15 September 2019


  • A file picture shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shaking hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of a summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Pyongyang has signaled its willingness to have fresh talks. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea follows offer of talks with new projectile launches

    Sep 10, 2019 9:09am
    North Korea said on Monday that it is willing to restart nuclear talks with the United States in late September but warned that dealings between the sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach, Reuters...
  • Hong Kong’s current protest movement has turned Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who opposes unification, into the frontrunner in the hotly contested January presidential race. Photo: Reuters

    China: The challenges of Hong Kong and Taiwan

    - Sep 9, 2019 2:28pm
    Twenty-two years ago, when Hong Kong became part of China, the former British colony’s relationship with Taiwan became part of China’s cross-straits relationship. Thus, when the pro-independence politician Chen Shui-bian became president of Taiwan in 2000,...
  • Boris Johnson is said to be determined to stick to a plan for Britain's exit from the EU by Oct. 31 with or without a deal to ease the transition. Photo: Reuters

    Sticking to Brexit plan, Johnson will not seek a delay

    Sep 9, 2019 11:56am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sticking to his Brexit plan and will not seek a delay to the nation’s departure from the European Union at a summit next month, Reuters reports, citing two ministers. Johnson...
  • Facebook and other social media platforms are preparing against a fresh onslaught of fake news as the US presidential election approaches. Photo: Reuters

    Online world getting increasingly chaotic

    - Sep 9, 2019 11:39am
    Facebook announced last Thursday that it would extend its fact-checking cooperation with international news agency Agence France-Presse to Hong Kong. AFP fact-checkers will help review posts from Hong Kong Facebook users, do the fact-checking and give...
  • Collapsed steel advertising boards lie in an area in Tokyo on Monday after the Japanese capital was lashed by Typhoon Faxai. Photo: Reuters

    Strong typhoon winds lash Tokyo area, causing transport chaos

    Sep 9, 2019 11:30am
    One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Japanese capital in recent years made landfall just east of Tokyo on Monday with record-breaking winds and stinging rain, Reuters reports. More than 130 flights were canceled and...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Beijing's top officials had listened to her views. Photo: Reuters

    Germany’s Merkel presses for peaceful Hong Kong resolution

    Sep 9, 2019 10:17am
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed calls for a peaceful solution to unrest in Hong Kong on Saturday during her trip to China. The Hong Kong protests have overshadowed a three-day visit Merkel had planned to use...
  • China's export growth is expected to slow further in coming months. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Aug exports shrink amid sharp fall in US shipments

    Sep 9, 2019 10:15am
    China’s exports unexpectedly fell in August as shipments to the United States slowed sharply, pointing to further weakness in the world’s second-largest economy and underlining a pressing need for more stimulus as the Sino-US trade war...
  • British Airways said a strike action by its pilots over a pay dispute is unjustifiable. Photo: Reuters

    BA pilots ground planes in 48-hour strike over pay dispute

    Sep 9, 2019 9:48am
    British Airways (BA) pilots began a 48-hour strike on Monday, grounding most of the airline’s flights and disrupting thousands of travelers’ plans in unprecedented industrial action over a pay dispute, Reuters reports. The British Airline Pilots...
  • Protestors leave after lighting fire on a road during a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday. The unrest triggered by the extradition bill shows no signs of ending despite the withdrawal of the bill by the government. Photo: Reuters

    Police fire tear gas amid fresh violent protests over weekend

    Sep 9, 2019 9:37am
    Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Causeway Bay on Sunday, one of many violent incidents that took place over the weekend as the unrest in Hong Kong escalated. Police moved on protesters as they...
  • It is deemed hard for the IAEA to verify the particles’ origin and it is also not clear whether the traces are remnants of material or activities that predate the landmark 2015 deal. Photo: AFP

    IAEA found uranium traces at Iran ‘atomic warehouse’: report

    Sep 9, 2019 9:28am
    Samples taken by the UN nuclear watchdog at what Israel’s prime minister called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, two diplomats who follow the agency’s inspections...
  • US President Donald Trump said canceled a planned secret meeting with the Taliban’s “major leaders” on Sunday at a presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says he canceled peace talks with Taliban over attack

    Sep 9, 2019 9:24am
    US President Donald Trump said he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders after the insurgent group claimed responsibility last week for an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people, Reuters...
  • Robert Mugabe died in Singapore, where he had often received medical treatment in recent years. Photo: Reuters

    Zimbabwe’s Mugabe: from liberator to oppressor

    Sep 6, 2019 1:50pm
    Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who died in Singapore aged 95, was feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white...
  • Digital resources and AI technology sometimes throw up moral and legal issues that will need to be addressed. Photo:

    Governance of artificial intelligence

    - Sep 6, 2019 10:47am
    Shanghai will build a state-of-the-art open AI development platform, the city’s party boss Li Qiang said at the opening of the World AI Conference last week. Many cities across the world want to develop AI, but...
  • Urquhart Castle stands on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness, Scotland. Photo: Reuters

    Loch Ness monster might just be a giant eel, say scientists

    Sep 6, 2019 7:49am
    Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch’s icy waters. The results ruled out the presence of large...
  • One of only a handful of female rappers, Nicki Minaj won six American Music Awards. Photo: AFP

    Rapper Nicki Minaj stuns fans with retirement announcement

    Sep 6, 2019 7:42am
    Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj took fans by surprise on Thursday with an announcement that she was retiring from the music business to “have my family”, Reuters reports. Minaj, 36, gave the news to her 20 million...
  • Former junior business minister Jo Johnson is followed by a reporter as he leaves his home in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    British PM Johnson’s own brother quits on eve of poll campaign

    Sep 6, 2019 7:33am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to kick off what is in effect an election campaign casting parliament as the enemy of Brexit was overshadowed on Thursday when his younger brother quit the government, citing national...
  • Hong Kong has slipped three notches in EIU's global liveability rankings, but it is still ahead of key regional rival Singapore. Photo: HKEJ

    HK ranked No. 38 on liveable cities list, ahead of Singapore

    Sep 5, 2019 6:25pm
    Hong Kong took the No. 38 spot on a list of the world’s most liveable cities, down three notches from a similar survey last year, as per the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The city, however, can derive comfort...
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    UK government drops bid to stop Brexit delay bill in parliament

    Sep 5, 2019 3:09pm
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government abandoned attempts in the upper house of parliament to block a law aimed at stopping the country from leaving the European Union without a deal, Reuters reports. The move paved...
  • The Solomon Islands relies heavily on foreign assistance due to its limited means of generating income, which is largely through timber exports. Photo: Reuters

    Beijing offers fund for Solomon Islands to break Taiwan ties

    Sep 5, 2019 1:06pm
    China is offering to bankroll a development fund for the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific if it switches diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing, a parliamentary committee in the small island nation has heard. The...
  • Trade teams from China and the United States will hold talks in mid-September before the high-level discussions in Washington next month. Photo: Reuters

    China, US to resume high-level trade talks in October

    Sep 5, 2019 11:04am
    China and the United States agreed to hold high-level trade talks in early October in Washington, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday, amid fears that an escalating trade war could trigger a global economic recession. Asian...