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HKU drops a spot in rankings
THE University of Hong Kong (HKU, 香港大學) dropped one rung in the Times Higher Education’s Asia university rankings, ...
2017.03.22
Hong Kong third for richest folk
HONG Kong ranked third in the world for the number of ultra-high net worth individuals – those with US$30 million (HK$2...
2017.03.07
Beware of online criminals
ABOUT 689 million people worldwide fell victim to cybercrime last year, according to US anti-virus software firm Symante...
2016.11.24
Hong Kong slips again in English
HONG Kong’s level of English proficiency continued to be mediocre and fell in regional ranking, according to the result...
2016.11.18
Easy passwords delight hackers
THE online world is a gold mine for fraudsters, thanks to the many boneheads who have access to the internet. People who...
2016.11.10
Weather woes for butterflies
EXTREME weather conditions are threatening butterflies in Britain, according to a study published in the Journal of Anim...
2016.11.03
Amazon sued over home loss
A FAMILY is suing Amazon (亞馬遜公司) for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their US$1m (HK$7....
2016.11.01
Apple goes to court over fakes
HI-TECH giant Apple says it has been buying chargers and cables labelled as genuine Apple products on Amazon.com and fou...
2016.10.25
Cops with Trump caps punished
TWENTY-THREE police officers in the US city of San Antonio have been disciplined for donning Donald Trump caps bearing t...
2016.10.19
Greyhound racing wins reprieve
AUSTRALIA’S most populous state made an embarrassing backflip on its plan to ban greyhound racing. The reversal followe...
2016.10.17
Pepper keeps customers in line
AN army of obedient workers is joining two banks and an insurance firm in Taipei (台北). But they are not paid for their...
2016.10.12
High winds dismay fun seekers
THE world’s biggest hot-air balloon festival in the US was disrupted after two accidents caused by strong winds. Albuqu...
2016.10.07
Whale hunters face new weapon
THE conservation group Sea Shepherd Global has a new weapon to save whales. It is a ship called Ocean Warrior which will...
2016.10.06
Deepest underwater cave found
THE world’s deepest underwater cave has been discovered in the east of the Czech Republic (捷克共和國). The cave, calle...
2016.10.05
Testing the new-age postman
One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to use drones. UPS, in partnership with ro...
2016.09.29
Safety boost for self-driving car
TESLA Motors has improved its autopilot system to disable automatic steering if drivers do not keep their hands on the w...
2016.09.27
Doraemon takes to the skies
A SPECIAL Doraemon-themed plane has commenced flying on the Tokyo to Shanghai route. The Boeing 767-300 operated by Japa...
2016.09.26
Harry Potter’s house for sale
FANS now have a chance to live in the childhood home of Harry Potter (哈利波特). But to fulfil that dream they must have...
2016.09.22
Hong Kong third in English test
HONG Kong ranked third among Asian countries and regions in IELTS – the International English Language Testing System (...
2016.09.20
US scraps talks with Manila
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte (杜特爾特) has expressed regret that a tirade against Barack Obama (奧巴馬), in whi...
2016.09.12
G20 pledges to boost growth
CHINA agreed to cooperate more closely with its trading partners on its politically volatile steel exports as leaders of...
2016.09.09
UN wades into burkini row
THE United Nations (UN, 聯合國) human rights office has called on French beach resorts to lift their ban on the burkini,...
2016.09.05
Samba farewell to Rio Games
AFTER more than two weeks of excitingcontests, the 2016 Olympics in the Braziliancity of Rio de Janeiro (里約熱內盧) clo...
2016.09.01
Global travel slowing down
GLOBAL travel spending is still growing, but at a slower pace, despite weakening economies and fears over terrorism. The...
2016.08.26
Emperor set to abdicate
JAPAN’S Emperor Akihito (日本天皇明仁), 82, has set the stage for his abdication, saying his age and poor health mean h...
2016.08.12
UK nuke move dismays China
CHINA has urged Britain to proceed with a nuclear power plant project partly invested in by a Chinese firm, saying the f...
