23 October 2019


  • Police officers are seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    British police find 39 bodies in truck container

    Oct 23, 2019 5:42pm
    British police found the bodies of 39 people inside a truck container believed to have come from Bulgaria at an industrial estate to the east of London on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The discovery was made in...
  • Chan Tong-kai, who was accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan last year, speaks to journalists after being released from jail in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Murder suspect walks free as HK, Taiwan authorities clash

    Oct 23, 2019 2:37pm
    A murder suspect whose case was used by the Hong Kong government to push for a controversial extradition bill walked free from jail in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the city’s authorities squabbled with Taiwan over...
  • A Hong Kong pro-democracy supporter argues with a passerby as he hands out t-shirts outside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images North America/AFP

    Hong Kong protesters crash NBA opening night party

    Oct 23, 2019 9:49am
    Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters crashed the NBA’s opening night party in Toronto handing out thousands of black t-shirts as the Toronto Raptors prepared to begin the defense of their championship title against the New Orleans Pelicans,...
  • The leading candidates to succeed Chief Executive Carrie Lam include former HKMA head Norman Chan (left) and former chief secretary Henry Tang, the Financial Times said. Photo: AFP/HKEJ/CNSA

    China plans to replace Carrie Lam with ‘interim’ chief: FT

    Oct 23, 2019 9:40am
    (Updated) China is drawing up a plan to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor with an “interim” chief executive, the Financial Times reported, citing people briefed on the deliberations, which would bring to a...
  • Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday. Photo: UK parliament handout via Reuters

    EU moves toward Brexit delay as Johnson pauses legislation

    Oct 23, 2019 9:32am
    EU leaders should delay Brexit after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paused legislation on his deal following a parliamentary defeat, EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. In another day of Brexit drama...
  • The waivers offered by the state planner were for US shipments through March, sources said. Photo: Bloomberg

    China offers tariff-free quota for US soybean purchases: report

    Oct 23, 2019 9:25am
    Beijing offered major Chinese and international soybean processors waivers that would exempt the companies from steep tariffs on imports of up to 10 million tons of US soybeans, Reuters reports, citing people briefed on the matter....
  • Testimony by the top US diplomat in Ukraine marks a pivotal development in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

    Trump tied Ukraine aid to political probes, US envoy testifies

    Oct 23, 2019 9:11am
    The top American diplomat in Ukraine testified on Tuesday that President Donald Trump made the release of US security aid to Ukraine contingent on Kiev publicly declaring it would carry out politically motivated investigations that he...
  • There are 100 million Chinese among the top 10 percent of the world's richest people, compared with 99 million in the United States. Photo: Reuters/AFP

    Have rich Chinese really surpassed wealthy Americans?

    - Oct 23, 2019 8:29am
    China has overtaken the United States in the number of rich people for the first time, according to a report by Credit Suisse. There are 100 million Chinese among the top 10 percent of the world’s...
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wave to supporters in Montreal, Canada as the federal election results come in. Photo: Reuters

    Trudeau retains power in Canada but will have minority govt

    Oct 22, 2019 3:23pm
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election in Canada on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party,...
  • Royal consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi has been stripped of her titles and military ranks for being disloyal, a palace statement said. Photo: Handout via Reuters

    Thai king strips ‘disloyal’ new royal consort of titles

    Oct 22, 2019 11:40am
    Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles and military ranks for being “disloyal” and conducting a rivalry with Queen Suthida,  Reuters reports, citing a palace statement.  It made the...
  • Japan's Crown Princess Kiko and other members of the royal family arrive at the ceremony site inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo where Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his enthronement on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Japanese emperor begins enthronement ritual

    Oct 22, 2019 11:25am
    Japanese Emperor Naruhito began ceremonies to formally proclaim his enthronement on Tuesday in a centuries-old ritual attended by dignitaries from more than 180 countries. Naruhito, 59, and his Harvard-educated wife Empress Masako, 55, took over in...
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family watch a television broadcast of the initial results from the federal election in Canada on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trudeau’s Liberals to form Canada minority govt: TV projection

    Oct 22, 2019 11:01am
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals will form a minority government in Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp projected on Monday after polls closed across the country. The Liberals were leading or elected in 146 out of...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the ban on voter misinformation would also apply to ads run by politicians. Photo: AFP

    Facebook steps up fight on misinformation ahead of US election

    Oct 22, 2019 9:45am
    Facebook announced new steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression ahead of the November 2020 US presidential election as it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting US voters on Instagram, Reuters reports....
  • The public doesn’t want any more delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, Boris Johnson says. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s Johnson appeals to parliament to back Brexit bill

    Oct 22, 2019 9:43am
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to lawmakers on Monday to approve his Brexit bill this week, saying neither he, the European Union or the public wants any more delays to Britain’s departure from the bloc....
  • Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his son and his daughter, votes in the federal election in Montreal, Canada on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    First polls close in Canada as Trudeau tries to hold power

    Oct 22, 2019 9:31am
    Canadians were voting on Monday to determine whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising “sunny ways,” will remain in power after two major scandals. The first...
  • The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body is set to review a China-US case that dates back to the Obama-era. Photo: Reuters

    China asks WTO for US$2.4 bln sanctions against US

    Oct 22, 2019 9:03am
    China is seeking US$2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for failing to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling, Reuters reports. The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body will review the case which dates...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu has conceded that he is unable to stitch together a governing coalition following the fractured mandate in the September Israel election. Photo: Reuters

    Netanyahu gives up effort to form new Israel govt

    Oct 22, 2019 8:53am
    Benjamin Netanyahu gave up his effort to form a new government in Israel on Monday after failing to secure a majority coalition, creating an opportunity for centrist rival Benny Gantz, Reuters reports. Netanyahu, who heads the...
  • Ethnic Chinese, regardless of nationality, are Chinese first and foremost, according to Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan in mind, Beijing channels overseas Chinese influence

    - Oct 21, 2019 3:32pm
    As Taiwan’s January presidential election approaches, Beijing is stepping up its effort to undermine incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and boost the opposition Kuomintang’s candidate Han Kuo-yu, who is generally viewed...
  • Protesters flee from tear gas during a demonstration in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Chile extends state of emergency as at least 7 die in riots

    Oct 21, 2019 10:43am
    Chilean authorities have extended a state of emergency to cities in the nation’s north and south after at least seven people died amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend. Interior minister Andres Chadwick said...
  • China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace: China

    Oct 21, 2019 9:36am
    A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, Reuters reports....