An elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, leaving at least 15 people dead and dozens injured as a passing train came crashing down.
An elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, leaving at least 15 people dead and dozens injured as a passing train came crashing down.
There is “no truth whatsoever” of a “Singapore variant” of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday night (18 May), in response to media queries about two reports from two Indian media companies.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (18 May), taking the country's total case count to 61,651.
The Philippines ordered 40 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Pfizer Inc., the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest supply agreement as it fights one of the region’s worst outbreaks.
Hong Kong is temporarily shutting its representative office in Taiwan, officials said Tuesday in the latest indication of strained ties.
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Six Hong Kong opposition figures have been remanded in custody ahead of their sentencing next week for organising an unauthorised protest on National Day amid the anti-government movement in 2019. District Judge Amanda Woodcock’s ruling on Tuesday came a day after the group pleaded guilty to one count of organising an unauthorised assembly, alongside four co-defendants – media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying among them – already remanded over separate convictions or alleged offences. Woodcock will hear mitigation next Monday and sentence all 10 defendants on May 28.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Prosecutor Priscilia Lam Tsz-ying had asked the District Court to revoke the six defendants’ bail following their convictions, while their defence lawyers resisted the application. The six are: Democrats Albert Ho Chun-yan, Sin Chung-kai and Yeung Sum; Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China; and League of Social Democrats members Avery Ng Man-yuen and Figo Chan Ho-wun. Chan, 25, is the youngest defendant in this case and convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, the group behind the annual July 1 protest, which coincides with the anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China in 1997. Together with Ho, alliance chairman Lee Cheuk-yan and ousted lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Chan also pleaded guilty to one count of inciting others to take part in an unauthorised assembly. Tsoi and Ng admitted to knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly. Freezing of media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s assets ‘nothing to do with press freedom’ Chan and Sin have no prior convictions, while the others have ones related to protests, most of them linked to the 2019 anti-government demonstrations. The six filed into the dock after waving goodbye and passing their personal belongings to family members who were there to support them. Chan also pulled down his mask and shouted: “Stay united, Hongkongers fight on.” Many of those in the public gallery replied: “Hang in there.” They went on to chant the protest slogan: “There are no rioters, only tyranny.” But some supporters also swore and shouted: “Shame on the Department of Justice, shame on political prosecution.” Lai, the 73-year-old founder of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily, is already serving a 14-month sentence for his role in two unauthorised assemblies in August 2019, and faces a raft of other charges including ones related to the national security law. Leung, Lee and his Labour Party colleague Cyd Ho Sau-lan are also serving jail terms over similar charges stemming from the August 2019 protests.This article Hong Kong protests: six opposition figures remanded in custody ahead of sentencing for 2019 National Day rally first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Taiwan recorded 240 new local Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday as it continues to battle a fresh surge in infections. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the new cases were located mostly in the Greater Taipei area, with 106 reported in New Taipei and 102 in Taipei. They brought to 1,024 the number of locally transmitted cases in the past eight days. Chen said two infected persons, a 60-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man, died on Monday because of complications from the disease.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “The [woman] was found collapsing at home on Monday and died after she was hospitalised,” Chen said. He said the man was being treated for a chronic disease when he contracted the virus from an infected patient at the same hospital. His condition worsened and he died on the same day. They were the first two deaths in the recent surge of local cases, bringing the total number of people killed by the virus to 14. The last previous fatality was reported on April 24, when a 70-year-old Philippines-based Taiwanese businessman died during quarantine at a hotel in Taipei. Taiwan also recorded five imported cases on Tuesday. The number of local cases on Tuesday was lower than Monday’s 333, which Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je – a doctor – said could be a sign of a gradual easing in the new outbreak’s rate. “Since we set up the Covid-19 testing stations on May 14, the positive ratio has dropped from 11 per cent to 4.7 per cent on Tuesday, meaning the outbreak could be controlled if the public sharply reduce their activities,” he said. Taiwan recorded 29 new local cases on May 14, followed by 180 the following day and further daily rises of 206 and 333, before dropping to 240 on Tuesday. A majority of local residents responded to the spikes in infections by staying at home. