29 February 2020


  • Richard Padelia, his wife Rosanna and two of their four children sit outside their new home in Tacloban. The family used to live close to the shoreline, which the government has now designated as a 'no-build zone'. Photo: Reuters

    Philippines Haiyan suvivors still waiting for help

    Nov 7, 2014 8:52am
    A year on, survivors of Haiyan, the most devastating typhoon to ever make landfall, are still waiting for help to get on with their lives. In Tacloban, a city of 220,000 south of the Philippine capital...
  • Energy chief Piyush Goyal says India's electricity output will be increased mainly by diversifying energy sources. Photo: Reuters

    India eyes renewables in US$250 bln energy spree

    Nov 7, 2014 8:15am
    India will spend US$250 billion to double its electricity output and connect everyone to the power grid in the next five years. The money will come from new investment in power generation and transmission, the Financial Times...
  • A missile streaks over the city of Kobani during fighting between Islamist militants and Iraqi Kurds. Photo: Reuters

    Iraqi Kurds yet to make real headway in battle for Kobani

    Nov 7, 2014 8:00am
    Iraqi Kurdish forces defending the besieged Syrian city of Kobani have halted jihadist advances and stopped militant reinforcements but have yet to gain significant progress on the battlefield. The Iraqi Kurdish forces known as Peshmerga have...
  • Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of top security chiefs in Moscow on Nov. 6 to discuss a ‘deterioration of the situation’ in eastern Ukraine after alleged ceasefire violations there. Photo: Reuters .

    Putin discusses ‘deterioration’ in east Ukraine

    Nov 7, 2014 7:52am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with the nation’s top security chiefs on Thursday over what Moscow said was a deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported. The talks came after pro-Russian rebels in the...
  • Japan's Shinzo Abe (left) says a mere handshake with China's Xi Jinping (righ) will go a long way to enhancing stability in the region. Photo: Reuters

    Officials scramble to get Xi, Abe to meet at APEC

    Nov 7, 2014 7:44am
    Frenetic efforts are under way to arrange a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo on the sidelines of next week’s APEC summit, according to the Wall Street Journal. A meeting between the...
  • Luxury homes at Sentosa Cove form the backdrop of this year's Singapore Yacht Show in April. Photo: Bloomberg

    Home prices sink at Singapore billionaire enclave

    Nov 6, 2014 10:56am
    Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa — where Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, and Bhupendra Kumar Modi, a telecommunications billionaire born in India, have homes — is losing its appeal for foreign billionaires, Bloomberg reports. Taxes Singapore introduced in 2013 of as...
  • Virgin Galactic hopes to complete the construction of the second SpaceShipTwo by the middle of next year. Photo: Reuters

    Virgin Galactic building new spaceship after crash

    Nov 6, 2014 10:38am
    Virgin Galactic engineers are busy putting together a new spaceship that will replace the company’s rocket-powered plane that broke apart over Mojave, California, last Friday during a test flight that killed one pilot and left another...
  • Harvard University has disclosed that it secretly photographed students in lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. Photo:

    Harvard photographed students in secret to study attendance

    Nov 6, 2014 10:38am
    Harvard University has revealed that it conducted a research project on class attendance that resulted in students and professors being photographed in lecture halls without their knowledge, Bloomberg reported. Teachers were informed after the fact that...
  • A soldier stands guard outside a building where a meeting between the military and opposition was taking place in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, earlier this week. Photo: Reuters

    West African bloc presses Burkina Faso on civilian rule

    Nov 6, 2014 9:57am
    West African leaders urged Burkina Faso to appoint a civilian transitional head quickly to steer the country to elections next year following the overthrow of longtime ruler Blaise Compaore last week, Reuters reported. “I have confidence...
  • Kim Henares, chief tax collector of the Philippines, won't take no for an answer. Photo: Bloomberg

