21 August 2018


  • Patients are seen outside a government hospital near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday following a strong earthquake on nearby Lombok island. Photo: Reuters

    At least 82 dead after powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok

    Aug 6, 2018 8:40am
    At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, Reuters reports. The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt...
  • (From left) Intelligence Director Dan Coats, National Security Advisor John Bolton, FBI chief Christopher Wray, NSA head Paul Nakasone and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen hold a press briefing at the White House on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump team says Russia behind effort to meddle in US elections

    Aug 3, 2018 8:51am
    US President Donald Trump’s national security team said Russia is behind “pervasive” attempts to interfere in upcoming US elections, in a rejection of denials of meddling that Russian President Vladimir Putin made directly to Trump, Reuters reports....
  • Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, secured a comfortable victory in a violence-marred election. Photo: Reuters

    Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa wins first post-Mugabe election

    Aug 3, 2018 7:32am
    Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former spy chief installed after Robert Mugabe’s removal in a coup in November, was elected on Thursday after a poll marred by the deaths of six people in an army crackdown...
  • US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said President Donald Trump directed the higher tariffs because China has refused to meet US demands and has imposed retaliatory tariffs on US goods. Photo: Bloomberg

    China urges US to return to reason on trade

    Aug 2, 2018 4:19pm
    China urged the United States to return to reason after the Trump administration sought to ratchet up pressure for trade concessions by proposing a higher 25 percent tariff on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports, Reuters...
  • How about a marriage contract where the terms can be updated annually? Photo: AFP

    Forget prenup, go for blockchain marriage

    - Aug 2, 2018 3:41pm
    We want prenup! We want prenup! The line immortalized by Kanye West in Gold Digger has become a siren call for a generation who get married and don’t believe they can trust each other in the...
  • Mexican trade official Guillermo Malpica (L) and Canadian trade negotiator Colin Bird discuss progress in trade talks with the US at a conference in Traverse City, Michigan on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    US, Mexico move closer to deal on autos content rules: report

    Aug 2, 2018 9:12am
    The United States and Mexico have made substantial progress on the issue of autos content rules at talks to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Reuters reports, citing Mexican and Canadian officials. Guillermo Malpica,...
  • In China, there is often bad blood between local party chiefs and city mayors as a result of intense power struggles. Photo: AFP

    A glimpse into the dog-eat-dog world of mainland politics

    - Aug 2, 2018 8:53am
    In mainland politics, it is almost routine for party chiefs and mayors in big and small cities alike to be on bad terms or have bad blood with each other as a result of intense power...
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump are the protagonists in a new Cold War between a confident new-style authoritarianism and a faltering liberal democracy. Photo: Reuters

    Donald Trump or Xi Jinping: Who will win the new Cold War?

    - Aug 2, 2018 8:30am
    Less than two months after Donald Trump completed his first year in office as America’s most unconventional president in recent history, China’s National People’s Congress amended the country’s constitution to extend indefinitely Xi Jinping’s term as...
  • The US$200 billion list of goods targeted for tariffs would have a bigger impact on consumers than previous rounds of tariffs. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump to propose 25% tariff on US$200 billion of Chinese imports

    Aug 1, 2018 4:13pm
    The Trump administration plans to propose slapping a 25 percent tariff on US$200 billion of imported Chinese goods after initially setting them at 10 percent, in a bid to pressure Beijing into making trade concessions, Reuters...
  • A Facebook billboard advertisement warning against fake news is displayed at Earls Court underground station in London on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook says it uncovered new meddling before 2018 US elections

    Aug 1, 2018 8:33am
    Facebook Inc. said it has identified a new coordinated political influence campaign to mislead its users and sow dissension among voters ahead of the US congressional elections in November, Reuters reports. It said it has removed...
  • Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, is shown in this courtroom sketch on the opening day of his trial on bank and tax fraud charges in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says collusion is not a crime as Russia probe trial begins

    Aug 1, 2018 8:18am
    President Donald Trump again attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia and the 2016 US election, reiterating that his campaign did not collude with Moscow and saying collusion is not a crime anyway, Reuters reports....
  • A satellite image shows the Sanumdong missile production site in North Korea on Sunday. Photo: July 29, 2018. Planet Labs via Reuters

    US detects new activity at North Korea factory that built ICBMs

    Jul 31, 2018 1:55pm
    US spy satellites have detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, a senior US official said. Photos and infrared imaging indicate...
  • Hong Kong as an independent economic entity under the “one country, two systems” principle would have a key role to play in helping Beijing to break out of the encirclement imposed by the West. Photo: Xinhua/AFP

    Why Sino-US trade war would bring new opportunities for HK

    - Jul 31, 2018 1:12pm
    After the launch of economic reforms in 1979, China focused its energy on implementing them throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Since then Beijing had largely adopted a low profile on the global scene and avoided getting...
  • Ciudad del Este has a flourishing black market where smuggling, trading of knockoffs, drugs and weapons, and even human trafficking are rampant. Photo: Bloomberg

    Ciudad del Este: Paraguay’s Hong Kong

    - Jul 31, 2018 10:56am
    Many people might think that Hong Kong is such a unique and one-of-a-kind city in the world. The truth is, there are quite a few other “Hong Kongs” scattered across the globe. Among them is Ciudad...
  • File picture shows Chinese leader Xi Jinping with US President Donald Trump in Beijing  on Nov. 8, 2017. China has offered face-saving ways for Trump to leave the battlefield and declare victory, but he refuses to take them up. Photo: AFP

    The US is at risk of losing a trade war with China

    - Jul 31, 2018 9:40am
    What was at first a trade skirmish – with US President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum – appears to be quickly morphing into a full-scale trade war with China. If the truce agreed...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced new technology, energy and infrastructure initiatives in emerging Asia as part of efforts to counter Beijing’s influence in the region. Photo: Reuters

    Australia, Japan join US infrastructure push in Asia

    Jul 31, 2018 9:26am
    Australia and Japan have joined the United States in a push to invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the three nations. “The United States, Japan and Australia have...
  • US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed “to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods”. Photo: AFP

    Europe’s trade victory in Washington

    - Jul 31, 2018 9:15am
    On July 25, when US President Donald Trump appeared in front of the White House with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, their joint statement and spoken remarks surprised many. The two sides agreed...
  • US President Donald Trump aims to force Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups in the Middle East. Photo: Reuters

    Trump willing to talk to Iran’s leader without preconditions

    Jul 31, 2018 7:41am
    US President Donald Trump has offered to meet Iran’s leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reports. “I’d meet with...
  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt shakes hands with China's State Councillor Wang Yi during a joint news conference in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    China offers free trade talks with Britain after Brexit

    Jul 30, 2018 4:29pm
    China on Monday offered to hold talks on a free trade deal with the United Kingdom after its exit from the European Union, reaching out to London as Beijing remains mired in a trade war with Washington,...
  • Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio is deeply worried over the growing wealth gap in the United States. Photo: Bloomberg

    Huge wealth disparity in US raises concerns

    - Jul 30, 2018 4:03pm
    Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, bewailed that the average statistics hardly reflect the real conditions. For instance, the average statistics show that the United States is a rich nation. But...

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