20 April 2019


  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to British Prime Minister Theresa May at the chancellery in Berlin on Tuesday. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    EU to allow another Brexit delay subject to conditions

    Apr 10, 2019 8:36am
    European Union leaders will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit but they could demand she accepts a much longer extension as France pushed for conditions to limit Britain’s ability to undermine the...
  • The Dalai Lama said last month that it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India. Photo: AFP

    Dalai Lama hospitalized with chest infection

    Apr 10, 2019 8:22am
    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday with chestinfection, and was in stable condition, Reuters reports, citing an aide. The 83-year-old Buddhist monk, who fled to India in early...
  • Premier Li Keqiang is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of the EU-China Summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    EU hails breakthrough with China on industry subsidies

    Apr 10, 2019 7:38am
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised the European Union that Beijing will no longer force foreign companies to share sensitive know-how when operating in China and is ready to discuss new global trading rules on industrial subsidies,...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as he arrives at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23. Photo: Reuters

    Why Italy has better odds in overcoming ‘Belt and Road’ risks

    - Apr 9, 2019 4:42pm
    During Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s state visit to Italy last month, Rome signed a preliminary deal to join the ‘Belt and Road’ program, becoming the first G7 entity to participate in the Beijing-led infrastructure initiative.  Michele...
  • The World Health Organization estimates that around 90 percent of people worldwide breathe polluted air. Photo: CNSA

    Cities for the people

    - Apr 9, 2019 9:51am
    Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as “Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible”. He could well have been describing many modern-day metropolises. The world, especially Sub-Saharan...
  • Libyan National Army members are closing in on the internationally recognized government in Tripoli. Photo: Reuters

    Battle rages for Libya’s capital, airport bombed

    Apr 9, 2019 8:02am
    A warplane attacked Tripoli’s only functioning airport on Monday as eastern forces advancing on the Libyan capital disregarded international appeals for a truce in the latest of a cycle of warfare since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in...
  • US Secret Service head Randolph “Tex” Alles will leave his job next month. Photo: Reuters

    US Secret Service chief to leave in Trump security shake-up

    Apr 9, 2019 7:43am
    US President Donald Trump has ordered a shake-up of the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security, the head of the US Secret Service said, after the White House said the official would soon be leaving...
  • US President Donald Trump said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the Iranian government’s "primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign”. Photo: Reuters

    US names Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

    Apr 9, 2019 7:26am
    US President Donald Trump said he would name Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, drawing Iranian condemnation and raising concerns about retaliatory attacks on American forces, Reuters reports. The action by Trump, who...
  • A photo shows a healthcare staff member receiving a measles vaccine amid a surge in infections in Hong Kong this year. Authorities have reminded people of the importance of vaccinations, but not everyone is taking the warning seriously. Photo: CNSA

    Why vaccine skepticism is more troubling than measles itself

    - Apr 8, 2019 5:04pm
    The measles outbreak in Hong Kong this year has set the entire city on edge. Recently when I returned to Hong Kong from a Singapore trip, I noticed that airport staff at the arrivals terminal was...
  • Despite warnings from the United States and NATO, Turkey seems determined to follow through with the purchase of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia. Photo: Reuters

    The Sick Man of NATO

    - Apr 8, 2019 11:34am
    As NATO marks the 70th anniversary of its founding, it is confronting a crisis unique in its history. Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has concluded a deal to purchase an S-400 air defense system from...
  • Members of the Libyan National Army head out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli on Sunday. Photo:

    Eastern Libyan forces conduct air strikes on Tripoli

    Apr 8, 2019 9:13am
    Eastern Libyan forces carried out air strikes on the southern part of Tripoli on Sunday and made progress toward the city center, residents said, escalating an operation to take the capital as the United Nations failed...
  • US President Donald Trump is shown with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in this file photo taken at the White House on Oct. 12, 2017. Photo: Reuters

    US Homeland Security chief Nielsen resigns

    Apr 8, 2019 8:12am
    US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who became best known for defending President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents, said on Sunday she was leaving her position effective immediately, Reuters reports. Nielsen’s...
  • People join a candle vigil to mark the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Rwanda honors those killed in genocide 25 years ago

    Apr 8, 2019 8:08am
    Rwanda began a week of solemn ceremonies on Sunday to commemorate the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago. President Paul Kagame laid...
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave the church near High Wycombe, northwest of London, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    May eyes compromise with Labour Party as Brexit nears

    Apr 8, 2019 7:56am
    Britain’s government held out the possibility of compromise with the opposition Labour Party to try to win support in parliament for leaving the European Union with a deal, just days before the latest Brexit date, Reuters...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen condemned the mainland's provocative act, and urged Beijing to stop disrupting the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Photo: Reuters

    How DPP has once again benefited from Beijing’s coercive moves

    - Apr 4, 2019 6:51pm
    On Sunday morning, two J-11 fighter jets of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait and entered the airspace of Taiwan. In rapid response, the Taiwan Air...
  • Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE are facing continuing troubles in the United States. Photo: Reuters

    MIT halts collaborations with China’s Huawei, ZTE

    Apr 4, 2019 3:49pm
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced that it has halted collaborations with Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp over US federal investigations of the Chinese technology companies’ alleged violations of sanctions, Reuters reports. “MIT is not...
  • Digital transformation poses implementation challenges for corporates as employees are often suspicious of change. Photo: Freepik

    Culture challenge in digital transformation

    - Apr 4, 2019 11:02am
    A survey of senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies showed that 91.6 percent of the firms had begun to devote more resources to Big Data and AI-related initiatives. But many off them admitted that their investments...
  • Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, in this file picture from March 11. Photo: Reuters

    Ethiopia set to release report on deadly Boeing crash

    Apr 4, 2019 9:14am
    Investigators will on Thursday release a report on last month’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, giving the first official clues on the Boeing 737 Max disaster that killed 157 people, Reuters reports. A spokesman for...
  • The EU requirement for unanimity effectively silences Europe’s voice on important global issues. Photo: Reuters

    China’s roar may wake up a sleeping Europe

    - Apr 4, 2019 8:29am
    In northwestern Beijing, amid universities, parks and museums, sits a striking structure, resembling a sundial – the China Millennium Monument, erected a little more than 20 years ago to welcome the arrival of a new millennium. Inside...
  • Volodymyr Zelensky gained fame as a comedian in a hit TV drama series, which made him a household name among Ukrainians. Photo: Reuters

    What a former TV comedian could deliver for the Ukrainians

    - Apr 3, 2019 6:36pm
    In the recent first-round voting of the Ukrainian presidential election, Volodymyr Zelensky, a complete political rookie, gained 30 percent of the total votes, which gave him a substantial lead over the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, who...

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