    Unloved? Philippines’ tax chief couldn’t care less

    Nov 6, 2014 8:35am
    Kim Henares, the Philippines’ chief tax collector, doesn’t care if she’s unpopular. The head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue has been fending off attacks on two fronts. In Congress, she has been fighting efforts to lower...
  • Fredrik Neij is escorted by police after his arrest at the Thailand-Laos border. He is facing prison in Sweden. Photo: Reuters

    Thai police: Pirate Bay co-founder to be extradited in a month

    Nov 6, 2014 8:08am
    A co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay will be deported from Thailand “within a month” after his arrest at the Laos border. Fredrik Neij, 36, is being questioned in the Thai capital Bangkok after he was...
  • Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the White House on November 5, a day after Republicans seized control of the Senate. Photo: Reuters

    Obama to seek new authorization for Islamic State fight

    Nov 6, 2014 8:04am
    US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he will seek new authorization from the Congress for the fight against Islamic State militants that is already underway in Iraq and Syria. “The world needs to know...
  • Mitch McConnell, shown with his wife Elaine Chao, acknowledges supporters on election night. He told reporters he is ready to work with President Barack Obama on trade. Photo: Bloomberg

    Republican triumph may boost US trade deals

    Nov 6, 2014 7:44am
    Republican leaders will work with the Obama administration on trade after Wednesday’s sweeping election victories put the party in control of both houses of Congress.  Sen. Mitch McConnell, the presumptive Senate majority leader, said he had...
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Dutch PM: Thorough, independent probe needed for MH17

    Nov 5, 2014 3:09pm
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday said a thorough, independent investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is needed before any decision is made on where those responsible should face trial, Reuters reported. “What...
  • Barack Obama and Xi Jinping are expected to focus on trade-related issues during the upcoming APEC meeting in Beijing.

    What will Obama and Xi discuss at the APEC meeting?

    - Nov 5, 2014 12:16pm
    The APEC summit, which will kick off with a ministerial gathering in Beijing Friday and conclude with a two-day “Economic Leaders’ Meeting” next week, is the top focus for the Chinese government right now.   Authorities...
  • File photo of US President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon in 2012. Photo: AFP

    Washington takes hands-off stance on Suu Kyi

    Nov 5, 2014 10:14am
    United States President Barack Obama is not opposing the Myanmar government’s decision to bar Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi from running in next year’s presidential election, Reuters reported, citing US officials. Obama, who visits Myanmar next...
  • Susan Su was ordered to return US$5.6 million in illegal tuition fees and pay more than US$900,000 in restitution. Photo: ABC News

    US woman jailed for running fake school in visa scam

    Nov 5, 2014 9:57am
    A San Francisco woman has been jailed 16 years for running a bogus university that served as a front for an immigration scam. Susan Su made US$5.6 million from the racket which she used to buy homes,...
  • Jose Luis Abarca speaks to the media in this October 29 file photo. Mexican police have captured the fugitive former Iguala city mayor and his wife who the government says were the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 students in September. Pho

    Fugitive Mexico mayor, wife detained over missing students

    Nov 5, 2014 8:25am
    The fugitive mayor of Iguala, a southern Mexico town where 43 college students were apparently abducted in September after he reportedly ordered the police to attack them, has been detained along with his wife, the New York...
  • President Petro Poroshenko chairs a meeting of his national security council to consider scrapping an autonomy law for rebel-held areas. Photo: Reuters

    Eastern Ukraine autonomy deal totters after rebel vote

    Nov 5, 2014 8:11am
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned Ukraine’s separatist election and said western sanctions against Russia must continue. At the same time, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko threatened to scrap a law on greater autonomy underpinning an increasingly fragile...
  • The Vatican has condemned the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill American woman, as a 'reprehensible' act. Credit: Reuters

    Vatican official denounces US assisted suicide

    Nov 5, 2014 8:07am
    The Vatican’s top bioethics official has condemned the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill 29-year-old American who ended her life over the weekend, as an “absurdity”. “This woman (took her own life) thinking she...