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 4, 2020

A British judge ruled Friday that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and is protected under anti-discrimination laws. The ruling came as part of an employment tribunal being heard in Norwich, eastern England, between Jordi Casamitjana and his former employers the League Against Cruel Sports, a group that campaigns against blood sports such as recreational […]

Straits Herald December 13, 2019

by Dmitry ZAKS / Alice RITCHIE / Robin MILLARD / Phil HAZLEWOOD / James PHEBY Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling party appeared on course for a sweeping victory in Thursday’s snap election, an exit poll showed, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU next month after years of political deadlock. The Conservatives were […]

Straits Herald November 25, 2019

Britain has agreed to take back 42 containers of plastic waste illegally exported to Malaysia, officials said Monday, as several Asian nations push back against becoming the world’s trash dump. Southeast Asia has been flooded with plastic from more developed nations such as the US and Australia since last year when China — which boasted […]

Straits Herald November 14, 2019

by Danny Kemp Investigators looking into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine released intercepted phone calls on Thursday showing close links between “high-ranking” Russian officials and rebel suspects facing trial over the crash. The international probe said the communications raised questions about the possible involvement of top officials in Moscow in the deployment of […]

Straits Herald September 19, 2019

by Catherine KURZAWA / AFP Apple went on the offensive against Brussels in an EU court on Tuesday, fighting the European Commission’s landmark order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes. The EU’s tax demand, made three years ago, “defies reality and common sense,” Apple’s lawyer Daniel Beard told […]

Straits Herald September 3, 2019

by Alice RITCHIE / AFP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call an election for October 14 if MPs vote against his Brexit strategy, a top official said Monday on the eve of a parliamentary showdown. MPs from Johnson’s own Conservative Party are preparing to join opposition lawmakers in a vote on Tuesday to try […]

Straits Herald August 24, 2019

The European Union (EU) is considering plans to create their own sovereign wealth fund to build European champions to counter global corporate powers. Reports have surfaced that the so-called EU sovereign wealth fund will be up to €100 billion (US$117 billion). This entity would focus on strategic sectors where the Europeans traditionally do not have […]