Scandal involving Brazil president-elect’s son clouds inauguration

A lingering scandal involving Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s son has soured his inauguration next week and tarnished the reputation of a far-right maverick who surged to victory on a vow to end years of political horsetrading. source

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday. source

BREAKING NEWS: Major Pet Food Brand Extends Recall For Dog and Cat Food Due To Contamination

Columbia River Natural Pet Foods of Vancouver, WA is extending its recent recall to include additional dog and cat food due to possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No confirmed illness have been reported at this time. The recall is a result of routine sampling that was performed by Washington State Department of Agriculture . […]

China releases details of new law on foreign investment ahead of trade talks with US

Beijing has vowed to ensure equal treatment and intellectual property protection for overseas firms operating in China, according to the full text of its draft foreign investment law – its latest move to address long-standing complaints. The draft law includes a widely anticipated ban on mandatory technology transfers from foreign companies and encourages tech cooperation […]

How US trade war could leave Chinese private firms at risk of being ‘taxed to death’

Chinese entrepreneur Lee Teng shut down his company last year, overwhelmed by his tax burden. In mid 2016, China replaced its business tax with a value-added tax (VAT) across all industries. Even though the adjustment was intended to reduce the overall tax burden on companies, the effective tax rate on Teng’s Beijing-based firm rose a […]

Taiwan presidency in KMT Eric Chu’s sights but it’s a long way to 2020

Taiwan’s Kuomintang bigwig Eric Chu has announced his intention to run for president in 2020, but analysts believe there are at least five major hurdles in his way. Chu, 57, stepped down as mayor of New Taipei City on Tuesday, after serving the maximum two four-year terms, and said he would immediately begin an island-wide […]

The Moneyist: I want to marry my boyfriend, but he has $25,000 in credit-card debt and leads a financially reckless lifestyle

This woman feels caught between her love for her boyfriend and his love for buying stuff on credit. source

Economic Report: Americans’ confidence in the economy falls again and is at lowest level since summer

The confidence Americans feel in the economy fell for the second month in a row and touched the lowest level since last summer, perhaps a sign that worries about the nine-and-a-half year-old U.S. expansion have spread from Wall Street to main street. source

The Wall Street Journal: In booming Permian Basin oil patch, natural gas is sometimes given away

American energy companies have spent billions of dollars in the past decade exploring for natural gas. But in parts of Texas and New Mexico, there is now so much of it that it is sometimes worthless. source

Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang Chi-wai denies drink-driving after Japan crash on Christmas Day

Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang Chi-wai has denied drink-driving in Japan after his car crashed head-on into a van carrying a top policeman from the city. “The accident happened at noon. I had not had any alcohol,” comedian Tsang, 65, said in a Thursday statement carried by local media. He did not take a breathalyser […]

Hong Kong’s top legal bodies call on justice minister Teresa Cheng to explain why investigation against former chief executive CY Leung was dropped

Justice Minister Teresa Cheng Yuek-wah came under mounting pressure on Thursday as Hong Kong’s two major legal bodies called on her to fully explain the government’s decision to drop investigations against former city leader Leung Chun-ying over a HK$50 million (US$6 million) payment. The Bar Association and the Law Society, representing the city’s barristers and […]

Relief in sight for long-suffering residents of Hong Kong’s crowded Kowloon City as officials pledge tourist curbs to ease chaos

Residents of Kowloon City where as many as 10,000 mainland day-trippers on cheap Hong Kong tours have disrupted local lives could soon get a respite after authorities on Thursday pledged to come down hard on illegal parking and unseemly foot traffic. The government will take action from next Wednesday to curb the long-running problems presented […]

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Capping ‘Useless’ Graduates, Fumes Agriculture Boss

[New Zimbabwe] Agriculture, Rural and Development Authority (ARDA) board chair, Basil Nyabadza has fumed at the quality of university graduates churned out to state parastatals every year when they hardly knew anything about the field they were studying for. source

Kenya: Dollar Remittances By Diaspora Boost Shilling in Festive Period

[Nation] Dollars remitted home by Kenyans living abroad in the festive period have helped the shilling regain some of the ground it lost against the greenback earlier this month, with light demand for the United States unit in the market also helping the local currency. source

Madagascar’s Rajoelina declared winner of presidential vote by election commission

Andry Rajoelina has been declared the winner of a runoff presidential election, according to full provisional results released on Thursday by the electoral commission. source

Three central Asians charged in Sweden with plotting terror crime

Three Central Asian men have been charged in Sweden with plotting to commit terrorist crimes as well as – along with three others – financing the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said on Thursday. source

Saudi king appoints new foreign minister in major cabinet reshuffle

Saudi King Salman has appointed former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf as the new foreign minister in a major cabinet reshuffle which also included changes to key national security posts, state media reported on Thursday. source

24 patients fled Congo Ebola center, 17 already tested negative

Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry said that 24 patients fled an Ebola treatment center in Beni on Thursday when it came under attack by people protesting the cancellation of Sunday’s presidential election in the eastern city. source

‘Josey Kidd Crowe: Dragnet Gambit’ at Neon Parc, Melbourne

Neon Parc is currently presenting a solo exhibition by Josey Kidd-Crowe, “Dragnet Gambit,” on view through December 15, 2018.For the exhibition Kidd-Crowe has produced a series of large-scale canvas and linen assemblages which bear a constant sense of repression of reality, revealing a tight zone of tension rife with mystical and historic imagery.”Within the stylistic […]

‘Jacqui Stockdale: Ghost Hoovanah’ at Olsen Sydney

A solo exhibition by Jacqui Stockdale, “Ghost Hoovanah,” is currently on view at Olsen Sydney, through December 9, 2018.This exhibition presents a collection of new works by the artist. “Introducing live animals into the picture, Stockdale explores the play between dualities and re-examines the notion of migration and voyage as part of the Australian story. […]

Sea Spray And Lightning Strike (Works on Paper)’ at Alcaston Gallery, Victoria

Alcaston Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Nonggirrnga Marawili titled “Baratjala: Sea Spray And Lightning Strike (Works on Paper),” on view through December 21, 2018.“In creating this remarkable exhibition, Nonggirrnga drew inspiration from Baratjala, a Madarrpa clan estate on the mainland adjacent to Cape Shield, Northern Territory. Despite living nomadically, the artist camped […]