Straits Herald

Straits Herald January 21, 2020

by Nina Larson More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, the UN said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest. The global unemployment rate has remained relatively stable over much of the past decade, according to the UN’s International Labour Organization. But […]

Straits Herald January 20, 2020

Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers of plastic waste to mostly wealthier nations, with the Southeast Asian country saying Monday it would not be the world’s “garbage dump”. The region has been flooded with plastic from more developed economies such as the United States and Britain since 2018, after China — which previously boasted […]

Straits Herald January 20, 2020

by Aurélia End Like others approaching middle age, the World Economic Forum turns 50 insisting it has matured, that it has moved on from hard partying and wants more meaningful relationships. The focus for this week’s annual meeting in Davos will be as much on hearing from climate change activists as on rapid-fire corporate dealmaking […]

Straits Herald January 20, 2020

An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola’s former president — dubbed Africa’s richest woman — syphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts. The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich’s Suddeutsche Zeitung to […]

Straits Herald January 19, 2020

France’s prestigious Michelin Guide is among the world’s most influential references on gourmet dining, its star ratings highly coveted and sometimes controversial. Amid shock in France after it dropped one of the three stars held by the restaurant of the late world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse for 55 years, here is some background. 120 years old […]

Straits Herald January 18, 2020

by Patrick Lee Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the “Interceptor” is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic. Trash is being dumped into seas and rivers in enormous quantities, polluting vital habitats, endangering a kaleidoscope of marine life […]

Straits Herald January 16, 2020

by John Biers Goldman Sachs reported a drop in fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday following a mixed performance in its operating businesses as it set aside $1.1 billion in anticipation of settlements in the 1MDB scandal. Chief Executive David Solomon said the “preponderance” of the $1.1 billion was related to 1MDB, a scandal-plagued Malaysian investment fund […]

Straits Herald January 15, 2020

OPEC on Wednesday raised its 2020 estimate for growth in global demand for oil, while noting that increased output from non-OPEC members would probably more than make up for it. The oil cartel now expects demand for crude oil to grow by 1.22 million barrels per day from last year’s level, a slight increase of […]

Straits Herald January 15, 2020

Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will not face charges over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors said Tuesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish the veteran politician’s career. Muhammed Yusoff Rawther last month accused Anwar of trying to force him to have sex and filed a police complaint, but officials said there was […]

Straits Herald January 14, 2020

The United States on Monday removed the currency manipulator label it imposed on China last summer, in a sign of easing tensions between the two economic powers after nearly two years of conflict. Just two days before President Donald Trump is set to sign a “phase one” trade agreement with China, the US Treasury said […]

Straits Herald January 13, 2020

Airbus recorded one of their best years yet, with delivery and order-taking for 2019 surpassing previous years. The European conglomerate delivered 863 commercial aircraft to 99 customers in 2019, outpacing its previous output record set in 2018 by eight percent. In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, Airbus progressed on the transition to all NEO variants and by […]

Straits Herald January 11, 2020

Taiwan, which holds presidential elections on January 11, has been politically separated from China for the last seven decades but faces the threat of attack by Beijing should it ever declare independence. Here are some key facts about the self-ruled democratic island, which has its own currency, flag, military and government but is not recognised […]

Straits Herald January 10, 2020

On 10th January 2020, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) informed that the leaked audio clips of conversations between disgraced ex-PM of Malaysia, Najib Razak has been handed over to the Malaysian police for further action. Below are two audio clips of Najib speaking to UAE Crown Prince Mohammad Zayed Al Nahyan and one clip of […]

Straits Herald January 10, 2020

by Dave Chan Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday “multiple” intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner after it took off from Tehran, killing all 176 on board, including 63 Canadians. Trudeau’s comments came as images posted on social media increasingly pointed to a catastrophic mistake by Tehran’s air defense batteries […]

Straits Herald January 9, 2020

by Robin Millard / James Pheby Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stunned the British monarchy on Wednesday by quitting as front-line members — reportedly without first consulting Queen Elizabeth II. In a shock announcement, the couple said they would spend time in North America and rip up long-established relations with the press. Media reports […]

Straits Herald January 8, 2020

Malaysian authorities played a series of phone recordings 45-minute audio recordings implicating former Premier, Najib Razak in covering up the 1MDB scandal. Authorities from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) revealed that Najib reaching out to UAE’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed to secure a meeting on how to ‘resolve the “impasse” relating to the 1MDB […]

Straits Herald January 8, 2020

Iran fired “more than a dozen” ballistic missiles Tuesday against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said. “At approximately 5.30 pm (2230 GMT) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq,” Assistant to the Secretary of Defense […]

Straits Herald January 7, 2020

An Indonesian student described as Britain’s most prolific rapist was jailed for life on Monday for a catalogue of sex offences on unsuspecting men he drugged and assaulted. Manchester Crown Court in northwest England was told Reynhard Sinaga may have attacked as many as 195 men, luring them into his flat with the offer of […]

Straits Herald January 6, 2020

Malaysian health authorities will carry out temperature screening of passengers arriving on flights from Wuhan, China following the recent outbreak of a mysterious respiratory illness there. Health Ministry of Malaysia’s Disease Control Division (DCD) informed of this through a statement issued on Saturday (Jan 4). The move comes after health authorities in Wuhan confirmed on […]

Straits Herald January 6, 2020

The search for victims in the rubble of a collapsed building in southern Cambodia drew to a close Sunday with the final death toll at 36 — the latest tragedy in a string of deadly construction accidents.  Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, said 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the seven-storey […]

Straits Herald January 5, 2020

Indonesia is stepping up sea and aerial patrols of islands near the disputed South China Sea, an official said Saturday, following a diplomatic spat over “trespassing” Chinese vessels. Military aircraft and three warships with some 600 navy, army and air force personnel have been deployed to waters around the Natuna islands, which border the South […]