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China, NK pledge to strengthen bilateral relations

THE ruling parties of China and North Korea have pledged to strengthen inter-party exchanges, and push forward the development of relations between the two countries. The pledge was made during a four-day visit to North Korea by Song Tao, special envoy of Communist Party of China General Secretary ...

Focus on reform at meeting of Leading Group

CHINESE President Xi Jinping yesterday called for fully implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and pressing ahead with reform. Xi was speaking at the first meeting of the Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform of the 19th CPC Central Committee, ...

Impeachment process begins as Mugabe refuses to resign

ZIMBABWE’S ruling party expressed confidence yesterday that long-time President Robert Mugabe could be impeached within two days, while the world’s oldest head of state ignored the party’s midday deadline to resign. As ruling party lawmakers began meeting on impeachment plans, ...

Alibaba to buy Sun Art stake to drive synergies

ALIBABA Group will pay HK$22.4 billion to buy 36.16 percent of Sun Art Retail Group, which operates Auchan and RT Mart malls, from Ruentex Group as it works to drive offline and online business synergies. “Physical stores serve an indispensable role in the consumer journey and should be ...

Marvell agrees to acquire Cavium in US$6b deal

CHIPMAKER Marvell Technology Group Ltd said it would buy smaller rival Cavium Inc in a US$6 billion deal, as it seeks to expand its wireless connectivity business in a fast consolidating semiconductor industry. Under the deal, Marvell will offer US$40 per share in cash and 2.1757 of its ...

Volvo plans to offer Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

UBER plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the US firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. The non-binding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving ...

'Simulated family' boon for foster kids

At 7am every morning, 56-year-old Jing Fengying and her husband Zhang Youbing wake up their four foster children and spend an hour dressing and feeding them. They need to leave by 8am for classes at a children's welfare institute.The couple has devoted eight years to looking after abandoned children ...

Death rap for 2 drug dealers in Mianyang

Two drug dealers have been given death sentences with a two-year reprieve, by a court in Mianyang, southwest China's Sichuan Province.The ruling was announced by the Mianyang Intermediate People's Court yesterday.The drug dealing and manufacturing case, which involves 82 people, is the largest that ...

18 held for apartment blaze that killed 19

Beijing police have detained 18 people over a fire in an apartment that killed 19 people on Saturday night.The fire broke out at a three-story flat at Xinjian Village, in Daxing District, in Beijing's southern suburb. Eight of the victims were younger than 18. Eight people were taken to hospital. ...

Missing sub reported mechanical issue

Argentina's navy yesterday revealed that its missing submarine reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication, and that weekend signals did not come from the vessel, dimming hopes for its 44 crew members.The nature of the breakdown was not immediately clear. It was the first time the ...

Germany hit by political crisis as talks founder

GErman efforts to form a three-way coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday, pitching Germany into its worst political crisis for decades.That has raised the prospect of new elections and cast doubt over Merkel's future.The pro-business Free Democrats withdrew from ...

Indian actress faces beheading threat

A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party has offered a 100 million rupee reward to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of the yet-to-be released Bollywood film “Padmavati” over its alleged handling of the relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ...

Ayestaran's dismal run continues

Las Palmas coach Pako Ayestaran was clinging to his job yesterday after his team's 0-2 loss at Levante marked a sixth straight defeat in his first six games in charge.Ayestaran is one game away from equaling the club's worst ever run of results under Frenchman Marcel Domingo in the 1959-60 ...

West Brom sacks Pulis amid bid to stay in EPL

Struggling English Premier League team West Bromwich Albion fired manager Tony Pulis yesterday despite his reputation as a virtual guarantee against relegation.The move seemed inevitable after West Brom's 0-4 loss at home to Chelsea on Saturday, which dropped the team to within a point and a place ...

Besieged Italy soccer chief resigns

Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned yesterday, a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup.The announcement came following calls for a complete overhaul of the nation's most popular sport, from amateur leagues right up to Serie A and the national ...

I should have left them in jail, says Trump

US President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. His Sunday tweet came after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in winning the players’ release in comments to ESPN. “Who?” ...

