25 February 2020


  • Director Bong Joon-ho (right) and actor Song Kang-ho of the Oscar award-winning film Parasite field questions at a news conference in Seoul on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    All eyes on South Korea

    - Feb 21, 2020 9:48am
    South Korea is all the rage these days. Earlier this month, Parasite, from the South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Having read the reviews and seen the film a few...
  • A woman walks past the branch of a church where a woman known as "Patient 31" attended a service in Daegu, South Korea on Wednesday. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters

    Coronavirus fears turn S Korea’s Daegu into a ghost town

    Feb 21, 2020 9:32am
    The streets of South Korea’s fourth-largest city have been abandoned, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the new coronavirus in what authorities described as a “super-spreading event” at a church, Reuters reports....
  • Washington expects Beijing to stick to its pledges to buy more US goods under a trade deal despite the virus crisis. Photo: Reuters

    US expects China to honor trade commitments despite virus crisis

    Feb 21, 2020 9:32am
    The United States expects China to honor its commitments to buy more US goods under a trade deal signed by the two sides in January, despite the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports, citing a senior unidentified US...
  • Air passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region could fall by 8.2 percent this year in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to IATA. Photo: Reuters

    Asian airlines could lose US$27.8 bln revenue due to virus: IATA

    Feb 21, 2020 9:22am
    Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region stand to lose US$27.8 billion of revenue this year as they slash flights due to declining demand as a result of the coronavirus, an industry body has estimated, Reuters reports. The...
  • China’s central bank has taken another step to shore up the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Bloomberg

    China cuts benchmark lending rate to prop up economy

    Feb 21, 2020 9:03am
    China cut the benchmark lending rate on Thursday, as widely expected, in a bid to lower financing costs for businesses and support the economy amid the coronavirus crisis. The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was lowered...
  • Michael Bloomberg (L) faced blistering attacks from Senator Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic presidential contenders during a debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Bloomberg comes under fire at fiery Democratic debate

    Feb 20, 2020 6:00pm
    Michael Bloomberg faced a barrage of attacks at his first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, as his rivals assailed the free-spending and fast-rising billionaire over his record on race, history of sexist comments and the use...
  • German special forces prepare to search an area after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Gunman kills nine in German shisha bar rampage

    Feb 20, 2020 5:26pm
    A suspected right-wing extremist shot nine people dead in two shisha bars in an overnight rampage through a German city before, police believe, returning home and killing himself. Federal prosecutors said they had taken charge of...
  • Employees work on a production line at a clothing factory in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. Despite calls to resume normal operations, the situation on the ground is pretty grim due to continuing fears over the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: CNS via Reuter

    Resuming work and containing virus: Two conflicting goals

    - Feb 20, 2020 5:04pm
    The coronavirus outbreak has created conflicts between central and local government officials in China. One major point of contention is the pace of resumption of work at businesses that were ordered shut earlier to prevent the...
  • A passenger waves after leaving the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Two passengers from virus-hit cruise ship in Japan die

    Feb 20, 2020 11:24am
    Two passengers from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo have died, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, as a second group of passengers began disembarking after two-weeks quarantined onboard. More than 620 of the passengers...
  • Workers from a disinfection service firm sanitize a branch of the Shincheonji Church where a woman is believed to have passed on coronavirus infection to some church service attendees. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters

    S Korea reports 31 new coronavirus cases, taking total to 82

    Feb 20, 2020 10:02am
    South Korea reported 31 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the number of people infected in the country to 82, Reuters reports, citing Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Of the new cases,...
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could spend decades behind bars if convicted. Photo: Reuters

    Trump offered to pardon Assange, lawyer says

    Feb 20, 2020 9:40am
    US President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday. Assange...
  • Covid-19 appears to inhabit both the upper and lower respiratory tracts. That would make it not only capable of causing severe pneumonia, but of spreading easily like flu or the common cold, scientists say. Photo:  NEXU Science Communication via Reuters

    New coronavirus spreads more like flu than SARS: Chinese study

    Feb 20, 2020 9:23am
    Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the new coronavirus say it behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses, suggesting it may spread even more easily...
  • A medical worker in protective suit transports oxygen tanks at a hospital in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    China reports big drop in new coronavirus cases in Hubei

    Feb 20, 2020 9:04am
    China reported a dramatic drop in new coronavirus cases in Hubei province, sparking hopes that authorities have contained or at least controlled the outbreak at its epicenter.   Hubei had 349 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, down...
  • US President Donald Trump obviously believes that the country’s entire legal machinery is at his personal disposal, the author says. Photo: AFP

    Coming to Justice with dirty hands

    - Feb 19, 2020 6:17pm
    When the North American colonies achieved independence from the British crown, the most valuable legacy that they retained was the common law. Inherent in the common law is the separation of the judiciary from the executive...
  • China has retaliated against the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper published an opinion piece that was critical of Beijing’s initial response to the coronavirus crisis, among other things. Photo: Bloomberg

    China expels three WSJ reporters over opinion piece

    Feb 19, 2020 5:17pm
    China has revoked the press credentials of three journalists of the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper declined to apologize for a column that called China the “real sick man of Asia”, Reuters reports. Geng Shuang,...
  • Passengers walk past a quarantine notice about the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Photo: Reuters

    Coronavirus and anti-Chinese sentiment

    - Feb 19, 2020 2:57pm
    The new coronavirus outbreak is causing significant disruption to business, travel and day-to-day life for millions of people in China and around the world. It has also created uncertainty and fear. And that in turn has...
  • South Korean passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess are seen in front of a Korean presidential jet at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters

    S Korea confirms 15 new cases of coronavirus

    Feb 19, 2020 10:19am
    South Korea reported 15 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people infected in the country to 46, Reuters reports. Thirteen of the new cases are in the city of Daegu...
  • Europe's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is set to unveil data strategy and artificial intelligence discussion papers. File photo: Reuters

    EU to unveil plans to boost Europe firms, rein in US tech giants

    Feb 19, 2020 9:58am
    The European Commission will on Wednesday launch the first of a raft of proposals to help European companies exploit their trove of industrial data and at the same time rein large online platforms such as Facebook,...
  • US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaign travel to California from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump blasts proposed US curbs on sale of jet parts to China

    Feb 19, 2020 9:33am
    President Donald Trump objected to US proposals that would prevent companies from supplying jet engines and other components to China’s aviation industry and suggested he had instructed his administration not to implement them, Reuters reports. In...
  • Passengers are seen on the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Tuesday, as they continue to be tested for the novel coronavirus. Photo: Reuters

    Japan plans HIV drug trials to fight coronavirus

    Feb 19, 2020 9:24am
    Japan said it plans to start trials of HIV medications to treat coronavirus patients as an increase in the number of cases poses a growing threat to the economy and public health, Reuters reports. The government...