23 October 2018


  • Meng Hongwei, whose disappearance was reported in France on Friday, is under investigation by the National Supervisory Commission for suspected violations of law, the Chinese anti-corruption body said on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China says Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation

    Oct 8, 2018 8:05am
    China said on Sunday it was investigating Meng Hongwei for suspected wrongdoing after the head of the global law enforcement organization Interpol and Chinese vice minister for security was reported missing in France, Reuters reports. The...
  • Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said authorities were examining camera footage and airport records as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: Reuters/Middle East Monitor via Reuters

    Erdogan closely following case of missing Saudi journalist

    Oct 8, 2018 8:02am
    Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said he is closely following the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he has been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Reuters reports. Erdogan...
  • Yadizi rights activist Nadia Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege are the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Photo: Reuters

    Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist win Nobel Peace Prize

    Oct 5, 2018 6:31pm
    Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace...
  • Once a champion of democracy, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is now mired in corruption scandals. Photo: Reuters

    Drain the EU swamp

    - Oct 5, 2018 1:54pm
    Populist leaders have long made gains by posing as the alternative to a “corrupt elite” that enriches itself at the expense of “the people”. According to the populists, only they can restore decency to governance. Or,...
  • Wolves players are made to wear sensors that enable the coach to analyze their real-time status and tell how hard they played throughout the game. Photo: Reuters

    How big data can boost job performance

    - Oct 5, 2018 12:58pm
    The other day I watched a game between the Wolves and Manchester United. According to the commentator, the Wolves players were all made to wear sensors that enabled the coach to analyze their real-time status and...
  • The recent saga of a Chinese family who was allegedly maltreated by police officers during a trip to Sweden has caused much controversy. Photo: Xinhua/Internet

    Why some Chinese tourists behave so badly abroad

    - Oct 5, 2018 11:49am
    Over the past 10 years or so, China has witnessed an explosive growth in the number of its outbound tourists, hitting nearly 130 million in 2017. But while countries are scrambling for this nearly trillion-dollar market,...
  • A study showed that people who got at least some exercise before a stroke were twice as likely to have a mild stroke, compared to those who were inactive before a stroke. Photo: Reuters

    Even light exercise might lessen severity of a future stroke

    Oct 5, 2018 9:23am
    People who regularly engage in light to moderate physical activity – like walking four hours a week or swimming two hours weekly – might have less severe strokes than individuals who aren’t as active, Reuters reports....
  • The technology uses algorithms to examine the fat surrounding coronary arteries as it shows up on CT scans. Photo: Internet

    Tech breakthrough offers early warning system for heart attacks

    Oct 5, 2018 9:10am
    A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, Reuters reports. The technology, developed by teams at Oxford University and institutions...
  • Four Russian citizens who allegedly attempted to hack the chemical weapons watchdog in The Hague in April are seen in this handout picture released by the Dutch defense ministry on Thursday. Photo: Ministerie van Defensie via Reuters

    West accuses ‘pariah state’ Russia of global hacking campaign

    Oct 5, 2018 8:05am
    Western countries issued coordinated denunciations of Russia for running what they described as a global hacking campaign, Reuters reports. In some of the strongest language aimed at Moscow since the Cold War, Britain said Russia had...
  • China’s total carbon dioxide emissions are leveling off. Photo: Reuters

    On the environment, China steps up while the US retreats

    Oct 4, 2018 11:30am
    Under President Donald Trump, the United States has seen an impressive run of climate change denial. The rollback of signature climate and environmental initiatives, including Trump’s abrogation of the Paris Climate accord, unsettles those who think scientific and...
  • Five percent of respondents in the US said they are planning to get a smart speaker in a recent survey by Nielsen. Photo: Reuters

    Smart speakers catching up in the US

    Oct 4, 2018 11:28am
    American families are warming up to smart home appliances and the internet of things trend, thanks to devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. In the second quarter, 24 percent of respondents in a survey said...
  • Dmitry Rybolovlev alleged that Sotheby's helped his former art adviser to defraud him. Photo: Reuters

    Russian tycoon sues Sotheby’s for US$380 million over art deals

    Oct 4, 2018 9:49am
    Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire and owner of Monaco soccer club, has sued Sotheby’s for at least US$380 million, alleging the auction house helped his former art adviser to defraud him, Reuters reports. The allegations, which...
  • ASMR technology creates a pleasant auditory environment that allows listeners to fall asleep easily. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Can ASMR help you overcome insomnia?

    - Oct 4, 2018 7:58am
    You toss and turn, wake up easily, and get up exhausted. Sometimes you just feel tired but can’t get to sleep. It’s frustrating: the angrier you become, the more you can’t sleep. It’s a cycle that...
  • US national security adviser John Bolton said Washington will review all international agreements that could expose the United States to binding decisions by the International Court of Justice. Photo: Reuters

    US withdraws from two accords, says UN world court ‘politicized’

    Oct 4, 2018 7:34am
    The Trump administration pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about US policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords, Reuters reports. The US...
  • Fan Bingbing said she fully accepts the authorities’ decision and will overcome “all difficulties” to pay the penalties. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing hit with huge tax evasion fines

    Oct 4, 2018 7:29am
    China has ordered A-list movie star Fan Bingbing to pay about 884 million yuan (US$129 million) in overdue taxes and fines as a crackdown on tax evasion in the entertainment industry gathers momentum, Reuters says, citing...
  • Scientists (from left) Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter win this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Photo: TT News Agency via Reuters

    Briton, two Americans win 2018 Nobel prize for chemistry

    Oct 3, 2018 6:16pm
    Scientists Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for research using directed evolution to produce enzymes and antibodies for new chemicals and pharmaceuticals, Reuters reports, citing a statement from...
  • Public opinion in Taiwan is sharply divided between those who support integration into the mainland economy and those who believe Beijing is intent on taking over the island by any means possible, including military force. Photo: Xinhua

    Taiwanese see Hong Kong and fear for their future

    - Oct 3, 2018 2:08pm
    On July 6, 1997, then Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui invited foreign media to announce to the world that his people did not want “one country, two systems”. Twenty-one years later, that is still the offer on...
  • Brazil needs to open its economy further, abandon socialist populism and attract capital. Photo: Reuters

    Brazil faces significant challenges

    - Oct 3, 2018 11:16am
    Uncontrolled spending and ruinous results: Brazil has been a prime example of the policy of “more is less”. Under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, the country felt invincible and believed that entering into...
  • The US economy is roaring and the stock market is soaring. But it is only a question of when, not if, the economic reckoning will come. Photo: AFP

    Road runner populism

    - Oct 3, 2018 10:11am
    Populist economics has rarely had it so good. The US economy is roaring, the stock market is soaring, and the Trump administration’s protectionism has apparently had a negligible impact on growth. Trump’s dictum that “trade wars...
  • US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said Washington remained committed to a diplomatic solution but was prepared to consider a military strike if Russia's development of the medium-range system continued. Photo: Reuters

    US would destroy banned Russian warheads if necessary: envoy

    Oct 3, 2018 8:33am
    Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said. The United States believes Russia is...

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