Metals Stocks: Gold pauses its advance as stocks steady, but holds near 6-month highs

Gold futures tip lower early Friday as volatile stock markets calmed down for now, but the haven metal remained near the six-month highs scored in recent days on the way to a roughly 1.8% weekly gain. source

Beijing’s new man in Macau is a former vice-minister of commerce, with the aim of bolstering ties with Portuguese-speaking countries

Beijing has appointed a vice-minister of commerce to be its top official in Macau, in a move seen as the central government’s bid to strengthen economic ties with Portuguese-speaking nations amid an ongoing trade war with the United States. Commentators and lawmakers believe that the appointment of Fu Ziying as director of the central government’s […]

Hong Kong student tried to have sex with 12-year-old girl, pleads guilty to indecent assault

A Hong Kong student who thought it was “within the law to make out” with a 12-year-old has pleaded guilty in court to indecent assault. The District Court heard the 19-year-old University of Hong Kong student, referred to only by his initials, W.Q., admitted he attempted to have sex with the girl inside a classroom […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Women Join Hands to Oust Ebola From the Democratic Republic of the Congo

[WHO] Twice a week, Mama Mwatatu rises early and makes a two-hour trek from her home in Beni’s Cité Belge neighbourhood in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the local radio station. For the past 12 years, she has hosted a call-in radio talk show called “Women and Development” and has a […]

Rangefinder’s Editors Share Their Favorite Portraits of 2018

The Rangefinder team was tasked with choosing just one impactful portrait from anywhere in the universe from this past year. Here are the riveting results, along with comments from the photographers on their approach. Photo © Vanessa Granda/Courtesy of Here Magazine, Away FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER, VANESSA GRANDA I worked together with the team at Here […]

Top Curators to Watch

ANNE BALDASSARI, INDEPENDENT CURATORWhich art exhibition in France drew more visitors than any other in the history of French exhibition-making? It was “Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection” (2016-17) at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Focusing on the extraordinary collections of the turn-of-the-century Russian industrialist Sergei Shchukin, it was masterminded by one of […]

Art World News Today

Among the top visual arts headlines today: Christie’s to offer Henry Darger’s monumental work at its Americana Week in 2019; administrators of the basilica of St Mark’s in Venice accuse the Italian Government of lacking in initiative to protect the structure; Red Bull Arts Detroit announces its 2019 residents and fellows; Decolonize This Place movement […]

“Carte Blanche: Awkward” at ShanghART M50, Shanghai

ShanghART M50, Shanghai is exhibiting a group exhibition titled “Carte Blanche: Awkward.”“Carte Blanche: Awkward” is on view at ShanghART M50, Shanghai through February 17, 2019.The group exhibition “Carte Blanche: Awkward” showcases works by Ding Xi, Cai Yuening, Chen Chen Chen, Chen Xin, Du Chenyan, Gu Jiatu, Huang Kui, Huang Zhe, Hu Chenyu, LiUSTU, Mu Yan, […]

Bahrain says no interruption to diplomatic ties with Syria

Bahrain said on Friday that its embassy in Damascus and the Syrian diplomatic mission in Manama had been operating “without interruption”, a day after the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Syria, which is still suspended from the Arab League. source

Open Arms rescue ship docks in Spanish port with 308 migrants on board

A Spanish charity rescue ship docked in Algeciras port in southern Spain on Friday, bringing ashore more than 300 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea one week ago. source

Modi’s clampdown on e-commerce in India may not win back votes of small retailers

India’s new curbs on e-commerce companies may not be enough to win over small store owners and traders in next year’s general election, with the key voting bloc still seething over what it sees as broken promises by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. source

Congo opposition leader Fayulu takes clear lead for Sunday election

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu is the clear favorite to win Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-delayed election on Sunday, a poll showed on Friday, though the outcome remains uncertain after voting was canceled in several opposition strongholds. source

Modi considers three options to aid Indian farmers hit by low crop prices: sources

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is considering three options for a relief package to help farmers suffering because of low crop prices at a cost of as much as 3 trillion rupees ($42.82 billion), according to three government sources. source

For many migrants trekking to the U.S., faith is their compass

Since setting out from Honduras in the hope of reaching the United States, Nicolas Alonso Sanchez has worn a simple wooden cross around his neck – a quiet reminder of the Roman Catholic faith that propels him forward. source

Syrian army enters Manbij after Kurdish calls to deter Turkey

The Syrian army said it entered Manbij on Friday for the first time in years, after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town from the threat of Turkish attacks. source

Syrian surprise: How Trump’s phone call changed the war

President Donald Trump’s declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border. source

Watchdog clears Thai junta deputy over luxury watches

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Friday he was never worried about an anti-corruption investigation that this week cleared him of any wrongdoing over two dozen luxury watches that he did not claim as assets. source

Kremlin welcomes return of Syrian Kurdish territories to Damascus

Russia welcomes the return of Kurdish territories in Syria to the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, the Kremlin spokesman said on Friday, after Damascus said its forces had entered the town of Manbij. source

Taliban seek image makeover as Afghan peace talks gain momentum

As moves toward peace pick up in Afghanistan, the Taliban are trying to show they have changed since the brutal days of the 1990s when they banned music and girls’ education and carried out public executions in Kabul’s football stadium. source

