20 April 2019


  • The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, on April 13. Photo: Reuters

    World’s largest plane makes first flight over California

    Apr 15, 2019 9:45am
    The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company...
  • The protectionism of some countries has harmed mutual trust among nations and limited the scope for multilateral cooperation, says PBoC deputy governor Chen Yulu. Photo: Bloomberg

    China denounces protectionism in swipe at US trade policy

    Apr 15, 2019 8:56am
    Protectionism has harmed mutual trust among countries and limited the scope for multilateral cooperation, a Chinese central bank official said on Saturday, taking a swipe at the Trump administration’s “America First” trade policies, Reuters reports. Chen...
  • US President Donald Trump has suggested that the Fed should return to quantitative easing. Photo: Reuters

    Trump calls for crisis-era stimulus

    Apr 15, 2019 8:36am
    The Federal Reserve’s actions have nicked economic growth and stock market gains, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday, calling on the central bank to consider pumping money into the economy as it did during the 2007-2009...
  • Guizhou's climate and geographical features offer an ideal environment for data center operations. Photo: Xinhua

    Guizhou: China’s outstanding example of a tech miracle

    - Apr 12, 2019 11:53am
    Previously, we talked about how Rwanda was able to rise from poverty by embracing technology. Such a dramatic shift also seems to be happening in southwestern China’s Guizhou province. As one of China’s poorest regions where...
  • IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at a news conference during the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    IMF chief says Brexit delay averts ‘terrible outcome’

    Apr 12, 2019 9:06am
    The head of the International Monetary Fund said the six-month delay of Britain’s exit from the European Union avoids the “terrible outcome” of a “no-deal” Brexit that would further pressure a slowing global economy but does...
  • An image taken by Israel spacecraft Beresheet shortly before it crashed on the moon. Photo: SpaceIL/Reuters

    Israeli spacecraft crashes onto moon after technical failures

    Apr 12, 2019 8:54am
    Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed onto the moon on Thursday after a series of technical failures during its final descent, shattering hopes of a historic controlled landing on the lunar surface, Reuters reports. The unmanned robotic lander...
  • US President Donald Trump greets South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in inside the Oval Office on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump open to third summit with North Korea’s Kim

    Apr 12, 2019 8:44am
    US President Donald Trump expressed a willingness to hold a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but said in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Washington would leave sanctions in place on...
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives the thumbs-up to news photographers inside a police ban after his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Assange charged after London arrest ends seven years in Ecuador

    Apr 12, 2019 7:31am
    British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of Ecuador’s embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks...
  • Rwanda’s Paul Kagame has won plaudits for his audacious and determined efforts to pursue reforms and transform the nation’s economy. Photo: Reuters

    Rwanda: From genocide to ‘Africa’s Singapore’

    - Apr 11, 2019 6:46pm
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, during which an estimated 500,000 to one million people, predominantly Tutsi, were massacred by the majority Hutu, and more than two million fled the country amid...
  • Voters line up outside a polling station in Majuli, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    India’s giant election gets underway

    Apr 11, 2019 11:28am
    Indians began voting on Thursday in the first phase of a mammoth general election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi gunning for a second term, having campaigned strongly on his national security record following a flare-up in...
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference following an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels on  Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    EU offers to extend Brexit deadline to October 31

    Apr 11, 2019 9:18am
    European Union leaders agreed to grant British Prime Minister Theresa May a new Brexit deadline of Oct. 31, after French President Emmanuel Macron opposed efforts to give her another year, Reuters reports. “A Brexit extension until...
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Photo: AAP via Reuters

    Australia goes to the polls on May 18

    Apr 11, 2019 8:59am
    Australians will go to the polls in a general election on May 18, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, firing the starting gun on a campaign expected to be fought over taxation, climate change and...
  • The first ever photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes under the Event Horizon Telescope project. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Scientists release first-ever photo of black hole

    Apr 11, 2019 8:38am
    Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable”, an international scientific team announced a milestone in astrophysics – the first-ever photo of a black hole – in an achievement that validated a pillar of...
  • Callao Cave on the northern Philippine island of Luzon, where fossils, including the right upper teeth (inset), of Homo luzonensis were found. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Fossils of extinct human species found on Philippine island

    Apr 11, 2019 8:22am
    Thirteen fossil bones and teeth excavated in a cave on the northern Philippine island of Luzon represent an enigmatic, previously unknown human species, probably small in stature and possessing an unexpected mix of archaic and modern...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara acknowledge cheers from supporters at the Likud party's headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Israel’s Netanyahu secures record fifth term in office

    Apr 10, 2019 1:28pm
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the Israeli national election, securing a record fifth term in office despite running neck-and-neck with his challenger Benny Gantz, the country’s three main television channels said on Wednesday. With 97...
  • The US Department of the Treasury estimates that as much as US$300 billion is laundered domestically each year. Photo: AFP

    The West’s dirty financial laundry

    - Apr 10, 2019 11:04am
    The money-laundering scandals keep rolling in, most recently in Estonia, where a subsidiary of Danske Bank reportedly processed some 200 billion euros (US$225 billion) in suspicious payments from around the region in recent years. Nonetheless, the...
  • Robotic recruiters are only interested in knowing to what extent your professional skills match the position. Photo: Reuters

    How to win over a robot recruiter

    - Apr 10, 2019 10:48am
    Have you ever heard of Science of Science? The subject refers to the study of all aspects of science and how it impacts society. One topic under Science of Science concerns the moral issues of artificial intelligence (AI)....
  • US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again" agenda embodies and celebrates unbridled selfishness and self-absorption, writes Joseph E. Stiglitz. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s most worrisome legacy

    - Apr 10, 2019 10:47am
    Kirstjen Nielsen’s forced resignation as US Secretary of Homeland Security is no reason to celebrate. Yes, she presided over the forced separation of families at the US border, notoriously housing young children in wire cages. But Nielsen’s...
  • A file photo from February shows US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey speaking at a news conference in Washington for their proposed ‘Green New Deal’ to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years. Photo: Reuters

    Toward a global Green New Deal

    Apr 10, 2019 10:09am
    The “Green New Deal” (GND) proposed by progressives in the United States cannot be achieved in isolation. To tackle climate change and inequality together, all countries will need to agree to new rules for international cooperation....
  • An Orthodox Jewish woman walks by a Yeshiva school bus in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; inset: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declares a public health emergency in response to the measles outbreak. Photo: Reuters

    New York declares public health emergency over measles outbreak

    Apr 10, 2019 8:49am
    A measles outbreak in Brooklyn, primarily among Orthodox Jewish children, prompted New York City to declare a public health emergency, requiring unvaccinated people in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines, Reuters reports....

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