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World Briefs: Extradition of Catalan politicians blocked

World Briefs: Extradition of Catalan politicians blocked

Extradition of Catalan politicians blocked BRUSSELS • A Brussels court ruled yesterday against extraditing three former Catalan politicians who fled Spain after a warrant for their arrest was issued because of their involvement in a regional declaration of independence in October. The move is another blow to Spain‘s attempts to […]

Ferocious US storm leaves five dead

Ferocious US storm leaves five dead

NEW YORK • A violent spring storm that killed at least five people in the North-eastern United States downed trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power yesterday. By daybreak, more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down […]

Beijing steps up checks on key US imports

Beijing steps up checks on key US imports

BEIJING • China said yesterday that it had stepped up inspections of key US imports such as pork and cars, just as a high-level delegation visits Washington for key trade negotiations. The world‘s two largest economies are locked in a tense standoff with tariff threats hanging over billions of dollars […]

Starbucks serves up bigger plans for China

Starbucks serves up bigger plans for China

SHANGHAI • Starbucks unveiled a bold plan to more than triple revenue in China over the next five years, at a time when other American corporates worry that simmering trade tensions may disrupt their businesses in the world‘s second-largest economy. Starbucks plans to weather trade tensions by focusing on its […]

Royal wedding is big business for British economy

Royal wedding is big business for British economy

LONDON • In quitting Hollywood to marry a prince, actress Meghan Markle is giving up a successful career to join the business of being a British royal. And what a moneymaking machine it is. To celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to his American bride this Saturday, fans can buy […]

Chinese snap up Aussie formula milk

Chinese snap up Aussie formula milk

SYDNEY • One of Australia’s biggest supermarket chains said yesterday some stores were moving baby formula behind counters and restricting sales as it emerged that customers were clearing shelves and selling it online in China for more than double the price. Coles’ decision to take the milk product off aisles […]

Oxfam British chief to quit in wake of Haiti scandal: Charity

Oxfam British chief to quit in wake of Haiti scandal: Charity

LONDON (AFP) – The chief executive of scandal-hit British charity Oxfam announced his resignation Wednesday (May 16), saying that someone else should help “rebuild” the group following a prostitution scandal in Haiti. Mark Goldring had resisted calls to resign when the crisis hit in February, following revelations that Oxfam aid […]

What‘s Next: May 17, 2018

What‘s Next: May 17, 2018

Arab nations meet over embassy fallout The Arab League will hold a meeting of foreign ministers today at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian crisis after the United States relocated  its Israeli embassy to the disputed holy city of Jerusalem. The meeting is expected to discuss ways to confront the US […]

What‘s News: May 17, 2018

What‘s News: May 17, 2018

TOP OF THE NEWS Singapore needs a new leadership with fresh solutions to the challenges ahead, and the fourth-generation leaders are ready for the task. In his Parliament speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also said there is more than one qualified candidate among the team who can be the […]

Frog-killing disease has origins on Korean peninsula

Frog-killing disease has origins on Korean peninsula

In the 1970s and 1980s, frogs and other amphibians seemed to be disappearing overnight. By 1999, researchers had determined that the culprit was a deadly disease caused by the chytrid fungus, which infected the animals with tiny swimming spores. Today this disease, called chytridiomycosis, is thought to be one of […]