15 December 2018


  • US President Donald Trump expressed optimism that he could strike a trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says he would intervene in case against Huawei CFO

    Dec 12, 2018 10:32am
    US President Donald Trump said he will intervene with the US Justice Department in the case against a top executive of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing. “If...
  • Supporters of India's main opposition Congress party celebrate in New Delhi after initial results from state elections on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    India’s ruling BJP suffers big defeat in key state elections

    Dec 12, 2018 9:35am
    India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost power in three key states on Tuesday, dealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the opposition ahead of national polls next...
  • Four groups of journalists are featured in four separate covers of TIME magazine honoring the "Person of the Year" for 2018. Photo: TIME via Reuters

    Time’s ‘Person of Year’ goes to journalists

    Dec 12, 2018 8:06am
    Time presented its “Person of the Year” honor to a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as the magazine warned the ideal of...
  • An artist's sketch of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou attending her B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing in Vancouver on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Canadian court grants bail to Huawei executive

    Dec 12, 2018 7:50am
    A Canadian court has granted bail to a top executive of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. while she awaits a hearing for extradition to the United States, Reuters reports. Meng Wanzhou, 46, Huawei’s chief financial officer and...
  • Philippine Air Force personnel unload the bells of Balangiga after their arrival at Villamor Air Base in Pasay on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    US returns bells looted after Philippine wartime massacre

    Dec 11, 2018 3:27pm
    Church bells taken as war trophies by US forces more than a century ago arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, ending Manila’s decades-long quest for the return of some of the most famous symbols of resistance to...
  • Realizing that older workers can make significant contributions, an increasing number of US firms have stopped setting explicit retirement age for their employees. Photo: Bloomberg

    The increasing importance of perennials in the workplace

    - Dec 11, 2018 2:40pm
    While companies, particularly in the tech sector, are vying for young employees by offering chic offices, flexible working hours and other things, another category of workforce has been growing rapidly in recent years and may also...
  • File photo of Thai voters checking their names on registration lists at a polling station in Bangkok. Many hope that the election will restore democracy in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy. Photo: AFP

    Thailand to hold general election on Feb. 24, says poll body

    Dec 11, 2018 1:36pm
    Thailand will hold a much-delayed general election on Feb. 24, pending the lifting of a ban on political activity by the junta in Bangkok by January, Reuters reports, citing the Election Commission. The junta imposed a...
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen's 1975 classic featuring the late Freddie Mercury, surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally, according to Universal Music Group. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Bohemian Rhapsody most-streamed 20th century song

    Dec 11, 2018 11:11am
    They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most streamed song from the 20th century.  Boosted...
  • Bennu, roughly a third of a mile wide (500 meters), orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Earth. There is concern that the asteroid may impact Earth late in the 22nd century. Photo: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

    NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

    Dec 11, 2018 9:53am
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, Reuters reports. OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles...
  • The Voyager 2 probe has crossed the boundary called the heliopause as it journeys a bit more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from Earth. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    NASA’s Voyager 2 probe crosses into interstellar space

    Dec 11, 2018 9:36am
    Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space as it continues its marathon trek billions of miles from...
  • Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons in London on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    May postpones vote on Brexit deal

    Dec 11, 2018 8:10am
    British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal to seek more concessions but the European Union refused to renegotiate and lawmakers doubted her chances of winning big changes, Reuters reports.  May’s...
  • Protesters wearing yellow vests watch as French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the nation on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Macron unveils tax cuts to quell unrest, vows to pursue reforms

    Dec 11, 2018 7:41am
    France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to defuse weeks of often violent protests that have challenged his authority, Reuters reports. In his...
  • Pro-Brexit supporters burn a European Union flag during a demonstration in central London on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    UK can unilaterally stop Brexit, top EU court rules

    Dec 10, 2018 4:41pm
    The European Union’s top court ruled on Monday that the British government may unilaterally reverse its decision to leave the bloc, without consulting the other member states, Reuters reports. In an emergency judgment delivered just a...
  • A taxi driver takes part in a protest in Seoul in October against a carpool service application that will be launched by Kakao Corp. later this year. Photo: Reuters

    S Korean taxi driver sets self on fire to protest carpool app

    Dec 10, 2018 4:32pm
    A South Korean taxi driver set himself on fire and died on Monday to protest a carpooling service proposed by a company that operates the country’s most popular chat app, Reuters reports. The 57-year-old driver doused...
  • In quite a few areas, Xi Jinping appears to be dismantling Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, not implementing them. Photo: Reuters

    Is Xi Jinping living up to the spirit of reform and opening up?

    - Dec 10, 2018 3:46pm
    Forty years ago this month, the Communist Party of China, led by Deng Xiaoping, issued a clarion call for reform. Deng, who had emerged as the country’s strongman two years after the death of Chairman Mao...
  • According to court documents filed in Canada, US authorities believe Huawei's CFO Sabrina Meng had at least seven passports, including three issued by Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Questions over Huawei CFO’s alleged possession of 3 HK passports

    Dec 10, 2018 3:30pm
    The Hong Kong government is facing calls for a probe after US authorities alleged that Huawei’s global chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, who has been arrested in Canada earlier this month and is facing extradition...
  • Electronic payments via Alibaba Group’s Alipay or Tencent Holdings’ WeChat have become increasingly popular in China. Photo: CNSA

    Rejecting physical cash is illegal, PBoC warns vendors

    Dec 10, 2018 11:47am
    China’s central bank on Monday warned that rejecting cash as a form of payment was illegal, saying such practices could eventually cause the loss of confidence in physical money and was unfair to those not accustomed...
  • US President Donald Trump and his predecessors in the office attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush on Dec. 5. Photo: Reuters

    The final achievement of George H.W. Bush

    - Dec 10, 2018 11:27am
    Former US President George H. W. Bush died on Nov. 30 at the age of 94. The entire country was in grief. The 41st president of the United States was held in high regard by the...
  • California is exploring ways to improve the health of its forests so that they will be more resilient to wildfires. Photo: Reuters

    Climate action trumps Trump

    - Dec 10, 2018 10:49am
      Now is not a good time to be a climate-change denier like US President Donald Trump, given all the recent evidence that the atmosphere is warming faster than expected. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, for...
  • Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is accused of covering up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions. Photo: Reuters

    China says US should withdraw arrest warrant for Huawei CFO

    Dec 10, 2018 8:16am
    China’s foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador to lodge a “strong protest” over the arrest in Canada of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s chief financial officer, and said the United States should withdraw its arrest warrant, Reuters...

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