The U.S.’s Strategic Re-Pivot to the Middle Eastern Quagmire | Opinion

Dorsey notes that Sun Degang and Wu Sike, scholars with close links to the Chinese regime, asserted that the Middle East was a “key region in big power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in a new era.” China perceives the U.S.’s reticence to commit to the Middle East as an opportunity to destabilize the region. For […]

Hello Kitty themed plane will host three-hour flight to ‘nowhere’ for super fans

The flight will be a one-off experience taking place on the 8th August 2020, which coincides with Father’s Day in Taiwan. In fact, the airline is marking the occasion by operating the flight number BR-5288 which pays tribute to the phrase ‘I Love Dad’ (when read out in Mandarin).

Saudi Arabia jails eight over Khashoggi murder, fiancee decries trial

Many Saudis hailed Monday’s ruling in comments on Twitter, a platform favoured by pro-government supporters. Some said the ruling ended one of the most difficult political cases the kingdom has faced. Others said the ruling made Saudi Arabia the “land of justice”, a “country where rights are never lost.”

Iran’s Khamenei Says Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Scandal May Be Diversion for ‘Evil US and Zionist Plots’

“The grave and unforgivable sin committed by a French weekly in insulting the luminous and holy personality of [the Prohet] revealed, once more, the hostility and malicious grudge harboured by political and cultural organizations in the West against Islam and the Muslim community,” Khamenei suggested, his remarks published on his official Twitter account. “The excuse […]

Report: US Global War on Terror Has Displaced Up to 59 Million People

The study, published by the Rhode Island-based university’s “Costs of War Project,” says between 37 million and 59 million people in eight countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East “fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001,” when the al-Qaida terror group attacked […]

More than 1 billion people face displacement by 2050: report

With the world’s population forecast to rise to nearly 10 billion by 2050, intensifying the scramble for resources and fuelling conflict, the research shows as many as 1.2 billion people living in vulnerable areas of sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East may be forced to migrate by 2050.

Sovereign wealth funds stampede into stocks outside the U.S.

“We have seen more direct investments in public markets and this was partly skewed by large investments Saudi Arabia’s PIF (Public Investment Fund) has made in U.S. equity markets in Q1 and they’ve since sold some holdings, which may explain some of the outflows in the data,” said Enrico Soddu, IFSWF’s head of data and […]

Asia Today: India has record spike of 95K new virus cases

— South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have come below 200 for an eight straight day, suggesting a viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it has reported 155 additional cases over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 21,743 with 346 […]

Little left of Greece’s Moria refugee camp after 2nd fire

Migrants walk at the burned Moria refugee after a fire, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece’s notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. […]

ICAEW: Vietnam is expected to be the only South-East Asian economy to record positive growth this year

While growth in Singapore is forecast to contract by 5.7 percent this year because of a severe decline in global trade, signs of a recovery in exports and imports will see it rebound to 6.1 percent in 2021. Heavily export-oriented economies like Singapore and Vietnam will continue to benefit from a stabilisation in trade indicators, […]