China police detain students protesting crackdown on Marxist group

Chinese police detained a group of students on Friday who were protesting against a crackdown on a campus Marxist society, whose former head was held by police on the 125th birthday of the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong.China has an awkward relationship with the legacy of Mao, who died in 1976 and is still […]

Marijuana representation on screen: There’s still a long way to go

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows. Marijuana has long been celebrated in the world of music and song. In the world of movies and TV, […]

In a year of crisis points for influencers, YouTube also tried to do some good

2018 was not what you would call a great year for the world’s largest video platform, nor for some of the influencers who use it to make a living.  Case in point: the Logan Paul incident. The YouTube star caused widespread anger when he uploaded a video that included footage of a body of person […]

Chinese city residents protest over plans for nuclear research facilitiy

Dozens of residents in a city in central China have staged a protest over plans to build a nuclear research institute near their homes. The protesters fear that radioactive materials used at the planned facility in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, will pose a health risk. The institute behind the project did not officially […]

China’s new light tank for mountainous areas goes into service

China’s new-generation lightweight battle tank has gone into service, as the military seeks to boost combat ability in high-altitude areas. The Type 15 light tank has better mobility than other tanks used by the People’s Liberation Army and will strengthen combat readiness in plateau regions such as Tibet, military analysts said. The tank was on […]

Chinese families torn as death sentence for kidnapper will end hope of finding woman who bought children

Two child kidnap ringleaders were sentenced to death and three accomplices were jailed for taking nine boys in Guangdong more than 10 years ago. The parents are still searching for their children, news website said. The death sentences raise the possibility that discovering the fate of the boys could be lost to their families. […]

The Wall Street Journal: New York Yankees in talks with Amazon, Sinclair to bid for YES Sports Network

The Yankees have been talking to a variety of potential partners to purchase its YES network, for which Disney is seeking a valuation of $5 billion to $6 billion, people familiar with the matter said. source

Critics of justice department ‘should not dwell’ on decision not to prosecute CY Leung, says Chief Secretary

Hong Kong’s number two official told critics of the justice department “not to dwell on” its decision to not press charges against former Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was investigated for misconduct allegations over a HK$50 million payment from Australian firm UGL. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung’s comment was made one day after two prominent […]

Hong Kong weather set to get colder for New Year’s Eve, temperatures as low as 11 degrees

Hongkongers will need to break out the scarves and hats if they head out to celebrate the new year on Monday night, with a cold and windy few days on the way, according to forecasters. New Year’s Eve was set to be as cold as 11 degrees Celsius, with a maximum of 15 degrees, according […]

West Africa: ‘Nigeria Is the Only Producer of High-Voltage Cables in West Africa’

[Guardian] In the whole of West Africa, Nigeria is the only producer of high-voltage cables and the sixth country to adopt the technology in the Africa.The Managing Director, Coleman Wires and Cables Limited, George Onafowokan, said this in an interview on Wednesday.He attributed its growth in the sector to many factors, including: strategic planning, commitment, […]

Auction Preview: Modern Art – Prints, Drawings & Paintings at Transcend Auctions, Aurora, Jan 12

What: Modern Art – Prints, Drawings & PaintingsWhere: Transcend Auctions; 38 Wellington St. E, Unit 5, Aurora, L4G 1H5, CanadaWhen: January 12; 07.00 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- Attr Claude Monet French (1840-1926) OOC: Lily pads on a pond (1908) – Attributes: Signed on the lower right with stamp and gallery seal on verso. […]

“Liminals: A Fantasy Ritual by Jeremy Shaw” at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is showcasing the North American premiere of the “Liminals” video installation by British-Columbian artist Jeremy Shaw. “Liminals: A Fantasy Ritual by Jeremy Shaw” will be on view through March 24, 2019.“Liminal,” a rich an significant work which, at the first instance, looks like a 16mm documentary in black and […]

Karla Black’s Solo Exhibition at The Power Plant, Toronto

The Power Plant, Toronto, is currently showcasing a solo exhibition by Karla Black, on view through December 30, 2018.For her exhibition at The Power Plant, the artist will produce a new site-specific, immersive sculpture that engages with the particular spatial and light qualities of the gallery.The exhibition presents a collection of the artist’s latest works. […]

Auction Preview: Antique Maps, Charts, Atlases, Engravings & Books at Old World Auctions, Glen Allen, Jan 12

What: Antique Maps, Charts, Atlases, Engravings & BooksWhere: Old World Auctions, 4325 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA, USWhen: Jan 12, 3:00 PM ESTTop Lots of the Sale:- “[Ancient World & Palestine Maps in book] La Mer des Histoires” – Nicolas Cousteau. This is a complete edition of the rare and popular Mer des Histoires, a […]

Ornaghi & Prestinari’s “Early Autumn” at Galleria Continua, Les Moulins

Galleria Continua in Les Moulins, France presents Ornaghi & Prestinari’s “Early Autumn.” The show runs through June 2, 2019.The potential of materials and the potentialities that these offer are what Ornaghi & Prestinari’s artistic practice engages with. They combine together “pictorial and sculptural figuration, reflections on conceptual art with personal life experiences.” Elegant, sophisticated tones […]