2016.08.05
China’s sea claims rejected
AN international tribunal’s ruling denying China’s claims in the South China Sea (南中國海) will “intensify conflict ...
2016.07.18
Brexit triggers turmoil
BRITAIN (英國) plunged deeper into political crisis on 26 June following its vote to leave the European Union (歐洲聯盟)...
2016.06.30
War hurts medical service
ATTACKS on hospitals since war broke out in Syria (敘利亞) five years ago have killed more than 700 doctors and medical ...
2016.06.27
Online terms of services are“absurd”
Is your privacy protected when using YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram or iTunes? You can find out by reading their terms and...
2016.06.01
Obama lifts Hanoi weapons ban
US President Barack Obama (奧巴馬) has lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam (越南) during his first ...
2016.05.25
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit
It is 100,000 laps around Earth and counting for the International Space Station (國際太空站). The space station reached...
2016.05.19
HK on Duterte’s must-visit list
HONG Kong and the mainland will be priority areas for Philippine (菲律賓) president-elect Rodrigo Duterte (杜特爾特) to ...
2016.05.16
UN to tackle refugee crisis
A NEW United Nations (UN, 聯合國) plan to resolve the worst refugee crisis since World War II (第二次世界大戰) would aim...
2016.05.12
Chinese bug declared world’s longest insect
A BUG over half a metre long, discovered in southern China, has been declared the world’s longest insect. The stick ins...
2016.05.11
Rio Games countdown starts
THE city of Rio de Janeiro (里約熱內盧 ) launched the 100-day countdown to the Olympic Games, with government and global...
2016.04.29
Drone collision alarms aviation industry
A drone and a British Airways (英國航空公司) passenger jet collided in mid-air over London. The jet was undamaged but th...
2016.04.21
Mountain lion prowls LA school
A mountain lion strolled into a high school in Los Angeles (洛杉磯). The big cat was spotted walking across the yard at ...
2016.04.20
Sweden invites world to call its citizens
SWEDEN has come up with a new idea to boost tourism. It is asking people in other countries to call its citizens via a n...
2016.04.12
Protect your smartphone data from hackers
We need to take steps to protect our smartphones from hackers. The US government successfully hacked an iPhone used by a...
2016.04.11
University finds own milk study spoiled
You cannot always trust claims based on the results of ‘scientific’ studies. This is the lesson for the public when a ...
2016.04.06
Brussels in defiant mood
THOUSANDS of people went to Brussels’ (布魯塞爾) central square on 23 March, determined to defy extremists who would ha...
2016.03.30
'Lonely' elephant gets zoo pen upgrade
A TOKYO zoo said it will work on improving the living conditions for its 69-year-old elephant Hanako (花子). Animal acti...
2016.03.11
DiCaprio finally takes home Oscar award
Leonardo DiCapr io (里安納度狄卡比奧) won his long-awaited first Oscar for revenge epic The Revenant (復仇勇者). After f...
2016.03.04
Astronaut ambition more popular than ever
Space travel never looked so good. Nasa (美國太空總署) announced it received a record number of applicants — some 18,30...
2016.02.24
Pyongyang rocket raises worries
NORTH Korea’s (北韓) latest rocket launch might kick off a build-up of US missile defence systems in Asia, US officials...
2016.02.18
Russia slams UK inquiry on spy killing
President Vladimir Putin (普京) probably approved a plan by Russia’s FSB security service (俄羅斯聯邦安全局) to kill a ...
2016.01.27
Study links happiness with genes
Happiness could be more a function of genes, said the authors of an unusual scientific study. Nations where more people ...
2016.01.22
Outcry as giant tuna fetches fortune
A Japanese sushi boss paid more than US$117,000 (HK$912,600) for a giant bluefin tuna (藍鰭吞拿魚) at the New Year aucti...
2016.01.11
‘Comfort women’ deal scorned
HUNDREDS of South Korean (南韓) protesters joined two surviving former ‘comfort women’ to denounce an agreement betwee...
2016.01.05
Security alert in Beijing
AT least four Western countries took the unusual step last Thursday of issuing Christmas security warnings to their citi...
