China trade surplus with US dropped 8.5% to $296 bn in 2019

CHINA’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed last year as the world’s two biggest economies exchanged punitive tariffs in a bruising trade war, data showed Tuesday, just as the…

Tens of thousands face uncertainty as Philippine volcano spews lava

TAAL volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption.…

Japanese Billionaire seeks Girlfriend to fly with to the Moon

A JAPANESE billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket. Yusaku Maezawa, who recently announced his…

Philippines on alert as volcano spews ash, lava

LAVA AND BROAD COLUMNS of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on Monday, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible…

China’s farmers reap rich harvest through video-sharing apps

“DO you want a piece?” beekeeper Ma Gongzuo says, looking into the camera of a friend’s smartphone before biting into the dripping comb of amber-coloured honey. The clip goes out…

Nissan slams Ghosn’s ‘extremely regrettable’ escape

JAPANESE automaker Nissan on Tuesday slammed former chief Carlos Ghosn for jumping bail, calling his escape “extremely regrettable” and vowing continued legal action against him for “various acts of misconduct”.…

Japan executes first foreigner in years

Japan on Thursday executed a 40-year-old Chinese man convicted of murdering a family of four, in the country’s first execution of a foreigner since the disclosure of details on sentences…

Several dead after Typhoon Phanfone batters central Philippines

At least 11 people were reported killed and six others missing on Thursday after Typhoon Phanfone battered several central Philippine islands on Christmas Day, making seven landfalls before heading out…

Typhoon misery for Philippines on Christmas Day

TYPHOON Phanfone pummelled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, bringing a wet, miserable and terrifying holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation. Tens of thousands were stranded at…