Euro-Pound parity call chimes as Morgan Stanley Joins HSBC

What once seemed a highly unlikely call on euro-sterling is gaining momentum, with two of the world’s leading banks predicting that Europe’s shared currency will attain and

Corporate bits | Accorhotels launches Seoul Dragon City

Korea’s first ‘lifestyle hotel-plex’ Seoul Dragon City will open on October 1, featuring four AccorHotels brands, 1,700 rooms, 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, and two

Mozambique | State power company plans to light up the whole country by 2030

Mozambique’s state- owned electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) intends to light up the whole country by 2030, a project expected to cost over USD16 billion, chairman

Standard & Poor’s downgrades Angola’s credit rating to B-

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgraded Angola’s long-term credit rating in domestic or foreign currency from “B” to “B-“, but maintained a stable outlook, according to the latest

Beijing says US trade probe would violate international rules

China criticized President Donald Trump’s order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing’s technology policies as a violation of global rules and said yesterday it

Hong Kong | Activist arrested over allegation of stapled legs

The strange case of a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who claimed mainland Chinese agents stapled his legs as a warning has taken another twist after police

Top US military officer notes ‘difficult issues’ with China

The top U.S. military officer told his Chinese counterpart yesterday that the U.S. and China have “many difficult issues” to work through, during a visit that comes

IMF forecasts faster Chinese growth as rising debt adds to risks

The International Monetary Fund increased its estimate for China’s average annual growth rate through 2020, while warning that it would come at the cost of rising debt that

Analysis | Both Korean leaders, US signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

North Korea’s military yesterday presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” even as

Oceania | Political feud erupts between Australia and New Zealand

Like squabbling siblings, New Zealand and Australia have close ties but also a rivalry that can sometimes turn ugly. That tension spilled into politics yesterday,

USA | Furor over Charlottesville follows Trump home to Manhattan

President Donald Trump is back in the New York skyscraper that bears his name as the furor over his reaction to race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over

Zimbabwe | First lady accused of assault in South Africa

The wife of Zimbabwe’s president handed herself over to police in South Africa after being accused of assaulting a young woman Sunday night at an

Offbeat | Woman gets OK for license plate inspired by ‘covfefe’ tweet

Ohio officials have granted a woman’s request to have President Donald Trump’s mysterious tweeted typo, “covfefe,” on her license plate. Brittany Scott tells The Columbus Dispatch in

This Day in History | 1977 – Rock and roll ‘king’ Presley dies

Presley, 42, was discovered slumped in a bathroom at his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday. He was rushed to the Baptist Memorial Hospital

Football – BUNDESLIGA 2017-18 | Five teams to watch out for this season in German top league

Few expect anything other than Bayern Munich extending its Bundesliga record to six straight titles. That promoted side Leipzig pushed the defending champions the hardest last

Athletics | Chinese, Portuguese athletes won women’s walk races

Yang Jiayu of China won the women’s 20-kilometer walk at the world championships. Yang finished in a personal best 1 hour, 26 minutes, 18 seconds on

World briefs

NORTH KOREA-UKRAINE The head of Ukraine’s top rocket-making company yesterday rejected claims that its technologies might have been shipped to North Korea, helping the pariah nation achieve a

The Buzz | Not Sorry: Oprah lets go of ‘emotional burden’ of weight

At 63, Oprah Winfrey isn’t apologizing for anything, especially her weight. The media mogul and former talk show host tells Vogue magazine that the high-profile fluctuations in