Sports deal gone sour touches a USD3.3 trillion market in China

The high-profile failure of a European sports-rights agency has sent ripples into an opaque Chinese market for investment products that’s come under increased regulatory scrutiny. China

Population | Leaders want more babies, but local officials resist

Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China’s leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children. But bureaucrats don’t seem

Health | For sake of pupils’ pupils, Beijing to ban homework on apps

An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight.

India | Kashmir tensions increase as seven killed in fighting

Tensions escalated in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with seven people killed yesterday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian

Maldives | Former president arrested over money laundering

A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom yesterday for alleged money laundering. The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered

Australia | PM blames ‘state actor’ for hacking political parties

A “sophisticated state actor” was behind a cyberattack on the Australian Parliament’s computing network that also affected the network used by major political parties, the prime minister said

Japan | Abe declines to say if he backed Trump for Nobel Prize

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declined to say whether he nominated Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize, while praising the U.S. President for “decisive” efforts to resolve the

Holocaust | Netanyahu’s Nazi remark prompts Poland to nix Israel summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s off-hand comment about Poland and the Holocaust has overshadowed a summit of central European leaders this week in Israel and yesterday Poland

Venezuela crisis | US senator Rubio warns soldiers to let aid enter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela yesterday and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that

This Day in History | 1997 China’s reformist Deng Xiaoping dies

China’s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has died at the age of 92. He had been suffering from failing health for several years and was last seen in

Offbeat | Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert. The homeowner

Football | Champions League: To take on Ronaldo, Atletico could unleash attacking trio

Thursday, 4:00am Atletico Madrid v Juventus H 2.95, D 3.1, A 2.82 Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort

Super Rugby | Nonu’s return may herald new era in New Zealand

Over the years New Zealand rugby has become accustomed to saying “goodbye” to top players. But “welcome back?” Not so much. Since rugby union went

The Buzz | Brex-split: seven lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party yesterday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in years for one of

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

The organizers of Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome

World Views | The UK’s multibillion-dollar inflation scandal

Rarely has a multibillion-dollar scandal been quite so boring. For years, the U.K. has measured inflation using rival indicators, notably the Retail Prices Index and the

World Briefs

CHINA The daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China said two Chinese businessmen said her father could be released if she stopped talking to the media.

Tuesday, February 19, 2018 – edition no. 3231

* Greek Mythology | Amax offloads shares for pennies * Foreign business in banking sector falls * Turkish Uni copycats Macau emblem * Israel-Central Europe Summit canceled after Polish pullout   DOWNLOAD

Migrant groups unite to raise awareness of domestic violence

A group of migrant workers has celebrated the seventh edition of an annual global campaign, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women. This year’s

Ask The Vet | Taking Care Of Kittens

Taking in baby kittens is a wonderful experience, but it can be nerve wracking, particularly the first time. Kittens are tiny and fragile, and a

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