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen asked the public to strictly follow anti-pandemic rules to prevent the outbreak from worsening. All schools in Taiwan will be closed until May 28. “I urge all people to do their best in preventing the pandemic and leave the most-needed medical resources for the seriously infected patients,” she said after visiting the island’s Central Epidemic Control Centre, where she was briefed on the progress of locally developed vaccines. Tsai said two experimental vaccines developed by Taiwanese companies – Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corporation and United Biomedical – were at the end of phase 2 trials, and hopefully would be available for locals in July after getting emergency use authorisation next month. Taiwan, gripped by heatwave, hit by power cuts for second time in a week She also apologised for yet another round of power outages on Monday night which affected 660,000 households, saying it should never have happened twice in a week. Tsai said she would ask the Cabinet to find ways to address the power shortage issue. As of Tuesday, Taiwan had recorded a total of 2,260 infections, including 1,121 local and 1,086 imported cases, as well as 14 deaths. Taipei’s de facto envoy to the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, said she was in talks to secure some of US President Joe Biden’s planned release of 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, which she hoped could arrive in Taiwan next month. Biden has promised to send 20 million doses of vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration – made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – to countries in need, in addition to 60 million doses made by AstraZeneca once its jab is approved by the regulatory body. “We want to lead the world with our values, with this demonstration of our innovation and ingenuity, and the fundamental decency of the American people,” Biden said on Monday. Hsiao told Taiwan’s semi-official Central News Agency that she was “in active talks” with the US for a share of the jabs. She said that although buying the vaccines was the job of the island’s health ministry, she was helping with negotiations in an effort to speed up the process. Taiwan does not maintain official relations with the US, which switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei in 1979. But the two sides have substantive ties that have deepened as Washington has increasingly seen Beijing as a threat. According to Hsiao, the vaccine doses already ordered by Taiwan – from AstraZeneca, which have begun arriving, and Moderna, which are expected to arrive next month – came through US channels. The island has signed contracts to buy 5.05 million doses of the US-made Moderna vaccine and 10 million doses of AstraZeneca, as well as 4.76 million doses of unspecified brands through the Covax Facility, which has allocated 1.02 million AstraZeneca shots to Taiwan. About 300,000 shots have so far arrived from AstraZeneca. As of Monday, close to 200,000 of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people had taken their first doses, leaving not enough for their second doses. Taiwan economy faces ‘double whammy’ after tightening of Covid-19 measures Hsiao said that before the recent surge in cases, local demand for the vaccines was low, and she had been focusing on helping to procure doses for Taiwan’s diplomatic allies. But because of the recent spike and a rise in demand for the shots, she was in contact with US vaccine makers to try to ensure that Taiwan’s existing orders were delivered on time. Taiwan’s new cases, mostly in Taipei and neighbouring New Taipei, have prompted health authorities to raise their alert level for the first time to tier three in the four-tier system. They have restricted indoor gatherings to five people and outdoor gatherings to 10 in Taipei and New Taipei until May 28, but stopped short of a lockdown. Bars, nightclubs, cinemas, gyms, libraries and other entertainment venues and recreational facilities have been closed since Friday.More from South China Morning Post:Taiwan’s low coronavirus vaccination rate under scrutiny as it battles spike in casesTaiwan coronavirus surge won’t advance its World Health Assembly cause: analystsCoronavirus: Taiwan expects to roll out locally made vaccines by end of JulyThis article Taiwan reports 240 new Covid-19 cases, in talks with US for share of donated vaccine doses first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Russia is looking to join other countries that have rolled out fast-track residency schemes that have boosted foreign investment, a lot of it from mainland Chinese looking for business and property opportunities. “Golden visa programmes in many countries are made to increase the flow of foreign investment and are working quite successfully,” said Alexander Shatalov, chief executive officer, Savills Russia. “I am sure that such initiatives have good potential for the Russian market as well.” Moscow has said it is considering issuing golden visas, an initiative that would allow naturalisation via economic contribution for the first time in Russia’s history. The proposal paves the way for successful applicants to work and live in the country.