War and Pestilence: The Ongoing Fragmentation of Yemen

There are hopes that a cease-fire could end the fighting in Yemen’s civil war. But a visit to the front near Hodeida shows that even if the violence stops, it will be difficult to keep the country together. source http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/war-and-pestilence-the-ongoing-fragmentation-of-yemen-a-1243730.html#ref=rss

Beijing has pledged to protect rights of four Hongkongers jailed for life in the Philippines on drug charges, city’s security chief John Lee says

Hong Kong’s security minister on Monday said Beijing had pledged to do everything in its power to protect the rights of four Hongkongers jailed for life in the Philippines on drug charges. The assurance by Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu came as the families of the men convicted for possession of methamphetamine said they […]

Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

Yuan Mu, a controversial spokesman for the Chinese government following the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, has died at the age of 90. Yuan, who achieved international notoriety for his defence of the government following the crushing of pro-democracy protests in the heart of Beijing, died in the capital on Thursday, according to an announcement […]

Frightened Dalmatian Calms Down When Doc Shows Up Wearing This

How far do you expect your doctor to go to make you feel comfortable? Veterinarian Mike Ferrell will dress up like a furry little animal if his clients insist. When Rupert the Dalmatian came into Ferrell’s office, he was quite skittish. Ferrell had a hard time even approaching the dog, Metro reports. Then, owner Sonya […]

Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

Yuan Mu, a controversial spokesman for the Chinese government following the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, has died at the age of 90. Yuan, who achieved international notoriety for his defence of the government following the crushing of pro-democracy protests in the heart of Beijing, died in the capital on Thursday, according to an announcement […]

Taiwanese model selling fish draws a crowd to her family’s business【Videos】

Is there something a little bit fishy about this fishmonger? Sorry to keep you waiting–we’re well overdue for the latest installment of “The Internet goes gaga over a beautiful woman doing something!” Earlier this month, Pengpeng Liu, a 27-year-old Taiwanese model (according to her Facebook profile), caught the attention of the local media when she […]

There’s a Special Detail in the Royal Family Christmas Card You Probably Missed

The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall, and features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year. pic.twitter.com/6XqCMlhLi8 — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 14, 2018 source https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a25602220/princess-charlotte-sweater-royal-family-christmas-card/

Dog Rescue Stories: Pippen’s Foster Mom Knew She Was the One

Courtney started fostering and volunteering with Wags and Walks in Los Angeles as a way to get her “dog fix” while juggling a busy work and travel schedule. She knew she couldn’t commit to a dog long term, so fostering was the perfect alternative solution…or so she thought. That’s when Pippen came into her life. […]

Deputy head of Chinese shipbuilder sacked and expelled from Communist Party

The deputy head of the state-owned firm developing China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier has been expelled from the Communist Party and sacked for alleged “serious violations of party discipline and causing great damage to the national interest”. Sun Bo, who was general manager of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), was found guilty of trading power […]

Draghi warns that illiberal ideology is undermining the euro

The spread of illiberal ideology throughout the Eurozone is threatening the stability of the common currency, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on December 15 while addressing an audience in the northern Italian city Pisa. “The fascination with illiberal prescriptions and regimes is spreading,” adding, “we are seeing little steps back in history,” said Draghi while warning […]

Rwanda shows off new military hardware amid rising African demand for Chinese arms

Rwanda recently revealed its purchases of powerful Chinese weaponry after the equipment was used in an army training exercise. Last Tuesday, on the final day of its annual exercises, the Rwandan army displayed its Chinese-made PCL-09 self-propelled howitzer system and its HJ-9A “Red Arrow” anti-tank missiles, photos of which were later released by the military. […]

Chinese tech start-ups are turning away from the US and towards Southeast Asia amid trade war, NYSE executive says

Chinese technology start-ups are pivoting to Southeast Asia and away from the United States in their expansion plans, in a clear bid to avoid getting in the midst of a trade war that is intensifying. In a recent trip to Asia, Betty Liu, an executive at the New York Stock Exchange, said that she saw […]

Can Nancy Dubuc Save Vice?