2015.12.30
Xi, Obama unite over weather
PRESIDENT Xi Jinping (習近平) has urged rich nations to keep a promise to provide US$100 billion (HK$778 billion) a year...
2015.12.03
World heads condemn Paris raids
WORLD leaders united last Sunday to denounce terrorism at a heavily guarded summit in Turkey (土耳其) after the gun and ...
2015.11.18
Phone scam suspects deported
A TOTAL of 254 Chinese citizens arrested in Cambodia (柬埔寨) and Indonesia (印尼) for running telephone and internet sc...
2015.11.12
Queen delivers policy speech
PRIME Minister David Cameron’s (卡梅倫 ) government confirmed last Tuesday it will hold a referendum on whether Britain...
2015.06.02
Activists cross North-South Korean border
SOUTH Korea (南韓 ) and North Korea (北韓) have been in opposition for at least 65 years. A group of women decided to do...
2015.05.28
Rohingyas find temporary home
MALAYSIA (馬來西亞) and Indonesia (印尼) said on Wednesday they would offer shelter to 7,000 “boat people” adrift at s...
2015.05.26
7,000 ‘boat people’ offered shelter
THOUSANDS of refugees are dying on boats in Asia (亞洲). Fortunately, some countries are beginning to help. Malaysia (馬...
2015.05.26
WHO: global life expectancy goes up
LIFE expectancy has increased by six years for men and women since 1990, with Japan (日本) having the longest spans at 8...
2015.05.20
HK students stay ahead globally
HONG Kong has ranked second among 76 countries in a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ...
2015.05.19
Study: Singapore top of the class
SINGAPORE (新加坡) has pipped Hong Kong for pole position in a study of how schools perform across the world. Hong Kong ...
2015.05.19
HK’s smiles are nothing to grin about
HONGKONGERS have the least expressive smiles in the world. Psychologists at the University of Wiscon-sin-Madison (威斯康...
2015.05.13
Britain welcomes Princess Charlotte
BRITAIN’S (英國) Prince William (威廉王子) and the Duchess of Cambridge (劍橋公爵夫人) have named their daughter Charlo...
2015.05.08
Bali drug smugglers are executed
INDONESIA (印尼) staunchly defended its execution of seven foreigners including two Australians (澳洲人) as a vital fron...
2015.05.06
Nepal quake kills over 5,000
AS the death toll from Nepal’s (尼泊爾 ) devastating earthquake climbed past 5,000, with a further 6,500 injured, aid w...
2015.04.30
HK missed off list of street-food cities
IF you love eating street food this news may be hard to swallow. Surprisingly, Hong Kong is not among the 16 Best Street...
2015.04.30
Hillary shows ‘warmer’ side
HILLARY Clinton (希拉莉) cast herself as a champion for everyday US citizens, kicking off her long-awaited second run fo...
2015.04.17
US and Cuban presidents meet
TWO countries that have been enemies for over half a century are now trying to make friends with each other again! US (...
2015.04.16
Singapore mourns Lee
LEE Kuan Yew (李光耀 ), the founder of modern Singapore (新加坡), who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and ...
2015.03.27
Singapore’s first PM mourned
SINGAPORE (新加坡) plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute on Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew (...
2015.03.27
Chinese tourists warned
THE Chinese embassy in Paris (巴黎 ) has taken the rare step of warning mainlanders and Hongkongers to avoid taking the ...
2015.03.24
UN chief: mend ties in Asia
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (潘基文) has urged the leaders of Japan (日本), China and South Korea (南韓) to work ha...
2015.03.19
A yen for visiting Japan in Easter
IF you and your parents are planning to travel this Easter holiday, you had better hurry. Tours to Japan (日本) and othe...
2015.03.17
Author wants Japan nuclear-free
DO you remember the Fukushima (福島) nuclear accident that occurred four years ago when an earthquake triggered a tsunam...
2015.03.16
Prince decries ivory trade
BRITAIN’S (英國) Prince William (威廉王子) urged an end to the ivory trade last Wednesday, visiting an elephant sanctua...
