Beijing to levy 100pct tax on overseas football transfers

China will effectively double the cost for its clubs to buy foreign football players in a move aimed at slowing the influx of pricey overseas stars and

Afghanistan | Taliban claims deadly Helmand blast, at least 29 dead

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a powerful suicide car bomb that killed at least 29 people, mostly civilians, yesterday in southern Helmand province. In an email,

Australia | Canberra lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria 

Australia said yesterday it had lifted a suspension of its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria that was imposed amid tensions with Russia after a U.S. fighter jet shot down

Thailand | Line messaging digital theme park to open in Bangkok

The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand’s capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity

Demographics | UN says world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050

India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country

UK | May to outline post-Brexit citizens’ rights plan at summit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s first European Union summit since her disastrous election could mark the scene of the first big row of the Brexit negotiations as

Iraq IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Mosul

The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul — the city’s famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from

This Day in History | 1972 – Chancellor orders pound flotation

The news comes only a day after the bank lending rate was increased by 1% - and four days after an interview on the BBC’s

Offbeat | Empty NYC transit bus rolls down street, hits church, cars 

An empty New York City transit bus rolled backward down a hilly Brooklyn block and smashed into a church and parked vehicles during a crash caught on video.

Motorsport | Return of ‘Great Montreal Raft Race’ put the fun back in F1

It’s time to put the fun back in F1. Formula One’s new owners are hoping to dial down some of the intensity of the high-power and high-pressure racing circuit this season, swapping the

Rugby | Ireland makes six changes for test against Japan

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made six changes to his starting lineup to face Japan in tomorrow’s rugby test, the final of the visitor’s three- match summer tour.

World briefs

IRAQ The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul — the city’s famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from

The Buzz | Prosecutor: Champs-Elysees attacker pledged allegiance to IS

A French prosecutor says a man who was killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a police convoy had pledged allegiance to the

NBC says ‘Downton Abbey’ movie production to start in 2018

A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said yesterday. Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International

Kapok | Half-full, I say!

Most things in life are about perspective. Even a supposedly clear-cut situation can be seen with very different eyes. Back in 2008, then American senator Barack Obama remarked in

Friday, June 23, 2017 – edition no. 2829

* Local designers | Pop-ups are more advantageous than physical stores * MGS is getting ‘mature’ * Green hotel winners announced * HK jockey club looks overseas   DOWNLOAD

North Korea | No Land For Touring Americans

* Movies: The Beguiled * Books: Camino Island by John Grisham * Music: witness by Katie Perry * Wine: the southwestern sweetie

Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into