On Nancy Dubuc’s first day as the new CEO of Vice Media, she sent out an all-staff email to introduce herself. She praised the youthful but unwieldy institution’s history of “fearless” content; clarified the pronunciation of her last name (“Dubuque”); and outlined her core values: details, accountability, trust, teamwork, colleagueship, and respect. source https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a25588788/nancy-dubuc-ceo-viceland/

Explosion in Sapporo injures dozens following gas tank fire at real estate agency【Video, photos】

Explosion occurred during dinner rush at second-floor restaurant. At roughly 8:30 p.m. on the night of December 16 the Sapporo Fire Department received a call that an explosion had occurred near Hiragishi subway station in the city’s Toyohira Ward. When they arrived n the scene, they found that a two-story building had gone up in […]

As tensions rise, Lukashenko says Belarus will never again be a part of Russia

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has accused Moscow of attempting “to incorporate” Belarus into Russia by blackmailing the small former Soviet republics using its oil and gas leverage. Speaking to Russian journalists in Minsk on December 14, Lukashenko said […]

Hong Kong businessman and former Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung denies controlling football club from prison

Jailed Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung Ka-sing on Monday denied in court that he had controlled Birmingham City Football Club while he was behind bars for money laundering. The hairdresser turned businessman was testifying against a former accountant of Birmingham International Holdings – of which Yeung was chairman until 2014 – now on trial for […]

US, China can reach a deal on trade in 90 days, ex-Chinese central bank official says

A former top official at China’s central bank says he is optimistic Beijing and Washington can reach a deal by the end of their 90-day trade war truce that will pave the way for future talks. But Zhu Min, who was deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China from 2009 to 2010, expected it […]

Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The internet as we know it may still end. That is the stark warning delivered by a consortium of major technology companies – Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others – to the US Trade Representative working on a new […]

Why hotter Earth poses greater health risks to Hong Kong than other cities around the globe

Hong Kong should expect a greater burden on health care services as days and nights of extreme heat become more intense, frequent and prolonged against the backdrop of a changing climate and demographics, experts warn. The grim state of play was illustrated by climate, weather, medical and planning specialists in the city at the first-ever […]

Pakistani men wait for news of Uygur wives amid sweeping Chinese crackdown in Xinjiang

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago – the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China’s heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa. He remembers the last thing she told him: “As soon as […]

Hong Kong shoppers lose HK$40 million to online crooks in 2018 – 142 per cent rise on last year

Internet fraudsters duped more than 1,900 Hong Kong shoppers out of nearly HK$40 million (US$5.12 million) between January and November, prompting police on Monday to warn buyers to be wary. The latest figures from the force were revealed by Senior Superintendent Frank Law Yuet-wing of the city’s Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau after it […]

Debate: Kosovo to establish its own army

Kosovo’s parliament has approved plans for the country to establish its own army. Belgrade voiced fears that this could pose a threat to the Serb minority there and Nato, too, had criticised the move. Some commentators warn it could reignite armed conflict between Kosovo and Serbia. Others say Belgrade has nothing to fear. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/211800/kosovo-to-establish-its-own-army?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2018-12-17

Victoria Beckham Is Making Us Want to Buy This Topshop Boilersuit

Our lives have been disappointingly Victoria Beckham–free over the last few weeks, and we’ve been craving a bit of Posh fashion action—especially with the Spice Girls announcing their comeback tour (it won’t be the same without you, VB). Thankfully, she heard our cry and today was papped in the ultimate low-effort yet high-impact winter outfit. […]

Wife, supporters of detained Chinese lawyer shave heads in protest

The wife of a detained Chinese lawyer and three supporters shaved their heads on Monday and attempted to submit to a Beijing court a petition protesting her husband’s indefinite detention. The four women went to the Hongsecun People’s High Court in south Beijing in a symbolic protest against what they said highlighted the “lawlessness” of […]

Multicultural Marketing: Why You Need to Get Started

“We’ve missed the mark! We apologize.” That’s what you don’t want to have to say because your company inadvertently offended a diverse group of your target audience in your new campaign. But, don’t those sentences sound familiar? How often have you recently heard about a marketing campaign gone wrong? Dolce & Gabbana, Pepsi, Dove, and […]

Debate: Ukraine founds its own national Church

In Ukraine a new national Orthodox church that is independent of that in Russia has been founded. At a synod in Kiev, and with President Poroshenko present, the bishops of two different Orthodox denominations voted to unite. The Moscow-oriented Ukrainian Orthodox Church boycotted the unification council. How intertwined are church and politics in the region? […]

Debate: EU wants to force digitalisation in Africa

The EU-Africa Forum on the subject of digitalisation begins this Monday in Vienna. Leaders from African and EU states will come together with around 800 companies there to inject fresh impetus into the economic ties between the two continents. But not all observers are convinced that investing in Africa makes sense. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/211802/eu-wants-to-force-digitalisation-in-africa?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2018-12-17