Date
20 July 2019

World

  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: AFP

    Saudi princess, bodyguard on trial over alleged Paris beating

    Jul 10, 2019 9:48am
    French prosecutors said they are pushing for a six-month suspended prison sentence for the sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as she went on trial in absentia in a case involving the beating of a workman...
  • Mercedes Vila, co-founder of Biotech Foods, said her company aims to reach production scale and have regulatory approval by 2021. Photo: Reuters

    US$280,000 lab-grown burger set to be a lot more affordable

    Jul 10, 2019 9:41am
    Consumers concerned about climate change, animal welfare and their own health are fueling interest in so-called clean meat, with the number of associated business startups climbing from four at the end of 2016 to more than...
  • US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as they meet at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30. Photo: Reuters

    US says N Korea nuclear freeze won’t be end of process

    Jul 10, 2019 9:30am
    The United States would hope to see a freeze in the North Korean nuclear program as the start of a process of denuclearization, not the end of it, Washington said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. “(A) freeze,...
  • A volunteer checks whether garbage is properly sorted at a refuse collection point in Shanghai.  Photo: Xinhua

    Sorting garbage a headache for Shanghai residents

    - Jul 10, 2019 9:01am
    Shanghai has introduced mandatory garbage sorting, effective July 1.  It aims to emulate the success of similar policies in Japan and Sweden. Household waste in the city now has to be sorted into four categories: wet garbage,...
  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be using restrictions on exports to South Korea as a leverage, days before a parliamentary election. Photo: CNSA

    Japan, South Korea raise stakes in dispute over forced labor

    Jul 10, 2019 7:45am
    Japan and South Korea have raised the stakes in a dispute that threatens to disrupt global supplies of smartphones and chips, with South Korea denouncing Japanese reports it had transferred a sensitive chemical to North Korea,...
  • Donald Trump is seen with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (extreme right) in this picture taken during the ‘Salute to America’ event in Washington on July 4. Credit: Reuters

    Why Trump’s July 4 military parade is worrying

    - Jul 9, 2019 6:18pm
    On July 4, US President Donald Trump finally fulfilled his dream of having a military parade in his capacity as the commander-in-chief of the nation’s armed forces. Ever since he witnessed a Bastille Day military parade...
  • Hong Kong Canton-pop singer Denise Ho tells the UN Human Rights Council that the city's autonomy has slowly eroded since the 1997 handover. Photo: AFP

    Denise Ho speech at UN rights council angers Chinese delegates

    Jul 9, 2019 2:57pm
    Denise Ho Wan-see, a staunch supporter of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movements, has asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to speak up in defense of the city’s autonomy and consider suspending China’s membership in the 47-member...
  • Use of medical robots can increase the efficiency and precision of surgeries. Photo: Bloomberg

    What does the future hold for medicine?

    - Jul 9, 2019 10:44am
    In the past, a lot of people died from malaria, cancer, complications caused by HIV/AIDS, gangrene, cholera and other deadly diseases. Nowadays, however, technological advancements have made it possible for people with diabetes, kidney failure, liver...
  • No matter how wealthy one has become, there won’t be a real sense of security without press freedom and  proper checks and balances. Photo: AFP

    A child molestation scandal grips Shanghai

    - Jul 9, 2019 8:46am
    Wang Zhenhua, the chairman of real estate group Future Land Development (01030.HK), was detained in Shanghai on suspicion of child molestation. According to reports, a middleman took two girls, aged 9 and 12, to a five-star hotel...
  • Geoffrey Berman, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photograph of Jeffrey Epstein as he announces the filing of charges against the financier on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Financier Epstein pleads not guilty to sex trafficking charges

    Jul 9, 2019 8:14am
    American financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking as prosecutors accused him of luring dozens of girls as young as 14 to his luxury homes in New York and Florida and paying...
  • Vice President Wang Qishan speaks at the World Peace Forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    World cannot shut China out, Vice President Wang says

    Jul 9, 2019 7:31am
    China and the rest of the world must co-exist, Vice President Wang Qishan said, in an indirect jab at the United States, Reuters reports. Top representatives of the world’s two biggest economies are trying to resume...
  • Kuomintang officials urge the people to oppose amendments to the Referendum Act in a rally in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: Internet

    Taiwan’s Kuomintang leads fight against referendum law revision

    Jul 8, 2019 2:19pm
    Tens of thousands of people staged a protest in Taipei on Sunday afternoon, expressing strong dissatisfaction with the amendments to the Referendum Act. The massive rally, which was held in front of the Presidential Office Building...
  • Fighting misinformation and fake news on the Web has become more daunting for authorities around the world. Photo: Bloomberg

    Fact-checking 2.0

    - Jul 8, 2019 12:53pm
    The 6th Global Fact-Checking Summit, a three-day event that was held in Cape Town, South Africa last month, saw participants from across the world hold in-depth discussions on ways to implement fact-checking and curb misinformation in...
  • Climate change fight requires large-scale international coordination and cooperation, which is missing at the moment. Photo: Reuters

    World politics in the context of global warming

    - Jul 8, 2019 10:27am
    As a borderless challenge, global warming is supposed to be dealt with on the international level through multilateral dialogues and cooperation. Unfortunately, as the world leaders all have their own different agendas, politics is taking precedence...
  • Pursuing a so-called slash career can help an individual achieve work-life balance and satisfaction. Photo: Freepik

    CEOs can also have a slash lifestyle

    - Jul 8, 2019 10:25am
    When I stepped down as CEO of Tse Sui Luen Jewellery in 2010, I said I wanted to devote more time to the society and to education. Many people thought that there must be some untold...
  • China's ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London on Sunday. Photo: BBC Handout via Reuters

    China envoy laments ‘Cold War mentality’ over HK protests

    Jul 8, 2019 9:36am
    China is not interested in a diplomatic war with Britain but rejects the “Cold War mentality” it has seen from some British politicians over Hong Kong, China’s ambassador to London said on Sunday. China and Britain...
  • A woman walks in front of a mural depicting the Statue of Liberty in Tehran on Sunday. Photo: West Asia News Agency via Reuters

    Iran draws warning after announcing nuclear deal breach

    Jul 8, 2019 8:16am
    Iran said on Sunday it will shortly boost its uranium enrichment above a cap set by a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, prompting a warning “to be careful” from US President Donald Trump, Reuters reports. In a...
  • Prime Minister-elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged more investments and fewer taxes. Photo: Reuters

    Greek Conservatives take charge in landslide win

    Jul 8, 2019 8:08am
    Greece’s opposition conservatives have returned to power with a landslide victory in snap elections, Reuters reports. Prime Minister-elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday he has a clear mandate for change, pledging more investments and fewer taxes....
  • The Americans whoop it up at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    USA beat Netherlands 2-0 to win women’s World Cup

    Jul 8, 2019 7:32am
    The United States won a record-extending fourth women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday as second-half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle confirmed their status as the leading power in...
  • Riza Aziz, stepson of former Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been charged in connection with the 1MDB scandal. File photo: Reuters

    ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer charged in Malaysia 1MDB case

    Jul 5, 2019 2:54pm
    Malaysia on Friday charged a stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak with money laundering, alleging he misappropriated almost US$250 million linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Reuters reports. Riza Aziz, a co-founder of...

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