Italy Becomes The First to Make Studying Climate Change Compulsory in Schools
Italy will next year become the first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools. ‘The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model,’ Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti told Reuters from his Rome office on Monday. ‘I want to make... Read more
Philippines, Turkey to Strengthen Ties on Defense, Trade
The Philippines and Turkey will boost ties on defense and trade in the future, the Philippine envoy to Turkey said on Wednesday. “We are beginning with our defense cooperation and this year and next year, we might be able to purchase some defense equipment here in Turkey,” said Raul... Read more
Malaysian PM Mahathir Will Not Step Down Until He Has Resolved Country’s Problems
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he will not step down as prime minister until he has resolved the problems facing the country. The problems, he said, included recovering the billions lost through 1MDB, finding and trying Jho Low and stamping out corruption... Read more
India’s Woes as Sudden Slowdown in India’s Economy
NEW DELHI – (BLOOMBERG) – The sudden slowdown in India’s economy is spreading from carmakers to gold, leaving policy makers fretting as the room for stimulus runs out. A crunch that started out in the shadow banking industry and hurt retailers and auto businesses is now infecting everything from... Read more
Hong Kong Officials are Trying to Prop Up the Deteriorating Economy with Fiscal Spending
HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – As Hong Kong’s leaders hunt for a political solution to the months-long impasse with protesters, officials are trying to prop up the deteriorating economy with fiscal spending. The problem, economists say, is they’re doing it on the cheap and packaging the fiscal measures in ways... Read more
Three Twitter Employees Charged in US with Spying on Twitter Users for Saudi Arabia
Those charged were Twitter employees Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo, along with Ahmed Almutairi, a marketing official with ties to the royal family Two former Twitter employees and a third man were charged in San Francisco Federal Court on Wednesday with spying on Twitter users critical... Read more
US House Democrats Had ‘Clear Understanding’ of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo
A transcript of Ambassador William Taylor’s testimony in the House impeachment probe was released on Wednesday. House Democrats in the United States have released the transcript of a closed-door interview of a key State Department witness who recounted to Congress his “clear understanding” that... Read more
China FM Urges Re-elected Canadian Government to Free Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou
BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday (Nov 6) urged Canada’s re-elected Liberal Party government to immediately release detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Geng Shuang, a spokesman at the ministry, made the comment at a regular news briefing. Meng has been detained in Vancouver since December last year.... Read more
At Least 15 People Were Killed in an Ambush by Suspected Muslim Militants in Thailand
YALA • At least 15 people were gunned down in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said yesterday, one of the bloodiest days in the 15-year insurgency. Thailand’s three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a conflict that has killed... Read more
British PM Johnson Hit by Cabinet Resignation as UK Election Kicks Off
Boris Johnson has set the stage for a ‘people-vs-Parliament’ election British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has argued that voting for the Conservatives was the only way to end delays over Brexit, as he officially launched an election campaign already marred by gaffes and the resignation of a Cabinet... Read more