15 December 2019


  • Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Party event in London on Friday following the results of the general election. Photo: Reuters

    UK speeds towards Brexit as Johnson wins big election majority

    Dec 13, 2019 5:49pm
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory in the United Kingdom on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan....
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech on Friday at an annual symposium in Beijing on international affairs and China's diplomacy. Photo: Reuters

    US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust: China’s Wang Yi

    Dec 13, 2019 12:53pm
    China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States has seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim...
  • Technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence have vast potential, but institutions need to understand the risks, social impact and ethical implications. Photo: Reuters

    Is tech a new frontier for sustainability?

    - Dec 13, 2019 10:55am
    Discussions about “sustainability” usually center on a company’s environmental and social commitments, and for understandable reasons. But the financial sector in particular should consider two other, less obvious, dimensions of sustainability. Regulatory sustainability is essential for...
  • Refinitiv has been accused of bowing to Beijing's pressure and filtering out some Reuters content on Hong Kong protests from its Eikon terminals in China. Photo: Reuters

    Refinitiv blocked Reuters HK protests stories in China: report

    Dec 13, 2019 10:32am
    As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters’ demands in a bid to defuse...
  • Grieving family members hug each other as they await word from a recovery mission to White Island volcano in Whakatane, New Zealand, on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    New Zealand recovers six bodies from volcanic island

    Dec 13, 2019 9:28am
    A New Zealand military team on Friday recovered six bodies from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, Reuters reports. In a high-risk operation watched by dozens of grieving family members waiting on the...
  • The US and China are said to be close to sealing a 'Phase 1' deal as they seek to resolve a trade dispute. Photo: Reuters

    China to buy US$50 bln US farm products in tariffs deal: report

    Dec 13, 2019 9:18am
    The White House has agreed to suspend some tariffs on Chinese goods and reduce others in return for Beijing’s pledge to hike purchases of US farm products in 2020, Reuters reports, citing sources. According to the...
  • Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Myanmar’s Suu Kyi urges World Court to drop genocide case

    Dec 13, 2019 9:12am
    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on World Court judges to dismiss an accusation of genocide against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, saying its own justice system should be given the chance to work first,...
  • Boris Johnson is pictured here with his dog Dilyn as he arrives at a polling station in London to vote in Britain’s general election on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Johnson heads for big win in British election: exit poll

    Dec 13, 2019 9:07am
    Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party appears set for a resounding victory in Britain’s election on Thursday, a win that represents a vindication for the prime minister and should allow him to deliver Brexit at end-January. An exit...
  • China is expected to announce some 'gifts' to Macau for being an obedient child, unlike Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    ‘Good boy’ Macau to win policy rewards from China: report

    Dec 12, 2019 4:23pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce a raft of new policies aimed at diversifying Macau’s economy and helping the territory reduce its reliance on the casino sector and develop as a financial center, Reuters reports. The...
  • Harvey Weinstein, seen here exiting a court in New York on Wednesday, is said to have reached a tentative settlement with dozens of women who had accused him of sexual misconduct. Photo: Reuters

    Weinstein reaches tentative settlement with accusers: NY Times

    Dec 12, 2019 9:46am
    Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative US$25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused the former Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported on...
  • China has an accumulated more than 300 million used and unrecycled tires, rising by as much as 13 million a year, an industry association said. Photo: Bloomberg

    China drafts rules to encourage tire recycling

    Dec 12, 2019 9:41am
    China will establish new specialist firms to re-use and recycle its spent rubber tires as it tries to tackle a mounting waste problem, Reuters reports, citing new draft guidelines released by the industry ministry. The rules,...
  • Greta Thunberg,16, is the youngest individual to have won Time's Person of the Year accolade. Photo: TIME/Reuters

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time’s Person of the Year

    Dec 12, 2019 9:26am
    Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change, has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. Thunberg launched a grassroots campaign aged 15 by...
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a final general election campaign event in London on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    UK heads to the polls amid Brexit deadlock

    Dec 12, 2019 9:13am
    The United Kingdom goes to the polls on Thursday in an election that will pave the way for Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson or propel Britain towards another referendum that could ultimately reverse the decision...
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to win only a modest majority in Thursday’s vote, according to YouGov. Photo: Reuters

    Johnson now less certain of election victory: YouGov

    Dec 11, 2019 6:01pm
    Britain’s election race has tightened markedly over the past two weeks and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now likely to win only a modest majority in Thursday’s vote, according to a closely watched forecast released on...
  • Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Suu Kyi says genocide case brought against Myanmar ‘misleading’

    Dec 11, 2019 5:42pm
    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the case brought against her country at the World Court was “incomplete and misleading” as she began her defense to accusations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority on...
  • The ruling Democratic Progressive Party, led by Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, has begun a renewed push for the anti-infiltration bill ahead of the Jan. 11 elections. Photo: Reuters

    China: Taiwan anti-infiltration bill causing alarm for investors

    Dec 11, 2019 5:08pm
    Beijing said a proposed anti-infiltration bill in Taiwan which the government says is needed to combat Chinese influence is spreading alarm among the Taiwanese business community in China, Reuters reports. The legislation is part of a...
  • The Brexit question has been the central campaign issue for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the Conservative Party (left) and his main rival, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: ITV Handout via Reuters

    Some thoughts on the UK general election

    - Dec 11, 2019 4:32pm
    The Dec. 12 general election in the United Kingdom is definitely an election to watch. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the election at the end of October, after an elaborate and intricate series of back-and-forth exchanges with...
  • Forest and land fires, as well as the resulting haze, caused significant economic damage to Indonesia, the World Bank says. Photo: Reuters

    Indonesia forest fires economic toll at least US$5.2 bln: WBank

    Dec 11, 2019 3:11pm
    The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least US$5.2 billion, equal to 0.5 percent of gross domestic product, according to the World Bank. The estimate was based...
  • The US military is said to be preparing to invest in commercial-scale rare earths processing facilities. Photo: Reuters

    US Army to fund rare earths plant for weapons devt: report

    Dec 11, 2019 2:43pm
    The US Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, Reuters reports, citing...
  • Waterdrop, founded by Shen Peng in 2016, has  been accused of employing aggressive marketing tactics. Photo:

    Tencent-backed crowdfunding site Waterdrop comes under fire

    - Dec 11, 2019 1:25pm
    Crowdfunding charity site Waterdrop, also known as Shuidichou, has come under fire after an online video revealed its aggressive marketing tactics. According to the viral video, the company has been dispatching employees to hospital wards in...