India rebuked over president's border visit

CHINA firmly opposes the Indian leader’s visit to a disputed area on the China-India border, a foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday. He urged India to refrain from moves that complicate boundary issues, and work with China to create conditions for talks. The foreign ministry’s Lu ...

Duterte turns to China over telecoms

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China the “privilege” of being his country’s third telecoms operator, his spokesman said yesterday, turning to the Chinese companies to break a long-standing duopoly that has frustrated consumers for years. The Philippines’ ...

Not enough parents use car child safety seats

ABOUT 70 percent of local families with children aged under 6 have child safety seats — but only 33 percent of them strap their child in for every ride. The findings are published in a survey released yesterday. Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profitable organization, teamed up with local police ...

Countries help to search south Atlantic for Argentine submarine

A multinational armada of aircraft and vessels yesterday battled high winds and giant waves as they scoured an area of the south Atlantic for signs of a missing Argentine submarine. There has been no contact with the ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric submarine with 44 crew members aboard, ...

Shares in SOEs to help support pension system

CHINA has announced a pilot program to help pension schemes meet growing pressure from an aging society by transferring shares of state-owned enterprises to social security funds. A document released by the State Council said the program would begin this year with shares of up to seven SOEs to be ...

China urges international help for Rakhine state

CHINA said yesterday that the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee amid a military crackdown. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was speaking after a meeting with ...

City-wide checks after 19 die in fire at Beijing apartment

CAI Qi, Beijing’s Party chief, has ordered a 40-day city-wide safety check after a deadly fire killed 19 people and injured eight others. The fire broke out on Saturday evening at a three-story apartment at Xinjian Village in the city’s Daxing District. Seven of the eight people sent to ...

Cultural heritage kept relevant by being adapted to modern products

YANG Zaimei, a national master in the ancient embroidery of the Miao ethnic minority, is a busy woman nowadays as China steps up its campaign to promote and perpetuate iconic heritage. Yang not only teaches apprentices every week, including foreigners, but she also advises a domestic luxury brand on ...

Foreigners excel with Chinese renditions

A poem and prose chanting competition performed by overseas students was held yesterday in Shanghai. The competition to promote traditional Chinese culture for foreigners is the first of its kind in China. It has attracted about 200 foreign students from 19 universities in the city since the event ...

Despite the cold weather it isn't winter

THINK yesterday was cold? It was the coldest morning since June — but winter it wasn’t. Winter arrives when the average temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days. The first day of the five is regarded as the beginning of the new season. At 7am yesterday, the ...

Pudong bids for a cultural breakthrough

PUDONG government has become the first in the country to introduce public bidding to supply cultural services. The aim is to better satisfy residents’ needs. Officials from Pudong towns and communities do the bidding having first consulted with residents on what they like. In an auction held ...

Shanghai Tower hosts young artistic talent

NEARLY 1,000 paintings and sculptures from artists at China’s major art colleges are being shown at Shanghai Tower. The exhibits have been chosen from the works of over 70,000 students and graduates from more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide, especially from China’s nine ...

19th arts festival records 4m admissions

THE 19th Shanghai International Arts Festival ended last night after presenting more than 350 art-related activities from 66 countries. Four million admissions were reported over the event. The one-month event closed with “The Markropulos Case” opera staged at Shanghai Grand Theater. The ...

Shenhua draws first blood in CFA Cup final

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua gained the upper hand over city rival SIPG in their two-legged Chinese FA Cup final by edging Andre Villas-Boas' team 1-0 at Hongkou Football Stadium last night, thanks to a first-half goal by Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins.With big-spending SIPG seemingly on its way to ...

Barca dubbed the real winner after bruising Madrid derby

Barcelona was declared the true winner of the Madrid derby by the Spanish media yesterday as the thrilling yet low-quality stalemate between Atletico and Real Madrid left the Catalans enjoying a 10-point lead over the two sides in La Liga.Barca won 3-0 at Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid, before a ...

United stars back as Manchester duo win

English Premier League leader Manchester City brushed aside Leicester City 2-0 for its 16th successive win in all competitions as Manchester United welcomed back long-term absentees Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a 4-1 rout of Newcastle United.With Tottenham Hotspur losing ground after a 0-2 ...

