Belt & Road | E-commerce giant Alibaba sets plans for Thailand

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand as competition between online retailers heats up in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The

Opinion | Why Trump’s tariff plan would be a drag on growth

Why are President Donald Trump’s tariffs such a bad deal for the U.S. economy? It’s not just because they might start a trade war. It’s because of

Qualcomm plan ‘has difficulty’ resolving concerns

Qualcomm Inc.’s latest proposal for its USD44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors “has difficulty” resolving concerns of Chinese anti-monopoly regulators, a government spokesman yesterday. The Commerce

Strait Diplomacy | Taiwan calls Chinese military drills a threat to region

Taiwan’s government said yesterday that recent Chinese military drills are aimed at intimidating the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability. China

PLA holds live-fire drills off coast in warning to Taipei

China has held live-fire exercises off its southeast coast, state media said, in an apparent warning to the democratic, self-ruled island of Taiwan against what Beijing

Japan | Finance official denies sexual misconduct allegation

Japan’s vice finance minister denied sexual misconduct allegations against him yesterday and challenged a TV station’s report that its employee was a victim. Junichi Fukuda announced

North Korea | Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

President Donald Trump said that although he’s looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out

Cuba | Bureaucrat Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as president

A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro’s place as the president of Cuba today as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure

USA | Trump says he’ll sanction Russia as soon as they deserve it

President Donald Trump said that nobody has been tougher on Russia than him and that he’ll hit Moscow with new sanctions “as soon as they very much

This Day in History | 1968 Powell slates immigration policy

The Conservative right-winger Enoch Powell has made a hard-hitting speech attacking the government’s immigration policy. Addressing a Conservative association meeting in Birmingham, Mr Powell said Britain had

Offbeat | Australian bank charges dead client service fee for a decade

Financial advisers working for Australia’s largest bank continued charging clients service fees after they died — in one case for more than a decade — a government inquiry

Football | Serie A: Napoli closes the gap to Juventus ahead of title showdown

Monday, 2:45am Juventus v Napoli H 2.11, D 3.4, A 4.05 Juventus was held to a 1-1 draw at Crotone and will not be able to clinch

World briefs

CHINA-TAILAND Jack Ma met with Thailand’s prime minister yesterday and later signed several agreements, including one to help set up a “smart digital hub” in a showcase

The Buzz | Karl Lagerfeld calls models ‘sordid creatures’

An organization that protects the rights of models has called for action against outspoken fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld was quoted by a French magazine as calling models “stupid,”

Nepal honors first conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

Nepal’s government yesterday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago. Minister for Tourism Rabindra Adhikari praised

Southwest Airlines pilot lauded as hero for handling crisis

The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet’s damaged fuselage is

Kapok | Reconciling the irreconcilable

Maybe it was mere slip of the tongue. Maybe it was simply a manner of speaking. Or maybe it was truly what was meant. Yet, when the Chief

Friday, April 20, 2018 – edition no. 3031

* EPM 20 years | Manuel Machado: ‘The school has established itself in the MSAR’ * Chui Sai On to visit Cambodia, Thailand * New rules for taxi sector * Taiwan calls Chinese

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