17 October 2018


  • Although Singapore’s growth has slowed, it still compares favorably to Europe. Photo: Bloomberg

    Crazy Rich Asia

    - Oct 10, 2018 9:54am
    In the surprise hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians” (based on a 2013 Kevin Kwan novel), a New York University economics professor (Rachel), travels with her boyfriend to Singapore to meet his family. There, she learns, apparently...
  • US President Donald Trump said China is not ready to reach a deal on trade. Photo: Reuters

    Trump repeats threat of more tariffs if China retaliates

    Oct 10, 2018 8:32am
    President Donald Trump repeated his threat to impose tariffs on US$267 billion worth of additional Chinese imports if China retaliates for the recent levies and other measures the United States has taken in the countries’ escalating...
  • Plans are being made for the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says Kim summit to come after November elections

    Oct 10, 2018 8:15am
    US President Donald Trump said his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be held after US congressional elections on Nov. 6, Reuters reports. Speaking to reporters as he flew to Iowa for a...
  • US President Donald Trump was effusive in his praise of Nikki Haley, who announced on Tuesday she was stepping down as ambassador to the United Nations. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s UN envoy Haley quits, denies 2020 ambitions

    Oct 10, 2018 7:41am
    Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star, said she was stepping down as US ambassador to the United Nations, but knocked down speculation that she might challenge President Donald Trump at the next election, Reuters reports. Sitting...
  • A photo shows areas affected by landslides after a 7.5 quake hit Hela region in Papua New Guinea in February. In PNG, only 15% of the population lives in urban areas, while the rest are scattered across rural regions. Credit: Bernard J McQueen via Reuters

    Is Papua New Guinea really as dangerous as people say?

    - Oct 9, 2018 6:12pm
    Recently I made a trip to Papua New Guinea, the remote southwestern Pacific island country that is due to host the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November. Before I set out for the place,...
  • US international leadership must rest on American values, and on a broad perception of adherence to the unalienable principles underlying liberal democracy.  Photo: Reuters

    Reclaiming American internationalism

    Oct 9, 2018 10:20am
    To watch the debate play out in America’s news media, it would seem that the opposite of “America First” is American interventionism: a chronic penchant for leaping, to no apparent end, into wars of choice and...
  • US President Donald Trump seems to think that multilateralism dilutes American power, given that the United States can always use its economic and geopolitical clout to win a bilateral dispute. Photo: AFP

    What’s behind Trump’s trade war?

    - Oct 9, 2018 10:02am
    Since World War II’s end, trade has grown 50 percent faster than global GDP, owing largely to successive rounds of liberalization under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (previously the General Agreement on Tariffs and...
  • Clear message: To avoid severe economic and social shocks and protect essential ecosystems, we urgently need to limit the increase in global temperature to within 1.5° Celsius of the pre-industrial level. Photo: Reuters

    The latest climate science must mobilize us, not paralyze us

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body tasked with providing scientific evidence and consensus on climate change and its implications for decision-makers and the public, has just issued its latest, long-awaited report....
  • A woman shops for onions at a market in Caracas on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Venezuela’s annual inflation hits 488,865 percent in September

    Oct 9, 2018 8:15am
    Venezuelan consumer prices rose 488,865 percent in the 12 months ending in September, Reuters reports, citing a member of the opposition-run congress. Daily inflation is now 4 percent, according to opposition legislator Angel Alvarado, with monthly...
  • William Nordhaus (left) and Paul Romer won the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize. Photo: Yale University/ NYU Stern School of Business via Reuters

    US economists win Nobel for work on climate change, innovation

    Oct 9, 2018 8:05am
    Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, pioneers in adapting the western economic growth model to focus on environmental issues and sharing the benefits of technology, won the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize, Reuters reports. In a joint...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on Sunday. Photo: KNCA via Reuters

    Pompeo: Pyongyang to let inspectors into missile, nuclear sites

    Oct 8, 2018 4:37pm
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ready to allow international inspectors into the North’s nuclear and missile testing sites, one of the main sticking points over an...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi at the start of their meeting at the Diaoyutai Guest House in  Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Pompeo visit to China kicks off with frosty exchange

    Oct 8, 2018 4:27pm
    A meeting of top US and Chinese diplomats got off to a frosty start on Monday, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi airing grievances amid worsening...
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are displayed on a billboard in Jerusalem. Photo: Sharon Gal Or

    What Creative Countries & Smart Cities Global Challenge is about

    - Oct 8, 2018 1:34pm
    Innovation plays a vital role in the success and development of every country and community around the world. According to the United Nations, more than 54 percent of the world’s population now resides in urban areas...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on Sunday. Photo: KNCA via Reuters

    Kim, Pompeo strike positive tone after Pyongyang meeting

    Oct 8, 2018 8:35am
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un described his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday as “productive and wonderful”, Reuters says, citing a report from state media KCNA on Monday. Kim and Pompeo agreed...
  • Meng Hongwei, whose disappearance was reported in France on Friday, is under investigation by the National Supervisory Commission for suspected violations of law, the Chinese anti-corruption body said on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China says Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation

    Oct 8, 2018 8:05am
    China said on Sunday it was investigating Meng Hongwei for suspected wrongdoing after the head of the global law enforcement organization Interpol and Chinese vice minister for security was reported missing in France, Reuters reports. The...
  • Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said authorities were examining camera footage and airport records as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: Reuters/Middle East Monitor via Reuters

    Erdogan closely following case of missing Saudi journalist

    Oct 8, 2018 8:02am
    Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said he is closely following the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he has been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Reuters reports. Erdogan...
  • Yadizi rights activist Nadia Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege are the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Photo: Reuters

    Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist win Nobel Peace Prize

    Oct 5, 2018 6:31pm
    Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace...
  • Once a champion of democracy, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is now mired in corruption scandals. Photo: Reuters

    Drain the EU swamp

    - Oct 5, 2018 1:54pm
    Populist leaders have long made gains by posing as the alternative to a “corrupt elite” that enriches itself at the expense of “the people”. According to the populists, only they can restore decency to governance. Or,...
  • Wolves players are made to wear sensors that enable the coach to analyze their real-time status and tell how hard they played throughout the game. Photo: Reuters

    How big data can boost job performance

    - Oct 5, 2018 12:58pm
    The other day I watched a game between the Wolves and Manchester United. According to the commentator, the Wolves players were all made to wear sensors that enabled the coach to analyze their real-time status and...
  • The recent saga of a Chinese family who was allegedly maltreated by police officers during a trip to Sweden has caused much controversy. Photo: Xinhua/Internet

    Why some Chinese tourists behave so badly abroad

    - Oct 5, 2018 11:49am
    Over the past 10 years or so, China has witnessed an explosive growth in the number of its outbound tourists, hitting nearly 130 million in 2017. But while countries are scrambling for this nearly trillion-dollar market,...

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