2013 commitment to ensuring that markets play a decisive role in allocating resources. Photo: CNSA

    Chinese reform during a trade war

    - Sep 28, 2018 10:16am
    Last June, The Economist lamented that US President “Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order” as he seeks “short-term wins for America” at the cost of “long-term damage to the world”. With Trump now escalating...
  • A UN fact-finding mission said Myanmar’s military had carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims with “genocidal intent”. Most of those who fled the crackdown are now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Photo: Reuters

    UN sets up body to prepare evidence on Myanmar atrocities

    Sep 28, 2018 9:44am
    The UN Human Rights Council will up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar, including possible genocide, for any future prosecution, Reuters reports. The 47-member Council voted by 35 votes to three,...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said steps taken by North Korea towards gradual disarmament should be followed by easing of sanctions. Photo: Reuters

    US at odds with China, Russia over North Korea sanctions

    Sep 28, 2018 8:59am
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned members of the United Nations Security Council that they must “set the example” by enforcing sanctions on North Korea as China and Russia suggested the council consider easing the...
  • Major League Baseball: The excitement builds. Photo: USA Today via Reuters

    Who will be this year’s Major League Baseball champions?

    - Sep 27, 2018 4:22pm
    The guessing game on who will be the final contenders in this year’s Major League Baseball season is as exciting as the playoffs themselves. For one thing, any of the five teams who made it to...
  • Pope Francis said he will have the final say on the appointment of bishops in China. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan says Vatican ties stable amid concerns over bishops deal

    Sep 27, 2018 1:01pm
    Taiwan said its relationship with the Vatican is stable, although it will closely watch what it described as “suppression” by China following a landmark deal between Beijing and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops on...
  • Maldives’ president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (center) may be perceived as having pro-India leanings, but that doesn’t mean he will dismantle China’s economic interests in the island nation. Photo: Reuters

    China’s influence in Maldives won’t wane despite election upset

    - Sep 27, 2018 12:19pm
    In the Sept. 23 presidential election in Maldives, the opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who was widely regarded as an underdog before the race, pulled off a major upset and defeated the incumbent leader of the...
  • A second summit is being planned for US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP

    Trump sees no time frame for North Korea deal

    Sep 27, 2018 9:24am
    US President Donald Trump said he did not have a time frame for North Korea to denuclearize just as his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, plans to visit Pyongyang again next month to set up a...
  • US President Donald Trump's accusation that China is seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 US congressional elections was flatly rejected by Beijing's top diplomat Wang Yi (inset). Photo: Reuters

    Trump says China meddling in 2018 polls; Beijing rejects charge

    Sep 27, 2018 8:18am
    US President Donald Trump accused China of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 US congressional elections, saying Beijing did not want his Republican Party to do well because of his pugnacious stance on trade, Reuters...
  • Dalian Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin (second from right) and FIFA representatives attend an event announcing the strategic partnership between the Chinese group and FIFA. Photo: Reuters

    Sports sponsorship becomes a weapon of mass disruption

    - Sep 26, 2018 2:27pm
    Sports sponsorship has long been a commercial battlefield, and a global arms race has emerged over recent decades. Corporations from across the world have spent ever-increasing sums of money on the right to be associated with...

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