2015.03.09
Apple’s emoji to show other races
SMILEY emoji, sad emoji, hearts emoji, and now, for the first time, racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to releas...
2015.03.02
Aeroplane crashes in Taipei
A TAIWANESE (台灣) flight with 58 people onboard turned on its side in mid-air, clipped an elevated roadway and careened...
2015.02.09
Facebook, Instagram go offline
MILLIONS of Facebook and Instagram users were left in the lurch after the two popular social networking services went of...
2015.02.02
Pope draws record crowds
POPE Francis (教宗方濟各) flew home on Monday after a week-long trip to Asia (亞洲), where he called for unity in Sri La...
2015.01.23
Half world’s wealth owned by elite
MORE than half the world’s wealth will be owned by just one percent of the population by next year as global inequality...
2015.01.22
1.5 million march for terror victims
ABOUT 1.5 million people and dozens of world leaders marched together through Paris (巴黎) last Saturday in a historic s...
2015.01.15
Gunmen storm Paris magazine office
PARIS (巴黎) was on high alert after hooded gunmen stormed the offices of a weekly satirical magazine known for lampooni...
2015.01.13
Hello Kitty’s charming secret
Even if you are not a fan, you should know who Hello Kitty is. The world’s cutest brand logo can be found everywhere –...
2015.01.13
The Kitty that got the cream
For many, Hello Kitty represents the innocence of childhood. But it is also a very successful business story, with its f...
2015.01.13
Millions on streets for countdown
TENS of millions of revellers took to the streets in major cities around the world to usher in the new year, typically w...
2015.01.06
Police end Sydney siege
HEAVILY armed Australian (澳洲) police stormed a Sydney (雪梨) cafe early last Tuesday morning and freed terrified hosta...
2014.12.19
Time’s Person of the Year named
DOCTORS, nurses and others fighting Ebola (伊波拉) have been named Time’s (《時代雜誌》) 2014 Person of the Year (年度...
2014.12.16
Taiwan urged to keep ties
CHINA urged Taiwan (台灣) to protect the gains of landmark cooperation between the mainland and the self-ruled island af...
2014.12.03
Ban on nine reporters lifted
THE Philippines (菲律賓) has lifted a ban against nine Hong Kong journalists who allegedly heckled President Benigno Aqu...
2014.11.28
G20 leaders vow growth
G20 leaders representing the bulk of the world’s economy committed to reform measures to lift their collective growth b...
2014.11.20
Crude price hits four-year low
GLOBAL crude futures slumped to fresh low points last Thursday on mounting expectations that the Opec oil producing cart...
2014.11.18
US and China agree carbon limits
THE United States (美國) and China announced a largely symbolic plan last week to implement new limits on carbon emissio...
2014.11.18
Fall of Berlin Wall remembered
MORE than a million Germans (德國人) and people from around the world on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the f...
2014.11.13
Hong Kong yearns for the yen
A YEARNING for the Japanese currency reached fever pitch last week when it fell to a seven-year low against the US dolla...
2014.11.11
Putin tops Forbes’ power ranking
WHO would you name as the most powerful and influential person in the whole world? For a second year in a row, Russian (...
2014.11.11
Barack Obama to visit Burma
US President Barack Obama will meet Burma (緬甸) opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on 14 November during a si...
2014.11.07
Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashes
BILLIONAIRE entrepreneur Richard Branson (布蘭森 ) rejected media suggestions that he had ignored safety warnings about ...
2014.11.07
中式萬聖節 全城盡興
集體撞鬼事件聽得多,但你知道每年的哪一天最多人撞鬼嗎?就是萬聖節!這個節日雖然不是公眾假期,但不少人都會在當晚外出參加變裝派對,嚇...
2014.10.29
Rare northern white rhino dies
A NORTHERN white rhino has died in Kenya (肯雅), a wildlife conservancy said recently, leaving just six left alive and b...
2014.10.27
Africa worst hit by extreme hunger
MOST Hong Kong people have enough food to eat, but sadly this is not the case in many parts of the world. Sixteen countr...
2014.10.17