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Former Philippine president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, the reserved 61-year-old bachelor from one of Asia's most famous political families, died Thursday, the country's foreign minister and several officials said.
Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell in Spain on Wednesday, officials said, shortly after a court approved his extradition to the United States where he was wanted for tax evasion.
French police are investigating claims that tens of millions of euros worth of crypto assets vanished from the books of an association representing hundreds of investors, a judicial source said.
Suning.com, once China’s dominant retailer of home appliances, is planning to buy unspecified assets from a local private equity fund to revive the group, after forays in football clubs and other businesses drained cash. The firm is holding talks to buy some companies from a fund backed by Shenzhen Capital Group, it said in an exchange filing on Wednesday, without disclosing the details. The purchase will be funded by issuing new shares and partly by cash, it added. It is the latest move by bill
For the first time since being rescued 13 years ago from the hands of FARC guerillas who had held her hostage for more than six years in the Colombian jungle, Franco-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt was able to confront her captors on Wednesday.
A United States warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait over Beijing’s protests, in the sixth such transit near the self-ruled island under US President Joe Biden’s administration. The USS Curtis Wilbur, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, conducted a “routine transit” through the strategic waterway that separates Taiwan from mainland China on Tuesday to “demonstrate the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”, according to a US Navy statement. “The United States m
Police were called to an upscale Hong Kong housing estate on Tuesday night after a flat there was robbed of some HK$900,000 (US$115,891) in cash and valuables. The break-in came to light at about 10.17pm on Tuesday when a 58-year-old man and his wife returned to their seventh-floor home at South Bay Towers in Repulse Bay and found it had been ransacked. “Initial investigation shows five watches and some jewellery were stolen, along with HK$150,000 in local and foreign currency. The haul was esti
US health authorities plan to update official guidance about administering mRNA Covid vaccines to adolescents and young adults after finding a likely link to rare cases of heart inflammation, but say the overall benefits still "clearly" outweigh the risks.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Finland to play a “unique” role in its relations with the European Union, following the US President Joe Biden’s Europe tour in which he rallied support to confront China. “It is of vital importance for China and the EU to jointly uphold dialogue and cooperation as the mainstream of bilateral relations, and mutual benefit as the main theme for bilateral cooperation,” Xi told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto during a telephone conversation on Monday, a
Bitcoin fell underneath $30,000 on Tuesday for the first time in five months, hit by concerns over China's ongoing crackdown on the world's most popular cryptocurrency.At about 1230 GMT, bitcoin sank as low as $29,334, a level last seen in January, with analysts citing Chinese efforts to curb trading and mining operations.
The world’s largest iPhone factory, located in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, is offering record-high cash rewards for workers, especially experienced hands, to sign on as Foxconn Technology Group ramps up its production capacity in a fresh sign of China’s central role in Apple’s global supply chain. As part of its “biggest raise in the past five years”, Foxconn said the unit that produces mechanical parts for the iPhone – called innovative Product Enclosure Business Group (iPEBG) – is o
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Four members of the Saudi hit squad that killed US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 had received paramilitary training in the United States that had been approved by the State Department, the New York Times reported late Tuesday.
More than 40 countries led by Canada voiced grave concerns at the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday about China's actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet -- triggering a fierce backlash from Beijing.
England are through to the Euro 2020 knockout stages but Gareth Southgate must find a way to take the handbrake off as he gears up for tougher challenges ahead.
Taiwan reported only six new Covid-19 deaths and 79 infections on Tuesday, the lowest since its latest outbreak peaked about a month ago. But overall, its case fatality rate is more than 4 per cent – much higher than the global average of 2.16 per cent and the US’ 1.8 per cent. It is also higher than the 1.76 per cent reported in Hong Kong, according to the global figures. Among the 575 deaths reported since the pandemic began over a year ago, more than 560 have been recorded since late April, w
Ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang has made a last-ditch attempt to challenge his criminal conviction for storming a Legislative Council meeting five years ago in a bid to take his oath of office. Leung lost his first appeal against conviction last September for taking part in an unlawful assembly, with the High Court finding the 34-year-old had displayed violent behaviour involving illegal force during the chaotic incident on November 2, 2016. Ousted lawmaker Baggio Leung
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Cui Tiankai never expected he would stay in the United States so long. His tenure as China’s ambassador to the US has arguably been the most turbulent of anyone in the role. The career diplomat has navigated eight years of unravelling relations – from the strains of the Barack Obama administration to the fire and fury of the Donald Trump era, and the uncertain rivalry shaping up under US President Joe Biden during a global pandemic. The 68-year-old has stayed in the job years after it was suppos
An American lawyer working in Hong Kong was convicted of assaulting a policeman on Tuesday when he intervened in a confrontation between the officer and members of the public during political unrest two years ago.