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Although investors residing in complex jurisdictions such as African and Middle Eastern countries are most likely to show interest in the programme, businessmen and entrepreneurs from mainland China might also find it appealing because of the business opportunities in Russia. “The potential Russian golden visa is likely to be of great interest to investors from mainland China, with both nations already sharing a very good relationship,” said Arthur Sarkisian, managing director at immigration and real estate consultancy Astons. The scheme could provide a number of incentives to successful applicants, such as visa-free travel to 35 countries including South Africa, Cuba, Israel, Argentina and Brazil. They could also start their own business without needing a patent or work permit, and would benefit from the country’s compulsory medical insurance and other social services. There is also a strong tax incentive: while China’s tax rate goes as high as 45 per cent for annual income exceeding 960,000 yuan (US$149,000), Russia’s personal income tax on all worldwide earnings is capped at just 15 per cent. Details have yet to be confirmed, and approval of the bill has no clear timeline, but one of the options is a 10 million roubles (US$134,611) investment in a business that creates 10 jobs for local people, potentially making it one of the cheapest residency-by-investment schemes, according to local media reports. Other routes under the scheme include a 30 million rouble investment in real estate or Russian government bonds. Popular golden visa schemes such as Portugal’s require at least a €250,000 (US$303,000) investment. Thailand, meanwhile, allows foreigners to obtain residency for a minimum amount of 600,000 baht (US$19,177). Since the launch of Portugal’s golden visa scheme in 2012, it has netted €5.8 billion in investment with €5.3 billion of that going to property purchases, according to the latest government data. Since 2005, state-owned and private Chinese companies have invested about US$56 billion in the Russian Federation, according to data published by US-based think tanks the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation. The property sector raked in US$4.85 billion in the period. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 Chinese people were living in Russia in 2020, according to a report by the Global Times, a tabloid affiliated with the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily. “We’ve seen a number of golden visa offerings evolve to provide a real estate channel for investment and this could no doubt happen in Russia once the foundations have been properly established,” Sarkisian said. The property market is attracting attention from buyers from the Middle East and Asia, including China, according to Shatalov of Savills, with their demand for luxury real estate accounting for 5 per cent of the total market. The segment already has its attractions, with or without the golden visa scheme. Average home prices in Moscow were US$393 per square foot in 2020, according to data from property consultancy CBRE. In comparison, average home prices in China’s top-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen range between US$607 and US$738 per square foot. Luxury property prices in Moscow grew 5.4 per cent in 2020, according to Savills. “It is also worth noting that new luxury projects are actively entering the Moscow market,” Shatalov said. “So in 2021, Moscow luxury real estate will be replenished with 16 new projects. This is almost three times more than the area of new projects of 2020. The average cost of a new proposal will increase by 31 per cent.”More from South China Morning Post:China, Russia vow to buckle up against ‘geopolitical turbulence belt’Portugal's 'golden visas' tainted by graft with rich Chinese main targetsThis article Russia’s property market likely to be a new target for mainland Chinese as Moscow eyes its own ‘golden visa’ programme first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The US Treasury slapped sanctions on 16 senior Myanmar officials and family members Monday, citing their support for the government's "violent and lethal attacks" against the country's pro-democracy movement.
A Chinese-funded tax-free enclave billed as Sri Lanka's answer to Dubai and Singapore cleared the final legal hurdle Tuesday as the Supreme Court in Colombo ruled it could go ahead with only minor tweaks.
The trading of stock in Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy media group was halted Monday, days after authorities froze the assets of its jailed owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law.
The Ministry of Health will issue new guidelines on the use of face masks with acceptable bacterial filtration capacity, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday warned Western countries against staking claims in the Arctic, as global warming makes the region more accessible and a site of global competition.
Miss World Malaysia 2018 Larissa Ping said she was ‘embarrassed’ for the country. This article, Ex-beauty queen becomes target of trolls after calling out Miss Universe Israel’s ‘cyberbullies’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Singapore will close schools from Wednesday as authorities warned new coronavirus strains such as the one first detected in India were affecting more children.
Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying’s increasingly vocal stance on the city’s housing shortage and national security law has sparked speculation he plans to run for the top job again, but even if he is not, his rhetoric is putting pressure on the current administration to act. Should Leung decide to run in the chief executive elections next March, observers and politicians also said his unpopularity with the public and some business leaders was unlikely to be an obstacle, as the city’s current leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has also been seeking to rebuild her public image after the protests in 2019. They said regardless of whether Leung launches his own bid, or supports someone else, his proactive commentary on Lam’s policies would inevitably force the current administration to up its game, especially in areas such as safeguarding national security and solving the city’s land and housing shortage.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “The current government must be pressured to out-compete Leung,” said Lau Siu-kai, vice-chairman of the semi-official Beijing think tank the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies. “If Leung wants to be the next leader, there’s also no question that he will want to establish himself as more progressive, courageous and intelligent [on policy issues] than the current chief executive.” Leung, a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was Hong Kong’s chief executive from 2012 to 2017. Since Lam took office in July 2017, Leung has voiced his views on a number of government policies and used his Facebook page to criticise the opposition. In one social media post last year, he suggested education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung had not done well enough in handling teachers found to have been involved in the anti-government protests, and accused the minister of trying to “avoid his responsibilities”. Lam had avoided commenting on Leung’s remarks, but in January she distanced herself from a suggestion by Leung that the city’s next chief executive could be selected without an electoral process. Carrie Lam ‘most liberal-minded’ leader Hong Kong has ever had: top adviser Last Thursday, Leung went a step further by renewing his controversial proposal for the construction of public and subsidised housing on the periphery of country parks, noting that the current government, led by Lam, had terminated his plan. Lau said the country park plan showed that Leung and his supporters had started to target specific policies that Lam did not implement. Asked if Leung was too unpopular to govern Hong Kong again, Lau said he believed Beijing was more concerned about policy execution. “The central government wants seamless cooperation with the chief executive,” he said. “Beijing understands that the chief executive cannot have high popularity overnight if it wants to continue with a tough and strong policy direction on Hong Kong.” In 2012 and 2017, Leung and Lam were elected by the 1,200-member Election Committee. The committee consisted of four 300-member sectors, representing the city’s business, professional, social and political elites. Under a Beijing-decreed political overhaul to be implemented this year, the committee will become a 1,500-member body, with the addition of a 300-member sector dominated by Hong Kong delegates to the mainland’s legislature and other prominent bodies. Lau said while Leung struggled to secure support from the business and professional sectors in 2012, it would not be a problem for him to get enough nominations from each of the five sectors, should he consider a bid next year. “The business sector used to be dominated by the big conglomerates, now their influence will be diluted,” he said. Only Beijing holds power over Hong Kong chief executive election: CY Leung A pro-Beijing lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Leung was being more active than Lam and former leaders such as Tung Chee-hwa in commenting on public policy. “Last year, we could say he was just expressing his care about the city,” they said. “With his approach now, everyone knows what he’s doing.” Some pundits suggested Leung could be paving the way for someone else, such as Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, to launch a bid, but the lawmaker dismissed that. “If Leung was doing it for someone else, he or his supporters would make hints,” they said. “I’ve yet to see that, so I think Leung is doing it for himself.” Asked if Leung might struggle to secure support from the business sector, the lawmaker said Beijing’s endorsement and policy propriety was what counted. “If Beijing’s priority is to fix Hong Kong’s civil service and reform the education system, it may want someone who’s most familiar with how the bureaucracy works to be the leader,” they said, in a reference to Lam. “But if Beijing wants to narrow Hong Kong’s wealth gap and resolve the land and housing problems, it will need a strong leader who can execute policies without worrying about clashing with the developers and those with vested interests.” Are Hong Kong’s teachers radicalising youth? Claim draws war of words Chan Wai-keung, a political scientist at Polytechnic University, said he believed Beijing would like a tougher person to lead Hong Kong and execute the central government’s policies. “Under the prevailing political situation, maybe Beijing would think that Leung is a better choice than Lam,” he said. Hui Ching, research director of policy think tank the Hong Kong Zhi Ming Institute, also believed the central government would like to replace the current chief executive, but Chinese University political scientist Ivan Choy said it was too early to say. “Perhaps he [Leung] is just trying to expand the influence of his camp in the future chief executive election,” Choy said.More from South China Morning Post:Former Hong Kong leader CY Leung ups pressure on Chief Executive Carrie Lam over housing, city’s cultureEx-Hong Kong leader revives plan to build public flats at country park, fuelling rumours of run for top officeThis article Is former Hong Kong leader CY Leung making a comeback bid? Even if not, he still has the government on the back foot first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk lost his spot as the world’s second-richest person to LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault as the electric vehicle-maker’s shares fell 2.2%.