25 May 2018


  • Teen idol Fan Chengcheng finds a great way to make money out of his good looks and legions of fans with the help of the internet. Photo: YouTube/Fansyes

    Time to think about earning extra cash using the internet

    - May 8, 2018 9:13am
    It’s been reported that Chinese actress Fan Bingbing’s younger brother earned nearly 5 million yuan (US$785,625) overnight by posting his picture on Weibo which fans could see if they paid a fee. Fan Chengcheng, 18, has...
  • Donald Trump is expected to ask the Congress for US$15 billion spending cut from the federal budget. Photo: Reuters

    Trump to propose US$15 bln spending cut in scaled-back plan

    May 8, 2018 8:53am
    US President Donald Trump will on Tuesday request the Congress to trim a previously approved spending package by US$15 billion, including a controversial proposal to take back US$7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),...
  • Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit Washington next week to continue trade talks with US President Donald Trump's economic team after two days of discussions in Beijing last week failed to reach any consensus. Photo: Reuters

    China trade talks to resume in Washington next week: White House

    May 8, 2018 8:47am
    China’s top economic official will visit Washington next week to resume trade talks with the Trump administration, the White House said, after discussions in Beijing last week failed to produce agreement on a long list of...
  • President Xi warned in no uncertain terms that China would give no quarter whenever or wherever its sovereignty was challenged. Photo: Reuters

    Mending fences: Will China succeed in its charm offensive?

    - May 7, 2018 3:46pm
    The world – in particular, China’s neighbors – has been anxiously watching Beijing’s increasing assertiveness over the last decade, especially since the rise of Xi Jinping. Quite a few countries are taking steps to enhance their...
  • Kim Jong-un's denuclearization pledge should not be construed as a sign of weakness, North Korea said on Sunday, in remarks aimed at the US. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

    Denuclearization pledge not result of US-led sanctions: N Korea

    May 7, 2018 8:43am
    North Korea’s denuclearization pledge, made at the landmark inter-Korean summit late last month, was not the result of US-led sanctions and pressure, Pyongyang said on Sunday, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion. The...
  • London will continue to attract investment in property after Brexit, but there are a lot of uncertainties at the moment. Photo: Reuters

    Despite Brexit, London will remain global capital magnet

    - May 7, 2018 8:31am
    London will continue to attract global capital for property and investment despite the UK leaving the European Union, but the impact of Brexit depends on whether it will be “hard” or “soft”, one of Ireland’s leading...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an event commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx, in Beijing on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi wants workers to unite and overthrow their oppressors?

    - May 4, 2018 5:39pm
    What will the average cadre in Hunan province make of the following sterling call for the workers of the world to reject alternatives to the Communist Party such as: “the Owenites in England, and the Fourierists in...
  • Roma's Edin Dzeko (left) in action with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    You will never win alone, Liverpool

    - May 4, 2018 1:57pm
    It’s become a joke among local football fans that unless you want a life of regret and misery you should never bet on Liverpool. True, the popular English football club became champions only once in three...
  • Residents in Helsinki can use transportation app Whim to plan the best route by comparing all transportation options, including railway, taxi, bus and bike-sharing. Photo:

    How AI can transform the way we commute

    - May 4, 2018 12:03pm
    Several countries around the world are keen on developing smart cities, initiatives that would increasingly involve the application of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. To build a smart city, transportation is typically the biggest challenge. Many cities...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured during a visit to Peking University. The university is flak for trying to silence a student who has sought details of a probe into a sexual abuse incident in the past. Photo: Xinhua

    The spirit of Peking University is under enormous threat

    - May 4, 2018 10:19am
    When the late Cai Yuanpei, one of the most prominent educators and academics in modern Chinese history, was serving as president of the Peking University between 1916 and 1927, he had put in a lot of...
  • The US Transportation Security Administration is reported to have sent a memo to foreign airports asking them to tighten screening of passengers' carry-on electronics. Photo: Bloomberg

    US wants foreign airports to tighten screening of carry-on bags

    May 4, 2018 9:42am
    American authorities want foreign airports to tighten screening of electronic items carried by US-bound passengers as cabin baggage, Reuters reports. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has also suggested that foreign airports adopt the domestic security procedures instituted in the...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pledged to officially end the Korean War and pursue complete denuclearization, paving the way for peace and prosperity to reign on the entire peninsula. Photo: AFP

    Peace in Korea: The economic opportunities

    - May 4, 2018 9:00am
    How things have changed so dramatically on the Korean Peninsula. Just a few months ago, the two Koreas were on the verge of war. But during their historic summit last Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un...
  • Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States had “consistently violated the nuclear deal, particularly by bullying others to prevent businesses from returning to Iran”. Photo: Reuters

    Iran rejects US demand to renegotiate nuclear deal

    May 4, 2018 8:58am
    Iran’s foreign minister said US demands to change its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers were unacceptable, Reuters reports. US President Donald Trump has warned that unless European allies rectify the “terrible flaws” in the international...
  • With the Dominican Republic switching allegiance to Beijing, there are now just 19 nations worldwide with formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

    Why Taiwan needn’t worry about losing friends

    - May 3, 2018 10:44am
    Taiwan has suffered yet another major diplomatic setback as the Dominican Republic announced this week that it has decided to break off with Taipei and switch allegiance to Beijing. Almost immediately, Taiwan’s presidential office issued a...
  • Laptops sit on a table in the empty offices of Cambridge Analytica in Washington DC on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook scandal

    May 3, 2018 9:20am
    Cambridge Analytica, the London-based consultancy at the center of the Facebook data misuse scandal, announced Wednesday that it is shutting down after suffering a sharp drop in business. The company and its parent SCL Elections will...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to “actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula”. Photo: Reuters

    Korea peace talks: Is China in or out?

    - May 3, 2018 8:31am
    The inter-Korean summit meeting was political theater of a high order, where two heads of state expertly played their parts, including skipping back and forth between the line dividing their two countries like schoolchildren playing hopscotch....
  • South Korean soldiers dismantle loudspeakers that blared propaganda broadcasts near the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea, on Tuesday,  a part measures being taken by the two Koreas after last week's historic summit. Photo: Reuters

    South Korea wants US troops to stay even if peace treaty signed

    May 2, 2018 12:08pm
    (Updated; last posted at 10:03 a.m.) South Korea said on Wednesday the issue of US troops stationed in the South is unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay...
  • Many elderly people who interact with care robots become more active and cheerful, studies show. Photo:

    How artificial intelligence can help boost mental health

    - May 2, 2018 11:33am
    The International Monetary Fund expects that Hong Kong’s GDP per capita will reach US$46,000 (about HK$360,000) by 2018, ranking 20th in the world, higher than New Zealand, France, and the United Kingdom. However, in the World...
  • To prove that he is not being played “like a fiddle,” Donald Trump will need to carry out several tasks simultaneously when he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters

    What to expect from the Trump-Kim summit

    - May 2, 2018 10:20am
    Since the April 27 summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump has sought, unsurprisingly, to portray himself as the mastermind behind inter-Korean diplomacy. But, despite...
  • Russia said it will cut its defense budget to less than 3 percent of GDP within the next five years. Photo: AFP

    Russian military spending falls 20 percent, says think tank

    May 2, 2018 9:30am
    Russian military spending fell by a fifth last year, its first decline in nearly two decades, with tighter purse-strings likely to affect Moscow’s military activity ahead, a report by defense think-tank SIPRI showed, according to Reuters....

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