22 November 2019


  • Former Vatican treasurer George Pell is serving a six-year jail sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage choirboys. Photo: AFP

    Cardinal Pell allowed to challenge sexual abuse conviction

    Nov 13, 2019 9:58am
    Australia’s High Court agreed to hear a final appeal from former Vatican treasurer George Pell over his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenage choirboys,  Reuters reports. Pell, who is in jail serving a six-year sentence handed down...
  • As with any new technology, the success of blockchain will depend on how users perceive it, adopt it, and interact with it, says the author. Graphic: Reuters

    What needs to happen for blockchain to become mainstream

    - Nov 13, 2019 9:33am
    The early enthusiasm for blockchain and the virtual assets it supports, while still felt by a large and active community, has also given way to disappointment and cynicism in some quarters. At this point in blockchain’s short...
  • Huawei is preparing to reward staff who helped the company weather the impact of US trade sanctions. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei to reward staff with huge bonus as it rides out US curbs

    Nov 12, 2019 5:09pm
    Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies said on Tuesday that it will hand out 2 billion yuan (US$286 million) in cash rewards to staff working to help the firm ride out US sanctions. The reward is...
  • Lower living costs and a more relaxed lifestyle are prompting a growing number of Chinese to opt to live in smaller towns. Photo: Yicai

    Why a young Chinese man opted for a small northeastern city

    - Nov 12, 2019 11:49am
    While a lot of young mainlanders are struggling with exorbitant home prices in big cities, Li Hai, 33, recently bought a 77-square-meter apartment in the northeastern Heilongjiang province for less than 60,000 yuan (US$8,450) Li, born...
  • A screen displays the transaction volume of Alibaba’s Singles' Day shopping festival at the firm’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China early on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales hit new record, but growth slows

    Nov 12, 2019 11:30am
    Alibaba Group saw sales during its 24-hour Singles’ Day shopping blitz on Monday hit a record US$38.4 billion, though the growth rate was slower compared to previous years. The Chinese online retail giant announced that gross...
  • People take part in a demonstration on Monday in Mexico City in support of Bolivian President Evo Morales after he announced his resignation the previous day. Photo: Reuters

    Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia’s Morales; demands safe passage

    Nov 12, 2019 8:19am
    Mexico granted asylum to Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales on Monday and demanded safe passage for him from the troubled South American nation. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Morales’ life was in danger, and the...
  • Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison talks to locals during a visit to the Club Taree Evacuation Center in Taree, New South Wales on Sunday. Photo: AAP via Reuters

    Australians urged to evacuate as ‘catastrophic’ fires loom

    Nov 11, 2019 12:33pm
    Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia’s east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming “catastrophic” fire conditions, Reuters reports. Bushfires burning across New...
  • The fruits of the fourth industrial revolution – Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc. – will be used to solve social problems. Photo: Xinhua

    How can we create a smarter future?

    - Nov 11, 2019 12:13pm
    With the profound changes to technological and production systems brought by the fourth industrial revolution, the “future-ready” concept proposed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) will benefit the general public and boost people’s upward mobility. Germany designated...
  • The volume of packaging material used by China’s e-commerce and express delivery sectors hit 9.4 million tons last year, and is on course to reach 41.3 million tons by 2025. Photo: Reuters

    Green groups warn of packaging waste surge in China

    Nov 11, 2019 11:48am
    Accumulated waste from China’s e-commerce and express delivery sectors stands to more than quadruple by 2025 unless action is taken to rein it in, green groups said on Monday, as an online shopping spree known as...
  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales announces his resignation in Lauca N, Cochabamba on Sunday. Photo: Bolivian Government TV via Reuters

    Bolivia’s Morales resigns after protests over disputed vote

    Nov 11, 2019 8:41am
    Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he would resign after the military called on him to step down and allies deserted him following weeks of protests over a disputed election, Reuters reports. Morales, in power...
  • Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to well-wishers during their royal parade in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Japan imperial couple greeted by thousands in Tokyo parade

    Nov 11, 2019 7:40am
    Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako rode through central Tokyo on Sunday in a motorcade to mark this year’s imperial succession as well-wishers waved national flags and held up mobile phones for snapshots of the smiling...
  • China's President Xi Jinping has called on the country to boost the development of blockchain technology. Photo: Reuters

    Blockchain not suitable for China’s digital currency: PBoC

    Nov 8, 2019 3:41pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the stepped-up development of blockchain technology in the country. But even if the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is considering coming up with its own digital currency, it is “neutral”...
  • Anti-government protesters take part in a Guy Fawkes-themed march in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    How Hong Kong and Chile ended up on the same path to turmoil

    - Nov 8, 2019 3:36pm
    This year, particularly in the second half, waves of massive anti-government movements and street protests have been sweeping across the world. In Hong Kong, the resistance movement arising from the anti-extradition bill saga is still going...
  • Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is skeptical that any of the current crop of Democratic candidates can defeat Republican President Donald Trump in next year’s election, a spokesman said. Photo: AFP

    Bloomberg considering jump into Democratic presidential race

    Nov 8, 2019 8:21am
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is strongly considering entering the race for the 2020 US Democratic presidential nomination, a move that could greatly disrupt the field just three months before the first nominating contests,...
  • Singapore does not allow protests over political situations in other countries. Photo: Bloomberg

    Singapore police investigate Hong Kong protest bar meeting

    Nov 7, 2019 6:54pm
    Singapore police said on Thursday they are investigating an alleged meeting at a bar last month held to discuss anti-government protests in Hong Kong, in a possible breach of the city-state’s law against unauthorized public assembly....
  • The trade deal may be signed this month by US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a yet-to-be determined location. Photo: Reuters

    China and US agree to cancel tariffs in phases: Beijing

    Nov 7, 2019 4:12pm
    China and the United States have agreed in the past two weeks to cancel tariffs imposed during their months-long trade war in different phases, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. China and the United States...
  • Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu  said maintaining China's economic growth has been fundamental to the Communist Party’s political legitimacy. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan warns of possible attack if China slowdown worsens

    Nov 7, 2019 3:19pm
    Beijing could resort to military conflict with self-ruled Taiwan to divert domestic pressure if a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy amid the trade war threatens the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, the island’s foreign...
  • An officer stands next to a container filled with illegally imported plastic waste on Batam island, Indonesia, on July 29, 2019.  Photo: AFP

    Why the plastic crisis matters

    - Nov 7, 2019 2:52pm
    Plastics have become a hot topic. News stories about plastic on beaches and in the oceans abound, and policymakers have begun to respond with bans or limitations on plastic bags and single-use plastic items. But the...
  • Ahmad Abouammo, one of three facing charges, repeatedly accessed the Twitter account of a prominent critic of the Saudi royal family in early 2015, according to the complaint. Photo: AFP

    Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

    Nov 7, 2019 9:04am
    Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face US charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment,...
  • Philippine President Leni Robredo: “If I could save at least one innocent life, my principles and heart are telling me I should give this a try." Photo: Reuters

    Philippine VP accepts Duterte offer to be anti-drugs tzar

    Nov 7, 2019 8:17am
    The vice president of the Philippines accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer of a lead role in his brutal war on drugs, even though she expected her political rival’s administration would try to thwart her progress, Reuters...