Victoria's Shanghai show is no secret

THE star-studded, super-hyped Victoria’s Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai today, the first time the US brand has held its self-described “sexiest show on earth” outside the United States or Europe. Coming to China is all about business — the company’s ...

Noon deadline for Mugabe to resign

ZIMBABWE’S ruling party central committee fired long-time President Robert Mugabe as party leader yesterday, saying that if he doesn’t resign as the country’s president by noon today they will begin impeachment proceedings when Parliament resumes tomorrow. Clinging to his now ...

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Youngsters try their hand at vital skills

Turkey bans LGBTI events 'to keep order'

Turkish authorities yesterday announced a ban on all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex cultural events in Ankara province until further notice to maintain public order.'The move follows a ban on a festival of German-language gay films in the capital on Thursday, which was imposed on ...

General will reject 'illegal' nuclear order

The commander of US Strategic Command said an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.Air Force Gen John Hyten told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump ...

Libya to examine slave trading claims

Libya will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, its internationally recognised government said yesterday. The move follows the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off.Libya has long been a major transit centre for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many ...

Search the Jackson Galaxy be guided to your 'Total Cat Mojo'

JACKSON Galaxy, the cat fixer of Animal Planet fame, is out with a new book that urges humans to meet their felines halfway. The host of “My Cat from Hell” and co-host of a new show premiering November 11, “Cat vs. Dog,” Galaxy offers up the A-to-Z of what it takes to truly ...

Flying not purr-fect policy for Oscar the cat

OSCAR is a cat of the world. He has his own Instagram account, @Oskibabi, along with high-tech toys like a remote-controlled centipede. But there’s one aspect of modern life Oscar doesn’t like: Flying. Rather than leave Oscar home in New York while I spent 10 days in Phoenix, I decided ...

Intimacy, elegance to warm the cold nights

TREAT yourself to something special and warm as the winter days close in with a meal at Chez Maurice in the upscale city center neighborhood. Chez Maurice divides its three levels into an authentic French bistrot on the second floor, an event space on the third floor, and the cocktail bar and ...

Wine lover, or just curious? Join the 'Vinism' move

FOR casual dining my first choice would have to be Vinism for the simplicity of the Asian plates, but most of all for the wine. Small, relaxed, informal and convivial, Vinism is a lovely intimate wine bar tucked on Zhuanbang Road E. The wine selection is rarely seen in a commercial city like ...

Top labels for price of pizza

FANCY hitting the town in the latest Dior dress with an outrageously expensive Louis Vuitton bag on your arm — but haven’t the cash to afford even the clasp? The fantasy is no longer a pipedream for thousands of women in Paris, the world’s fashion capital, where hiring luxury ...

SHANG XIA display

THE SHANG XIA “Xi Pi Lacquer Heaven and Earth Lid Box” will be exhibited in the China and South Asia Hall of the British Museum, after a 10-year reconstruction plan was completed and re-opened to the public. The piece of artwork, representing top Chinese contemporary design and ...

Boots made for water

JOHN Lobb is launching its fall/winter 2017 collection that explores the nature of water, inspired by the River Nene and its significance to the history of bootmaking. With a focus on flowing, uninterrupted lines, the workings and finishings of raw materials underline the collection. It also ...

Kors struts his stuff

FASHION house Michael Kors unveiled its latest ad campaign “The Walk” at Shanghai’s Expo I-Pavilion this week, bringing out celebrities like Princess Olympia of Greece, supermodels Hikari Mori, Ella Richards and Soo Joo Park. The event featured a 50-foot-long Kors Walkbox, equipped ...

Rare art of China's 19th century on show

FOR more than a century she has been known as the woman behind the throne, the empress who through skill and circumstance rose from lowly imperial consort to the ruler of China at a time and in a place when women were believed to have no power at all. But it turns out Empress Dowager Cixi was much ...

Choose kindess: it is that simple

IT’S hard for us cynical souls to walk into a movie advertised with the tagline “Choose kindness” and not shudder in trepidation. What sentimental hooey is this? What new hellish circle of cheese awaits now? And yet Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” despite its Hallmark ...