Trump Takes on the Media Goliath

Opinion 08/26/18, 15:52

After 20 months of one-sided attacks, smears, and caricatures of President Donald Trump and his administration, more than 300 newspapers across the United States joined together on Aug. 16 to do one thing. Apologize to their readers for their bias? Not a chance. Declare a truce? Not until hell freezes over. ...

Former Head of Chinese Hospital Arrested on Graft Charge

China 08/26/18, 08:59

The former president of a Chinese hospital has been charged with bribery. Fang Yibing, who served as president of Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital from 2005 to 2010 and most recently served as deputy director of Hunan Province’s Health and Family Planning Commission, was charged by prosecutors in Zhuzhou City, according to ...

The First Ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Inspires Hope

China 08/26/18, 08:55

WASHINGTON—The first ever U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom officially launched at the State Department in Washington on July 24, with more than 40 foreign ministers and representatives from 80 countries attending. In his opening remarks, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said, “We must commit to using all ...

Radioactive Material Reported Missing in Malaysia

World 08/26/18, 08:03

KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia is hunting for an industrial device containing radioactive material that is reported to have gone missing from a pickup truck on Aug 10, police and media said on Aug. 20. Authorities fear the device, which contains an unknown amount of radioactive iridium, could cause radiation exposure or be used as ...

800,000 Displaced in Flooding in Southern Indian State

World 08/26/18, 07:59

CHENGANNUR, India—Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India’s Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas. The downpours that started Aug. 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes ...

Quake Swarm Jolts Indonesian Islands, Killing at Least 12

World 08/26/18, 07:58

SEMBALUN, Indonesia—Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit about 10 p.m. was one of several powerful ...

Thailand’s Queen Mother Admitted to Hospital

World 08/26/18, 07:56

BANGKOK—Thailand’s 86-year-old Queen Mother Sirikit is being treated for influenza at a Bangkok hospital, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Aug. 20 in a rare statement on her health. Sirikit, who was queen consort to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after seven decades on ...

Confirmed Ebola Cases Rise to 13 in Congo’s Latest Outbreak

World 08/26/18, 07:54

KINSHASA, Congo—The number of confirmed cases in Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Aug. 4. The World Health Organization has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as ...

Doctor in Eastern Congo Contracts Ebola in ‘Dreaded’ Scenario: WHO

World 08/26/18, 07:50

GENEVA—A doctor has become the first probable Ebola case in one of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s most violence-ridden and inaccessible zones, a scenario “we have all been dreading”, the World Health Organization said on Aug. 24. Since the outbreak erupted on Aug. 1, 103 confirmed and probable cases of ...

Kenya’s Former World Champion Athlete Dies in Road Accident

World 08/26/18, 07:46

Kenya’s former 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett has died in a road accident aged 28, the country’s ministry of sports and heritage said on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Bett died in Nandi county, north west Kenya after his car hit bumps and rolled into a ditch. He had returned home from ...

Nigerian Security Agents Blockade Parliament, Chief Later Fired

World 08/26/18, 07:44

ABUJA—Nigeria’s security forces stopped lawmakers entering parliament on Aug. 7 in a blockade seen by the opposition as a bid to intimidate its leaders, but the presidency condemned the move and the acting president fired the head of the security agency. It is the first such incident since Nigeria became a ...

Zuma Influence-Peddling Inquiry Opens; Judges Seeks More Witnesses

World 08/26/18, 07:43

JOHANNESBURG—The judge leading an inquiry into claims of influence-peddling against former South African president Jacob Zuma on Monday urged more witnesses to come forward, as public hearings began in a case that could last two years. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will review allegations that the Gupta brothers – who headed ...

Global Trade War to Hold Back Modest Euro Zone Growth: Poll

Europe 08/26/18, 07:39

BENGALURU—The euro zone economy will muddle through this year and next with steady but modest growth in a slowdown from 2017, according to economists in a Reuters poll, which shows a majority expecting a brewing U.S.-led trade war to hold back growth. The currency bloc grew at its fastest pace since ...

Europe’s New Data Law Upends Global Online Advertising

Europe 08/26/18, 05:09

LONDON—Europe’s new data privacy law has put a small army of tech firms that track people online in jeopardy and is strengthening the hand of giants such as Google and Facebook in the $200 billion global digital advertising industry. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brought in by the European Union ...

Britain’s Superdrug Says Victim of Extortion Attempt

Europe 08/26/18, 04:58

British health and beauty retailer Superdrug has told its online customers to change their passwords after it was the victim of an extortion attempt from an individual claiming to have obtained shoppers’ personal information. The firm, part of the A.S Watson Group, said on August 20 it was contacted by an individual ...