Monday, December 10, 2018

Emperor or President?

The announcement Sunday that China will drop term limits on the presidency clears the way for Xi Jinping to rule the country indefinitely. However, analysts warned that what initially seems like a demonstration of absolute power could actually be a sign...
Hong Kong's currency regime is coming under mounting strain as the US Federal Reserve steps up the pace of monetary tightening, threatening to set off an unpredictable chain of events in the world’s most over-stretched financial system. The enclave’s US dollar peg...
A Chinese national living in California has been jailed over a scheme to smuggle sensitive space and military communications technology to China. Si Chen was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Monday, after she pleaded guilty in July to...
South Korea's Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol's president on Wednesday, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia's security services who was strongly opposed by the U.S., Britain and other European nations. Kim's election was seen as a victory for...

When Moon meets Kim

Reunification Highway runs all the way from the North Korean  capital of Pyongyang to the Demilitarized Zone that divides the North from South Korea, 170 kilometers (100 miles) away. It starts under a giant concrete arch depicting two women...
A man has set off a small explosive device close to the US embassy in Beijing, officials have confirmed. Apart from the bomber, there were no other injuries reported and officials say police responded immediately. A statement from the US embassy...

Energy record

Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting...
The plane, operated by US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon, causing a blaze that firefighters have been tackling. About 67 passengers were thought to be on board, officials told the BBC. The number...

Lombok earthquake

More than 500 hikers are stranded on an Indonesian mountain popular with tourists after a powerful earthquake caused a landslide. Food has been dropped from the air for the hikers, who are from a number of different countries, as helicopters...
Has the bitcoin fever broken? Bitcoin prices plunged sharply to below $11,000 on Friday, shedding a third of its value in just 24 hours, according to data from CoinDesk.com. It later rebounded slightly to around $12,000 -- but that's still a...

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